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Angela Pierson as Velma Kelly

“If life is a game, I’ll play it the best. Cause I won’t give in, and I’ll never bend, and I am my own best friend.” -Velma

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Angela is nothing short of extraordinary, and her performance of Velma Kelly is no exception!

Angela-Pierson-1Angela Rose Pierson (Velma) is grateful to be performing and choreographing on the Modern stage once again. Last season, she choreographed The Wild Party and Rock of Ages, which she was also in. Most recently, she choreographed The Music Man for CDA Summer Theatre and played Arista in their production of The Little Mermaid. Angela was previously an instructor at Manhattan Movement & Arts Center in NYC and has choreographed all throughout California. Enjoy the show and all that jazz!

Directed by Abbey Crawford, Chicago opens September 23rd and runs through October 23rd. For tickets and more information, visit HERE!

To find out more about this stellar cast and crew, visit HERE!

Quinn Vaira as Roxie Hart

“I’m gonna be a celebrity. That means somebody everyone loves.” -Roxie

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We are so thrilled to have Quinn back on The Modern’s stage in her beautiful performance of Roxie Hart!

Quinn Vaira 2 - webQuinn Vaira (Roxie) could not be more excited to be back on The Modern Theater’s stage. You may have seen Quinn last year as Sherrie in “Rock of Ages” on the CDA stage or Queenie in “The Wild Party” in Spokane. This past year she played Shy in “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” at the Arizona Broadway Theatre and was most recently Mary Poppins at The Fort Peck Summer Theatre, opposite her favorite leading man, Andy. She is so grateful for this opportunity, and thanks her family and friends for always believing in her.

Directed by Abbey Crawford, Chicago opens September 23rd and runs through October 23rd. For tickets and more information, visit HERE!

To find out more about this stellar cast and crew, visit HERE!

Brandon Michael as The Padre

 

“I wonder where he is… In what dark cavern of the mind…”

Brandon MichaelBrandon Michael is very excited to be making his Modern Theater debut in this stunning take on a musical theater masterpiece. Brandon has performed in professional and community theaters in New York, Seattle, Issaquah, Portland and as far away as Alaska. Brandon would like to thank his wonderful wife and children for supporting his artistic endeavors.

Directed by Heather McHenry-Kroetch and Troy Nickerson, ‘Man of La Mancha’ runs through July 30. For tickets and more information, visit HERE!

To find out more about this stellar cast and crew, go to – https://goo.gl/wl2DOZ

Daniel McKeever as Don Quixote

 

“When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies?” -Don Quixote

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Daniel McKeever  is ecstatic to be a part of a production that is very near to his heart. Previously seen on the Modern stage as Burrs in Wild Party and Lonnie in Rock of Ages, he is excited and blessed to bring this character to life and appreciates you coming to support the arts in our community. He would like to thank his family and friends for their continued support and love. With them, anything is possible.

Directed by Heather McHenry-Kroetch and Troy Nickerson, ‘Man of La Mancha’ runs through July 30. For tickets and more information, visit HERE!

To find out more about this stellar cast and crew, go to – https://goo.gl/wl2DOZ

Marlee Andrews as Aldonza

 

“What’s in my heart will get me halfway to hell.” -Aldonza

Marlee AndrewsMarlee Andrews is thrilled to be back on the stage with The Modern Theater! She was last seen in The Wild Party and Rock of Ages (Ensemble) at The Modern. Her previous roles include Mrs. Patrick (A Man of No Importance), M’Lynn (Steel Magnolias), Witch #3 (Macbeth), and Carrie White (Carrie, the Musical). She would like to thank George Green and The Modern Theater for this amazing opportunity, along with her family and friends for their support.

Directed by Heather McHenry-Kroetch and Troy Nickerson, ‘Man of La Mancha’ runs through July 30. For tickets and more information, visit HERE!

To find out more about this stellar cast and crew, go to – https://goo.gl/wl2DOZ

 

ROCK OPERA AND FART JOKES – Inlander

Shakespeare, like Beethoven or Wagner, is part of that rarefied constellation of entertainers associated with high culture. The mere mention of his name evokes images of actors speaking antiquated verse in dainty accents, dressed in frilly Elizabethan ruffs, holding skulls aloft and waxing philosophical about the meaning of existence.

