CALL FOR HELP: Burien Little Theatre Needs A Baby Grand Piano To Play In Some Plays

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Burien Little Theatre is looking for a baby grand piano to star in “Christmas with the Crawfords.” The piano would be onstage from November 22nd through December 20th.

Here’s what BLT’s Eric Dickman sent us:

This season BLT is doing two musical productions, “Christmas with the Crawfords” and a 1950’s rock ‘n roll “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” (Theater fans will recognize the latter as Arne Zaslove’s adaptation that ran for years at the Bathhouse and at the Moore. In 2008 Arne updated the show with a few “new” 50s songs.)

BLT audiences seem to love musicals. They are great fun and a great escape, but they are very expensive to produce. They can easily be twice as expensive to produce as a non-musical. (Last season’s “The Rocky Horror Show” set a new budget record for BLT, but was loved by all who came to the show.) At BLT we strive to keep costs down to make every performance affordable to as many people as possible, but we also raise the production values and quality with every new production. To that end we beg and borrow props and set pieces whenever possible. The Seattle Opera, The Gilbert and Sullivan Society, and countless other theaters in the Northwest have loaned pieces to BLT. To be fair, BLT returns the favor whenever it can.

But with the Christmas show, BLT is between a rock and a hard place. The show takes place at the legendary film diva Joan Crawford’s home. (Just the idea of Christmas with Joan and kids, should make you smile, even before the curtain goes up.) Joan’s pianist is onstage throughout the show and provides live music for the singers. Let’s face it, the Crawford house would not have an upright piano.

Can you help? BLT will work with you to protect your baby, but it is time for your baby to leave home and become a star! Of course, you will have the honor of being put on BLT’s exclusive “comp list” and you will be forever memorialized in the “special thanks” section of the program for “Christmas with the Crawfords” and maybe most importantly your baby grand will have its day under the lights onstage.

If you can help BLT, please contact Eric at [email protected], or email BLT at [email protected], and don’t forget to check out all of BLT’s new season here.

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