May 18, 1998
Woodinville Repertory Theater launched
Attendees at the organizing meeting of the Woodinville Repertory Theater. ( L- R back row) David Wingert, Brady Reed, Ken Ross, Donna Ravensberg, Sue Grant, Jeff Woolf, Carol Edwards and Geary Britton-Simmons. (L-R front row) Cheryl Reed, Hal Larsen, Marsha Stueckle, Teri Derr, Annalisa Derr and Peg Phillips. Not shown is photographer Jim Melecki.
First performance in August
Peg Phillips, well-known for her acting roles in the TV series, Northern Exposure, and roles in several movies, is the leading force in the formation of the new Woodinville Repertory Theater. "It seems that my lovely town of Woodinville, where I have lived for 22 years, is undergoing a "grand-mall seizure" with no arts, no live entertainment and nothing for my fellow citizens to do except buy things. And we need more than that, right?" said Phillips.
Phillips recently gathered a group of volunteers that agreed to serve on the board or be ex-officio members of the group. The Woodinville Repertory Theater, a non-profit organization, will perform regular stage productions, according to Phillips, and once established will form a Children's Theater and workshops for actors. All auditions, to be announced, will be open to any actor who wishes to participate. Technicians and other volunteers are also encouraged to contact the group.
Board members include: Geary Britton-Simmons, Annalisa Derr, Teri Derr, Carol Edwards, Sue Grant, Hal Larsen, Ken Ross and Marsha Stueckle. Ex-officio members include: Jim Melecki, Donna Ravensberg, Brady Reed, Cheryl Reed, David Wingert, Jeff Woolf. The group will open their first season with the Paul Rudnick comedy, I Hate Hamlet. It will be performed at the Leota Jr. High theater on August 13 through the 23rd.
Auditions for all roles in I Hate Hamlet are open to anyone interested in performing, and will take place on June 13 and 14. Call 425-483-6653 to make an appointment. Hjalmer Anderson, Woodinville High School drama director, will direct the play and Peg Phillips will serve as the Artistic Director. Brady Reed is the production coordinator, and Todd Westendorf is the technical director.
The remainder of the first season is yet to be determined, but the group's long term goal is to present a wide variety of productions including comedies, dramas and musicals. With $10,000 needed for the first production, the Woodinville Repertory Theater is accepting donations at P.O. Box 2003, Woodinville, WA 98072.