Northwest NEWS

March 19, 2001

Business

Woodinville Rep looks toward the future

by Deborah Stone
   Features Writer
   In its third year of providing quality theatre to the community, the Woodinville Repertory Theatre (WRT) is poised to move into its own venue.
   The organization has been searching for a space to lease or rent for the next five years, while it locates a permanent place to call home.
   WRT's business manager, Cheryl Reed, says, "We've had good support from the community, but we've outgrown the venues we've been using. We need our own space now. We arein the hopes of securing necessary funding for production costs. The theatre's spring show, "Crimes of the Heart," which was to be produced at Woodinville High School, was recently cancelled due to scheduling conflicts with the Northshore School District.
   According to Reed, the district needs to do maintenance in the auditorium during the time period when the show was supposed to run (over spring break).
   "It's been difficult for us to work around the district's schedule," comments Reed, "and their rates have tripled since we began using their venues. This is another reason why we're anxious to find our own space. Then we can have full control over our production schedule and it will also allow us to put on more plays each year."
   Instead of "Crimes of the Heart," WRT will present a dinner theater show on May 12 at the Holly Hills Clubhouse in Woodinville.
   Entitled "Spaghetti ala Teatro," the show will be a mock old-time radio production, presenting two teams of radio actors.
   The sound effects man will be on stage, working his special effects magic in full view of the audience, and Peg Phillips, WRT's Artistic Director, will play the role of radio announcer.
   "People are donating their time to do this," explains Reed, "and the proceeds will benefit WRT."
   There will be one show only and admission will be $50, which will include a pasta dinner and the entertainment." Tickets will be available in advance only, as they will not be sold at the door on the night of the show.
   The Theatre's summer show, "Guys and Dolls," will open as planned on Aug. 9 at WHS and several series of children's theater classes are planned for the coming months.
   For more information about upcoming shows and classes, or to make a tax-deductible contribution to WRT, call (425) 481-8502.