Curtains to rise this weekend at area schools

Olympia’s ‘Brigadoon’ one of many plays, including original works, to open at schools

May 2, 2013 

Actors always get the spotlight. But behind every great stage production, there are people taking care of details such as the lights, sets and costumes.

And students in Olympia High School’s new stagecraft class spent a lot of time working on the technical aspects for the upcoming performance of “Brigadoon,” which opens Friday, according to theater teacher Kathy Dorgan.

Students designed lights for the show with the mentorship of local light designer Olivia Burlingame, who has designed for Harlequin Productions and Olympia Family Theater, she said. In addition, they constructed and painted sets for the show.

The show’s technical crew put a lot of work into raising the authenticity of the musical set in Scotland. It will feature pipers from the Olympia Highlanders band.

“Two of the dances are traditional Scottish dances, including the sword dance which is danced over crossed — real — swords,” Dorgan said.

In addition, one of the stagecraft students researched the badges of the show’s eight clans.

“Each clan has its own tartan and seal, and we’ve been as authentic as possible,” Dorgan said. “They also know their clan mottoes.”

But “Brigadoon” is just one of many high school musicals or plays opening over the next couple of weeks. Here’s information on the shows in Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater:

“Aida” 7 p.m. today through Saturday at Tumwater High School Performing Arts Center, 700 Israel Road, Tumwater. Tickets are $7 students, $10 adults. For more information, go to

A collection of one-act comedy plays written and directed by students, 7 p.m. today and Friday as well as May 9-10 at the Black Hills High School Performing Arts Center, 7741 Littlerock Road SW, Tumwater. Tickets are $5 for students and seniors, $8 for adults. Information: 360-709-7832.

“42nd Street” 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday plus May 9-11 at Capital High School Performing Arts Center, 2707 Conger Ave. NW. Olympia. Tickets are $7 for children, students and seniors, $10 for adults. For more information, call 360-596-8053 or go to

“Brigadoon” 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, plus May 9-11, at Olympia High School Performing Arts Center, 1302 North St. SE, Olympia. Reserved seats are $10, general admission at the door is $8. For more information, call 360-596-7036.

“Once on This Island,” 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday , plus May 9-11, at River Ridge Theatre, 350 River Ridge Road, Lacey. Tickets are $7 for students and seniors, $10 for adults. Information: 360-412-4837.

“Show Boat” 7 p.m. today through Saturday as well as May 9-11 at Timberline High School, 6120 Mullen Road SE, Lacey. Tickets are $8 for students and seniors, $10 adults. For more information, call 360-412-4887 or go to

“Almost, Maine” 7:30 p.m. May 15-18 at the Koval Center for the Performing Arts at North Thurston High School, 600 Sleater-Kinney Road NE, Lacey. Tickets are $7. Information: 360-412-4800.

“Come Back to the 5 and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean” 7 p.m. May 30-31 at Avanti High School auditorium, 1113 Legion Way SE, Olympia. Ticket prices are to be determined. For more information, call 360-596-7900.

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