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Coming theatrical attractions:

“Guys & Dolls”
Kemper Theater, at Annie Wright Upper School, 827 N. Tacoma Ave., Tacoma
Friday, Feb. 16 and Saturday Feb. 17 at 7 p.m.

This classic comedy tells the story of gamblers and the missionaries that try to save them in New York City. Characters include mobsters and Hotbox girls, and comedy ensues when a gangster falls in love with a missionary. The musical is based on a story and characters by Damon Runyon, with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows.

Director Elizabeth Gettel’s concept is a non-traditional portrayal of the show, featuring a noir costume design by alumna Haley Parks and an opulent deco set by Scott Campbell. Theatre veterans and seniors Rachel Piatok and Clare Farley lead the large cast, with a special guest performance by Upper School science teacher Donald Sidman. The show is free. Learn more at bit.ly/2nEf3Cf.

The Lakewood Playhouse 2nd Annual “Fun-Raiser” and 80th anniversary Season Reveal Preview Party
Lakewood Playhouse, 5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd. SW, Lakewood
Sunday, Feb. 18, 6 p.m.

The Lakewood Playhouse is having a party to announce and preview its upcoming 80th season of shows. The doors open and a silent auction begins at 6 p.m. The preview party kicks into high gear at 6:30 p.m. Lakewood Playhouse will announce the six shows, and two bonus shows, of its 80th season.

It will be an evening of fun, prizes and two songs from next season’s musicals performed by an all-star lineup of returning cast members from past musicals “Pirates of Penzance,” “Avenue Q,” “The Rocky Horror Show,” “Oliver” and “American Idiot.” This celebration will also serve as the second annual fundraiser for the playhouse.

The gathering includes wine, phenomenal silent auction items and live auction items such as VIP tickets to the Rainiers with refreshments and a tour of the field; a private get-away at Cedarbrook Lodge; tickets to the Northwest premier of Disney’s “Hunchback of Notre Dame” at the 5th Avenue Theatre; a luxury stay at Snowater Resort at Mount Baker, a walk-on role in next season’s Lakewood Institute of Theater’s Spotlight Show and more. There will also be having another 50/50 raffle.  Last year’s winner won over $700. Light Appetizers will be provided by Carr’s Restaurant and Catering.

All Proceeds from ticket sales will go to benefit the Lakewood Playhouse’s “Friends Fund,” which goes to keep costs down at the theatre.  The theme for this year’s “fun-raiser” is “This Old House” because the theater will be raising funds to help upgrade areas in this “old house” that Lakewood calls its home. This year, the theater is focusing on two areas: upgrading the bathrooms and new body microphones that the actors wear during musicals. Both areas are at the top of the “wish list” of Lakewood Playhouse patrons.

Ticket prices are $25 (includes appetizers and apple cider), $50 (includes appetizers, apple cider and a glass of wine for adults), $75 (includes appetizers, apple cider and two glasses of wine for adults) and a limited number of VIP tables, which seat six each, and feature a special surprise, light appetizers and two bottles of wine.

Tickets are available online at www.lakewoodplayhouse.org or can be purchased by calling the box office at (253) 588-0042.

VIP tables can be purchased through contacting the box office only at (253) 588-0042 or while visiting during normal box office hours.

The Lakewood Playhouse was founded in 1938 and has established itself with theatre that is both intimate and epic.  The theatre is located within the Lakewood Towne Center.  For further information about season 80 preview party, please contact the box office or make any e-mail queries to John Munn, Managing Artistic Director, at jmunn.lakewoodplayhouse@gmail.com.

For information visit: www.lakewoodplayhouse.org

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