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Oh, What a Night!
Sunday’s A Taste of Opera benefit at SJCT was more like a big beautiful delicious bite! The lobby, garden and Gubelman were transformed into an elegant, rose decorated oasis in honor of the premiere of our new The Met: Live in HD program— featuring an encore performance of Bizet’s Carmen and a gourmet dinner from former Duck Soup chef/owner Gretchen Allison.
The event also raised money for Theatre operations and the George and Sidney Thorson Endowment Fund. Check out the photos below…oh, and since everyone loved the new curtains so much in the.lobby, they’re staying!
Tickets for the 2013-2014 season of The Met and National Theatre Live go on sale THIS Wednesday, August 21. Check out our website at www.sjctheatre.org for the details. NOTE: If you’re planning on buying tickets for several events and want the same seats each time, it’s easier to do that via the box office at 378-3210 (hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11 am to 4 pm and Saturdays 11 am to 2 pm).
Fall Play CAST!
We’ve got most of the cast members for our upcoming production of Neil Simon’s Laughter on the 23rd Floor. The comedy is set for the Whittier stage October 17-20 and 24-27. Director Michael McElrath will start rehearsals real soon. Here’s the cast we can look forward to seeing under the bright lights!
Carol (TO BE CAST)
Helen (TO BE CAST)
Summer Workhop Success!
SJCT’s week-long theater workshops for island kids and teens were quite a hit—we had 47 students involved! Our own island instructors…Penelope Haskew, Amanda Smith, Lisa Duke, Traci Wilson and Grace Castle… kept the them busy learning various facets of theater production, including acting, dancing, singing and behind-the-scenes work. At the end of the week, each class got to present what they’d learned to friends and families.
What a great partnership!
Look at this great montage that Susan’s husband, Keith, put together of last week’s Seattle Children’s Theatre workshops out at the PARC! This was the first-time SCT teachers have headed to Friday Harbor and what a great time was had by all! Lots of students signed up and local instructors/staff Penelope Haskew and Amanda Smith were on hand to help as well as Julie Hagn and Fiona Small.
Below are a few more, more closeup shots from both the younger and older classes. This new partnership all came about thanks to very generous donations during our Holiday Festival last year. And with the great response this year, we’re planning on SCT returning again next summer.
Happy Day, Ellen and Judy!
Congratulations to Ellen Roberts and Judy Lingerfelt! After 18 years of partnership, Ellen and Judy “tied the knot” in the Steele Memorial Garden before friends and family. Ellen and Judy have been longtime volunteers and supporters of the Theatre, so we were lucky to have them share this very momentous occasion with us.
PERKING up the PARC
Our Performing Arts Resource Center (PARC) is looking really good these days! If you haven’t visited the building out on Salt Spring Drive off Beaverton Valley Road, you should check it out. It not only houses our costume shop and props, but it’s a wonderful location for rehearsals and dance classes. Plus, it’s available for meeting rentals and more.
Julie Laidlaw is in charge of maintaining PARC these days (she’s pictured below) and she’s been on a cleaning, sorting and sprucing up frenzy. The studio has been cleared out to make more room for dancing and benches and shelves/cubby holes have been added (the shelves were from the set of Charlie Brown). Julie and volunteers built a mezzanine in the main rehearsal area to store props and she’s working on logging all the pieces in the furniture storeroom. Julie started working at PARC in January and sat down with Susan and Penelope to work out a wish list of ways to make the PARC more efficient. “I love everything having a place and being in its place,” said Julie.
In Just a Few Days….
On July 1, CATS starts its special DREAM VACATION RAFFLE. Members will be selling raffle tickets for a chance to win one of four dream vacation packages…how does Hawaii, Paris, Disneyworld OR Rio sound? Each package includes airfare; Value up to $10,000.
Raffle ticket price: $20, 3 for $50, 7 for $100
Purchase your raffle tickets from any CATS member, from the
box office 11am-4 pm Tuesday to Friday or 11am-2pm Saturday,
or at any San Juan Community Theatre Performance. Plus! Look for raffle sales at Kings Market July 5-7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26 and 28.
Winning ticket to be drawn on December 7, 2013 at the
Holiday Festival. Need not be present to win.
NEW! Night Music Schedule
It’s still starting on Thursday, June 27…but Night Music now has an additional concert on Thursday, August 8. Check out the new schedule below. We’re working on getting all of the dates on the website…but you should be able to by tickets to each event at the box office right now.
Spring Street Play JUNE 4
On Tuesday, June 4, Spring Street International students will present the play, Glimpse of the Great Land at the Theatre at 7:00 pm. The play was written by the student performers. Here’s more:
Before Ellis Island opened, eight million immigrants arriving in New York were processed at Castle Island between 1855 and 1890. Thousands of these were children who traveled alone. Their names appear on the ships’ manifests, along with the date, their country of origin, and the port from which they departed. No further record of them is known.
Each of us has taken one of their names. We have spent the school year researching their contexts and writing their diaries.
All of the words in this play were written by us, the 5th, 6th, and 7th graders who walked a mile in our character’s shoes.
This play is an hour and twenty minutes. There is no intermission.
THE CHILDREN PORTRAYED AND THEIR PLAYERS:
Gabriella Luppicci, played and written by Genesee Davis
Fritz Jaeger, played and written by Jacob Kaden
Sabine Eberhart, played and written by Marcella Kirkland
Aidan O’Donnell, played and written by Cole Hamilton
Ernst Dreschler, played and written by Lucas Gao
Kirsten Hoffman, played and written by Lydia Downs
Domenico Bianchi, played and written by Aiken Durham Guckian
Mirele Lieberman, played and written by Addi Kessler
Anton Brandt, played and written by Zach Fincher
Kathleen Nolan, played and written by Caroline Bryant
Lothar Brauer, played and written by Silas Holden
Salvatore Mattarazzo, played and written by Brian Fleming
Kai Jacob Baer, played and written by Matthew McElrath
Katya Babashinsky, played and written by Stella McCauley
Bridget Gallagher, played and written by Vida Wight
Itzhak Altbauer, played and written by Quinn Lacrampe
Teodora Palmintero, played and written by Ren Di Bona
Herschel Abramavitz, played and written by Erich Atwell
Mary Fitzgerald, played and written by Riley Mulcahy
Mendel Nussbaum, played and written by Diego Anderson
Vincenzo Colombari, played and written by Skyler Reynolds
Hamel Zegbeim, played and written by Frank Mulcahy
Gabby Kastner, played and written by Macalister Arendt
Any June brides out there? If you haven’t splurged on a dress yet, you really should consider checking out the wonderful variety of wedding dresses available for rent at our costume shop. Yes, some have been used in productions (see Penelope/Cinderella from Into the Woods below). But costume mistress Lou St. Luise says many are in great shape and ready for the aisle. In addition to the vintage styles, there’s also one from Korea and there’s even big hoops to go with the older style ones. Rentals run around $50 for everything—dress, veil, etc. What a great extra memory for your wedding day: wearing a dress with plenty of stage presence!