TeenTix Blog - 2013

Only an Inch

​Review of Hedwig and the Angry Inch by Balagan Theatre

Have you ever seen The Rocky Horror Picture Show? If you have, and it didn’t scare you, then you’d probably enjoy seeing Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Moore Theatre (running for only 3 more days!).

Okay, I know all you’re thinking about right now is “What’s the angry inch?” But I can’t tell you. Not because it’s a big secret or anything — if you ask anyone else (particularly anyone from Jinkx Monsoon’s cult following),...

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Chloe & Iman + ArtsWest

​TeenTix members Chloe and Iman describe their first trip to ArtsWest

All month long, we'll be sharing these videos of TeenTix members talking about memorable arts experiences, so check back often.

Without the financial support of the families who use TeenTix, like yours, these kinds of experiences would be out of reach for most teens. We are working to raise $5,000 by December 31st.


Click here to donate to TeenTix. You will be redirected to the website of our fiscal sponsor, The...

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Oh My Gosh…This is Entirely Made of Paper.

​Review of A World of Paper, A World of Fashion: Isabelle de Borchgrave Meets Mariano Fortuny at Bellevue Arts Museum by Ivy R.

Believe it or not, this dress — and the rest in the exhibition — is made of paper.

In contrast to the brutal cold weather on Bellevue’s Snowflake Lane, the Bellevue Arts Museum is immediately welcoming with its warm, fresh, and modern atmosphere. On the third floor awaits your transportation into a vast new world, “A World of Paper, A World of Fashion” to be specific.

The first observation of the exhibition to be taken in — simple but significant — are the colors. A wide variety of deep reds, eccentric...

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Everything We Love, Hate, Love to Hate, and Hate to Love About the Holidays

​Review of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever and The Santaland Diaries at Seattle Public Theater

Crumpet the elf, played by Patrick Lennon, is not as sweet as his candy cane tights might lead one to believe.

There’s plenty of holiday cheer filling up the Seattle Public Theater at the Bathhouse this season. Between its two holiday performances, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever and The Santaland Diaries, Seattle Public Theater meets all wintery needs.

A very family-oriented show, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever offers the lightheartedness and caring the holidays are meant to inspire. It’s a show about understanding, giving, and...

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A Deliciously Great Place to Be

​Review of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory in Smell-o-Vision at SIFF

Goodie bags are usually given out at the end of a party, but goodie bags are just the beginning at SIFF’s screenings of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory in Smell-o-Vision.

The little red bags, containing an assortment of seemingly random items, are the key to a scrumdiddlyumptious time. At first, the contents appear nonsensical, but everything falls into place as soon as the film begins. SIFF has perfectly orchestrated a...

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We’re a Third of the Way to Our Goal!

​Help get us to $5,000 by December 31st!

You can keep arts experiences within reach for everyone.

Hi, this is Holly, the director of TeenTix. Did you know that TeenTix receives no money from the ticket sales we make possible? That money goes straight to our partner organizations, and that's how it should be. But a groundbreaking program like TeenTix still costs money to run, and that's where you come in.

We rely on donations from the families that benefit from...

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Happy Holiday Happenings

​A round-up of holiday events

Spirited events like PNB's Nutcracker make the holidays even grander and more magical.

There’s a definite chill in the air, fireplaces are crackling, and more strings of twinkle lights appear every day. But if that’s not enough to get you in the holiday spirit, don’t give up just yet. With the help of your TeenTix pass, it’s easy to find something out there to warm even the Scroogiest of hearts.

For the easily swayed, there are the Christmas classics — as sweet and simple as sugar cookies, and just as loved.

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We’re in the news!

​The Seattle Times and KUOW feature TeenTix director Holly Arsenault as one of 13 local arts leaders to watch

The cover of this morning's Seattle Times Arts section. Photo by Erika Schultz

Hey! We're famous!

Today you can read an article in the Seattle Times AND listen to a radio story on KUOW about TeenTix and our director, Holly Arsenault. Here's a nice quote from the Times story:

"For this fervent enabler, the central mission is clear. 'This is about more than just buying a ticket and taking a seat,' she explains. 'It’s about creating engaged citizens who have affection for the arts, and think of it as a...

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Welcome The 14/48 Projects!

Please help us welcome our newest partner organization, The 14/48 Projects! Yay!!!

If you've never heard of them, you're about to get let in to the cool kids' club. If you've been hoping to take your theatre excursions to the next level, here it is. 

No one can fully prepare you for what you'll experience at a 14/48 Projects show (literally), but here are the basics:

14/48: The World's Quickest Theatre Festival is a...

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Harmony and Unity

​Review of Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and the Moon at Seattle Art Museum

“Frontal ornament with feline head and octopus tentacles ending in catfish heads,” aka Peru’s “Mona Lisa”

Seattle Art Museum has outdone itself once again after the Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion exhibition during the summer. If the past exhibition was a look out into the future, Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and the Moon is a look back into the past.

Although the artwork in this exhibition represents three thousand years of history and showcases different cultures expressed in different forms, there is one underlying...

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A Flurry of Tulle

​Review of Nutcracker at Pacific Northwest Ballet

A flurry of snowflakes dances across the stage.

