More Local Sightings at Civic’s Concessions!

Cultivating a Local Craft Culture at Civic

2014 has marked an incredible year for new breweries, wineries and bakeries in Spokane, and 2015 looks to be just as amazing as dozens of new local businesses set their eyes on grand opening dates. Where’s the best place to sample some of the best craft items Spokane has to offer? Spokane Civic Theatre of course!

With the opening of The Servant of Two Masters on our Main Stage January 16th, and the opening of Orphans in our Firth J. Chew Studio Theatre January 30th, you’ll have the chance to sample new local beers, wine and baked goods from across our city and the surrounding areas! Here’s just a few of the options you’ll see during the months of January and February.


No-Li Brewhouse
1003 East Trent Avenue

Mosh Pit Bottles 2No-Li is not a new face at our theatre, but their new Mosh Pit Tart Cherry Ale is making its first appearance during The Servant of Two Masters. This fruit beer with a No-Li twist has already been a hit during our preview performances.

Mosh Pit will be served along No-Li’s Born and Raised IPA, as well as four other Washington beers including selections from Iron Horse Brewery in Ellensburg, Backwoods Brewing in Carson, and Seattle breweries Elysian and Two Beers Brewing Co.


Barili Cellars
608 West 2nd Avenue

Barili Cellars not only make some incredible wines, but they have been some of the most amazing local Spokane business owners to partner with. The Servant of Two Masters will be featuring Barili’s “Cinque”, a red wine that celebrates their five-year anniversary serving our community with Spokane-made wines!


BATCH Bakeshop
2023 W. Dean

If you haven’t been inside the new BATCH Bakeshop near Kendall Yards, you’re missing out! Come try a few of their incredible salted chocolate chip cookies or vanilla bean scones while at the show, and then make the trip over to their bakery to see their wide selection of fresh baked goods. You won’t be disappointed! We love their perfect balance of sweetness without overpowering your taste buds, and the quality is just unmatched in the area.

White Box Café and Bakery
1215 N. Ruby Street

We are so excited to add White Box to our options for specialty desserts for The Servant of Two Masters. Following in the Italian theme of the show, you’ll find both Tiramisu and Chocolate Dipped Cannoli from this popular Spokane café and bakery. They’re almost too beautiful to eat! Even better, both of these options are gluten-free, though you’d never know.

Deer Park Farmer’s Market and Bakery
412 W Crawford

While we’re expanding our bakery partners, don’t you fear! The caramel-stuffed salted chocolate brownie bites are back, and are joined with new options like dark chocolate caramel blondies and coconut cream bars!

These tasty options (and more!) are available January 16th – February 8th, 2015, during the run of The Servant of Two Masters. This commedia dell’arte is full of fun, farce, comedy, and chaos – with tickets available now online or through our box office at 509-325-2507.


2015-2016 Production Synopses

Over the weekend we posted the great line up of productions coming up in our 2015-2016 Season. We found that while a few were familiar with most of the shows, some of you had only heard of one or two – and we think that’s a good thing!

We’ve compiled a list of synopses for the season to peruse. This should help get everyone up to speed and on the same page:

On the Main Stage

Catch Me If You Can, the Musical

September 18 – October 18, 2015

  • Book by Terrence McNally
  • Music by Marc Shaiman
  • Lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman
  • Based on the DreamWorks Motion Picture

Based on the hit film and the incredible true story, Catch Me If You Can, is the high-flying musical comedy about chasing your dreams and not getting caught.

Nominated for 4 TONY awards, including Best Musical, this delightfully entertaining show was created by a TONY Award-winning “dream team”, with a book by Terrence McNally (The Full Monty, Ragtime) and a swinging score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray).

Seeking fame and fortune, precocious teenager Frank Abignale, Jr. runs away from home to begin an unforgettable adventure. With nothing more than his boyish charm, a big imagination and millions of dollars in forged checks, Frank successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer – living the high life and winning the girl of his dreams. But when Frank’s lies catch the attention of FBI agent Carl Hanratty, Carl pursues Frank across the country to make him pay for his crimes. 

