PREVIEW: U-Hi senior Nicholas Griep brings research, love to role in Civic’s ‘Curious Incident’

2019-03-22T20:59:09+00:00

A flower shop employee. A shopkeeper’s naive assistant. A clumsy jack of all trades. The younger self of a seasoned performer. University High School senior Nicholas Griep, 18, has played a variety of roles in his few short years as an actor, but none have been as challenging as that of Christopher John Francis Boone

PREVIEW: U-Hi senior Nicholas Griep brings research, love to role in Civic’s ‘Curious Incident’ 2019-03-22T20:59:09+00:00

BEST LOCAL PLAY OR MUSICAL OF 2018-19: Mary Poppins, Spokane Civic Theatre

2019-03-21T19:23:42+00:00

  BEST LOCAL PLAY OR MUSICAL OF 2018-19 Mary Poppins, Spokane Civic Theatre Mary Poppins opened the Civic Theatre's 2018-19 season, and by most accounts it was supercalifrag... well, you get the idea. Based on the beloved book series and 1964 Disney feature, the Tony-winning musical is a technical feat, with inanimate objects coming to life

BEST LOCAL PLAY OR MUSICAL OF 2018-19: Mary Poppins, Spokane Civic Theatre 2019-03-21T19:23:42+00:00

Announcing the 2019-2020 Season

2019-03-18T21:04:13+00:00

Season Tickets are available now! Single Tickets are available July 8, 2019! MAIN STAGE Rhoald Dahl’s MATILDA THE MUSICAL September 13 – October 13, 2019 Matilda is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers. She's unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the highly loveable Miss Honey. Over the course

Announcing the 2019-2020 Season 2019-03-18T21:04:13+00:00

Announcing the play selection for the 31st Playwrights’ Forum Festival

2019-03-14T20:06:01+00:00

We are thrilled to announce the selected plays for our 31st Playwrights' Forum Festival. This year is among the highest number of submissions we've received in recent years. Thank you to everyone who submitted. Your stories are wonderful. CUTTING EDGE BEAUTY, Dacey Else* EGGS OVER EASY, Rich Rubin HELL ON WHEELS, Jean Hardie META…, Bryan

Announcing the play selection for the 31st Playwrights’ Forum Festival 2019-03-14T20:06:01+00:00

‘Bug,’ ‘Closing It Up’ win big at Kaleidoscope Theatre Festival

2019-03-05T19:17:17+00:00

Spokane Civic Theatre’s “Bug” and Stage Left Theater’s “Closing It Up” won big at the Kaleidoscope Theatre Festival, Feb. 28-March 2 in Prosser, Washington. “Bug,” directed by Marianne McLaughlin, won the following adjudicator awards: outstanding scene transitions, outstanding properties design, outstanding set design (David Baker), outstanding performance as supporting actor (Billy Hultquist), outstanding performance as

‘Bug,’ ‘Closing It Up’ win big at Kaleidoscope Theatre Festival 2019-03-05T19:17:17+00:00

Kaleidoscope One-Act Community Theatre Festival 2019 Adjudicator Awards

2019-03-05T20:06:11+00:00

Kaleidoscope One-Act Community Theatre Festival 2019 Adjudicator Awards Outstanding Scene Transitions Bug – Spokane Civic Theatre Outstanding Properties Design Bug – Spokane Civic Theatre Outstanding Set Design David Baker – Bug – Spokane Civic Theatre Outstanding Performance as Supporting Actor Billy Hulquist – Bug – Spokane Civic Theatre Outstanding Performance as Lead Actor Danny Anderson

Kaleidoscope One-Act Community Theatre Festival 2019 Adjudicator Awards 2019-03-05T20:06:11+00:00

PREVIEW: Civic’s ‘Broadway, Beat by Beat’ is for the performers, by the performers

