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Seeking people with or without performing background for dance performance HERE // HEAR at Burien Actors Theatre

Sat, 12 May 2018

Here Hear

Want to be in a dance performance, but have no performance background? Come be part of the movement chorus in the new dance performance HERE // HEAR from June 22 through 24, presented by Burien Actors Theatre (BAT) and choreographed by Kris Wheeler.

HERE //HEAR is looking for people of various ages from late teens to elders to join the movement chorus, which will provide the energetic and visual context for the dance performance. The movement chorus choreography involves natural, pedestrian movement: standing, walking, sitting, and the like. Simple vocalizing is also included: droning, whispering, chattering sounds. Performance background is not necessary.

Rehearsal is required on Saturdays from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. as follows: May 19 and 26, and June 2 and 9 at Yaw Theater in Georgetown, and June 16 at Burien Actors Theater. Attendance is also required at the following at BAT: evening tech and dress rehearsals on June 20 and 21 from 6 to 11 p.m., and performances June 22 at 8 p.m., June 23 at 8 p.m. and June 24 at 2 p.m., with performers called at 6 for warm-ups.

Yaw Theater is located at 6520 5th Ave. S. in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood. Burien Actors Theatre is located at 14501 4th Ave S.W. in Burien.

For more information:  https://www.facebook.com/kriswheelerdance or https://www.hatchfund.org/project/here_here.

Contact Kris Wheeler if interested at kriswheeler2 @ gmail.com.


With movement chorus and live singing, HERE // HEAR is designed to be an immersive experience into sounds that become music and movement impulses that become dance.

HERE // HEAR aims to activate the audience's own states of listening and seeing. HERE // HEAR is a celebration of moving bodies & moving voices, stillness, silence, sound, and attentive response to change.

Director/choreographer Kris Wheeler was a soloist in the 1970s and 1980s with Seattle's American Contemporary Dance Company (ACDC, directed by the legendary Joan Skinner), and Robert Davidson’s Aerial Ensemble. Kris taught contemporary dance, improvisation and composition, including Contact Improvisation, around the United States, in Europe and on the faculty of the University of Washington’s dance program. She trained in clinical psychology, and then at 50, returned to the studio to continue to make dance. Over the last three years Wheeler has been working with dancers in the exploration of specific improvisational dance practices. This work has become HERE // HEAR.

Singer Ivory Smith is a Seat­tle-based com­poser, sound designer, pro­ducer and teacher. Ivory Smith has been musi­cal direc­tor or co-director for sev­eral acclaimed projects includ­ing Foot in Mouth, Lingo Productions and Ivory in Ice World. Her work has been show­cased at Bumbershoot, On the Boards and A Contemporary Theatre. She grew up study­ing piano, attended Cornish College of the Arts and grad­u­ated from Evergreen State College with a BA in Audio Engi­neer­ing and Non-Profit Busi­ness Man­age­ment. The breadth of her pro­fes­sional work is far reach­ing — from opera and jazz to build­ing and pro­gram­ming her own elec­tronic instru­ments. 

Featured dancers are Noelle Chun, Katherine Cook, Mary Margaret Moore, Calie Swedberg and Kris Wheeler.


Review: Church and State

Wed, 09 May 2018

photo by Michael Brunk

Church and State (written by Jason Odell Williams, Directed by Rochelle Flynn and Maggie Larrick) opens in the wake of another tragic mass shooting event, where the victims are students and their teachers yet again. And so begins a familiar song and dance that is, at this point, uniquely American:

“We need to do something about access to certain guns.”

“No, we need to ban them all!”

“Are you crazy? We need more God, send thoughts and prayers!!”

“We need guns to keep the government from being tyrannical!”

And around and around we go. 

However, Church and State takes a slight detour from this relatively new American tradition. Instead of being another apologist politician and instead of coming out and sending “thoughts and prayers” to the victims families, Senator Charlie Whitmore (played by Gianni Truzzi) believes it’s time to do something other than wait for some divine intervention by a higher authority.

As he paces back and forth in his North Carolina State University green room (set by Albie Clementi, lighting by Zanna King, and props by Cyndi Baumgardner), only a few minutes away from giving a speech, Senator Whitmore argues with his wife, Sara Whitmore (played by Brynne Garman), and his campaign manager, Alex Klein (played by Cailin Gilman). 

After questioning him about what’s bugging him, he reveals that during an impromptu interview earlier that day at the funeral for the victims, he tells a reporter (played my Max Lopuszynski) the truth about how he feels. When the reporter starts asking about Senator Whitmoes faith, he begins to answer honestly stating simply that it’s difficult to believe in a God that would allow a tragedy like this to continue happening in our country.

This is a huge problem according to his wife Sara and his campaign manager Alex. Re-election is coming up and if Senator Whitmore wants to stay in his position, one that grants him the best chance of doing the most good he can, he needs to abandon this new philosophy and start pandering to his very conservative voter base.

Senator Whitmore insists that he needs to speak his truth, while Sara tries to convince him to give the speech his crowd is familiar with to that he can win them over once again and get elected into office for another term.

