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From mysterious Scottish towns to mysteries on the Nile, from drama on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to international farce, Valley Performing Arts in Wasilla is bringing a variety of shows to next year’s season. Artistic Director Larry Bottjen and Executive Director Garry Forrester drop by Stage Talk to tell Jean and Steve all about it.
KSKA: Friday 7/26 at 2:45pm
Join Anchorage Opera’s Executive Director Kevin Patterson on this week’s Stage Talk as he talks about their upcoming 2013-14 season which will include works by Donizetti, Rossini, Schubert and Johann Strauss.
KSKA: Friday July 19 at 2:45pm
Alaska Fine Arts Academy in Eagle River is presenting Alan Ayckbourn’s play for youth, This Is Where We Came In. Join Director James Jensen and Actor Talya Jensen to find out all about this exciting play that runs July 5th through the 20th this week on Stage Talk.
KSKA: Friday July 12 at 2:45pm
It’s prom night 1958 as Midnight Sun Theatre in cooperation with Anchorage Community Theatre presents the jukebox musical The Marvelous Wonderettes by Roger Bean. Join “Missy” (aka Megan Perkins) and “Prom Director” David Block this week on Stage Talk to hear all about the backstage stories of the group as they prepare for the show which runs July 5th through the 28th at ACT.
KSKA: Friday 7/5 at 2:45pm
If “a musical about two guys writing a musical about two guys writing a musical” sounds a little confusing, then tune into Stage Talk this week to hear director Shelly Wozniak and actor Scotty Heverling talk about [title of show], the Obie Award winning musical by Hunter Bell and Jeff Bowen performing at Cyrano’s Theatre Company running July 4th through August 4th.
KSKA: Friday 6/28 at 2:45pm
Summer is here and that means folks are heading to the cemetery once again to visit some of Alaska’s most famous and infamous characters. Join Linda Benson, Bruce Kelly and Audrey Kelly as they talk about this year’s Annual John Bagoy Summer Solstice Cemetery Tour.
KSKA: Friday 6/21 at 2:45pm
Meet Don Gomes, Anchorage Community Theatre’s new Executive Director, as he lets Jean and Steve in on his view of the theatre and plans for the future. In addition, a nice thank you to Bill Cotton, outgoing Executive Director, for his years of excellent leadership and dedication to the theatre.
KSKA: Friday 6/7 at 2:45pm
Alaska Theatre of Youth is not only bringing acting to the stage and the classroom, but singing, the circus and a little bit o’ fightin’ (safely, of course!). Jessica Jacob and Krystal DeJesus come by Stage Talk to give a glimpse of what’s in store for training young performers during ATY’s 30th anniversary this summer.
KSKA: Friday 5/31 at 2:45
Stage Talk takes a trip to Valdez and reports back on the goings on at this year’s Last Frontier Theatre Conference. Award winning screenwriter and playwright Arthur M. Jolly (The Gulag Mouse, A Very Modern Marriage) is their special guest and talks about his experiences, his plays and the value of the conference to all playwrights.
KSKA: Friday 5/24 at 2:45pm
You may not be “seeing red”, but you’ll certainly be “hearing Red” if you tune into Stage Talk this week as Director ElizabethWare and Actor Mark Robokoff join Jean and Steve to talk about Red, John Logan’s exciting Tony Award winning play about the artist Mark Rothko performing at Cyrano’s Theatre Company May 30th through June 16th.
KSKA: Friday 5/17 at 2:45pm
“Come and listen to a story about man named Jed” or better yet, come and listen to a story about Valley Performing Arts‘s stage production of the classic TV sit-com, The Beverly Hillbillies opening May 10th and running through the 26th in Wasilla. Director Larry Burton and VPA’s PR Director Tammy Parker come “set a spell” with Jean and Steve this week on Stage Talk.
KSKA: Friday 5/10 at 2:45pm
E. B. White’s beloved tale of love and hope filled with the magic of imagination comes to life as Alaska Fine Arts Academy of Eagle River presents a musical version of Charlotte’s Web adapted by Joseph Robinette with music and lyrics by Charles Strouse. Director Renee Crumley and Angela Harris, who plays Charlotte, visit Stage Talk this week to let us know how it all comes together.
KSKA: Friday 4/26 at 2:45pm
There’s a crisis at the convent and Mother Superior Sister Mary Regina and Sister Mary Hubert from the Little Sisters of Hoboken come to Stage Talk to ask for help. Join actors Jane Baird and Paige Langit from Anchorage Community Theatre’s production of Dan Goggin’s hilarious musical Nunsense this week as they plead their case.
KSKA: Friday 4/19 at 2:45 pm
Nobel Prize winning playwright Harold Pinter’s groundbreaking play of love, deception and friendship Betrayal comes to Anchorage as Perseverance Theatre’s latest offering. Shona Strauser who plays one-third of a love triangle along with Daniel Billet who plays another third give Jean and Steve an insight into this powerful and influential play.
KSKA: Friday 4/12 at 2:45 pm
Our stop this week is a rundown, out of the way New Mexico diner where the patrons are thrown into a searing conflict between generations and classes and must face their own pasts and inadequacies. UAA Theatre actors Aspen Murray and Caleb Bourgeois drop by to talk about this intense Obie Award winning play When You Comin’ Back Red Ryder by Mark Medoff.
KSKA: Friday 4/5 at 2:45pm
You’ve all heard the ubiquitous “please turn off your cell phones” before performances, but this time it takes on a new meaning as Cyrano’s Theatre Company presents Sarah Ruhl’s Dead Man’s Cell Phone. Director Codie Costello and Actor Josh Lowman join Stage Talk this week to talk “face-to-face” (no texting, please) with Jean and Steve about this wildly imaginative new comedy opening March 29th and running through April 21st.
KSKA: Friday March 29 at 2:45 pm
There’s a new theatre in town called TossPot Productions and they’re starting off their premier season with a powerful offering–A Gulag Mouse by Arthur M. Jolly. Actor/Producer Jill Sowerwine and Actor/Scenic Artist Morgan Mitchell drop by Stage Talk to give an insider’s look at this new company and this exciting play opening at Out North Theatre and running March 22nd through April 7th.
KSKA: Friday 3/22 at 2:45pm
Gilbert and Sullivan come to the stage as Anchorage Opera produces Pirates of Penzance. Stage Director Bill Fabris and Executive Director Kevin Patterson join Jean this week to talk about this very popular comic opera closing out the company’s season performing at the Discovery Theatre April 5, 6 and 7th.
KSKA: Friday 3/15 at 2:45pm
Take the sensibilities of a classic TV sitcom like Father Knows Best, combine it with a nuclear war and toss in a little bit of George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead and you have what it takes to spend a night At Home With The Clarks. Join Playwright Rand Higbee, Executive Director Bill Cotton and Actor Bill McAllister as they talk about the world premier of this hilarious comedy produced by Anchorage Community Theatre opening March 9th and running through the 31st.
KSKA: Friday 3/8 at 2:45pm