By Marcy Stamper There’s something about “Charlotte’s Web” that makes the story uniquely timeless. “It’s just so appropriate for children — and adults as well. It reminds us about friendship and taking care of each other,” said Jane Orme, who’s directing the beloved children’s classic at The Merc Playhouse starting next week. Twenty-two young local […]
TwispWorks stages ‘Big Shaabang’ to celebrate progress
Music, art, food and more at Saturday event By Ann McCreary TwispWorks will kick off summer with a Big Shaabang on Saturday (May 26), welcoming the community to the campus for live music and performances, open art studios, local food and beverages. The event is also an opportunity for TwispWorks to show off the latest […]
‘Rikki Tikki Tavi’ is enchanting and beautifully staged
“The Adventures of Rikki Tikki Tavi” carries audiences into an exotic and colorful jungle world when it opens Friday (April 27) at The Merc Playhouse in Twisp.
Presented by the Tom Zbyszewski Children’s Theater, “Rikki Tikki Tavi” features young local actors, many portraying exotic animals brought to …
‘Peter Pan’ brings imagination to life at The Merc
All theater builds on a healthy dose of imagination — and children’s theater even more so — but The Merc Playhouse’s new production of “Peter Pan” really toys with the elastic line between reality and imagination.
Everyone in the production — the director, young actors, and set and costume designers — spent time talking …
Just the right expression
Face painter Darla Hussey creates on a ‘moving canvas’ By Marcy Stamper The whiskers, glistening noses, stripes and spots that transform the human actors in The Wind in the Willows into mice, hedgehogs and ferrets are the handiwork of face painter Darla Hussey, who adds animated expressions and furry features to 18 young actors in […]
Wind in the Willows a parable for all ages
Although the cast of The Wind in the Willows includes a rat, an otter, numerous ferrets and weasels, a toad and a hedgehog, it really isn’t about animals. “They behave just like people and wear people costumes,” said director Rod Molzahn.
As You Like It opens on Friday at The Merc
By Laurelle Walsh Director Rod Molzahn and a cast of 19 Methow Valley youngsters present a Children’s Theater production of William Shakespeare’s As You Like It at The Merc Playhouse opening this Friday (March 6) and continuing through March 15. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7 p.m.; Sunday matinees start at 2 p.m. […]
Kids bring energy, imagination to Willie Wonka JR.
By Marcy Stamper
The Merc Playhouse has whipped up a gooey confection, Willie Wonka JR., for its spring musical, with the entire 32-member cast between the ages of 8 and 18, and many of the props created …
Arts briefs: April 16, 2014
This week: On April 26, we’ve got ‘Raven’ opening at Confluence, Winthrop Gallery exhibit opens, Music at Spartan Art Project, and String students offer recital. Not on April 26, Willy Wonka Jr. is coming to The Merc May 9 and the Wizard of Oz in Omak on May 2.