As time for his speech comes, the clearly divided Senator Whitmore leaves the greenroom to head on stage for his big speech. Will he give the speech he needs to give, or will he give the speech his crowd needs to hear?

Church and State charges headfirst into one of biggest hot button issue we are facing in modern America. While it doesn’t really make an attempt to resolve the issue, it does pose a number of moral dilemmas that we see all too often in American culture:

Should religion replace action?

What role should religion play in politic, if any?

Can anything be done to stop these shootings?

The stage presentation is excellent, the actors embody their roles flawlessly (costumes by Vivian K. Smith) including southern dialect (dialect coach Gavin McLean). The actors lines and other sounds can be heard clearly (sound by Eric Dickman) to give depth to the performance. 

Church and State is as intelligent as it is funny and tragic. It is thought provoking and only takes itself serious enough to make a point. I highly recommend it, however, if you find yourself offended by anything that questions guns or religion, this may not be the show for you, but I would urge you to look past your differences and give it a chance.

Church and state is running April 27th through May 20th at the Burien Actors Theatre located at 14501 4th Ave SW in Burien. Tickets are $10 for students, $17 for seniors and military or $20 for everyone else. A special group rate of $12 per ticket for purchases of 10 tickets or more.

BAT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity that relies on ticket sales, donations, grants and volunteers to continue providing entertainment to the South Seattle community. BAT has been putting on live theater since 1955.

Moshier Spring Pottery Sale - May 5

Sat, 21 Apr 2018

Pottery Sale Flyer

Saturday, May 5, 2018
10:00 am-3:00 pm

Moshier Community Art Center,
430 S 156th, Burien (click here for directions)

Twice a year the potters at the Moshier Art Center gather to sell their handmade wares. Come to this amazing sale to find hundreds of items such as mugs, bowls, serving dishes, casseroles, garden art, soap dishes, jewelry, holiday items, and more! Come early for best selection. Checks or cash accepted.

For more information: call 206-988-3700

See you at the sale!


Mon, 16 Apr 2018

Poster for the show

Religion, guns, social media mix it up with politics in dramedy Church & State at Burien Actors Theatre (April 10, 2018 - Burien, WA) – Burien Actors Theater’s (“BAT”) production of the comedy-drama Church & State is a look at what can happen when religion, guns and social media mix it up with politics and honesty. Performances run April 27 through May 20.

The Burien Actors Theatre production, written by Jason Odell Williams, features specialty drinks themed to the show and plenty of free on-site parking, plus an opening night party.


Three days before Charles Whitmore’s Senate re-election, he decides to finally tell the public exactly what’s on his mind, no filter. What could possibly go wrong? This look at how religion, guns and social media influence our political system is simultaneously funny, heartbreaking and uplifting. Church & State is a Best New Play Nominee with both the Off-Broadway Alliance and L.A. Ovation Awards. Northwest premiere. “Subtle and gripping entertainment... Jason Odell Williams is a postmodern Clifford Odets” - LA Times. "A crackling script! I wish every member of Congress could see it!".....NPR

This show contains a little mild adult language that includes “G,” “H” and “D” words. BAT's policy is to inform audiences of content but to let parents, guardians and teachers make decisions that they feel appropriate for the youth and teens in their care.

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. at Burien Actors Theatre, 14501 4th Ave. S.W. in Burien.

Ticket prices range from $7 to $20. Student tickets are just $10. Enjoy opening weekend deals: Tickets on opening night, April 27, include free admission to the opening night party. On Saturday, April 28 all tickets are half price. On Sunday, April 29, which is BAT’s Seven Buck Sunday, admission is just $7.

For tickets, special deals or other information, go to www.burienactorstheatre.org or call 206-242-5180.

Church & State is sponsored by the City of Burien, 4Culture and Pickled & Preserved


Stage directors Rochelle Flynn and Maggie Larrick direct the talented cast of Gianni Truzzi (Senator Charles “Charlie” Whitmore), Brynne Garman (Sara Whitmore), Caitlin Gilman (Alex Steinberg) and Max Lopuszynski (Tom/Marshall/Reporter/Security Guy). Heather Bernadette is the show’s stage manager.

Designers for the show are: Albie Clementi, set; Zanna King, lighting; Cyndi Baumgardner, props; Vivian K. Smith, costumes; Eric Dickman, sound; Gavin McLean, dialect coach.


Exciting live theater has been a tradition in Burien since 1955. Incorporated in 1980, Burien Actors Theatre has been a leading producer of quality live theater serving residents of the Seattle and south Puget Sound areas.

BAT gives audiences an intriguing and invigorating theatre experience with unusual and fantastical productions they can’t see on film or see anywhere else. The company’s mission is to treat audiences to productions of the highest artistic integrity that excite, engage and involve both the local and expanding theatrical communities in the Puget Sound region.

BAT is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) entity and operates on revenue from ticket sales, donations, grants, sponsorships and volunteers.

Disney's The Lion King JR.

Mon, 16 Apr 2018

The Lion King JR

Summer Show Auditions for the Hi-Liners!

