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4* B6 • WEDNESDAY JANUARY 14 2009 THE IS SAQUAH PRESS TO SUBMrlr AN ARTS CALENDAR ITEM: Call 392-6434, ext. 237, or newsclerk@isspress.com. Submit A&E story Ideas to isspress@isspress.com. Writer debuts original play in return to stage BY DAVID HAYES JANUARY 4 Village ]heatre's KIDSTAGE ToonSelect program presents "into ]he Woods" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday - Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at First Stage Theatre, 120 Front St. N.Tickets are $14 for general admission and $12 for youth and seniors. Call 392-2202. Skyline High School presents the Pulllzor award winning drama "Wit" at 7:30 p.m. through Saturday at the Lyceum Theatre. Tickets are $6/$7. Call 837-7748. Vlno Bella presents Jam Dawgs Jam ses- sions Thursdays from 7:30-11:30 p.m. at 99 Front St. N. Call 391-1424. 16 ]he Poindexter Jazz Quartet performs from 7:30-11:30 p.m. at Vino Bella, 99 Front St. N. Call 391-1424. t7 ]he Piano All Stars -]he FOb Four, featuring Bill Anschell, Randy Halberstadt, John Hansen and Dafin Clendenin, perform from 7:45-10 p.m. at Bake's Place, 4135 Providence Point Drive S.E. Tickets are $64.50 for dinner and the show or $32 for just the show. Call 391-3335. Angelo Pizarro performs from 7:30-11:30 p.m. at Vino Bella, 99 Front St. N. Call 391- 1424. Emily LaCroix-Axinte presents her photo exhibit, "WIIdflower & Nature Photolpaphy of Emily LaCrolx-Axlnte, through Feb. 28 at Pogacha restaurant, 120 N.W. Gilman Blvd. Call 392-5550 or go to www.pogacha.com. 0 ]he Issaqnah Arts Commission hosts open mic poetry raadlng nights at 7 p.m. every third Tuesday at Vino Beila, 99 Front St. N. If you are a poet, an aspir- ing poet or a poetry lover, join in for some wine, poetry and fel- lowship. Call 391-1424. Wilde's "The Importance of Being Ernest" through March 1 at the Frances J. Gaudette Theatre, 303 Front St. N.Tickets are $22-$58. Call 392-2202 or go to www.villagetheatre.org. Comedy Night, with headliner Cathy Sorbo and featuring Key Lewis, host Simon Kaufman and special guest Marc Kravits at 7:30 p.m. at Vino Bella, 99 Front St. N. Call 391-1424. n the 1980s, there seemingly wasn't a regional theater Randy Rogel hadn't worked at, including the Seattle Repertoire Theatre, The Empty Space, 5th Avenue and the Seattle Children's Theatre. But as the theater veteran currently pays the bills writing songs for the likes of Steven Spielberg-ani- mated projects,he re- alized there was one theater he longed to be a part of-- Is- saquah's Village The- atre. There are even old acquaintances he RagJ Roel shared the stage with in the '80s who now roam the halls of Village Theatre, including Executive Pro- ducer Rob Hunt and Artistic Director Steve Thomkins. The Emmy and Peabody award-win- ning writer believes he's got the perfect project -- "The Gypsy King" -- to bring to Village Theatre's Originals program, where unfinished works are brought to further work out the kinks. "'Gypsy King' is less like 'Rent' and 'Miss Saigon' than it's more like the old school productions of 'Guys and Dolls' and 'The Music Man,'" Rogel explained. Hunt invited Rogel to first bring the play to Village Theatre's Festival of New Musicals last August. "Rob saw the show in New York at the National Theatre and thought it would be perfect for Issaquah's audiences," Rogel said. Rogel has compiled quite a r6sum6 with his writing credits. He has won three Emmy awards for writing and com- posing in television and has received nine Emmy nominations. He is the recipient of a rare and prestigious Peabody Award and has also won two Annie Awards for his work in animation. While's he's contributed to musical the- ater before, this is Rogel's first venture into penning a full musical comedy. In ,all, he's worked on the "The Gypsy King script on and off for the past four years. But he admits that when you add Actors give a reading of 'The Gypsy King' at the Village Originals Annual Festival of New Musicals in August 2008. BY SAM FREEMAN IFYOU GO "the Gypsy King' Jan. 30 - Feb. 1 120 Front Street N. $10 - $12 (or free with Village Originals membership) 392-2202 it up, he's probably put in a total of a couple months on the project. The play has had readings so far in Chicago, Akron (Ohio), New York and London. But he's looking forward to the workshop setting at the First Stage, to fi- nally put down the books and work on other elements of the play. Rogel said "The Gypsy King" is remi- niscent of his days as the lead in "Singing in the Days." There will be laughs, singing