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Cemetery Tours are back

Cemetery Tours are back

One of Anchorage’s favorite summer ventures is returning with Stories at the Cemetery (at Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery) July 12th at 6:00pm. Bruce Kelly, historian and actor, along with actor Gigi Lynch drop by Stage Talk this week to tell us who we’ll “meet” this year.

KSKA: Friday, July 3, at 2:45 p.m.
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July 3, 2015
Celebrate the Centennial with Cyrano’s Summer Season

Celebrate the Centennial with Cyrano’s Summer Season

Ten decades of a Centennial and a show for each decade. That’s Sandy Harper of Cyrano’s Theatre Company’s plan for the summer and she drops by the studio today to let us in on how she came up with the idea and how it’s going to work.

KSKA: Friday, June 26, at 2:45 p.m.
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June 26, 2015
Salvation Army Lt. Christin Fankhauser - Photo by Quinton Chandler/KBBI

Alaska Theatre of Youth’s new Executive Director

This week on Stage Talk we meet the new Executive Director of Alaska Theatre of Youth, Max Aronson. And along with Max, we talk with Amanda Boger, ATY’s Musical Director and find out what’s happening with this year’s Summer Conservatory. ATY‘s Summer Conservatory Festival of Plays runs June 26th and 27th at UAA’s Fine Arts Building Main Stage.

KSKA: Friday, June 19, at 2:45 p.m.
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June 19, 2015
Meet Anchorage Community Theatre’s New Executive Director

Meet Anchorage Community Theatre’s New Executive Director

Meet Sara Athans, the new Executive Director at Anchorage Community Theatre, hear about her plans for the theatre and find out what’s playing in a preview of next year’s season this week on Stage Talk.

KSKA: Friday, June 12, at 2:45 p.m.
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June 12, 2015
Venus in Fur at Cyrano’s Theatre Company

Venus in Fur at Cyrano’s Theatre Company

Join actors Aaron Wiseman and Colby Bleicher as they talk about the challenges of playing characters who in turn play characters in the multi-layed and riveting play about dominance, power and sexual tension, Venus in Fur by David Ives, being presented by Cyrano’s Theatre Company. The play performs May 29th through June 13th with curtain at 7pm Thursday through Sunday (note additional performance Sunday evenings) and 3pm on Sunday. The play was inspired in part by the novella Venus in Fur by Austrian author Leopold von Sacher-Masoch.

KSKA: Friday, June 5, at 2:45 p.m.
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June 5, 2015
Scared Scriptless

Scared Scriptless

Kristen Doogan, co-owner, performer and director of one of Anchorage’s most popular improv groups, Scared Scriptless joins Stage Talk today to talk about the history of the company, the nature of Improvisation and just what goes on in the heads of all those improv actors as they “make up” hilarious scenes at the drop of a hat. Scared Scriptless performs this Saturday, 5/23 at the Snow Goose Performing Arts Theatre.

KSKA: Friday, May 22, at 2:45 p.m.
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May 22, 2015
Acting Up at ACT

Acting Up at ACT

Acting Up is a new theatre that grew out of Off Their Rockers and they are presenting their first play May 27-29 at Anchorage Community Theatre. The play, Moonlight Lady promises to be a “romp” with offbeat characters and twists in storyline. Playwright Gail High and Director Linda Benson join Stage Talk this week to talk about both the new company and this new exciting play.

KSKA: Friday, May 15, at 2:45 p.m.
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May 15, 2015
VPA’s The Diary of Anne Frank

VPA’s The Diary of Anne Frank

One of the most famous stories of endurance, optimism and life comes to the stage in Valley Performing Arts’ production of The Diary of Anne Frank dramatized by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett and based upon the book Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl. Director Grant Olson and Gabbe Blackwell, who plays Anne Frank, visit Stage Talk this week to tell us about it. The Diary of Anne Frank performs May 8th-31st.

KSKA: Friday, May 8, at 2:45 p.m.
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May 8, 2015
The Last Frontier Theatre Conference

The Last Frontier Theatre Conference

Dawson Moore from Valdez joins Stage Talk this week to talk about what’s coming up this year’s annual Last Frontier Theatre Conference.

