Stage Talk

Theater aficionado Steven Hunt takes listeners backstage to chat with actors, directors, playwrights and technical artists about the theater scene in Anchorage and the Mat-Su Valley. When multiple events allow, a calendar of the best live performances and stage events in Southcentral Alaska is also provided.

Last Frontier Theater Conference in Valdez

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Friday June 10 at 2:45 pm Playwrights, actors, directors, technical engineers, and theater aficionados will soon be flocking to Valdez, Alaska tor the 19th Annual Last Frontier Theater Conference.

Stage Talk: Othello / American Tales – Songs & Stories of the USA

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This week on Stage Talk, David Edgecombe stops by to talk about his adaption of Shakespeare's Othello with choreographer, Ethan Petticrew. Othello opens tonight,...

There is a season…

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Cyrano's Theatre Company is closing out 2015 with Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some) by Michael Carleton, Jim Fitzgerald and John K. Alvarez (running through December 22nd) but another part of Cyrano's is coming to an end--or at least to a transition. Tune in this week to Stage Talk and find out all about the play as well as the important news about the company. KSKA: Friday, December 18 at 2:45pm Download Audio

Perseverance Theatre presents Steel Magnolias

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KSKA: Friday, September 29 at 2:45pm Robert Harling's tribute to his sister and the women he grew up with in the South, Steel Magnolias, is being presented by Perseverance Theatre as its opening production of the 2017-2018 Anchorage season. Taking place in a small Southern town's beauty parlor, this touching yet comical story of six women who bond over recipes, gossip, the men in their lives and the struggles they all face will be presented in the Sydney Laurence Theatre September 29-October 15th. Gigi Lynch, who plays the curmudgeon "Ouiser" and Josh Lowman, Anchorage General Manager, drop by Stage Talk today to talk about the show. LISTEN HERE

Stage Talk: Alaska Film Services

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Join host Jean Paal as she talks with Deborah Schildt and usual co-host Mark Muro about the casting process for the upcoming movie to...

Valley Performing Arts Season 36

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Friday, August 19 @ 2:45 pm Born in a log cabin church on the Alaska State Fair Grounds, Valley Performing Arts continues to grow and remains Alaska's longest standing community theater. Season 36 kicks off in September with "It Runs In The Family," a play by Ray Cooney. Hear what else is coming up this season at VPA, this week on KSKA's Stage Talk.

Stage Talk: Flamel's Dream

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Dick Reichman and Bob Pond join hosts Mark Muro and Jean Paal to discuss the world premiere of Flamel's Dream, now playing at Cyrano's...

Stage Talk: Wild Legacy

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This week on Stage Talk, playwright, Gloria Baxter and Jerry McDonnell join hosts Mark and Jean to talk about Wild Legacy, a new play...

ACT’s The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

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KSKA: Friday, November 18 at 2:45pm Joseph Robinette's stage adaptation of C. S. Lewis' popular story of four children who enter a magical world through an ordinary wardrobe, meet fantastic characters and begin a battle between good and evil opens November 18 as Anchorage Community Theatre presents The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Director Dave Block and actors Hadley Earl and Todd Sherwood drop by Stage Talk this week to talk about the show which runs Thursdays-Sundays through December 11th. LISTEN NOW

Stage Talk: Hullabaloo

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This week on Stage Talk, Alice Welling from Hullabaloo joins hosts Mark and Jean. A hysterically, historical multimedia musical comedy show about the history...

Stage Talk: The Drunkard

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Opening this weekend at Valley Performing Arts' Machetanz Theatre, The Drunkard is a 19th century melodrama musical by Barry Manilow. Actors Garry Forrester and...

Stage Talk: The Man in the Attic

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Australian playwright, Timothy Daly returns to Alaska with the world premiere of The Man in Attic, the true story of a Jew who was...

Stage Talk: The Boyfriend

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The Boyfriend, a musical comedy set in the roaring 20s, opens tonight at Cyrano's in Anchorage. Stage Talk host Jean Paal recollects seeing Julie...

A Crowded House

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This week on Stage Talk we talk about four theatres, three guests and two shows. Sound complicated? Toss Pot Productions is presenting a workshop production at Cyrano's Theatre of Kevin Armento's fascinating play about women disguising themselves as men to join the military during the American Civil War in Good Men Wanted. And then, RKP Productions is presenting one of Shakespeare's most intriguing plays, The Winter's Tale at Out North Contemporary Art House. The common link is Teresa Pond, Cyrano's Producing Artistic Director who also happens to be the director for The Winter's Tale. Join Stage Talk this week for a lively discussion with Teresa, Carrie Yanagawa and Jill Sowerwine about both of these shows opening February 26th. KSKA: Friday, February 26 at 2:45pm Download Audio

Stage Talk: Faith County / The Diary of Ann Frank

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Host Mark Muro chats with actors and directors from the Valley Performing Arts, Faith County and The Diary of Ann Frank presented the Alaska...
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Perseverance Theatre’s Not Medea

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KSKA: Friday, November 11 at 2:45pm Allison Gregory's "meta-theatre" play Not Medea mixes modern motherhood with the Greek myth of Medea and tosses in some audience participation as well. And, as part the National New Play Network Rolling World Premier, Perseverance Theatre brings it to life this week at the Sydney Laurence Theatre (playing November 11-20). Director Tom Robenolt, Actor Shelly Virginia and Anchorage Perseverance Theatre General Manager Josh Lowman drop by the studio this week to tell us all about it. LISTEN NOW

ACT’s Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill

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KSKA: Friday, February 3 at 2:45pm What's better than going to hear Billie Holiday perform at Emerson's Bar and Grill? Hearing four Billie Holidays performing at Anchorage Community Theatre in Lanie Robertson's Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill performing at ACT February 4th-19. Director Matt Fernandez, along with two of the "Billies", Vivian Melde and Kinley Norman drop by Stage Talk this week to give us the scoop on how they do it. LISTEN NOW

The Music Machine this week on Stage Talk

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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 Download Audio

Stage Talk: Il Trovatore and Bridgman/Packer Dance

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Image and reality collide in Bridgman/Packer Dance. This week General Manager of the Anchorage Opera, Torrie Allen returns to Stage Talk with actor/singer, Roland...

Cyrano’s presents Noel Coward’s Private Lives

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KSKA: Friday, March 10 at 2:45pm Cyrano's Theatre Company is presenting Noel Coward's classic Comedy of Manners, Private Lives about a divorced couple, now on honeymoons with their new spouses, who meet and discover that they are still attracted to each other. Director Teresa Pond and actors Frank Delaney and Stefanie Suydam drop by Stage Talk this week to talk about how this play is still as "fantastically funny" as it was back when it was first produced in 1930. Private Lives runs March 10 through April 2 at Cyrano's Theatre Company. LISTEN NOW