While Seattle is known for its many and award-winning theatres, the greater Bothell and Kirkland neighborhoods also have a few performance places worth checking out. Some shows are presented by
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While Seattle is known for its many and award-winning theatres, the greater Bothell and Kirkland neighborhoods also have a few performance places worth checking out. Some shows are presented by local theatre groups while others are touring groups, but many are worth venturing out in the rain to get to.
Created by local residents from Bothell, Kenmore, Mill Creek and Woodinville, the Northshore Performing Arts Center Foundation offers Northshore-are residents top-notch performances within a 600-seat theatre located on the campus of Bothell High School. Current and past performances have included the “One-Man Star Wars Trilogy” (a spoof of “Star Wars” told by one actor), “Capitol Step” (a parody play about our current political system), “The Simon and Garfunkel Story” (a tribute to the classic music group) and “The Nutcracker” ballet performances.
Located in the heart of Kirkland sits the Kirkland Performance Center, a 397-seat theatre with seating that is steep which gives the theatre an intimate feel to it but also allowing plenty of leg room for comfort. Many acts and shows come to perform here, but it is also home to a few local and unique theatre troupes as well. These include:
Located in Kirkland, Storybook Theatre has been presenting fun and positive messages through popular childrens’ stories since 1998. The original, interactive musicals they present are written especially for kids between the ages of 3-10, but their parents will be sure to enjoy the 55-minute long shows as well. Each feature fantastic bright costumes and fantastic storybook sets. Here, “The 3 Pigs learn about cooperation and working together. The Emperor learns that his new clothes are not as important as who is inside those new clothes. We believe in fairness and treating others with respect and carefully try to fill our shows with those messages,” says Storybook Theatre.Recent and upcoming shows have included The Tortoise and the Hare, The Elves and the Toymaker, Pinocchio and Rapunzel.
Jet City Improv and Twisted Flicks
While not considered a traditional theatre presentation, Jet City Improv presents Twisted Flicks and special full-length improv performances each month. For Twisted Flicks, a “classic” film plays and the improvisers create all new dialog for the characters, sound effects, and live music, completely improvised using the suggestions provided by the audience. Each show is recommended for those age 10 and up (unless noted otherwise.) Upcoming shows includes “The Creature of the Black Lagoon,” “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians” and “King Kong Escapes.” Upcoming improv show include “The
Another unique theatre experience is presented every three months from Imagination Theatre who have been creating regular radio dramas based on Sherlock Holmes stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and original stories like “The Adventures of Harry Nile,” a fictional Seattle-based detective. Recorded live, these shows are heard on the radio coast to coast and locally in KIXI in Seattle.
Located within Country Village shopping center, the Adventure Children’s Theatre present stories “where brave heroes, beautiful heroines, and wacky sidekicks triumph over evil villains, terrible monsters and cruel henchmen. A place where kindness is rewarded, sacrifice is honored and everybody sings about it!” says the Chris Walen and Sarah Seigneuret, founders of the theatre. Previous shows have included, “Margaret O’ Malley and The Lost City of Atlantis,” “Adventures in Oz” and “The Three Mouse-Cat-Ears”
Village Theatre has been in operation since 1979 and through its “Village Originals” program, it has created over 150 new works. They also feature an excellent Kidstage program that features family-friendly programs all year round. Their productions rival Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre’s shows and often feature the same actors. Current and upcoming show include, “Into the Woods,” “Disney’s Newsies,” “The Gin Game,” “String” and “Hairspray.”
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