2019-02-27T20:34:43+00:00

Musical revues are nothing new for Spokane Civic Theatre, but “Broadway, Beat by Beat” isn’t exactly like other revues. Sure, once the performers take the stage, they’ll perform Broadway hit after Broadway hit, either solo or as part of a duet or group. But “Broadway, Beat by Beat” is a show for the performers, by

PREVIEW: Civic’s ‘Broadway, Beat by Beat’ is for the performers, by the performers 2019-02-27T20:34:43+00:00

Local event highlights during Restaurant Week, Feb. 21-March 2

2019-02-27T20:20:07+00:00

Kris Kristofferson & the Strangers There's no one quite like Kris Kristofferson, the man who turned a hardscrabble upbringing into an adult life as a Golden Gloves boxer, Rhodes Scholar and eventually one of the premier American songwriters of his generation. "Me and Bobby McGee" might be known for Janis Joplin's version, but that's a

Local event highlights during Restaurant Week, Feb. 21-March 2 2019-02-27T20:20:07+00:00

Spokane Civic Theater readies ‘Bug’ for Kaleidoscope Theatre Festival

2019-02-27T20:31:19+00:00

In the fall, “Bug” infiltrated Spokane Civic Theatre’s Firth J. Chew Studio Theatre. “Bug,” by playwright/actor Tracy Letts, centers on cocktail waitress Agnes White (Josephine Keefe), who is living in a seedy motel room while hiding from her abusive ex-husband Jerry Goss (Billy Hultquist). One night, White’s friend RC (Emily Jones) introduces her to Gulf

Spokane Civic Theater readies ‘Bug’ for Kaleidoscope Theatre Festival 2019-02-27T20:31:19+00:00

Announcing the 2019 Summer@Civic

2019-03-18T21:10:03+00:00

Season Tickets are available now! Single Tickets are available March 15, 2019! SPRING AWAKENING July 12 – 28, 2019 Main Stage Musical It is Germany, 1891, a world where the grown-ups hold all the cards. The beautiful young Wendla explores the mysteries of her body and wonders aloud where babies come from… until Mama tells

Announcing the 2019 Summer@Civic 2019-03-18T21:10:03+00:00

PREVIEW: Seasoned actors, young performers lead Civic’s ‘Follies’

2019-01-14T21:42:35+00:00

A three-show run might not sound like much of a challenge, but things are different when it’s Stephen Sondheim’s “Follies” on stage. For one, the musical is, in a word, huge, with the Broadway production calling for a cast of more than 30. With settings like an upscale reunion and a Broadway-worthy show within a

PREVIEW: Seasoned actors, young performers lead Civic’s ‘Follies’ 2019-01-14T21:42:35+00:00

PREVIEW: A veteran director and newcomer are paired up in this year’s Civic holiday production of Elf

2019-01-14T21:58:24+00:00

Last year, in a slight departure from recent tradition, the Spokane Civic Theatre mixed things up by putting on a holiday production that was neither White Christmas, The Christmas Schooner nor some variant of A Christmas Carol, at least one of which had been performed in nine of the previous 12 seasons. Instead, the theater opted to stage A Christmas Story:

PREVIEW: A veteran director and newcomer are paired up in this year’s Civic holiday production of Elf 2019-01-14T21:58:24+00:00

Don’t miss these six holiday traditions of the Inland Northwest

2019-01-14T21:51:26+00:00

Nov. 23-Jan. 1 NORTH POLE LAKE CRUISE & HOLIDAY LIGHTS Santa Claus has come to town, specifically Coeur d'Alene. Each night from after Thanksgiving and until New Year's Day, young and old alike can take a trip to the North Pole on Lake Coeur d'Alene. Featured on this 40-minute cruise ride are dazzling light displays

Don’t miss these six holiday traditions of the Inland Northwest 2019-01-14T21:51:26+00:00

NEP student to be in Civic Theatre’s ‘Elf The Musical’

2018-11-19T23:37:48+00:00

There’s something called the Alexander Technique for Musicians that Mikalah Barem thinks might make a good research project, should she end up needing one. The technique is a way to consciously exercise your body properly while singing or playing a musical instrument. Barem is personally acquainted with the pain of “piano back” because she used to spend

