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THE ISSAQUAH PRESS B4 WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2009 TO SUBMITAN ARTS CALENDAR ITEM: Call 392-6434, ext. 237, or newsclerk@iss- press.com. Submit A&E story Ideas to isspress@isspress.co m. 4 NOVEMBER Sammamlsh Arts Commission pres- ents "l~e Art of the Sad + A Photo Journey of Indian Artists and Textiles" through Dec. 4, Sammamish City Hall Commons Gallery, 228th Avenue Southeast and Southeast Eighth Street, opening reception from 6-8 p.m. "Faces and Figures" art show University House~ Issaquah retirement community, 22975 S.E. Black Nugget Road, exhibit open to public through March 7, 557-4200 Evergreen Philharmonic Orchestra's Fail Concert, 7:30 p.m., Skyline High School, 1112 228th Ave. S.E., $7 for adults, $5 for students ArtlEAST Collective Works, =Make Your Markl An Expedmont In Rgure Drawing on Wails," through Nov. 29, 48 Front St. N., opening reception fTOm 6-8 p.m., 392-3191, www.arteastorg Greta Matassa Quartet, Bake's Place, 4135 Providence Point Dr. S.E., 7:45- 10 p.m., $20 Michael Powere, 8-11 p.m. Vino Bella, 99 Front St., 391-1424 Staphanle Porter Quartet, Bake's Place, 7:45-10 p.m., $20 Paul Hanover Band, 7-8 p.m. Pogacha "rite Fabulous Roof Shakers, 7:30- 11:30 p.m., Vino Bella OPPORTUNITIES Master Chorus Eastside is holding auditions in all sections for its 2009-2010 season. All interested singers must have choral music experience and basic music-reading ability. Call 392-8446 for an audition appointmenL team more at vvww.masterchoruseastside.org. 1, Craffers/exhibiturs wanted for Smith Elementary School's holiday bazaar in Sammamish. Winter Wonderland is an opportunity to set up a sales table from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Dec. 12. Cost is $25. (You sup- ply the table.) Space is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis for approved vendors. Call 996-6664. By Chantelle Lusebrink Issaquah Press reporter It's time to deck the halls and stoke the hearth -- the holidays are coming to Vii- lage Theatre. Village Theatre's cast and crew are tak- ing audiences back to a time when horse and buggies were the mode of travel, home telephones were still novel, the World's Fair was on the tips of all tongues and first love was anything but easy. Welcome to St. Louis in 1904 as Village Theatre presents "Meet Me in St. Louis," Nov. 11 through Jan. 3. "The holidays are time for family. It's a time when people think about their fami- lies, going home or having people over. The holidays are a time to reconnect with family," said Steve Tomkins, artistic di- rector for Village Theatre. "Really, what this show is about is the interaction of the family. "It is delightful and energizing. Featuring fantastic classics, like "Meet Me in St. Louis, Louis," "The Boy Next Door," "Skip to My Lou" and "Have Your- self a Merry Little Christmas," the musi- cal is sure to keep your toes tapping and leave you with a song in your heart. "The rehearsal process has been de- lightful," Tomkins said. "It's a really fun show to stage and a really good group of people to work with. "I have yet to sit through the 'Skip to My Lou' number and not be beaming after." But bringing a film musical that's memorable to so many is not an easy task, he said. "The challenge is how to make a movie musical work on stage," he said, remem- bering seeing Judy Garland's big red lips in a close up shot in the show in 1976. "It's the little things that we have to catch, the nuances made for movies, and bring them to the stage." IFYOU GO 'Meet Me In St. Louis' Nov. 11 - Jan. 3 $19 - $59 Francis J. Gaudette Theatre 303 Front St. N. 392-2202 vvww.villagetheatre.org Much of his fears were alleviated when the cast was chosen. Though she isn't Garland, Tomkins said he believes it's Ryah Nixon's time to shine. "Had Ryah been born 50 years earlier, she would have been an MGM musical recording star," Tomkins said about the 22-year-old Nixon, who plays the role of Esther. "She is really a good fit for the part. She's not Judy Garland. She's Ryah Nixon and it works for this character." Nixon last appeared locally as Princess Amneris in "Aida" during the 2007-08 season. "I'd say what's difficult is structuring a character that incorporates all of the things that Judy did to make the charac- ter so timeless and memorable, without doing a caricature of her Esther," Nixon said. "Esther is so close to me in age that it's wonderful to find what similarities we have when it comes to energy, spunk and falling in love." As Esther tumbles into love with the boy next door, John Truitt, played by Ja- son Kappus, her hopes for a happy end- ing are dashed by the sudden threat of a family move. Tomkins said he was also thrilled to cast Analiese Emerson Guettinger, now appearing in The 5th Avenue