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THE ISSAQUAH PRESS B4 WEDNESDAY JULY 29, 2009 TO SUBMITAN ARTS CALENDAR ITEM: Call 392-6434, ext. 237, or newsclerk@iss- press.com. Submit A&E story Ideas to issp ress@isspress.com. JULY 0 Aneustl gultad Michael Geelz, 6:30-10:30 p.m., Vino Bella, 99 Front St. N., 391- 1424 Kds Odewd, 6-9 p.m., Pedestrian Perk, corner of Front Street and Sunset Way Mercodus Silva, 8 and 9 p,m., Grimaldi's Coffee House, 317 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Suite 47,427-8161 3t Grimaldi's New Age Ramenco, 7:30-11:30 p.m., Vino Bella Mercedes Silva, 6-9 p.m., Pedestrian Park lhm on the Tree, 7-10 p.m., AUGUST San Francisco vncallst Jennifer Lee Quartet, 7:45-10 p.m., Bake's Place, 4135 Providence Point Drive S.E., $25, 391-3335 Venture HllpwJ Revlaited, 7:30- 11:30 p.m.,Vino Bella Paul Old Deg & e New Tdcl, 6- 9 p.m., Pedestrian Park Ben Flaker, 3-6 p.m., Stage 195, 195 Front St. N. Hana Side, 7-9 p.m., Grimaldi's Hanover, 8-11 p.m., Pegacha It/ Not Corvalr & Discontinued Car Show, 8 a.m., ;O(X Rootbeer Drive- in, 98 N.E. Gilman Blvd., 392-1266 or vvww. triplexrootbeer.corn An Evening of Songs, professional singers and actors from Village Theatre and throughout the region, 6:30-8 p.m., Vino Bella 8 Semke Suspemlerz, 6-9 p.m., Pedestrian Park Arlk, 5-9 p.m., various venues downtown Greta Ma, release of her CD, =1 Wanna Be Loved," 7:45-10 p.m., Bake's Place, $20 Kelley Johnson Quartet, 7:45-10 p.m., Bake's Place, $20 Jokeatken Hanson, 7:30-11:30 p.m., Vino Bella Paul Green, 8-11 p.m., Pegacha Northwest Muscle Car Show, 8 a.m., XXX Rootbeer Drive-in Netlorml Broadcast, 3-6 p.m., and Craig Dye, 6-9 p.m., Pedestrian Park 3 Autumn Bncffic, 6- 9 p.m., Pedestrian Park acoustic Senate, 7:45-10 p.m., Bake's Place, $20 Geoffrey Castle, 7:30-11:30 p.m., Vino Bella Tralewrnck, 8-11 p.m., Stan's Bar-B-Q, 58 Front St., 392-4551 Callin Mulvaney &Fdends, 6-9 p.m., Pedestrian Park Grammy-wfnnlng duo Tlngstad end Rumkel, 7:45-10 p.m., Bake's Place, $20 1he Cosmonauts, 7:30-11:30 p.m., Vino Bella OPPORTUNITIES Nominate someone for the Governor's Arts and Heritage Awards. The Washington State Arts Commission is accepting nominations to honor outstanding artists, arts organizations, arts educators, supporters and cultural lead- ers. Nominations are due Sept. 30. The nom- ination form is available online at www.arts:wa.gov/p rojects/awa rds.shtml. The Governor's Arts and Heritage Awards, held biannually, will be presented in January. Learn more at www.arts.wa.gov. EASE ON DOWN TO KIDSTAGE'S 'THE WlZ' BY DAVID HAYES uch of America grew up on the MGM movie version of "The Wizard of Oz" starring Judy Garland. Joel Waage wants people to forget what they think they know and rediscover the tale through Village Theatre s KIDSTAGE SummerStock pro- duction of "The Wiz." "The challenge is retelling such an iconic story," said Waage, director of the summer produc- tion. "There was so much of the book not in the movie that this is a nice opportunity to invent some things and do-over others." "The Wiz" is a modern, urban adaptation of L. Frank Baum's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." It takes Dorothy's story and spices it up with a 1970's sound, blend- IFYOU GO 'The Wlz' By KIDSTAGE SummerStock 7:30 p.m. Wednesday- Sunday, 2 p.m. Sunday Aug. 1-9 Francis J. Gaudette Theatre 303 Front St. N. $12-$14 392-2202 or www.vi/lagethe- atre.org ing rock, soul, gospel and funk. All the familiar characters of this well-known and well-loved musical are along for the journey, and they face the same realiza- tion of the phony Wizard of Oz. For Waage, 29, the journey to directing "The Wiz" began by logging five years in the KIDSTAGE program. He then moved on after graduating from Issaquah High School in 1998 to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in theater at Western Washington University. He's since returned to school PHOTO BY JEAN JOHNSON?PROPERTY OF VILLAGE THEATRE. Keaton Whittaker (left) stars as Dorothy and Sarah Russell is Addaperle, together in a scene from Village