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Centerstage ready with 'wide appeal' for its audiences

For the Mirror

Centerstage Theater has announced its 2005-06 season lineup with a promise that the Federal Way company will follow its mission of developing “a reputation for innovative, accomplished productions of popular work and for new work with the widest possible audience appeal.”

The schedule at Knutzen Family Theater features two of the most popular shows of recent years and two newly-commissioned plays.

The season opens on Sept. 30 with Dan Goggin’s “Nunsense,” winner of the Critics Circle Award when it opened off-Broadway. The Centerstage production will run through Oct. 16.

John Forster’s “4 Christmases” opens on Nov. 18. Forster, the recipient of three Grammy nominations, is an accomplished writer and composer who produces and writes for recording artists Faith Hill, Judy Collins and Marie Osmond, among others.

Forster will be in Federal Way to work with Centerstage on a story that takes place backstage at a third-rate regional theater in England at the outbreak of World War II. It’s about the Christmas show they present every year.

On Feb. 17, Centerstage will kick off the 2006 portion of the season with Michael Frayn’s “Noises Off.”

It’s a farce about a farce. A New York Post reviewer wrote, “The funniest play I have ever seen. Ever? Ever.”

On May 5, Centerstage will embark on its largest-ever project –– a new musical version of Charles Dickens’ “Nicholas Nickleby,” adapted by Centerstage artistic director Alan Bryce, with music by Seattle composer Eyvind Kang.

Kang’s music can be heard on more than 50 recordings, including work with Sun City Girls and Bill Frisell; lyrics by Amy Englehardt, who sings, writes and arranges for The Bobs, popular in Seattle for their shows with the Karamazov Brothers at ACT Theatre.

And for those who wish to help kick off the Centerstage season on a strong financial note, a few tickets are still available for the second annual Murder Mystery fund-raiser at Twin Lakes Golf and Country Club.

This year’s dinner-and-a-show will be “The Idiot’s Funeral,” playing Sept. 16 for one night only.

Season tickets and Murder Mystery tickets are now on sale and can be purchased by calling Centerstage at 661-1444 or going on-line at www.centerstagetheatre.com.

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