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The Bear Creek School’s Fine and Performing Arts Dept. presents ‘Hamlet’

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

“Hamlet” by William Shakespeare is a must-see theater production performed by The Bear Creek School students January 17 and 19 at The Bear Creek School Cornerstone Theater, 8905 208th Ave NE, Redmond (452) 898-1720, www.tbcs.org. All performances are open to the public.Tickets ($5 individual or $10 for the whole family) may be purchased at the door.

Performance Schedule

Thursday, January 17:  matinee performance 4 p.m.; evening performance 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 19: matinee performance 2 p.m. evening performance 7:30 p.m.

Director is Dr. Ron Lynch, drama director at The Bear Creek School

Main characters in this production will be played by the following Bear Creek students: HAMLET, Jake Casale, senior, Redmond; GERTRUDE, Makena Schoene, senior, Sammamish; CLAUDIUS, Connor Thomas, senior, Woodinville; HORATIO and OPHELIA, Sydney Helton, senior, Sammamish (alternating performances) Katie Matthews, senior, Clyde Hill; LAERTES, Sam Stansell, senior, Redmond and Seth McBride (understudy), freshman, Carnation

Many of the roles in Bear Creek’s production of Hamlet are double-cast to allow more students to experience and stretch their dramatic muscle.

The dark set provides opportunity to invent several unique visual effects and props cleverly engineered to maximize the space while providing hands-on experience for the many students who work behind the scenes.

The 5th Avenue hosts Curtain Up! — a weekend of fun free events

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

The 5th Avenue Theater again opens its doors to the public at Curtain Up! A Celebration of Musical Theater at The 5th.

The 5th Avenue Theatre is hosting a free performance of “The Music Man” February 10 at 7 p.m.   A total of 2,100 tickets will be given away to those who come in person to The 5th Avenue Theatre box office on Saturday, January 26, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. (limit 4 tickets per household).

Attendees are expected to range from families who may never have been to the theater, to members of underserved populations who could not otherwise afford a ticket.

Other events for the weekend of Feb. 9-10: IMPROVE YOUR SKILLS

Curtain Up! visitors will have the opportunity to step into the spotlight. Participants of all ages and performers of all skill levels can learn a song from “The Music Man” or take a spin at a Broadway dance combination in the cast’s rehearsal space. Families can jump into endlessly entertaining crafts and activities throughout the weekend. Families and patrons of all ages will be welcomed at The 5th to sing, dance, learn, and most of all, have fun.

GO BEHIND THE SCENES

Visitors will get the opportunity to see how the creative team for “The Music Man” brings the show to life with costume sketches and set designs on display.  The display will also explore the history of musical theater and its evolution from “The Pirates of Penzance” to “Next to Normal.”

Additionally, participants will have the chance to tour The 5th Avenue Theatre.  Built in 1926 with a design inspired by royal sites in China, the theater is a stunning piece of Seattle history.  Tours will take place on Saturday and Sunday mornings, beginning in the theater lobby at 10 a.m.

GET EDUCATED

Attendees will have the chance to hear from community experts, as well as students from The 5th Avenue’s Rising Star Project: “The Music Man.”  Throughout  the weekend, Curtain Up! guests can immerse themselves in the world of the musical through informative show talks with Albert Evans, The 5th’s resident expert on all things musical, as well as special guests.

The talks will focus on the American musical and its impact on our culture, with topics including “American Choreographers,” “Composer and Lyricists of Musical Theater,” and “Women in Musical Theater.”  Visitors can also watch a panel discussion with musical theater luminaries, hosted by David Armstrong.

For information, please visit www.5thavenue.org.

New exhibit at Science Center presents health and wellness

  • Written by Deborah Stone
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Courtesy Photo “Professor Wellbody’s Academy of Health & Wellness” is aimed at enhancing the individual health and wellness of people throughout the region.
For the first time in more than a decade, Pacific Science Center has created a new permanent exhibit.

“Professor Wellbody’s Academy of Health & Wellness” is aimed at enhancing the individual health and wellness of people throughout the region by empowering them to take control of their own daily lifestyle choices.

The concept for the exhibit was initiated in 2006, thanks to a generous early planning grant from Group Health.

