The University of Alaska Anchorage Department of Theatre and Dance is presenting a season that pays homage to Shakespeare but it’s all (or mostly) a facade. Literally. Tune into Stage Talk this week to join guests Daniel Carlgren, David Edgecombe and Chris Evans as they reveal their upcoming line-up that include zombies, a world gone crazy and cross-dressing lovers. You can “try to remember” but you’ll still have some Doubt.
KSKA: Friday, August 15, at 2:45 p.m.
Josh Lowman from Perseverance Theatre of Juneau drops by Stage Talk this week to talk about all five shows that the company is bringing to Anchorage this year. From a one-man play to a play about one man who made huge a difference in our lives and from “bah humbug” to the oddest of best friends, Perseverance promises to to bring quality theatre to the Anchorage audience.
KSKA: Friday, August 8, at 2:45 p.m.
Hold on tight — ACT will be taking everyone on a comedy, drama and musical tour from New York to Texas with points in between for their 2014-15 season. Join executive director Don Gomes as he plays “tour director” and tells all about what’s coming up — including an added show to their regular season and plans for a “second” season.
KSKA: Friday, August 1, at 2:45 p.m.
They’ve been singing for thirty-three years and dancing for almost that long and now The Music Machine comes to Stage Talk. Hear co-founder Janet Carr-Campbell sing the praises of all those she has worked with over the years and listen to ten-year old singer and dancer phenom Abby Sorum talk about what she loves most about performing. The Music Machine’s annual musical revue starring sixty-five children aged six to eighteen opens July 30th and runs through August 2nd at the Performing Arts Center’s Discovery Theatre.
KSKA: Friday, July 25 at 2:45pm
Cyrano’s Theatre Company is presenting, for the second time, Nora and Delia Ephron’s intriguing play about clothing, women and the stories they tell in Love Loss and What I Wore July 21st through August 13th. Director Linda Benson and Danielle Rabinovitch, one of the six talented actors who portray those stories, drop by Stage Talk this week to give us an insider’s view into what this play is all about.
KSKA: Friday, July 18th at 2:45pm
Summertime is the perfect time for a…barbecu? It is if it is a Texas take-off of one of Richard Wagner’s classic opera’s, Der Ring des Nibelungen called Das Barbecu. Seems the good folks who like opera also like to have a little fun and so Jim Luigs and Scott Warrender decided to write a musical that features characters from Wagner’s classic tale but set in Texas. Confusing? Then listen this week to Stage Talk as director Regina MacDonald and actor Tiffany Chancey stop by to talk about Cyrano’s Theatre Company’s latest offering which opens July 17th and runs through August 24th.
KSKA: Friday, July 11, at 2:45 p.m.
There’s a lot of Theatre going on just up the road a piece in Talkeetna this summer. Nick Condon, Denali Arts Council’s Director of Drama, has two shows coming up: the musical Schoolhouse Rock that features favorite songs like “Conjunction Junction” and “I’m Just a Bill” and an improv show called appropriately enough, Iditaprov. Schoolhouse Rock runs July 25, 26 and 27 at the Sheldon Community Arts Hangar.
KSKA: Friday, July 4, at 2:45 p.m.
A. A. Milne’s endearing and enduring characters Kanga, Eeyore, Piglet and Rabbit among others come to life in the Alaska Fine Arts Academy’s production of Kristin Sergel’s stage adaptation of Winnie-the-Pooh. AFAA’s Executive Director Holly Linsay along with Co-Director Holly Tarkov and actor Chris Cox come on Stage Talk this week to let Jean and Steve in on all the fun. Winnie-the-Pooh opens in Eagle River on July 11th and runs through the 26th.
KSKA: Friday, June 27, at 2:45 p.m.
Imagine “You must pay the rent!” “I can’t pay the rent!” “I’ll pay the rent!” “My hero!” “Curses, foiled again!” sung in the style of five different musical theatre composers from five time periods with four actors and you get an idea of the craziness of Eric Rockwell and Joanne Bogart’s hilarious satire of musical theatre, The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!). Join Midnight Sun Theatre’s founder and director Dave Block and actress Suzanne Snyder as they explain how it all fits together this week on Stage Talk. The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) performs at Anchorage Community Theatre July 4th through July 26th.
KSKA: Friday, June 20, at 2:45 p.m.