Theatre's KIDSTAGE production of 'The Wiz' to complete his master's degree in fine arts directing. Last year, Waage was an assistant di- rector on a production with Tony Walton, the Oscar-nominated production designer of the original "The Wizard of Oz." Regardless where his career takes him, he said he always enjoys returning to the program where he got his start. "KIDSTAGE meant a great deal to me PHOTO BY JEAN JOHNSONYP]ROPERTY OF VILLAGE THEATRE. Munchklns (from left) Sarah Espinoza, Cameron Washington and Jonah Schmidt rehearse a scene from qhe Wiz" growing up," Waage said. "Working with the theater and professional teachers helps students pursue their love of the- ater and make friends, helps build and reinforce the community." For his latest return to Village Theatre, Waage is working with his biggest cast and crew ever. "The Wiz" features 47 cast members, with another 23 who are part of the Teen Access to Professionals pro- hgram. It allows burgeoning actors/stage- ands to work alongside professionals, building and painting scenery, construct- ing and building props, pulling and build- ingcostumes, hanging and focusing lights, playing alongside adult musicians in the pit orchestra and supporting the artistic team as assistants to the director, music director and choreographer. As Waage encourages his audience to come in fresh to "The Wiz," so, too, did he encourage every actor, even before auditions, to steer clear of the movie. "I wanted them to be able to make their own discoveries, so I encouraged them to instead read the original novel to get their character inspirations from the original story," he said. Waage also decided to keep "The Wiz" in its original 1970 s settingfor the KID- STAGE version, saying thebest part of that production was its funky sound. "It's a sound that many have never seen in musical theater," he added. He encourages everyone in the com- munity to come enjoy this KIDSTAGE production of a retelling of an American classic, as it's very appropriate for gen- eral audiences. "'The Wizard of Oz' was one of our truly American fairy tales. So much so, it has become a part of our national identity," he said. Local teens cast in 'RENT: School Edition' ]BY CHAI,TTELLE LUSEBRIl%TK ocal teens Suraj Saiful- lah, 15, of Is, saquah, and Andrew Lee, 15, of Newcastle, are stepping out and tack- ring tough issues in Seattle Children's Theatre's "RENT: School Edition." "I'm really hoping Andrew Lee to not just be confi- dent about my experi- ence, but proud of what we've done in 'RENT' as a whole," Suraj said. "Just to be in it is cool." Every summer, the theater's profession- als steep aside to make room mr aspmng young actors, direc- Suraj Saifullah tors and musicians on the stage. Suraj and Andrew have been acting for some time, but it is the first time either has performed with SCT. "I love to sing and I've been doing it since choir in fifth grade, but I guess it just transformed into theater," Andrew said. "I started in the fourth grade with Mu- sical Children's Theater," Suraj said. "I like acting, because it is doing something different than I do every day and I get to be someone different than who I am." IFYOU GO 'RENT: School Edition' 7 p.m. July 31-Aug. 2 2 p.m. Aug. 1 Seattle Children's Theatre 201 Thomas St., Seattle $10 206-441-3322 or www.sct.org The show does censor some language used in the original production of "RENT," but doesn't shy away from its tough issues like prostitution, drugs, gay and lesbian issues and AIDS. Like the original production, it follows a group of seven artists and friends in New York's East Village trying to find their way in a world newly mired in AIDS. Both teens play several parts. Andrew plays a man battling AIDS and singing; Saj plays a drug dealer and a dancer., My first character's name is Gordon, Andrew said. "In the show, I'm at a sup- port group and he is someone that does- n't understand the full concept of AIDS," Andrew said. "He is confused that the doctor told ,him he'd die three years ago, but he hasn t and he doesn't know how to live