NEP student to be in Civic Theatre’s ‘Elf The Musical’ 2018-11-19T23:37:48+00:00

PREVIEW: Spokane Civic Theatre Presents “Constellations”

2018-11-08T20:08:10+00:00

Listen to the radio interview here. Creative Director Jake Schaefer and Constellations director Pam Kingsley of Spokane Civic Theatre's Firth J Chew Studio Theatre arrived for their interview alongside actor and Spokane newcomer Max Elinsky, who holds a starring role in their upcoming production: Constellations. This 70-minute play begins with a simple encounter between Roland, a beekeeper,

PREVIEW: Spokane Civic Theatre Presents “Constellations” 2018-11-08T20:08:10+00:00

Spokane’s Tree Lighting Celebration

2018-11-07T20:33:18+00:00

On Saturday, November 24th from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. stop into Riverfront Spokane at the Ice Ribbon to dance, sing, craft and meet Santa! Enjoy a live performance by The Rub at 4:00 p.m. and get ready to light the night with a Tree Lighting Celebration at 6:00 p.m. Presented by Riverfront Spokane and Downtown Spokane in partnership with Spokane

Spokane’s Tree Lighting Celebration 2018-11-07T20:33:18+00:00

Find Buddy Scavenger Hunt

2018-11-07T20:31:04+00:00

Kids! Buddy is missing and it is almost Christmas Eve! He’s hiding somewhere in downtown Spokane and Santa needs your help finding him. Once you have collected ten stamps, bring your Passport to Auntie’s Bookstore or the Concierge Desk at River Park Square and pick up a prize! Your Passport will be automatically entered into

Find Buddy Scavenger Hunt 2018-11-07T20:31:04+00:00

Then and Now: Riverside Theater

2018-11-07T20:19:54+00:00

The early Spokane Civic Theater formed in 1946 after Spokane’s theater scene went dormant during World War II. But the group always struggled to find a permanent home. In the late 1940s, the group used a small building at 652 S. Denver, but neighbors didn’t like the theater’s traffic. Gonzaga University let them use the

Then and Now: Riverside Theater 2018-11-07T20:19:54+00:00

Santa’s Arrival at River Park Square

2018-11-07T20:28:50+00:00

Join River Park Square as we welcome Santa on November 16th from 6 -7 PM. The festivities will feature free hot chocolate and face painting, as well as a special performance from Spokane Civic Theatre's cast of Elf the Musical and the chance to interact with some very special elves all the way from the

Santa’s Arrival at River Park Square 2018-11-07T20:28:50+00:00

CIVIC STUDENTS: The Magical ‘Mary Poppins’

2018-10-16T00:02:38+00:00

Opening the 2018-2019 Civic Theatre season was Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins, directed by Troy Nickerson and choreographed by Heidi Cartwright. The classic production is about Jane and Michael Banks (portrayed by Mia Kubicek and Eli Wissing), and their refusal to work with any nanny. Their list of attributes for the perfect nanny comes

CIVIC STUDENTS: The Magical ‘Mary Poppins’ 2018-10-16T00:02:38+00:00

Spokane celebrates its arts scene with the October Arts Month

2018-11-19T22:50:50+00:00

All the leaves may be turning brown, but Spokane’s local arts scene is sprouting more creativity than ever. Dozens of happenings are popping up this season at art galleries, theaters, and cultural centers all over the city. Spokane Arts, the nonprofit promoting Spokane as a cultural hub for the region, is highlighting these events as

Spokane celebrates its arts scene with the October Arts Month 2018-11-19T22:50:50+00:00

101 things to do in Spokane before you die!