Jean Paal reports from the Last Frontier Theatre Conference with her guest Arthur M. Jolly, award winning playwright and screenwriter. Join Jean and Arthur as they let us in on the goings-on at this year’s annual migration of playwrights, actors and directors to Valdez.
KSKA: Friday, June 13, at 2:45 p.m.
Cyrano’s Theater Company brings two L.A. performers to Anchorage for an evening of storytelling and songs. Join host Jean Paal and guests, actor Alan Rachins and composer Shelly Markham, on Stage Talk for a sneak peek at what Rachins and Markham will talk about at tonight’s benefit for Cyrano’s. Rachins is best know for his role as Dharma’s wacky dad on the hit TV sitcom “Dharma and Gregg.” He also starred in “LA Law.” Markham is a Broadway composer and will be playing piano tunes during the Cyrano’s benefit. The event happens June 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts.
KSKA: Friday, June 6, at 2:45 p.m.
It’s summer in Anchorage and that can mean only one thing–time to get out to the cemetery and meet some of Alaska’s most famous and infamous folks as they rise from the grave to tell their stories. The creators of this very interesting event, Bruce Kelly, Audrey Weltman Kelly and Linda Benson come to Stage Talk to tell us all about this year’s John Bagoy Memorial Cemetery Tour.
KSKA: Friday, May 30, at 2:45 p.m.
Don Russell, “The Magic Guy” brings more than just a few tricks up his sleeve as he and ACT’s Executive Director Don Gomes come to Stage Talk to talk about Don’s show Mystery, Magic & Mayhem performing at Anchorage Community Theatre Friday May 23rd as a fund raiser for ACT and the Anchorage Food Bank.
KSKA: Friday, May 23, at 2:45 p.m.
It’s a homecoming for some and a new adventure for many. Dawson Moore, Conference Coordinator for the 22nd annual Last Frontier Theatre Conference, joins Stage Talk this week to talk about this internationally known playwriting conference held in Valdez. There’s more than just playwriting going on and Dawson lets us in on all the activities as the conference runs June 8th though the 14th.
KSKA: Friday, May 16, at 2:45 p.m.
Valley Performing Arts brings to the stage the classic English farce — Phillip King’s “See How They Run” (the title is taken from the nursery rhyme “Three Blind Mice”). Director Vanessa Warner and actor Todd Broste take a breather to come by Stage Talk this week. “See How They Run” opens May 9th and runs through the 25th in Wasilla.
KSKA: Friday, May 9, at 2:45 p.m.
Find out what’s up with Wilbur and the gang as TBA brings Charlotte’s Web to the stage. Megan Bladow and Shane Mitchell come to Stage Talk this week to talk about their production of E. B. White’s classic tale running May 9-18th at Grant Hall on the campus of Alaska Pacific University.
KSKA: Friday, May 2, at 2:45 p.m.
Its springtime and you know what that means–golf. Add a little disaster and a lot of misunderstanding and you get Ken Ludwig’s hilarious farce, The Fox on the Fairway being presented by Anchorage Community Theatre running April 25th through May 18th. Carl Bright, director and Alex Albrecht who plays Dickie drop by Stage Talk to let us know what all the fuss is about.
KSKA: Friday, April 25, at 2:45 p.m.
What is every “Any-town USA” actor’s dream? Why to have a famous actress come by to audition you for her repertory company. But there may be more than meets the eye in Dick Reichman’s new play, The Audition opening at Cyrano’s Theatre Company April 24th and running through May 18th. Join Dick and Julia Cossman who plays Simone Crystal this week on Stage Talk as they talk about this exiting new offering from one of Anchorage’s hometown playwrights.
KSKA: Friday, April 18, at 2:45 p.m.
Tennessee Williams’ story of family, greed and sexuality, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is coming to town as Perseverance Theatre of Juneau brings the play to the Sydney Laurence Theatre. Join Enrique Bravo (Brick) and Kevin T. Bennett (Dr. Baugh) as they visit Stage Talk to tell us all about this classic offering of American theatre opening April 11th and running through the 27th.
KSKA: Friday, April 11, at 2:45 p.m.
Anchorage Opera has re-worked the classic Strauss opera, Die Fledermaus (which means “the bat”) with an Alaskan flair to become The Polar Bat. Join librettist Deborah Brevoort and stage director Bill Fabris to find out how they made the change this week on Stage Talk.
KSKA: Friday, April 4, at 2:45 p.m.