Trek Wars

It’s the battle of the fandoms! Star TREK vs Star WARS! Trek Wars! Brought to you by Irish Lashes and Pat Smear, these two hope to settle this battle the […]

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2021 Seattle Asian American Film Festival

The Seattle Asian American Film Festival (SAAFF) proudly presents its 9th annual festival in partnership with Northwest Film Forum! This year’s program will showcase some of the best, recent, independent […]

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Measure for Measure

The tempter or the tempted, who sins most? The price tag on morality is steep at times. Primrose Players presents William Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, a modern take on Shakespeare’s […]

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Tony award-winning musical to buzz into Ballard

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” — a hilarious musical that follows six eccentric contestants as they compete for the ultimate alphabetic achievement — is coming to Seattle this summer.

The Tony award-winning musical has been around the world since its Broadway debut in 2005. And now, The Ballard Underground, 2220 NW Market St., will play host to its Seattle premier from July 14 through Aug. 14.

Photo courtesy Matthew R. Throssell

Two growing Seattle production companies — RK Productions and Contemporary Classics — are working together for the first time to co-present “Spelling Bee.”

Contemporary Classics debuted in 2005 with the Seattle premiere of Andrew Lippa’s, “john & jen,” while RK Productions debuted in 2008 with its production of “Reefer Madness: The Musical,” at venues all over Seattle, including The Ballard Underground.

Both companies strive to bring good theater to Seattle and have been working hard to premiere “Spelling Bee.“

“We’ve been trying to do ‘Spelling Bee’ for about two years,” said Brandon Ivie, artistic director for Contemporary Classics. “The rights were heavily restricted for a long time and when they finally became available we jumped at the opportunity.”

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Moisture Festival, a spring rite, celebrating 5 years

The Moisture Festival’s Comedy-Variete show is returning to Hale’s Palladium (also known as Hale’s keg warehouse) March 27-April 13. Get your tickets now, this thing sells out fast. If you haven’t been, it’s a vaudeville-esque romp of highly entertaining and sometimes bizarre performances. Each artist gets 3-15 minutes on the stage and is accompanied by a house band. Audience interaction is expected. For those of you wanting a more “mature” show, check out the burlesque shows April 3-6 at ACT – A Contemporary Theatre. The show reportedly moved there because Hale’s ownership didn’t like the risque nature of those performances.

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