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Moritz Kundig, prolific mid-century architect behind Spokane Civic Theatre, several iconic homes, dies at 98

2024-02-20T19:30:12+00:00

Renowned architect Moritz Kundig, one of Spokane’s most prolific midcentury modern champions, died last Saturday at the age of 98. With a keen eye for form and light, and a knack for inviting the outdoors in, Kundig rose to prominence in the ’60s and ’70s as a versatile designer capable of taking on a wide

Moritz Kundig, prolific mid-century architect behind Spokane Civic Theatre, several iconic homes, dies at 98 2024-02-20T19:30:12+00:00

Spokesman: Amadeus is just as compelling nearly a half century after its debut

2024-02-02T00:25:40+00:00

Acclaim was quickly bestowed upon “Amadeus” after the play opened at London’s Royal National Theater in 1979. The following year, the beloved musical debuted on Broadway and “Amadeus” won the Tony Award for Best Play in 1981. There’s no play quite like “Amadeus,” which will be performed Friday through Feb. 25 at the Spokane Civic Theatre.

Spokesman: Amadeus is just as compelling nearly a half century after its debut 2024-02-02T00:25:40+00:00

Spokane Civic Theatre’s “Amadeus”

2024-01-31T21:51:07+00:00

LISTEN TO THE RADIO INTERVIEW HERE Director and cast perform scenes from and discuss the Mozart–Salieri rivalry play Dan Bisbee, Melody Deatherage and Mitch Heid came into the KPBX studio to speak with E.J. Iannelli on behalf of the Spokane Civic Theatre new main stage production of Amadeus. The 1979 play, written by Peter Shaffer, imagines

Spokane Civic Theatre’s “Amadeus” 2024-01-31T21:51:07+00:00

Gonzaga Bulletin: ‘Good People’ and an even better show: Realities of class dynamics

2024-01-27T01:11:26+00:00

Outside the Firth J. Chew Studio Theatre was a snowy Spokane, but inside was a window into South Boston. It was opening night at the Spokane Civic Theatre for “Good People,” a play by David Lindsay-Abaire. A gritty, real exploration into class relationships, identity, luck and even a little bit of bingo. From the action

Gonzaga Bulletin: ‘Good People’ and an even better show: Realities of class dynamics 2024-01-27T01:11:26+00:00

Spokesman: ‘Good People’ runs for three weeks at Spokane Civic Theatre

2024-01-20T01:52:58+00:00

As a professional voiceover actor, Deborah Marlowe has a leg up when it comes to mimicking regional accents. Her soothing, trusted tones can be heard nationwide, portraying dramatic characters in video games, selling breath fresheners and house cleansers in commercials, and narrating art museum tours and nature films, just to name some of her professional

Spokesman: ‘Good People’ runs for three weeks at Spokane Civic Theatre 2024-01-20T01:52:58+00:00

Spokane Civic Theatre’s “Good People”

2024-01-18T23:36:37+00:00

LISTEN TO THE RADIO INTERVIEW HERE Cast members and director discuss a play about "Southie" and class identity Scarlett Hepworth, Pam Kingsley, Deborah Marlowe and Marianne McLaughlin entered the KPBX studio to talk with E.J. Iannelli about the Spokane Civic Theatre's new production of Good People. The plays opens this weekend in the theater's studio space.

Spokane Civic Theatre’s “Good People” 2024-01-18T23:36:37+00:00

Announcing the cast of The Comedy of Errors

2024-01-24T02:06:17+00:00

Congratulations to the cast of Civic Academy's THE COMEDY OF ERRORS. Thank you all who auditioned! Get ready for rip-roaring fun in Shakespeare’s madcap comedy about long-lost siblings and mistaken identities. Shakespeare bases his story on Plautus’s MENAECHMI, a play about identical twins who accidentally meet after a lifetime apart. He borrows from another Plautus

Announcing the cast of The Comedy of Errors 2024-01-24T02:06:17+00:00

A gem of a play has been revived for a short run at the Spokane Civic Theatre

2024-01-05T00:49:56+00:00

The cast of "Merrily We Roll Along," a Spokane Civic Theatre production, will take the stage this weekend. When “Merrily We Roll Along,” debuted in 1934 and hit Broadway in 1981, the play, which is an inspired story about the lives and friendships of three friends over a 20-year period, flopped. A number of critics

