Northwest NEWS

August 6, 2001

Entertainment

Village Theatre's upcoming season is a mix of old and new

by Deborah Stone
   Patrons of quality professional theater on the Eastside are usually aware of the Village Theatre in Issaquah, as it has been around for many years.
   They know that they don't always have to make the trip across the bridge to find high caliber musicals, comedy and drama.
   For those who've never attended a Village production, it's definitely a not-to-miss experience and one that is guaranteed not to break the bank when it comes to ticket prices, especially with its reasonable season subscriptions.
   The Theatre, located on Front Street, is a lovely, intimate space, with great acoustics and not a bad seat in the house.
   Adjoining it is a quaint café, which serves good food and makes a perfect partner to a full evening's entertainment. The Village Theatre has an exciting variety of shows planned for its 2001-2002 mainstage season, including some old favorites and crowd pleasers, as well as innovative productions.
   Opening Sept. 20 is the classic Broadway musical, "Brigadoon."
   This promises to be a wonderful show for the whole family with a lush, romantic score and big, bright dance numbers and songs. "Peter Pan" makes its way onto the stage in time for the holiday season, opening Nov. 15.
   Based on the well-known and beloved story by Sir James Matthew Barrie, this fun, spirited adventure will be a treat for all ages.
   Next in line is "Bell, Book and Candle," billed as a bewitching romantic comedy, filled with lots of hocus-pocus and charm.
   Said to be the inspiration for the television show "Bewitched," this show examines whether the power of love can conquer the power of magic. Then on March 14, the rousing new rock musical, "Making Tracks," opens with its tale of a young Asian American's journey through six generations of his family's history.
   This show was developed in last year's Village Originals Series and is an acclaimed Off-Broadway hit. It gives audiences a vivid portrait of what it means to be American.
   Village Theatre's season will conclude with the hilarious musical, "La Cage aux Folles." This outrageous show comes complete with extravagant dance numbers and outlandish costumes and promises to be a must-see production.
   A five-show subscription package starts as low $100. For ticket information call (425) 392-2202.