This funding allowed PSC and an advisory group composed of the area’s health experts to develop this innovative exhibition.

Other organizations, including The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, came on board to provide additional sponsorship and critical leadership assistance.

“We are so appreciative of the support that we have received from so many facets of the healthcare community,” says Bryce Seidl, PSC president and CEO. “This support reinforces our belief that broad community commitment is growing for recognizing that improvements in our health coming from our personal behaviors is a vital component in our national challenge for improving health care. This is truly a project built by the community, for the community that will enhance the lives of our guests now and in the future.”

The exhibit boasts 7,000 square feet of hands-on inventions, gadgets, activities and experiences that present health as a lifelong process of balancing exercise, diet, rest and hygiene.

Visitors enter through Wellbody Hall, the central area of the Academy, featuring core educational content about behavior change.

Featured are several interactive stations including the “Wellness Strategy Optimizer,” for example, which helps individuals learn about setting manageable goals.

“Influence Decoder” is a media presentation encouraging viewers to consider how advertising can influence wellness decisions. “Barrier Feud,” a video game in the style of “Family Feud,” presents survey questions for three topics: fitness, nutrition and sleep.

Players are asked to identify barriers to wellness and then identify potential solutions to the obstacles.

One of the most popular activities with kids is “With a Little Help …”

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Courtesy Photo For the first time in more than a decade, Pacific Science Center has created a new permanent exhibit, “Professor Wellbody’s Academy of Health & Wellness.”
Enlisting the help of friends, participants join to guide a ball through a large complex maze where junctions are marked with choices to seek the support of friends or try to succeed on your own. The message is clear — behavior is more easily modified with the assistance of others.

Another area of the “Academy” is the “Playdium,” a fitness area that emphasizes the importance of movement to wellness.

At “Sugar Burners,” two exercise devices (a recumbent bike and an ADA accessible hand crank mechanism) help visitors understand how much time it takes to burn off a sugared beverage.

“Whirligigerator,” another popular station, is an elevated contraption linking multiple fitness challenges with a kinetic display serving as both incentive and reward.

The idea is to engage in one of the three activities at the base, which transmits physical movements to the mechanism above, allowing it to respond proportionately to the effort generated.

Another fitness challenge is available at “Loft-a-Palooza,” a high-reaching apparatus that involves using several attached devices to charge pressure tanks with enough air to launch balls up toward a series of targets overhead. The targets are contained within suspended netting enclosures that serve to hold the launched balls and then return them by gravity to the reservoir of the launcher.

“Cafedium” is the area of the exhibit where visitors learn about what their bodies need from food and how to eat more healthily.

Within this section, there are a number of interesting and fun activities such as the “Food Analyzer,” which checks the nutritional content of different foods that can be selected from a conveyor belt.

At “Burger Planet,” participants can engage in a scripted role-playing experience within a fast food drive-through situation.

The operator helps a customer to evaluate his or her fast food selections in terms of caloric “price tags.”

The issue of sleep is explored in the “Slumbertorium,” through a series of interactive stations including the “Sleep Machine,” “Sleeping in Seattle” and “A Bad Night’s Sleep,” among others, which help visitors to understand the importance of proper sleep and the links between obesity and sleep apnea.

Personal hygiene takes a front seat in “Germnasium.”

Here, visitors can learn how to properly wash their hands using SureWash, a system designed to train hospital workers to correctly wash their hands.

At the “Sneeze Wall,” where kids of all ages tend to congregate, a large projection of people sneezing entices you to enter a space where you are subsequently “sneezed on” by an array of water misters arranged above.

On screen factoids note the necessity of covering up when you sneeze.

“A Healthy Mouth” explores items that are either good or bad for oral health. And at “Odor Decoder,” you can learn about the different causes of bad breath.

On the upstairs level of the exhibit is “The Loft,” a special area that reflects on wellness over a lifetime.

Individuals can take a picture of themselves in the onsite photo booth and hang it up on the “Journey Wall,” creating a composite snapshot of aging.

They can also see what kind of impact specific health and wellness choices can have on their physical appearance as they age at “Face Facts,” where software transforms your image based on factors of weight, sun exposure and smoking.