A gem of a play has been revived for a short run at the Spokane Civic Theatre 2024-01-05T00:49:56+00:00

Spokane Civic Theatre’s “Merrily We Roll Along”

2024-01-03T22:18:31+00:00

LISTEN TO THE RADIO INTERVIEW HERE Directors and cast discuss the challenging Sondheim musical and perform two songs Joel Cummings, David Hardie, Jean Hardie, Henry McNulty and Kalla Mort joined E.J. Iannelli in the KPBX studio to talk about the Spokane Civic Theatre's new production of the Stephen Sondheim–George Furth musical Merrily We Roll Along, which

Spokane Civic Theatre’s “Merrily We Roll Along” 2024-01-03T22:18:31+00:00

Announcing Summer @ Civic: Heathers: The Musical

2023-12-20T22:10:34+00:00

School May Be Out For Summer But Class Is In Session This July! Welcome to 1989. Westerberg High is terrorized by a shoulder-padded, scrunchie-wearing junta: Heather, Heather and Heather, the hottest and cruelest girls in all of Ohio. But misfit Veronica Sawyer rejects their evil regime for a new boyfriend, the dark sexy stranger J.D.,

Announcing Summer @ Civic: Heathers: The Musical 2023-12-20T22:10:34+00:00

Announcing the cast of Amadeus

2023-12-07T00:04:03+00:00

Congratulations to the cast of AMADEUS. Thank you all who auditioned! It’s 1823, and a cacophony of scandalous whispers echo through the streets of Vienna. Renowned Italian composer Antonio Salieri flees from claims of murder but has nowhere to hide. While chasing fame and fortune, we learn how Salieri becomes obsessed with the rowdy young

Announcing the cast of Amadeus 2023-12-07T00:04:03+00:00

Spokane Civic Theatre’s “She Loves Me”

2023-12-07T00:05:55+00:00

LISTEN TO THE RADIO INTERVIEW HERE The director, music director and leads talk about the studio-sized holiday musical Kathie Doyle-Lipe, Henry McNulty, David Olson and Taylor Wenglikowski joined E.J. Iannelli in the KPBX studio to fill listeners in on the Spokane Civic Theatre's new production of She Loves Me. The musical opens in the theater's Firth

Spokane Civic Theatre’s “She Loves Me” 2023-12-07T00:05:55+00:00

Announcing the cast of Good People

2023-11-28T00:46:36+00:00

Congratulations to the cast of GOOD PEOPLE. Thank you all who auditioned! Welcome to Southie, a Boston neighborhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo, where this month’s paycheck covers last month’s bills, and where Margaret Walsh has just been let go from yet another job. Facing eviction and scrambling

Announcing the cast of Good People 2023-11-28T00:46:36+00:00

Spokane Civic Theatre’s ‘A Sherlock Carol’ is a mashup of merriment, murder

2023-11-28T00:56:41+00:00

Deviating from standard holiday fare, the Spokane Civic Theatre will serve up a holiday mashup of merriment and murder when it presents the regional premiere of “A Sherlock Carol” on Friday. Civic is betting the play that mixes “A Christmas Carol” with “Sherlock Holmes” will be a winning recipe for audiences hungry for a new

Spokane Civic Theatre’s ‘A Sherlock Carol’ is a mashup of merriment, murder 2023-11-28T00:56:41+00:00

A Christmas play crossing Sherlock Holmes with Ebenezer Scrooge makes its PNW premiere at the Civic

2023-11-25T01:46:42+00:00

If the title of A Sherlock Carol  seems at once familiar yet uncanny, that might be intentional. The play by Mark Shanahan takes two of the most popular characters of Victorian fiction, Sherlock Holmes and Ebenezer Scrooge, and creates a Christmas mash-up that riffs on both of their literary origins. Following its well-received off-Broadway premiere in 2021,

A Christmas play crossing Sherlock Holmes with Ebenezer Scrooge makes its PNW premiere at the Civic 2023-11-25T01:46:42+00:00

Spokane Civic Theatre’s “A Sherlock Carol”

