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Tuesday, October 20, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Four area theaters are kicking off new seasons this week

Ignite! Community Theatre, Spokane Civic Theatre, Lake City Playhouse and Red Bird Theater will produce “See How They Run,” “Matilda: The Musical,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and “Into the Woods,” respectively.

Spokane stages promise to be crowded through March

After a brief respite during the Christmas season, activity on area stages is starting to pick up again. A few shows are currently running – the heartwarming drama “Tuesdays With Morrie” at Ignite Community Theatre and the provocative satire “Disgraced” at Stage Left Theater – but here’s what you can expect to see on Spokane stages in the coming months.

Fumbling characters drive comedic ‘Farce’

When one door closes in Paul Slade Smith’s “Unnecessary Farce,” another opens, and it’s usually in service of a comedic misunderstanding, a mistaken identity or a romantic liaison. It’s a wacky, breathless, high-concept comedy of errors, premiering Friday at Ignite! Community Theatre, and the show’s director, Scott Finlayson, said its humor is even broader than you might expect.

Improv troupe will donate proceeds to Christmas Bureau

Tomorrow, families can kick off Christmas break with a mirthful show while helping less-fortunate families have a happy holiday. Improv Comedy at the Lake, which moved to Ignite Community Theatre in Spokane Valley last summer, is holding two family-friendly performances Saturday at 7 and 9 p.m.

‘Little Shop’ brings big laughs

‘Little Shop of Horrors” is one of the most celebrated cult musicals of the ’80s, a peculiar B-movie plot imbued with ’60s girl-group pop songs. Inspired by Roger Corman’s low-budget 1960 horror comedy, the show debuted off-Broadway in 1982 and was the first big hit for Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, who were later responsible for the original songs in such Disney films as “The Little Mermaid” and “Beauty and the Beast.” This weekend, Ignite! Community Theatre will be premiering their interpretation of “Little Shop.” It’s the company’s first-ever musical production.

Ignite! obtains new venue in Spokane Valley

For theater lovers who want options, Ignite! Community Theatre is hoping to fuel the flame at its home in the Spokane Valley Partners building, where it settled in September. “We are very happy to have a home and we are doing everything we can to bring quality theater to the Valley,” said artistic director and founding member Scott Finlayson.

Spotlight: Spokane’s Thin Air Radio grows closer to regular air

Spokane’s KYRS-FM (Thin Air Community Radio, 89.9 and 92.3) built its new 70-foot tower last week, atop Stensgar Mountain, about 40 miles northeast of town. That puts this low-powered community FM station one step closer to its goal to being a regular-powered community FM station.