They’re crude. They’re mad. They swear. They scream. They play loud, angry punk rock. They’re ... a quartet of suburban middle-aged housewives.

Say what? Repeat that last phrase, please?

You heard it right.


Unless you live in Paris or Prague, it's not often that the characters in a major opera are singing about your hometown.

In the current production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte at the Seattle Opera, which first premiered in Vienna on January 26, 1790, the lead male characters, Ferrando and Guglielmo, make their entrances in the second half in disguise, announcing they are now two wild and crazy guys from Federal Way.

The 2500 attendees on opening night on February 25 roared with laughter.

"We chose Federal Way because it fit in with the whole phil


Legwarmers, big crimped hair, acid-washed jeans and spandex are popular again with the Hi-Liners new production of Footloose.

Taken from the popular 1980s movie of the same name, the play revolves around Ren, the new kid from Chicago in a small town, with strict laws.


Dressed in black to blend into the dark background, Caroline Socha brings a puppet to life as a performer for Thistle Theatre, a group producing shows to entertain the entire family.

Socha, a Ballard resident, enjoys what she does. "There is definitely an energy flow through the puppets," she said.

A few weeks ago, members of Thistle Theatre staged "The Tiger and the Dried Persimmon," at the Sunset Hill Community Club for students from Adams Elementary School.

The club on Sunset Hill is one of three adopted homes where they do their shows.


Jason Woodbury, Caroline Socha (behind the tiger) and Sam Wykes (far right) are performing in Thistle Theatre's "The Tiger and the Dried Persimmon." This photo and others are available on our web site "" under Photo Gallery.

Photo by Dean Wong

Make A Joyful Noise! is the ultimate celebration of gospel music!

Whether you are a church goer or not, this concert, which will be presented by Paul Galvan Productions on Friday, March 3, offers good old-fashioned family entertainment.

The 7:30 p.m.


Fortunately for South Sound theater fans, Alan Bryce has friends in high places.

Places like England's Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theater in London.

Bryce, the artistic director of Centerstage, Federal Way's resident professional theater troupe, is now in the enviable position to invite colleagues from his past to join his productions here at the Knutzen Theater.

Karen Archer is one such friend.

Archer is known to millions of English television viewers as the female lead in ITV's series "The Chief," and for her numerous stage an


World-renowned actress Karen Archer takes time out after a rehearsal at the Knutzen Family Theatre to pose for a photograph. A personal friend of Centerstage Artistic Director Alan Bryce, Archer joins the acting company's guest artist program for the upcoming production of Noises Off on February 17. Photo by Seth Bynum / Federal Way News

ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery announced the appointment of Alan Harrison as its new executive director, effective yesterday.

Harrison has served as a leader in the nonprofit arts and entertainment field locally and nationally for more than 18 years. His local experience includes a lengthy engagement at the Seattle Repertory Theatre as director of communications and marketing. More recently he served as managing director of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, one of the largest Shakespeare festivals in the world.


Burien Deputy Mayor Joan McGilton told the Times/News last week she assumes a national search will be conducted to find a replacement for City Manager Gary Long.

Long, who has served as Burien’s city manager since October 1998, announced on Dec. 12 that he will leave his post effective Jan. 1.

"I have consulted with the council members who will remain seated in January,” he said at that time.








Dean Wong

Twelve students from Ballard High School’s Video Production Program will be attending the prestigious 2006 Sundance Film Festival in January thanks to an educational grant package provided by the non-profit Sundance Institute.

The Sundance Institute has become internationally recognized in its support of independent filmmakers through its film festival and arts development programs.

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