Summer KIDSTAGE shows are unveiled

July 2, 2015

Village Theatre’s KIDSTAGE program recently unveiled its summer schedule of productions.

‘Catch Me If You Can’

  • July 11-19
  • 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
  • Tickets: $18 general admission, $16 for youth and seniors

The KIDSTAGE Summer Independent program presents “Catch Me If You Can,” from July 11-19 at First Stage Theatre.

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‘Cabaret’ performances will draw you in, universal message will bring you back

May 20, 2015

Simply put, “Cabaret” is one of the best productions I’ve ever seen at Village Theatre.

By Mark Kitaoka/Village Theatre The cast of ‘Cabaret,’ led by the Emcee (Jason Collins, center), welcomes the audience to the Kit Kat Klub in the opening number ‘Wilkommen.’

By Mark Kitaoka/Village Theatre
The cast of ‘Cabaret,’ led by the Emcee (Jason Collins, center), welcomes the audience to the Kit Kat Klub in the opening number ‘Wilkommen.’

However, your enjoyment of the musical will directly correlate with your ability to handle an uncomfortable truth.

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Brian Yorkey returns to direct ‘Cabaret’

May 12, 2015

He’s won a Tony award, not to mention a Pulitzer Prize.

By Greg Farrar Award winning director Brian Yorkey discusses his return to Village Theatre to helm the musical ‘Cabaret.’

By Greg Farrar
Award winning director Brian Yorkey discusses his return to Village Theatre to helm the musical ‘Cabaret.’

Still, virtually every year he makes a return to where it literally all started for him, Village Theatre.

“Not to get mushy, but this is home,” Brian Yorkey said, explaining why he keeps coming back to Issaquah despite a full plate of movie scripts, other plays and projects of various kinds.

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Popular Wine Walk adds Author Fest

April 28, 2015

The fourth annual Downtown Issaquah Association Wine Walk series continues May 1.

The association’s first Friday event is from 6-9 p.m. and features samples of regional vintners, live music, art exhibits and demonstrations, and snacks, all within easy walking distance along Front Street.

This month, the association is collaborating with the Issaquah Library and the Pacific Northwest Writers Association for the first annual Author Fest. The new feature kicks off in the library meeting room with the following schedule: Read more

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Tickets on sale now for ‘Cabaret’ at Village Theatre

April 21, 2015

Tickets are now on sale for Village Theatre’s musical production “Cabaret.”

Tickets for the musical, which runs from May 14 through July 3 at the Francis J. Gaudette Theatre, 303 Front St. N., are $39 to $67.

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Lady killers — How two men handle the women in their lives delivers the laughs in ‘No Way to Treat a Lady’

March 25, 2015

Audiences will be excited that Village Theatre veteran director Steve Tomkins was able to cross off another production from his bucket list — this time, one of the first productions in the Village Originals program in 1999, “No Way to Treat a Lady.”

Adapted from a William Goldman novel, Douglas J. Cohen penned a tale of Christopher “Kit” Gill and Morris Brummel, who are both having mommy issues. How they approach their problems is at the core of the musical.

By Tracy Martin/Property of Village Theatre Christopher ‘Kit’ Gill (Nick DeSantis) tries to seduce the frustratingly flamboyant Carmella (Bobbi Kotula) in an attempt to make her one of his strangled victims in Village Theatre’s newest musical ‘No Way to Treat a Lady.’

By Tracy Martin/Property of Village Theatre
Christopher ‘Kit’ Gill (Nick DeSantis) tries to seduce the frustratingly flamboyant Carmella (Bobbi Kotula) in an attempt to make her one of his strangled victims in Village Theatre’s newest musical ‘No Way to Treat a Lady.’

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Village Theatre gets away with murder in new musical ‘No Way To Treat A Lady’

March 17, 2015

“No Way To Treat A Lady,” the theatrically charged new musical about a cunning yet charming serial killer, makes its mainstage Village Theatre debut March 19. (It ends April 26.)

By Mark Kitaoka/Village Theatre Nick DeSantis plays Christopher ‘Kit’ Gill and Bobbi Kotula is Carmella in Village Theatre’s musical production ‘No Way to Treat a Lady.’

By Mark Kitaoka/Village Theatre
Nick DeSantis plays Christopher ‘Kit’ Gill and Bobbi Kotula is Carmella in Village Theatre’s musical production ‘No Way to Treat a Lady.’

The cat-and-mouse detective thriller is rounded out with a little romance, a lot of laughs, and an upbeat score full of catchy melodies and quick-witted lyrics.

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Village Theatre announces 2015-2016 season lineup

March 17, 2015

Village Theatre recently announced its productions for the 2015-16 season.

The lineup includes “Snapshots,” a new musical scrapbook featuring the music of Stephen Schwartz, creator of “Wicked”; “My Fair Lady,” the glamorous Lerner-Loewe musical classic; “Crimes of the Heart,” a southern, gothic comedy; “My Heart Is the Drum,” a spirited, new coming-of-age musical set in Ghana; and “Billy Elliot,” the smash Broadway hit with music by Elton John.

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It’s a ‘Beast’ to bring classic Disney tale to the high school stage

March 3, 2015

Between its Golden Globe-winning turn on the silver screen and its 13-year run on Broadway, the story of “Beauty and the Beast” is familiar to audiences around the world.

By Neil Pierson Issaquah High School seniors Mark Olsen, as Beast, and Elizabeth Moore, as Belle, star in the musical version of the Disney classic ‘Beauty and the Beast.’

By Neil Pierson
Issaquah High School seniors Mark Olsen, as Beast, and Elizabeth Moore, as Belle, star in the musical version of the Disney classic ‘Beauty and the Beast.’

That’s the challenge for the Issaquah High School performing arts department when it brings the musical version of “Beauty and the Beast” to the stage five times in four days this week.

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Issaquah Wine Walk has live music, lively boutiques

March 3, 2015

The Downtown Issaquah Association’s first Friday Wine Walk returns for its second week of 2015 on March 6.

Support the local community with live music, art happenings, snacks and local boutique wines poured in several destinations along Front Street.

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