REVIEW: Spokane Civic Theatre closes main stage season on a high note with ‘Young Frankenstein’

2019-05-23T21:37:01+00:00

“Young Frankenstein,” the musical, is based on the movie of the same name, which was directed by Mel Brooks and written by Brooks and Gene Wilder, who starred in the film. A parody of horror films, it’s no surprise that the film is quite silly and over the top. Luckily for fans, and for those

REVIEW: Spokane Civic Theatre closes main stage season on a high note with ‘Young Frankenstein’ 2019-05-23T21:37:01+00:00

PREVIEW: Henry McNulty wears multiple hats during Civic’s ‘Young Frankenstein’

2019-05-23T21:37:19+00:00

It’s not at all unusual to see Henry McNulty’s name in a theater program. He is, after all, the resident music director at Spokane Civic Theatre and a talented performer who has appeared in productions like “Forever Plaid,” “Million Dollar Quartet” and “The Music Man” at Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre. But what is unusual is

PREVIEW: Henry McNulty wears multiple hats during Civic’s ‘Young Frankenstein’ 2019-05-23T21:37:19+00:00

PREVIEW: As the Civic closes its season with Young Frankenstein, Mary Shelley’s monster is the creation that keeps on inspiring

2019-05-23T21:37:28+00:00

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein famously sprang from a private literary contest between Shelley, her husband Percy and Lord Byron to see who could write the best horror story. In the 201 years since it was published, her novel has gone on to be as misunderstood and misrepresented as the monster at its center. Popular imagination's green, lumbering, square-shouldered brute

PREVIEW: As the Civic closes its season with Young Frankenstein, Mary Shelley’s monster is the creation that keeps on inspiring 2019-05-23T21:37:28+00:00

REVIEW: Civic’s ‘House of Blue Leaves’ the definition of dark humor

2019-05-23T21:37:43+00:00

It’s an interesting experience to, while watching a play, enjoy the actors but dislike the characters they play. While watching Spokane Civic Theatre’s production of John Guare’s “The House of Blue Leaves,” directed by Heather McHenry-Kroetch, I had one of of those experiences. “The House of Blue Leaves” takes place over the course of a

REVIEW: Civic’s ‘House of Blue Leaves’ the definition of dark humor 2019-05-23T21:37:43+00:00

Spokane Civic Theatre to present sold-out run of original production of ‘Moby Dick: The Musical’

2019-04-05T03:04:32+00:00

To those who have tried and failed to read “Moby Dick,” director Jean Hardie understands the struggle. An English major in college, Hardie said she was never able to finish the nearly 400-page novel. “I refer to it sometimes as a book that everybody starts and very few finish,” she said with a laugh. So

Spokane Civic Theatre to present sold-out run of original production of ‘Moby Dick: The Musical’ 2019-04-05T03:04:32+00:00

Review: Civic’s ‘Curious Incident’ shows importance of compassion

2019-04-05T02:45:49+00:00

Opening night comes with enough pressure as it is, but the opening night of the regional premiere of a production must amplify that feeling. Spokane Civic Theatre took on the challenge, and succeeded, with its newest main stage production, the regional premiere of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” directed by Melody

Review: Civic’s ‘Curious Incident’ shows importance of compassion 2019-04-05T02:45:49+00:00

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

REVIEW: Civic’s production of ‘The Flick’ highlights the importance of listening to the pauses

2019-03-18T20:59:38+00:00

For the most part, to see live theater is, by nature, to be a fly on the wall. Save for the rare times when actors address the crowd, members of the audience are observers watching a story unfold. But that fly-on-the-wall feeling is amplified during Spokane Civic Theatre’s production of Annie Baker’s “The Flick.” “The

REVIEW: Civic’s production of ‘The Flick’ highlights the importance of listening to the pauses 2019-03-18T20:59:38+00:00

PREVIEW: The Civic is giving Annie Baker’s Pulitzer-winning realistic drama The Flick its regional premiere

2019-03-05T19:06:05+00:00

The Flick is both the title and the setting of Annie Baker's 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about the employees of a classic single-screen theater as it undergoes an ambivalent transition from film-based to digital projection. The play is receiving its regional premiere in a new production in Spokane Civic Theatre's Firth J. Chew Studio space. Andrew Start,

PREVIEW: The Civic is giving Annie Baker’s Pulitzer-winning realistic drama The Flick its regional premiere 2019-03-05T19:06:05+00:00

PREVIEW: Spokane Civic Theatre’s ‘The Flick’ celebrates the depth behind the mundane

2019-03-05T19:00:34+00:00

Going to see a movie is a bit of a spectacle in and of itself. After purchasing your tickets, there’s the matter of concessions. Do you go for the classic popcorn and soda combo? The nachos? The licorice or M&Ms? Once that’s settled, it’s time to find the perfect seat. Are you a middle-of-the-row, middle-of-the-theater

PREVIEW: Spokane Civic Theatre’s ‘The Flick’ celebrates the depth behind the mundane 2019-03-05T19:00:34+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

REVIEW: Civic’s ‘You Can’t Take It With You’ shows you can’t go wrong by being yourself

