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THE ISSAQUAH PRESS B10 WEDN~,, S DAY~ APRIL 6, 2011 TO SUBMIt" AN Am OM.EMDMt IlllgU: Call 392-6434, ext. 237, or $ubntlt A&E story Meas to 41, 41, & f APRIL vn l matro mmdz 'lm urtaln' through Apnl 24, Fmnc~ J. GaudeRe ~eaUe, 303 Fmnt St N., $20 to $60, 392-2202 or DiN Matamndy, 8-11 p.m., Pogacha Tdsh, Hans & PMI, 7:45 p.m., Bake's Place Breakfast at Bake'= with Mlehnsl ~z, 10 a.m., Bake's Place All ~ & MIIIMry l/M~le Show, 8 a.m., X~( Rootbeer Drive-in Fdd~ In LMM Roem with (irMa Matmum, 7:45 p.m., Bake's Place ktE/~T pmleat=/Wt of (ira hrden Evnnt & Ma~katlplace, noon - 8 p.m. at Up Front Gallery Art Center, 95 Front St. N. The Bellomo ommunlty Band featuring several Issaquah musicians, is at 2 p.m. at the Bellevue Chdstian High School auditorium, 1601 98th Ave. N.E., Bellevue. A $5 dona- tion is suggested.To learn more, go to Thql~tnd and Rumbei, 7:45 p.m., Bake's Place Sunday Dinner Theme Show:. Slnnba at the Sands with Jnny Jewel and ~lsh Harley, 6:45 p.m., Bake's Place I~ul Omen and Sbalght Shot, 8-11 p.m., Pogacha saeond annual All 9 a.m., X~X Rootbeer Dnve-in By Warren Kagarise Issaquah Press reporter Some milestones trigger stomach- churning dread. Turning 40 comes to mind, but turning, say, 18 or 21 does not. The latest musical from the KIDSTAGE program at Village Theatre stares down another fraught numeral: 13, the year acne and angst transform cherubic chil- dren into temperamental teenagers. The musical "13" offers a little more edge and sass than =High School Musi- cal" and other shows geared for teenage performers. The show premieres at the rebuilt First Stage Theatre on April 7. "Kids love the show" and the material, director and KIDSTAGE Programs Man- ager Suzie Bix]er said. Divorce upends life for Evan, a 12- year-old Manhattanite. In the post-divorce order, after mom and dad hit Splitwille, the preteen is transplanted from the Big Apple to the heartland, a fictional burg called Apple- ton, Ind. The lone Jew among the gentiles is de- termined to put on a bar mitzvah to re- member. The problem is, Evan needs to crack the coolest clique in school -- even if filling out the guest list means casting off some genuine friendships in the process. "It's their age group, so the characters, they can really relate to," Bixler said. =It allows them the opportunity to play kids their own age and be in situations that are similar to what they're going through." Choreographer Casey Craig, a per- former in the ongoing original musical "Iron Curtain" on the Village Theatre Mainstage, said "13" reflects the chal- lenges teenagers face in middle school hallways. "Times are so different," he said. "l did not talk about these things they talk about. It is shocking the amount of things that have changed over a very short pe- riod of Ume." Issaquah High School freshman Matt Sleeth, 15, is Evan, the charismatic-but- uncertain protagonist. The seasoned KID- STAGE performer --past credits include =Willy Wonka Jr." and"All Shook Up" -- said the angsty comedy mirrors real-life experiences. lheVlllalle]keatre alongwith Matt Sleeth, BY OREO FARRAH KIDS]AGE production of'13' includes the work of adults Casey Craig, chomo~apher (far left) and Suzie Bixler, director, 15, as Evan Goldman, and Katie Gdffith, 13, as Patrice DeCrette. in the story, but I like to think of her as this very quirky, independent person," she said. The musical is popular among school drama programs and regional theaters. The local iteration features a 17-member ensemble cast. (Other cast members hail from Bellevue, Kir and, Renton, Sam- mamish, Seattle and Snoqualmie.) The set centerpiece for the middle IFVOU GO '13' Village Theatre - First Stage Theatre 120 Front SL N. April 7-10 Show times vary $14 - $16 392-2202 or MORE Learn morn about the process to rebuild the historic First Stage Theatre, Page AI. Following a successful Los Angeles run, "13" opened on Broadway in Sep- tember 2008. Composer Jason Robert Brown received a Drama Desk Award nomination for the show. In Issaquah, the musical carries an- other distinction: "13" is the opening show at the rebuilt First Stage Theatre, the traditional home for KIDSTAGE pro- ductions. =I went through the whole popularity crisis, because I had friends who were Pacific Cascade Middle School student aopular and ends who were not popu- l(afie ls next-door nelg or r, and I got along with them equally," Patrice, the on-again, off-again confidant he said. "What am I supposed to do? " to Evan. They hate each other." "Patrice, she's stereotyped as the geek school musical is a Brobdingnagian note- Though the musical uses some innu- book featuring super-sized scribblings, endo and PG-13 language, "13" plumbs "'13' is such a great representation of middle school trials -- friendship, peer how caught up everybody is," Katie said. "You never really realize it until you're in a show like this." Like Sleeth, the adolescent actress boasts a long r6sum6 in musical theater. In 2008,Katie starred as the title charac- ter