Bart’s Beat: Meetings, Meetings, Meetings

Meetings, meetings, meetings! Some love them, some hate them, sometimes it’s just a necessary evil. I like to think that if you have a purpose, agenda, and a time limit, meetings can be very beneficial.

Since I will be new to town, I plan on scheduling meetings with as many groups as possible. My first set of meetings (outside of board and staff) are meetings with directors/music directors, and stage managers/producers. We plan on meeting on a late Saturday morning shortly after my arrival. We’ll work on the details shortly, and get them out to the usual suspects and interested parties (I hope everyone in those groups are able to attend).

What is my purpose? To have an opportunity to meet with this critical group of professionals that provide such an important and integral component to our organization.

The Agenda? To discern procedures and expectations on both sides of the table, and to share ideas in a collaborative manner. We plan on having Jack, Mike and myself there so we have continuity, understanding, and direction.

Time Limit? 45 minutes to an hour. Can we accomplish everything in that time frame? Absolutely not! But it gives us all a chance to begin the open dialogue. At the least, we’ll provide coffee and donuts.


Lenny’s Idea of a great meeting!!!

I look forward to having the opportunity to meet with everyone at some point or another. And please forgive me if we’ve met, and I look slightly dazed and confused. Simply remind me of your name-too many meetings confuse me!




Bart’s Beat: Greetings from Quincy, Illinois!

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Greetings from Quincy Illinois!

As the clock ticks, my arrival to Spokane gets nearer and nearer, and my excitement grows. I’m so looking forward to beginning my new position, and working with some wonderful staff members, board members, patrons, and especially, the volunteers that are the life-blood of organizations like the Spokane Civic Theatre! I’ve arranged my schedule so I can arrive at The Civic in time for the 70 th Anniversary Gala, but my first real day will be Monday, September 12 th . My family (Wife Tricia, Mother-in-Law Carol, Dog-Cleo, and Cats-Mr. Chai & Daphne) will join us in early or mid-October.

Some of you may have seen the press release, so perhaps you know I have a long history running professional, community and educational theatres. I’m also a professional actor (along with my wife), but we put those plans on hold when we moved to Quincy in 2011. However, we both just recently had an opportunity to act for a new professional theatre in our area, which sated those needs for me. I’m ready to once again, roll up my sleeves and serve as Artistic Director for a community theatre. Not just any community theatre mind you, but one of the oldest and most decorated community theatres in the country!

I plan on scheduling a few meetings to have the opportunity to exchange ideas, and give everyone the chance to hear my M.O. of running a theatre. I look forward to our time together, working closely with our new CEO, Mike, learning from Jack, and creating some awesome theatre. I can’t wait to share our work with the community! My door will always be open.

(Photo credit: Walter Rodriguez, Lenny & Tricia in More Fun than Bowling by Steven Dietz, Playwrights Theatre of NJ).


2016-17 Studio Season Artwork!

And here is the artwork for the 2016-17 Firth J Chew Studio Season! All the artwork was created by local artist and designer, Zac Jones!

Be sure to stop by the theatre, or check your mailbox, for a season brochure! All tickets go on sale July 1! The 2016-17 Season is sponsored by The Local Offices of Edward Jones, and the Studio Season is sponsored by Numerica Credit Union.

October 14 – November 5, 2016
Rating: R
Music Direction by HENRY MCNULTY


January 27 – February 19, 2017
Rating: PG-13


March 17 – April 9, 2017
Rating: PG-13


Sponsored by Hotel Ruby and Montvale Hotel
April 28 – May 21
Rating: PG
Directed by DAVID BAKER


70th Season Artwork Reveal!

We are so excited to finally share our 2016-17 Spokane Civic Theatre artwork! All the artwork was created by local artist and designer, Zac Jones!

Be sure to stop by the theatre, or check your mailbox, for a season brochure! All tickets go on sale July 1! The 2016-17 Season is sponsored by The Local Offices of Edward Jones.

And stay tuned for the Firth J Chew Studio shows, coming soon.