2019-02-27T20:24:38+00:00

You can’t deny the appeal of Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman’s “You Can’t Take It With You,” a play with the perfect balance of humor, drama and feel-good moments. The play, which premiered on Broadway in 1936 and won the Pulitzer Prize for drama the next year, is the story of the eccentric Sycamore-Vanderhof-Carmichael

REVIEW: Civic’s ‘You Can’t Take It With You’ shows you can’t go wrong by being yourself 2019-02-27T20:24:38+00:00

Winter Wonderland: Local artists shine in Spokane’s Winter Arts Tour

2019-02-04T17:39:20+00:00

A vortex of creativity will hit local museums, galleries, universities and theaters this weekend in the form of Spokane’s Winter Arts Tour. Spokane Arts, the nonprofit working to amplify the city as an arts hub, promotes local arts events as part of the Winter Arts Tour to celebrate Spokane’s arts and culture scene. “We see

Winter Wonderland: Local artists shine in Spokane’s Winter Arts Tour 2019-02-04T17:39:20+00:00

REVIEW: You Can’t Take It With You aims for timeless laughs at Spokane Civic

2019-02-27T20:19:53+00:00

There's no doubting the timeless appeal of You Can't Take It With You, the farcical family comedy that's been produced — somewhere — pretty much constantly since it debuted on Broadway in 1936, winning the Pulitzer for drama the following year. For theater companies large and small, the play penned by George S. Kaufman and

REVIEW: You Can’t Take It With You aims for timeless laughs at Spokane Civic 2019-02-27T20:19:53+00:00

PREVIEW: Eccentricity the norm in Spokane Civic Theatre’s ‘You Can’t Take It With You’

2019-01-25T23:50:02+00:00

You may think your family is eccentric, but chances are they have nothing on the Sycamore-Vanderhof-Carmichael crew. Martin Vanderhof (Kris Kittelson), aka Grandpa, keeps snakes and vehemently refuses to pay his income tax. His daughter Penelope Sycamore (Phedre Burney-Peters) writes melodramas and is married to Paul Sycamore (Joshua Baig), who constructs fireworks in the basement

PREVIEW: Eccentricity the norm in Spokane Civic Theatre’s ‘You Can’t Take It With You’ 2019-01-25T23:50:02+00:00

PREVIEW: Spokane Civic Theatre presents “You Can’t Take It with You”

2019-01-24T18:47:45+00:00

LISTEN TO THE RADIO INTERVIEW HERE Director David Baker and actors Dallan Starks, Athena Lauzon and Audrey Overstreet of Spokane Civic Theatre took to the mic to give us the details on their production of the classic stage comedy “You Can’t Take It with You,” in which a young woman from a good-humored but eccentric

PREVIEW: Spokane Civic Theatre presents “You Can’t Take It with You” 2019-01-24T18:47:45+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

REVIEW: Civic spreads holiday cheer with ‘Elf’

2018-11-29T01:52:05+00:00

Yes, there’s a narwhal. There’s snow and elves and Santa, too. There’s a bewildered mom, a frustrated son and a very, very grinchy father. But mostly there’s Buddy, a guy so sweet, as one elf quipped, “If he were any sweeter, we’d be diabetic.” The guy who loves Christmas with all his heart and soul.

REVIEW: Civic spreads holiday cheer with ‘Elf’ 2018-11-29T01:52:05+00:00

PREVIEW: Buddy the elf gets the musical treatment in “Elf,” opening this week at Spokane Civic Theatre

2018-11-23T23:54:05+00:00

With the holiday season upon us, Spokane Civic Theatre is gearing up to present the Northwest premiere of “Elf,” a musical adaptation of 2003’s beloved Christmas film. With music by Matthew Sklar, lyrics by Chad Beguelin and a book by Bob Martin and Thomas Meehan, the story begins with Buddy the elf’s (Seth Flanders) realization

PREVIEW: Buddy the elf gets the musical treatment in “Elf,” opening this week at Spokane Civic Theatre 2018-11-23T23:54:05+00:00

REVIEW: In ‘Constellations,’ a path of fractured moments that make up a relationship

2018-11-19T23:54:57+00:00

Is life one big “Choose Your Own Adventure” game or are all the twists and turns we experience predetermined? Nick Payne’s “Constellations” doesn’t answer the question, but it does offer evidence to back both suggestions. In “Constellations,” multiple universes allow quantum physicist Marianne (Chelsea DuVall) and beekeeper Roland (Max Elinsky) a chance to relive pivotal

REVIEW: In ‘Constellations,’ a path of fractured moments that make up a relationship 2018-11-19T23:54:57+00:00

PREVIEW: Civic explores difference between choice and destiny in ‘Constellations’

2018-11-19T23:56:14+00:00

We all have those moments we wish we could redo. Maybe we did or said something we regret, or maybe, if we had another chance, we’d say exactly what was on our mind instead of holding our tongue. In Nick Payne’s “Constellations,” multiple universes allow quantum physicist Marianne (Chelsea DuVall) and beekeeper Roland (Max Elinsky)

PREVIEW: Civic explores difference between choice and destiny in ‘Constellations’ 2018-11-19T23:56:14+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

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

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

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

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

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