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Best of August Theatre Around Town

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With a highly acclaimed Les Misérables coming to town, and lots of local theatre, there’s plenty to keep you well entertained all summer in the Seattle area!

ON THIS ISLAND JR.
August 3 – August 7, 2011
ArtsWest Playhouse
4711 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116
206-938-0963
http://www.artswest.org

This highly original and theatrical Caribbean adaptation of the popular fairy tale “The Little Mermaid” garnered eight Tony nominations for its Broadway run, including Best Musical, Book, and Score. In almost non-stop song and dance, the show tells the story of Ti Moune, a poor peasant girl who rescues and falls in love with Daniel, a wealthy boy from the other side of her island. When Daniel is returned to his people, the fantastical gods who rule the island guide Ti Moune on a quest to test the strength of her love against the powerful forces of prejudice, hatred and death.

CINDERELLA by Richard Rogers & Oscar Hammerstein
August 5 – August 21, 2011
Paradise Theatre
9911 Burnham Drive NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98332
253.851.7529
http://www.paradisetheatre.org

The timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is reborn with the Rodgers & Hammerstein hallmarks of originality, charm and elegance. Originally presented on television in 1957 starring Julie Andrews, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA was the most widely viewed program in the history of the medium. As adapted for the stage, with great warmth and more than a touch of hilarity, the hearts of children and adults alike still soar when the slipper fits.

LES MISÉRABLES
August 9 – 27, 2011
5th Avenue Theatre
1308 5th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
206.625.1900
http://www.5thavenue.org

Cameron Mackintosh presents a brand new 25th anniversary production of Boublil and Schönberg’s legendary musical, LES MISÉRABLES, with glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo. This new production has been acclaimed by critics, fans and new audiences and is breaking box office records wherever it goes. LES MISÉRABLES is an epic and uplifting story about the survival of the human spirit. The magnificent score of LES MISÉRABLES includes the classic songs “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars,” “Bring Him Home,” “Do You Hear the People Sing?,” “One Day More,” “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables,” “Master Of The House” and many more.

STARMITES HS
August 10-August 14, 2011
ArtsWest Playhouse
4711 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116
206-938-0963
http://www.artswest.org

Shy teenager Eleanor has built a fantasy world around the sci-fi comic books she collects. To the distress of her mother, she has learned to avoid the pains of growing up by escaping into fantasy, imagining herself to be an unrecognized superhero. When she is mysteriously thrust into the Website World of her favorite comic book, Eleanor is drawn into the conflict between Shak Graa, Arch-Creep of Chaos and the Starmites, guardian angels of Innerspace.

INTO THE WOODS
July 30 – August 21, 2011
Kitsap Forest Theater
3000 Seabeck Highway
Bremerton, WA 98312
206.542.7815
http://www.ForestTheater.com

Into the Woods seamlessly blends four beloved fairy tales with the story of a childless baker and his wife, who set out on a journey to reverse a family curse. Follow the wooded path with Cinderella, Red Riding Hood and Jack (of beanstock fame) as they encounter the consequences that traditional fairy tales conveniently ignore. What does one do with a dead giant in the backyear? Does marrying a prince really lead to a happy and fulfilling life? Find out what happens after “happily ever after.” One of Stephen Soundheim’s most popular works, this timeless yet relevant piece is a rare modern classic, perfectly set at the Kitsap Forest Theater.  Young and old will delight in this popular tale that illustrates the importance of looking out for each other. Act One will appeal to all ages. Act Two contains more mature themes.

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