Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus and he will be coming to Valley Performing Arts this November 29th and staying until December 22nd (leaving just in time to visit all the boys and girls all over the world!) Bryan Nelson and Mathew Fimin from the Andrew J. Fenady stage adaptation of this famous true story of a young girl who doubted the existence of the jolly elf visit Stage Talk to tell us about Santa's visit. KSKA: Friday, 11/29 at 2:45pm Listen Now
There's been a Murder on the Nile and no one's talking. Well, except for Todd Broste and Bethany Lawson, two actors from Valley Performing Arts production of the Agatha Christie murder mystery playing in Wasilla October 25th through November 10th. Listen this week on Stage Talk as they try not to give away too many clues as to who dun it. KSKA: Friday 10/11 at 2:45pm Listen Now
Catch Vally Performing Arts' actor Joe Irvine as he gives listeners a taste of his Scottish brogue while talking about the upcoming production of Lerner and Loewe's enchanting musical, Brigidoon opening Friday, September 6th and running through October 6th in Wasilla. KSKA: Friday 9/6 at 2:45pm Listen Now
From mysterious Scottish towns to mysteries on the Nile, from drama on North Carolina's Outer Banks to international farce, Valley Performing Arts in Wasilla is bringing a variety of shows to next year's season. Artistic Director Larry Bottjen and Executive Director Garry Forrester drop by Stage Talk to tell Jean and Steve all about it. KSKA: Friday 7/26 at 2:45pm Listen Now
"Come and listen to a story about man named Jed" or better yet, come and listen to a story about Valley Performing Arts's stage production of the classic TV sit-com, The Beverly Hillbillies opening May 10th and running through the 26th in Wasilla. Director Larry Burton and VPA's PR Director Tammy Parker come "set a spell" with Jean and Steve this week on Stage Talk.
KSKA: Friday 5/10 at 2:45pm
The audience tries to "figure it out" in both of Valley Performing Arts' upcoming productions of Clue: The Musical which opens February 22nd and runs through March 17th and The Sting which opens April 5th and runs through the 21st. Cast members from both shows join Jean and Steve to give hints about these exciting productions.
KSKA: Friday 2/22 at 2:45pm
How can we predict the future of salmon runs in Alaska and worldwide? This week on Addressing Alaskans, Dr. Robert Lackey discusses his Salmon 2100 Project and what he considers when making a salmon forecast. Dr. Lackey's keynote address entitled "Straight Talk About the Future of Salmon" was recorded at the 5th annual Mat-Su Salmon Science and Conservation Symposium in Wasilla.
Cotton Patch Gospel presents a retelling of the The Book of Matthew but this time with folk and bluegrass music and set in Georgia. Join Stage Talk guests Director Henry Woodall and Todd Broste who plays Matthew as they give Jean and Steven an insight into this intriguing and entertaining play which opens November 23rd and runs through December 23rd at Valley Performing Arts in Wasilla. KSKA: Friday 11/23 at 2:45 pm
This week on Stage Talk, director Elizabeth Hanson talks about Valley Performing Arts' production of The Trip to Bountiful. Written in 1953 by Horton Foote, who also wrote the play To Kill a Mockingbird, (based on the book written by Harper Lee), this play became an award-winning movie in 1985. The Trip to Bountiful opens tonight in Wasilla and runs through May 27. KSKA: Friday 5/11 at 2:45 pm
A Houston man has been taken into custody for threatening a state Trooper, among other charges. Kenneth Champ, 48, who owns Champ Septic Pumping, is also under investigation for dumping raw human sewage into a creek that runs near his property.
Despite declining salmon populations in Europe and the United States, Alaska's salmon numbers are continually on the rise. Has Alaska learned from the past mistakes of others when it comes to fisheries management? In his keynote address at the 2011 Mat-Su Salmon Science and Conservation Symposium David Montgomery, professor of Geomorphology at the University of Washington said we must consider "The Five H's"- History, Harvesting, Hydropower, Habitat and Hatcheries. KSKA: Thursday 11/17 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Two man cast: Ted Carney (left) and DJ Rotach (right) at VPA rehearsals in Wasilla. Photo by Joyce Martin, JAG Creations. 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
With the exception of Anchorage, it was municipal election day Tuesday across Alaska. One high profile race was for the North Slope Borough mayor.
A Palmer grand jury has indicted nine people in relation to the theft of 38 handguns from a Wasilla store. Alaska State Trooper spokeswoman Beth Ipsen, says the nine, ranging in age from 30 years to a juvenile of 16, have a collective total of 72 felony charges against them.
Wasilla city councilman Steve Menard is the target of a recall effort. The town’s city clerk has approved an application for a recall election sponsored by members of an organization called Conservative Patriots Group.
Rhetoric Heats Up in Advance of "SOS" Vote. Barrow Will Vote on Dry Status. Survey Shows High Rate if Sexual Violence in Anchorage. Chukchi Lease Sale Stands. Lawmakers Study Texas Prison Reform. Meeting Participants Weigh Controversial Halibut Plan. Eight Indicted in Gun Theft. Wasilla Residents Work to Recall Councilman. Diabetes Program Shows Success. Longtime Fairbanks Pilot Honored.
Two Wasilla men are vying for the Matanuska Susitna Borough's district four seat. As KSKA's Ellen Lockyer reports, both candidates are concerned with land use issues, but are taking decidedly different viewpoints.
There's only one real race for Matanuska Susitna Borough Assembly this year. As KSKA's Ellen Lockyer reports, although a District 4 contest is creating sparks in Wasilla , there's only one candidate for construction - heavy District 5, and he is willing to bet his experience will be able to help Borough residents benefit from a localized economic boom.