The 2011-2012 season begins this weekend at Burien Little Theatre with the opening show of their 31st year, “Frankenstein.” Although the show’s run will eventually coincide with Halloween, don’t expect your predictable, scary monster story.

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Yes, it is a monster tale. Dr. Frankenstein brings his creation to life, a Creature that is hideous and deformed, rejected in horror by all he meets.

And it is scary, but not for the reasons you might think. The monster will probably scare you. But by the end of the story, you might ask yourself just which character(s) in the play is really the monster.
BLT’s “Frankenstein” is a world premiere adaptation written by Seattle playwright Roxanne Linnea Ray. It is much truer to Mary Shelley’s original novel, “Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus.” There is no square-headed monster with bolts sticking out from its neck. There is no mad scientist laughing madly while throwing switches in his lightening-filled basement laboratory.

SLIDESHOW: Not the same old Frankenstein in Burien Little Theatre production
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Photos by Mike Wilson

Anna Richardson as Elizabeth Lavenza and Russ Kay as the Creature. PLEASE CLICK THE PHOTO ABOVE FOR MORE.

A Northwest nonprofit arts group is promising to turn one block of downtown Burien into a mini Burning Man festival on Oct. 15.

The popular Burning Man festival draws thousands yearly to the California desert. Correction: Burning Man brings thousands to the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, not California.

"We've outgrown every venue in Seattle, and this year we are stuffing two acres of downtown Burien with Fire, Music and Art," a press release from Ignition Northwest proclaims.

"We invite you to come celebrate with two full acres of theme camps, interactive displays, fire spinners, DJs, live music and performers, dance, art cars, grilled cheese, suspension rigs, small blimps, neon rainbows, and every other odd thing we can think of. Imagine one city block of Burning Man being transported - streets and all - to downtown Burien."

The Burien event, dubbed Seacompression, is a 21 and over event because sponsors will have five highly decorated theme bars along with local food vendors.

A little bit of Burning Man coming to Burien Oct. 15
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Photo by Tony Miller

They're not bringing back "The Passage" sculptures but arts nonprofit Ignition Northwest promises to "stuff two acres of downtown Burien with Fire, Music and Art" on Oct. 15 for their annual fundraising event. They bill themselves as the largest Burning Man community outside of San Francisco.

The Hi-Liners have risen to the occasion once again -- this time with a busy production of the musical "Chicago." "Chicago" is the longest-running show on Broadway and the Hi-Liners' production highlights the reasons why.

"Chicago" is the loose retelling of two very public trials of Beulah Annan and Belva Gaertner for a murder that occurred in Chicago in 1924. The story became a play in 1928 and much later the award winning musical whose book was written by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, lyrics by Fred Ebb and music by John Kander.

"Chicago" is a tale of murder, adultery and a perverted criminal justice system where the celebrity criminal is above the law. Hmmm, sound familiar?

The Hi-Liners do not hold back as they take on this somewhat adult-themed musical. This is not "Peter Pan." And the gritty side of Chicago in 1924 is not Never-never Land. Still this is a grand evening of musical theater.

Auditions are Aug. 1 and 2

Press release:

Burien Little Theatre announces auditions for the world premiere production of "Frankenstein," adapted by Roxanne Ray from the novel by Mary Shelley. This production will feature an original background score written by composer Allan Loucks, who composed for stage and film.

Characters range in age from mid 20's to late 50's/early 60's. Some actors will be playing multiple characters.

Synopsis: The thrilling horror story of a young scientist's disastrous attempt at playing God. Appalled by the deformed monster he has created, Victor Frankenstein abandons his innocent, bewildered creation. Rejected in horror by everyone he meets, the creature becomes increasingly vengeful and bent on finding his creator--to make a ghastly bargain.

Performances are at Burien Little Theatre in Burien from Sept. 30 through Oct. 30.
Auditions are Monday, Aug. 1 and Tuesday, Aug. 2 from 7 to 10 p.m. Callbacks are Wednesday, Aug. 3 from 7 to 10 p.m. Rehearsals begin Aug. 13.

Stage director Steve Cooper.
$100 stipend provided.


Press release:

Dates: May 13; 7 p.m.
Location: Highline Performing Arts Center - Burien
Tickets: $10-15 (17 & under free with a paid adult) or 206-246-6040

Almost fifty years after The Fab Four took America by storm, a new generation of South Sound singers pay tribute to the incredible musical legacy of the pioneering rock-n-roll icons known simply as The Beatles. Under the artistic direction of Paula Hawkins, KidSounds, YouthSounds and TeenSounds join forces to present Beatlemania: A Musical Revue. This fast-paced program includes Hey Jude, Eleanor Rigby, Let It Be, The Long and Winding Road and many more. Narration, dancing, and solos blend together seamlessly with wonderful choral singing in an unforgettable salute to John, Paul, George and Ringo.
Families hunting for affordable entertainment will delight and parents looking for a risk-free way to introduce their children to the joys of choral music can rest easy because Northwest Associated Arts youth ticket program lets young people 17 and under in free with a paid adult.

