CALL FOR HELP: Burien Little Theatre Needs A Baby Grand Piano To Play In Some Plays
Burien Little Theatre is looking for a baby grand piano to star in â€œChristmas with the Crawfords.â€ 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, â€œChristmas with the Crawfordsâ€ and a 1950â€™s rock â€˜n roll â€œA Midsummer Nightâ€™s Dream.â€ (Theater fans will recognize the latter as Arne Zasloveâ€™s adaptation that ran for years at the Bathhouse and at the Moore. In 2008 Arne updated the show with a few â€œnewâ€ 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 seasonâ€™s â€œThe Rocky Horror Showâ€ 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 Crawfordâ€™s home. (Just the idea of Christmas with Joan and kids, should make you smile, even before the curtain goes up.) Joanâ€™s pianist is onstage throughout the show and provides live music for the singers. Letâ€™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 BLTâ€™s exclusive â€œcomp listâ€ and you will be forever memorialized in the â€œspecial thanksâ€ section of the program for â€œChristmas with the Crawfordsâ€ and maybe most importantly your baby grand will have its day under the lights onstage.