Liberty Bell High School senior Dean Hussey is the winner of The Merc Playhouse’s 2019 Steinebach Award for Outstanding Contribution to Live Theater. The award was presented at the opening night of The Merc’s current production of “Charlotte’s Web.” In a press release, Merc Executive Director Missi Smith said Hussey began his association with the […]
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 […]
Clothing serves a practical function — to keep you warm and dry, and presentable for mixed company or the workplace. But it can also be fraught with meaning. Clothes can make a personal or political statement, be weighted with symbolism, or simply conjure up memories of a particular moment in life. “Love, Loss, and What […]
Laugh-out-loud farce, exploration of family dynamics, a psychological thriller and a world premiere — there’s enticement for everyone in The Merc Playhouse’s line-up for next year.
The season starts in March with a children’s theater adaptation of the beloved E.B. White story “Charlotte’s Web.” The play follows Wilbur the pig and his friend Charlotte the spider, who’s determined to save Wilbur from the butcher. Jane Orme directs the cast of young actors.
It’s not entirely clear how cult classics are created, but there’s no question that the quirky drama “Little Shop of Horrors” is among the most revered. The original 1960s film is believed to be based on a 1932 story about a man-eating plant, but because the mythology surrounding flesh-eating botanicals dates back to the 1800s, the film’s roots are murky.
The Merc Playhouse production of “Little Shop of Horrors” will open on Oct. 12 and continue through the following weekend. The musical production, from book and lyrics by Howard Ashman and music by Alan Menken, is directed by Stephen Kish, the theater’s technical director. Showtimes are at 7 p.m. on Oct. 12, Oct. 13, Oct. […]
“Bike America,” the dramatic comedy opening at The Merc Playhouse in Twisp this weekend, is not only a literal cross-country journey, but also a journey of discovery that explores issues of identity, individuality and community.
The show follows Penny, a millennial who embarks on a transcontinental …
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 […]
The Merc Playhouse in Twisp has named Darla Hussey as the first recipient of its newly created Steinebach Award — named after the theater’s founders, Carolanne and the late Egon Steinebach — which recognizes “outstanding contribution to live theater.” Hussey “carries the spirit and passion of the founders who had the dream to begin The Merc,” […]
An especially timely story about teen cliques, bullying and school violence comes to the local stage next week in the drama “Heathers The Musical,” with unexpected humor and catchy musical numbers.
After months of rehearsal, the Liberty Bell Drama Company is …