White Christmas (Musical)

November 20 – December 19, 2015

  • Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin
  • Based Upon the Paramount Pictures Film Written For the screen by Norman Krasna, Norman Panama and Melvin Frank
  • Book by David Ives and Paul Blake

Based on the beloved, timeless film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features seventeen Irving Berlin songs and a book by David Ives and Paul Blake.

Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil’s former army commander. The dazzling score features well known standards including “Blue Skies,” “I Love A Piano,” “How Deep Is the Ocean” and the perennial favorite, “White Christmas.”

 Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Dangerous Liaisons)

January 15 – 31, 2016

  • By Christopher Hampton
  • From the novel by Choderlos de Laclos

A tale of seduction set in France among aristocrats before the revolution, this is a classic drama for exploring decadent sexuality, morals and manipulation played as the ultimate game with tragic results.

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s stunning production met with acclaim in Stratford, London and on Broadway. The film, Dangerous Liaisons, starred Glenn Close, John Malkovich and Michelle Pfeiffer.

“A compelling evening of malicious wit.” – The New York Times

“An evening of high comedy, high drama and surprising passion.” – NY Post

“Perfect.” - New York Daily News

Little Women, the Musical

February 26 – March 20, 2016

  • Music by Jason Howland
  • Lyrics by Mindi Dickstein
  • Book by Allan Knee
  • Based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott

Produced nationally and internationally, Little Women has been praised by critics for its ambition in adapting such a well-known story for the stage. This timeless captivating story is brought to life in this glorious musical filled with personal discovery, heartache, hope, and everlasting love. The original production starred the unparalleled Sutton Foster, who received TONY, Outer Critics Circle, and Drama Desk nominations for her performance.

Based on Louisa May Alcott’s life, Little Women, follows the adventures of sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March. Jo is trying to sell her stories for publication, but the publishers are not interested – her friend Professor Bhaer tells her that she has to do better and write more from herself. Begrudgingly taking this advice, Jo weaves the story of herself and her sisters and their experience growing up in Civil War America.

The Fox on the Fairway

April 8 – May 1, 2016

  • By Ken Ludwig

A tribute from Ken Ludwig (Lend Me A Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo) to the great English farces of the 1930s and 1940s, The Fox On the Fairway takes audiences on a hilarious romp which pulls the rug out from underneath the stuffy denizens of a private country club. Filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors, and over-the-top romantic shenanigans, it’s a furiously paced comedy that recalls the Marx Brothers’ classics. A charmingly madcap adventure about love, life, and man’s eternal love affair with… golf.

“It’s a grand slam! A slam dunk! A Dunkin’ Donut hole! A hole in one! [A Fox on the Fairway] hums like a well-oiled machine but retains its human soul.” – The Washington City Paper

“The Fox on the Fairway is phenomenally funny!” – New Jersey Star Ledger

“Three words best describe The Fox on the Fairway… Hilarious, hilarious, and hilarious. The audience was howling with joy.” – The Examiner

Ghost, the Musical

May 20 – June 19, 2016

  • Book & Lyrics by Bruce Joel Rubin
  • Music & Lyrics by Dave Stewart & Glen Ballard
  • Based on the Paramount Pictures film written by Bruce Joel Rubin

Adapted from the hit film by its Academy Award-winning screenwriter, Bruce Joel Rubin, GHOST THE MUSICAL follows Sam and Molly, a young couple whose connection takes a shocking turn after Sam’s untimely death. Trapped between two worlds, Sam refuses to leave Molly when he learns she is in grave danger. Desperate to communicate with her, he turns to a storefront psychic, Oda Mae Brown, who helps him protect Molly and avenge his death.

