Arts groups set exciting fall seasons

  • Mike Murray<br>For the Enterprise
  • Thursday, February 28, 2008 6:19am

While the rest of us were in summer vacation mode, arts groups in Snohomish County were making plans for another season of theater and music.

There’s a lot of variety in store, from family shows, musicals and comedies to American classics and grown-up drama to challenge audiences.

Cascade Symphony celebrates its 42nd season with four concerts, performed at the Edmonds Center for the Arts under the baton of Music Director Michael Miropolsky. Tickets, information,, 425-745-5921

“Taste of France,” Oct. 27. Debussy, Weber, Honneger and Berlioz and guest soloist Christopher Sereque, clarinet.

Driftwood Players of Edmonds will present six plays in the 2003-04 season. The company, founded in 1957, performs at the Wade James Playhouse in downtown Edmonds. Driftwood also sponsors screenings of classic movies and has an Alternative Stages series featuring limited-run plays. Information,, 425-774-6000.

“Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” Sept. 12-Oct. 5. Pulitzer Prize-winning Tennessee Williams’ drama of passion and dysfunction in the deep South.

“Annie Get Your Gun,” Nov. 21-Dec. 21. Wild West musical with an exuberant Irving Berlin score (“There’s No Business Like Show Business”).

Driftwood classic films include “White Christmas” with Bing Crosby, Dec. 21 and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” Feb. 8.

Alternate Stages productions are dessert-theater productions, with four performances each. The fall season includes “The Figgy Pudding Show” holiday show Dec. 7-15.

Edmonds Community College will present “Under Milk Wood,” a play by Welsh poet Dylan Thomas that’s set in a fishing village. Performances are Nov. 19-23 in Room 109 Mill Creek on the Lynnwood campus. Information, 425-640-1650.

Everett Symphony’s 2003-04 season includes classical and pops concerts, holiday shows and more. Paul Elliott-Cobbs is music director and conductor. The orchestra performs at the Everett Civic Auditorium, the Everett Theatre, First Presbyterian Church and a New Year’s show at the Everett Performing Arts Center. Information,, 425-257-8382.

“Classical I,” Oct. 3. Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 and Beethoven’s Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano with soloists Carrie Rehkopf, John Michel and Zofia Antes.

“Basically Baroque,” Nov. 2. Everett Symphony Chamber Orchestra performing works of J.S. Bach, Vaughan Williams and Grieg.

“Pops I,” Nov. 21. A salute to Duke Ellington.

“Nutcracker,” Dec. 13-14. Holiday show performed with Olympic Ballet Theatre of Edmonds.

“Messiah Sing-a-Long,” Dec. 21. Holiday tradition with symphony musicians and the public.

“The Night Before New Year’s Eve,” Dec. 30. The symphony’s annual gala with narrator Tom Dahlstrom.

Everett Theatre Society’s 2003-04 season includes four plays presented at the Everett Theatre. In addition, the society will offer another silent film series with Dennis James accompanying the screenings on the theater’s pipe organ. Information, 425-257-8600,

“A Streetcar Named Desire,” Oct. 3-19. Tennessee Williams’ drama about a faded southern belle (Blanche DeBois) pitted against her brutal brother-in-law (Stanley Kowalski).

“A Christmas Story,” Nov. 28-Dec. 14. Jean Shepherd revisits a warped and winsome 1940s boyhood Christmas, complete with the gift to be cherished forever: a genuine Red Rider BB gun.

The Silents, Please! Series features classic silent films shown in four separate series.

Mystery Series: Screenings are Oct. 7, 14 and 21 and Nov. 4. “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” with John Barrymore; “The Cat &The Canary” with Laura La Plante; “Pandora’s Box” with Louise Brooks; “Sherlock Jr.” with Buster Keaton; “Phantom of the Opera” with Lon Chaney; “Do Detectives Think?” with Laurel and Hardy.

Northwest Savoyards: The Everett based Gilbert and Sullivan Society and musical theater company presents four shows each season, performing at the PUD Auditorium in Everett. The season includes one Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, a Broadway musical, and two family shows that are presented by Debut Family Theatre, a program of Northwest Savoyards. Information, 425-303-8902,

“Yeoman of the Guard,” Oct. 11-26. Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera opens the season with performances Oct. 11-26.

Olympic Ballet Theatre in Edmonds offers two public dance performances during its 2003-04 season. The company, based at the Anderson Center, presents shows in Edmonds, Everett and Bellevue. Information, 425-774-7570,

“Nutcracker,” Dec. 13-14 at the Everett Civic Auditorium; Dec. 20-21 at Edmonds Centre for the Arts; Dec. 27-28 at Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue. The Everett performances are accompanied by the Everett Symphony Orchestra.

Sno-King Community Chorale is a community choir affiliated with Edmonds Community College that gives a series of public concerts under the direction of Frank DeMiero. The music ranges from classical and jazz to Broadway show tunes and pop music. Information, 425-640-1840.

Concerts for the season are scheduled for Dec. 7, March 13 and June 12.

Trinity Lutheran Church in Lynnwood hosts its Artists Series to showcase the two-manual Pasi pipe organ. The 29-stop instrument is one of the top pipe organs in the Northwest. Information,, 425-778-2159.

Organists Stephen Marshall and Wanda Griffiths, Sept. 28.

Joseph Adam, organ, and Karla Flygare, flute, Nov. 23.

A Scandinavian Christmas featuring Choral Arts Northwest, Richard Sparks, conductor, and David P. Dahl, organist, Dec. 19.

Village Theatre will present five shows during its 2003-04 season, four musicals and one drama. The company, based in Issaquah, is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Performances are at the Everett Performing Arts Center. Information, tickets 425-257-8600,

“The Wedding Banquet,” Oct. 31-Nov. 16. A world-premiere musical about a gay Chinese-American man and a Chinese woman in need of a green card, adapted from Ang Lee’s film.

Village Theatre’s Pied Piper Productions presents shows for young children at the Everett Performing Arts Center and at the Everett Civic Auditorium. The plays and musicals are based on classic children’s stories and are performed by companies that specialize in children’s theater. Information, 425-257-8600,

“Sarah, Plain &Tall,” Dec. 11. A TheatreWorks/USA musical production based on the Newberry Award-winning book by Patricia MacLachlan about a 19th-century Midwestern farmer, his children and Sarah, the mail order bride.

“The Elves &the Shoemaker,” Dec. 13-14. The California Theatre Center production is based on the fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm.

Mike Murray is arts writer for The Herald in Everett.

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