July 2018 Quarterly Newsletter
I hope you are enjoying your summer so far. We are full-tilt into summer camps just opened Footloose, this summer’s teen musical. But before we head further into the summer, a few highlights from spring quarter at Studio East and StoryBook Theater…
- Hello, Mrs. Piggle Wiggle closed out our 25th Anniversary Mainstage season in May and June. This delightfully silly musical included two very talented casts of kids, Deonn Ritchie Hunt (StoryBook actress extraordinaire) as Mrs. Piggle Wiggle and David Bander (Studio alum) as Captain Piggle Wiggle and Mrs. Crankminor. The show boasted the brightest costumes you’ve ever seen, an upside down set, and hilarious, imaginative songs and scenes. I think the kids involved really enjoyed themselves.
- StoryBook Theater closed its 20th anniversary season with Rapunzel, our rainbow-haired-rendition the classic tale. Rapunzel also included two sensory-friendly shows, which were very well-received by the community, and we are excited to have received funding from SAFECO so we may continue this vital program next season.
- In May, we held our annual Curtains Up event, where we announced our 2018-19 Mainstage season. Our patrons’ generous contributions raised over $71,000 to support the Studio’s mission. Thank you everyone! Read on to see the exciting season lineup which includes Oliver, Romeo & Juliet and Peter Pan.
- Finally, we wrapped up a great quarter of spring classes and our Homeschool students presented their productions of Alice in Wonderland and Rock Around the Block. The end of spring led right into summer with the launching of our 25th year of summer theater camps on the Eastside. What a milestone for us!
As summer continues, we are looking forward to:
- Studio East’s Annual Summer Teen Musical – FOOTLOOSE – playing at the Kirkland Performance Center through August 5th. The cast is comprised of both Studio East teens and 2 Studio alums. This joyous show is full of love, laughter and hope – oh, and of course a ton of ‘80s-themed song and dance. So kick off your Sunday shoes and let’s hear it for Studio East’s 21st teen musical – we hope to see you there!
- Summer Theater Camps are in full swing, and will continue through August 31st with exciting themes like Ham-A-Lot, Camp Pop, Magic Treehouse, Star Wars, Smorgasbord, Beauty & the Beast and more. Our camps are located throughout Kirkland at various schools and churches and it’s an absolute joy to partner with our community in this way.
- This fall we are excited to offer a new program called ‘The Directors Lab’ – a 9 month program for students interested in developing skills in Directing, Choreography, Stage Management and Technical Theater. Beginning in the fall, students will meet on Sundays and, as a group, develop skills in each area. Experts in their field will conduct the classes throughout the year. In November, students will be assigned to a Mainstage production and will be mentored from pre to post-production by one of the production team members. Their commitment to this program will include time spent in rehearsals, production meetings, field-trips to professional theaters and one-one meetings with their mentor. If you or someone you know is interested in applying, please contact the Studio for more information and to set up an interview. The program is limited to 8 students, ages 14 – 19.
Thank you everyone for all your support and encouragement. We couldn’t do our work without your passion, generosity or involvement. You are a big help in keeping the arts alive for young people in our community.
Enjoy the rest of your summer!
Executive Artistic Director
FINANCIAL REPORT Sept ’17 – June ’18 REVENUE: $1,731,000EXPENSES: $1,427,000
Consider Donating $25 to Celebrate the End of Studio East’s 25th Anniversary SeasonAt the end of August, we will conclude the 25th season of Studio East. With this incredible milestone, we are challenging our supporters to help us raise $25,000 before the end of our fiscal year to allow even more kids the chance to experience the joy of live theater.
Your gift of $25 will help set us up for success for the next 25 years. Your support will continue to provide opportunities for young people in the performing arts. Thank you for your support!
Announcing Studio East’s 26th Season Lineup at Curtains Up
On May 7th, 2018, we held our annual Curtains Up event where we announced Studio East’s 2018-19 Mainstage Season. Over delicious hors d’oeuvres and pomegranate martinis, we celebrated the announcement of six upcoming productions. Every guest donated generously and raised $71,000 for the Studio’s next season.
