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Goodnight Moon returns to Seattle Children's Theatre
Two beloved productions return to the Seattle Children’s Theatre stage - Goodnight Moon (onstage through April 27) and Robin Hood (April 16 – May 17). SCT Artistic Director Linda Hartzell – who helped adapt Goodnight Moon in 2007, with writer/composer Chad Henry -- shares how they expanded a picture book with very few words into a full length play with songs. Linda also gives us a quick preview of Robin Hood, first produced in 2011, returning with its terrific original cast (Hans Altwies, Hana Lass, David Quicksall, and Basil Harris). SCT produces top quality professional theatre for young audiences and the young at heart.
Seymour: An Introduction, in theaters everywhere
Seymour Bernstein walked away from a stellar career as a concert pianist in 1977, to write, teach and compose. After a dinner party conversation with actor/writer/director Ethan Hawke, Hawke made a documentary about him. Seymour: An Introduction opened in general release March 20. Now, as Seymour puts it, “I’m a movie star at 88!” Listen in on Steve Reeder’s wonderful conversation with this witty, eloquent artist about music and life.
The Comparables at Seattle Rep
It’s high stakes and low blows for three intensely competitive female realtors in Laura Schellhardt’s The Comparables, in its premiere production onstage now at Seattle Repertory Theatre. Director Braden Abraham talks with Marta about how the show developed and the intriguing themes that it brings to light.
Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris
Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris is a musical featuring the breathtaking songs of mid 20th-century Belgian songwriter Jacques Brel. It’s the annual co-production with ACT Theatre and the 5th Avenue Theatre, and is onstage through May 17th at ACT. At a recent KING FM Behind the Scenes Night at ACT, host Sean MacLean talked with the 5th Avenue’s Executive Producer and Artistic Director David Armstrong, who directed the show.
Spring Performances at the UW World Series
The extraordinary season at the UW World Series continues. Executive and Artistic Director Michelle Witt talks with Marta about what’s in store for audiences this spring, including the Seattle debut of the world renowned Lyon Opera Ballet. Brazilian musician and statesman Gilberto Gil will be here, as will the Carolina Chocolate Drops, pianist Simone Dinnerstein, and the Catalyst Quartet. And that’s just the beginning.
The Vertiginous Thrill of Forsythe & Carmina Burana at PNB
Journey from ballet’s classical roots to its most contemporary choreography this spring at Pacific NW Ballet, beginning with the inventive choreography of William Forsythe, celebrated in The Vertiginous Thrill of Forsythe, opening March 13. The PNB orchestra shows its chops, too, taking on Handel, Bach, Berio, Shostakovich, Orff, Tchaikovsky and more, as audiences thrill to the magnificent corps de ballet in Swan Lake and the drama of Carmina Burana with Ming Cho Lee’s massive, looming Wheel of Fortune hovering over and around the dancers. We also say goodbye to audience favorite, Karla Korbes. Hear all about it in Marta’s conversation with PNB Artistic Director Peter Boal.
ACT Theatre Turns 50
KING FM host Sean MacLean talks present and past with ACT Theatre’s retiring Artistic Director Kurt Beattie and incoming Artistic Director John Langs. The focus is on the theatre’s rich 2015 season, which is also the 50th anniversary season for this venerable Seattle institution. It all begins in March with the annual ACT/5th Avenue collaboration (this year, it’s Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris).
Who is Gary Faigin and what is Gage Academy of Art?
Once upon a time, if you wanted to be an artist, you studied drawing from life. All the greats did it. But by the mid- 20th century, its importance in art training had weakened. Gary Faigin founded Seattle’s Gage Academy of Art to focus on this essential foundation element. 25 years later, Gage offers classes, programs and art activities for all ages and skill levels. Gary is a fascinating person himself – a painter, a teacher, a writer, and a great story teller. Find out more in this conversation.
ARTS CHANNEL LIBRARY
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