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Spotlight: Civic Theatre forms Artistic Committee

Spokane Civic Theatre has formed an Artistic Committee, headed by longtime Civic actor-directors Kathy Doyle-Lipe and Wes Deitrick, “to foster and operate a volunteer live community theater of high artistic merit,” according to a Civic news release.

Committee members include several names currently and formerly associated with Civic: Thomas Armitage, an actor and director who teaches drama at North Central High School; playwright Bryan Harnetiaux; Peter Hardie, Civic’s retired technical director; Susan Hardie, a longtime Civic actor and director; Wendy Klaue, a former Civic board member and current member of the endowment board; actor J.P. O’Shaughnessy, KXLY news director Jerry Post; and Mike Saccomanno, a music teacher at Mead High School.

Among the first actions the committee undertook was recommending that Civic’s resident artistic director, Troy Nickerson, direct “Gypsy” next year. According to the release, the Civic board approved the move.

Speaking of Civic

In conjunction with season opener “Les Miserables,” Civic is offering a Master Class with director Douglas Webster, who acted with the Broadway production, and Eric M. Little, who will serve as the “Les Miz” music director.

Up to 300 people ages 16 and older can participate in the session, set for Sept. 8 on the Civic Main Stage, 1020 N. Howard St. The class will run from 2 to 4 p.m. Cost is $5. To register, download a form available at www /civic-news/?eid=133.

“Les Miserables” will run from Sept. 20 to Oct. 20.

Gonzaga cabaret

Gonzaga University’s music department is hosting a back-to-school Eclectic Cabaret Sept. 6 at the Bing Crosby Theater.

The Eclectic Cabaret Orchestra will perform Darius Milhaud’s “The Creation of the World,” and, with pianist Greg Presley, George Gershwin’s Concerto in F for piano and orchestra.

Michael and Keleren Millham will sing and play finger-style guitar. Cellist Kevin Hekmatpanah will perform, and the Cabaret String Quartet will present Gonzaga composer Kevin Waters’ latest works, “I Took the One Less Traveled By” and “Pater Noster” with baritone David Wolff.

The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and a public reception will follow. Tickets are $12 in advance, through TicketsWest, or $15 at the door; $10 for students, seniors and GU faculty and staff.

The show is free to GU students with ID.

Music at the JACC

The Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center in Post Falls will host a series of concerts this fall encompassing a variety of musical styles – blues, classical guitar, world music, folk and jazz.

The schedule features:

Classical guitarist Brad Richter and cellist Viktor Uzur, Sept. 27;

Blues benefit featuring the Voodoo Church of Blues, Sept. 28;

Canadian folk band Maria in the Shower, Oct. 10; and

Turkish multi-instrumentalist Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Oct. 25.

All concerts will be at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $20 general, $15 students. For information or tickets, call the JACC at (208) 457-8950 or email