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Verne Windham talks to Abbey Crawford about Spokane Civic Theatre's "Leading Ladies," a program featuring musical performances of 17 of the Civic's female members. Verne delves into the SPR audio archives to hear some of those performers in past visits to the Performance Studio.

"Leading Ladies" will livestream at 7:30pm, Friday, March 19 at https://vimeo.com/channels/civicchannel. Or visit https://bit.ly/2Zu6lsI to donate and help "sell out" the virtual show.

Verne Windham talks to Jake Schaefer (Director) and Patrick McHenry-Kroetch (Scrooge) of Spokane Civic Theatre about the challenges and triumphs of performing Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" in 2020.  

The radio drama will be aired on KPBX on Sunday, December 20th, at 4 PM, on Thursday December 24th, at 2 PM, and again on December 25th at 12 PM.

You can hear this classic production reworked for the radio all season long brought to you by the Civic Theatre. Hear local actors perform this holiday story over the air on KPBX 91.1 throughout the month of December. 

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Heather McHenry-Kroetch, Director of Spokane Civic Theatre's new production of "Cabaret," swings by the studio to discuss the show. Also in the studio are actors Aubree Pederson (Sally Bowles) and Rebecca Craven (Fraulein Schneider), and Music Director Henry McNulty with Tonya Ballman (Assistant Music Director) with a preview of two songs from the production.

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Troy Nickerson, Director of Spokane Civic Theatre's production of "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder" visits the studio to discuss the musical. Also in the studio are actors Emily Jones, Joseph Hall, and Music Director Henry McNulty, with a preview of the show.

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Spokane Civic Theatre's latest production of the season is Noel Coward's "Present Laughter." Director Melody Deatherage visits the studio with actors Patrick McHenry-Kroetch (Garry Essendine), Elisabet Edwards (Liz Essendine), and Phedre Burney-Peters (Monica Reed) to discuss the show and perform a scene or two.

"Present Laughter" opens Friday, January 10, at 7:30 PM and continues through February 2. For tickets and more information, visit http://spokanecivictheatre.com/productions/present-laughter/.

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Kearney Jordan, Spokane Civic Theatre's Academy Director, visits the studio to discuss her production of the classic holiday play-within-a-play "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever." Joining her in the conversation are actors Millie Paine, Josephine Kahler, and Audrey Overstreet.

This production is SOLD OUT. For more information on Spokane Civic Theatre productions, visit http://spokanecivictheatre.com/.

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Spokane Civic Theatre's holiday season productions open with an adaptation of the classic film "It's a Wonderful Life." Director Marianne McLaughlin and actors Megs Levi (Mary) and Joshua Baig (George) visit the studio to talk about the production and to perform a preview.

"It's a Wonderful Life" opens Friday, November 29, at 7:30 PM and continues through December 22. For tickets and more information, visit http://spokanecivictheatre.com/productions/its-a-wonderful-life/.

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Andrew Start, Director of Spokane Civic Theatre's production of Kenneth Lonergan's "This Is Our Youth," visits the studio to discuss the play, which centers around young adults in 1980s Manhattan. Also in the studio are Denny Taylor (Dennis), Jacob Carruthers (Warren), and Elizabeth Martin (Jessica) who play the three young New Yorkers navigating their personal ambitions and the Reagan Era.

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Spokane Civic Theatre's latest production taps local history to tell the story of the Hutton Settlement children's home in Spokane Valley. Writer/director Tim Rarick, actors Tom McArthur (Judge Leavy) and Michael Schmidt (Gus Paulson), and Hutton Settlement Director of Community Relations & Communications, Jessica Laughery, discuss the Settlement's history in the region and the inspiration and development of the play.

