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Class Time

The ABCs of Skagit’s stages

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Students, please silence your iPhones and other devices. it’s time to put on your listening ears and pay attention.

Our goal today is to learn about the ABCs of the theater scene in Skagit County. Although there won’t be a test at the end of the short lecture, you will be expected to support the actors, dancers, filmmakers, musicians and other creative types plying their trades on local stages by showing up to their gigs as often as possible.

Since the Anacortes Community Theatre begins with an “A,” we’ll start there. Were you aware that the unassuming theater at 918 M Ave. has been entertaining area audiences since 1964, and that they present a whopping six mainstage shows a year? If you’ve purchased ticket’s for ACT’s current production—The 25th annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, which shows again April 13-16 and 20-22—please watch the show and have a 300-word essay ready by next Wednesday on the topic of competition among tweenagers. Info: http://www.acttheatre.com

Brodniak Hall may be part of Anacortes High School, but the large stage isn’t just reserved for the talented drama, dance and music students. The Skagit Community Band will share its annual spring swing concert,  “I’ll Remember April” on April 30, the North Cascades Concert Band will play there May 20, and Fidalgo Dance Works will present showings of Alice June 3-4. Those who attend any of the aforementioned shows will get a gold star, so plan your life accordingly. Info: http://www.edline.net

Continuing alphabetically, the community-minded Concrete Theatre on Main Street provides the small town’s residents with a way to see performances, concerts and movies of the moment without having to get on the freeway. And fans of history will appreciate the fact that the theater’s present incarnation—which opened in 1924, and showed silent films, “talkies,” boxing matches, vaudeville shows and more in its early years—was preceded by two other theaters of the same name, both of which burned to the ground. Since 2009, Valerie Stafford and Fred West have been at the helm of the oldest theater in Skagit County, and they’d love it if you stopped by. Info: http://www.concrete-theatre.com

We’re not going to have time for a complete rundown, but McIntyre Hall and the Phil Tarro Theatre need to be mentioned while space allows (for more details about Mount Vernon’s Lincoln Theatre, read Carey Ross’ story on pg. 22). Throughout the year, Skagit Valley College’s Mount Vernon-based arts spaces keep busy, both with internationally acclaimed performers and talented residents. At McIntyre Hall—the bigger of the two spaces—upcoming gigs include an April 22 “Drag Night” to raise money for the Rainbow Alliance, Skagit Valley Chorale’s “Celebrating in Song” April 28 and 30, and an April 29 “Classics Concert” by the Skagit Symphony. At the intimate Phil Tarro Theatre, “A Season of Shakespeare” will conclude May 19-28 with showings of Twelfth Night. If you don’t know why this play is famous, it’s time to do your homework. Info: http://www.mcintyrehall.org

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