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.

The Music Machine is 35 years old

It's showtime! The Music Machine is celebrating its 35th anniversary with its annual revue featuring music and dance, but is also bringing back many alumni from all the way back to its beginnings to join the other 75 regular cast members. Director and founder Janet Carr-Campbell along with cast member Abby Webster drop by Stage Talk this week to let us in on what this year's exciting show will be offering. The Music Machine performs August 3-6 in the Discovery Theatre. KSKA: Friday, July 29 at 2:45pm Listen Now

UAA Music and Anchorage Opera team up again

KSKA: Friday, December 16 at 2:45pm UAA Department of Music and Anchorage Opera have teamed up again under the leadership of Associate Professor Mari Hahn to present two one-act operas, Savitri by Gustav Holst and Dr. Miracle by Georges Bizet, both performing Friday, 12/16 through Sunday 12/18 in the UAA Fine Arts Building Recital Hall. Hahn, who rewrote both librettos and who directed both productions brings two of the performers, Linda Porter and Zaide Manzano to Stage Talk today. LISTEN NOW

Stage Talk: Closer

Josh Kovach stars as "Dan" in Patrick Marber's Closer, which opens tonight at UAA's Fine Arts Building. John Minton directs  the show and he...

Stage Talk: Wild Legacy

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

How To Make Love Like an Alaskan

Friday, July 29 at 2:45 pm If you haven't seen How to Make Love Like an Alaskan in Talkeetna yet, less than 20 shows remain until the laugh-out-loud, improv, sketch concludes its run at the end of August. Director, Nick Condon and actress, Sandra White share scenes from the romantic comedy about love and relationships in the Last Frontier this week on Stage Talk.

VPA’s Pollyanna

Feeling a little in the dumps? Charly Rentz as "Pollyanna" will make you smile as she is joined by fellow cast members to talk about Valley Performing Arts production of Susan Pargman's adaptation of this classic tale of the eternal optimist performing February 14th through March 9th. KSKA: Friday 1/31 at 2:45pm Listen Now

Stage Talk: Witness for the Prosecution

He had a small role in the Agathy Christie play when it debuted in Anchorage in 1957. This time around Bob Pond is directing...

Stage Talk: A Bad Year for Tomatoes / Time Immemorial

The KSKA studios are packed for this week's edition of Stage Talk with guests from A Bad Year for Tomatoes presented by Valley Performing...

Valley Performing Arts presents Mary Poppins, the stage musical

Most people remember the Disney film Mary Poppins but now there is a live-stage version spearheaded by a collaboration between Disney and Cameron Mackintosh and Valley Performing Arts is presenting it in the Glenn Massay Theatre on the campus of Mat-Su College March 30th through April 22. Executive Director for VPA Garry Forrester drops by Stage Talk this week to describe how ambitious and rewarding this project is. KSKA: Friday, March 30 at 2:45pm Thanks for listening!

Stage Talk: Lay of the Land

Tim Miller has been closely following the public hearings surrounding Anchorage's Ordinance 64, the Assembly’s 7-4 vote, and the ensuing veto. With his tales...

Anchorage Community Theatre 2011-2012

Friday, August 5 at 2:45pm This week on Stage Talk, Bill Cotton and Shatzie Schaefers stop by to share what's coming up next season at Anchorage Community Theatre. Auditions are being held Friday night for Arsenic and Old Lace, set to open the new season in October.

Stage Talk: The Three Barons Renaissance Fair

Director of the tomato wives, Megan Bladow and Shane Mitchell from The Three Barons Renaissance Fair are the guests this week on Stage Talk....

Rain and Zoe Save the World at UAA

Of more than a hundred scripts submitted to the 2018 Earth Matters on Stage (EMOS) New Play Competition, New York based playwright Crystal Skillman's Rain and Zoe Save the World was selected as the winning entry and is being produced by The University of Alaska Anchorage Department of Theatre. This week on Stage Talk, director Ty Hewitt drops by to talk about EMOS as well as the play which follows two Seattle teenagers on an across the country motorcycle trip that results in them learning more about themselves than they ever anticipated. Rain and Zoe Save the World performs April 27-29 at the UAA Mainstage located in the UAA Fine Arts Building. Thanks for listening!

Stories at the Cemetery

Linda Benson and Bruce Kelly of Stories at the Cemetery drop by Stage Talk this week to chat about all the fascinating characters that are brought to life in the Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery. This annual event, in which the general public walks from grave site to grave site to hear live actors reenact the lives of former Anchorage residents, will happen this July 8th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. And on August 12th, the event repeats with all the actors performing on a single stage. Thanks for listening!

Stage Talk: The Music Machine / Hansel and Gretel the Musical

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...

TBA’s two-fer

TBA is offering two shows this holiday season-the beloved story of Scrooge, Tiny Tim and Bob Cratchit, A Christmas Carol, and a one woman play staring Morgan Mitchell titled A Christmas Eve with Laura Ingalls. Wayne Mitchell, who plays Scrooge, drops by Stage Talk to let us in on all the action. KSKA: Friday 12/13 at 2:45pm Listen Now

Stage Talk: Hamlet / Winnie the Pooh

Directors of Hamlet and Winnie the Pooh at Alaska Theater of Youth, Christian Heppinstall and Christina Ashby are the guests on this week's  Stage...

UAA’s And Then There Were None

KSKA: Friday, November 4 at 2:45pm The University of Alaska Anchorage Department of Theatre and Dance brings to life a play about a lot of people getting killed in Agatha Christie's classic murder mystery, And Then There Were None. Now in their second (and last) week of performance, Director Dr. Brian Cook along with actors LisaMarie Castro and Isaac Kumpula drop by the studio this week to talk about the play as well as the educational benefits Ms. Castro has received by using the play as the focus of her senior project. LISTEN NOW

TBA’s Charlotte’s Web

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.

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

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