Little did I know when I went to Village Theatre last week that I was in for many surprises involving its newest musical, “It Shoulda Been You.”
Although the confident high-school senior doesn’t show it – Jake Nicholson is nervous. It’s Jan. 7, opening night of “Godspell” at First Stage Theatre in Issaquah, and he plays a leading role – Judas.
I am on a mission to be a cowgirl ever since seeing Village Theatre’s new musical “Annie Get Your Gun.” Or at least, to look like one.
Karen Ann Ledger did a fantastic job bringing out the old-timey beauty in female actors, from bandanna sashes and wide-brimmed hats to frilly petticoats and lace-up booties. Similarly, the male performers were transformed into boot-clickin’ buckaroos.
From the green skin of the Wicked Witch of the West, to the gun-totin’, sharp-shootin’ ways of a cowgirl, Vicki Noon does not blend in with the characters she portrays on stage.
With a powerhouse voice and lauded acting chops, it’s no wonder Noon made it from Village Theatre’s KIDSTAGE program to Broadway. Fresh from the national tour of “Wicked,” the 26-year-old Newcastle native will return to the Eastside to star as Annie Oakley in Village Theatre’s “Annie Get Your Gun,” premiering Nov. 9.
Each September, hundreds of women come from throughout the region to take a stand – or more accurately, a ride, against the problem – domestic violence.
Cycle the Wave, Sept. 18, is a non-competitive bicycle race for women on the Eastside that gives 100 percent of proceeds to nonprofits such as Eastside Domestic Violence Program (EDVP). Last year, Cycle the Wave brought in more than 800 riders, 100 volunteers and $80,000.
It’s hard enough for an actor to perfect one lead role in a musical theater production. Let alone two.
But that’s exactly what what 28-year-old Aaron Finley of Seattle has been trying to do in rehearsal for his two roles in Village Theatre’s “Jesus Christ Superstar.” The Issaquah rendering of the 70s rock opera is directed by Brian Yorkey, a Pulitzer and Tony award-winner.
Robb Hunt, Village Theatre Executive Producer, has not had too many complaints about holding KIDSTAGE shows in Bellevue’s Theatre at Meydenbauer Center for the past nine months. But now, he said, it feels like the KIDSTAGE program is back where it belongs.
If it were not for the gray, Pacific Northwest drizzle outside, one might think the people walking in to the Vedic Cultural Center wearing saris and salwar kameez were in India.
But this is Sammamish, not New Delhi; As the Indian American families escape the cold and wet outside and pour into the brightly lit Hare Krishna vedic center, they prepare to symbolically celebrate victory of light over darkness–the basic message of Diwali, festival of lights.