CHOREOGRAPHER PROFILE: JILLIAN KEHNE

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JILLIAN KEHNE: CHOREOGRAPHER OF A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC 

What do you enjoy most about choreographing a show?

For me, choreographing a show is about working with the creative team and actors that we have to put together movement that is creative, puts the actors in their best light, and is coherent with the story being told. The fun lies in the people you get to work with to accomplish those goals and this cast and crew has been very fun to work with.

What was the greatest challenge in choreographing A Little Night Music?

A Little Night Music is not really a “dance show”, so I feel like my job has been mainly about helping to underscore the story. I did some YouTubing for Waltz Tutorials in preparation, but mostly just tried to focus on movements that would accentuate the story and compliment our actors.

Do you have a favorite song from the show?

The music is beautiful and I find myself humming many of the songs at home after rehearsals – You Must Meet My Wife, A Weekend In The Country, Everyday a Little Death, and many of the rest.

ANNOUNCING THE 2017 SUMMER MAIN STAGE PERFORMANCE CAMP

Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls !  We are thrilled to finally reveal our Main Stage Performance Camp Production!  Each summer, we have seen talented teens rise to the challenge of rehearsing and staging a show in under 3 weeks.  We wondered…could our impressive community of teen performers tackle the impressive feat of staging a Regional Premiere Production??  The answer, of course, is a resounding YES!  

WANDA’S WORLD

CHET Wandas World (Savana Santos)

This summer, we invite you into a wonderful world- WANDA’S WORLD.  The story of a girl, who like most middle-schoolers, just wants to fit in.  It’s a touching story of acceptance, self-awareness, and confidence, with fun and clever songs you’ll be singing all summer long.  We can’t wait to see this exceptional show come to life on our stage!

Auditions: June 12-14, 2017. You’ll want to prepare a contemporary song (not from the show) and wear clothes you can dance in, and bring sheet music for a provided piano accompanist. More information about auditions will be announced closer to the dates.

Rehearsals: July 3-20, 2017, 9 AM – 5 PM

Show Dates: July 21-30, 2017

Tickets go on sale June 1, 2017!

CHET Wandas World (Grant Farmer, Dayton Job, and Andrew Cliatt)

WANDA’S WORLD is a feel-good, family musical for the “tween” in all of us. It tells the story of Wanda Butternut, the popular host of the hit TV talk show, Wanda’s World, where kids call in to get advice from Wanda to solve their problems. Wanda is beautiful, confident and always knows what to say… in her fantasy. In real life, Wanda is a middle school girl with a big birthmark on her face, who is terrified to deal with the first day of school in a new town. Gradually, with the help of an extraordinary teacher, she overcomes incredible odds and learns to follow her own path.
Photos Courtesy of Quincy Community Theatre
Photos by Chet Coonrod

DIRECTOR PROFILE: LENNY BART

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Lenny Bart: Artistic Director of Spokane Civic Theatre, Director of the upcoming production A Little Night Music

Were you nervous going into the audition process? 

I don’t usually get nervous, but I’m always concerned that we’ll get enough people with the proper skill set to fill all of the roles. I usually get very excited, because that is the first step in the rehearsal process, which I love!

Do you have a favorite relationship/ character dynamic in the show? 

This is a tough question, because some are favored because of their humor, others for their pathos, but if I had to pick, I would say the three generations of the Armfeldt ladies. There is Desiree, the protagonist of the piece who represents the current time, her mother, Madam Armfeldt who represents the past, and Fredrika, Desiree’s daughter, who represents the future, and how she was written in as an observer, who is able to decipher the positive and negative aspects of the past and present to make clear, informed choices for her future.

What do you like about directing musicals vs. plays? 

Well, I may make some enemies here, but I prefer to direct plays over musicals, because the stories and characters are often more defined in a play. We are able to focus on the conflicts and spend more time analyzing them and solving staging issues. What I do love about directing musicals, is that it takes the collaboration aspect of the theatre and magnifies it.  We must now work with a music director, a choreographer, musicians and dancers.  All very exciting and rewarding.

Send in the Clowns is such an iconic song.  What does it mean to you? 

To me, is is a song about self awareness, and our ability to see the ramifications of our actions, and to understand the follies of our ways.  Many people who know the song, but don’t know the play often mistake it for being an upbeat song, when Desiree realizes the impact her life choices have on her current situation.  There is humor, sadness, and  truth all rolled into one song, and we in the audience are moved, and probably begin to think about our own life choices, and that is part of the power of theatre; to make us think about our world and our place in it.

