April 7, 2013 in Features

Spotlight: MAC to host Stravinsky’s ‘Rite of Spring’

By The Spokesman-Review
Mountaintop experience

 The Lake City Playhouse’s production of “K2” won best of the American Association of Community Theatre’s Region IX Festival and advances to the national festival in June.

 This is the first time that Lake City – or any theater from Idaho – has made it to nationals, said George Green, Lake City artistic director.

 Troy Nickerson took home the best director award for the production. Green and Rustin Hall won best set design.

 The abridged version of the play stars Green and Todd Kehne.

 The Spokane Civic Theatre won best technical production for “The Turn of the Screw.” Doug Dawson earned an outstanding achievement in acting award for his role and the show is the region’s alternate selection for the national competition

 The competition was in Richland on March 29-30 and featured plays from five regional theater companies.

 The national festival will be in Carmel, Ind. Lake City needs to raise about $15,000 to attend.

 The theater has two fundraisers scheduled:

  • Abbey Crawford and friends will have a musical showcase at 7:30 p.m. April 28 at Lake City Playhouse, 1320 E. Garden Ave., Coeur d’Alene. Tickets are $10 and go on sale Monday.

  • Lake City will perform a revival of “Rent” at 7:30 p.m. May 5 at University High School, 12420 E. 32nd Ave., in Spokane Valley. Tickets are $20.

 A third fundraiser – a performance of “K2” – will be scheduled in June.

 Tickets can be purchased at lakecityplayhouse.org or by calling (208) 667-1323. Supporters can also make donations on the website.

The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture will host a centennial celebration of Igor Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” at 3 p.m. Saturday.

The multimedia celebration will he presented by Donivan Johnson, a music teacher, pianist, composer and Spokesman-Review correspondent.

Johnson will guide the audience through Stravinsky’s ballet and the era that created it. The presentation will include music, slideshow, video clips, as well as a display of photos, scores and books. “Rite of Spring” premiered in Paris on May 29, 1913 and is considered a masterpiece of 20th-century music.

Johnson will premiere a new work, “Après-Danse Sacrale (After the Sacrificial Dance),” commissioned by Mary Moldenhauer and performed by the duo Paradox, Lynne Feller-Marshall (bassoon) and John Marshall (cello). The composition paints a portrait of Stravinsky’s “chosen one,” after the moment she dances herself to death.

Admission is $8. A no-host wine and soft-drink reception will be held starting at 2:15 in the Helen South Alexander gallery. Johnson’s presentation will be in the Eric A. Johnston Auditorium.

The MAC is located at 2316 W. First Ave.

Moses Lake concert

Speaking of Johnson, he will be in Moses Lake on Thursday performing and discussing the works of Erik Satie, a French composer from the turn of the 20th century.

In addition to playing Satie’s work, Johnson will perform his own works inspired by Satie.

The presentation will be held at 7 p.m. in the Civic Center Auditorium, 401 S. Balsam in Moses Lake. Admission is free.


Lion’s Share Theatre and Moody Radio Northwest on April 21 will present the premiere of “Out of the Shadows,” a one-woman show about Joy Davidman Lewis, wife of C.S. Lewis.

The play is by Joan Quall Becker, who with her husband, Jim, are the creative forces behind Spokane’s Lion’s Share Theatre. Lewis will be portrayed by the Becker’s daughter, Megan, a graduate of the Actors Studio, New School for Drama in New York City.

Joy Davidman Lewis, an American poet and novelist, was born into a Jewish family but she became an atheist and a Communist as a young woman. She converted to Christianity during her troubled first marriage. When her marriage ended, she moved to England.

She and Lewis married in 1956 and she died of bone cancer in 1960.

“Out of the Shadows” will be performed at 3 p.m. April 21 at the Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. Tickets are $15 in advance, available through TicketsWest – (800) 325-SEAT or www.ticketswest.com – or $20 at the door.

For more information, visit the Lion’s Share website, lionaround.org.

Tickets delayed

Sales for the Diane Schuur concert at Arbor Crest Wine Cellars on July 24 have been delayed a week.

Tickets will be available starting April 15, through TicketsWest. Tickets are $35 for reserved area seats, $30 for general admission.

Schuur is a Grammy-winning jazz singer and pianist.

For the kids

• The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra will play a fundraiser Tuesday for the Lewis and Clark Instrumental Music Parents’ Association.

The big band concert is at 7:30 p.m. at the Bing Crosby Theater. Tickets are $10, $25 and $35, available through TicketsWest.

The Lewis and Clark Jazz One Ensemble will open the show.

• Dylan for Kids is this month’s KPBX Kids’ Concert.

The concert will feature a Dylan sing-along, and favorites such as “Mr. Tambourine Man” and “Blowin’ in the Wind.” Carlos Alden will both host and perform, along with local band Sidetrack and folk singer Jenny Edgren.

The show is at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Bing. For more information, call (509) 328-5729 or visit www.kpbx.org.>

Staff writer Kimberly Lusk contributed to this report.

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