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Shakespeare up next in Centerstage Theatre's 'renaissance'
For the Mirror
Theres a double dose of renaissance at Centerstage Theater.
The Federal Way-based theater company, now in its 28th year, has undergone radical changes in the last 12 months. Perhaps the biggest is in the numbers. Centerstage officials said the last two productions Rumors and A Christmas Carol were the best-selling in the companys history.
Add a new strategic plan, a new pro bono association with a marketing firm and new productions for the new season, and Centerstage is feeling good about its future.
The other renaissance is Centerstages first foray into the works of William Shakespeare. Twelfth Night stakes its claim as one of the greatest comedies ever written, with its story of mistaken identity, separated twins and obstacles to true love, Centerstage officials said.
Scheduled to open this Friday at Knutzen Family Theater, it features an uproarious subplot in which the self-adoring Malvolio, is brought to his
knees by the drunkard, Sir Toby Belch.
an uproarious subplot in which the self-adoring Malvolio is brought to his knees by the drunkard Sir Toby Belch.
The cast features Samara Lerman, Stephen Grenley, Erik Maahs, Ian Lindsay and Taralynn Thompson.
Twelfth Night is directed by Rosa Joshi, a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, an assistant drama professor at Seattle University and an old hand at directing Shakespearean plays (shes done three others). The sets are designed by Craig Wollam of Seattle Scenic Studios, costumes are by Lynda Salsbury (whose previous credits include Singin in the Rain at Fifth Avenue Theater in Seattle), and the music composer is Eyvind Kang, whose compositions have been featured in regional theaters nationwide, according to Allen Bryce, Centerstages artistic director.
Bryce explained that assembling the accomplished team was a result of insisting on having the the best people for the job.
It couldnt be simpler. We have a job that needs to be done. You simply dont compromise until you find the right person, he said.