Valley Performing Arts in Wasilla wants the audience to feel like they’ve stepped into the classic movie The Wizard of Oz when they come see their live production. Director Larry Bottjen has assembled over 50 cast members, a live orchestra, a dog named Toto and even a melting witch to recreate the world where Dorothy and her new friends come upon adventure after adventure.
KSKA: Friday. 3/9 at 2:45pm
Winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play, Proof opens Friday March 9 at Anchorage Community Theatre. Lead actress, Lindsey Lamar who plays Catherine and ACT’s executive director, Bill Cotton join hosts Jean and Steve this week on Stage Talk.
This play contains some adult language.
KSKA: Friday 3/2 at 2:45 pm
A funny and moving evening of theatre about the healing power of friendship by Pulitzer prize and Tony Award winning playwright and member of the famed Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago. As fresh and tasty as a donut right out of the oven!
KSKA: Friday, 2/24 at 2:45pm
Perseverance Theater of Juneau kicks of its first season of plays in Anchorage with The Blue Bear based on the book by Lynn Schooler. Lynn and sister Lou Ann who adapted the book into a play join Stage Talk host Jean Paal to talk about The Blue Bear opening at the Syndney Laurence theater tonight.
KSKA: Friday 2/10 at 2:45 pm
Written in 1907, The Playboy of the Western World caused riots when it opened in the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. UAA students and actors Caleb Bourgeois and Jessica Brown stop by to talk about the show opening at UAA on February 10 this week on Stage Talk.
KSKA: Friday 2/3 at 2:45 pm
This week on Stage Talk, Jack Dalton and Leslie Ward stop by to talk about the 18th annual Under :30 opening at Out North next weekend. This year there will be three under 30 minute plays showcasing new works of Alaskan artists. Leslie Ward talks about her performance art piece centered on a tragic incident she experienced as teacher in the Bush.
KSKA: Friday 1/20 at 2:45 pm
The action is set in Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are “anybody” come to have their hair done. Filled with hilarious repartee and not a few acerbic but humorously revealing verbal collisions, the play changes direction when, in the second act, the spunky Shelby (who is a diabetic) risks pregnancy and her health. The play draws on the underlying strength—and love—which give the play, and its characters, the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad.
KSKA: Friday, 1/13 at 2:45pm
Still running off-Broadway and performed by special permission from the producers. A hilarious and stirring play of monologues and ensemble pieces about women, clothes, and memories covering all the important subjects.
KSKA: Friday, 1/6 at 2:45pm
A Neil Simon comedy, loosely based on the story of Job, God’s Favorite opens January 6 at Valley Performing Arts. This week on Stage Talk, Todd Broste who plays a messenger from God – “Sydney Liptop” – stops by to talk about the upcoming show in Wasilla.
KSKA: Friday 12/30 at 2:45 pm
After 31 years of professional theater in Juneau, Perseverance Theatre will run it’s first season of plays in Anchorage in 2012. This week Stage Talk, artistic director, Art Rotch and Bostin Christopher stop by to talk about the history of the Perseverance Theatre and the two shows coming to the Performing Arts Center in February and April of 2012.
KSKA: Friday 12/16 at 2:45 pm
KSKA: Friday 12/9 2:45 pm
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… on stage. This week on Stage Talk directors from Alaska Theater of Youth (ATY) and Alaska Fine Arts Academy stop by to talk about the spirit of giving spreading on and off stage and their respective Christmas shows kicking off this weekend and next.
Friday 12/2 at 2:45 pm
Hear all about It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, the beloved American holiday classic comes to life as a live 1940’s radio broadcast, and Pinkalicious, The Musical, based on the famous children’s book about desire, dessert, and discipline, and a little girl who loves the color pink.
Anchorage Community Theater will be presenting Inspecting Carol from Friday, Nov. 25 through Friday, Dec. 23. Watch as a man who asks to audition at a small theatre is mistaken for an informer for the National Endowment for the Arts. Everyone caters to the bewildered wannabe actor and he is given a role in the current production, A Christmas Carol. Everything goes wrong and hilarity is piled upon hilarity.
KSKA: Friday, 11/18 @ 2:45pm
The Anchorage Opera presents The Grapes of Wrath for one night only, this Saturday Nov. 5. This week on Stage Talk, composer, Ricki Ian Gordon and conductor, Sara Jobin talk about converting the iconic book into an on stage production.
Friday 11/4 at 2:45 PM
This week on Stage Talk, host Jean Paal chats with Shane Mitchell and Billy Worthy about TBA’s two upcoming Halloween productions. For the little ones, Frankie Stein Junior takes science fair projects to new heights. Dracula audiences on the other hand can expect a good scare with lots biting, blood and fangs. The original Dracula script was written by director, Shane Mitchell.
KSKA: Friday 10/21 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Ann Hanley, author of The Winter Bear and actor Brian Westcott join Mark and Jean on Stage Talk. The play will be presented at the Wildberry Theater in Anchorage during the Alaska Federation of Natives Conference on October 20 and 22. This poignant play explores the causes of suicide among Alaska Natives.
Friday 10/14 at 2:45 pm
Just in time for Halloween, a ghost play, The Woman in Black opens next week at Valley Performing Arts. Executive director of VPA, Garry Forrester joins hosts Mark and Jean to discuss this spine tingling thriller, sure to leave you spooked.
KSKA: Friday 10/7 at 2:45 pm