Say ‘Hello Dolly’ to musical at arts center in Shoreline

  • By Theresa Goffredo Herald Writer
  • Friday, March 25, 2011 12:01am
  • Life

“Hello Dolly”: The Kings Players are bringing out Broadway’s favorite busybody and matchmaker, Mrs. Dolly Levi, with all her hats and timeless tunes.

“Dolly” is the story of her efforts to marry half-a-millionaire Horace Vandergelder.

In her pursuit, Dolly manages to match up Widow Mollow with Vandergelder’s head clerk, Cornelius Hackl, along with pairing up several other couples, all against a backdrop of songs that includes “Put on Your Sunday Clothes,” “Before the Parade Passes By” and “It Only Takes a Moment.”

“Hello Dolly” opens at 8 p.m. Saturday at Shorecrest Performing Arts Center, 15343 25th Ave. NE, Shoreline. Shows are 2 p.m. Sunday, 8 p.m. April 1 and 2, and 2 p.m. April 3.

Tickets are $13 and $20. Go to www.kingsplayerstheater.org.

“The Beams Are Creeking”: Everett actor Don Brady, who grew up in Lynnwood, takes on five parts in Taproot Theatre’s true story of Germans who were trying to stop Hitler during World War II.

Brady said the two meatier roles in this performance are a challenging contrast.

Brady plays, among other parts, Gen. Goering and a man named Schlabrendorff. Goering is just “dripping evil.” Schlabrendorff is trying to assassinate Hitler.

The root of the story focuses on a man named Dietrich Bonhoeffer who battles against Hitler from within. Bonhoeffer (Matt Shimkus) was a German Lutheran pastor and member of the German Military Intelligence.

Brady has been acting for about 22 years. He found playing Goering fascinating because of the general’s flamboyance — the general made his own uniforms and changed them five times a day.

Brady also got to perfect the general’s waddle and gives him an odd smile on stage.

“It was just weird putting on a Nazi uniform,” said Brady, 45, who lives in north Everett. “My dad is a World War II vet.”

Schlabrendorff is a first lieutenant working with Bonhoeffer to kill Hitler.

“Maybe the most important message is that we can’t allow ourselves to become so arrogant to believe that something like that can’t happen here, especially in tough economic times,” Brady said. “In the show I think Bonhoeffer says, ‘It can’t happen in Germany’ a couple of times, and yet wham, it did, amazingly fast.”

“The Beams are Creaking” opens at 8 tonight at Taproot Threatre, 204 N 85th St., Seattle. Shows are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets range from $20 to 35. Call 206-781-9707 or go to www.taproottheatre.org.

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

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