Tag Archives: Theater

Jet City Seattle Open: High School Improv Competition

Jet City ImprovLike theater? Like funny things?

Like Tina Fey or Amy Poehler?

Then do I have the weekend event for you! Jet City Improv, Seattle’s own Improv Theater is hosting their annual Seattle Open this weekend! The Seattle Open is an improv competition for high school teams where students are judged based on their energy, creativity, and of course, improv. Watch some of western Washington’s most talented high school improvisers in the Semi-Finals and the Finals of the competition this weekend! Returning champs Charles Wright Academy will be there, along with two teams from Ingraham High School and representatives from three other schools! The preliminary round of the competition was last weekend letting only six out of eleven teams through to the second round. The competition will be held at Jet City Improv in the University district and tickets are free (there is a $5 suggested donation)! These students are crazy talented and it is sure to be an entertaining event!

Or if for some crazy reason you have plans this weekend and can’t make it, Jet City is a great place to go year round. They often have themed long-form shows running, as well as their usual Jet City show. It’s fun for everyone and always a good time! Support local improv, local theater and local students and come on out to Jet City this weekend!!!

Jet City Improv 2

Jet City Address: 5510 University Way NE, Seattle, WA  98105

Semi-Finals Showtime: 2:00 PM Saturday March 14th 2015

Finals Showtime: 6:00 PM Sunday March 15th 2015


Jet City Improv website (or click the pics)

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler both got their starts in improv, here are links to their books:

–Grace, Greenwood, Teen Adviser






The Importance of Being Earnest – deep, everlasting Wilde love

Oscar Wilde quoteFirst off, I will admit I am completely biased on the topic of this play, due to my deep, everlasting love for Oscar Wilde.

I’m not quite sure what gets me about him, if it’s the elegant writing, or the witty exchanges, or the hilarity that often ensues in his beloved writing, but I’m completely enamored.  To me, Oscar Wilde has always been, is currently, and will forever be my bæ.

But beyond my thoughts on Wilde, here are some concrete reasons why you need to read Earnest: Continue reading

Falling in Love with Mr. Darcy

Pride and Prejudice Book It

Greg and Patrick with Mr. Darcy at Book-It Theater’s production of Pride and Prejudice. #haughtyhotties

I have almost never heard so cruel a question as “what is your favorite book?” It’s a horrible thing to ask a person, it’s like asking them to pick a favorite food, or a favorite movie. It requires much deliberation and often it will just stress out the person asked it. But if you were to ask me right now, I would say Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Continue reading

Thirteen Numbers

Editor’s Note: Camilla, a 19-year-old intern at 826 Seattle, has selected some excellent work that 826 students are producing this summer to share with us on Push To Talk.

Camilla’s Note: This script, performed as a shadow puppet show, is creepy, hilarious, and fantastically cool.

Storytelling through Puppetry- Thirteen Numbers from 826 Seattle on Vimeo.

About the Authors:

Margarita is an eighth grader at Whitman Middle School. She enjoys watching Korean dramas and anime and she would like to write graphic novels.

Diya is homeschooled and in her free time likes drawing with charcoal and doing everything she can to help the environment.

Sarah is a sixth grader at Eckstein Middle School. She plays soccer and tennis and enjoys playing with her guinea pig. Some day she would like to travel to Thailand, Japan, and Hawaii. She loves animals and hopes to become a vet.

A Translated Midsummer Night’s Dream

Midsummer 1Editor’s Note: Camilla, a 19-year-old intern at 826 Seattle, has selected some excellent work that 826 students are producing this summer to share with us on Push To Talk. This is the second installment in that series.  

Camilla’s Note: Shakespeare can be really inaccessible to younger students, especially when it’s taught rigidly. This hilarious modern language “translation” of a scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which was performed alongside the original text, demonstrates an astute understanding of the material as well as a great deal of creative gusto.

A Translated Midsummer Night’s Dream

By Hailey (Greg), Claire (Bottom), Elsa (Titania), Yubi (Peaseblossom), and Meri (Walle)

 The translation begins on line 940 in act 3, scene 1

(Here’s the original for comparison).


BOTTOM: I see what’s going on! They’re trying to make me as foolish as them. To scare me if they could. No matter what they do, I will not move from this place. I will walk and sing to show them I’m not afraid. [Sings “Pop Goes the Weasel” but with “Donkey” instead]

TITANIA: What dude wakes me from my wonderful bed?

BOTTOM: [Sings “The Alphabet Song”]

TITANIA: I beg you, peaceful dude, keep on singing! I’m totally digging your high-pitched screeching and my eyes love you; you look very dude-like. You are such a beautiful dude, you make me shout out loud I LOVE YOU!

BOTTOM: Oh, my gosh, you actually like me? Truth, reason, and love never hang out so I guess it makes sense that you love me.