2023-11-30T01:26:59+00:00

LISTEN TO THE RADIO INTERVIEW HERE Actors playing Tiny Tim and Sherlock join their director to preview a holiday mystery On this day before Thanksgiving, Mathias Oliver, Jerry Sciarrio and Dallan Starks sat down in the KPBX studio with E.J. Iannelli to discuss the Spokane Civic Theatre’s new production of A Sherlock Carol. The holiday murder

Spokane Civic Theatre’s “A Sherlock Carol” 2023-11-30T01:26:59+00:00

Announcing the cast of Merrily We Roll Along

2023-11-20T22:37:35+00:00

Congratulations to the cast of MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG. Thank you all who auditioned! MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG is a musical about 20 years in the lives of three old friends: Broadway composer-turned-film producer Franklin Shepard, playwright and lyricist Charley Kringas, and theatre critic Mary Flynn. The show charts how their friendship devolves and fractures

Announcing the cast of Merrily We Roll Along 2023-11-20T22:37:35+00:00

Announcing the Season 76 Closing Production: CATS

2024-02-06T20:34:03+00:00

Spokane Civic Theatre, in partnership with Gonzaga University’s Dance Department, is proud to present the record-breaking, genre-defying musical CATS, by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of The Really Useful Group, on the Margot & Robert Ogden Main Stage spring 2024.   CATS is set amongst a larger-than-life junkyard playground and is alive with purr-fect

Announcing the Season 76 Closing Production: CATS 2024-02-06T20:34:03+00:00

Announcing the cast of She Loves Me

2023-11-28T01:35:06+00:00

Congratulations to the cast of SHE LOVES ME. Thank you all who auditioned! Meet Amalia and Georg — two parfumerie clerks who aren’t quite the best of friends. Constantly bumping heads while on the job, the sparring coworkers can’t seem to find common ground. But little do they know the anonymous pen pals they have

Announcing the cast of She Loves Me 2023-11-28T01:35:06+00:00

Spokane Civic Theatre’s “Dracula”

2023-10-05T22:16:43+00:00

LISTEN TO THE RADIO INTERVIEW HERE The director and a cast member offer insight into a feminist take on a classic horror tale Chelsea DuVall and Dawn Taylor-Reinhardt of the Spokane Civic Theatre’s new production of Dracula sat down in the KPBX studio with E.J. Iannelli to discuss this feminist reframing of Bram Stoker's Gothic horror novel.

Spokane Civic Theatre’s “Dracula” 2023-10-05T22:16:43+00:00

Lots of bite from a feminine ‘Dracula’ tale at Civic

2023-10-05T22:20:19+00:00

Ethan Williams as Dracula fights with Bridget Pretz as Doctor Van Helsing in Spokane Civic Theatre's production of "Dracula," opening this weekend in the Firth J. Chew Studio Theatre. In the background are Shakyla Garcia Davidson as Mina Harker and Nicholas Roy Morgan III playing Doctor George Seward. Nothing is sweeter than revenge. Just ask playwright

Lots of bite from a feminine ‘Dracula’ tale at Civic 2023-10-05T22:20:19+00:00

Announcing the cast of A Sherlock Carol

2023-11-28T01:36:01+00:00

Congratulations to the cast of A SHERLOCK CAROL. Thank you to all who auditioned! Spokane Civic Theatre is proud to present the Pacific Northwest premiere of this play, which debuted at New World Stages in 2021, through special arrangement with Broadway Licensing.   Reunite with the characters you love from Charles Dickens and Sir Arthur

Announcing the cast of A Sherlock Carol 2023-11-28T01:36:01+00:00

The creepy and the kooky ‘Addams Family’ kick off the Civic’s 76th season

2023-09-15T20:48:50+00:00

Few sitcoms from the 1960s resonate today. Such hits from yesteryear as “Gilligan’s Island” and “The Munsters” are dated and predictable. The Addams Family, a fictional family created by American cartoonist Charles Addams, is an exception. The delightfully quirky, old money clan who revel in the macabre lasted only two seasons, 1964-66 on ABC. “The

The creepy and the kooky ‘Addams Family’ kick off the Civic’s 76th season 2023-09-15T20:48:50+00:00

Spokane Civic Theatre’s “The Addams Family”

