Of entertainment and expeditions
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
n a new “field guide” sent out by the Mount Baker Theatre, executive director Brad Burdick claims to have spent two-thirds of his adult life collecting experiences from around the globe for the historic hub—making him the perfect person to act as a liaison for those searching for entertainment-based expeditions.
“Consider this book a personal tour guide in your pocket as you map out new adventures for this year,” Burdick writes of the upcoming season’s offerings.
The handbook to “exceptional outings and general wonderment” continues with a color-coded key. A green “harmony” icon delineates music-based events, while the blue “inspiration” symbol points to Broadway hits and spectacle-based entertainment. The red “elevation” promises new vistas, and the purple “togetherness” sign focuses on family experiences.
Before the 2017/2018 begins in earnest in mid-September with a performance by Sawyer Brown, the theater will host a free Sat., Aug. 26 show by the U.S. Air Force Commanders Jazz Ensemble. At the Walton Theatre, Help! My Husband Has Gone Missing, My Daughter is Getting Married and I Am Having Hot Flashes (Aug. 10-20) and The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron? (Aug.23-27) will feature solo shows delving into what makes the opposite sexes so mysterious to each other.
From there, enter fall and winter secure in the knowledge that the doldrums brought about by the waning sun can be countered by mainstage outings with the likes of “A Night with Janis Joplin,” oceanic travels with Undersea Bubble Fantasia, Shemekia Copeland and Matt Anderson, Bela Fleck, A Charlie Brown Christmas, The Wizard of Oz, the Brian Setzer Orchestra, Ladies of Laughter, Roseanne Cash, We Banjo 3, and beyond. Spring and early summer will brings acts like Lonesome Traveler, A Chorus Line, visits by David Sedaris and Ira Glass, Cabaret, Olate Dogs, and Dailey & Vincent.
If you’re not sure how to begin your journey, consider signing up for an “Embark!” Open House taking place from 2-5pm Sun., July 23 throughout the theater.
In addition to being able to purchase tickets for the 29 events that are part of the upcoming season, attendees can tour the building, have their picture taken on the main stage, identify different elements in the building for prizes, compete in trivia contests, enjoy videos of upcoming performances, listen to the pipe organ and potentially win a series package of four shows.
Burdick will be on hand to direct the way, so consider him to be your tour guide, and follow his lead.
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