2018-11-20T00:15:27+00:00

Today, the Spokesman-Review is releasing a new guidebook to the Lilac City titled 100 Things to Do in Spokane Before You Die. It largely consists of obvious activities and it's being published by Reedy Press in St. Louis, employing the same template that Reedy has used for guidebooks to such wondrous locales as Reno, Tucson,

101 things to do in Spokane before you die! 2018-11-20T00:15:27+00:00

REVIEW: Bug is a tense thriller that portrays a couple’s spiral into insanity — or the frightening truth

2018-09-27T19:19:34+00:00

Lovers and madmen have such seething brains, such shaping fantasies, that apprehend more than cool reason ever comprehends," says Theseus in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. The madman, he claims, "sees more devils than vast hell can hold," whereas the lover sees beauty where none is evident. And what about when lovers also happen to be madmen?

REVIEW: Bug is a tense thriller that portrays a couple’s spiral into insanity — or the frightening truth 2018-09-27T19:19:34+00:00

REVIEW: Civic’s ‘Bug’ makes audiences question what’s real

2018-10-17T00:19:45+00:00

Wood-paneled walls, a stained carpet that had seen better days, an unreliable AC unit, a nondescript painting above the bed, lamps with retro (but not in a cool way) lampshades on matching bedside tables, old paper plates and cups strewn across nearly every available surface. The set of “Bug” alone, designed by David Baker, was

REVIEW: Civic’s ‘Bug’ makes audiences question what’s real 2018-10-17T00:19:45+00:00

Fall Arts 2018 | Theater

2018-09-21T20:03:19+00:00

Nov. 23-Dec. 23, ELF THE MUSICAL This year, make the leap from cranberry sauce to full-blown Christmas spirit in less than 24 hours. The day after Thanksgiving, the Civic is launching the regional premiere of Elf the Musical, which takes cues from the much-adored holiday film starring Will Ferrell as bumbling Buddy the elf. Papa

Fall Arts 2018 | Theater 2018-09-21T20:03:19+00:00

PREVIEW: Theater Obsessive Viewing

2018-09-27T19:05:34+00:00

The Spokane Civic Theatre’s studio theater is an ideal spot for audiences to witness the paranoia and psychological breakdowns in playwright Tracy Letts’ Bug. The confined space that provides the set for the Oklahoma City hotel room where the vast majority of the play takes place means that audiences will surely share the dread experienced

PREVIEW: Theater Obsessive Viewing 2018-09-27T19:05:34+00:00

PREVIEW: Tracy Letts’ ‘Bug’ right at home in Spokane Civic Theatre’s studio theater

2018-09-27T19:26:58+00:00

If you want a lesson in contrast, look no further than Spokane Civic Theatre’s current offerings. On Sept. 14, the theater opened its 72nd season on the main stage with perhaps the most feel-good musical around, “Mary Poppins,” complete with a magical flying nanny, cheery tunes and colorful costumes. But just downstairs in the Firth

PREVIEW: Tracy Letts’ ‘Bug’ right at home in Spokane Civic Theatre’s studio theater 2018-09-27T19:26:58+00:00

PREVIEW: Spokane Civic Theatre Presents “Bug”

2018-09-21T19:53:54+00:00

Listen to the radio interview here. Spokane Civic Theater visits the studio in anticipation of their upcoming show "Bug". This story is set in a seedy Oklahoma City morely room and centers on the meeting between Agnes, a self-medicating divorcee and  Peter, a soft-spoken Gulf War drifter. Performance dates: September 21 - October 14, 2018.

PREVIEW: Spokane Civic Theatre Presents “Bug” 2018-09-21T19:53:54+00:00

REVIEW: Small mishaps don’t dim ‘Mary Poppins’ shine

2018-09-21T19:35:12+00:00

Spokane Civic Theatre’s production of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s “Mary Poppins” opened last weekend to uproarious support. You could feel the crowd impatiently anticipating. After a cheeky but unfortunately ignored plea from the P.A. system to silence all cellphones and enjoy the show, lights lowered over a hushed house. Introductory chords from the orchestra set

REVIEW: Small mishaps don’t dim ‘Mary Poppins’ shine 2018-09-21T19:35:12+00:00

PREVIEW: Mary Poppins at the Spokane Civic Theatre brings magic and music to the stage

