Gabrielle Nomura

From left: Actors John David Scott

Girl About Town: Village Theatre delivers plenty of laughs, surprises

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.”

 

City awards Village Theatre $25,000 for facilities upkeep

Village Theatre was awarded a $25,000 grant that will be used for maintaining and improving the theatre’s Issaquah facilities.

 

Chris Ensweiler

Play brings timeless jokes and quirky characters to Village Theatre

Chris Ensweiler couldn't be more prepared for his role of the uptight neat freak in Village Theatre's upcoming production of "The Odd Couple," which runs Jan. 18 to March 25.

 

Jake Nicholson (left) and Rohan Waghani (right)

Teen performers find route to Broadway at Village Theatre

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.

Jake Nicholson (left) and Rohan Waghani (right)
Dane Stokinger (Frank Butler) and Vicki Noon (Annie Oakley).

‘Annie Get Your Gun’ brings down the house with standout actors, stage effects

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.

Dane Stokinger (Frank Butler) and Vicki Noon (Annie Oakley).
Vicki Noon as Annie Oakley in Village Theatre's 'Annie Get Your Gun.'

Broadway star, Eastside native stars in Village Theatre’s ‘Annie Get Your Gun’

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.

Vicki Noon as Annie Oakley in Village Theatre's 'Annie Get Your Gun.'
(Top) Ben Gonio

Gripping Village Theatre musical inspires a new kind of patriotism | Review

Gripping Village Theatre musical inspires a new kind of patriotism | Review

(Top) Ben Gonio
Cycle the WAVE organizers

Female cyclists ride to end domestic violence

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.

Cycle the WAVE organizers
Dennis Bateman (Michael)

Multicultural performers take center stage at Village Theatre

While most roles are performed by white actors at Village Theatre, throughout the years, performers of color have created some memorable roles here, too

Dennis Bateman (Michael)
The Brothers Four perform at the Kirkland Performance Center Sept. 11.

Weekly arts roundup

Weekly arts roundup

The Brothers Four perform at the Kirkland Performance Center Sept. 11.
Driven to Abstraction exhibit poster.

Weekly arts roundup | Entertainment

Weekly arts roundup | Entertainment

Driven to Abstraction exhibit poster.
Madie Polyak as Millie Dillmount and the Company of KIDSTAGE’s'Thoroughly Modern Millie.'

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Weekly arts roundup for Issaquah.

Madie Polyak as Millie Dillmount and the Company of KIDSTAGE’s'Thoroughly Modern Millie.'
'Take me America' started off as a staged reading at Village Theatre and will be part of the Mainstage season for 2011-12.

6 new musicals star in 11th annual Village Theatre festival

The 11th annual Village Originals Festival of New Musicals, an invitation-only event, is Aug. 12-14 at the Francis J. Gaudette Theatre.

'Take me America' started off as a staged reading at Village Theatre and will be part of the Mainstage season for 2011-12.
Bumbershoot returns Sept. 3-5 at Seattle Center.

Out & About activities for Aug. 27 – Sept. 5

Out & About activities for Aug. 27 - Sept. 5

Bumbershoot returns Sept. 3-5 at Seattle Center.
Rachel Beckwith.

Thousands give $140,000 in memory of 9-year-old girl | I-90 crash

Rachel Beckwith had a dream. The 9-year-old Issaquah girl wanted to help provide clean water to African villages.

Rachel Beckwith.
Michael K. Lee (Jesus)

Switching characters every show | ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ gives lead actors a creative challenge

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.

Michael K. Lee (Jesus)
Village Theatre's annual auction.

Weekly arts roundup May 2-8

DanceA Day of Dance at Pacific Northwest Ballet Saturday, June 18 at McCaw Hall. Featuring the 30th annual PNB school performance at 1:30 p.m., Next… Continue reading

Village Theatre's annual auction.
'Mary Poppins' the musical is coming to Paramount Theatre in May.

Weekly arts roundup

Fine artNationally known artist Brian Bonebrake's exhibit is at Sammamish City Hall through May 27; Go to www.ci.sammamish.wa.us; 801 228th Ave. S.E.; 425- 295-0500.artEAST's Feet… Continue reading

'Mary Poppins' the musical is coming to Paramount Theatre in May.
Field of Champions Sports Bar & Grill in Issaquah serves up food and sports.

New Issaquah restaurant delights sports and food-lovers alike

Combine Denise Johnson's two decades in the restaurant industry, and her husband, Bruce Johnson's years as a baseball star and you get Field of Champions Sports Bar & Grill in Issaquah.

Field of Champions Sports Bar & Grill in Issaquah serves up food and sports.
An extensive renovation has returned First Stage Theatre to its glory.

Issaquah’s historic First Stage Theatre reopens; young performers return home

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.

An extensive renovation has returned First Stage Theatre to its glory.