Lakewood, WA., Lakewood Playhouse, founded in 1938, will celebrate its 70th anniversary season with a full slate of in-the round plays, fun special events, $10.00 Saturday night rush tickets, and a newly air-conditioned and heated venue.
Starting out the season will be the musical, murder-mystery, farce LUCKY STIFF, by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. LUCKY STIFF, directed by Micheal O’Hara, Opens September 5th, 2008 and runs through October 5th, 2008. There is a pay-what-you-can performance on Thursday, September 11th at 8:00 PM and an actor benefit matinee on Saturday, October 4th at 2:00 PM.
Next up is William Shakespeare’s MACBETH ‚Äì the classic tale of ambition and a bloody rise to power. MACBETH, directed by Associate Managing Artistic Director Scott Campbell, runs October 24th, 2008 through November 16th, 2008. There is a pay-what-you-can performance on Thursday, November 6th at 8:00 PM and an actor benefit matinee on Saturday, November 16th at 2:00 PM.
WAR OF THE WORLDS: A Radio Play
70th Anniversary Gala Event
In celebration of its 70th Anniversary, Lakewood Playhouse is presenting a staged recreation of Orson Welles’ infamous “War of the Worlds” radio drama, on the 70th anniversary of its broadcast.
Based on H. G. Wells’ novel, the show was written by “Casablanca” screenwriter Howard Koch in the style of news reports. It created widespread panic shortly after 8pm on October 30, 1938 when listeners tuning in after the start of the broadcast mistook the show for actual news of a Martian invasion.
Join us for a special gala evening at Lakewood Playhouse and enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres as we go inside the CBS radio studio and witness Orson Welles, his cast, and sound effects crew perform “the night that panicked America.” The WAR OF THE WORLDS Gala, Directed by James Venturini, will be Halloween Eve ‚Äì Thursday, October 30th with a reception starting at 7:00 PM and the show beginning at 8:00 PM.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL: A Christmas Ghost Story
In December, Lakewood Playhouse will present Charles Dickens’A CHRISTMAS CAROL adapted for the Lakewood Playhouse stage and directed by Erin Chanfrau. Ebenezer Scrooge spends his usual Christmas Eve alone, but this ghostly night will change his life forever. The perfect show for the whole family. A CHRISTMAS CAROL runs December 5th, 2008 through December 28th, 2008. There is a pay-what-you-can performance on Thursday, December 11th at 8:00 PM and an actor benefit matinee on Saturday, December 20th at 2:00 PM.
GREATER TUNA: A Special Benefit Performance
Come and meet the fine citizens of Tuna ‚Äì the third smallest town in Texas. Lakewood Playhouse’s own Marcus Walker and Scott Campbell will play all twenty characters in this hilarious, off-the-wall, “celebrity performance.” GREATER TUNA, directed by Elliot Weiner, runs January 8th, 2009 through January 18th, 2009.
In this comic farce by acclaimed British playwright Alan Ayckbourn, Colin’s friends arrange a party to comfort him after the sudden death of his fianc?©e. By the time Colin arrives, his friends’ unease contrasts with his surprising cheeriness ‚Äì leading to hilarious results. ABSENT FRIENDS, directed by John Munn, runs February 6th, 2009 through March 1st, 2009. There is a pay-what-you-can performance on Thursday, February 12th at 8:00 PM and an actor benefit matinee on Saturday, February 28th at 2:00 PM.
INTO THE WOODS
In this highly acclaimed modern musical by Stephen Sondheim, what begins as an irreverent “fractured fairy tale” ends as a moving lesson about the stories we tell our dhildren. INTO THE WOODS, directed by Julie Halpin, runs March 27th, 2009 through April 26th, 2009. There is a pay-what-you-can performance on Thursday, April 2nd at 8:00 PM and an actor benefit matinee on Saturday, April 25th at 2:00 PM.
ONCE IN A LIFETIME
ONCE IN A LIFETIME by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, is a rollicking comedy about three vaudeville performers who head to Hollywood to try their luck in the newly invented “talkies.” It’s a fast-paced, comic spoof of “tinsel town’s” early years. ONCE IN A LIFETIME, directed by Managing Artistic Director Marcus Walker opens May 29th, 2009 and runs through June 21st, 2009. There is a pay-what-you-can performance on Thursday, June 4th at 8:00 PM and an actor benefit matinee on Saturday, June 20th at 2:00 PM.
Ticket Prices range from $14.00 to $24.00 with special discounts for seniors, military, and anyone under the age of 25. New this season are $10.00 “Saturday Night Rush” tickets available at the door, if available, starting at 7:45 PM. Call for details.
Lakewood Playhouse is located at 5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd, next to the Pierce Transit Center in the heart of the Lakewood Towne Center. For more information call the Lakewood Playhouse Box Office at 253-588-0042 or visit www.lakewoodplayhouse.org.