2023-09-15T20:42:59+00:00

LISTEN TO THE RADIO INTERVIEW HERE Creatives and cast discuss and perform songs from the Broadway black comedy Jayce Fortin, Mathias Oliver, Henry McNulty and Jake Schaefer joined E.J. Iannelli in the KPBX studio to talk about the Spokane Civic Theatre's upcoming season and its opening show, The Addams Family. The Broadway musical about the famously

Spokane Civic Theatre’s “The Addams Family” 2023-09-15T20:42:59+00:00

Announcing the cast of Dracula

2023-08-22T18:59:51+00:00

Congratulations to the cast of DRACULA, Spokane Civic Theatre's 76th Studio Theatre Season-opening production. Thank you to all who auditioned! In this thrilling new adaptation that bounces between horror and humor, from Transylvania to England and then back again, playwright Kate Hamill boldly reimagines Bram Stoker’s classic tale of vampires and finds new monsters just

Announcing the cast of Dracula 2023-08-22T18:59:51+00:00

Announcing the cast of The Addams Family

2023-08-22T19:04:40+00:00

Congratulations to the cast of THE ADDAMS FAMILY, Spokane Civic Theatre's 76th Main Stage Season opening production. Thank you to all who auditioned!   That lovable family of creepy kooks is alive and well and living in their super-spooky mansion in Central Park. The Addams family, led by the elegantly gaunt and seemingly undead Morticia

Announcing the cast of The Addams Family 2023-08-22T19:04:40+00:00

‘Alice by Heart,’ opening this weekend at Civic, will tug at the heartstrings

2023-07-14T00:08:51+00:00

Duncan Sheik never envisioned writing music for theater. That was so even after befriending playwright Steven Sater a quarter century ago. “I was anti-musical theater at that point,” Sheik said while calling from his Manhattan apartment. “The process of developing shows takes forever. I didn’t want to be part of that.” After achieving commercial success

‘Alice by Heart,’ opening this weekend at Civic, will tug at the heartstrings 2023-07-14T00:08:51+00:00

Spokane Civic Theatre’s “Alice by Heart”

2023-07-14T00:07:50+00:00

LISTEN TO THE RADIO INTERVIEW HERE Cast members perform songs from the Alice in Wonderland-inspired musical Sarah Junette Dahmen, Henry McNulty, Jake Schaefer, Jonah Taylor and Taylor Wenglikowski joined E.J. Iannelli in the KPBX studio to talk about the Spokane Civic Theatre's new production of Alice by Heart ahead of its opening this weekend. Schaefer and Dahmen are

Spokane Civic Theatre’s “Alice by Heart” 2023-07-14T00:07:50+00:00

Whether you like musicals or tragedies, improv or classics, summer theater options abound

2023-06-24T01:13:02+00:00

If "summer theater" conjures images of actors holding skulls aloft and waxing existential in a park, you're in luck. Because this summer's offerings both meet and defy those expectations. You can certainly catch Hamlet or Measure for Measure performed en plein air by Shakespeare pros, but you also have the option of kicking back in an air-conditioned theater and watching

Whether you like musicals or tragedies, improv or classics, summer theater options abound 2023-06-24T01:13:02+00:00

Announcing the cast of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

2023-06-13T19:02:30+00:00

Grab a D-I-C-T-I-O-N-A-R-Y and welcome to the spelling bee. This heartfelt musical comedy follows an eclectic group of tweens who compete for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear

Announcing the cast of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee 2023-06-13T19:02:30+00:00

Announcing the cast of Treasure Island

2023-06-13T19:01:46+00:00

Sixteen-year-old Jim Hawkins’ adventure begins when Billy Bones, the old sea-dog captain, appears one morning in the Admiral Benbow Inn. Billy Bones admits to Jim he was Flint the pirate’s first mate and that he holds Flint’s map that shows where his treasure is hidden. Bill’s got the shakes because the rest of Flint’s crew

Announcing the cast of Treasure Island 2023-06-13T19:01:46+00:00

Announcing the cast of Moana Jr.

