For the price of a movie theater ticket, you can see two—count ‘em, two—live, brand-new, award-winning plays by Washington State playwrights in the 2013 Bill & Peggy Hunt Playwrights Festival.
From May 3 through May 26, Burien Little Theatre’s (BLT) Festival offers 4 weekends of new shows. Pay just $10 to see a performance of two plays -- a one-act followed by a full-length.
The one-act Bottom Line is paired with the full-length Undiscovered Places May 3-12. The one-act 17B is paired with the full-length Parsing Race May 17-26.
After each play is performed, audience members are invited to give their opinions and ask questions of the director and playwright.
These talk-backs provide playwrights with fresh ideas, valuable comments, and honest audience response.
Festival sponsors include the new film The Maury Island Incident, Mark Restaurant & Bar, 4Culture King County Lodging Tax and City of Burien.
Staged performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are just $10 and include 2 shows.
Date: April 21 @ 2pm
Location: Highline Performing Arts Center – Burien
Tickets: $15 (17 & under free with a paid adult ticket) www.northwestassociatedarts.org or 206-246-6040
SilverSounds Northwest pays tribute to the long running TV show, American Bandstand, with their own Rockin’ version titled B-Town Bandstand.
SilverSounds Northwest salutes American popular music from the sixties through today by performing hits like, Help Me Rhonda, Fire and Rain, The Man in the Mirror, and Don’t Stop Believin’.
SilverSounds, is a group of retired folks who believe “You’re never too old to rock ‘n roll.”
Under the direction of Paula Hawkins, SilverSounds delights audiences of all ages. With this, their third concert ever, the ensemble combines energetic singing with clever staging and choreography to create a fun-filled show.
Burien Little Theatre announces auditions for the musical “Young Frankenstein,” written by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, with music and lyrics by Mel Brooks.
“Young Frankenstein” utilizes an ensemble cast of characters ranging in age from mid-20s through mid-50s. All parts are open and available and all actors are encouraged to audition.
Synopsis: IT'S ALIVE! A wickedly inspired re-imagining of the Frankenstein legend based on Mel Brooks' classic 1974 comedy film masterpiece, the story follows bright young Dr. Frankenstein (that's Fronkensteen) as he attempts to complete his grandfather's masterwork and bring a corpse to life.
But this musical comedy hit, winner of the 2008 Outer Critics Circle Award, is not without scary and hilarious complications. Accompanied by a live musical combo, the show includes such memorable tunes as "The Transylvania Mania," "He Vas My Boyfriend" and the famous "Puttin' On The Ritz.”
Last night (Mar. 9,) I had the honor of attending the production of Jesus Christ, Superstar and want to say that it is truly one great show.
The greatest story ever told comes to life on the small stage with a large cast. The casting is good and the all-woman production did a superior job.
And it is during the time of year when the events actually happened. GO TO SEE IT! You won't be sorry.
Elizabeth M. Williams
Burien Little Theatre announces auditions for BLT’s 2013 Bill & Peggy Hunt Playwrights Festival of four brand spanking new plays. These scripts have never been produced elsewhere. Each play will be part of a double-bill, and each will have six performances.
The producer is seeking actors to portray 19 male and female characters ranging in age from 16 through 60s, including five that are specifically black, plus some ethnic-neutral roles. Actors of all ethnicities are encouraged to audition. Details on shows and characters are listed below.
The festival runs May 3-May 26 at Burien Little Theatre in Burien. Performances of main-stage plays are Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons.
Rehearsals for some shows will begin around March 25, and others will begin around April 7.
Auditions are Tuesday, March 12 and Wednesday, March 13 from 7 to 10 p.m. Callbacks are scheduled for Sunday, March 17 from 6 to 9 p.m., and there may be additional callback dates.
By Tim Takechi
Even in 2013, Jesus of Nazareth remains one of history’s most divisive figures. Is he a savior, or just a person from history? But what can get lost in the shuffle of this debate is this: Jesus was also a human being.
“Jesus Christ Superstar,” Andrew Lloyd Webber’s controversial 1971 rock musical about Jesus’ complicated relationships with the Apostles, Mary Magdalene, the Establishment and ultimately with himself, comes to life with an all-female cast at Burien Little Theatre.