Sponsored by David and Christina Lynch
September 9 – October 9, 2016
Rating: G
Assistant Directed by JESSICA LOOMER
Music Direction by CAROLYN JESS
Choreography by HEIDY CARTWRIGHT


Sponsored by Ted and Joan Redman
October 28 – November 12, 2016
Rating: PG-13


Sponsored by Columbia Hearing Center
November 26 – December 18, 2016
Rating: G
Music Direction by BETH TAYLOR


February 10 – March 5, 2017
Rating: PG
Music Direction by HENRY  MCNULTY

March 31 – April 23, 2017
Rating: PG
Directed by BILL MARLOWE


Sponsored by Touchmark
May 19 – June 11, 2017
Rating: PG




An Exciting New Partnership!

The Montvale Hotel, Hotel Ruby, and Hotel Ruby 2 are now Spokane Civic Theatre’s Official Hotels. They are sponsoring our upcoming production of The Taming of the Shrew (May 2017). Not only that, but they are offering anyone with tickets to a Spokane Civic Theatre show 15% off of their entire stay!

We’d like to thank them for their generosity and heavy investment in Spokane’s entertainment scene. We hope that you will support and recommend hospitable local businesses:

Montvale Hotel
1005 West 1st Avenue
Spokane, WA 99201
(509) 747-1919

Montvale Hotel Logo

Hotel Ruby
901 West 1st Avenue
Spokane, WA 99201
(509) 747-1041

Hotel Ruby Logo

Hotel Ruby 2
123 South Post Street
Spokane, WA 99201
(509) 838-8504


Little Shop of Rentals in Yellowstone

Lake Yellowstone Hotel’s 125th Anniversary

Little Shop of Rentals costumes going to Yellowstone

Some of the costumes being taken to Lake Yellowstone Hotel.

The costumes from our Little Shop of Rentals are taking a trip next week. They will be traveling to Yellowstone Lake to help costume and celebrate the Lake Yellowstone Hotel’s 125th Anniversary event. They will be leaving next Wednesday, May 11 and returning the following Monday, May 16.

The hotel was designed by Robert Reamer in 1891. He was also a part of such projects as the Fox Theater here in Spokane, as well as the iconic Old Faithful Inn in Yellowstone, Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre and Hotel Deca, and Olympic National Forest’s Lake Quinault Lodge. In April 2015, the hotel was also designated a National Historic Landmark.

As part of the celebration, there will be a special ceremony unveiling the plaque for this designation. Other activities at the celebration will include a procession of historical vehicles, walking tours of the hotel, and short bus tours of the surrounding area, all of which is free to the public.

This sounds like a fun event and we wish Little Shop of Rentals the best on this epic adventure!


OUTSpoken Reviews ‘Sordid Lives’!

Thanks to the OUTSpoken guys for coming to see Sordid Lives this weekend! Hear what they had to say, then get your tickets! 

*Edit: Shows are on Thursdays thru Sundays each week. We do not hold Wednesday performances for our Studio Productions.

[Audio Credit: OUTSpoken/ARU: a Creative Company ]

Audience Note: This production is Rated-R and may not be suitable for all audiences.


Spokane Civic Theatre Announces 2016-17 Directors

Spokane Civic Theatre embarks on its 70th year with a captivating collection of productions fit for a platinum anniversary season!  To bring these titles to life, some of the region’s favorite directors have been enlisted to bring their unique skillsets to Civic:


  • Disney’s Beauty and the Beast  (Sept 9 – Oct 9, 2016)
    • Directed by Keith Dixon
    • Music Direction by Carolyn Jess
  • A Streetcar Named Desire (Oct 28 – Nov 13, 2016)
    • Directed by Troy Nickerson
  • Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings (Nov 25 – Dec 18, 2016)
    • Directed by Kathie Doyle-Lipe
    • Music Direction by Chris Beazer
  • A Little Night Music (Feb 10 – Mar 5, 2017)
    • Directed by Keith Dixon
    • Music Direction by Henry McNulty
  • Noises Off!  (Mar 31 – Apr 23, 2017)
    • Directed by Bill Marlowe
  • Kiss Me, Kate (May 19 – June 11, 2017)
    • Directed by Melody Deatherage
    • Music Direction by Henry McNulty


