Importance of Being Earnest opens at BHS this week

The talented team in the Ballard High School Performing Arts Program will present The Importance of Being Earnest this month.

Performances will be held at Ballard High on May 11-13 and 18-20 with the curtain for all performances at 7:30 p.m.

Oscar Wilde’s well-known play is a Victorian era story set in England. The cleverly written script promises plenty of laughs!

Ballard’s Playmakers are in fine form with beautiful costuming and a simply elegant set. As funny as the play is, it is also quite beautiful and whole look is reminiscent of paintings by the old masters.

Locals are invited to come and enjoy some comic lightness as you follow these characters from city to country!

Admission for Adults $15, Students and Seniors $10. Advance tickets are available online.

Ballard Community Center to host Theatre for Young Children performance

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Theatre for Young Children will be back at the Ballard Community Center (6020 28th Ave NW) this Wednesday, May 3, to perform for local young people at 11:15 a.m.

The Theatre for Young Children team performed in Ballard back in February, and this time will be presenting two Tales from Tanzania: Two Ways to Count to Ten and Why Mosquitos Buzz in People’s Ears.

The performance is a collaboration between Sweet Pea Enterprises and Seattle Parks and Recreation called the North Seattle Arts Initiative.  Since July of 2016 this new initiative has brought 12 live performances to neighborhood parks and community centers in North Seattle.

The NSAI will also be bringing this same show to Ballard Commons and Salmon Bay Parks this summer through the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture’s Arts In the Park grant.

Wednesday’s show has a suggested donation of $5.

Click here to RSVP and find out more.

Woodland Park Players to present ‘Guys and Dolls’

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The talented folks at Woodland Park Players will be presenting three shows of Guys & Dolls at Roosevelt High School later this month and they are inviting locals to take part in the event.

Founded in 2015, the Woodland Park Players is a thriving community musical theater company drawing from the many known, and newly discovered talents of adults living the greater Woodland Park neighborhood of Seattle.

The Players are not only actors, but also musicians, dancers, set-builders, costume designers and technical crew who live or work in the vicinity of Woodland Park.

Together, they are committed to keeping the arts alive by producing one family-friendly musical a year. Proceeds from the shows are donated to arts programs at neighborhood public schools.

The three performances of Guys & Dolls will be performed on the following dates:

  • 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 17
  • 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 18
  • 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 18

Tickets are available online and start at $15.

Click here to check out more information on the Woodland Park Player’s Facebook page.

Battle of the Bards set for this weekend

Ghost Light Theatricals’ most popular event of the year, Battle of the Bards, is on this weekend (Friday and Saturday, February 17 and 18) at the Ballard Underground Theatre (2220 NW Market St).

The event is their annual “fun”draiser where the audience chooses a show for their next season!

In Battle of the Bards 2017, three ensembles will compete for a spot in Ghost Light’s 2017-18 season. Each ensemble has 20 minutes to perform a scene from a new adaptation of a classic work and the audience chooses the winner! Admission includes one vote – additional votes are only $1 each. All proceeds support the work of Ghost Light Theatricals.

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Both shows kick off at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 and include one vote and admission into the party on Saturday night. Tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets or at the door.

The cast, crew, and audience will celebrate right after the Saturday performance with drinking, dancing, and voting! At midnight, Ghost Light will announce the winning show.

Click here to find out more.

Ghost Light seeks submissions for 11th annual Battle of the Bards

The team at Ghost Light Theatricals is seeking submissions for their 11th annual Battle of the Bards that is set for February 2017.

Battle of the Bards is their annual FUNdraiser where three plays enter and one show leaves. The shows will be performed on February 17 and 18 and the show that gains the most votes during Battle of the Bards will get a full production in GLT’s 2017-18 season.

Battle of the Bards is a competition between three different shows based on a classic story. The definition of classic is up for interpretation, though this year the team is not accepting versions of fairy tales.

From each show the audience will see a 20 minute fully produced excerpt. 

“This isn’t just a reading! We want the audience and the participants to have a good time,” says the team from Ghost Light.

In order to be considered applicants must submit a 500 word treatment of their idea in addition to any existing script (full scripts are not necessary).

Treatments are due September 30, and will be reviewed by the company and voted on. The chosen teams will find out by October 31st. Note: applicants do not need a full creative team in order to submit. Ghost Light can connect willing directors and writers.

