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Watch for Showtunes Theatre Company
Watch for Showtunes Theatre Company
by Miryam Gordon - SGN A&E Writer

PROMISES, PROMISES
BY NEIL SIMON, BURT BACHARACH, HAL DAVID
DIRECTED BY DAVID-EDWARD HUGHES
SHOWTUNES THEATRE COMPANY
KIRKLAND PERFORMANCE CENTER
JANUARY 19 AND 20 ONLY


Usually it's kind of useless to write about a production that has already happened. You won't be able to see the wonderful concert/musical reading of Promises, Promises, because it was only two days long. That's the standard length of production that Showtunes produces. So, while recapping this production, this is an encouragement to keep your eyes open for other opportunities to see these shows. Next up is Sail Away, May 3 and 4.

These are fully professionally sung productions. Many of the actors are Equity members and are working under a specific union rule that allows for 20 hours of rehearsal and only a very small number of performances. Timothy McCuen Piggee, seen in innumerable productions around Seattle and a professor at Cornish College of the Arts, took on the role of Chuck Baxter, the haplessly in love office underachiever who stumbles upon a way to get promoted: let lascivious upper management types use his apartment for trysts with young-women-not-their-wives. He is haplessly in love with Fran Kubelik, played with verve and energy by Vickielee Wohlbach, another well-known singer/actress. Piggee and Wohlbach made this concert fly effortlessly through the air and took us all along.

There is a small band, led by Mark Rabe, the musical director who has been with Showtunes from the beginning in 2000. The set is basic music stands and microphones, but they use a large projection screen with pictures to help set the place and time. The actors wear representational period clothing, uncredited, and even do a fair amount of dancing, choreographed for this production by Steve Tomkins. The Turkey Lurky Song was a fantastic spoof of the ?60s era dancing and singing.

So, the show is rehearsed and much is memorized. That's why it's designated a "concert." 2007 shows included Dear World and Barnum. If you're a musical theater fan, it's a great way to see classic musicals that may never have had a full production in the area, and certainly haven't for many years. There are three productions per season: winter, spring and fall. The 2008 season has yet to be announced, but you can get more information if you go to www.showtunestheatre.org and you can bookmark it to keep track of the next productions.

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