Spotlight: New theater group plans its first play

SUNDAY, AUG. 26, 2012

There’s a new theater company in the Idaho Panhandle.

The JACC Theater Troupe was formed this spring by the Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center in Post Falls and will be presenting its first play next month: Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest.”

Eric Paine, a veteran of both Spokane Civic Theatre and Lake City Playhouse, will direct. The cast includes Christopher Lamb, Bethany Hart, Colton Sullivan, Cole Durbin, Loretta Underwood, Hannah Patton, Ron Ford and Joshua Lewis.

JACC executive director Liisa Spinks said in a news release that the center’s facility, an 1890s church, is perfectly suited to Wilde’s Victorian comedy. “We are going to turn our hall into an English tea room. The audience will be able to buy cucumber sandwiches and drink proper English tea, while listening to the words of Oscar Wilde,” she said. “We are not a typical theater venue, we don’t have fly space, we don’t have a lighting rig, but what we do have is a gorgeous 1890s building that is screaming for site specific productions.”

“The Importance of Being Earnest” will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 6, 7, and 8 and 2 p.m. Sept. 9 at the JACC, 405 N. William St., Post Falls. Tickets are $15; to purchase them, call (208) 457-8950 or email art@thejacklincenter.org.

Hot Portatos

Spokane-based accordion band Portatos is back from a winning time in Victoria, B.C., and looking forward to an upcoming concert and an international gathering.

Portatos, headed by Spokane accordion teacher Patricia Bartell of Able to Play Studios, won a first-place trophy at the recent Victoria Accordion Festival and performed an afternoon concert in the Market Square.

Next the group, with members from ages 8 to 25, will team with Tango Volcado for a concert Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. Tickets are $20, available at www.worldtrophy accordion.org/Tango. The evening is designed to raise awareness and money to support the 62nd Trophee Mondial, an esteemed international accordion championship. The Trophee Mondial is coming to Spokane Oct. 23-27. Bartell said musicians from China, Russia, Poland and many other countries are planning to come to Spokane to compete and perform.

For information on Portatos, visit www.portatos.com. For details on Trophee Mondial, visit www. worldtrophy accordion.org/.

Civic’s on sale

Tickets for the upcoming season at Spokane Civic Theatre are on sale now. The lineup includes:

• “The Producers,” Sept. 21-Oct. 21;

• “A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline,” Oct. 19-Nov. 18;

• “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas,” Nov. 16-Dec. 21;

• “Escanaba in Love,” Jan. 11-Feb. 2;

• “Next to Normal,” Feb. 1-March 3;

• “The Drowsy Chaperone,” Feb. 22-March 17;

• “On Golden Pond,” March 22-April 14;

• “Treasure Island,” April 5-21;

• “The Dixie Swim Club,” May 3-June 2; and

• “Grease,” May 17-June 16.

Tickets are available by calling the box office at (509) 325-2507 or online at www.spokanecivic theatre.com/tickets, or by visiting any TicketsWest location. For more information, visit Civic’s website at www.spokanecivic theatre.com.

McManus movies

Plans are under way to film three Patrick McManus plays, starring his “indentured actor,” Tim Behrens, this fall at The Bing Crosby Theater.

Two McManus-Behrens plays, “A Fine and Pleasant Misery” and “McManus in Love,” were filmed by public television and have been available on DVD for some time. Now, the duo is bowing to requests from fans for DVD copies of the three remaining one-man shows: “Scrambled McManus,” “Pot Luck” and “Poor Again … Dagnabbit!” Behrens said in a news release the goal is to have the DVDs out in time for Christmas.

They hope to film in front of a packed house, and so have kept ticket prices low – $15 per show, or $33 for all three, Behrens said.

“Scrambled McManus” will be staged Oct. 4, “Pot Luck” on Nov. 15 and “Poor Again … Dagnabbit” on Dec. 6. Tickets are available at all TicketsWest outlets, by phone at (800) 325-SEAT or online at www.ticketswest.com, or daily from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hotel Ruby.

For more information, visit www.mcmanus plays.com.

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