Village Theatre Programs
Village Theatre's Mainstage season runs from September - July with 34 weeks of production in Issaquah and 20 weeks of production in Everett with a subscriber base of 19,300. The season includes musicals from the American musical theatre canon, a new musical, and one play. And the play selection looks to the repertoire for a drama, comedy, or classic, which speaks to the multiple generations in the Theatre's audience. All the productions are built from the ground up by regionally and nationally-recognized designers and directors.
Village Originals is a nationally-recognized program of new musical development is a year-round program that has developed 100 new musicals through every step of musical development, from first table reading to full-scale premier Mainstage productions. Several of Village Theatre's productions have recently been produced in New York, while others have been produced throughout the country and Asia. Several of the new musicals that Village Theatre has developed have been licensed and are significant additions to the musical theatre canon.
Youth Education programs serve over 48,000 young people annually and spring from the belief that a lifetime of theatre going and an enduring appreciation for live theatre must begins in the formative years. With "Skills For Life; Skills For Theatre" KIDSTAGE, based in both Issaquah and Everett, offers classes and productions for kids ages 3-20. Pied Piper brings live theatre to children through public and school performances throughout Puget Sound. Many productions are based on children's literature, which "Brings Literature to Life."
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
Developed and produced by Village Theatre, Next To Normal won three Tony Awards and was awarded the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The national tour of Next To Normal opened Fall 2010. Tony Award winning Million Dollar Quartet was also developed and produced by Village Theatre. Productions of Million Dollar Quartet continue to run Chicago and and an indefinite run at Harrah's in Las Vegas. The national tour opened throughout the country Fall, 2011.
The production of musicals is the most demanding of resources, artistry, and ingenuity in theatre. Village Theatre produces large musicals in modest venues, which provides a uniquely intimate and satisfying experience for the audience. Village Theatre's production are designed and directed by regionally and nationally accomplished directors and designers. Rather than renting, we design and build each production from the ground up.