in =Annie" sequel "Annie Warbucks" for ghowtmes! Theatre Co. lssaquah resldent Martin Charnin -- Tony Award-winning mastermind behind both =Annie" musicals -- directed the production. pressure and self-confidence -- in a manner recognizable to any post-adoles- cent audience member. =The idea of the show is them growing up, and turning from something that they wo d say kiddish to adult, hut clearly, they re still in middle school, Craig said. Warren Kagarise: 392-6434. ext. 234, or wka- garise@isspVess, com. Comment at www.issaquah- press, com. I By Laura Geggel lssaquah Press reporter Irish music lithely springs from its in- struments during reels, jigs and pub songs. =I like it because it's actually quite sim- plistic, butyou can make it complex," Is- saquah violinist Tami Curtis said. "It's just plain fun. It puts a smile on your face. ~ Curtis and six other local musicians, liv- ing in an area stretching from Issaquah to the Snoqualmie Valley and up to Red- mond, have formed a Celtic band named The Fire Inside. The band is the brainchild of Carol Whitaker, of Fall City. Whitaker played for an informal group, and she knew several other people who played in bands about town. She wanted to play more challeng- ing Celtic music, so she took her flute and penny whistle and formed a group of her own this past winter. "She's British.and bossy and really cool," Curtis said. During rehearsal, Greg Stearns, an Irishman living in North Bend, gave a speech about how the Celtic band had po- tential. =He said, 'Despite our age and getting ONfliEWEB "HearThe Fire Inside online. Go to and search for "The Fire Inside Celtic at Vino Bega, Issaquah.' Find the band on Facebook, too. If you go 8-9:30 p.m. Apdl 23, St. George's Day Zeeks Pizza 2525 N.E. Park Drive 7-10 p.m. May 14 Maple Valley Creative Arts Council Open Mic 23220 Maple Valley Highway S.E., Suite 15 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 30 Issaquah Farmer's Market Pickedng Barn, 1730 lOth Ave. N.W. 4-5:30 p.m. Aug. 13, Festival at Mt. Si Si View Community Center 400 S.E. Orchard Ddve, North Bend along. the Rre Inside, a local Cerdc band, entertains diners bellows. Though the concertina keeps his CONTRIBUTED atVino Bella in Issaquah on St. Paldck's Day. "Everybod[ can belt out some portion of ting," she said. on in the years, we still are in possession 'Danny Boy,' Curtis said. "It's just so hands occupied, it frees up his voice, and The tricky part is learning the fingering of the fire inside,'" Curtis remembered, much more of a rich experience if the an- he sang a vibrant version of"Marie's Wed- and flourishes at breakneck speed on a As soon as the words had left his mouth dience can sing along." di~.g" at Vino Bella, all while wearing a kilt. penny whistle -- "a tiny little pipe with six -- in his deep Irish accent, no less -- the Michael Hurtenbach, of Snoquahnie,I love Irish music and it's a common in- holes," Whitaker said. entire band agreed The Fire Inside would plays the concertina, an instrument like a strument in Irish music, Hurteubach said. The classically trained flutiat is taking the be an excellent name for the group, small accordion. He used to play the guitar, The group practices weekly and is put- challenge head on, and she and the other The Fire Inside plays songs from all but stopped after he developed arthritis, ting about 40 songs to memory so it can players -- Greg Stearns, David Edfeldt, across the British Isles, including Welsh I couldn't play the (guitar) chords very mesmerize its fans and know the music Daniel Horn and Susan Lawrence -- invited music and Scottish tunes -- "It's all well," he said. =I went through several dif- inside and out. the community to come sing along with The Celtic," Curtis said. ferent instruments" before finding the The feat is not as hard as it sounds, Fire Inside at its upcoming shows. At a show at Issaquah's V'mo Bella wine concertina. Whitaker said, as Irish music melodies bar on St. Patrick's Day, the band passed His fingers are able to play the con- tend to repeat themselves within a song. Laura Geggel: 392-6434, ezt. 241, or lgeggel@iss- out sheet music so'the audience could sing certina's buttons and push and pull at the The more I learn, the faster I'm get- Comment at SCAVENGER HUNT In honor of V dlage Theatre's new musical comedy =Iron Curtain," Vfl- lage Theatre presents a scavenger hunt. Village Theatre is posting a photo of a potato in seven iconic Is- saquah locations for the seven Tues- days on its Facebook page. Figure out where that location is, take your own photo with a potato of your choice (receive extra points for style) and post it to www.facebook, com/viUagetheatre. Clues to the potato's location will be posted every Wednesday through Friday. Those who post their photo in the correct location first will win a pair of free tickets to see =Iron Curtain." Everyone who posts will be entered to win apair of season tickets. Get more info at www.vil- engerhunt.php. 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