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

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”
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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

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

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

 

Come Fly With Us, then Fly Away!

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Pack Your Bags!

During the run of Catch Me If You Can, our lobby drawing can have you flying up, up, and away!

For just $10 for each entry slip, we have two drawings to choose from to get you on your way with Catch Me If You Can sponsor, Delta Air Lines – choose from “Stars and Stripes Forever” or “European Dream”.

And the best part of these prizes? Both sets of tickets are valid for roundtrip airfare to any location within the given destination set (US/Canada or Europe), for any traveler you would like to fly, and can be used individually or all together!

Star and Stripes Forever

Four (4) roundtrip tickets to anywhere Delta flies in the United States or Canada!

Want to fly your Uncle Bob in from Chicago? No problem.
Vacationing in Phoenix and suddenly decide to fly to Orlando?  You can do it!

European Dream

Two (2) roundtrip tickets to anywhere Delta Air Lines fly in Europe! The choice is yours!

Want to see Buckingham palace in person? Jolly good.
Have a romantic dinner under the Eiffel Tower in classic a French bistro? Mais Oui!

How to Enter

There is no limit of how many $10 entries you may purchase!
We’ve made snagging your chance to win easy by offering you a few convenient ways to enter:

1. In the Spokane Civic Theatre Lobby at any performance of Catch Me If You Can – prior to curtain, or during intermission – including this the season opening Gala on Friday, September 18!;

2. By calling the box office at 509-325-2507 (Monday – Friday, noon – 6pm)

or 3. by stopping by the theatre during regular business hours!

The Fine Print

Announcing of Winners

Entries will be accepted through the end of intermission of Catch Me If You Can on Sunday, October 18, 2015. A representative of Spokane Civic Theatre will randomly choose 1 (one) winner for each drawing, and announce selected winners from the stage before the start of Act II, and announced via social media. Winners do not need to be present at time of drawing to win. Winners not present will be contacted via phone or email.

Booking and Travel Dates

“European Dream” tickets must be redeemed by December 19, 2015. Dates of travel must occur no less than 24 hours from time of booking, and as far as 331 days after booking date.

“Stars and Stripes Forever” tickets must be redeemed by December 19, 2015. Dates of travel must occur no less than 24 hours from time of booking, and as far as 331 days after booking date.

Poster Reveal #10: “Ghost the Musical”!

Thank you for joining for on our 10-part 2015-16 Season Artwork Reveal!

We believe that next season will be one of the most exciting ones we’ve put on yet – and we’re excited to bring them to you! Let us know which of our 2015-16 productions you’re most excited to see in the comments section below!

This final poster reveal is our second regional premier of the season, and one you’re definitely going to want to see!

Reveal #10: Ghost the Musical

Synopsis

Adapted from the hit film, 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 and turns to a storefront psychic, Oda Mae Brown, who helps him protect Molly and avenge his death.

“A dazzling display of undying love. Resistance is futile.” – The London Times

“GHOST THE MUSICAL is eye-poppingly brilliant!” – Associated Press

Run Dates

Ghost the Musical is directed by Keith Dixon and will be performed on our Main Stage May 20 – June 19, 2016.

Sponsor

PAML

Audition Dates

Auditions will be held March 19 -22, 2016.

Keep an eye on our website and Facebook events for more information on these auditions including roles, location, preparation, etc.

2015-16 Season Subscriptions

In case you’ve not seen our other poster reveals, we’d like to remind you about ticket sale dates for the coming season.

Single ticket sales begin for the general public on Monday, August 3, 2015 at noon, but 2015-16 Season Subscriptions are on sale right now – so you can secure your seats before they are gone. And be sure to ask about our new layaway program!

Credit for this season’s poster artwork goes to Design Spike.

Poster Reveal #9: “Fiction”!

Our 2015-16 Studio Theatre closer artwork reveal is here – and that means we have one final reveal for you tomorrow.

Let us know in the comments which Studio production you’re most looking forward to seeing!

Reveal #9: Fiction

Synopsis

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 the theater sees too seldom.” – The New York Daily News

Run Dates

Fiction is directed by Susan Hardie and will be performed in our Studio Theatre April 29 – May 22, 2016.

Sponsor

Ted & Joan Redman

Audition Dates

Auditions will be held March 14 & 15, 2016.

Keep an eye on our website and Facebook events for more information on these auditions including roles, location, preparation, etc.

2015-16 Season Subscriptions

In case you’ve not seen our other poster reveals, we’d like to remind you about ticket sale dates for the coming season.

Single ticket sales begin for the general public on Monday, August 3, 2015 at noon, but 2015-16 Season Subscriptions are on sale right now – so you can secure your seats before they are gone. And be sure to ask about our new layaway program!

Credit for this season’s poster artwork goes to Design Spike.

Poster Reveal #8: “The Fox on the Fairway”!

In our next-to-last Main Stage production of the 2015-16 Season, we’ll have laughs galore with this farce set on a golf course!

Reveal #8: The Fox on the Fairway

Synopsis

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 grand slam…a joy to behold!” – Washington City Paper

“THE FOX ON THE FAIRWAY is phenomenally funny!” – NJ Star Ledger

Run Dates

The Fox on the Fairway is directed by Wes Deitrick and will be performed on our Main Stage April 8 – 30, 2016.

Sponsor

TicketsWest

Audition Dates

Auditions will be held February 8 & 9, 2016.

Keep an eye on our website and Facebook events for more information on these auditions including roles, location, preparation, etc.

2015-16 Season Subscriptions

In case you’ve not seen our other poster reveals, we’d like to remind you about ticket sale dates for the coming season!

Single ticket sales begin for the general public on Monday, August 3, 2015 at noon, but 2015-16 Season Subscriptions are on sale right now – so you can secure your seats before they are gone. And be sure to ask about our new layaway program!

Credit for this season’s poster artwork goes to Design Spike.