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Tag: Centerstage Theatre

Aug.
15th

Summer Stock Festival at Centerstage Theatre, Federal Way


Bob DeDea and Caitlin Frances in Centerstage Theatre's "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee." Photo: Laura Campbell

Yes, you can have theater in summer, and Centerstage Theatre in Federal Way is going to show us how it’s done. Thanks to a new collaboration with Central Washington University theater department and an economic grant from the city, the company will produce two weeks of two shows, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” and “All in the Timing.” The Summer Stock Festival begins this week.

“We’re dipping our toe in the water,” says Centerstage director Alan Bryce. Bryce acknowledges that theater in summer isn’t the norm (inside, anyway) but explains that the Summer Stock Festival is part of a $35,000 economic grant from the City of Federal  Way and has teamed up with local hotels and the annual Northwest Sand Festival, the biggest of its kind in the country which draws hundreds to see sand sculptures inside the cool of the Commons Mall. Anyone buying a ticket to the theater festival will receive a free Sand Festival ticket as well as a discount at the Clarion Hotel. Read more »

Jan.
4th

Thistle Theatre does Bunraku-style puppet show of “Jack and the Beanstalk” at Centerstage Theatre, Federal Way

With perfect timing during one of theater’s dullest calendar spots, Centerstage Theatre in Federal Way is bringing the Thistle Puppet Theatre from Seattle to perform “Jack in the Beanstalk” this Saturday, done in the traditional Bunraku style of puppetry.

What’s Bunraku? A popular Japanese type of puppetry, Bunraku puppets are nearly-lifesize and hand-manipulated by onstage puppeteers dressed in black – kind of puppet ninja, if you like. It’s a highly emotional kind of puppetry, the hand-connection allowing the puppeteers to truly move (and sing and dance) as one with their puppets, and the size appealing to tiny audience

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Dec.
23rd

Critic’s picks: “Oliver” at Lakewood Playhouse, “Pinocchio” at Centerstage Federal Way, “A Christmas Carol” at Tacoma Little Theatre, and glass miniatures at Traver Gallery

Last call for “Oliver” at Lakewood Playhouse

There’s one last chance tonight to see “Oliver,” that Lionel Bart hit about a young orphan who falls in with singing pickpockets amid songs like “Consider Yourself.” 8 p.m. tonight. $28/$25/$22. Lakewood Playhouse, 5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd, Lakewood. 253-588-0042, www.lakewoodplayhouse.org

One more “Pinocchio” at Centerstage Theatre

One last chance tonight to see the British panto-inspired version of “Pinocchio,” replete with cross-dressing Dame, silly gags and song. 7 p.m. tonight. $27.50/$22.50/$10. Centerstage Theatre, 3200 SW Dash Point Road, Federal Way. 253-661-1444, www.centerstagetheatre.com

And two more shows of “A Christmas

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May
13th

Critic’s Picks: “Something Good” at Centerstage Theatre, Vashon Opera, Tacoma ArtWalk and ZeitBike at Tacoma Art Museum

Vashon Opera does “Madam Butterfly”

Vashon Opera presents Puccini’s famous “Madam Butterfly,” a tale of love between East and West. It’ll be sung in Italian with English subtitles, featuring Jennifer Krikawa as Cio-Cio San. 8 p.m. May 13, 2:30 p.m. May 15. $32 from Vashon bookstores or online. Bethel Church, 14736 Bethel Lane SW, Vashon. 206-388-2936, www.vashonopera.org

 

Get into “Something Good” at Centerstage

“I’m into Something Good,” opening tonight at Centerstage Theatre, is a musical mélange of 1960s British hits by Centerstage’s director Alan Bryce and composer David Duvall: a trip down memory lane with everything from the

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March
2nd

Centerstage channels Billie Holiday for a fundraiser

Vocalist Stacie Calkins, backed by a five-piece band, will perform the one-woman show “Lady Day and the Blues: The Billie Holiday Songbook” this Saturday night as a fundraiser for Centerstage Theater in Federal Way.

Like the recently successful Centerstage Frank Sinatra tribute show “My Way,” “Lady Day” celebrates the famous 1940s jazz singer via a collage of her most famous songs, including “Lover Man (Where Can You Be?)”, “I Cover the Waterfront,” “Them There Eyes,” “I Cried for You” and “God Bless the Child.” It also includes the controversial classic “Strange Fruit,” written by a New York Jewish poet

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Jan.
4th

Thistle Theatre does Bunraku-style puppet show of “Jack and the Beanstalk” at Centerstage Theatre, Federal Way

With perfect timing during one of theater’s dullest calendar spots, Centerstage Theatre in Federal Way is bringing the Thistle Puppet Theatre from Seattle to perform “Jack in the Beanstalk” this Saturday, done in the traditional Bunraku style of puppetry.

What’s Bunraku? A popular Japanese type of puppetry, Bunraku puppets are nearly-lifesize and hand-manipulated by onstage puppeteers dressed in black – kind of puppet ninja, if you like. It’s a highly emotional kind of puppetry, the hand-connection allowing the puppeteers to truly move (and sing and dance) as one with their puppets, and the size appealing to tiny audience

Read more »

Feb.
10th

Romantic Valentine’s date, plans B and C: Plays about love at Centerstage and Encore

 

 

Okay, so the hot-club jazz date in Puyallup doesn’t do anything for you? Then how about some theater? Centerstage in Federal Way and Encore in Gig Harbor are both running comedies about love this weekend. Here are the details:

Centerstage Theatre’s production of “I Love You Because” runs through Feb. 21. The contemporary comedy about dating in the big city is directed by Brandon Ivie of Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre and stars Don Daryl  Rivera. Note: 18+ for adult content. 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 21. $25/$20/$10. Knutzen

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Dec.
11th

Critic’s Picks: Pantomime at Centerstage, Tacoma City Ballet’s “Nutcracker,” glass sale at HART and art jewelry at Sandpiper

Centerstage Theatre does English panto in “Jack”

Make the trek to Dash Point’s Knutzen Theatre, and you’ll be rewarded with two hours of silly slapstick, funny songs and groanable jokes in Centerstage’s annual pantomime, “Jack and the Beanstalk.” 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 20. $25/$20/$10. Knutzen Family Theatre, 3200 SW Dash Point Road, Federal Way. 253-661-1444, www.centerstagetheatre.com

 It’s back: Tacoma City Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”

There are many “Nutcrackers” around town, but this one combines the original Petipa choreography, the Tchaikovsky score played live by the Northwest Sinfonietta, and the glory of the huge

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