and lots of dancing. Writing the play has proven to be as taxing as the physicahw of his early roles. "The ninny thing is many of my roles were physical. But the writing is more cerebral," he said. The play is a simple tale of Leo and Frederick, a father-son actingduo, seri- ously down on their luck, with Frederick wishing only for a place to belong. But when he falls for a princess disguised as a peasant girl, and is then captured by the royal guard, Frederick very quickly gets a lot more than he bargained for. Meanwhile, the prince Alfonse, who bears a curious resemblance to Frederick, hears of an assassination plot against him. Alfonse's scheming right-hand man Sergei suggests the prisoner Frederick take the prince's dangerous position -- and with Frederick at the helm, chaos ensues for all. One of the challenges Rogel said he looks forward to working on is one actor plays a dual role, and by the end literally has a sword fight with himself. "The target audience for 'The Gypsy King' is anyone who loves great music and loves to laugh," he said. It's a real family show." He added he looks forward to returning some day with the completed project to be a part of a future Village Theatre season. Reach Reporter David Hayes at 392-6434, ext. 237 or dhayes@isspress.com. Comment on this story at www. issaquahpress, com. Grammy winner Eric Tingstad to appear with American Indian artist Village Theatre announces winter KIDSTAGE classes Village Theatre KIDSTAGE presents its winter line-up of exploratory and musical theatre classes for students of all ages. The majority of classes began Jan. 12. Classes range from $145-$250 and BY JIM FEEHAN Grammy-award winning guitarist Eric Tingstad, of Issaquah, will join forces with another Grammy winner Jan. 17 at the Kirkland Performance Center. Tingstad, well known for his impression- istic style, will perform songs from his "Southwest" album. Appearing with Tingstad will be Mary Youngblood, an American Indian flutist who is half Aleut and half Seminole. She has won a Grammy in the Best Native American Music Album category for the album "Beneath the Raven Moon." In 2007, she won her second Grammy for Best Native American Music Album for "Dance With The Wind." "I'm really looking forward to perform- ing with Mary," Tingstad said. 'We've never played together, but we know a lot of people who have performed in bands with both of us." Tingstad was nominated two years ago for a Grammy in the new age category for his album "Southwest." Tingstad and woodwind collaborator Nancy Rumbel, who form the duo Tingstad & Rumbel, won a Grammy in 2003 for their New Age album, "Acoustic Garden." With an ensemble of Northwest musi- percussionist Tim Miller and a click Man 100ies Out For Pro Team After Using Thera-Gesic 0 BEXAR COUN-f?f- After applying Thera-Gesic to his sore right knee, Tom W. tried out for his favorite basketball team. When asked why a 5'9" alder man could lXssibly think he would make the ma, he painlessly replied: "None of your dang business!" Go painlessly with Thera-Gesic00 FILE Eric Tlngstad, of Issaquah, teams for the first time with American Indian artist Mary Youngblood Jan. 17. clans, Tingstad recorded and produced "Southwest," a project he began develop- ing 10 years ago. Building his composi- tions from the rhythm section up, with IFYOU GO Eric Tlngstad and Mary Youngblood 8 p.m. Jan. 17 Kirkland Performance Center 350 Kirkland Ave. $29 adults, $26 seniors, $10 youths 893-9900 or www.kpcenter.org track, Tingstad crafted nine acoustic cuts. Drummer TJ Morris worked with Tingstad's drum loops, creating what Tingstad coined as "ambient Americana," a sleeper genre that has an earthy, Amer- ican Indian vibe to it, he said. "In some ways, it has a Native Ameri- can sound to it and I'm often asked if I'm Native American," ]ngstad said. Youngblood has released five albums and owns about 250 hand-carved Native American flutes, which she uses in her performances. Tingstad also has a new release due out Jan. 20 called "A Leap of Faith." Reach Reporter Jim Feehan at 392-6434, ext. 239, or ffeehan@isspress, com. Comment on this story at www. issaquahpr ess. com parents can receive a 10 percent dis- count when registering more than one student from the same family or when registering for more than one class. (,nly one discount per family is al- lowed. Each registered student will also receive one half-price single ticket to any Village Theatre Mainstage pro- duction. Go to www.villagetheatre.org or call 392-1942, ext. 148. 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