January 22, 2012 in Features

Spotlight: ‘Hello, Dolly!’ starts CdA’s 45th season

By The Spokesman-Review
 

It’s revival time at Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre.

The company is kicking off its 45th season with a production of “Hello, Dolly!” starring Ellen Travolta and Jack Bannon.

The husband-and-wife duo last portrayed matchmaker Dolly Levi and Horace Vandergeller on the Coeur d’Alene stage back in 2000, in a production that theater reviewer Jim Kershner applauded for its “polished and energetic chorus,” “excellent depth in support roles” and “little touch of star power.”

The other plays this season will include “Ring of Fire,” about Johnny Cash, “Monty Python’s Spamalot” and “Ragtime: The Musical.”

Season subscriptions are on sale at www.cdasummer theatre.com; tickets to individual shows go on sale April 12.

Short and SpIFFy

A collection of Northwest-born short films will be screened Friday at the Bing Crosby Theater as part of the Spokane International Film Festival.

Among the shorts featured in Best of the Northwest Shorts are films from several Spokane filmmakers. Making its world premiere will be “ ’63 Comet” from Jason McKee, who also is screening “MemoranduM,” which won “The Hip Clip” Judges Choice Award at the 2011 50 Hour Slam. 

“Dawn Over Time,” from Ferguson Films, won the Judges’ Choice Award at the 48 Hour Film Festival. “How to Kill an Alias,” by Dave Kotlan, screened at ReelSpokane in November. “In Those we Trust” is from Eastern alums Kris and Lindy Boustedt.

Davin Perry’s “Opportunities Lost” won the Judges Choice Award at the 2011 50 Hour Slam. “Talisman,” from Where Are My Elephants, won the People’s Choice Award at the 48 Hour Film Festival.

Also on the agenda is “Spokane’s Finest,” which took top honors at ReelSpokane. The film is a music video for the jazzy, hip-hop song of the same name by Spokane’s Flying Spiders, and was directed by Rajah Bose. Bose, the Spiders violinist, is a former photographer for The Spokesman-Review.

Actually, there are several SR connections in the band. Frontman Isamu Jordan is a former staff writer who now writes a music column. Thuy-Dzuong Nguyen, a former SR online producer, plays piano and keyboards.

One more SpIFFy connection

“In the Family,” which will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Saturday at the Magic Lantern, features Spokane native Trevor St. John. St. John, who graduated from West Valley High School in 1989, appeared on 123 episodes of “One Life to Live” from 2006-’11 and had parts in films such as “The Bourne Ultimatum,” “Crimson Tide” and “The Kingdom.”


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