2023-06-13T18:59:51+00:00

This thrilling and heartwarming coming-of-age story follows the strong-willed Moana as she sets sail across the Pacific to save her village from an ancient curse and discover the truth about her heritage. Moana and the legendary demigod Maui embark on an epic journey of self-discovery and camaraderie as both learn to harness the power that lies

Announcing the cast of Moana Jr. 2023-06-13T18:59:51+00:00

Announcing the cast of Alice By Heart

2023-06-06T19:00:56+00:00

  Spokane Civic Theatre is proud to present the Pacific Northwest premiere of ALICE BY HEART, through special arrangement with Music Theatre International. From the Tony and Grammy award-winning creators of SPRING AWAKENING, Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik, and co-written by Jessie Nelson (WAITRESS), ALICE BY HEART is a touching musical inspired by Alice’s madcap

Announcing the cast of Alice By Heart 2023-06-06T19:00:56+00:00

Thursday Arts (P)review – June 1, 2023: Behind the Curtain: An Inlander collab

2023-06-02T01:06:05+00:00

TA(P) this week profiles the making of the Civic's Charlie & the Chocolate Factory This week we at Spokane Public Radio are excited to present a special episode of the Thursday Arts (P)review. Instead of our usual multi-segment format featuring artists, authors, musicians and other creatives from across the Inland Northwest, we've teamed up with the Inlander to take

Thursday Arts (P)review – June 1, 2023: Behind the Curtain: An Inlander collab 2023-06-02T01:06:05+00:00

Behind the Curtain: How the Spokane Civic Theatre took Charlie and the Chocolate Factory from page to stage

2023-06-02T00:57:08+00:00

(Jerrod Phelps as Willy Wonka on the cover for the Inlander) Everyone knows the story of Charlie, the Golden Ticket and his fateful visit to Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. And if you don't, well, I'm sorry. It's a great story. Good news is the Spokane Civic Theatre has the play on its main stage through June

Behind the Curtain: How the Spokane Civic Theatre took Charlie and the Chocolate Factory from page to stage 2023-06-02T00:57:08+00:00

On stage at Civic, it’s Connie Mack and the Chocolate Factory

2023-05-27T01:04:36+00:00

When Connie Mack Overstreet’s pals are playing under the harsh sunlight on a baseball diamond, the child actor is on a different type of platform. Overstreet, 13, who was named after the legendary baseball manager with the most wins and losses in major league baseball history, is at home under the lights of a stage.

On stage at Civic, it’s Connie Mack and the Chocolate Factory 2023-05-27T01:04:36+00:00

Spokane Civic Theatre’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”

2023-05-27T00:55:44+00:00

LISTEN TO THE RADIO INTERVIEW HERE Cast and creatives perform songs from the regional premiere and discuss its charms Jillian Kehne, Troy Nickerson, Connie Mack Overstreet and Jerrod Phelps joined E.J. Iannelli in the KPBX studio to give details on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The production, which is a regional premiere of the 2013 musical,

Spokane Civic Theatre’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” 2023-05-27T00:55:44+00:00

Announcing the company of the 33rd Playwrights’ Forum Festival

2023-05-31T23:52:18+00:00

Spokane Civic Theatre is proud to present its celebrated Playwrights’ Forum Festival, which, since 1983, has showcased new one-acts by playwrights from across the region. The festival is performed in two separate sets on alternating days. In honor of his unflinching dedication and innumerable contributions, the festival has been named after Civic's Resident Playwright, Bryan

Announcing the company of the 33rd Playwrights’ Forum Festival 2023-05-31T23:52:18+00:00

New theatre productions, late night Inlander feature; plus, new music!

2023-04-21T00:56:29+00:00

Glinda (Lacey Olson) and the Munchkins from a rehearsal for The Wizard of Oz, 2022 CIVIC ENGAGEMENTS Community theater is special, and in Spokane we're lucky to have multiple such establishments that produce consistently stellar shows, one of which is the SPOKANE CIVIC THEATRE. The Civic recently announced the first slate of shows for its fully loaded

New theatre productions, late night Inlander feature; plus, new music! 2023-04-21T00:56:29+00:00

“National Pastime” returns to Spokane Civic Theatre to celebrate 75th anniversary of signing of baseball legend Jackie Robinson