Did you have a concrete concept for this show beforehand?

This is one of the few times I’ve directed a play without having first seen or even read prior to be directing it.  I have known about the show, have seen the Bergman film it is based upon, and know a few of the songs from the show, but it is exciting to go completely fresh into something.  I also don’t like to look at other productions or videos of productions, because we inevitably copy what we’ve seen, and I like to try to keep a production true to a “unified vision” based on my analysis of the script.

What is a unique aspect about directing community theatre I’ve been fortunate to have had the opportunity to work in professional, community and educational theatre, and I find community theatre has a bit of all three rolled into one, which I really love.  Often times, the caliber of performer is as high as in many professional productions, and this cast is no exception.  I’m working with incredibly talented people here!   And I get the opportunity to share my experiences with some of the younger, or less seasoned performers in, hopefully, assisting them in improving on their craft. It is the best of all worlds.

Announcing the 2017-2018 Season!

MAIN STAGE

West Side Story

Musical: September 22-October 15, 2017

Book by Arthur Laurents, Music by Leonard Bernstein, Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Based on Conception of Jerome Robbins, Based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet

From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. Arthur Laurents’ book remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. The score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim is widely regarded as one of the best ever written. The world’s greatest love story takes to the streets in this landmark Broadway musical that is one of the theatre’s finest accomplishments.

Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City as two young, idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the “American” Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of our time.

A Christmas Story, The Musical

Musical: November 17-December 17, 2017

Book by Joseph Robinette. Music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Based on the motion picture A Christmas Story distributed by Warner Bros., written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark.

Set in the 1940s in the fictional town of Hohman, Indiana, the musical follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts—an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Rebuffed at every turn with a similar echoing response, Ralphie plots numerous schemes to achieve his desperate desire for the coveted BB gun.T he delightfully versatile score ranges from gentle ballads to show-stopping full-ensemble numbers such as “Ralphie to the Rescue!”, “A Major Award,” “Sticky Situation,” “Up on Santa’s Lap,” “Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana” and the inevitable “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out!” A Christmas Story, The Musical will bring an exciting new dimension to those who have seen the movie and will certainly stand on its own for those who haven’t.

Cactus Flower

Play: January 12-January 28, 2018

By Abe Burrows

Based on the play Fleur de cactus by Pierre Barillet and Jean-Pierre Gredy, the comedy focuses on the relationship between young, wild Toni and her older, married lover Julian, a dentist. Convinced the two have no future together, Toni attempts suicide, and a guilt-ridden Julian rashly proposes he leave his wife so the couple can be together. However, Julian has never revealed to Toni that his “marriage” is actually an elaborate lie concocted to keep Toni at arm’s length. Toni refuses to break up his household without first meeting and talking with Julian’s soon-to-be-ex, so Julian enlists the aid of his shy spinster assistant Stephanie to pose as his non-existent wife. Complications arise when Toni decides the two must find her a new beau so everyone concerned can live happily ever after.

Ten Nights in a Barroom

Musical: February 16-March 4, 2018

Book, Lyrics, and Music by Fred Carmichael

Based on the Drama by William W Pratt

10 Nights in a Barroom, a Melodrama/Comedy with musical olio interludes, takes place in the fictional town of Cedarville. A visitor stops at the new tavern, the Sickle and Sheaf. The proprietor, Simon Slade, is a former miller who gave up the trade for the more lucrative tavern. This rare combination of music and nonsense leaves the audience asking for more. All of the well remembered scenes are intact: Little Mary as she pleads with her fallen father in the bar, the evils of alcohol claiming the owner of the saloon, Little Mary’s death scene and the regeneration of drunkard Joe Morgan. New suspense is added as Goldie Hills, a saloon singer with a heart of gold, is tied to a mooring post by villainous Harvey Green and sings “I Am More to Be Pitied Than Censured” as the water rises.

Dial “M” for Murder

Play: March 23-April 8, 2018

By Frederick Knott

Tony Wendice has married his wife, Margot, for her money and now plans to murder her for the same reason. He arranges the perfect murder. He blackmails a scoundrel he used to know into strangling her for a fee of one thousand pounds, and arranges a brilliant alibi for himself. Unfortunately…the murderer gets murdered and the victim survives. But this doesn’t baffle the husband: He sees his hireling’s death as an opportunity to have his wife convicted for the murder of the man who tried to murder her, and that is what almost happens. Luckily, the police inspector from Scotland Yard and a young man who is in love with the wife discover the truth, and in a scene of almost unbearable suspense they trap the husband into revealing his guilt, thus freeing Margot.

