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Vol. 15, No. 32 Week of August 08, 2010
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AK-WA Connection 2010: Things to do in Seattle: Dramatic arts

The Emerald City offers visitors a potpourri of live entertainment, including some of the nation’s finest theatrical experiences

Rose Ragsdale

For Alaska-Washington Connection

If you ever find yourself with a free evening or two in Seattle, keep in mind that the city is a veritable “mecca” in the Pacific Northwest for cultural and dramatic arts.

Or perhaps your company plans to convene its next meeting in Seattle, and is looking for an inspirational venue to highlight the gathering.

The Emerald City has a wealth of museums, theaters and other attractions to entertain leisure and business travelers in style. Seattle has something for everyone, from big attractions such as Seattle Theatre Group’s Paramount Theatre, 5th Avenue Theatre or Museum of Flight to medium-sized venues such as the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Repertory Theatre or The Village Theatre. Cozy settings like Seattle Theatre Group’s Moore Theatre, Experience Music Project, Bellevue Arts Museum, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, Intiman Theatre and Seattle’s Children’s Theatre offer variety as well.

Other notable attractions include the Seattle Aquarium, Woodland Park Zoo and Pacific Science Center.

Here’s a summary of some of the best of the 2010 season of live entertainment in Seattle:

The Seattle Opera, founded in 1963, is a leading American opera company. It presents the classics of the European repertoire as well as new works of American opera. Seattle Opera performs five operas per year. Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor” (Oct. 16-30) offers high drama this fall and Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville” (Jan. 15-29) opens the New Year. A poignant favorite, “Don Quixote” by Jules Massenet, is set for Feb. 26-March 12.

Intiman Theatre, one of the nation’s top regional theaters, is defined by a bold vision in the production of classics and new plays. The Intiman’s work for 38 years has been characterized by exceptional acting, rigorous storytelling and luminous designs. Featured productions this fall include a hilarious adaptation of Moliere’s classic, “A Doctor In Spite Of Himself” (Sept. 3-Oct. 10) and visionary director Lear deBessonet’s staging of Naomi Iizuka’s version of the Nathaniel Hawthorne classic, “The Scarlet Letter,” (Oct. 22-Dec. 5). After 12 years of sold-out performances, Intiman’s “Black Nativity” moves to The Moore Theatre (Dec. 10-26.)

Seattle Repertory Theatre, one of the largest and most renowned regional theatres in the country, produces a mix of classic comedies, recent Broadway hits and cutting-edge new dramas in two theatre spaces. Productions this fall feature Broadway’s hot ticket, Yasmina Reza’s “God of Carnage” (Oct. 1—24); Edward Albee’s classic “Three Tall Women” (Oct. 22-Nov. 28); and Brian Friel’s lyrical Irish drama, “Dancing at Lughnasa,” (Nov. 12-Dec. 5.)

5th Avenue Theatre, a magnificent historic attraction, is bringing to Seattle for the 2010-2011 season a diverse program of award-winning Broadway musicals, including the song and dance spectacular “In the Heights,” (Sept. 28 – Oct. 17); “A Christmas Story: The Musical!” (Nov. 25– Dec. 30); “VANITIES: A New Musical,” (Feb. 4 – March 18, 2011); the groundbreaking “Next to Normal,” (Feb. 22 – March 13, 2011); thought-provoking “9 to 5: The Musical,” (April 5 – April 24); and classics “Guys and Dolls,” (May 12 – June 5, 2011) and “Oklahoma,” (July 8 – Aug. 6, 2011).

Pacific Northwest Ballet, one of the country’s largest and most highly regarded ballet companies since the company’s founding in 1972, presents more than 100 performances each year of full-length and mixed repertory ballets at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall and on tour around the globe. The 2010–2011 season is full of variety, innovation, and favorite memories, featuring Pacific Northwest Ballet’s premieres of Mozart’s “Six Dances” and Philip Glass and Jerome Robbins’ “Glass Pieces,” along with two other popular ballets during Director’s Choice, (Sept. 24-Oct. 3); and numerous other productions, including the timeless classics, “Nutcracker,” (Nov. 26-Dec. 27); “Cinderella,” (Feb. 4-13, 2011); “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” (April 8-May 3, 2011); and “Giselle,” (June 3 – 12, 2011).



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