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.

This week Mark Muro and Kristina Church chat with Sandy Harper and Dick Reichman from Cyrano's Theatre Company. They discuss this year's upcoming performances...

KSKA: Friday, June 23 at 2:45pm Twenty-five years ago, Jerry and Sandy Harper founded Cyrano's Theatre Company located at the corner of 4th Avenue and D Street in downtown Anchorage. This summer, the Board of Directors announced that the company will be moving to the former Out North Contemporary Art House located on Debarr Street midway between midtown and east Anchorage. This week on Stage Talk, Cyrano's Producing Artistic Director Teresa Pond and Board Member Jay Burns drop by to tell us about all the new and exciting opportunities this will bring to the company as well as a few fond memories of the old space. LISTEN HERE

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. Listen now:

Friday, August 12 @ 2:45 pm This week on Stage Talk, Sandy Harper, artistic directors at Cyrano's, stops in to talk about what is coming up in the next season at Cyrano's. Listeners are encouraged to send in their favorite memories at Cyrano's.

After six and a half years, first as co-host and then as host of Stage Talk, Steve Hunt has decided to exit stage left. With his departure the show will take a short hiatus and then re-appear in August in a new format with a new name, but still focusing on the arts. To help commemorate the last episode of the show, Hunt has invited as his guest, Stage Talk creator and first host, Catherine Stadem. Join Steve and Catherine today on Stage Talk as they talk about its beginnings almost twenty years ago through its history of celebrating the performing arts up to today. Thanks for listening!

Before Muhammad Ali was "The Greatest" he was the younger "Cassius Clay" fighting to find out who he was and where he was going in life. Anchorage Community Theatre is presenting Idris Goodwin's award winning play And In This Corner: Cassius Clay through May 13th. Director Matt Fernandez and Xavier Love, who plays Cassius Clay at age 18, drop by Stage Talk this week to talk about Ali's early life and the forces that forged him to become one of the most recognized figures in the world. Thanks for listening!

A story about an average town's citizens in the early twentieth century as depicted through their everyday lives, Our Town by American playwright Thornton...

Anne Shirley (Rachel Kennedy, left) and Diana Berry (Alora Zulliger, right) are bosom friends in Anne of Green Gables, presented by VPA. Photo courtesy...

Transgender performer Scott Turner Schofield, formerly known as KT Kilborn, brings his 127 step program on becoming a man in America to Out North...

Former Anchorage Borough Mayor, Jack Roderick who plays "Grandpa" in the upcoming production of You Can't Take it With You joins Dick Reichman on...

Midnight Sun Theatre in association with Anchorage Community Theatre presents another show from the repertoire of the always hilarious and sometimes enlightening Reduced Shakespeare Company. This time it's Western Civilization, the Complete Musical (abridged) running July 10th through August 1st at ACT. Director David Block and actor Alex Albrecht drop by the studio this week to let us know all about it. KSKA: Friday, July 10, at 2:45pm Listen Now:

KSKA: Friday, December 15 at 2:45p.m. Perseverance Theatre is bringing back Arlitia Jones and Michael Evan Haney's stage adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol for the fourth year to the Discovery Theatre in downtown Anchorage and actors Aaron Wiseman ("Marley/Ghost of Christmas Present"), Danielle Rabinovitch ("Ghost of Christmas Past/Katherine/Mrs Dilber") and Anchorage General Manager Josh Lowman drop by the studio this week to talk about, among other things, character motivations and class struggles in the play. A Christmas Carol performs December 14 through the 29th. LISTEN HERE

Those who are familiar with Anne of Green Gables may or may not be surprised that author L. M. Montgomery wrote several more books about the character of Anne Shirley, and some of those have been tuned into stage plays as well. Valley Performing Arts is presenting the second episode in the life of Anne in the play, Anne of Avonlea opening February 19th and running through March 13th. The mother/daughter actress team of Laura and Kayla Horning along with VPA Executive Director Garry Forrester drop by the studio this week to tell us all about it. KSKA: Friday, February 12 at 2:45pm LISTEN NOW

The Music Machine has been teaching music and movement to Anchorage's youth since 1982. Director, Janet Carr-Campbell talks about upcoming auditions in May and...

The annual Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez is coming up on June 13th. Dawson Moore, who coordinates the conference talks about reinventing it...

Join Anchorage Opera's Executive Director Kevin Patterson on this week's Stage Talk as he talks about their upcoming 2013-14 season which will include works by Donizetti, Rossini, Schubert and Johann Strauss. KSKA: Friday July 19 at 2:45pm Download Audio

See Dich Reichman in Eagle River and Wayne Mitchell in Anchorage, both playing Ebenezer Scrooge in two different productions of Charles Dicken's A Christmas...

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.

Join host Mark Muro and guest Christian Heppinstall of Theatre Artists United as they discuss the new production, Queer Space, to be performed at...

Discover the Anchorage theater scene and get the latest calendar of stage events with KSKA's theater critics Kristina Church and Mark Muro. This week,...