Hello, Dolly!

Musical: May 18-June 10, 2018

Book by Michael Stewart, Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman, Based on the play “The Matchmaker” by Thornton Wilder

Jerry Herman’s energetic Hello, Dolly! is a musical filled with charisma and with heart. Matchmaker Dolly Levi is a widow, a matchmaker, and also a professional meddler – but everything changes when she decides that the next match she needs to make is to find someone for herself. Set in New York City at the turn-of-the-century, Hello-Dolly! is boisterous and charming from start to finish. Hello, Dolly! features such memorable songs as “Before the Parade Passes By,” “It Only Takes a Moment,” “Put on Your Sunday Clothes,” and – of course – the title number, “Hello, Dolly!” Dolly herself is one of the strongest and richest starring roles for a woman ever written for the musical theatre, and famous Dolly Levis have included Carol Channing, Ethel Merman, Molly Picon, Mary Martin, and Barbra Streisand.

STUDIO THEATRE

Psycho Beach Party

Play: October 13-November 5, 2017

By Charles Busch

By Charles Busch, is an insanely (literally!) fun romp on Malibu Beach in 1962 — it’s what happens when Gidget, Frankie & Annette, and Alfred Hitchcock are given a shotgun marriage. Teenage tomboy Chicklet Forrest desperately wants to be part of the surf crowd. The one thing getting in her way, however, is her unfortunate tendency towards multiple personalities … and her most dangerous alter ego — voracious vixen Ann Bowman — has nothing less than world domination on her mind! Add men in drag, a B-movie star, and a villain of a mom who would make Joan Crawford cringe, and you’ve got a zany comedy that the Associated Press calls “fiendishly funny!”  What better way to spend your summer?

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf

Play: January 19-February 11, 2018

By Edward Albee

George, a professor at a small college, and his wife, Martha, have just returned home, drunk from a Saturday night party. Martha announces, amidst general profanity, that she has invited a young couple—an opportunistic new professor at the college and his shatteringly naïve new bride—to stop by for a nightcap. When they arrive the charade begins. The drinks flow and suddenly inhibitions melt. It becomes clear that Martha is determined to seduce the young professor, and George couldn’t care less. But underneath the edgy banter, which is crossfired between both couples, lurks an undercurrent of tragedy and despair. George and Martha’s inhuman bitterness toward one another is provoked by the enormous personal sadness that they have pledged to keep to themselves: a secret that has seemingly been the foundation for their relationship. In the end, the mystery in which the distressed George and Martha have taken refuge is exposed, once and for all revealing the degrading mess they have made of their lives.

2.0 (Two Point_Oh)

Play: March 2-March 25, 2018

by Jeffrey Jackson

Elliot Leeds is dead—or is he?
A pioneering software mogul, Leeds makes headlines one last time when his private jet plunges into the Pacific. Months later, his grief-paralyzed widow Melanie discovers Elliot’s greatest creation: a virtual-reality simulation of himself that he masterminded before his demise. Programmed with advanced artificial intelligence, thousands of hours of his recorded thoughts and speech, and a digital re-creation of his face and body, “Elliot 2.0” is a talking, thinking, virtual soul. And though merely an image on the video screens of their wired, high-tech mansion, it—he—can answer questions, hold conversations, share memories, and perhaps even grow in intelligence and capacity. The question is… is he alive?

With wry wit, devilish satire, and a unique format (the actor portraying Elliot is only ever seen via a large video screen), Two Point Oh playfully wrestles with serious issues that confront humanity as we continue to push the technological envelope, exposing the ethical dilemmas that perhaps lie in wait for us—and not as far down the road as we might think.

Misalliance

Play: April 27-May 20, 2018

By George Bernard Shaw

In a middle class country estate in England a successful merchant lives with his dotty wife, daughter and son. The daughter’s fiancé is visiting them when the fiancé’s father, an aristocrat, arrives. The girl is obviously fickle and foolish and the boy, though intelligent, is a raw coward. Into their midst comes a sputtering airplane with a pilot who turns out to be an old school chum of the fiancé’s and a Polish woman acrobat. All of the males make up to her in succession. Then along comes a youth with a gun to kill the merchant father. The hub of the action is this: the girl falls in love with the pilot while the fiancé is so awed by the Polish acrobat that he willingly flies off with her, even though he is scared to death.

