Northwest NEWS

January 7, 2002

Entertainment

Going Out: WRT in need of an angel

by Deborah Stone
   Arts and Entertainment
   For the past several years Woodinville Repertory Theatre (WRT) has been bringing the community professional theater under the helm of founder and artistic director, Peg Phillips.
   The organization has steadily built a reputation for quality, offering the public a potpourri of musicals, comedies and dramas that feature local actors.
   Its mission has been to keep live theater in Woodinville, but recently achieving this goal has become a challenge for the financially struggling group.
   WRT is officially on hiatus as it currently lacks substantial financial resources, as well as a venue from which to produce its shows.
   "We're looking for a warehouse to rent in the Woodinville area," explains Phillips. "We need about a 10,000-square-foot space to convert to a theater. It would be wonderful to have a place to call our own."
   WRT has kept ticket prices low to make their productions affordable to families, but this has been at a financial loss to the organization.
   It needs to develop a solid financial base and obtain funding through grants and the community.
   On March 23 the group plans to hold a fund-raiser at Redhook Brewery.
   "It will be an evening of musical comedy," explains Phillips. "We're going to do excerpts from well-known musical comedies and include song and dance numbers. It should be lots of fun for everyone and we hope to fill the 200-space theater at the Brewery."
   Tickets are $20 a person. Phillips and the WRT Board are hoping to raise money to finance the coming season's productions and in the meanwhile, they are on the lookout for a venue.
   "We need an angel to come down and help us," comments Phillips.
   For more information on providing assistance to WRT, call (425) 481-8502.