Culture Corner


Community Theaters announce lineup of productions
for 2018-19 season

Tacoma Little Theatre
201 N. I St., Tacoma

Tacoma Little Theatre announced the line-up of shows for its epic 100th season (2018-2019). The venerable, yet still spunky, community theater will select plays from its first century of productions to celebrate its centennial.
At the beginning of the opening night of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” the productions of the upcoming season were announced:
“The Foreigner,” first shown at TLT in 2002
“Bell, Book and Candle,” TLT’s Halloween show
“Scrooge,” TLT’s holiday show
“A Doll’s House,” The Henrik Ibsen classic was first performed at TLT in 1935
“A Little Night Music,” the Stephen Sondheim musical
“Laura,” first performed at TLT in 1957
“Hay Fever,” a Noel Coward comedy first performed at TLT in the 1920s.

Lakewood Playhouse
5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd. SW, Lakewood

2018-19 will mark Lakewood Playhouse’s 80th season of productions. The venerable community theater to the south just unveiled the lineup of shows for its coming season.
“Brighton Beach Memoirs”
“War of the Worlds”
“The Velveteen Rabbit”
“Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus”
“Angels in America”
“Angels in America Perestroika”
“Inspecting Carol”
“The Producers”

In related news, King’s Books is now hosting a group that meets monthly to read plays by William Shakespeare:

Shakespeare Reading Group
March 21, 6:30 p.m.
King’s Books, 218 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma

Shakespeare Reading Group meets the third Wednesday of every month at King’s Books. This new book group will read aloud the plays of Shakespeare. No acting or Shakespeare experience required, just be willing to read aloud and appreciate the beauty of the language, the insights into human nature, the humor, compassion, anguish, and scope of Shakespeare’s work. A few months ahead, we’ll announce the title of the play to be read. To prepare, read the play or watch a performance. You can get a little familiarity with the script, maybe even enough to know which part(s) you will ask for at the meeting. Even if we all prepare, there will be some confusing lines, and we often have different editions. In that case, we’ll wing it. Remember to bring a copy of the scheduled play to the meeting, either paper or electronic.
This month, we’ll read “The Merchant of Venice.” To begin each meeting, we’ll distribute parts. Longer parts will be split up over more than one person. We’ll read about half of the play aloud, take a break, and finish reading. Then we’ll take another short break, so people who need to leave can do so. After the second break, we’ll have a post-play discussion.

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