Company will present new T.M. Sell play at E.B. Foote Winery in July

Breeders Theater will return this July with a new show, Helpdesk.

The pending sale of E.B. Foote Winery in Burien, home to Breeders Theater and a lot of award-winning wine, seemed ready to end BT's 10-year run at the winery. However as the sale fell through, the winery now will be open through August as winemaker Sherrill Miller sells off the last of her stock.

And so BT is back with a new show, Helpdesk, by company founder T.M. Sell
Helpdesk is about five women who work at the customer service desk of an office computer equipment company. Across the street, a young man has been watching them, and may be about to confront the women. Who is he, and what does he want?

"It's a play about how people relate to each other, both as co-workers and as strangers," said Sell.

Scott Green directs the show, which features the acting talents of Teresa Widner, Laura Smith, Melissa Malloy, Marianne Everett, Terri Fincham Conner, and Brenan Grant.

Show dates are July 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30 at 7 p.m. and July 24 at 2 p.m. Tickets are still only $20, including wine tasting. Doors open at 6:30 for evening performances and 1:30 p.m. on July 24.


Press release:

White Center 3rd Saturday Art Walk
April 16th, 2011 6 PM to 9 PM

Big Al Brewing (9832 14th Avenue SW): Carlos Aguilar- Paint and Ink-, vibrant & twisted paintings that will
make you double-take, every time. Come have a pint of Local Hero #9,
play some Wii and absorb a room full of enthusiastic awesome!

Dubsea (9910 8th Ave SW): Martijn Caspar Swart- New Varied Paintings Same artist, more mind blowing.
Martin will be rotating new work into Dubsea this month. If you missed
last month, stop punishing yourself and go experience his gift. His
vibrant colors are married seamlessly in a perfect mixture of
abstraction and realism. Guaranteed to drive you to drink more
delicious Dubsea coffee so your eyelids keep from wavering during the
onslaught of creativity. I purchased a piece from his last show and
have absolutely NO buyers remorse! Can't wait to see it in my house!

Salvadorean Bakery (1719 SW Roxbury): Andrew Miller-
MantisArt-Photography. Andrew Miller
will blow your righteous eye with his hand painted original

Teens to put on a holiday rock concert to support homeless youth

Four local teen bands are raising awareness of teen homelessness by playing a free night of rock music at the Salmon Bay Eagles Club on Friday, Dec 17.

The “Hot Rock on a Cold Night” concert will feature Pave the Earth, Empathy, No Excuses, and Fate Descends.

The convert is an all-ages event and concert-goers are encouraged to bring a warm article of clothing such as a coat, hand warmers or socks to be donated to

Teen Feed is an organization that responds to the most basic needs of homeless youth. For the last 23 years, they've been providing hot meals specifically to youth and young adults in the University District. They feed 40-50 homeless youth on average each evening.

“In the last year we’ve been feeding kids every night like clockwork,” said Megan Gibbard, Executive Director of Teen Feed.

In addition to providing meals. collecting coats and socks is a big focus this year as a cold winter is expected in Seattle, Gibbard said.

They’ve been connecting with media and music bands to get their message out and raise support.

“Hot Rock On A Cold Night”
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Courtesy of Empathy

For Empathy's guitarist and singer Matt Larking, playing for homeless youth hits close to home.

Some holiday shows this year will feature Charles Dickens memorable curmudgeon-turned-caring-soul, and others will feature tales of quirky characters from bygone years, but one show will take you by the heart and not let go until a magical transformation has occurred, and its audience is left with a tickled funny bone and a different view of one English family's world.
Oh, and I should mention, this show also features a Chinese Elvis impersonator (Ken Wong, in a standing ovation-earning role), who helps the above mentioned family navigate successfully through a series of difficult emotional rapids.
Set in a small, English town in the late nineties, “Martha, Josie and The Chinese Elvis” (now on stage at the Burien Little Theatre until Dec. 19th) tells the story of Josie Botting (the delightfully powerful Alexandra Novotny), her 'younger than her years' daughter, Brenda Marie (a witty and funny Kelli Mohrbacher), and their attempts to reconcile the 'death' of Brenda's twin sister, Louise (spunky, plucky Angelica Duncan).


Burien Little Theatre is having a food drive! BLT will be accepting nonperishable food for those in need before, during and after ANY of its performances of “Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis” on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm ( and at its free reading of “A Christmas Story” on Saturday, December 11, at 2 p.m.
Even if you do not stay for the show, please bring some food and help a neighbor of yours get through the holidays. Someone will be at the theater (at the old Burien Community Center, near the skateboard park) to accept your gift an hour before the performance, during the performance and for at least 30 minutes after the performance. That gives you plenty of time to get to the theater and do something that will make you feel good during the holidays.

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