2018-09-21T19:20:58+00:00

Local director Troy Nickerson and Spokane Civic Theatre Creative Director Jake Schaefer share a magical memory. If you've seen the stage production of Peter Pan, you might remember this moment, too. Peter performs a seemingly impossible act, effortlessly gliding through the air on stage. "It's literally exhilarating," Schaefer recalls. "It makes you believe for a moment what

PREVIEW: Mary Poppins at the Spokane Civic Theatre brings magic and music to the stage 2018-09-21T19:20:58+00:00

PREVIEW: Mary Poppins at Spokane Civic Theatre

2018-09-21T19:58:12+00:00

Listen to the radio interview here. Cast members and the director of the Mary Poppins visit the KPBX studio in anticipation of the show opening Friday, September 14th, 2018.  

PREVIEW: Mary Poppins at Spokane Civic Theatre 2018-09-21T19:58:12+00:00

Making ‘Mary Poppins’: How Spokane Civic Theatre is bringing the ‘practically perfect’ musical to life

2018-09-21T19:47:14+00:00

The East Wind must be passing through Spokane. Mary Poppins is coming to town. Or, rather, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s “Mary Poppins,” which opens Friday at Spokane Civic Theatre. The musical, which premiered in England in 2004 and on Broadway in 2006, is based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the 1964 Disney film

Making ‘Mary Poppins’: How Spokane Civic Theatre is bringing the ‘practically perfect’ musical to life 2018-09-21T19:47:14+00:00

Ride the Looff Carrousel with Civic’s Mary Poppins and Bert

2018-08-29T23:54:16+00:00

‘Mary Poppins’ Meet and GreetWhen: 11 a.m. Saturday Where: River Park Square, 808 W. Main Ave. Cost: Free. Looking for a “practically perfect” way to spend an afternoon? Join Mary Poppins (Quincy McCune) and Bert (Jerrod Galles) for a meet and greet in the River Park Square atrium on Saturday. From 11 a.m. to 12:30

Ride the Looff Carrousel with Civic’s Mary Poppins and Bert 2018-08-29T23:54:16+00:00

PREVIEW: Spokane Civic Theatre Academy presents ‘Anne of Green Gables’

2018-09-21T19:15:20+00:00

Since its 1908 debut, the story of Anne Shirley has captivated readers the world around. After a lifetime in orphanages and foster homes, Anne (Nicole Ostlie), the protagonist of L.M. Montgomery’s “Anne of Green Gables,” is sent to live with brother and sister Matthew (Clayton Sanchez) and Marilla Cuthbert (Emma Hendricks). Though they were initially

PREVIEW: Spokane Civic Theatre Academy presents ‘Anne of Green Gables’ 2018-09-21T19:15:20+00:00

TheaterFest offers some of the best of Spokane’s performing arts scene on one stage for free

2018-08-29T23:51:54+00:00

  In hopes of cultivating excitement for the theater in the Inland Northwest, local groups came together to create TheaterFest, an accessible, community-focused showcase of the region's upcoming performing arts season. This Sunday's TheaterFest at the Fox Theater is Spokane's first ever preview showcase, and it's free to the public. It offers community members the

TheaterFest offers some of the best of Spokane’s performing arts scene on one stage for free 2018-08-29T23:51:54+00:00

TheaterFest at the Fox previews action to come on local stages this fall

2018-08-29T23:44:35+00:00

Spokane Arts wants to give Spokane audiences a glimpse of what’s ahead for this season. Sunday afternoon, many of the city’s performing arts organizations will come to the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox to give sneak peeks of upcoming performances. “The goal of TheaterFest is to get people excited about the new season of

TheaterFest at the Fox previews action to come on local stages this fall 2018-08-29T23:44:35+00:00

