It’s winter and the thoughts of all Alaskans go to visiting the tropics, and Valley Performing Arts is bringing to the stage Rogers and Hammerstein’s classic musical South Pacific. But not all is as simple as “washing that man right outta my hair”. Listen in to Stage Talk this week to hear Tanya Hegg (Nellie Forbush) and Ed Gilmore (The Professor) engage in a stimulating discussion of some of the deeper aspects of the play. South Pacific runs March 20th-April 19th in Wasilla.
KSKA: Friday, Feb. 27, at 2:45pm
If collaboration is the common denominator of all performing arts, Spirit–The 7th Fire of Alaska is the ubber-collaboration as it brings together people from Alaska Dance Theatre, Alaska Native Heritage Center, Theatre Artists United, Alaska Children’s Choir, members of the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra and local actors, dancers and musicians. Join Stage Talk this week to listen to Artistic Executive Producer Steven Alvarez and Artistic Stage Director Teresa Pond as they tell us how it all goes together. Spirit–The 7th Fire of Alaska performs February 20th-22nd at the Performing Arts Center.
KSKA: Friday, Feb. 20, at 2:45pm
Michael Flood and Liz Morgan from Katori Hall’s 2010 Olivia Award winning drama about a chance meeting between Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and a mysterious hotel maid on the night before King’s assassination come by Stage Talk this week. Tune in to hear about Perseverance Theatre’s production of The Mountaintop which runs in the Sydney Laurence Theatre in the Performing Arts Center through February 22nd.
KSKA: Friday, Feb.13, at 2:45pm.
What happens when a man wants to be “normal”? What exactly is “normal” and what happens to Charley when science steps in to change his life? Tune in to Stage Talk this week to hear director Teresa Pond and “Charley”, actor Jaron Carlson as they talk about Synesthesia Artist Collective’s lastest production, Flowers for Algernon by David Rogers based on the novel by Daniel Keyes.
KSKA: Friday, Feb. 6, at 2:45pm
Director Rebecca Casselman and Kimberly Allely who plays “Babe” from Anchorage Community Theatre’s presentation of the Pulitzer Prize winning play by Beth Henley, Crimes of the Heart drop by the studio this week to engage in a stimulating conversation about the production currently running until February 8th.
KSKA: Friday, Jan. 30, at 2:45pm
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
It’s the last Stage Talk of the year so you know what that means–Jean and Steve talk about memorable shows of the past season. Hear about their favorite plays, playwrights, actors, actresses and more on today’s broadcast. But it’s a bittersweet ending to the year as “The Voice of Stage Talk” decides to retire from the show. Join us this week as we bid Jean a fond farewell and to wish her the best in all of her future endevors.
KSKA: Friday, December 26th 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.