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Stage fright is like puberty

An interview with Hamlet's Connor Toms, by Bianca G., age 18

Connor Toms is an actor, and you can tell. He’s articulate, like someone who has taken voice lessons, he knocks on wood frequently and superstitiously, and he’s so animated that he constantly shifts around in his chair. He’s currently playing the role of Hamlet at the Seattle Children’s Theatre. Here he discusses everything from how stage fright was like...Read more →

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I thought this column was terribly captivating and informative. Keep up the good work Leah! - Olivia

Nearly silent: Anne Frank offers a rare glimpse of history

Review of The Diary of Anne Frank by Lauren C., age 16

Anne Frank races on stage, jumping gleefully, a distinct contrast to the morose faces that surround her. A typical 13-year-old, she does not understand what is happening to her as she closes the door to her new home behind her for the first, and penultimate, time.



We follow eight people as they go through the day-to-day trials of living in a cramped space, with little food and...Read more →

Book-It turns 19th century constrictions into an unconstrained success

Review of Persuasion by Emma M., age 13

Jane Austen has been loved by readers for almost two hundred years. Austen’s stories of love and marriage feature smart and brave women that ultimately find true love. Book-It Repertory Theatre has taken on the daunting task of adapting Austen’s novel Persuasion into a play for the stage. I’m happy to say it is a smashing success.


Chiara Motley as Anne Elliot in Persuasion at Book-It...Read more →

The Rape of Europa: A Harrowing Journey Through Europe’s Lost Art

Review of The Rape of Europa by Leah L.

At first glance this films seems like any other somewhat boring documentary that you’re forced to watch in your history class. That is however, only at first glance.

The Rape of Europa is a dynamic, extremely powerful film that explores Adolf Hitler’s campaign to steal and plunder all of Europe’s “inappropriate” works of art. This huge chunk of history, that is left out of most...Read more →

Are you sinking on dry land?

Review of The Breach by Alethea H., age 16

The epiphany of death. Are you sinking on dry land? Dipping into the issues of racial equality, gay America, and other controversial issues, this play boggles the mind, stimulates the senses and slams many people along the way. “Who are we as a society?”, “What do we stand for?”, and “Where are we headed?” are all questions raised in the play The Breach written by Catherine...Read more →

Expect Death or Come for the Tragedy, Stay for the Fun

Review of Hamlet by Jennifer K., age 17

Every student should see Hamlet at least once, if only because it contains the famous “To be or not to be” soliloquy. Conveniently for those who haven’t seen it yet, Seattle Children’s Theater is currently showing a beautifully simple and accessible production of the illustrious play. Rita Giomi adapted the play and directed an exceptional cast of only five actors. Connor Toms stars...Read more →

Big trouble in little Russia: ArtsWest’s diminutive drama packs a punch

Review of The Retreat from Moscow by Michelle K., age 17

The small neighborhood that encapsulates ArtsWest Theatre welcomes me immediately. I get out of the car, stop in an antique store, distract myself with mildewed fur coats, and mill about the quaint streets waiting for 7 o’clock to arrive. After loitering through another 3 or 4 stores, I open the doors to the homey Playhouse, where The Retreat From Moscow is to be...Read more →

Sunday is the new Saturday

Review of Swansong by Leah M., age 18

Sunday night is officially the new Saturday. Which makes Tuesday the new Friday, June the new October, and my birthday the new Christmas. Seattle Shakespeare Company, nestled deep amongst the overpriced elephant ears of Seattle Center, is the group responsible for these big changes, adding a fifth play to their usually four play repertoire, making space by nestling it in on a non-traditional...Read more →

Shakes’ samurai Caesar:  ingenious, or insulting?