In the Studio

 Evil Dead: The Musical

October 16 – November 15, 2015

  • Book and Lyrics by George Reinblatt
  • Music by Frank Cipolla, Christopher Bond, Melissa Morris, and George Reinblatt
  • Additional Music by Christopher Bond, Melissa Morris and George Reinblatt

Based on Sam Raimi’s 80s cult classic films, Evil Dead tells the tale of 5 college kids who travel to a cabin in the woods and accidentally unleash an evil force. And although it may sound like a horror, it’s not!The songs are hilariously campy and the show is bursting with more farce than a Monty Python skit. Evil Dead: The Musical unearths the old familiar story: boy and friends take a weekend getaway at abandoned cabin, boy expects to get lucky, boy unleashes ancient evil spirit, friends turn into Candarian Demons, boy fights until dawn to survive. As musical mayhem descends upon this sleepover in the woods, “camp” takes on a whole new meaning with uproarious numbers like “All the Men in my Life Keep Getting Killed by Candarian Demons,” “Look Who’s Evil Now” and “Do the Necronomicon.”

“The next Rocky Horror Show!” – The New York Times

“A ridiculous amount of fun.” – Variety

“Bloody Hilarious! This devilishly entertaining show [has] never forgotten why it was created: To make people laugh!” – The Toronto Star 

Sordid Lives

January 29 – February 21, 2016

  • By Del Shores

A black comedy about white trash! The author of Daddy’s Dyin’ (Who’s Got the Will?) brings you a comedy that was nominated for over thirty awards during its long run in Los Angeles. When Peggy, a good Christian woman, hits her head on the sink and bleeds to death after tripping over her lover’s wooden legs in a motel room, chaos erupts in Winters, Texas.

“[This play by] the master of Texas Comedy…is maybe funnier than Daddy’s Dyin’. His colorful eccentrics are dead on, teetering on a Bowie knife’s edge between the hilarious improbable and the achingly real.” – The Los Angelas Times

“Run, don’t walk to Del Shores new play!” – DramaLogue


March 18 – April 10, 2016

  • By Tom Stoppard

Does light come in waves or particles? Experiments will show either: the experimenter can choose.

“A double agent is like a trick of the light,” Kerner (the physicist) tells Blair (the spy catcher). “You get what you interrogate for.”

Dual natures, of light and of people, are the theme of Tom Stoppard’s espionage thriller.

Kerner’s secret research is being leaked to Moscow. Is Ridley the double? Or is Kerner a triple? Hapgood is the person to find out, and maybe it will need two of her.

“Intriguing and thoroughly absorbing.” – London Broadcasting

“Vastly entertaining.” – Jewish Chronicle


April 29 – May 21, 2016

  • by Steven Dietz

Linda and Michael Waterman are both successful writers, happily married to one another. They thrive on the give and take of their unusually honest and candid relationship. However, when they decide to share their diaries with one another, the boundaries between past and present, fact and fiction, trust and betrayal begin to break down. No life, as it turns out, is an open book.

“A work of uncommon insight; an adult, unsparing and yet often witty look at the intimate relationship between a man and a woman during a time of crisis.” – The Associated Press

“Everything about the play has an elegance and richness our theater sees too seldom.” – The New York Daily News

“A provocative spin on the eternal love triangle.” – Variety

Ticket Sale Dates

Which of the above productions do you think will be your new favorite?

Ticket sale dates:

  • Tickets for our Season Donor Members go on sale March 2, 2015

  • Season Subscribers may purchase May 15, 2015

  • and single ticket sales are live August 3, 2015.



2015 – 2016 Studio Theatre Announcement!

As promised, in our Main Stage announcement we are back today at high noon to announce what’s coming up in our Firth J. Chew Studio Theatre for the exciting 2015 – 2016 Season!

  • Evil Dead, The Musical
  • Sordid Lives
  • Hapgood
  • Fiction

We will be sharing more information about these shows on the blog beginning Monday! We are SO excited!

Tickets for our season members and subscribers go on sale March 1, 2015! You haven’t been a member or subscriber before? That’s okay! Check out the link above for more information about the great perks and nice savings on tickets as well.