There is no stipend for Battle of the Bards, but there is a stipend for artists involved with full productions. The winning team will receive stipends during their full production.

Please send submissions (or questions) to: emilysavestheday@gmail.com

Loyal Heights Elementary to perform The Wizard of Oz

Loyal Heights Elementary is currently busy preparing for their fifth consecutive musical theatre production, The Wizard of Oz.

The Loyal Heights Theater Arts Group has made a name for itself presenting professional performances that wow local audiences each and every year. This year’s performance is sure to be just as fantastic!

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The Wizard of Oz team is comprised of a cast of 141 and stage crew of 16 elementary school aged kids plus over 230 parents, grandparents, and members of our local community.

Volunteers have been assisting with all aspects of the production from original choreography, stage & music direction to custom sets, props and costumes.

“Our production is realized with 100% volunteer time and all proceeds go towards production costs, the goal being to give our kids a positive, relevant introduction to theatre arts, engage our local community, and celebrate our beloved city,” says Loyal Heights Theatre Arts Group Treasurer Carrie Byron.

The Wizard of Oz will be performed at Ballard High School’s Performing Arts Center (1418 NW 65th St) on Saturday, April 23, and Sunday, April 24, at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Tickets are $10 each and the show is appropriate for audiences of all ages with a running time of about 80 minutes. Tickets are available online.

Photo courtesy of Loyal Heights Elementary School Theater Arts Group.

BHS Playmakers to present “Eurydice” this week

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The talented students from the Ballard High School Playmakers will open their Fall production Eurydice this week. Opening Night will be held this Thursday, October 22, and performances will follow on October 23, 24, 29, 30 and 31.

Eurydice, by MacArthur Fellow Sarah Ruhl is a retelling of the classic myth of Orpheus seen through the eyes of his heroine.

“It is clearly a theatrical experience that will transport the audience to a remarkable place,” says Ballard parent volunteer Ann Selberg.

Both students and parent volunteers have been hard at work preparing the production for the past few months and are excited to share it with the local community.

In terms of the set design, the production team is utilizing parts of sets from previous productions to create something completely new and inventive. Costume wise, the shop is filled with focused tailors, both actors and crew, who hop from sewing machine to mannequin to ironing board with pins in hand and mouth creating beautiful garments seen in times gone by.

“I am struck by the teamwork and bravery involved in all phases of mounting a theater production. This experience is teaching life skills that go way beyond the theater,” says Selberg.

Curtain is at 7:30 p.m. for each performance in the Earl Kelly Performing Arts Center at Ballard High School (1418 NW 65 St).  Tickets are available online. Adults: $15, Students and Seniors: $10.

Theatre event aims to open dialogue about Nicklesville encampment

Playback Theatre will be bringing their unique style of improvisational performance to Ballard in the hopes of opening up dialogue between Nicklesville residents and members of the Ballard community.

The topic this Saturday’s improvisational theatre event will be homelessness and will provide an opportunity for all people (homeless or not) to share personal stories that speak to their experiences, thoughts and feelings.

“The intention is to facilitate understanding and connection,” says co-producer Ira Woodward.

The idea for the event evolved within the Nicklesville community before the initial announcement of the Ballard encampment. Local artist, David Sokal, had been working with Nickelsville residents to find a way to assist them in telling their personal stories and the idea of expressing themselves through improvisational theatre was well received.

Once the Ballard move was confirmed, Nicklesville resident Collin McCredie got behind the performance event idea with the notion that theater could provide a forum for open dialogue between Nickelsville and Ballard residents.

The event will provide the two communities, of Nicklesville and Ballard, with an opportunity to come together, connect and share. The performance will start with a brief icebreaker and continue with improvisational pieces drawn from audience members’ personal stories.

“The director will select a volunteer to tell his or her story, and then the troupe will act out that story accompanied by music. The improvisations may include dialog, humor, dance-like motion and interaction,” says Woodward.

The improvisations will be followed by short discussions where both audience and actor will participate. Within the hour and a half timeframe, about 5 – 7 stories will be shared.

The event will be held this Saturday, October 24, from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. at Ballard Eagleson VFW Post 3063 (2812 Market Street). Cost is $10 donation at the door per person.

For more information contact event organizers David Sokal at dsokal@msn.com or (206) 322-8748 or Ira Woodward at ira.woodward@gmail.com or (206) 243-1333.