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Weekend Theater: A Sweet "Spring"

Posted on July 29, 2016 at 10:00 PM

(Article originally published in Seattle Gay News: https://goo.gl/8ZbXol)

By Michael Strangeways


Lean mean theater companies seem to be learning that maybe it’s wiser (and more economical) to do shorter runs of productions. A four week long run used to be the norm but that’s changing. Two local theater companies in Seattle seem to be taking this to heart with shorter runs. Sound Theater Company is in its final weekend of a three week stint for t...

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BWW Review: Effortful SPRING AWAKENING at 12th Ave Arts Suffers From Technical Difficulties

Posted on July 27, 2016 at 10:00 PM

(Article originally published in Broadway World: https://goo.gl/Dqizrs)

By Amelia Reynolds


"Spring Awakening" is a tough musical to take on: all of the performers need to be exceptional singers and dancers, while also finding that sweet spot of giving their character emotional honesty in its darkly funny narrative. On top of it all, most of the actors have to be (or at least pass as) middle schoolers. Any misssteps-especially when adapted for a small s...

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BASEMENT THEATRICS' SPRING AWAKENING: STORMY WITH A CHANCE OF CLEAR SKIES

Posted on July 26, 2016 at 9:00 PM

 (Article originally published in Jetspace Magazine: https://goo.gl/TVcqnP)

By Eric Starker 


Spring Awakening is a hot ticket. The latest revival by Deaf West Theatre earned several Tony nominations. In Seattle, we’ve had a touring production and a more recent, well-received production by the dearly missed Balagan Theatre. Spring Awakening’s mix of 19th-century setting, lyrical, antiquated-style text and a contemporary pop score by singer-s...

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Washington State Mr. Leather 2014 Erik Taylor's Rave Review

Posted on July 25, 2016 at 10:00 PM

There are those moments when one meets a creative talent in their earliest moments of ascension into greatness. I felt like I had one of those encouters this afternoon when I had the privilege to review Basement Theatrics production of the 2006 Tony Award winning Rock Musical “Spring Awakening”. Moshe Henderson has brilliantly staged an upbeat modern rock opera placed in a German Village at the end of the 19th Century. Spring Awakening explores the developing sexual desires of ado...

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Getting To Know You: Actor, Director, And Producer Moshe Henderson

Posted on November 25, 2015 at 2:00 AM

(Article originally published on Jetspace: http://goo.gl/KDL50D)

By David-Edward Hughes


For this first column in a recurring series spotlighting new and veteran Seattle talent, I chose someone who I am just getting to know myself. Moshe Henderson is a bright. savvy, and droll gentleman who is wise beyond his 19 years. 


Moshe (pronounced Mo She) was recommended to me for a role in a stage reading I am developing by his former directo...

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Hi­Liners celebrate 20 years of MainStage with the opening of 42nd Street musical at the PAC

Posted on September 7, 2014 at 3:00 AM

(Article originally published in The Highline Times: http://goo.gl/1Zsltl)

By Matt Wendland


The Hi-Liners are celebrating 20 consecutive years of their MainStage program at Burien’s Performing Arts Center (PAC) with opening of their 42nd Street musical production.

 

The Hi-Liners first began in 1966 as a summer program founded by Highline School District teacher Wil...

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Audiences Love 'Ordinary Days'

Posted on March 7, 2014 at 2:00 AM

(Reviews originally published by the public on Basement Theatrics' blog: http://goo.gl/2SmMmh)


“I often attend musical theatre shows (I estimate 6-10 a year) at every level (elementary school performances to Broadway). The professionalism and dedication of everyone associated with this show was evident from the high quality of the production. The script was fantastic and brought to life through the talent of the actors. The set changes were exceptional in that man...

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The Diary of Anne Frank Retains Power at Renton Civic Theatre

Posted on April 13, 2013 at 3:00 AM

(Article originally published on Talkin' Broadway: http://goo.gl/aL7ye1)

By David Edward-Hughes


The Diary of Anne Frank, Albert Hackett and Francis Goodrich's dramatization of Anne Frank's memoirs of her years in hiding from the Nazi's during World War II, receives a respectful, generally well-acted production at Renton Civic Theatre. Artistic director Bill Huls handles the material with perhaps a bit too much reverence, and his pacing of the proceedings co...

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Musical about surviving high school is as easy as 'Rocket Science'

Posted on January 1, 2013 at 2:00 AM

(Article originally published in The Issaquah Press: http://goo.gl/yqloJN)

By Warren Kagarise


Hal Hefner is accustomed to high school’s indignities and perils.


Besides a tumultuous home life, high school presents a treacherous gauntlet for Hal, a stutterer. The clumsy attempts at romance, friendship and, importantly, earning a spot on the debate team form the plot for “Rocket Science” — a musical created for yo...

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Singing, dancing elevates Hi-Liners' CATS

Posted on September 17, 2012 at 3:00 AM

(Article originally published in The Highline Times: http://goo.gl/E4nn8D)

By Aya Hashiguchi Clark

SPECIAL TO THE HIGHLINE TIMES

 

The Hi-Liners, the magical musical theatre company who have artfully and wondrously put young performers on stage since 1966, have opened their 2012 Mainstage season with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “CATS.”

 

For those unfamiliar with the show, “CATS,” based on T.S. Eliot’s ...

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