Northwest NEWS

January 28, 2002

Entertainment

Going Out: WRT, Northshore in a win-win partnership

by Deborah Stone
   The Woodinville Repertory Theatre (WRT) has had some good news recently. Negotiations with the Northshore School District about venue usage were fruitful and it appears that the two groups have come to a satisfactory agreement for the coming year.
   "We have entered into a partnership with the school district where we will provide a variety of workshops in acting, directing and technical theater support in the schools, in return for assurance of venue accessibility for our productions," explains Peg Phillips, WRT artistic director.
   The Rep has been without a home for its plays and has not been able to get its season up and running, until now.
   According to WRT board member Marsha Stueckle, this partnership allows the Rep to move forward with confidence that they will have a venue for their productions. She says, "The partnership agreement is a win-win situation for both WRT and the school district. We plan to target kids in schools that don't offer courses in certain areas of theater and bring the workshops to them. It is one of the ways we hope to impact the community. In return, the school district has made a commitment to us about venue usage. The schools win and so do we."
   Although this partnership agreement definitely helps the organization with its venue issues, it will continue to search for a permanent home of its own.
   "A permanent theater has always been our goal," says Stueckle, "and we will keep pursuing that goal until we achieve it."