Theatre's Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat," as Tootle. "St. Louis" boasts 26 cast members. BY JOHN PAL/VILLAGE THEATRE Ryah Nlxon, as Esther Smith (left), and Jason Kappus, as John Truitt, converse as (back, from left) Katie Griffith, as Agnes Smith, and Analiese Emerson Guettinger as Tootle Smith, look on, in the Village Theatre production of 'Meet Me In St. Louis: Unlike film where panning, closeups and fade-outs help tell a story, the cre- ative team at Village Theatre has had to find ways to transition the story without losing the feeling of closeness the audi- ence experiences with the characters. So, they've come up with creative solu- tions, dramatic sets and more than 122 costumes to keep you hanging on your seats. One surprise Tomkins revealed was how they plan to make "The Trolley Song" sing. "We have a young and physically ener- getic cast, so in the design, we've made the trolley strong, so the kids can climb all over it," he said. As a theater production, the cast has the opportunity to explore subplots, like that of the brother Lon Smith Jr., played by John David Scott, while adding to the story's overall depth. "It's not a remake of the movie," he said. "We've tried to capture the essence of the movie, which is so familiar, but it is our show." "It's the perfect holiday show with the most timeless songs and everyone can iden- tify with at least one character oustage," Nixon said. "You will leave in the holiday spirit and adore the big company dances." ,y By Chantelle Lusebrink Issaquah Press reporter ith a newly released book, "Giv-, ing up the V," author Serena Ro- bar, 40, of Issaquah is hoping to conquer the sticky conversation about teen sex. Teens talk about it with fi'iends, hear about it at school and see it on TV and in movies. So, why not address it in a book that can help parents and young women talk about virginity together? Robar asked. Far from her first book -- she began writing in 2003 -- "Giving up the V" is the first where she's tackled a really seri- ous issue. But she hasn't lost the fun, quirky, irony-filled prose she's known for her from her other teen books. In her latest book, May Valley High School student Spencer Davis has just turned 16 and as a right of passage, her forward-thinking mother takes her for her first gynecological exam. But Spencer is conflicted about the situation. She re- peatedly tells her mother she doesn't want to have sex, is embarrassed by the prospect of the pill and doesn't under- stand what all the fuss is about. But one day, Benjami.n Hopkins enters her life and her emotions turn upside-down. In an e-mail question-and-answer in- terview Robar explained her new book and its importance. Q: Why Is writing Important to you? Serena R0bar A: I have stories to tell and writing them down seemed the best way to share them with as many people as I could. And I get to work from home. Big bonus. Q: Why did you cheese teen Issues? A: I watch my 15-year-old daughter and see that things haven't changed since I was her age. There are still bullies, teen sex, first loves, etc. Writing about teen is- sues resonates with me most. Q: How do you keep current on teen Issues, trends and speech patterns? A: I have a teenage daughter and I love listening to her with her friends. Next year, she will be old enough to drive and I won't be privy to all the gossip any- more. Hmm. Q: How did you get the idea for your latest book? A: I heard a gyn doctor tell his recep- tionist about a teen patient whose mother wanted her on the pill, even though she claimed she wasn t ready to give up "the V" yet. Loved itl Q: Did the book cause any controversy? If so, how did you handle It? A: It's been well-received. It's a great book to open dialogue about sex between teens and parents because of the way it's written. Teens relate to the tone and moms appreciate the candor. Q: What would you like your readers to walk away with after reading It? A: Be true to yourself, There's lots of conflicting information out there, but only you know what s right for you. Stay true to your beliefs and you can't go wrong. Next up for Robar, the rerelease of I "Braced2Bite,""Fangs4Freaks" and "Dating4Demons," and her sequel to "Giving up the V, -- 'So, Was it Good for You?" which tells the story of Spencer's best friend, Alyssa, after she chooses to give up "the V." Chantelle Lusebrink: 392-6434, ext. 241, or cluse- brink@isspress, com. Comment at www.issaquah- press, com. heel and moto Computerized Transmission Specialist Foreign & Domestic Automatic & Manual Front, Rear & All Wheel Drive Clutch, Differential & Axle Scheduled Maintenance RV & Fleet" Definitely A Dealer Alternative Free Road Test And Evaluation FREE LOCAL TOWING WITH MAJOR REPAIRS! Financing O.A.C. 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