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Numerica PAC season tickets on sale now
Tickets are on sale now for the Numerica Performing Arts Center's 2015-2016 Season. This offer is open to 15-16 Numerica PAC members only until tickets will go on sale to the general public starting August 3. The 2015-2016 Season is comprised of eight performances:
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 More...

'Anything Goes' sets sail tonight
Mausser gives 25-member cast a chance to make waves

Leavenworth Summer Theater first presented the 1934 musical comedy "Anything Goes" in 2005 at the Festhalle.

This year, the madcap antics on board a trans-Atlantic ocean liner are being staged outside - at the Leavenworth Fish Hatchery amphitheater, presenting some challenges for veteran LST Director Tiffany Mausser.

"This particular show presents several unique challenges, not the least of which are staging huge full-cast dance numbers, and bringing a ship convincingly to life in an outdoor setting," she said. "Luckily, I am working with an amazing choreographer (CWU Instructor Megan Smith), and set designer (LST Technical Director David Harvill), so they have conquered those two particular challenges with gusto."

The bigger challenge for the director, she said, is the pacing.

"Really good comedy has to have impeccable timing, or it can feel slow or the jokes can fall flat," she said. "I feel very fortunate to have found a group of actors with a knack for comedic timing who can precisely pull off every zany moment of the show -and there are many!"

"Anything Goes" follows the misadventures of a young stockbroker named Billy, who stows away to try and win the love of a beautiful young debutante only to discover she is engaged to another man. Fortunately for Billy, his friend Reno Sweeney (a famous nightclub singer) and Moonface Martin (a classic bumbling gangster) team up to help him win Hope's love.

The musical features the largest cast of this year's LST season, Mausser said, with 25 performers. Auditions were held in March and during the process auditioners presented vocal selections from the shows, read scenes to show their acting abilities, and went through an intense dance audition to show off their tap dancing skills. 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 More...
Leavenworth Summer Theater presents 'Into the Woods'
For the first time in over 15 years, Leavenworth Summer Theater is presenting something other than "Sound of Music" at the Ski Hill Theater. Taking the place of the timeless classic is perhaps another timeless classic in the making.

"Into the Woods" is based on a book by James Lapine, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The plot revolves around several characters from Brothers Grimm fairy tales, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel and Cinderella.

"It is an incredibly exciting show. The quality of the writing is phenomenal. I would say it is one of the top five musicals of all time, because of how perfectly it is written," said Director Phil Lacey. "It is one of Sondheim's best works. The opportunity to do it up at Ski is such a unique setting, I think it is going to bring so much to the show."

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 More...
This Dorothy comes from Cashmere, not Kansas
In the new Cascade All District musical, the Wizard of Oz, there's a tornado, but this one emanates a little closer to home, in Cashmere rather than Kansas. It is one of the many new twists in the upcoming school production, which features kids from Kindergarten to 12th grade.

Cascade Head Drama Coach Mandi Wickline said her Assistant Director Ted Fredericks has been plugging for Wizard of Oz for a number of years. But Wickline had become tired of seeing the same show done over and over again, based on the classic movie.

"The only way I would do Wizard of Oz is if we did it totally different. We are modernizing everything. It is a complete rethinking of the show," Wickline said.

For one, Kansas is now Cashmere. And Toto is now a five pound chihuahua named Julio. The ruby slippers are now ruby color Converse sneakers. And Dorothy now lives in an orchard.

Thursday, April 30, 2015 More...

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