2017-2018 Season Tickets will go on sale March 1, 2017. Download the seat and date form here!

Single Tickets for the 2017-2018 Season will go on sale July 5, 2017

-All titles and dates are subject to change-

2017-2018 Season Announcement Party

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JOIN US FOR OUR SEASON ANNOUNCEMENT PARTY!

January 20, 2017
Free Admission
Spokane Civic Theatre

5:00 PM- Doors open for drinks, catering by Charley’s, and mingling with members of the Spokane theatre community in the lobby.
6:00 PM- 2017-2018 season announcement presentation in the auditorium.
Hang out in the Lobby after the announcement for more drinks and to learn about all the opportunities we have here at the theatre including: Volunteering front of house, in costuming, with set design and building; Sponsorship; The Academy; Directing and production opportunities!

Performances by:
Abbey Crawford
Jim Swoboda
Patrick McHenry-Kroetch
The cast of “The Rocky Horror Show”
an
d more!

Pre-order your 2017-2018 Season Subscription at the party, and receive $10 in Civic Swag to use to concessions! They wont be for sale again until March 2017!

Please RSVP here, so we can get an idea of how many people to except

Also check out the Facebook Event Page

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.

RockyHorrorShow
October 14 – November 5, 2016
Rating: R
Directed by LANCE BABBITT
Music Direction by HENRY MCNULTY

VanyaSoniaMashaSpike

January 27 – February 19, 2017
Rating: PG-13
Directed by HEATHER MCHENRY-KROETCH

HoldingOnLettingGo

March 17 – April 9, 2017
Rating: PG-13
Directed by JACK DELAHANTY
Written by BRYAN HARNETIAUX

TamingOfTheShrew

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.

BeautyAndTheBeast

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

A_StreetcarNamedDesire

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

PlaidTidings

Sponsored by Columbia Hearing Center
November 26 – December 18, 2016
Rating: G
Directed by KATHIE DOYLE-LIPE
Music Direction by BETH TAYLOR

A_LittleNightMusic

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

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

KissMeKate

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

 

 

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

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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.

Synopsis:

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.

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

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Contact: Spokane Civic Theatre, 509-325-2507

Miranda Larson, Marketing and Communications Manager
mlarson@spokanecivictheatre.com

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 ]

STAY TUNED FOR A VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH DIRECTOR LANCE BABBITT, AND OUR “TY”, JOHN MICHAEL COLLINS!

Spokane Civic Theatre to Present High-Energy Broadway Classic Guys and Dolls to Close Out 15-16 Season

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Spokane Civic Theatre announces Guys and Dolls as its 2015-2016 Season closer,May 20 – June 19, 2016.

Civic is making the change from Ghost, the Musical.  Keith Dixon, Executive Artistic Director, said several factors informed the decision: “Looking at the success of last season’s The Music Man and other previous spring productions, along with the community’s appetite for family-centric programming, we are looking forward to bringing Guys and Dolls to our Main Stage in May.”

Set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City, Guys and Dolls is a high-energy romantic comedy. Gambler Nathan Detroit tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck; meanwhile, his girlfriend, Adelaide, laments that they’ve been engaged for 14 years.  Nathan turns to fellow gambler Sky Masterson for the dough, but Sky ends up chasing the straight-laced missionary Sarah Brown. Guys and Dolls takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba, and even into the sewers of New York City, but eventually everyone ends up right where they belong.

Dixon says, “Guys and Dolls is considered by many to be the perfect musical, and is an excellent means of showcasing the extraordinary level of talent in the area – a perfect way to end our season and prepare us to celebrate our 70th year, providing theatre for the community, by the community.”

Guys and Dolls, sponsored by PAML, features music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, with book by Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling. The show is directed by Keith Dixon with musical direction by Chris Beazer. Auditions to be held at Civic March 19-22, 2016. For more information, please visit www.spokanecivictheatre.com.

Tickets previously purchased for Ghost, the Musical will be honored on the same performance night with no need to exchange.

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2015-16 Season Sponsor: The Local Offices of Edward Jones.

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

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Contact: Spokane Civic Theatre, 509-325-2507

Miranda Larson, Marketing and Communications Manager
mlarson@spokanecivictheatre.com