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Tag: Tacoma Musical Playhouse

June
14th

Critic’s picks: Tacoma art mingle, Click Flick at The Grand Cinema, jazz at Tacoma Musical Playhouse and the Tacoma Singing Society

Walk the art at Third Thursday Art Mingle

Next Thursday is the monthly art walk around Tacoma, where museums are free and galleries open late with special events. Take the Art Bus to unexpected art spaces (tacomaartbus.com), see Kathy Gore Fuss’ Northwest landscape oils at Gallery 301 (301 Puyallup Ave., only open during this event), see new work at galleries like Fulcrum (1308 Martin Luther King Jr. Way) and visit Tacoma Art Museum (1701 Pacific Ave.), the Museum of Glass (1801 Dock St) and the Washington State History Museum (1911 Pacific Ave.) for free. 5-8 p.m. June 20. Free. tacomaartgroup.com

See “The Lorax” free at the Click Family Flick

This month’s free Click Family Flick at the Grand Cinema is “The Lorax,” last year’s sweet animated version of the Dr. Seuss classic with feathery orange trees and a deep environmental message. Doors open 9:30 a.m., screening 10 a.m. June 15. Free to first 100 people. The Grand Cinema, 606 S. Fawcett Ave., Tacoma. 253-593-4474, www.grandcinema.com

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April
25th

TMP’s Chris Serface takes over as director of Tacoma Little Theatre

Chris Serface. Courtesy photo.
Chris Serface. Courtesy photo.

Chris Serface, former educational director at Tacoma Musical Playhouse, will leave his position April 30 to take over as managing artistic director at Tacoma Little Theatre.  That position has been open since former director Scott Campbell left a year ago, with TLT’s production manager Brie Yost acting in an interim capacity.

“I felt that it was time to take on a new challenge and help keep the arts flourishing in our community,” said Serface in an email.

For the last five years Serface has managed the large educational program at TMP, including camps, after-school programs and performances. A Pacific Northwest native, Serface has also worked with other theaters around the country as an actor, director, technician, manager, educator and musician, and was a district supervisor for Hollywood Entertainment for seven years. Read more »

Feb.
12th

Tacoma Musical Playhouse launches capital campaign to support orchestra pit, bigger stage and acoustic enhancement; $1 million already raised

The Tacoma Musical Playhouse has just announced the launch of the public phase of a $1.27 million capital campaign to renovate the theater. The 19-year-old community theater has already raised $1 million in grants and private donations.

Among the renovations planned are enlargement of the stage and backstage areas, the creation of an orchestra pit (currently musicians play under an overhang to the side), acoustic enhancements to the auditorium walls and moving the sound booth to audience level.

“These changes will allow us to grow our productions and programs, and greatly enhance the TMP patron’s theatergoing experience,” says Jon

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Dec.
7th

Critic’s Picks: Dickens at Stadium, Tacoma Little Theatre, Tacoma Musical Playhouse and Lakewood Playhouse

Stadium District Dickens Fest

This Saturday you can revel in everything Victorian as the Dickens Fest returns to Tacoma’s Stadium District. Expect horse-and-carriage rides, a costume contest (that includes yourself!), a beard contest and performances on two stages that include magic and puppet shows, singers, storytellers, youth actors in “A Christmas Carol,” instrumentalists and spoken word artists.

11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 8; Ball 6-9:30 p.m. Free. King’s Stage, 218 St. Helens Ave; Queen’s Stage, Titus Will showroom, 633 Division Ave, Tacoma. dickensfestival.net

Tacoma Little Theatre’s “Miracle” on North I Street

Tacoma Little Theatre’s holiday offering is “Miracle on 34th Street,” based on the novel by Valentine Davies about a Macy’s Santa who’s too good at his job. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 23. $14.50-$24.50. Tacoma Little Theatre, 210 N. I St., Tacoma. 253-272-2281, tacomalittletheatre.com

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Nov.
23rd

Critic’s Picks: “The Sound of Music,” Tacoma’s Gritty City Gift Fair, B2 Gallery and Lelavision at MoG

Sing along with (or just watch) “The Sound of Music”

Sometimes it’s just not enough to watch that family favorite film, “The Sound of Music.” If you love singing along with Julie Andrews to all those fab songs (“Doe a Deer,” “Edelweiss”) then you’ll want to get your costume on and go to the sing-along screenings at either the Pantages or the Washington Center. If you want to see the Von Trapp family come to life, head to a live theater performance at Tacoma Musical Playhouse.

Sing-alongs: 2 p.m. Nov. 24 at Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma. $24. 253-591-5894, broadwaycenter.org. Also 5 p.m. Nov. 25 at Washington Center, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. $16/$14/$5. 360-753-8586, washingtoncenter.org

Theater: 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays through Dec. 16 at Tacoma Musical Playhouse, 5116 6th Ave., Tacoma. $29/$27/$20. 253-565-6867, tmp.org

Gritty City Gift Fair

Among the many opportunities to buy local, artist-made, one-of-a-kind gifts is the Gritty City Gift Fair, held in conjunction with Tacoma’s annual tree lighting ceremony tomorrow. Find handmade ornaments, letterpress cards, hand-crafted fashion and more. 3-9 p.m. Nov. 24 (tree lighting 6 p.m. across the road). Free. 906 Broadway, Tacoma. facebook.com Read more »

July
20th

Critic’s Picks: Gig Harbor Art Festival, Click Flick at the Grand, Tacoma Musical Playhouse and Choir of the West at PLU

Gig Harbor arts fest

Gig Harbor arts it up this weekend with the 28th annual Summer Art Festival. More than 130 artists and artisans will show their wares along Judson Street in the historic waterfront district, plus live music, food and chalk art on Saturday. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. July 21-22. Free. Judson Street, Gig Harbor. Free shuttle service from Gig Harbor Medical Center, 6401 Kimball Drive. peninsulaartleague.com/artFest.html

Click Flick: “Nanny McPhee”

This months’ free Click Family Flick at the Grand Cinema in downtown Tacoma is “Nanny McPhee,” the 2005 comedy starring Emma Thompson as a quirky,

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May
25th

Critic’s Picks: Surreal portraits at Fulcrum Gallery, pastels at American Art Co, “Fiddler on the Roof” at Kitsap Forest Theater and “Happy Days” at Tacoma Musical Playhouse

Surreal portraits at Fulcrum Gallery

The Hilltop’s Fulcrum Gallery presents “Surrealistic Portraits,” a group show blurring human and beast in portraits by Larkin Cypher, Kelsi Finney, Jeremy Gregory and Keith Carter. Noon-6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday through July 14. Free. Fulcrum Gallery, 1308 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma. 253-520-0520, fulcrumtacoma.com

American Art Co hosts International Pastels Exhibition

The Northwest Pastel Society’s International Exhibition is back at American Art Co in downtown Tacoma, featuring work by local and national pastel artists in a variety of genres. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Free. 1126 Broadway, Tacoma. 253-272-4327,

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April
24th

Tacoma Musical Playhouse announces 2012/13 season

Tacoma Musical Playhouse has just announced its new season, which spans musical theater from classics like “The Sound of Music” to the movie-based “Legally Blonde.”

Opening the season in September is “Chicago,” the award-winning, 15-year-running Kander and Ebb Broadway musical about a murdering chorus girl in Prohibition-era Chicago. After a holiday run of the ever-popular “The Sound of Music,” about the singing Von Trapp family, the season continues with “The Musical of Musicals,” five musicals in one with each having the same plot but different musical style. “Legally Blonde,” about a sorority star who goes to law school, is

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