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Spokane Civic Theatre’s Susan Hardie visits the studio to discuss “The Book of Will,” Lauren Gunderson’s play about a pivotal moment in Elizabethan history when the plays of William Shakespeare could have been lost to posterity. Also in the studio are actors Jamie Flannery (John Heminges), Bridget Pretz (Alice Heminges), Kelly Hauenstein (Henry Condell), Rebecca Craven (Rebecca Heminges), and Bill Marlowe (Ben Jonson), to perform a couple of scenes from the play.

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Spokane Civic Theatre's Kathie Doyle-Lipe, Director of "Matilda the Musical," visits the studio with actors Eleanor Weitz (Matilda), Shelby Freesmeyer (Miss Honey), and Doug Dawson (Miss Agatha Trunchbull), and the Civic's Music Director, Henry McNulty, with a preview of the production.

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Spokane Civic Theatre's summer season opens with "Spring Awakening," a musical based on the 1891 German play of the same name by Frank Wedekind, and with contemporary words and music by Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik. Jake Schaefer (who co-directs the production with Sarah Dahmen), cast members Aubrey Peterson (Ilse), Elizabeth Martin (Wendla), Aaron Jerry Skipper (Melchior), and Jonah Taylor (Moritz), and Music Director Henry McNulty visit the studio to talk about and perform songs from the show. 

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In this Spokane Civic Theatre production of the new Mel Brooks musical, the grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced "Fronk-en-steen"), inherits his family's estate in Transylvania. With the help of a hunchbacked sidekick, Igor, and a leggy lab assistant, Inga, Frederick finds himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestors. "It's alive!" he exclaims as he brings to life a creature to rival his grandfather's. Eventually, of course, the monster escapes and hilarity continuously abounds.

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Actors Annie Altevers (as Bunny), Rick Rivera (as Artie), and Elisabet Edwards (as Bananas) visited the studio to discuss Spokane Civic Theatre's production "House of Blue Leaves," a black comedy about Artie Shaugnessy, a songwriter with visions of glory who toils by day as a zookeeper, and suffers in seedy piano bars by night.

The show runs May 3 - 26, with curtain times of 7:30 PM Thursday - Saturday, and 2 PM Sundays (no show on Bloomsday, May 4). Spokane Civic Theatre, 1020 N Howard St., Spokane.

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Director Jean Hardie, Music Director Annie Flood and actors Bill Garry and Karlin Kahler from Spokane Civic Theatre voyaged to our station alongside playwright/lyricist Ed Bryan and composer William Berry to introduce their new creation: “Moby Dick – A Musical.” This original song-filled adaptation of the classic novel by Herman Melville tells the tale of a grizzled sea captain’s search for an elusive white whale and the toll it takes on the people around him.

Performances will be at 7:30 PM this Thursday, Friday and Saturday with a 2 PM matinee on Sunday.

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With their interview this morning, director Melody Deatherage and actors Nick Griep and Jeremy Urann piqued our interest in Spokane Civic Theatre’s latest production: “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.” Adapted from the award-winning novel of the same name, it follows a brilliant 15-year-old boy with behavioral difficulties as he sets out to solve the murder of his neighbor’s dog.

Performances will be at 7:30 PM this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, plus a 2 PM matinee on Sunday, with more shows each weekend through April 14.

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Director Andrew Start and actors Will Gilman, Marvin Hughes, and Aubree Peterson came to us from Spokane Civic Theatre’s Firth J Chew Studio to give a preview of their upcoming show “The Flick.” Focusing on three underpaid employees of a run-down Massachusetts movie theater, it reveals the comedy and conflict that plays out in the empty aisles as their lives become more intertwined.

Performances will be at 7:30 PM on March 1 & 2 and 2 PM on March 3, with more each weekend through March 24.

This play contains mature content and may not be suitable for all audiences.

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Director David Baker and actors Dallan Starks, Athena Lauzon and Audrey Overstreet of Spokane Civic Theatre took to the mic to give us the details on their production of the classic stage comedy “You Can’t Take It with You,” in which a young woman from a good-humored but eccentric family becomes engaged to a man from a family of Wall Street snobs— and upon meeting, the two households clash.