Most should be familiar with the basics of Jesus’ final weeks on Earth. But “Jesus Christ Superstar” attempts to show Jesus as a man (though played by a woman) and how his dealings with his friends and enemies shaped how we view him today.
Jesus (Sophia Federighi) is the leader of the Apostles (Anna Richardson, Jennifer O’Brien, Mindy Lee Whitfield, Rachel Jones, Mary Hould, Emily Beckley, Kris Hambrick, Eloisa Cardona and Nicole Lockett) who go around performing miracles, healing the sick, preaching messages of peace and drawing huge crowds of devoted followers.
Burien Arts’ Fifth Annual Highline Classic Jazz Festival on Saturday March 9th from 2:30 p.m.-10 p.m. will offer a big program at the Landmark Event Center in Des Moines.
There will be more music with fifteen bands participating in three music venues, and more styles of music including Straight Ahead Jazz classics, early and mid -20thcentury jazz styles, from Dixieland, Gypsy Jazz, Blues, Ragtime to Big Band Swing.
This great jazz experience includes: Concerts, Dancing, Food and Drink, and an opportunity to mingle with the musicians. The bands include:
• The 1st Thursday Band
• Del Rey & Matt Weiner (www.hobemianrecoreds.com)
• Casey MacGill’s Orchestra
• Gail Pettis(www.gailpettis.com
• Glenn Crytzer & His Syncopators (www.syncopators.net)
• Holotradband (www.holotraband.com)
• The Rhythm Bugs (www.sylviaherold.com )
• Highline/Aviation High School Jazz Band
• Pearl Django (www.pearldjango.com)
• The Greg Ruby Quartet (www.gregrubymusic.com/bands/greg-ruby-quartet)
• The Canote Brothers Band (www.canote.com)
• Swamp Soul (www.swampsoulband.com)
• Ranger and the “Re-Arrangers” (www.rangerswings.com)
Burien Little Theatre is presenting an all-female version of the rock opera “Jesus Christ Superstar” set in the future and featuring a live rock band.
Opening Feb. 15, the award-winning musical written by Tim Rice (lyrics) and Andrew Lloyd Webber (music) traces the final days of Jesus and illuminates the transcendent power of the human spirit.
The musical follows Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem, the betrayal, Passion and crucifixion—and Jesus’ relationships with Judas Iscariot and Mary Magdalene.
The show features such legendary hits as “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” and “Jesus Christ Superstar.
It is suitable for ages 12 and over.
It will be performed at Burien Little Theatre from opening night on Feb. 15 through March 24. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $7 through $20, with a number of discounts available, particularly on the first weekend of the production. On opening night Feb. 15, only on purchases at the door any audience member who names the hill on which Jesus was crucified gets $5 off each ticket in the purchase.
Global Connections High School Wind and Jazz Ensembles received the highest possible rating, Superior with Distinction, for their performances at the Presidential Inauguration Music Festival.
During their trip, January 18 – 21, the students also witnessed the Oath of Office and the Presidential Address, toured famous monuments, visited Smithsonian museums, and had the chance to interact with music groups from across the country. A special highlight was the tour of the U.S. capitol, arranged by US Congressman Adam Smith.
“The trip to Washington, D.C., was an amazing and inspirational experience for our students,” said Rick Harwood, Principal, Global Connections High School. “Our students were fully engaged in every aspect of the trip, as they experienced one exciting event after another.
“The chance to be part of one of the most important events in the world made a lasting impression on our students and expanded the possibilities they see for themselves as contributing members of their communities, local and global.”
Your next trip to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport just got upgraded with the sweet, warm voice of legendary Seattle musician Quincy Jones.
In Quincy’s unique soulful style, he will be welcoming travelers to the airport, telling them about the local music playing overhead, giving security advice and even talking about the Airport’s progressive environmental stewardship programs.
Jones is the latest addition to the highly successful Sea-Tac Airport City of Music that showcases the northwest region’s music culture. "Seattle’s rich musical history -- from Clark Terry and Ernestine Anderson, to Bumps Blackwell, Ray Charles, Jimi Hendrix, Heart and Nirvana, to name a few -- is rooted in the city’s cultural diversity.
It is where my wonderful musical journey began and I can’t imagine a better place to have honed my craft,” said Quincy. “In doing these voice over announcements, I hope that everyone traveling through the airport will be encouraged to experience the great music, musicians and cultural vibrancy that the city of Seattle embodies.”