2023-04-20T21:54:28+00:00

Spokane Civic Theatre has renewed "National Pastime," a play from Spokane playwright Bryan Harnetiaux, which tells the story of Jackie Robinson, who made history as the first black athlete signed to a Major League Baseball team 75 years ago. Tickets are $10 for students, $25 for adults and can be purchased online at the Theatre's website! Spokane

“National Pastime” returns to Spokane Civic Theatre to celebrate 75th anniversary of signing of baseball legend Jackie Robinson 2023-04-20T21:54:28+00:00

Spokane Civic Theatre examines the story of Jackie Robinson in ‘National Pastime’

2023-04-14T23:00:17+00:00

Buck O’Neil nailed it while sitting in the KXLY studio in 2003 when he reminisced about Jackie Robinson breaking major league baseball’s color line in 1947. “When (Brooklyn Dodgers President) Branch (Rickey) signed Jackie to that contract, that was the beginning of the civil rights movement,” O’Neil said O’Neil, who became the first African-American coach

Spokane Civic Theatre examines the story of Jackie Robinson in ‘National Pastime’ 2023-04-14T23:00:17+00:00

Q & A with National Pastime Writer Bryan Harnetiaux

2023-04-15T01:22:06+00:00

Spokane, Wash. - National Pastime, an award-winning play, is returning to Spokane this week for the 75th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's historic MLB debut. As a part of the newly introduced Major League Baseball campaign, "The Nine", meant to celebrate and honor the impact of black baseball pioneers and further diversify the business of baseball, the

Q & A with National Pastime Writer Bryan Harnetiaux 2023-04-15T01:22:06+00:00

National Pastime tells the story of two men — one Black, one white — who, aided by friends and family, united to break the baseball color line

2023-04-14T00:15:09+00:00

The very first scene that playwright Bryan Harnetiaux wrote for his play National Pastime was also its most severe. Although it's often referred to in euphemistic shorthand as "the office scene," the first-act finale depicts the real-life episode in which Branch Rickey, then club president and general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, met with a 26-year-old Black baseball

National Pastime tells the story of two men — one Black, one white — who, aided by friends and family, united to break the baseball color line 2023-04-14T00:15:09+00:00

Spokane Civic Theatre’s “National Pastime”

2023-05-27T00:54:20+00:00

LISTEN TO THE RADIO INTERVIEW HERE The director, playwright and cast members preview a play about Jackie Robinson Kimberly Ridgeway, Tré Terry and Bryan Harnetiaux entered the KPBX studio with E.J. Iannelli to talk about Harnetiaux's play National Pastime. The play recounts Jackie Robinson's historic breaking of the baseball color barrier and the toll that civil

Spokane Civic Theatre’s “National Pastime” 2023-05-27T00:54:20+00:00

Civic’s 75th Season Celebration

2023-04-04T23:45:49+00:00

Celebrate Spokane Civic Theatre's 75th Season with an evening of entertainment, dining, history, fundraising (live and silent auction), and community. SATURDAY, APRIL 29 NORTHERN QUEST CASINO DOORS OPEN AT 5:30 EVENT BEGINS AT 6:00 MENU OPTIONS 8oz Filet Mignon USDA Choice center cut tenderloin of beef with whiskey-sage gravy; medium-rare (can be gluten-free) Served with

Civic’s 75th Season Celebration 2023-04-04T23:45:49+00:00

Inlander’s “Best Of” 2023 Results: Best of Music & Entertainment

2023-04-04T23:47:45+00:00

Best Local Play of the Past Year NEWSIES, SPOKANE VALLEY SUMMER THEATRE "The dancing was phenomenal! So much energy from so many local young kids. Awesome!" (Jeanne F.); "It was a spectacular show with a killer Broadway set and fantastic dancing, singing and acting." (Erin W.) 2nd PLACE: The Rocky Horror Show, Stage Left Theater 3rd

Inlander’s “Best Of” 2023 Results: Best of Music & Entertainment 2023-04-04T23:47:45+00:00

‘Jersey Boys’ take the stage at Spokane Civic Theatre

2023-03-30T00:59:55+00:00

Jukebox musicals have a reputation for flimsy narratives but are often buoyed by a hit parade of songs. But “Jersey Boys,” which opens this weekend and runs through March 26 at the Spokane Civic Theatre, has the tunes and the story, albeit an unlikely tale. There were a myriad of lads singing on the street