Performances will be at 7:30 PM on January 25 & 26 as well as 2 PM on January 27, with more showtimes each week through February 17.

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Director Dawn Taylor Reinhardt and actors Rebecca Craven, Nancy Gasper and Rebecca Bolster of Spokane Civic Theatre’s Firth J Chew Studio came by the station today to deliver us a drop of their latest production. “The Memory of Water” is a witty, provocative and poignant look at the lives of three sisters who have gathered for their mother’s funeral. Once together, the siblings’ conflicting childhood memories bubble to the surface, and one sister seemingly receives visitations from the mother’s ghost.

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Creative Director Jake Schaefer gave us the details on Spokane Civic Theatre's upcoming In Concert production of “Follies” with Music Director Henry McNulty, who performed some selections from the show alongside actors Jonah Taylor, Elizabeth Martin, and Robbie Starnegg.

The musical centers on a reunion of ex-Follies performers hosted by theatrical impresario Dimitri Weissmann in his crumbling theatre— and amongst the reminiscing, two middle-aged couples confront some unpleasant truths about their past and present, before coming face-to-face with the future.

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“Elf, the Musical” Director Kathy Doyle-Lipe, Music Director Henry McNulty and actors Aiden Else, Seth Flanders, Emily Gjovik, David Hardie, Sara Linn and Katie Wee from Spokane Civic Theatre came to the studio to spread some Christmas cheer and talk about their upcoming production, based on the much-loved 2003 film. It tells the tale of Buddy, a young orphan who is raised by elves, and his quest to find his birth father and discover his true identity.

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Creative Director Jake Schaefer and Constellations director Pam Kingsley of Spokane Civic Theatre's Firth J Chew Studio arrived for their interview alongside actor and Spokane newcomer Max Elinsky, who holds a starring role in their upcoming production. This 70-minute play begins with a simple encounter between Roland, a beekeeper, and Marianne, a quantum physicist. From there, the audience is taken on a spellbinding, romantic journey that defies the boundaries of the world we think we know and questions the difference between choice and destiny.

Hello Dolly! opens this weekend at the Spokane Civic Theatre. Cast members Heidi Santiago and Robbi Starnegg, along with Director, Troy Nickerson and Music Director, Henry McNulty, spoke with Verne this morning in the studio, and performed several numbers in preview of the show.

For more information, and tickets, please visit the Spokane Civic Theatre.

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Verne visits with a group from Spokane Civic Theatre's production of Misalliance. The play is about the mismatched arrangements between people. 

Performance Dates and Times: 
April 27 - May 20, 2018

Curtain times: 

Thursday - Saturday: 7:30 PM

Sunday: 2:00 PM

More information is available at Spokane Civic Theatre's website.

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Verne interviewed guests from Spokane Civic Theatre's production of "Dial M for Murder". 

Dial M for Murder performances will span from Friday, March 23, 2018  through Sunday, April 8th, 2018. 

More information available at Spokane Civic Thteatre's website

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Verne speaks with cast members and director of Spokane Civic Theatre's presentation of "2.0 (Two Point Oh)". 

Performance dates take place on March 2nd - 25th, 2018. 

Curtain times: 

Thursday - Saturday: 7:30 PM

Sunday: 2:00 PM

More information is available at Spokane Civic Theatre's website. 

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Verne Windham interviews cast members from Spokane Civic Theatre's production of "Songs For A New World". 

Their upcoming performance runs from February 16th - March 4th, 2018.

More information available at Spokane Civic Theater's website

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Today Verne interviews Troy Nickerson, director and two cast members of Spokane Civic Theatre's production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. Studio guest Mary Starkey plays Martha and Jamie Flanery performs as George. 

Performances take place from January 19th - February 11th.

Thursday - Saturday: 7:30 PM 

Sunday: 2:00 PM

More information available at SPR's Community Arts Calendar

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