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Upcoming Theatrical Events:

You On The Moors Now

Feb. 23-24, March 1-2, 7:30 p.m., March 3, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
University of Puget Sound, Norton Clapp Theatre, CMB 1084
The University of Puget Sound

Department of Theatre Arts presents its faculty-directed performance of “You On The Moors Now” by Jaclyn Backhaus, directed by Professor Jess K. Smith. This playful, smart, feminist play goes back more than a century to give some of our favorite literary characters a 21st century makeover. It’s 2018 and Jo March, Elizabeth Bennet, Jane Eyre, and Cathy Earnshaw Linton have moved far beyond their original forms. They are fed up with men who conflate feelings of love with expectations of ownership and are ready to call it out in no uncertain language; begging the question of whether female friendships can be enough. Written with fast, witty and often crude turns of phrase, this play is both a send up and love letter to the heightened emotions, epic landscapes, and tortured journeys so intrinsic to the books from which these characters originate.

Tickets: $11 general; $7 Puget Sound students/faculty/staff, sr. citizens, students, military

Info: www.facebook.com/events/1088005664674996

Java Tacoma: Covfefe is for Closers

March 2-18, Fridays and Saturdays 7:30 p.m., Sundays 2 p.m.
The Dukesbay Theater (above The Grand Cinema), 508 Sixth Ave. #10, Tacoma

The Tacoma sit-com for the stage returns once more. About once a year, something unique happens in Tacoma theatre: A situation-comedy for the stage about three life-long friends who meet every day at a Tacoma coffee house, will tickle our collective funny bone for a seventh time. Jeri, Kate and Linda join forces once again to commit comic mayhem over at Tacoma’s Perky’s Coffee House. This time, the ladies find themselves dealing with an unscrupulous real estate investor over the ownership of the historic building that houses Perky’s. Watch as the BFFs sing love songs to this business mogul in hopes that one of the ladies can buy the building from him. But can they fight The Man without fighting each other? Loosely inspired by William Shakespeare’s “King Lear,” Java Tacoma is a celebration of friendship, middle-aged womanhood and all things Tacoma.

All tickets are $10, which includes coffee, tea and an assortment of baked goods.

Purchase your tickets online and pay no service fee.

Info: dukesbay.org

You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown

March 2 and 3, 7:30 p.m.,
March 4, 2 p.m.
Tacoma Musical Playhouse,
7116 6th Ave., Tacoma

Tacoma Musical Playhouse is proud to present a program designed specifically for the senior community. The Young at Heart Players provides an exciting theatrical opportunity for mature adults, ages 50 and older, through a performance-based workshop that culminates in a fully-staged musical production for everyone to enjoy. This year YAHP presents, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” The musical explores the life of Charlie Brown and his friends in the Peanuts gang, as adults.

Info: tmp.org

High School Musical

Friday, March 2, 7 p.m., and Saturday, March 3,
2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Wilson High School, 1202 N. Orchard St., Tacoma
Disney Channel’s smash

Disney Channel’s smash hit movie musical “High School Musical” comes to life on the Wilson High School stage. Troy, Gabriella and the students of East High must deal with issues of first love, friends and family while balancing their classes and extracurricular activities. It’s the first day after winter break at East High. The Jocks, Brainiacs, Thespians and Skater Dudes find their cliques, recount their vacations and look forward to the new year. Basketball team captain and resident jock, Troy, discovers that the brainy Gabriella, a girl he met singing karaoke on his ski trip, has just enrolled at East High. They cause an upheaval when they decide to audition for the high school musical that is being led by Ms. Darbus. Although many students resent the threat posed to the “status quo,” Troy and Gabriella’s alliance might just open the door for others to shine as well.

The show is directed by Chris Serface, musically directed by Zachary Kellogg, and choreographed by Jill Heinecke. This production features 30 of Wilson High School’s most talented actors, singers, dancers and technicians.

Tickets are $10 for students and youth and $15 for all others. Tickets may be purchased in person at the auditorium or at the Wilson High School office.

Info: (253) 571-6000 or cserfac@tacoma.k12.wa.us.

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