‘Jersey Boys’ take the stage at Spokane Civic Theatre 2023-03-30T00:59:55+00:00

Jersey Boys at the Civic tours The Four Seasons’ rocky path to glimmering success

2023-03-30T21:47:00+00:00

It's been over 50 years since four boys from Jersey formed the hit 1960s band The Four Seasons, but their story continues inspiring audiences around the globe. That story is being told once again as the four-time Tony-Award winning musical from Broadway comes to the Spokane Civic Theatre's main stage. It's rare for a community theater

Jersey Boys at the Civic tours The Four Seasons’ rocky path to glimmering success 2023-03-30T21:47:00+00:00

Spokane Civic Theatre’s “Jersey Boys”

2023-03-30T01:04:55+00:00

LISTEN TO THE RADIO INTERVIEW HERE Creatives and cast members discuss the jukebox musical about the Four Seasons Jake Schaefer, Henry McNulty, Jonah Taylor and Jameson Elton talked to E.J. Iannelli in the KPBX studio about a new production of Jersey Boys. The jukebox musical about the Four Seasons opens this Friday on the Spokane Civic

Spokane Civic Theatre’s “Jersey Boys” 2023-03-30T01:04:55+00:00

The return of the provocative ‘Parallel Lives’

2023-03-01T01:10:20+00:00

No one needs to explain to Melody Deatherage and Kathie Doyle-Lipe how much heavy lifting is required to pull off “Parallel Lives.” The Spokane Civic Theatre veterans, who are the only actors in the production, are well aware that they will portray a myriad of characters since they starred in “Parallel Lives” six years ago

The return of the provocative ‘Parallel Lives’ 2023-03-01T01:10:20+00:00

Two actors are reprising a production of Parallel Lives and finding the fresh in the familiar

2023-03-01T01:11:07+00:00

For Kathie Doyle-Lipe and Melody Deatherage, there's a whiff of déjà vu to their upcoming performance of Parallel Lives, opening this weekend on the Spokane Civic Theatre's main stage for a limited run. "We actually put this up six years ago for Lake City Playhouse as they were getting restarted. And then Civic approached us later about maybe

Two actors are reprising a production of Parallel Lives and finding the fresh in the familiar 2023-03-01T01:11:07+00:00

From the Studio: Civic Academy’s “Shakespeare Beyond Words”

2023-02-08T22:01:47+00:00

LISTEN TO THE RADIO INTERVIEW HERE The director and cast members of a Bard showcase talk about its ASL component Kearney Jordan, director of the Spokane Civic Theatre Academy, came into the KPBX studio along with Audrey, Connie and Sadie Overstreet to talk with E.J. Iannelli about the academy's production of Shakespeare Beyond Words. More than

From the Studio: Civic Academy’s “Shakespeare Beyond Words” 2023-02-08T22:01:47+00:00

Announcing the cast of National Pastime

2023-01-25T00:36:41+00:00

NATIONAL PASTIME follows the journeys of Jackie Robinson, the first black player in major league baseball, and Wesley Branch Rickey, the white President and General Manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, as they shatter the color barrier in 1947. While offering insight into each man's personal struggles, the play traces the evolution of race relations leading

Announcing the cast of National Pastime 2023-01-25T00:36:41+00:00

4 actors perform more than 50 characters in Spokane Civic Theatre’s ‘The 39 Steps’

2023-01-24T22:11:16+00:00

Versatility is the key to making the parody of the Alfred Hitchcock classic “The 39 Steps” work. There are just four actors in the cast of “The 39 Steps,” which runs from Friday to February 12 at the Spokane Civic Theatre, in a show featuring more than 50 characters. “It’s a challenge,” 39 Steps director

4 actors perform more than 50 characters in Spokane Civic Theatre’s ‘The 39 Steps’ 2023-01-24T22:11:16+00:00

From the Studio: The Civic’s “The 39 Steps”

2023-01-24T21:58:46+00:00

LISTEN TO THE RADIO INTERVIEW HERE The director and cast members discuss their reverent parody of Hitchcock's spy film Heather McHenry-Kroetch, Dana Sammond and Dallan Starks joined E.J. Iannelli in the KPBX studio to give listeners a taste of The 39 Steps, which opens at the Spokane Civic Theatre this Friday (Jan. 20). This 2005 adaptation

