The KIDSTAGE Summer Independent production in Everett is Footloose running July 18-27 at Village Theatre’s Second Stage. With a cast, orchestra and creative team structured just like Children of Eden, Footloose is directed by Lena Pulve, has music direction is by Peyton Jorgenson, and is choreographed by Rachel Cutforth. This electric musical takes place in a small middle-American town where dance is forbidden. Based on the hit film, Footloose tells of a free-spirited rebellious teen who defies local law so he and his friends can have a rock n’ roll prom; Together they try to convince a local minister that it’s no sin to be young. With its Tony and Academy Award nominated Top 40 score, including the hits “Holding Out For A Hero,” “Almost Paradise,” and the title song “Footloose,” this rock musical reminds us that sometimes you just “gotta cut loose.”
Village Theatre Everett continues their KIDSTAGE Troupe program that provides free outdoor performances at the Wetmore Theatre Plaza just outside the Everett Performing Arts Center. Village Theatre professionals Taylor Niemeyer and Michael Nutting will direct Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka KIDS on July 18 and 25, and August 1 and 15. The four performances start promptly at noon and run for 40 minutes. Families will enjoy this musical adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; Roald Dahl’s timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir as his factory.
Everett’s KIDSTAGE SummerStock production is Anything Goes, running August 10-19 at the Everett Performing Arts Center. Under the direction of Village Theatre professionals (Jessica Low, Katy Tabb, Michael Nutting), a large cast climbs aboard the S.S. American as it sets out to sea with a load of singing sailors, exotic disguises, and little dose of blackmail. Two unlikely pairs follow a collision course to true love. This Tony Award-winning Cole Porter classic features some of Broadway’s most memorable songs, including “Anything Goes,” “I Get A Kick out of You,” and “It’s De-lovely”.
KIDSTAGE is uniquely designed to use theatre to build critical life skills in each participant. In KIDSTAGE classes and rehearsals, our techniques encourage creativity, collaboration, problem solving, concentration, public speaking, and a strong work ethic. While some students are on a path to Broadway, all students are improving their futures and increasing self-confidence through involvement in KIDSTAGE, Village Theatre Institute, and our Teen Apprenticeship Program.
Village Theatre’s KIDSTAGE in Everett is housed at the Second Stage and Youth Education Center across from the Everett Performing Arts Center. The Everett KIDSTAGE program serves over 1,200 students a year with after school classes, summer camps, and productions. The Youth Education Program impacts over 36,000 people annually in the Snohomish County community through partnerships with Cocoon House, the YMCA, Imagine Children’s Museum, The Dance School and the Snohomish County school districts.
Details on the Summer Stock and Summer Independent productions can be found here