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ICCA presents 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'
 

Photo submitted by Henry Hettick
In a stylized version of the Shakespeare classic, a Midsummer Night’s Dream, even the women engage in a sword fight. A Midsummer Night’s Dream is presented by the Icicle Creek Center for Arts at 7 p.m. on Aug. 27, 28, 29 at the Meadow Stage.
Back by popular demand, the Icicle Creek Center for the Arts presents the Shakespeare classic, "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at the Meadow Stage this week. Those that saw the show last summer know it is not your classic presentation of "A midsummer night's dream."

Director Henry Hettick crafted his own version of the show while living in Tangiers and Morocco.

"One thing I like about Midsummer is it is mutable story that a lot of people know. The script is mutable in terms of how you do it and the time period," Hettick said. "This is a real eclectic version with elements from just about every time period in it. It's a musical because it has six or seven songs. It has sword fighting."

The show stretches across several time periods. The costumes are from the Elizabethan area, Shakespeare's time. And unlike the original, Hettick's version has songs.

And unlike a typical play, which can run three or more hours, Hettick's version is very pared down, just an hour-and-a-half.

"My goal was to make it accessible to actors and the audience. I paired it way down and added some things. Put in some fun stuff," Hettick said. "Typically there is not sword fighting, like in Hamlet, but in this one there is. There's girls who fight with swords and guys who fight with swords."

There is an aerialist and belly dancer. A lot of locals are participating. Briar Hoper reprises her role of Puck. There is also Pamela Long, Kailen Dunfield, Mandi Wickline, Ted Fredericks, Harriet Bullitt, Jana Sparks and Matt Baldwin.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 More...

Icicle Creek Center for the Arts to host the Icicle Creek New Play Festival
Icicle Creek Center for the Arts will host the 9th Annual Icicle Creek New Play Festival on Sunday, August 16 at the Snowy Owl Theater in Leavenworth.

The Icicle Creek New Play Festival offers playwrights the space, time and support they need to develop their new plays as they work alongside professional actors and directors, and then present their work to live audiences. After a week of rewrites and improvements to the plays, the Leavenworth community, and theater industry professionals from around the country are invited to give feedback, and become part of the birth of new plays during presentations at the Snowy Owl Theater.

Each August for eight years, the Icicle Creek New Play Festival has brought two brand new plays to ACT Theatre as part of the ACTLab. Three of those plays went on to win the Steinberg Award - the top award for plays produced outside of New York City. This year, the Festival invites you to be the first in the world to hear two new plays by Jenny Connell Davis and Eric Coble.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 More...
Short Shakespeareans to perform 'As you like it'
Short Shakespeareans perform As You Like It this summer in their 37th production. This romantic comedy is a timeless tale of young lovers entangled in a game of mistaken identity, true love and leaving home in order to find oneself. This is a play for the entire family. The cast of over 30 kids, from two to 16 years old, not only act but sing, dance and add comedic twists to Shakespeare's classic - think dancing sheep, thumb wrestling and multiple disguises.

This fun, fast paced show is directed by Kelly Atwood. She is assisted by student production staff Lara Hefner, Maddy Atwood, Oscar Valencia and Chris Danko. Please join Short Shakespeareans at Riverside Playhouse, 233 N. Wenatchee Avenue on August 6-9, 13-15 at 7pm or matinees on August 9th and 15th at 2 pm. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or at Numerica Performing Arts Center Box Office, 123 N. Wenatchee Avenue, M-F 10am-5:30pm, (509) 663-ARTS.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015 More...
Dan McConnell and family to host Wenatchee art show
Officially, this will be second McConnell family art show. Local artist, Dan McConnell of Cashmere and his children, Aaron and Bryn, had an art show at Icicle Arts in Leavenworth.

That gave the family two big rooms to use, but at the Two Rivers Art Gallery, Dan McConnell said he will have to pick and choose the pieces because there just isn't the space. The show will be limited to 40 pieces or so.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015 More...
Leavenworth Summer Theater presents 'Godspell'
Opening tonight at the Festhalle Theater in Leavenworth is the Leavenworth Summer Theater production of Godspell. The show originally debuted on Broadway in 1971. It is a musical, mostly based on the Gospel of Matthew.

Director Phil Lacey calls the show a director's dream.

"The music is thrilling and the script is incredibly open to interpretation. So the cast and I have really had the opportunity to create a very unique, personal show that is full of great music, comedy, and a very poignant story," Lacey said.

Before beginning this project, Lacey said he knew very little about the show. He had seen it once in college and was familiar with the music. But it wasn't until he started doing his own research that he came to love the show.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 More...

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