West High School and Anchorage Opera have come together to produce two moving productions that have one thing in common: Theresienstadt Concentration Camp in Czechoslovakia during WWII. Join Director Dave Block and actors Suparat Prasannet and Luke Haneck as they give us the story about these extraordinary events: the one-act opera Brundibar, music by Hans Krasa with a new libretto by Tony Kushner and the one-act play I Never Saw Another Butterfly by Celeste Raspanti performing this weekend at West High School.
KSKA: Friday, Jan. 23 at 2:45pm
Momentum Dance Collective’s Ariel Graham and Becky Kendall drop by the studio to talk about their upcoming production of Breaking Ground performing January 17th at the Alaska Dance Theatre as well as to chat about dance opportunities in Anchorage and the nature of dance in the performing arts.
KSKA: Friday, Jan 16, at 2:45 p.m.
Two of Anchorage’s finest actors join together in the two-person play about love and science, David Rambo’s The Ice-Breaker, opening at Cyrano’s Theatre Company on January 9th and running until February 1st. Join Mark Robokoff and Sarah Baird and they drop by the studio to talk about their latest project.
KSKA: Friday, January 9th at 2:45pm
Local playwright Arlitia Jones working in collaboration with director Michael Haney has come up with a new and exciting version of Dickens’ classic holiday tale A Christmas Carol. Actor Jamie Nelson, who plays Bob Cratchit and Josh Lowman of Perseverance Theatre join Jean and Steve this week to bring some holiday cheer. A Christmas Carol runs through December 28th at the Discovery Theatre in the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts.
KSKA: Friday, Dec. 19, at 2:45 p.m.
Join Director Don Gomes and Actor Sarah Weaver as they talk about Anchorage Community Theatre putting on a play about a group trying their “bless their little hearts” best to put on a Christmas pageant. The results are almost disasterous. For the poor souls in Jones, Hope and Wootens’ Christmas Belles, that is. Tune in to Stage Talk this week to hear details about ACT’s latest offering running until December 21st.
KSKA: Friday, Dec. 12, at 2:45 p.m.
Let’s go on a trip to… oh say, The Little Town of Christmas as produced by The Alaska Fine Arts Academy. But first, let’s hear from out trip advisors, Director Renee Chumley and Actor Betty Burke this week on Stage Talk.
KSKA: Friday, Dec. 5, at 2:45 p.m.
Valley Performing Arts brings to the stage a musical version of the classic tale of a child’s favorite toy, The Story of the Velveteen Rabbit from the story by Margery Williams adapted by Anita Larsen with music and lyrics by Bill Francoeur opening November 28th and running through December 21st. Actors from the show Sam Allred and Warren Foster come by the studio this week to tell us all about it.
KSKA: Friday, Nov. 28, at 2:45 p.m.
The popular children’s story of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day comes to the Cyrano’s Theatre Company stage in a musical version by Judith Viorst and Shelly Markham. Nathan M. Swan (Alexander) doesn’t get as far as Australia, but makes his way, along with Director Janet Stoneburner, to the KSKA studios this week to talk about how his day is going. “Alexander” runs November 28th through December 22nd.
KSKA: Friday, Nov. 21, at 2:45 p.m.
UAA Department of Theatre and Dance’s scenic designer Daniel Carlgren is thinking globally and acting locally with his set for Shakespeare’s comedy, Twelfth Night, or What You Will opening Nov. 21 and running through Dec. 7 on the UAA Theatre Main Stage. Join Carlgren this week as he talks about going to England to research Elizabethan renaissance theatres before putting one on the UAA stage.
KSKA: Friday, Nov. 14, at 2:45 p.m.
RKP Productions in collaboration with Anchorage Community Theatre are bringing to the Alaska Pacific University E. R. Brown Auditorium (Grant Hall Theatre) the riviting drama of a mother and daughter dealing with the daughter’s dramatic and impending decision in Marsha Norman’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, ‘night Mother. Producer Dick Reichman and Actor Tiffany Dennis, who plays Jessie in the play, drop by Stage Talk this week. ‘night Mother opens November 7th and runs through the 16th.
