We have great plans for 2017! We will further our mission to connect curious seekers through live theater with some very exciting selections. Here is the run-down:
Getting Through, a festival of one-act plays specially curated and directed by Artistic Director Ki Gottberg, opens our season with clever and touching scripts centered on the theme of new beginnings for our New Year.
Next, in March, we will produce The Miss Firecracker Contest, a full-length comedy set in the South about a gal trying to refurbish her reputation through a beauty contest, and directed by former Liberty Bell High School teacher, Jane Orme.
In May, our Tom Zbyszewski Children’s Theater Production will be...wait for it...the beloved Peter Pan, directed and choreographed by Missi Smith. We are looking forward to this beautifully staged version of the story that will involve music, dance, Lost Boys, plus the magic of Tinkerbell! Check our website, facebook, or sign up for our email list to get important information about auditions coming toward the end February.
Later in May, over Memorial Day Weekend, we have the honor of hosting a performance of Words that Burn, a dramatic performance first produced in Portland, which uses the words of William Stafford, along with others, surrounding the theme of war.
After that, our summer production of The Real Inspector Hound, a parody of a “parlor mystery” in the style of an Agatha Christie Murder Mystery, once again directed by Ki, will bring us through August.
Typically, the summer production marks the end of our season, but to better align our season planning with budget planning for our fiscal year, we’ve made the change to a January through December season, beginning in 2017. So, continuing the season into the Fall, we are excited to reprise The Last Salmon in October. Back by popular demand, we are delighted to present this all-ages, all-original, all-locally inspired chamber musical about the life cycle of salmon.
We are then approaching the close of 2017 when we hope to present a very special holiday event that is, at the moment, still in the initial planning phase. Shhh...it's still a secret. Stay tuned for future announcements.
Between and amongst these full productions will be Reader’s Theater productions, plus workshops and children’s theater camps. We plan to continue working with Seattle University to bring their productions to The Merc and we will host all of our usual rental events throughout 2017.
We hope to see you at The Merc for any or all of these offerings throughout 2017.