September 22, 2015
Wow, that was quick. The summer is over and the first day of autumn was officially Wednesday, Sept. 23.
Looking back, for whatever reason, I got so little done this sunny season, especially when it comes to attending Issaquah events. I didn’t make it to a single Tuesday night Concert on the Green. My wife usually succeeds in dragging me to the Farmers Market at least one Saturday a year. Didn’t happen this time. So I’ll blame her for that one.
September 22, 2015
NEW — 2:21 p.m. Sept. 22, 2015
The administration is close to striking a deal with the Issaquah Valley Senior Center, Mayor Fred Butler told the City Council at its regular meeting Monday.
That deal could gain the center city funding next year despite some ongoing acrimony at the center. Butler said there was one issue remaining between the city administration and the center leadership. Butler did not say what that issue was, but did say he expects some resolution prior to the funding issue going before the council’s Services and Safety Committee.
That committee is the next step for the nonprofit funding recommendations presented to the council at Monday’s meeting. The committee is expected to meet Oct. 13 with the question of funding returning to the council later in October. Read more
September 16, 2015
NEW — 5:25 p.m. Sept. 16, 2015
Whoever said nothing is ever new anymore should meet the creative minds behind Village Theatre’s debut of the new musical, “Snapshots.”
Technically, the concept isn’t new — a couple whose marriage is on the rocks re-examines their relationship through the memories elicited from photos stashed in the attic.
The twist here is the tale unfolds through the greatest hits of composer Stephen Schwartz. However, even if you’ve heard such modern-day standards as “Popular” from “Wicked” or “Extraordinary” from “Pippin,” you’ve never heard them like this new, refreshing presentation. Read more
September 3, 2015
NEW — 10:25 a.m. Sept. 3, 2015
After a decade in the works, Village Theatre debuts ‘Snapshots’
Some ideas are so audacious that they literally take years to bring to fruition.
Such was the case in 2005 when young writers David Stern and Michael Scheman and their longtime composer friend Stephen Schwartz proposed a new musical to Village Theatre.
A decade later, that idea has blossomed into “Snapshots,” a full musical production debuting this week.
August 22, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 22, 2015
For months now, they have been billed as the Olde Town Vitality Task Force, a coalition consisting of business owners, residents, community leaders and others involved with downtown Issaquah in one way or another.
They have toured the downtown, talked with business owners and met with city officials. But they still have one major question that needs to be answered.
“What does ‘vitality’ mean for downtown?” Andrea Snyder, the city’s economic development manager, asked.
Snyder has been acting as city liaison with the task force, named by Mayor Fred Butler.
Cori Walters, a task force member, spends most of her time as executive director of the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank. She said the task force has been looking at a little bit of everything: streetscape, color palettes, permitting, city code, signage and parking. Read more
August 13, 2015
NEW — 1:41 p.m. Aug. 13, 2015
Tickets are now available for Stephen Schwartz’s newest musical to come to Village Theatre, “Snapshots.”
The Issaquah run of “Snapshots” is from Sept. 10 to Oct. 18. Tickets are $36-$68 and are available by calling the Village Theatre box office at 392-2202 or in person from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 303 Front St. N.
Snapshots, conceived by David Stern and Michael Scheman, is a romantic comedy that tells the story of one couple’s changing relationship, from their childhood friendship to their waning marriage decades later.
In an innovative new musical format, the show features a score comprised of Schwartz’s work , with 26 songs from 12 shows throughout his career. Songs featured include “Popular” (“Wicked”), “All Good Gifts” (“Godspell”), “Meadowlark” (“The Baker’s Wife”) and “That’s How You Know” (Disney’s “Enchanted”). Read more
August 5, 2015
NEW — 12:27 p.m. Aug. 5, 2015
Village Theatre recently announced the lineup for its 15th annual Festival of New Musicals, Aug. 7-9.
Started in 2000, the festival is the nationally renowned birthplace of new musicals and the foundation of the theater’s commitment to new work. This year’s festival features six new musicals with the collaboration of more than 100 artists, performed and directed by the theater professionals and guest artists from across the country. Read more
July 14, 2015
“It really was a small town back then,” Brian Yorkey said while relaxing prior to a dress rehearsal of his vision of “Cabaret” at Village Theatre.
Yorkey was talking about when he lived here as a child and first became involved with Village Theatre. For being surely the only Issaquah native to land a Pulitzer Prize, Yorkey is casual, relaxed and seems genuinely sincere about his enjoyment of the city he grew up in and its effects on his ongoing career. Read more
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.
May 20, 2015
Simply put, “Cabaret” is one of the best productions I’ve ever seen at Village Theatre.
However, your enjoyment of the musical will directly correlate with your ability to handle an uncomfortable truth.