  • The Rocky Horror Show (Oct 14 – Nov 5, 2016)
    • Directed by Lance Babbitt
    • Music Direction by Henry McNulty
  • Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike (Jan 27 – Feb 19, 2017)
    • Directed by Heather McHenry-Kroetch
  • Holding On~Letting Go (Mar 17 – Apr 9, 2017)
    • Directed by Jack Delehanty
  • The Taming of the Shrew (Apr 28 – May 21, 2017)
    • Directed by David Baker


  • Disney’s High School Musical (July 24 – Aug. 2, 2015)

Our 2016 Summer Academy Musical will be Disney’s High School Musical. This camp, for students aged 13-18, is holding auditions May 23, 24, and 25, and isdirected by Andrew Ware Lewis, with music direction by Drew Olsen, and choreographed by Hannah Farley. Tickets for this production are not part of our season subscription and will go on sale June 1, 2016.

Audition dates for each of the productions above will be available on Spokane Civic Theatre’s website mid-March 2016 at www.spokanecivictheatre.com/audition/ .

Purchasing 2016-17 Tickets:

All regular single tickets go on sale Friday, July 1 at Spokane Civic Theatre’s box office, and at all TicketsWest locations.

A brand-new Early Bird Subscription program is in place now until Friday, February 26, 2016 with large discounts on ticket packages. More information can be gathered from Spokane Civic Theatre’s box office Monday – Friday 12pm – 6pm at 1020 N Howard Street in Spokane, or at 509-325-2507.

Regularly-priced Season Subscriptions will begin Saturday, February 27, 2016. Please check Spokane Civic Theatre’s website for more details. www.spokanecivictheatre.com.


The mission of Spokane Civic Theatre is to foster and operate a volunteer live community theatre of high artistic merit. 


Contact: Spokane Civic Theatre, 509-325-2507

Miranda Larson, Marketing and Communications Manager


Spokane Civic Theatre Academy to present Disney’s HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL


Spokane Civic Theatre’s Academy will present Disney’s High School Musical as its Summer Academy Musical. Performances run July 22-31, 2016, and are the culmination of a three-week theatre camp for 13-18 year olds.

This audition-only camp brings together Spokane’s talented teenage musical theatre performers to hone their skills, make new friends, and have fun producing a musical.

Auditions for Disney’s High School Musical will be May 23, 24 & 25 at Spokane Civic Theatre. Actors are not required to have previous experience, but should come prepared to sing a verse and chorus of a contemporary song not from this production along with piano sheet music for provided accompanist.

Disney’s High School Musical is directed by Andrew Ware Lewis, with music direction by Drew Olsen, and choreographed by Hannah Farley.


It’s the first day after winter break at East High. Basketball team captain and resident jock Troy discovers that the brainy Gabriella, a girl he met singing karaoke on his ski trip, has just enrolled at East High. They cause an upheaval when they decide to audition for the high school musical, led by Ms. Darbus. Although many students resent the threat posed to the “status quo,” Troy and Gabriella’s alliance might just open the door for others to shine as well.

For more information on auditions please keep an eye on our website in the coming weeks: www.spokanecivictheatre.com/audition/

About Spokane Civic Theatre Academy:

Spokane Civic Theatre Academy features a variety of courses for a wide range of age, interest, and skill level. Whether a seasoned actor or making a stage debut, we invite students of all backgrounds to join us.

The Academy strives to offer students the opportunity to explore their own creativity and understand all aspects of theatre in an atmosphere of fun and cooperation rather than competition. This helps to promote a nurturing environment that fosters personal development on and off the stage.


The mission of Spokane Civic Theatre is to foster and operate a volunteer live community theatre of high artistic merit. 


Contact: Spokane Civic Theatre, 509-325-2507

Miranda Larson, Marketing and Communications Manager


OUTSpoken Preps You for ‘SORDID LIVES’

The guys over at OUTSpoken are getting ready for SORDID LIVES (opening this Friday) and will be here for our SOLD OUT opening! Sordid Lives runs January 29 – February 21, 2016 in our Studio Theatre!

Here’s a bit of what they had to say about Sordid Lives in popular culture from their January 24 show:

Do you have your tickets yet?

[Audio Credit: OUTSpoken/ARU: a Creative Company ]