Some Studio students, alumni and faculty performed short previews from each show before we announced the titles. We are excited to be bringing Oliver! to the stage in the fall, followed by our 17th year of ‘Twas the Night and Adult ‘Twas. In the new year, we will perform International One Acts, which are three non-musicals, including The Falcon, A Thousand Cranes, and The Masque of Beauty and the Beast. Our Shakespeare production this coming year, once again directed by Simon Pringle and performed by Lord Pringle’s Men, will be Romeo & Juliet. To close out the season, we will be doing Peter and the Starcatcher and Peter Pan. Peter and the Starcatcher is a play that provides the backstory for the story of Peter Pan.
We are also thrilled to be offering for the first time ever – season flex passes. This will allow patrons to secure tickets to each show, while saving on fees. Flex passes and single tickets will go on sale September 1st. We are excited to launch Studio East’s 26th season in October, and we hope to see you at the theater!
StoryBook Theater’s 2018-19 Season – Two New Titles, 12 More Sensory-Friendly Shows & a Fantastic Partnership with AAA
This past spring, StoryBook Theater got a total website makeover, thanks to the incredible work of Ontra Marketing Group. Along with the new redesign, we announced the exciting season lineup for our 2018-19 StoryBook Season.
We are thrilled to bring two brand new shows to the Puget Sound stages, along with two old favorites. The season begins in October with 3 Pigs, which focuses on working together. You might have spotted the pigs dancing down the street in Kirkland’s Fourth of July Parade!
For the holidays, StoryBook presents Syd the Solstice Kid – a new show featuring stories of the winter solstice from around the world. Written by Lani Brockman with music and lyrics by Sue Bardsley, this musical will feature a young Syd, who travels the world and connects cultures and their winter traditions. During the show, we will continue our favorite tradition of the audience being invited to contribute to Hopelink’s Toy Drive.
StoryBook kicks off 2019 with another new title from Lani and Sue, based on the classic story of The Little Engine That Could. We are honored to announce new partner, AAA Washington, who is presenting this show. With heaps of audience interaction, a reminder to buckle up, and a focus on believing in yourself, this musical is sure to be a hit.
The 2018-19 season wraps up in the spring with a StoryBook classic, The Princess & the Pea, which inspires audiences to follow their heart.
Thanks to support from Safeco Insurance Fund, StoryBook Theater will expand our sensory-friendly programming with 12 performances at 4 venues this season. Find more information on these shows by visiting our website HERE.
StoryBook Theater Subscriptions and Flex Passes are on sale now through November 16th. Individual tickets will go on sale September 1st.
Studio East Partners with the City of KirklandAs an Eastside nonprofit, Studio East has always valued any opportunity to be involved in our community, and to partner with our city, schools and local businesses throughout the year. During the summer time, we have some unique occasions to do just that.
On July 4th, over 30 Studio kids walked with our van in Kirkland’s annual 4th of July Parade, promoting our summer show and StoryBook Theater. It is always a joy to wave and pass out candy to the thousands of people that turn out for this parade.
Our Summer Teen Musical, Footloose opened on the Kirkland Performance Center (KPC) stage last weekend. Bringing our show to the KPC each summer allows us to expand our audience, our set, and our production as a whole. It’s always a highlight for us to partner with KPC in this way. Don’t miss the final weekend of Footloose shows this Saturday and Sunday.
We’re looking forward to joining with Kirkland’s annual SummerFest in the downtown area on August 10-12. We have loved being part of this music and arts festival in past years, and we are excited to host a booth and bring some live entertainment to the attendees.
We love being part of the Kirkland and Eastside communities, and we look forward to more ways in which we can partner throughout the coming year.
August Workshops – Interested in trying out for Studio East’s Mainstage productions? Take our Audition Workshops in August or September!
Our fall show, Oliver, will hold auditions August 27 and 28, quickly followed by Romeo & Juliet auditions on September 16. To better prepare students for these auditions, we are hosting a monologue audition workshop on August 11, a musical audition workshop on August 18, and an audition callback workshop on August 25. You can take one class or all three as a series and save.
Note – the same series will be offered September 16, 23, and 30. More information HERE.