Review of Julius Caesar by Ori R., age 17

This presentation of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar would likely insult anyone who believed they were going to see a high-class performance of an esoteric work. The cast of this play -- written about Rome -- was clothed in Japanese Samurai-era garb. Disturbingly, the script was not amended from “Fellow Romans” to “Fellow Japanese,” so the clothes and Japanese backdrop seemed like a...Read more →

All that, and more

Review of The Neverending Story by Emma K., age 16

Any story containing magical lands, a courageous hero, fantastical beasts and a subtle moral is bound to provide a child with endless entertainment. The Neverending Story, currently playing at Seattle Children’s Theatre, has all this and more.


Michael Place as Atreyu and Hans Altwies as Falkor in The Neverending Story
Photo by Chris Bennion


It is the story of a young boy names...

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IBT’s Nutcracker delivers tradition and beauty - with a few bobbles

Review of The Nutcracker by Rachel N., age 15

If someone told you they had no clue what a Sugarplum Fairy was, you’d think they were nuts! That goes to show just how famous the Russian ballet The Nutcracker has become, despite its flop premier in December of 1892. Although International Ballet Theater’s performance of this classic held fast to its traditional beauty, with stunning pas de deux performances by Russian dancers...Read more →

The more you give, the more you get

Review of The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of A Christmas Carol by Jennifer K., age 17

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is a profound piece of writing with a cautionary theme that has touched many readers during the Christmas season. The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society has transformed it into a comedic romp full of mishaps and bursting...Read more →

Sacrificing what you love

Review of The Gifts of the Magi by Emma M., age 13

The short story “The Gifts of the Magi” by O. Henry is a Christmas classic about two newlyweds, Jim and Della, who are living in New York City in 1905. They struggle to get by with Jim out of work and there simply isn’t enough money for Christmas gifts. So they each sacrifice the possessions they love the most to give each other a Christmas gift.


Jessica Skerrit as Della

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I was not there, but heard from a couple who were,...

I was not there, but heard from a couple who were, and they said Sanjaya sounded fabulous!

On catchy songs and clapping

Review of Black Nativity by Bianca G., age 18

It’s exciting, a chance for people who aren’t members of a gospel church to finally stand up and scarrream hallelujah for the price of a theatre ticket. And if anything can bring old and young people together, black and white people together, it’s a song that is catchy as all get out.


Photo by Chris Bennion

In the ninth annual performance at “The Intiman Non-Denominational...Read more →

You can tell he likes rats

Review of Peter Pan by Paulina P., age 17

“You can tell he likes rats,” whispered the young girl, sitting on her mother’s lap to my left. That comment made me smile and realize how good an introduction to theater this piece is. It has a familiar story with elements that are unique to the theater and this production. There were no flying teenagers or elaborate Victoria interiors but adapter and director Joy Marzec succeeded...Read more →

The truth about “La Bamba” and other discoveries

Review of American Sabor by Renee A., age 16

Here in Seattle we are blessed with such a great variety of venues that offer all sorts of enrichment for our minds. One such establishment is the Experience Music Project, which I luckily got a chance to visit last Sunday, to check out their new exhibit American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music. The exhibit focuses on the influence Latinos have had in American music and its...Read more →

Bring your BIG imagination (and your little brother) to this kid-friendly show

Review of The Big Friendly Giant by Delaney M., age 15

The play The Big Friendly Giant (BFG) is currently running at Seattle Children’s Theater. The BFG is based on the book by Roald Dahl. This play was adapted by David Wood and directed by Rita Giomi. The BFG is played by Charles Leggett. Sophie is played by Jennifer Sue Johnson.


Jennifer Sue Johnson and Charles Leggett in The Big Friendly Giant. Photo by Chris Bennion.

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Powerful performances bring difficult realities to life in Birdie Blue

Review of Birdie Blue by Jennifer K., 17

Birdie Blue packs for a trip, and, as many travelers do, she becomes nostalgic. Throughout this 90-minute play, Birdie recalls events and characters that have touched her, and the audience is swept up into the turbulence of her past.

Birdie Blue, put on by Seattle Repertory Theater, is directed by Chuck Smith and written by Cheryl L. West. West is a noted playwright who often deals with...Read more →