Don’t wait until next year to come see us – we still have some great shows coming up for the current 2014-2015 Season!


“Scrooge’s Six Days of ‘A Christmas Carol – The Musical”: Day 6


And now…! Without further ado! “Scrooge’s Six Days of ‘A Christmas Carol'” comes to an end with this SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!

During his curtain speech, Keith Dixon, Artistic Director of Spokane Civic Theatre announced our 2015-2016 Main Stage Season line-up!

2015 – 2016 Main Stage Line-up

We are so excited to bring you the following shows on our Main Stage beginning September 2015!:

  •  Catch Me If You Can, The Musical
  • White Christmas
  • Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Dangerous Liaisons)
  • Little Women, The Musical
  • The Fox on the Fairway
  • Ghost, The Musical

Tickets for all shows go on sale for season subscribers March 1, 2015. If you haven’t been a member or subscriber before, this would be a fabulous season to consider as your first!

Keep an eye on our social media channels tomorrow at noon for our 2015-2016 Studio Season announcement, and Monday here on the blog for more detailed information on each show!



Winter Food Drive for 2nd Harvest!

Winter can be a really tough time for our neighbors in need.

Dropping temperatures mean higher heat bills and that leaves less money for food and other basic needs.

Since 2011, Spokane Civic Theatre has worked in partnership with 2nd Harvest to provide food for these local families, especially at the holidays.

We offered $11 tickets with a non-perishable food donation for the November 28 and 29 showings of A Christmas Carol –  The Musical – both of which are all but completely sold out (as of this post, we only have ONE seat left for November 29)!

Help is Still Needed

Even though our incentive program has been fully utilized, we are still accepting donations of non-perishable food items in our Main Stage Lobby until November 30!

Here is the list provided by 2nd Harvest for the most needed food items. Each category is listed in order of need:


  • Peanut Butter
  • Canned meat, ham, chicken, tuna
  • Hearty soups, chili, stews
  • Macaroni and cheese, boxed dinners
  • Beans (kidney, pinto, navy, black, refried, etc.)


  • Canned fruits/vegetables
  • Canned or boxed juices
  • Boxed mashed potatoes
  • Dried fruit


  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Healthy cereals (low sugar & fat)
  • Flour, baking mixes
  • Stuffing mixes
  • Oatmeal, Cream of Wheat

It took Scrooge being visited by the three ghosts for his perspective on giving of himself and his resources to change drastically. Don’t wait until they visit you!

Thank you for helping us feed families in our area this holiday season!



Scrooge is Back!

It looks like Spokane Civic Theatre‘s ‘Ebenezer Scrooge’ (Thomas Heppler) is back with another set of Money Saving Tips to get you through the holidays!

Be sure to enter your own video highlighting a ridiculous money-saving idea to win a set of tickets to ‘A Christmas Carol – The Musical’ at Spokane Civic Theatre:

  • Post it on your YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ pageTag Spokane Civic Theatre
  • use the hashtag: #CivicScroogeTips
  • Enter by November 30!

Winners will be announced at noon Monday, December 1!

We can’t wait to see what you have to show us!


Scrooge’s Six Days of ‘A Christmas Carol': DAY 2 – A History!

A Christmas Carol - The Musical at Spokane Civic Theatre

A Closer Look at A Christmas Carol – The Musical!

Every story we tell on the stage gets its start somewhere!

As Day 2 of our Scrooge’s Six Days of A Christmas Carol – The Musical here at Spokane Civic Theatre, we think Scrooge would prefer that we provide a little educational element to the mix! Here is a brief history from where the original story began to being on our very stage.

DISTANT PAST: A Man named Charles Dickens

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was published on December 17, 1843. By Christmas that year, it had sold 6,000 copies. It’s popularity continued into the following year.

According to a History.com article, Dickens lived in Portsmouth, England where his father, a clerk in the navy pay office. He was thrown into debtors’ prison in 1824, and 12-year-old Charles was sent to work in a factory. This experience in his life very obviously influenced several of his works, including A Christmas Carol.

