Local drummer Quindrey Davis-Murphy, 26, has been performing on Spokane stages since he was a child prodigy at age 14. A fixture in local bands, the Eastern Washington University graduate played the skins with multiple celebrated artists including Allen Stone, Alex Acuna, Snark Puppy, Spokane Brass Quintet and many more.
Anne M. "Marnie" Rorholm, Ph.D., has been selected as the director of development at Spokane Valley Summer Theatre, where she has worked as a volunteer since the nonprofit began in 2015. "The production quality at SVST created by professional leadership and local talent is simply unmatched in the Spokane area," Rohrholm said.
The University of Idaho theater department invites students, faculty and staff as well as members of the Moscow-Pullman community to submit a video audition for its spring season. Those interested in auditioning should prepare a one-minute contemporary monologue recorded via video and fill out an audition card at uitheatre.com.
For years, the sound of Beethoven’s Ninth, as performed by the Spokane Symphony, has been the soundtrack for saying goodbye to the current year and hello to the new year in Spokane on New Year’s Eve. To no one’s surprise, that concert was canceled earlier this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Spokane Civic Theatre and Spokane Public Radio have joined forces to present a radio theater production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” adapted for the stage by Barbara Field. The show will air on KPBX 91.1 for the last time at 2 p.m. on Thursday.
In any other year, the Spokane Symphony could be found performing Beethoven's Ninth to ring in the new year. But, seeing as 2020 is not your average year, the symphony has had to rethink its annual celebration. This year, the symphony will make available a virtual concert featuring performances from the orchestra and special guests beginning 4 p.m. Dec. 31 on Vimeo.
During this holiday season, shoppers can add extra-special meaning to their purchases by not only selecting gifts with thought for loved ones, but also by buying items from local businesses and with Spokane in mind. Here is a list of Spokane-centric holiday gift ideas by The Spokesman-Review's Features staff. If you want to add your gift-giving ideas to our list, keep reading.
Spokane audiences have the chance to watch two new performances thanks to WestCoast Entertainment and STCU Best of Broadway. Beginning Friday, Emmy winner and Tony nominee Liz Callaway's "Home for the Holidays" will be available for viewing. During "Home for the Holidays," Callaway will perform holiday favorites, Broadway showtunes and more.
Spokane Arts announced its third and final round of Spokane Arts Grants Awards for the year, with nine local artists and organizations receiving a total of $41,827 from the nonprofit arts advocacy group. The nine proposals from a pool of 28 will use the monies to fund projects in literature, dance, education, painting, therapeutic arts, storytelling and music.
From casting call to final dress, the University of Idaho’s upcoming production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” from Friday-Dec. 13 has been organized entirely over Zoom. Adapted by MFA playwriting candidate Kendra Phillips, the holiday classic will be presented in semi-staged readers theater-style with lighting, special effects and costuming.
"Jersey Boys," which was originally scheduled as part of the 2019-20 STCU Best of Broadway season, has been postponed until Feb. 11-13, 2022. Those with tickets for the original dates should keep their tickets. Previously purchased tickets will be honored for the new dates. Ticketholders will receive an email with more information.
Already in its seventh touring year, “The Hip Hop Nutcracker” continues to surprise audiences with its stark juxtaposition of artistic styles. At 7 p.m. Dec. 19, a version of the celebrated holiday dance spectacle, recorded at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, will be streamed online for audiences at home across the country.
What do you get for the music lover who has everything? A ticket to something they've never heard, or seen, before, like Northwest BachFest's virtual "Across the Miles" series. The series, which features virtual concerts from and interviews with a variety of performers, launched in October with “The Intimate World of Cole Porter.”
Gonzaga University’s Theatre & Dance Department is presenting its second annual “Dance Presents! Concert” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and the free event, livestreamed from the Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center, will feature original choreography by Kyle Davis, principal dancer with Pacific Northwest Ballet, and the Gonzaga Ballet Ensemble.
In his book, “Moving to Higher Ground: How Jazz Can Change Your Life,” trumpeter, composer and educator Wynton Marsalis wrote, “Because jazz musicians improvise under the pressure of time, what's inside comes out pure. It's like being pressed to answer a question before you have a chance to get your lie straight.”
Standup comedy has come to a virtual standstill thanks to the novel coronavirus. Some clubs in states where the restrictions are relaxed, such as Oklahoma, Florida and Texas, are hosting shows. However, Dan Cummins is a comic who is not down with making such a trek. “I don’t need to tour if it’s going to be super stressful," Cummins said.
LONDON — Andrew Scott and Ian McKellen were among acting winners as Britain’s Laurence Olivier Awards celebrated the best of the London stage in bittersweet fashion Sunday night — most U.K. theaters remain closed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
For the last eight years, Ellen Travolta and her crew of singers, performers and family members have brought Christmas spirit to Coeur d’Alene, and they’re not letting COVID-19 stop them in 2020. “Saving Christmas” opens Nov. 27 and runs through Dec. 30 at the Coeur d’Alene Resort.
After announcing in September that STCU Best of Broadway performances were postponed because of COVID-19, WestCoast Entertainment announced Wednesday that those performances have once again been rescheduled. The season will kick off with “Cats,” running Oct. 26-31, 2021.
NEW YORK – The sobering musical “Jagged Little Pill,” which plumbs Alanis Morissette’s 1995 breakthrough album to tell a story of an American family spiraling out of control, earned a leading 15 Tony Award nominations Thursday as the Broadway community took the first steps to celebrate a pandemic-shortened season.
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