KSKA: Friday, November 7 at 2:45pm
As its season premier, Anchorage Opera is presenting one of the most produced operas worldwide in Giacomo Puccini’s Madame Butterfly. Also making a premier, of sorts, is new General Director of AO, Reed Smith. Join both Reed as he talks about joining AO and returning favorite Kurt Dougherty who plays Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly this week on Stage Talk.
KSKA: Friday, Oct. 31, at 2:45 p.m.
At its core, theatre is storytelling and in Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare’s re-telling of Homer’s The Illiad as An Illiad a poet appears in an empty theatre to tell a story about sacrifice, war and the rage of mankind. Bostin Christopher, as The Poet, and Director Art Rotch visit Stage Talk to tell us the story of this remarkable play being presented by Perseverance Theatre in the Sydney Laurence Theatre October 24th through November 2nd.
KSKA: Friday, Oct. 24, at 2:45 p.m.
It’s almost Halloween and so why not go visit a haunted house with a ghost that’s well… a little frustrated that no one takes him seriously! Valley Performing Arts is presenting the John Vreeke stage adaptation of the Oscar Wilde short story, The Canterville Ghost. Director Wendy Golter and actor Jason Bailey visit Stage Talk this week to help us scare up the story.
KSKA: Friday, Oct. 17, at 2:45 p.m.
One of drama’s most complex and powerful women comes to the stage as Cyrano’s Theatre Company presents Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler in a new translation by Jon Robin Baitz opening October 10th and running through November 2nd. Annia Wyndam who plays the title character and Jamie Nelson who plays her husband, George Tesman join Stage Talk this week to talk about how they have approached these multi-faceted characters.
KSKA: Friday, Oct. 10, at 2:45 p.m.
It’s that time of year when witches come out… on stage? Well they do if the play is John Van Druten’s Bell, Book and Candle being presented by Anchorage Community Theatre opening October 10th and running through November 2nd. Director David Flavin and the “human-wannabe-witch” Gillian, played by actress Kaichen McRae, drop by the studio this week on Stage Talk to give us all the details.
KSKA: Friday, Oct. 3, at 2:45 p.m.
The world’s longest running musical is coming to the University of Alaska Department of Theatre and Dance when Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones’ The Fantasticks opens October 3rd in the Jerry Harper Studio Theatre. Part of UAA’s season of Shakespeare-related shows, The Fantasticks stands on its own with its story of love, struggle and maturity with a little magic thrown in as well.
KSKA: Friday, Sept. 26, at 2:45 p.m.
Synesthesia Artist Collective or “Syn Arts” is the new company in town and this year they’re bringing five productions to the stage starting with the audience participation musical by Richard O’Brien, The Rocky Horror Show at Mad Myrna’s opening October 3rd and running through November 8th. Founding Artistic Director Scott Heverling and Actor Paige Langit (who plays “Riff Raff” in Rocky Horror) stop by the studio this week to unveil their season and to talk about a fresh approach to the classic musical.
KSKA: Friday, Sept. 19, at 2:45 p.m.
It’s a tale told by one of America’s most respected yet unorthodox playwrights, Christopher Durang and Perseverance Theatre of Juneau is bringing it to Anchorage to start off their 2014-15 season. The 2013 Tony Award winning play Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is Durang’s latest work and actors Patricia Hull and Ben Brown visit the studio to talk about the play, their characters and how they have approached their parts.
KSKA: Friday, Sept. 12, at 2:45 p.m.
More of a “who is it?” than a “who dun it” Guy Bolton’s English translation of Marcelle Maurette’s drama Anastasia will intrigue both history buffs as well as drama aficionados. Director (and history teacher) Grant Olson is having a blast making sure everything is historically accurate along with triple threat Shellie Riggan (actor, property mistress and hair designer). Join Grant and Shellie as they give us a backstage and history tour into Valley Performing Arts‘ latest offering opening September 5th and running until the 28th.
KSKA: Friday, 9/5 at 2:45pm
Cyrano’s Theater Company starts its new season with “4000 Miles,” a story about a young man’s relationship with his grandmother Vera, jokingly dubbed the “token old lady” by actor Linda Benson. Director Krista Schwarting and actor Linda Benson join us in studio to talk more on “4000 Miles.”