For all his putative stuffiness, The Bard liked nonsense and bathroom humor as much as anyone. This isn’t the only side of the playwright that Eastern Washington University lecturer Jeff Sanders has showcased in the past, but it’s one he certainly enjoys. Last summer, Sanders directed and performed in a joint Interplayers/EWU performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a Shakespeare comedy full of magic, mistaken identities and a dimwitted character called Bottom who’s transmogrified into an ass.

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This summer, Sanders is heading an even more ambitious co-production between the same theater (since reborn as The Modern Spokane) and his university in a production of Twelfth Night — a Shakespeare comedy that involves a shipwreck, mistaken identities and a wily inebriate called Sir Toby Belch.

“Last year was about that first collaboration between a professional theater and our theater program, and also trying to get our work at EWU downtown, and also getting our students to work with professional actors and designers to give them that experience,” says Sanders. “It was also about that first step: Will people like what they see onstage? Doing Shakespeare, sometimes you never really know if the light’s going to be on or off in terms of audience engagement and interest.”

The reception was “enthusiastic” and “very satisfying,” he says. It gave both the professionals and the students the “momentum” they needed to pursue a second outing. EWU and The Modern started planning the next co-production shortly afterward, and Sanders began applying for the necessary funding to make it happen.

“I never know if the funding’s going to come through. But the motto of Eastern Washington University is ‘Start Something Big,’ so I think our dean was really supportive of this idea, and really believes in having Eastern be a cultural centerpoint. And to do that, we have to get out of Cheney and into Spokane,” says Sanders.

Toward that same end, the participation of academic institutions has grown. William Marlowe, Director of Drama at Spokane Falls Community College, appears as Sir Toby Belch. Sara Edlin-Marlowe, his wife and fellow faculty member, plays Maria. Leslie Stamoolis of Gonzaga University’s Theatre and Dance Department is the costume designer.

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With Midsummer, says Sanders, “it was essentially Eastern and professional actors. That scope has widened from last year. These different educational institutions are chipping in and collaborating in their own way.”

Nichole Meyer, a recent Eastern grad who played Hermia in Midsummer last year and has since gone on to perform locally in Equus and Boeing Boeing, stars as Viola. Nich Witham, another professional actor familiar to local audiences, plays Duke Orsino. Zach Baker, who’s worked as the musical director on countless area productions, has written new music commissioned expressly for this show.

“It has almost a Glen Hansard [in the film] Once feel. He’ll be on a thunder guitar one second and an acoustic the next. And the singing is beautiful. It’s going to feel very modern, very now.”

The result, Sanders hopes, is a production that unites the appeal of rock opera with the enduring universality of “beautiful poetry” and “fart jokes.”

“We’re dealing with text that’s 400 years old. We live in an image-driven culture, and sometimes that’s a barrier. I always try to make my plays very physical, very fun, while also maintaining the balance of crisp, good text.

“There are a lot of Bard lovers out there,” Sanders adds. “We want them to come out of the woodwork and come to the theater.”

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William Marlowe as Sir Tobey Belch

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To be up after midnight and to go to bed then, is early: so that to go to bed after midnight is to go to bed betimes. Does not our life consist of the four elements? – Sir Tobey Belch

William Marlowe  teaches, acts, directs, stage manages and designs. Now in his 12th year as Director of Drama at Spokane Falls Community College, he came to the college following 15 years as a free-lance artist working across the country. Nationally, Bill has directed the nation’s premier outdoor drama TECUMSEH! as well as working for five years as Actor/Artistic Director at the Birmingham Children’s Theatre directing several national tours. He received the regional Obelisk Award for Best Actor for his role as the Kabuki Emperor in The Nightingale. William has played numerous roles in his six seasons at The Modern-Spokane including the eleven roles in A Tuna Christmas, which won him the local Critics Circle Award for Best Actor in Spokane for that season.

For tickets to and more information about Twelfth Night, visit HERE!