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Wenatchee meets Wilder: ‘Our Town’ opens tonight

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.
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A romantic comedy for the ages at Icicle Creek

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.
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The power of art: Leavenworth students create art to promote change

When school starts late on Wednesday mornings, a handful of Cascade High School students meet over mugs of coffee to make art and talk about changing the world. On Wednesday, the group’s work will be on display and for sale at Blackbird Bistro in Leavenworth.

‘Cabaret’ coming to Numerica PAC

The Numerica Performing Arts Center announces its 2015 Hot August Nights performance will be “Cabaret.” Don Fox and Jaime Donegan return in August to produce 11 performances of the Broadway musical on the Numerica PAC stage.
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Stage Kids offers winter classes for young performers

Is your son a bit dramatic? Does your daughter break into jazz hands at the breakfast table? You may be raising a stage kid, and a new children’s theater group in Wenatchee is here for them. Stage Kids Washington launched last summer with a theater camp program that drew 41 young participants. Last month, it staged its first production, “Annie Jr.,” at the Riverside Playhouse. And the group is just getting warmed up, according to Stage Kids founder Michelle McCormick, with theater classes beginning next week (for grades 1-8) and ...
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Methow Made: An autumn arts weekend in the Methow Valley

TWISP — Spend a few minutes talking with someone in the Methow Valley and chances are good the conversation will eventually turn to The Big Decision: the moment when this person chose, with clear intention and moral conviction, to pack up their life in Seattle or Bellevue or Wenatchee and move here, to this valley of natural beauty, outdoor recreation and a concentrated wealth of artistic talent.

Five Things to Know about Music Theatre of Wenatchee

Music Theatre of Wenatchee has enjoyed a tradition of excellent community theater in the greater Wenatchee area since 1961. It is a non-profit enterprise governed by a volunteer board of trustees. Our goal is to provide quality entertainment and a chance for community members to share talents, make new friends, learn new skills, and enjoy the excitement that live theater offers. Here are five things to know about Music Theatre of Wenatchee:
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Merc Playhouse names new executive director

The Merc Playhouse in Twisp has annouced that Missi Smith will take over later this month as the theater’s executive director. Smith will replace current executive director Jane Hubrig, who has held the position for the past six years.
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Who is ‘Eve in the Orchard?’ A Wenatchee Valley Museum mystery

The woman in the photograph wears a dress of leaves and holds a snake in one hand, an apple in the other. Her hair is styled like a young Bette Davis. She is surrounded by apple trees and men with cameras. The staff of the Wenatchee Valley Museum call the old black and white photo “Eve in the Orchard.” What exhibit curator Bill Rietveldt wants to know is, who is that woman? 
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First Friday Art Walk: The October edition

It’s Art Walk time again. This month’s offerings include dancers in motion and on canvas, a pop-up museum of your own prized possessions, and a collection of wine labels that are too pretty not to peel off the bottle and put in a frame. For a full list and schedule, go to: wenatcheefirstfridaysartswalk.tumblr.com.
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A life of writing: Newbery winner Jack Gantos to speak to NCW students about his books

FBI agents swarmed the lobby of the Chelsea Hotel in New York City in the summer of 1971. Twenty-year-old Jack Gantos stood frozen. He knew he’d been caught. Later, he would learn that the Feds had known about the drug running operation since the start, since before Gantos and a partner set sail from St. Croix to New York in a boat packed with two thousand pounds of hash, and since before Gantos pushed a stolen shopping cart full of the imported drugs to buyers throughout the city. The ship’s ...
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Citing fire, gallery director resigns

“We did not choose to lose our home in a wild fire,” wrote Nicole Ringgold in her latest blog entry. “We were suddenly — unpredictably — thrust into a position to make decisions that we otherwise wouldn’t have considered.”

Art studio seeking artists

Three artists who make up a collaborative and share work space in downtown Wenatchee are seeking additional artists to join the group.
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Fine Arts Festival draws 40 artists from around the Northwest

CHELAN — July has given way to the heat of August, and the dust from last weekend’s rodeo in Omak is settling. Come noon Friday, the Fine Arts Festival will have the last of its booths up and the band will be getting ready to play.