Fairy tales come to life at outdoor stage in Everett

Hey, kids and kids at heart: It’s time for a fairy tale and Everett Community College theater instructor Beth Peterson is bringing one to an outside theater near you.

Peterson will present stage performances of her original children’s story “Tales From the Woods: Book III, The Enchanted Woods” from July 29 through Aug. 14.

The tale is told with live actors and puppets and shows a different story of how Snow White, the Ugly Duckling and Sleeping Beauty got together to fight a common enemy. When they join forces, the characters and you will learn more about their actual origins.

This show is a continuation of Peterson’s “Tales From the Woods” series, performed in the summers of 2011 and 2012.

Performances of “Book III” are:

  • 6:30 p.m. July 29 and 30 and Aug. 5 and 6 at Legion Memorial Park, 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett, near the giant tree
  • 6:30 p.m. Aug. 8, 9, and 16 at EvCC, 2000 Tower St., next to the Henry M. Jackson Conference Center
  • 6:30 p.m. Aug. 12 and 13 at Forest Park’s outdoor stage, 802 E Mukilteo Blvd., Everett
  • 6:30 p.m. Aug. 14. at the Main Everett Public Library, 2702 Hoyt Ave., Everett.

If it’s raining at any outdoor venue, the play will be presented at EvCC, in Room 120 at Baker Hall.

Admission is free, with donations accepted.

The content of the play is family friendly for all ages. Families are welcome to attend and should bring their own blankets and chairs for outdoor performances.

The cast includes EvCC students Danae Chopelas, Judah Hastings, Alex Hills, Kat Johnston, Kathleen Lawson, Nikki Maier, Jason McKendry, Laura Olsen and Jesse Tilley.

The production manager is Joddee Krietel.

“Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris”: A musical revue based on the effect Brel’s songs had on his audiences from the 1930s to the 1970s will be staged on Whidbey Island.

Brel was a Belgian singer-songwriter who composed and performed literate, thoughtful, and theatrical songs that generated a following in Belgium and France, according to press material about the show.

The OutCast production opens at 7:30 tonight and runs through Aug. 3.

This production has 25 songs performed by three vocalists, Ned Farley, Ken Martinez and Katie Woodzick, and is directed by K. Sandy O’Brien with musical direction by Scott Small.

The show is in English, conceived and written for English speaking audiences by Eric Blau and Mort Shuman, but has Brel’s original music and French lyrics included.

“Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris” has a live orchestra, which includes Richard Hughes on guitar and mandolin, Jonathan Small on bass, Small on percussion and Sheila Weidendorf on piano and accordion.

Woodzick is the vocal coach, O’Brien did the sets, Marlene Nakamura is the costume designer, Farley designed the lights and Jeff Fisher is the sound designer.

In 1968 “Jacques Brel” opened in a Greenwich Village theater in New York. But Brel’s brooding, evocative songs about life, death, love and the consequences of human folly had already influenced a number of musicians including Leonard Cohen, David Bowie and Frank Sinatra. Some give Brel’s songs credit for changing the course of Broadway theater, according to press material.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. July 19, 20, 26 and 27 and Aug. 2 and 3; and at 2 p.m. July 21 and 28 at the Black Box Theater at the Fairgrounds, 819 Camano Ave., Langley.

Tickets are $18 general, $14 for students and seniors. Get tickets at Brown Paper Tickets or tickets can be reserved directly with OutCast by email at ocp@whidbey.com. Reserved tickets can be picked up at the door and paid for by cash or check.

Theresa Goffredo: 425-339-3424; tgoffredo@heraldnet.com.

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