life, because he is living in fear." It is one of the first acting roles Andrew has been cast in, though he's performed at several other local theaters in a chorus. Andrew said he'd been a fan of the original production for some time and he has seen it several times live and the film of the final show on Broadway. Suraj said he had to watch the film to see what the basic plot summary was, Though they've had different experi- ences, neither said they are shocked by the show's content. Both said the content deals with subjects children and teens al- ready know about -- either firsthand, in school or through the media. It is very real, nothing is sugar coated," Andrew said. "It really shows the trials of what Jonathan Larson was going through at the time. "I think the only reason some may find it controversial is that they don't understand that teenagers ,are already a w, e of the ma- terial in RENT,' he added. It s not surpris- ing to us, but people think we don't know." He said his parents were very support- ive of his decision to work on the produc- tion, because they know he is mature enough to work with the content. I think that it is only controversial be- cause they are topics children don't usu- ally deal with in public as much, but I think it is important for high schoolers to know about," Suraj said. "They can see how it happens and how it affects the community, and what AIDS is and how important it is to realize what people have gone through." Parents had to give their permission for their children to be cast in the show, Gina Saifullah, Suraj's mother, said. "Being cast in 'RENT' was fine with us, because he is a sensible kid and pretty much makes decisions for himself with dance from us," she said. "I also don't ,anything in there that high schoolers don t or shouldn't know about yet." Concerts on the Green pays tribute to Woodstock BY" DAVID HAYES reak out the fie-dye and summer dresses. The nostalgia tour swings into full gear Aug. 4 when Issaquah's Concerts on the Green honors the 40th anniver- sary of Woodstock. "It was only the greatest concert of all time," said organizer David Harris. "And I've found, its reputation has held up over the years, becoming fairly well-known by the younger gen- erations, too." Harris said the truly amazing part IF YOU GO of the original con- Concerts on the cert was this huge Green festival, which at- tracted more than  Featuring 450,000 people, Seattle band was supposed to Magic Bus in a attract no more tribute to the 40th than 200,000 to Anniversary of Max Yasgur's up- Woodstock state New York 6:30-8:30 p.m. farm. The 32 mu- sicians turned the Aug. 4 three-day event  Community into something the Center lawn public had never  Free seen before, Harris said. "It became a sort of relief from the Vietnam War, giving the youth of the day something also to focus on other than being drafted," he said. To kick off the tribute, the three- member acoustic group The Tie Dyes, will open a half-hour earlier than nor- mal for the summer concert series, playing Woodstock-era songs. Then, the main act, Magic Bus, hits the stage, complete with its own go-go dancers in cages. Lead singer and bass guitarist Lynn Sorensen said the band's been busy this season, paying tribute to the concert's 40th anniver- sary. He just returned from New York, where he played bass for Bad Com- pany, reformed with all original mem- bers, at the Bethel Woods amphithe- ater, constructed literally 100 yards from the original Woodstock festival. Sorensen describes the Seattle- based Magic Bus as a nostalgic hippie review, playing the classics from the late '60s, '70s and some through the '80s. Their Concert on the Green playlist should include hits from The Who, Bad Company, The Doors and Grand Funk Railroad. He said the band is looking forward to puttingon its finest hippie gear, inviting the public to do the same when they attend in Issaquah. "This should really be something to see," he said. "It'll be a fun, fulfilling experience." Back issues of your hometown newspaper - now online! 0000J00ISSAQUAH