 Disney's The Lion King JR.

 a DownStage Center Production

 Disney's The Lion King has captivated the imagination of audiences around the world and now you have the opportunity to participate in this one-of-a-kind musical, live, on stage. The African savannah comes to life with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle... and back again, in this inspiring, coming-of-age tale.

Auditions: Saturday, April 14, 3-8:30pm

Callbacks: Wednesday, April 18, 6-9pm

Shows: Thursday-Sunday, July 12-15

Ages: 7-15

More information and registration at:

Mary Poppins Tickets & Summer Dance Intensive

Sat, 14 Apr 2018

Silhouetted Dancers

Two new updates from the Hi-Liners!

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Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins JR.

DownStage Center Production

Tickets Now on Sale

Your favorite practically perfect nanny takes center stage in this Supercalifragilisticexpi-alidocious adventure based on the award-winning Broadway musical and classic Walt Disney film.

Performance Venue:
Carco Theatre [Directions] [Parking Map]

Performance Dates: April 27-29 Buy Tickets Now

Strength and Conditioning Summer Dance Intensive

New Summer Dance Class!

Ages 10 through adult

Learn the moves on Saturday, repeat at home all week, feel the change every day.

June 23-August 25,
Saturdays 10-11:30am

More information and registration at: www.hi-liners.org/camps.html

hi-liners.org | 206-617-2152 | [email protected] | facebook page

Rapture, Blister, Burn: a Review

Fri, 23 Feb 2018

Poster for the show

We all know the saying, “The grass is greener on the other side”, but do we really understand what we mean when we say it?

Rapture, Blister, Burn (written by Gina Gionfriddo) seeks to explore that concept through its three central characters Cathrine (played by Kris Pepper Hambrick), Gwen (played by Alissa Cattabriga), and Gwen's husband Don (played by Wade Hicks).

Catherine, a successful author from New York is back in town to take care of her mother Alice (played by Trish Cosgrove), after she suffers a heart attack. Catherine’s long ago college roommate Gwen and her husband Don live nearby and the three decide to catch up.

We soon find out that Catherine isn’t dealing well with the state of her mother’s health. She’s reasoned her mother is going to die soon because both of Alice's sisters had a heart attack and died within the year.

To make things more complicated for her, Catherine begins to second guess the choices she’s made through out her life, choosing to work on a successful career rather than marrying and raising a family. She figures that once her mother is gone, she will be alone.

Enter the young and energetic Avery (played by Caitlin Colman), who regularly babysits for Gwen and Don. Avery and Catherine instantly become friends and Catherine sends a couple of the books she’s written home with Avery to take and read.

While Catherine is in town she decides to teach a private class about feminism throughout history. Gwen and Avery are her first and only students as they begin by discussing the topic of women breaking traditional gender roles, as Alice serves drinks and joins the conversation with her own insights.

However, the story really begins when we hear about a drunk call Catherine made to Gwen one night soon after she found out about her mother’s heart attack. What is the real reason Catherine is in town? Why is she beginning to question her life?

The sets are well designed and do a good job to bring the suburban lifestyle to the stage (set design by Albie Clementi). It’s clear where each scene is taking place, and the stage is illuminated well from end to end (lighting by Zanna King).

Every action and line of dialog can be heard with crystal clarity (sound by Eric Dickman). The characters look how their roles would suggest, suburban chic reigns supreme on stage (costumes by Barbara Cawley and Maggie Larrick, props by Cyndi Baumgardner).

The acting is top notch, with the characters coming to life on stage complete with their own history and backstory. You leave believing that these are real people.

Rapture, Blister, Burn will leave you thinking about that old saying, “grass is always greener”. But is it really greener, or does it just look that way from where we stand? Will we really be happier if we had done thing differently, or does that just trade one set of problems for another?

Rapture, Blister, Burn is running from February 16th til March 11th at the Burien Actors Theatre. The BAT is located at 14501 4th Avenue SW in Burien. Tickets are $10 for students and $20 for everyone else.

The Burien Actors Theatre has been performing shows in the Puget Sound area for over 35 years, and is a non-profit 501(c)(3) entity that relies heavily on ticket revenue, donations and volunteer help.

Review by by John Van de Ven

Photos of the show, by Michael Brunk:

From left to right, former college-mates Don (Wade Hicks), Gwen (Alissa Cattabriga) and Catherine (Kris Pepper Hambrick) are having an awkward reunion approximately 20 years after graduation in Burien Actors Theatre’s production of the comedy Rapture, Blister, Burn, written by Gina Gionfriddo.

From left to right, Don (Wade Hicks) and Catherine (Kris Pepper Hambrick) are talking about why they broke off their relationship in college in Burien Actors Theatre’s production of the comedy Rapture, Blister, Burn, written by Gina Gionfriddo.

From left to right, Don (Wade Hicks) and Gwen (Alissa Cattabriga) share a moment in Burien Actors Theatre’s production of the comedy Rapture, Blister, Burn, written by Gina Gionfriddo.

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