Greater Tuna needs Dressers

Posted by on Feb 25, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

From the Directors desk: We are in need of two dressers to assist our actors in the quick changes of the many characters they are performing. We open on March 8 and the  commitment is as follows: Mar 4 – 9 7 PM -10 PM Mar 10 1 PM to 5:30 Pm Mar 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30 at 7 Pm to 10 PM Mar 17, and 24 from 1 Pm to 5:30 PM The duties are to lay out costumes for the quick changes and to assist each actor to get them on and off the stage quickly. If you can do these positions contact the director, Hjalmer Anderson at email: or phone 425-408-7181 during business hours. Thanks,...

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Greater Tuna Starts Rehearsing for the Woodinville Rep!

Posted by on Feb 1, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Greater Tuna was written by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard. It was the first play in a series of 4 comedies followed by A Tuna Christmas, Red, White and Tuna and Tuna Does Vegas.  Each play is set in the town of Tuna, Texas, the “third-smallest” town in the state..  All of the plays are characteristic that two men play the entire cast of over twenty eccentric characters of both genders and various ages. Greater Tuna debuted in Austin, Texas, in the fall of 1981, and had its off-Broadway premiere in 1982. We have cast our production of Greater Tuna with two veteran actors to the Woodinville Rep stage and will be directed by the Rep’s artistic director, Hjalmer Anderson. Our two actors are Chazz Kaskes and Andrew Carr. Chazz Kaskes who will be playing Jaston’s list of characters and Andrew Carr was cast to play the Joe Sears list. You may remember Chazz from his work in the Woodinville Rep’s production of Arthur Miller’s, The Odd Couple and Christopher Durang’s, The Actors Nightmare and Baby with the Bathwater.  In addition, Chazz appears regularly as a regular member of the professional improvisation company “Unexpected Productions”. Andrew Carr came to the Woodinville Rep last season as he portrayed John Curtis the town sheriff  in our production of Southern Hospitality last season. We have been in rehearsal for a week working on finding the voices of 20 different characters from the imaginary town of Tuna Texas.  There is a reason why Greater Tuna is a very popular title as we laugh all during rehearsal.  We are very excited and look forward in opening on March 8, 2013. Stay Tuned for further updates from the director. Artistic Director Hjalmer Anderson...

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Director’s Notes – Bold Grace

Posted by on Dec 10, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

My name is Steve and on behalf of the creative team (Ashley Schalow/playwright, Anna Richardson/Actress, Steve Cooper/director/designer) behind Bold Grace, the voyages of the pirate O’Malley, I want to tell you all how excited we are to be able to bring this show to Woodinville Rep. Ashley wrote this show while still in college, and in April 2011 she entered it into Burien Little Theatre’s Bill and Peggy Hunt Playwrights Festival, consequently winning first place in the one act category.  The show was fully produced during the second half of the festival. My involvement with the show started as soon as I saw the title.  I had read about the character of Grace O’Malley previously and also thought what a great subject for a play she would be.  As soon as I saw that BLT had picked a play about this woman, I lobbied pretty hard to direct it.   Grace is very fascinating character. As originally written, the show was a long one act, clocking in at about 1 ½ hours.  However, there was something magical about watching Anna portray Grace O’Malley up there all by herself.  There is something about telling a story and connecting with an audience that has a very strong presence in Ashley’s script.  Once the festival was over, the three of us sat down and talked about ways to improve the script.  The play was split into two acts, some lines were changed and some subjects were fleshed out a bit more.  We ran this new version down in Auburn and again at BLT and audiences really loved it. While I think the writing is very solid, I have to say that watching Anna Richardson play Grace is a sheer joy.  You can tell she also enjoys the script very much and loves to play Grace as much as we all love to watch her. For my part, I love everything about this show.  I hope that you will all come out and watch a very talented actress work with a very good script about a wonderfully interesting true life historical...

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Rest, Refresh and Revisit…GO!

Posted by on May 31, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

I’m ready! Bring on tech week–I will eat my Wheaties, gets some rest, and refresh and revisit our vision for Almost, Maine.  We are dangerously near Opening Night ready! Now we’re down to fine-tuning and obsessing about details. This is my calling–picking at details, driving cast and crew crazy, nagging where there is nothing to nag at. (Sorry for ending in a preposition–some times correct grammar doesn’t have the same edge.) I wish we could have the Super Bowl ribbon across the stage entrance so our cast could break through and triumphantly enter! Let’s take it to the streets! Ok . . . now I will calm down. But, it’s so difficult to be calm when you know you have a stellar performance to offer the community. Don’t miss your very own theatre: free parking; you don’t have to cross a toll bridge; there are amazingly good restaurants on the east side–and I would babysit your kids if I could so you can be entertained, inspired, and touched . . . See you at the theatre ~...

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I have a confession. This is a great show.

Posted by on May 22, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

Ok. I confess. I am having too much fun at rehearsals. I love that magical moment in the process when you are aware that all of the pieces have come together. Talent, costumes, props, music, set–each element fitting into place to tell the story. Nightly I marvel at our talented cast. Stage Manager, Sarah Ross, and I sit immersed in the tale they weave–we are compelled to laugh, smile, grieve, and rejoice. At times I sit smugly thinking that I can’t wait for the community to see what’s happening at Woodinville Rep. We have a great show! The world should see it! Everyone needs to come enjoy this simple and magical tale. Each will say “I know that feeling” or “I’ve been there” or “I wish I had done that”. Make it happen–mark  your calendar; get a sitter; call a friend–you need to see this wonderful, captivating, fun-filled, heart-tugging show. Until we meet!...

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