KSKA: Friday, May 1, at 2:45 p.m.
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May 1, 2015
Cyrano’s Macbeth

Cyrano’s Macbeth

Mark Robokoff and Paul Schweigert come by Stage Talk today to talk about David Edgecombe’s new production of Shakespeare’s play of ambition, fear and revenge, Macbeth performing at Cyrano’s Theatre Company April 24th through May 17th.

KSKA: Friday, April 24 at 2:45pm

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April 23, 2015
UAA presents… Shakespeare and zombies?

UAA presents… Shakespeare and zombies?

UAA Department of Theatre and Dance closes their Shakespeare-themed season with John Heimbuch’s William Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead: A True and Accurate Account of the 1599 Zombie Plague. Actors Alex Albrecht (Shakespeare) and Jake Beauvais (Francis Bacon) drop by the station this week to explain…

KSKA: Friday, April 17 at 2:45pm

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April 21, 2015
Anchorage Opera presents The Magic Flute

Anchorage Opera presents The Magic Flute

Stage Director Bill Fabris and Maestro Thomas Douglas from Anchorage Opera drop by Stage Talk this week to talk about the company’s latest offering: Mozart’s The Magic Flute performing in the Discovery Theatre in the PAC April 10-12.

KSKA: Friday, April 10, at 2:45pm

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April 10, 2015
UAA’s New Dances 2015

UAA’s New Dances 2015

What do you call a super mix of students, faculty and guest artists who have come together to explore, create and share new and exciting works of dance? Well, it’s the annual University of Alaska Anchorage Department of Theatre and Dance’s New Dances 2015. Brian Jeffery (Director) and Melissa Jabaay (Choreographer and Lighting Designer) take time from last minute rehearsals to join Stage Talk this week to tell us how the mix works. New Dances 2015 performs in the Jerry Harper Studio Theatre in the Fine Arts Building on the campus of UAA April 3rd through the 12th of April.

KSKA: Friday, April 3, at 2:45 p.m.

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April 3, 2015
TBA’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

TBA’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The King and Queen of the Faeries (aka Wayne Mitchell and Dana Mitchell from TBA Theatre) visit Stage Talk this week to share with us the magic that is William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream currently performing through this weekend at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium on the campus of UAA.

KSKA: Friday, March 27, at 2:45pm

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March 27, 2015
A perfect time for A Perfect Arrangement

A perfect time for A Perfect Arrangement

There’s a new theatre company in town and they’re presenting the west coast premier of an exciting play to help re-open one of Anchorage’s most exciting venues that’s been dormant for two years. Walking Shadows Theatre Company, founded by Krista Schwarting, Jay Burns and Shelly Wozniak is excited to open award winning playwright Topher Payne’s intriguing play, Perfect Arrangement at Out North Theatre. Perfect Arrangement performs March 19th through April 4th at 7:00pm.

March 20, 2015
Cyrano’s presents two plays in rep for one actor

Cyrano’s presents two plays in rep for one actor

The team of Edgecombe and Ware are at it again. This time with two shows for one actor. David Edgecombe (playwright and director) has collaborated with Elizabeth Ware (playwright, actor) to create A Woman by Design, a play about Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter, the pioneer female architect who designed many of the destination structures around the Grand Canyon and is credited with helping develop the Southwest architectural style. And along with Red Hot Patriot, The Kick-ass Wit of Molly Ivins by Margaret Engel and Allison Engel, Ware brings to the stage two exciting and challenging roles. Both plays are in repertory at Cyrano’s Theatre Company performing March 19-April 12 with curtain at 7:00 Thursday through Saturday and 3:00 on Sunday.

KSKA: Friday, March 13, at 2:45pm

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March 20, 2015
ACT’s The Trip to Bountiful

ACT’s The Trip to Bountiful

Horton Foote’s touching drama of a woman who just wants to go home, The Trip to Bountiful is currently playing at Anchorage Community Theatre through March 22nd. Nancy Pearson, who plays Carrie Watts and Tom Lucido, who plays The Sheriff, drop by Stage Talk this week to tell us all about it.

KSKA: Friday, March 6, at 2:45pm

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March 6, 2015
Valley Performing Arts’ South Pacific

Valley Performing Arts’ South Pacific

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

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February 27, 2015
Spirit–The 7th Fire of Alaska

Spirit–The 7th Fire of Alaska

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

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February 20, 2015
Perseverance Theatre’s The Mountaintop

Perseverance Theatre’s The Mountaintop

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.

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February 14, 2015