Task force tries to answer, ‘What is downtown vitality?’

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

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Tickets now on sale for Village Theatre’s ‘Snapshots’

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

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Village Theatre unveils Festival of New Musicals lineup

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.

By Sam Freeman/Village Theatre Actors perform stripped-down scenes during the deveopmental process of the musical ‘Deadly Beloved’ during the 2014 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals.

By Sam Freeman/Village Theatre
Actors perform stripped-down scenes during the deveopmental process of the musical ‘Deadly Beloved’ during the 2014 Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals.

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

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Peerless playwright

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.

By Greg Farrar Brian Yorkey was in town in 2000 working at Village Theatre to fine-tune ‘Making Tracks,’ the breakthrough musical he co-wrote.

By Greg Farrar
Brian Yorkey was in town in 2000 working at Village Theatre to fine-tune ‘Making Tracks,’ the breakthrough musical he co-wrote.

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

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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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