With a 30-foot king rat with a stray flopping tail, swirling cardboard waves, and a clock that grows legs at the stroke of midnight, Maurice Sendak’s set doesn’t attempt realism. His two-dimensional props look more like cutouts from a children’s book than objects of the real world. But that’s fitting from the author of Where the Wild Things Are. And it’s perfect for a show like Nutcracker.

Pacific Northwest Ballet’s annual...

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It’s a Christmas Miracle!

​ACT Theatre makes special Christmas Carol shows TeenTix-able!

Photo by Chris Bennion

Everybody knows that ACT's Christmas Carol is "the granddaddy of Christmas shows". It's just not the holidays without it. But everybody also knows that A Christmas Carol is the one show in ACT's season is that is NOT TeenTix-eligible. But, wait! What's that you say? ACT *is* making several showings of A Christmas Carol available to TeenTixers? Why, it's a Christmas miracle!

ACT loves you and you love them back (they've won...

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Renee + Seattle Shakespeare Company

​TeenTix member Renee describes her first visit to Seattle Shakespeare Company

All month long, we'll be sharing these videos of TeenTix members talking about memorable arts experiences, so check back often.

Want to submit a video? Hooray! Just send the link (YouTube, Dropbox, or some other cloud-type situation) to [email protected].

Click here to donate to TeenTix. You will be redirected to the website of our fiscal sponsor, The Seattle Center Foundation. Be sure to choose 'Teen Tix' from the...

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Putting Together the Puzzles of Abstract Northwest Native Art

​Review of Robert Davidson: Abstract Impulse at Seattle Art Museum

Robert Davidson's "Oyster Catcher," 2008

In case you hadn’t guessed from the title, Robert Davidson’s current exhibition, Abstract Impulse, at the Seattle Art Museum is, well, abstract. And it’s apparently impulsive in its confusion of titles, captions, loud colors, and shapeless forms. I walked out of the exhibition baffled.

Robert Davidson began the Northwest Coast Native art revival in 1969, when he created the first totem pole to stand in his ancestral village,...

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Karissa + Seattle Opera

​TeenTix member Karissa describes her first visit to Seattle Opera

All month long, we'll be sharing these videos of TeenTix members talking about memorable arts experiences, so check back often.

Want to submit a video? Hooray! Just send the link (YouTube, Dropbox, or some other cloud-type situation) to [email protected].

Click here to donate to TeenTix. You will be redirected to the website of our fiscal sponsor, The Seattle Center Foundation. Be sure to choose 'Teen Tix' from the...

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Musical Theatre Fans, Rejoice!

​(And you're ALL musical theatre fans, whether you know it yet or not.)

Oh, nothing. Just a tiny announcement. No big deal. We just thought you might want to help us welcome the NEWEST TEENTIX PARTNER, THE 5th AVENUE THEATRE !!!!!!!!

Oh, wait, actually, that's an enormous deal. Why, you ask? (We know you already know why, but we're going to tell you anyway, 'cause we're super excited.)

Because, the 5th Ave (That's the cute nickname that we just made up for them. Maybe it'll catch on!) produces...

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Anya + Seattle Symphony

​TeenTix member Anya describes her first visit to Seattle Symphony

All month long, we'll be sharing these videos of TeenTix members talking about memorable arts experiences, so check back often.

Want to submit a video? Hooray! Just send the link (YouTube, Dropbox, or some other cloud-type situation) to [email protected].

Click here to donate to TeenTix. You will be redirected to the website of our fiscal sponsor, The Seattle Center Foundation. Be sure to choose 'Teen Tix' from the...

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Idiosyncrasies of the Absurd

​Review of Woyzeck, Undergraduate Theater Society

Franz Woyzeck (Kevin Lin) squirms at the hands of doctors.

Regarded as the first modern play, Woyzeck — written in 1836 by Georg Büchner — certainly embraces the idiosyncrasies of modern writing as it has come to be known. The Undergraduate Theater Society at the University of Washington takes on the fever dream of Franz Woyzeck’s life, complete with the fragmented scenes, impending sense of the absurd, and social commentary that have established this play’s long-running reputation.

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Sensual, Funny, Forgettable, and Frightening

​Review of Kylian + Pite at Pacific Northwest Ballet

Dancers emerge from their hive.

The two-part title of Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Kylian + Pite is misleading. Consisting of four vastly different dances, the show offers much more than just those two names.

Kylian + Pite opens with Petite Mort, a dance choreographed by Netherlands-based Jiri Kylian and set to music by Mozart. Almost immediately after the sparkly, red curtain lifted, I heard a little voice behind me exclaim “wow,” capturing both my thoughts...

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A Show About a Teenager That Is Not Cheesy, Forced, or Dishonest: You Better Go See Bo-Nita

​Review of Bo-Nita at Seattle Repertory Theatre

Hannah Mootz as Bo-Nita. Photo by Nate Watters.

Let me preface this by saying that I love one person shows. I love them. I find them incredibly interesting and admirable; as someone who participates in theatre, watching an actor seamlessly switch between completely different characters in less than a split second for upwards of an hour and a half is just awe-inspiring. It never ceases to amaze me that an actor can memorize more than an hour of dialogue with specific ticks,...

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