Leslie McEwen has two very good reasons to feel proud these days. Two of the voice teacher’s students are heading to New York City later this month to perform at Carnegie Hall. Alex Stroming, 16, of Wenatchee High School and McKenzie Hemstrom, 18, of Cashmere High School have been selected to sing in the competitive Honors Performance Series choir. With their selection comes a trip to New York, Feb. 19-23 and a concert at the prestigious music venue.
The hills around Leavenworth will be alive this summer with the sounds of Sondheim, Porter and Schwartz. Yes, it will be the first season in 20 years without a Leavenworth Summer Theater staging of “The Sound of Music,” but the nonprofit theater company is looking forward to a full summer of song and dance.
The Wenatchee Jazz Workshop invites the community to “Jazznights,” two concerts at the Numerica Performing Arts Center featuring the six-piece combo L.A. 6. The Los Angeles musicians will perform on their own next Thursday, Feb. 5, and with jazz band students from six Wenatchee and Eastmont schools on Friday, Feb. 6. Both concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets may be reserved at 663-ARTS, numericapac.org or the PAC box office.
Within the first 15 minutes of “Great Bear Stakeout,” we see a desperate, starving mama grizzly lead her two skinny cubs into the ocean off the coast of southern Alaska in search of salmon. One cub, predictably, doesn’t make it out. Later in the film, another mom unceremoniously abandons her cub in order to hang out in the hormone-soaked mating meadow with the fellas. Then a love triangle turns fatal when a male grizzly kills a blonde female just to impress the lady bear he really likes, and it works. ...
Eclectic Approach 4:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Mission Ridge, free, pick up tickets at Numerica branches in Wenatchee, East Wenatchee or Entiat on Friday by 3:30 p.m., limited to first 700 people, missionridge.com
EAST WENATCHEE — Tom Clymer looks down from the stage at the two dozen assembled dancers, all smiling, all chatting away with each other as they await his cue. A CD player whirs to life with an uptempo instrumental tune, filling the old Grange Hall. Then Clymer begins: “Slide through. Load the boat. Veer to the left. Girls hinge. Diamonds circulate. Boys swing through. Flip your diamond. Pass through with the wheels and the deals … Promenade her home.”
Thornton Wilder’s 1938 Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Our Town” has been performed on some of the biggest stages in the world and by community theater troupes and high school students alike over the years. Now, this quintessentially American play comes to Wenatchee. Music Theatre of Wenatchee’s production of “Our Town” opens tonight at Riverside Playhouse and runs for the next three weekends. Go! asked the show’s director, Peter Kappler, to tell us what we might except from the play.
For the next two weekends, Icicle Creek Center for the Arts will present “The Fantasticks,” the longest-running musical in history. Icicle Creek’s production of this wonderful romantic comedy still embraces such classic songs as “Try to Remember,” “Soon It’s Gonna Rain,” and “They Were You,” but this version is set in the back alleys of a city where homeless denizens bring the story and the magic to life.