When we think variety show, South Sound residents might well think of Lord Franzannians Royal Olympian Spectacular Vaudeville Show silly, funny and sometimes jaw dropping.
The 13-year-old Olympia Comics Festival is getting into all kinds of new things.
Elizabeth Lord admits shes nervous about her new one-woman show. The Swimsuit Area is playing this weekend only at The Midnight Sun, and as the title suggests, its about a sensitive topic.
Although his first full-length play is a dramatic thriller, Nick McCord has spent a lot of his life making people laugh as a stand-up comedian. McCord who is producing, co-directing and acting in the play he wrote, Good Night, Good Doctor, this weekend at The Midnight Sun said, One of the reasons I quit stand-up comedy was that I felt limited on stage to expressing just one facet, just the funny haha stuff. ... I didnt just want to make my audience laugh, I wanted to make them cry. I wanted to make them leave the theater talking about what they saw.
Same Time, Next Year is a romance about a couple who carries on a once-a-year affair, sharing joys, sorrows and changing times while remaining more-or-less happily married to other people. Behind the scenes of Olympia Little Theatres production, opening Friday, is another love story.
How much does Claudia Simpson-Jones love opera? A decade ago, she founded Opera Pacifica with her husband, tenor Robert William Corl. Olympia didnt have an opera company, and it should have because we have some really great singers, she said. But being the founder means Simpson-Jones doesnt just conduct the operas, she produces them, which is a huge endeavor.
Nearly everyone knows the story of Cinderella, who is maltreated by her family until her fairy godmother helps her get to the ball, where she meets a handsome prince. Now you can meet "Cinder Edna," courtesy of writer Ted Ryle and the Olympia Family Theater. In Ryle's musical adaptation of the book by Ellen Jackson, the heroine turns her sad life around on her own.
With SideWalks new fundraiser, dubbed My Front Door, the homeless advocacy center aims to raise both awareness and money with a collection of doors transformed into art, including doors by Nikki McClure and China Star, the latest Arts Walk cover artist. The doors will move around town for the next two weeks and then be auctioned off May 31.
The works in Spectrum Dance Theaters Olympia performance have been shortened, but the theme is a mighty tall one. The Seattle company will dance Saturday at The Washington Center, presenting excerpts from an array of longer dances. Its an opportunity for people to think about American dance, said Donald Byrd, the companys artistic director.
Gloucester Blue the latest Israel Horovitz play to find its way to Harlequin Productions stage tells the story of a wealthy couple converting a former fish-packing plant into a vacation home.