In addition to providing invaluable tools for behavior change, “The Studio,” a unique space within “Wellbody Academy,” showcases current health research occurring in the community.

It provides opportunities for visitors to connect with the scientists doing this groundbreaking work, while allowing them to explore careers in the fields of health and medicine.

The featured theme and content in “The Studio” will change every six months. The topic currently under investigation is genetics. Others to follow include neuroscience, translational medicine, environment and health and cancer.

For more information about “Professor Wellbody’s Academy of Health & Wellness,” as well as Pacific Science Center’s other exhibits: (206) 443-2001 or www.pacificsciencecenter.org.

Seattle Opera to present family-friendly ‘Cinderella’

  • Written by Deborah Stone
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Photo by © Brett Coomer, La Cenerentola, Houston Grand Opera, 2007 The visual effects are spectacular in Seattle Opera’s “La Cenerentola.”
Seattle Opera rings in the New Year with a mix of royalty, whimsy and madcap hilarity when it stages “La Cenerentola,” Rossini’s charming take on the beloved Cinderella story.

It’s the first time the company will be performing this particular production; a uniquely Italian retelling of the famed tale featuring a few noticeable differences.

Instead of a cruel stepmother, there is a pompous stepfather, while a wise philosopher takes the place of the fairy godmother, and a bracelet, not a glass slipper serves as Cinderella’s identification. The creative team behind the show hails from Spain and includes director Joan Font and choreographer Xevi Dorca, with sets and costumes by Joan Guillen.

“This production of Rossini’s brilliant “La Cenerentola” has delighted audiences everywhere it has played,” says Seattle Opera General Director Speight Jenkins. “With a cast of exciting young voices who will make this exacting music their own, and a story that is less about fantasy and more about what’s important in life, our unforgettable ‘Cinderella’ promises to enchant audiences young and old.”

Word has it that the opera’s visual effects are spectacular  —  super bright and colorful — with outrageously wild costumes and clever staging components.

It’s an ideal opera for young people and first-time opera-goers and the company is providing families the perfect opportunity to experience the show at a huge discount on January 20, as one of the season’s designated Family Day performances. Additionally, there will be a special free open house in advance of the production’s opening to encourage families to explore the elements of the opera. The event will feature a full slate of activities, including interactive stations where attendees can learn to dance (in preparation for Cinderella’s Ball!) and challenge themselves with tongue twisters and a lesson in patter singing — one of the funniest sounds in a Rossini comic opera.

Participants can also create their own friendship bracelets to identify with Cinderella, compete in a rat race, make a paper doll that represents their favorite prince or princess and discover Cinderella stories from different cultures.

At noon, the ball begins and everyone present is invited to take to the floor and show off the dance steps and patter songs they learned earlier in the day. Special guest singers will perform selections from the production and members of Seattle Opera’s “Opera Time” program for pre-K through 2nd graders will explore a version of the fairytale through a combination of story-time, singing, movement and theatrical elements.

“Opera’s fantastic sights, sounds, colors, feelings and brilliant play of imagination appeal to the young person in all of us,” says Sue Elliot, director of education for Seattle Opera. “And an opera like Rossini’s ‘Cinderella,’ with its provocative spin on a familiar story, is a great opportunity to introduce young people to the art form. Opera is a world with rich traditions, a vibrant, present and promising future. If you’ve never been, you don’t know what you’re missing!”

“Cinderella” (“La Cenerentola”) opens on January 12 and runs for eight performances through January 26. The free family open house will be held on January 5 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at McCaw Hall. A special Family Day matinee performance is scheduled for January 20, with $15 youth tickets.For more information: (206) 389-7676 or www.seattleopera.org.

Bothell High School to present ‘Robin Hood’ in January

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Robin Hood

The BHS theatre arts department prepares for their upcoming winter play, “Robin Hood.”

The play will run January 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19 with shows at 7:30 p.m., plus a 2 p.m. ASL-interpreted matinee on January 19, in the Northshore Performing Arts Center

. For more information and on-line ticket sales, visit www.bothelldrama.org.

Tickets may also be purchased at the door: $8 for adults; $6 for students, seniors and military with ID.