TITANIA: Your dudeness balances with your smartness.Midsummer 2

BOTTOM: That’s not true. But if I’m smart enough to find my way out of this jungle, then I’m smart enough to fall in love with you! Let’s see if I can get out of here…

TITANIA: Don’t go! Dude, stay here, you’re going to enjoy it here ’cause I’m here—duh! You don’t wanna miss this. Also if you leave you might die, and I love you. So the point is, stay. Dude, I got fairies; dude, I got jewels from underground; and dude you can EVEN sleep on flowers while the fairies sing to you! I’ll take away your human self and you will be a forever living, floaty fairy dude. Peaseblossom! Walle! Greg! Get over here!



GREG: And I…need to take a shower.

ALL: What are we gonna do?!

TITANIA: Be kind and nice to this dude. Jump in his path and boogie before his eyes. Feed him chips and fries. Say hey to this dude!



GREG: Hey. I’m Greg.

TITANIA: Come lead him to my basement and make him feel more dudely and good-looking. And tell him to shut up; I want him quiet. Continue reading

SEE ME, SEYMOUR: Little Shop of Horrors Takes Seattle

There’s a spaceship in the rafters.

At least, it looks like one. It’s white and ovate with jagged, tooth-like pieces of metal, conspicuously dangling among the stage lights overhead. I spent fifteen minutes wondering how an alien encounter could possibly fit into my painstaking research on the musical, the entire half paragraph of a Wikipedia synopsis that I skimmed beforehand. Then the house lights went dark, the twisted, purple wall onstage split wide open and a soulful trio of Skid Row Supremes (Nicole Rashida Prothro, Alexandria Henderson, Naomi Morgan) launched into the opening number. From that point forward, I couldn’t peel my eyes away from the stage.

Turns out it isn’t a spaceship at all. It’s an enormous dental appliance that descends from the ceiling as an evil dentist, Orin Scrivello D.D.S. (David Anthony Lewis), slowly rises out from beneath the eerily animate stage floor to an erupting cloud of backlit fog and dramatic keyboard.

If this does not compel you to buy your tickets to the ACT and 5th Avenue’s Little Shop of Horrors immediately, allow me to rephrase.

This show is awesome.  It might just be the best musical theater I have ever seen. Continue reading

Out and About: The Glass Menagerie

The Glass MenagerieI’ve been a fan of Tennessee Williams ever since I first read A Streetcar Named Desireand just recently I had the great pleasure of seeing a live performance of one of his greatest classic works, The Glass Menagerieperformed at the Seattle Repertory Theater, which unfortunately ended on December 2nd.  However, you can get a copy of the play at the library, and I highly recommend it!  It is a thoughtful, enchanting read, and you are guaranteed to still be thinking about it weeks after you read the last line. Continue reading

Four on a Theme: Theatre

 For many people, one of the great things about middle school (if you’re lucky to have a school that supports this) or high school is the theatre. Not just going to shows and seeing school productions, but being a part of the production, whether you’re taking drama class or just working after school to paint a set or design a costume. Here are four great books about teens and the theatre.
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Theater Review: Ballard High's "Is He Dead?"

In mid-October, I saw the play Is He Dead? with a couple of my friends, and it was probably one of the best plays I have seen. This community play was probably as good as something you would see on Broadway, right in your very own neighborhood. Is He Dead? is a comedy by Mark Twain, and this production was directed by Shawn M. Riley. It’s quite a popular play but was very well done by the people who worked very hard on it.

The play is about Jean Francois Millet, a painter with debts to pay a greedy banker.  It is set in the 1800s. Millet was never a popular painter but when he must pay his debt soon, his friends help him and think of a plan so they “kill” him. That’s the thing with painters at that time. They are only recognized after death. Although Millet isn’t really dead, just pretending, he must hide himself from the public by dressing himself as his “sister”. Now that Millet is “dead,” he becomes very famous. Hundreds of rich people come into his shop offering large amounts of money for his paintings. But there is one problem. Actually, a couple. First, Millet is not very good at disguising his voice and keeping all his lies together. And there’s also the fact that now that Millet (disguised as his sister) is rich, the greedy banker wants to marry him, AND also Millet’s girlfiend’s friend is suspicious about “Millet’s sister.”

There’s really not much I can say. The costumes were great, the acting was great, everything was great.

 Is He Dead? ever comes to your neighborhood, don’t wait.  In the meantime, you can check out the library’s copy of the play itself or a graphic novel based on the play.

–Navya , 14, Teen Center Advisor

Theater Review: Nathan Hale's "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown"

Nathan Hale High School recently performed their fall musical “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown.” It was a great family show with several strong actors. The theme was about Charlie Brown struggling to fit into his small town and then eventually getting comfortable with who he really is.

I loved how the actors got me caught up in the play and made me feel like singing and dancing with them. The props were amazing and colorful, which made me wonder if high schoolers actually made them because they looked so professional. The songs were catchy and the singing made me jump. Since Charlie Brown and his friends are supposed to be little kids, the actors made their voices high pitched. This challenged their singing, but they did a good job. Sadly I went to Nathan Hale’s final performance of “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown” this fall, but if you’d like the hear the music from the Broadway cast, you can find it at the library.

Stay tuned for Nathan Hale’s spring musical, “Hair Spray”! 


–Taylor, Teen Center Advisor, 14