A STEADFAST ALADDIN IN WALES DECEMBER
by Kirby Lindsay
Frigid weather outside and the lure of the boob tube inside might make staying home tempting, yet this December Fremont offers three great excuses to step out and experience live theater and dance. Better still, these three entertainments cater to audiences of all ages. So, gather the gang together and go out!
Steadfast Tin Soldier: A Story Ballet
Dance Fremont!, our local dance school, offers up their thirteenth season of the tender Hans Christian Andersen tale The Steadfast Tin Soldier. This production features seventy dance students using professional, hand-tailored costumes, sets, original music, and direction to create a performance, and narrative, as polished as Nutcracker.
Staged in the spacious, comfortable and accessible Shorecrest Performing Arts Center (at 15343 25th Ave. NE), this show is scheduled for only one weekend with performances at 2p and 7:30p on Saturday, December 12 and Sunday, December 13. Make plans now to attend. Reservations can be made by phone at 206/633-0812 but tickets must be purchased at the door, for $15 for adults and $12 for children.
A Child’s Christmas In Wales
Adapted from a poem by Dylan Thomas, A Child’s Christmas in Wales recreates the holiday through memories of childhood – when everything seemed brighter, better and more alive. Through narrative interlaced with live, classic Welsh instrumentation, the show demonstrates how Christmas holds a unique place in our hearts. This annual seasonal production by Stone Soup Theatre features a cast of student actors from their youth conservatory and professional adults.
With performances both evenings and matinees scheduled from now up to Christmas – December 4 through December 24 - audience members may feel they have plenty of opportunities to stop by. Be warned, this small theater (located at 4035 Stone Way North) has limited capacity so reserve tickets today to guarantee seats. Tickets cost $16, with a discount offered on purchases of four or more, through Brown Paper Tickets.
Aladdin and the Magic Lamp
On the other side of the neighborhood, audiences get a face full of proper irreverence. Simon Neale, found of the Fremont Players, invites audience members to get involved in this restaging of Aladdin. “Boo at the villain,” he suggested, “and cheer on the hero!” Done in classic British Panto style, this production provides large colorful characters, men dressed as women, women dressed as men, and enough jokes and innuendo to keep audiences of all ages engaged.
In their seventh season, the Fremont Players perform at Hale’s Palladium (4031 Leary Way NW), with original, live music provided by the Fremont Philharmonic. The large space also provides enough space for the squirmiest of urchins not to interfere with the adults who might be tempted by the full selection of concessions available for purchase, including wine and Hale’s Ales. The show goes at 3p every Saturday and Sunday from December 12 to January 3rd, with an additional 7:30p show on Saturdays. Tickets, $12 for adults and $6 for kids, can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets, or at the door.
While offering extremely divergent experiences, these shows have one common component – live theater. Put the Wii on pause, set the Grinch to DVR, and come out and see that the future of Fremont – and Seattle – includes live performance by supporting the adults, and the future generation, who work hard to provide it.
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