From the Studio: The Civic’s “The 39 Steps” 2023-01-24T21:58:46+00:00

Out and About: “Photograph 51”

2023-01-25T00:37:45+00:00

LISTEN TO THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE Talked to the director and some of the castmates of Photograph 51 – a humorous and moving portrait of Rosalind Franklin, one of the great female scientists of the twentieth century, and her fervid drive to map the contours of the DNA molecule. A chorus of physicists relives the

Out and About: “Photograph 51” 2023-01-25T00:37:45+00:00

From the Studio: The Civic’s “Photograph 51”

2023-01-17T01:19:35+00:00

LISTEN TO THE RADIO INTERVIEW HERE Director Susan Hardie and her cast preview a play about an unsung science pioneer Susan Hardie, Joshua Baig, Ryan Wasson, Nicholas Roy Morgan III and Jeffrey Phillips Christiansen talked to E.J. Iannelli in the KPBX studio about Photograph 51, Anna Ziegler's semi-fictionalized play about the pioneering researcher Rosalind Franklin. Hardie

From the Studio: The Civic’s “Photograph 51” 2023-01-17T01:19:35+00:00

Announcing the cast of Jersey Boys

2023-01-12T01:45:22+00:00

The story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons unfolds in this behind-the-music story of four blue-collar kids who became one of the greatest successes in pop-music history will take you from the streets of Newark to the heights of stardom. Follow the incredible journey of four guys bound by one dream—to make it to

Announcing the cast of Jersey Boys 2023-01-12T01:45:22+00:00

How improv can change your life: Civic hosts workshop on Saturday

2023-01-06T22:26:55+00:00

Improv was the key to the lock that helped Spokane’s Michael Glatzmaier move forward while attending Rogers High School. The 2009 alum languished in special education classes while passing up most opportunities. “When I discovered improv, everything changed for me,” Glatzmaier said. “My problem was that I said no to everything. I had no confidence.

How improv can change your life: Civic hosts workshop on Saturday 2023-01-06T22:26:55+00:00

Inlander: Spokane Civic Theatre Improv Workshops

2023-01-06T21:49:16+00:00

It’s often hard to know what to say in a given situation in our day-to-day lives, so why not ratchet up the difficulty of dealing with that feeling on a stage? Florida-based MGTeams seeks to improve the way people communicate by using improvisational comedy. The squad of performers both teaches and entertains with a spontaneous

Inlander: Spokane Civic Theatre Improv Workshops 2023-01-06T21:49:16+00:00

Inlander: Step into a Mystery

2023-01-06T21:44:10+00:00

The Spokane Civic Theatre's production of THE 39 STEPS, opening Jan. 20, promises to carry audiences through a rollicking tale of romance, espionage and murder. With just a handful of actors tackling more than a hundred parts, the show, which originated in London in 2006 and became one of the West End's longest-running shows, has since delighted

Inlander: Step into a Mystery 2023-01-06T21:44:10+00:00

From the Studio: The Civic’s “Native Gardens”

2022-12-11T04:01:34+00:00

LISTEN TO THE RADIO INTERVIEW HERE Cast members preview Karen Zacharías' play about neighborly disputes Marlee Andrews and Deborah Marlowe, both of whom are performing in a new production of Native Gardens at the Spokane Civic Theatre, joined E.J. Iannelli in the KPBX studio to talk about Karen Zacharías' play. The play hinges on a clash between

From the Studio: The Civic’s “Native Gardens” 2022-12-11T04:01:34+00:00

From the Studio: The Civic’s “A Christmas Carol”

2022-12-11T03:49:26+00:00

LISTEN TO THE RADIO INTERVIEW HERE Co-directors and cast members on what's familiar and unexpected about this show Kearney Jordan, Bryan Durbin, Ruby Krajic, Bill Marlowe and Gary Pierce entered the KPBX studio with E.J. Iannelli to provide details on the Spokane Civic Theatre's new production of the holiday classic A Christmas Carol, which opens this

From the Studio: The Civic’s “A Christmas Carol” 2022-12-11T03:49:26+00:00