RECENT HISTORY: Making a Musical

The version of A Christmas Carol – The Musical you will see this holiday Season at Spokane Civic Theatre was create in 1994 by Alan Menken (music), Lynn Ahrens (lyrics and book), and Mike Ockrent (book).

The Music Theatre International website gives a little insight into this collaboration:

The creators were drawn together by the desire to make a show that could appeal to children who had never or rarely experienced live theatre. Ockrent in particular was inspired by the “Pantomimes” he would attend as a young child every holiday season in north London. As Ockrent says in his original director’s note, “I hope that kids and families will experience the same thrill I had all those years ago of enjoying the show and the wonderful reminder that nothing need remain the same, that within us all we have the capacity to share, communicate and love each other.

This rendition of A Christmas Carol – The Musical was first performed on the Paramount Theatre stage at Madison Square Garden. It came to be the longest running “major show” presented only as holiday engagement. The show was performed every December from 1994-2003 and was adapted for the screen in 2004 and shown on NBC (it starred Kelsey Grammar as “Ebenezer Scrooge” that time).

PRESENT DAY: On Civic’s Main Stage

Thomas Heppler reprises his role as “Ebenezer Scrooge” in this musical tale, with our new Artistic Director, Keith Dixon, making his Civic directoral debut. Heppler is joined by 47 other fantasic area volunteer actors, which makes this one of our largest-ever casts. This nearly village-sized group is joined by a top-notch team of numerous crew, show staff, and orchestra members that helped bring the details of this story to life.

We are so pleased to present this timeless narrative, from November 21 to December 20, 2014. Be sure to check our website for show dates and details. We encourage patrons to consider purchasing their tickets early this year, as some dates are already very close to selling out

Thank you again for your continued support – we wish you the very best for the upcoming holiday season!


Scrooge’s Six Days of ‘A Christmas Carol': Day 1

 Welcome to Scrooge’s Six Days of Christmas!

Why only six days, you ask? Well, Ebenezer Scrooge surely would not pay for 12 full days of Christmas…. he would pay for six! So all this week we have a fun set of posts planned to help get you into the A Christmas Carol: The Musical spirit!

A Word from Scrooge

For our first day of fun, we have a great video for you with a few money-saving tips from Scrooge himself:

A Christmas Carol: The Musical opens this Friday, November 21, and is sure to be great fun for the whole family!
As a bonus, the opening night showing is going to have catering generously donated by our 2014-15 Season Sponsor, Porsche of Spokane.

Keep your eyes posted every day this week for upcoming goodies from Scrooge and Spokane Civic Theatre!


SPECIAL EVENT: Civic and Clarion Brass do Christmas at the Bing!

Christmas at Bing Art Pack FINAL-03



Friends Of the Bing with the Bing Crosby Theater and Spokane Civic Theatre are teaming up for a night of Christmas cheer and generous giving, in an effort to fundraise and increase programming at both theater venues. “Christmas at the Bing” on Sunday, December 21st at 7:30 P.M. at the Bing, will feature a variety of talented musicians, vocalists, and other performers sponsored in part by Washington Trust Bank and The Fletcher Agency.

Entertainment Spokane’s Ed Clark will host and emcee the event.

Clarion Brass Choir

Spokane’s “Clarion” is one of the world’s top brass choirs, and in its two decades it has helped to define what a large brass ensemble should be. Clarion is comprised of twelve brass players and a percussionist who formed to explore the versatility of this instrumental combination by performing everything from serious chamber works to jazz and popular music. Their vision has always been to push the brass choir envelope by trying new things while maintaining the highest possible musical standards.

William Berry, winner of the 2003 Artist Trust/Washington State Arts Commission Fellowship for Music, is founder and artistic director of Clarion, which has been performing since 1992. Berry writes and arranges Clarion’s music.In 2000, Clarion recorded “Nutcracker Suite Dreams”, and released a second recording in 2003, “Angels”, an original cantata by William Berry for two choruses, brass, percussion, and organ. Clarion’s 2005 recording, “A Partridge in a Pear Tree”, is a sequel to NSD with more original takes on Holiday music.

