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Spotlight: CdA’s Playhouse, arts patrons chosen for Mayor’s Awards

Sun., Sept. 29, 2013

Coeur d’Alene’s Art Commission is awarding the 18th annual Mayor’s Awards in the Arts to Lake City Playhouse and arts patrons Ken and Victoria Roberge.

Mayor Sandy Bloem will present the awards at 6 p.m. Oct. 10 in a public gathering at the Hagadone Event Center.

Lake City Playhouse will receive the Excellence in the Arts Award, given to the artists who made significant contributions to the awareness of arts in the community, according to a news release from the city. The Roberges will receive the Support of the Arts Award, recognizing their commitment, support and involvement to the arts.

The playhouse, located at 13th Street and Garden Avenue in Coeur d’Alene, has been staging plays since 1961. The regular season features eight plays – a mixture of classics and newer fare, dramas and comedies. This season kicked off recently with “Damn Yankees,” which continues through Saturday. The remaining plays this season are “Lend Me a Tenor,” “Christmas Belles,” “Little Women,” “Wit,” “The Great American Trailer Park Musical,” “Arsenic and Old Lace” and “Guys and Dolls.”

The Roberges own Specialty Tree Services in Coeur d’Alene.

‘Les Mis’ run extended

Spokane Civic Theatre has extended the run of “Les Misérables” through Oct. 27.

The musical, by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg based on the novel by Victor Hugo, is an epic story of love and redemption set against the backdrop of the French Revolution. The Civic production is directed by Douglas Webster, who was in the Broadway company, and features Jim Swoboda as Jean Valjean, Darryl Gurecky as Javert, Andrea Dawson as Fantine and Natalya Ferch as Cosette.

Tickets are available through TicketsWest. Visit or call the box office at (509) 325-2507 for details.

Spokane playwright

The University of Idaho Department of Theatre Arts is staging a play by Spokane playwright (and freelance theater critic) Sandra Hosking.

“Ordinary Time” tells the story of Aleah, who is hurtled back to the 14th century world of Geoffrey Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales” after a particularly harrowing experience at work, according to a news release from UI.

“The play began as an office satire because I have worked in a corporate environment for many years and know a lot about the quirks of the cubicle culture,” Hosking said in the release. “But, as with almost all of my work, it took a surreal turn and I had to follow the characters on their journeys.” She wrote the play as part of her work toward a masters of fine arts in dramatic writing at Idaho.

She is currently resident playwright and dramaturge at Stage Left Theater in Spokane. She reviews plays at Lake City Playhouse and Interplayers for The Spokesman-Review.

“Ordinary Time” will open Thursday and run through Oct. 13 in the UI Hartung Theater. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $10 general admission, $8 for UI faculty and staff, seniors and students at Washington State University. UI students are admitted free with valid ID. Tickets are available by calling the Kibbie Dome box office, (208) 885-7212, online through the Idaho Vandals Athletics website, or at the door.

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