Northwest NEWS

February 1, 1999


Woodinville Rep to stage 'Deathtrap'

by Deborah Stone

   Ira Levin's well-known comedy thriller Deathtrap, directed by Roger Westberg, is Woodinville Repertory Theatre's second performance of its 1998-99 season, and it will run March 4-14 for a total of eight performances.

   The theatre, in its first year as a company, has secured permission to use the old Knoll Lumber building next to the post office as a temporary venue for its plays. According to Board Member Marsha Steukle, the space has plenty of room to accommodate a two-hundred-seat theatre.

   "The building is being renovated now, and we are building a stage and installing audience risers," says Steukle. "There is also room for a lobby, a green room, and dressing rooms."

   Currently, the cast for Deathtrap is rehearsing in the building while construction continues. The theatre would like to eventually find a permanent home, hopefully in the Woodinville area.

   Peg Phillips, founding member of Woodinville Rep, says, "We have a long-range planning committee whose principal responsibility, at this time, is to look for a permanent site. They are exploring all avenues and are open to any possible leads."

   The theatre also has an active group of dedicated people, the Friends of Woodinville Rep, who meet weekly to plan fund-raising events and publicity for the company.

   Steukle comments, "The Friends have provided such invaluable help: scheduling talks to various business groups, making plans for future fundraisers, and getting the word out about the theatre." The Rep's funding thus far has come from ticket sales and private contributions.

   Deathtrap, featuring an ensemble cast of three men and two women, promises to be a fun evening of entertainment with a healthy dose of suspense and mystery. It is appropriate for ages ten and older. Ticket prices are $12 for general admission and $10 for seniors and students.

   For more information, call 481-8502.