August 7, 2012
Long before Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, O.J. Simpson and Casey Anthony turned legal proceedings into media circuses, a comely ax murderess morphed into a cause célèbre.
Lizzie Borden captivated the Gilded Age nation after a hatchet felled parents Andrew and Abby Borden. The ensuing trial and media firestorm guaranteed the ultimately acquitted Lizzie Borden a place in history.
The original musical “Lizzie Borden” lifts facts from the court transcripts and adds a rock ‘n’ roll score. “Lizzie Borden” debuts to the public at First Stage Theatre during Village Theatre’s Festival of New Musicals. (The show opens almost 120 years to the day after the murders occurred.)
The coarse language and thumping score represent a mash-up between the 1890s and present day.
August 7, 2012
The summertime festival at Village Theatre is a laboratory to test original musicals before audiences.
Often, selections from the festival re-emerge later at the Francis J. Gaudette Theatre, or Mainstage, and sometimes on Broadway.
The festival introduced audiences to “Next to Normal” precursor “Feeling Electric” and “Million Dollar Quartet” before the musicals carted off Tony Awards on Broadway. “Next to Normal” also garnered the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, a rarity for musicals.
The recent Mainstage productions “Take Me America” and “It Shoulda Been You” debuted to Issaquah audiences at the festival.
August 7, 2012
Puget Sound Energy blamed a problematic underground distribution cable for a power outage Aug. 3.
The outage affected about 800 customers in the Issaquah area in the early evening. The outage affected customers downtown and in southeast Issaquah along state Route 900, including the Talus urban village on Cougar Mountain.
Residents reported the power going out and coming back on before the prolonged outage. Crews eventually located the problem with the underground distribution cable and restored power after a brief interruption.
The outage prompted cancellation of “The Music Man” at Village Theatre’s First Stage Theatre. Patrons impacted by the outage can get a refund.
August 6, 2012
July 24, 2012
“The Music Man” rolls onto the Village Theatre stage soon as young performers conjure Americana, circa 1912, and upend small-town life after a con man comes to town.
“The Music Man” follows slick, silver-tongued Harold Hill, a con man posing as a bandleader to sell band instruments and uniforms to the unknowing population of River City, Iowa, and then skip town with the money.
The hitch in Hill’s scheme is Marian Paroo, River City’s prim-and-proper librarian and piano teacher. Paroo starts to uncover the deceit just as she falls for the con man.
KIDSTAGE performers present “The Music Man” as a SummerStock production from July 28 to Aug. 5 at the Frances J. Gaudette Theatre, or Mainstage.
Under the guidance of professionals, cast members between ages 8 and 18 perform. The orchestra includes advanced student musicians, too.
July 24, 2012
Listen as the Sammamish Symphony Orchestra performs homegrown classics Aug. 17 at the POPS! Goes Issaquah concert.
The concert is free for audience members, due to support from longtime Issaquah developer Rowley Properties. POPS! Goes Issaquah is meant to support arts on the Eastside and open the arts to a broader audience, including families unable to otherwise afford to participate in the arts.
July 24, 2012
Downtown Issaquah is poised to host a film festival in September, as the municipal Arts Commission shows a series of musicals on the silver screen.
The inaugural Issaquah Film Festival is scheduled for Village Theatre’s First Stage Theatre, 120 Front St. N., from Sept. 14-16.
The lineup includes Busby Berkeley’s “Footlight Parade” and the disco farce “Can’t Stop the Music” — a pseudo-biography of the Village People. The Beatles’ groundbreaking “A Hard Day’s Night” concludes the festival.
Tickets cost $10 per night or $25 for the entire festival. Find tickets and information at www.issaquahfilmfestival.com.
The event also includes a VIP reception featuring wine from local winery Twin Cedars, guest speaker Howard A. DeWitt and Beatles music by Undercover.
DeWitt, a professor emeritus at Ohlone College in Fremont, Calif., has written 21 books, including “The Beatles: Untold Tales,” “Paul McCartney: From Liverpool to Let It Be” and “Beatle Poems.”
July 3, 2012
Others ended up relegated in history textbooks. Charles Guiteau and Leon Czolgosz faded into the footnotes.
Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme and Sara Jane Moore turned into comedians’ punch lines after botched assassination attempts.
The assassins — and wannabe assassins — of presidents occupy a strange place in U.S. history. The cadre is reviled and, in some cases, forgotten.
Not in “Assassins” — a Stephen Sondheim musical about the strange group. The show opens at Village Theatre’s First Stage Theatre on July 13.
The dark musical is the latest offering from KIDSTAGE, the long-running youth education program at Village Theatre.
The show is designed, directed and performed by high school and college-age students. Though professional mentors offer guidance, “Assassins” is managed from opening number to curtain call by student-actors in the program.
June 28, 2012
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June 19, 2012
Capture a vision of sustainability on film for a city-sponsored contest, and share ideas about how to make Issaquah a more livable community.
City leaders launched the student film contest in part to gather ideas for fostering a healthy environment, a strong economy and active citizens in the present and the future.
Organizers plan to feature selected films on the municipal website. In addition, a panel of judges plans to select 10 winners to receive a special honor and invitation to the Issy Awards at Village Theatre in September. Read more