The Spokane Civic Theatre is filled with optimism these days

2018-09-21T19:04:11+00:00

It's fitting, of course, that the Spokane Civic Theatre has had its share of drama: The high-profile firing of Artistic Director Yvonne A. K. Johnson back in 2013 not only sparked headlines — it sparked an expensive lawsuit. "We were dormant after some of the stuff that happened," Executive Director Mike Shannon says. "I've been

The Spokane Civic Theatre is filled with optimism these days 2018-09-21T19:04:11+00:00

Former Spokane actress lands role in ‘Beetlejuice’ musical

2018-09-21T19:09:36+00:00

Sophia Anne Caruso, the Spokane-born actress who co-starred in the David Bowie musical “Lazarus” Off-Broadway and on the West End in London, has a new role to play. Caruso will play the goth teenager Lydia, the role made famous by Winona Rider, in an upcoming musical adaptation of “Beetlejuice.” The 1988 Tim Burton film “Beetlejuice”

Former Spokane actress lands role in ‘Beetlejuice’ musical 2018-09-21T19:09:36+00:00

PREVIEW: Civic Theatre opens stage to regional playwrights during Playwrights’ Forum Festival

2018-06-01T22:24:16+00:00

Since opening in 1947, Spokane Civic Theatre has built a reputation for staging intricate productions of beloved plays and musicals. But for 30 years, the theater has also prided itself on being a hub for both new and experienced playwrights to premiere one-act plays. By giving these playwrights a stage, the theater in turn gives the audience

PREVIEW: Civic Theatre opens stage to regional playwrights during Playwrights’ Forum Festival 2018-06-01T22:24:16+00:00

Teen & Kid Closet and Hello, Dolly!

2018-06-01T22:08:50+00:00

  June 9th only! Spokane Civic Theatre will be offering $5 off tickets to Hello, Dolly! with donations of new or gently used clothing in an effort to support Teen & Kid Closet! Discounted tickets available at the Box Office only. Partner with us to support this incredible organization that is reaching so many kids in need in

Teen & Kid Closet and Hello, Dolly! 2018-06-01T22:08:50+00:00

RADAR is back for 2018!

2018-06-01T22:12:22+00:00

RADAR is BACK! Spokane Civic Theatre's Performance Art Training Program returns June 18-22, this year with a showcase for students to show off skills developed during the week long program. Don't wait, register today at spokanecivictheatre.com/radar  

RADAR is back for 2018! 2018-06-01T22:12:22+00:00

Dorothy Dean Home Cooking Show: Abbey Crawford relishes the chance to ‘put on’ Dorothy Dean

2018-06-01T21:45:52+00:00

To celebrate 135 years in the community, the Spokesman-Review is bringing one of its most beloved features, Dorothy Dean, to the stage at the Dorothy Dean Home Cooking Show, Saturday at the Spokane Convention Center. The show will feature cooking demonstrations, product and food sampling, wine tasting, Dorothy Dean recipes, giveaways and more. And while

Dorothy Dean Home Cooking Show: Abbey Crawford relishes the chance to ‘put on’ Dorothy Dean 2018-06-01T21:45:52+00:00

Announcing the Directors for the 2018-2019 Season

2018-05-07T19:01:25+00:00

MAIN STAGE Mary Poppins Troy Nickerson Elf The Musical Kathie Doyle-Lipe You Can’t Take It With You David Baker The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Melody Deatherage Young Frankenstein Jake Schaefer STUDIO THEATRE Bug Marianne McLaughlin Constellations Pam Kingsley The Memory of Water Dawn Taylor Reinhardt The Flick Andrew Start The House

Announcing the Directors for the 2018-2019 Season 2018-05-07T19:01:25+00:00

Announcing the 2018-2019 Season

2018-05-30T00:52:17+00:00

We are proud to announce the 2018-2019 Season with artwork by local artist Zac Jones. Season Tickets are available online and through our Box Office: more information here! Single show tickets are on sale July 9th online and through our Box Office.   MAIN STAGE Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins September 14 - October

Announcing the 2018-2019 Season 2018-05-30T00:52:17+00:00