“…Virtuosic, musically fascinating and wildly fun.” 
-Ann Le Bar,  Spokane Spokesman-Review, 2000

 Clarion personnel includes: Robert Spittal as Conductor; William Berry, Larry Jess, Eric Moe and Andy Plamondon on Trumpets; Kyle Wilbert, Charles Karschney, Roger Logan, and Kristin Joham on Horns; Holly Amend, Richard Strauch and Bill Foster on Trombones; Leonard Byrne on Tuba; and Paul Raymond on Percussion.


In addition to Clarion’s instrumental numbers, audiences will also enjoy five vocalists who are local favorites, previously seen on Spokane Civic Theatre’s stage: Abbey Crawford, Doug Dawson, Andrea Olsen, Darnelle Preston, and Jim Swoboda.



Sunday, December 21st at 7:00 P.M. at the Bing (901 W Sprague, Spokane).
Doors open at 6:00 P.M.


$20 for adults, $15 for students with ID
Tickets available at TicketsWest

Going Local: New Food and Beverage Options at Spokane Civic Theatre

mainstage concessions

New lighting at Civic’s Main Stage Concessions!

We’ve been busy!

If you’ve attended a show at Spokane Civic Theatre this season, you’ve most likely noticed we’ve been busy making a variety of changes in our concessions area, from new LED lighting and paint to updated archive photos and seating areas.

What you may not have noticed are the new local food and beverage offerings in our concessions area!

Partnering Local

As a community theatre, we have the great opportunity to partner with and support various local businesses throughout Spokane and surrounding areas. Through these partnerships, we are able to feature incredible local bakeries, wineries, breweries and other food establishments at our productions.

If you haven’t been to our concessions counters lately, here are two new products and local businesses you should come see:

Local Spokane Brewery: No-Li

Photo courtesy of No-Li

The Company: No-Li Brewhouse – Spokane, WA
The Products: “Rise and Grind” coffee ale and “Born and Raised” IPA

No-Li is synonymous with the Spokane area, and bringing on a couple of their beers resulted in one of the most positive vocal responses we’ve had in our concessions area.

No-Li is an internationally award-winning brewery headed by Brewmaster/co-owner Mark Irvin. No-Li prides itself in crafting Spokane-Style innovative beers made in Spokane, by Spokane residents, using ingredients sourced from within 300 miles of Spokane.

Look for more No-Li beers throughout the season!

Local bakery Deer Park Farmers Market!

Photo courtesy Deer Park Farmer’s Market.

The Company: Deer Park Farmers Market and Bakery – Deer Park, WA
The Products: Various baked goods, from huckleberry lemon bars to salted caramel stuffed brownie bites.

Located just north of Spokane, the Deer Park Farmers Market and Bakery truly embraces the spirit of local.

What drew us to the business is their exclusive use of simple, quality local ingredients, with a mission to support the many local farmers and food artisans in this area. We also love them because their products immediately transport you back to grandma’s kitchen.

Just ask our artistic director, Keith Dixon, about their caramel apple cheesecake bars – he ran off with the sample all to himself and refused to share! It was that good!

In addition to these two fantastic local businesses , we plan to feature many more local favorites throughout the rest of the season!

Partner with us!

Here at Civic, we’re always looking for new ways to add value to the live theatre experience. Do you own a bakery? A brewery? Would you like to partner with us and see your product featured at Spokane Civic Theatre for one or more of our shows? If so, contact Chris Beazer at cbeazer@spokanecivictheatre.com.

Even if your business has nothing to do with food, there are still a lot of ways your company can partner with Spokane Civic Theatre. Contact our Managing Director Marnie Rorholm at mrorholm@spokanecivictheatre.com to see how a partnership with the theatre can benefit your business today!