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Spotlight: Lake City Playhouse to open with ‘Les Mis’

Fans of “Les Misérables” will have cause to visit Coeur d’Alene in the fall, as Lake City Playhouse plans to open its 2014-15 season with the massively popular musical .

George Green, Lake City’s artistic director, will helm the show, which will run Sept. 12-Oct. 12. For those unfamiliar with the story, “Les Mis” is based on Victor Hugo’s epic novel and centers on Jean Valjean, convicted for stealing bread, and Javert, the policeman who pursues Valjean relentlessly. It’s all set against the backdrop of the French Revolution and includes the song “I Dreamed a Dream.”

The rest of the lineup looks like this:

“All Is Calm,” by Peter Rothstein, is a musical about the Christmas truce of 1914. It will be directed by Abbey Crawford, and will run Nov. 21-Dec. 21.

“The Last Five Years,” a musical by Jason Robert Brown, centers on the five-year relationship between two New Yorkers. Green will direct, and the show will run Jan. 9-25, 2015.

“The Nerd,” a two-act comedy by Larry Shue, centers on an unassuming architect and his two tenants. Dan Bell is the director of the play, which is scheduled to run Feb. 20 through March 8, 2015.

“God of Carnage,” by Yasmina Reza, was made into a movie in 2011 by director Roman Polanski. It tells the story of two sets of parents who meet when one child hurts the other on the playground. The play will run March 27-April 12, 2015 and will be directed by Heather McHenry-Kroetch.

“The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940,” a comedy by John Bishop, will be staged May 1-17, 2015. Anne Mitchell will direct this comedy.

“The Sound of Music” is about a nun, a widower, his children and the Nazi takeover of Austria. Andy Renfrew will direct this classic from June 5-28, 2015.

Finally, Stephen Sondheim’s Tony-winning “Assassins,” will run July 24-Aug. 9, 2015. Green directs.

Current season ticket holders have until March 14 to renew tickets and keep current seats. For ticket information, call the box office at (208) 667-1323 or visit

Speaking of theater

Spokane Civic Theater has revived its Playwrights Forum Festival, which closed in 2008.

Area playwrights are invited to submit one-act plays of 30 minutes or less. Those selected will be staged during the festival June 6 and 7.

Here are a few of the rules: plays must be 30 pages maximum; playwrights must be from Idaho, Washington, Oregon or Montana; no musicals; and deadline to enter is Feb. 14.

There are other rules, as well. For details, visit www.spokanecivictheatre. com/26th-playwrights-forum-festival.

Tomlin on tour

Legendary comedian Lily Tomlin is coming to the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox this summer.

The award-winning actress, comedian and writer will hit town on June 4. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday through all TicketsWest locations.


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