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 ]



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


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.


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. 


Contact: Spokane Civic Theatre, 509-325-2507

Miranda Larson, Marketing and Communications Manager



“Easter Egg” Poster Contest: “Evil Dead: the Musical”

Evil Dead: the Musical is playing now in our Studio Theatre here at Spokane Civic Theatre. Directed by Troy Nickerson and Heather McHenry-Kroetch, this rated R show is full of camp, blood, off-color language, and really bad puns – it’s awesome!

No Tricks, Just Treats

Dates for the run are quickly selling out, so we’ve come up with a way for you to win a pair of tickets to Evil Dead by playing a little game – don’t worry, it’ll be fun!

In our poster for this show, we have a hidden element, such as an item from the show, a message, joke, word or phrase (these pieces are often referred to as an easter egg) and if you tell us what it is, we’ll enter your name into our Ticket Drawing! We have one set of tickets to give away each weekend of the run (now through 11/15/15), and we’ll draw one name each Thursday by noon, so the winner can join us that weekend!

Evil Dead Poster

Evil Dead: the Musical poster

2015-16 Season Artwork by Design Spike

How to Win

  1. Take a close look at our Evil Dead: the Musical poster (above) to find the hidden element.
  2. Contact us to submit your answer, first and last name, phone number, and email address in one of the following ways:
    1. Stop by the box office at 1020 N Howard Street, Monday-Friday Noon-6pm
    2. Call the box office at 509-325-2507, Monday-Friday Noon-6pm
    3. Email us: info@spokanecivictheatre.com
    4. Send us a private message through Facebook
  3. Your name will be entered into our drawing for one pair of tickets.
    1. Drawings will happen by noon on the following dates:
      • Thursday, 10/22 for our Sunday, 10/25 2pm show
      • Thursday, 10/29 for our Saturday, 10/31 (Halloween) 7:30pm show
      • Thursday, 11/05 for our Friday, 11/06 7:30pm show
      • and Thursday, 11/12 for our Friday 11/13 (Friday the 13!) 7:30pm show
    2. One entry per person, please.
    3. Entries for the week will be taken until 11:15am on the date of the drawing.
  4. A member of Spokane Civic Theatre’s staff will randomly select one name out of the drawing bin.
  5. Winners will be contacted by phone and announced via social media.
  6. Winners must contact the box office by 5pm on the day of the drawing. If winnings are unclaimed by drawing day at 5pm, a new winner will be chosen.

Remember not to give the answer away! Each entry will stay in the drawing bin through the duration of the contest – so if you don’t win the first week, you can still win in a later week!

Happy Hunting!



Come Fly With Us, then Fly Away!

Delta Drawing - final

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.


“Orphans” at Nationals: Billy Hultquist

The Orphans Trek to Michigan

The Orphans company is settled in for their week at the AACTFest 15 Nationals competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan – and this morning, they kick off the performance festivities by presenting very first!

Update from the Road: Billy Hultquist

Billy Hultquist, who plays Treat in our production, sent us some photos and a message from the road, to help give the community an idea of what they’ve been up to, and what this experience means to him.

Here’s what Billy had to say:


The Actors’ View. Grand Rapids Civic Theatre.

This is our view to the audience at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre.

We had our tech rehearsal today and it went extremely well.  We are ready to kick this festival off!!

The one thing I am in constant reminder of is the unbelievable generosity of the Spokane community.  Not only are we here representing Spokane Civic Theatre, but we are representing all of our friends, family and most of all, Spokane, WA!

This once in a lifetime opportunity is only getting better and better by every passing minute and I am so grateful for this chance to be able to do what I love not only for myself and my family, but for everyone who has believed in me from the start. Troy Nickerson, Kevin Kuban, Chris Wooley, Toni Cummins, Susan Hardie, Heather McHenry-Kroetch, Janelle Frisque, Dawn Taylor Reinhardt, George Green, and Marianne McLaughlin to name the directors that have given me a chance to shine.

And to my two boys, Taylor and Cody… if you want something bad enough GO GET IT!!!  Ignore the haters because despite what they may say… Dreams Can Come True!!!

I love you all and hope to make you proud.

Goodnight from Grand Rapids!!


Here are two more photos we received from the road:

Grand Rapids Civic Theatre Lobby

Inside the lovely Grand Rapids Civic Theatre in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Billy at Nationals

Billy Hultquist prepares for tech rehearsal at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre.