Friday, July 8, 2011

Under Construction!

Hello fans of Seattle Public Theater! Backstage at SPT is undergoing a re-design, so please excuse our dust. We'll be back up and running soon!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Sleepy Bear and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Tonight is the preview performance for The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (our 10th annual production!), and Sleepy Bear will be there! He's been reading the book to prepare. Check out more in his blog:

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Are you ready for Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol?

Our new holiday production, Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol by Tom Mula, opens this Friday at 7:30pm! This inventive new twist on a classic tells the other half of Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol - the story of Jacob Marley. So, to make sure you're all caught up, here's a quick refresher on the original A Christmas Carol, courtesy of Wikipedia:

The tale begins on Christmas Eve seven years after the death of Ebenezer Scrooge's business partner Jacob Marley. Scrooge is established within the first stave (chapter) as a greedy and stingy businessman who has no place in his life for kindness, compassion, charity, or benevolence. After being warned by Marley's ghost to change his ways, Scrooge is visited by three additional ghosts – each in its turn – who accompany him to various scenes with the hope of achieving his transformation.

The first of the spirits, the Ghost of Christmas Past, takes Scrooge to the scenes of his boyhood and youth which stir the old miser's gentle and tender side by reminding him of a time when he was more innocent. The second spirit, the Ghost of Christmas Present, takes Scrooge to several radically differing scenes (a joy-filled market of people buying the makings of Christmas dinner, the family feast of Scrooge's near-impoverished clerk Bob Cratchit, a miner's cottage, and a lighthouse among other sites) in order to evince from the miser a sense of responsibility for his fellow man. The third spirit, the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, harrows Scrooge with dire visions of the future if he does not learn and act upon what he has witnessed. Scrooge's own neglected and untended grave is revealed, prompting the miser to aver that he will change his ways in hopes of changing these "shadows of what may be."

In the fifth and final stave, Scrooge awakens Christmas morning with joy and love in his heart, then spends the day with his nephew's family after anonymously sending a prize turkey to the Cratchit home for Christmas dinner. Scrooge has become a different man overnight, and now treats his fellow men with kindness, generosity, and compassion, gaining a reputation as a man who embodies the spirit of Christmas. The story closes with the narrator confirming the validity, completeness, and permanence of Scrooge's transformation.


Now, come on down to the Bathhouse to get Jacob Marley's side of the story!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Frightfully Good Theater!

Enjoy Halloween? How about zombies? We have a treat for you, then: this weekend only, our youth ensemble tackles Shakespeare and the undead with....

by William Shakespeare, adapted & directed by Shana Bestock

Caesar used to be the leader everyone wanted, but now his huge ego threatens to become maniacal. His trusted advisors decide to kill him, inciting the citizens to riot in support of a new regime led by Caesar's one true friend, the noble Brutus. However, Caesar won't stay fully dead - he shows up as a zombie, scaring the citizens, plaguing Brutus, and wreaking havoc. Will Brutus be able to restore peace, or will zombie-driven chaos consume the country?
All performances FREE!
(donations to the youth scholarship fund happily accepted at the door)

October 29 @ 7pm
October 30 @ 2pm & 7pm
October 31 @ 2pm

Plus a special treat: The Roosevelt Thriller Club!
The Roosevelt High School Thriller Club will make a special appearance at the October 30th, 2pm matinee. The club is a group of teenage zombies who arise from the dead every day for school (and return to their graves on the weekend). In September and October, they learn Michael Jackson's famous Thriller dance and perform at community centers and festivals, culminating in their participation in Thrill The World, a worldwide simultaneous Thriller dance. Their favorite activities include devouring brains, groaning intelligibly and texting.

Come in costume to the Halloween performance for a trick or treat!

Also: Remember our Contributing Blogger, Sleepy Bear? He visited Zombie Caesar tech rehearsal, and has a post to show for it:
Go check out his report, and write back with feedback for him!

(Photos by Paul Bestock.)

Monday, October 25, 2010

Sleepy Bear visits Wizard of Oz

Our new Contributing Blogger, Sleepy Bear, has been visiting our Wizard of Oz class. He's been watching rehearsals and talking to the students, and has lots to report. Take a look!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Costume sale!

Just in time for Halloween, Seattle Public Theater is having a costume sale!

This Saturday, October 23rd, from 2 to 4pm

At the Bathhouse Theatre on Green Lake - 7312 West Green Lake Dr N

Cash or check w/ ID only please!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Meet Sleepy Bear - our new Contributing Blogger!

Hi friends!

I'm super excited to be a guest writer for Seattle Public Theater. As you may know, I love to read books but now I get to read scripts for live theater productions! I also get to watch kids rehearse and get ready for their performances on stage. Each week I'll post on my blog what the kids are learning during their rehearsals and what it's like to be a part of a live theater production. Oh, and if you have questions for me, you can write to me and I'll write back with an answer. This is the link to my blog:

Bye for now,

Sleepy Bear