TeenTix Blog - Theater

2019 Winter/Spring Opportunities for Teens

Brighten up the cold Winter months or plan ahead for Spring with these opportunities just for teens! 

It's time for a fresh start, dontcha think? Try something new this year with these classes, workshops, and more from our partners. There are plenty of ways for teens to get involved in the arts this season!

DANCE

Experience Dance Program | CHOP SHOP
January 23, 27th, and February 1
All ages

Take one of two FREE dance classes this Winter, "Reading Dance" and "Introduction to Modern Dance"! These fun events serve as a...

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A Coalition of the Arts

Review of Poor People's TV Room at On the Boards.

Written by TeenTix Press Corps Newsroom Writer Eleanor Cenname, and edited by Teen Editorial Staff Member Hannah Schoettmer!

Poor People's TV Room. Photo by Ian Douglas.

And the show had begun. Four women on a stage. Crawling on the floor under a blanket. Furniture suspended from the ceiling. A layer of something called scrim. A topless woman. They are dancing. No, they are singing. No, they are talking. Are they sisters? Strangers? A mother and daughter? Wait, now it’s a show about Oprah. There is a pulsing noise in the background. Two scenes are happening at the same time. They are repeating...

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A Brighter Tomorrow

Review of Annie at The 5th Avenue Theatre.

Written by TeenTix Press Corps Newsroom Writer Ben Capuano, and edited by Teen Editorial Staff Member Huma Ali!

Visesia Fakatoufifita alternates the title role in Annie at The 5th Avenue Theatre - Photo Credit: Tracy Martin.

People have a hard time forgetting firsts. You’re going to remember events like your first concert for many years after the fact. If you or a loved one are looking to experience a musical for the first time, there isn’t a better choice than the 5th Avenue Theatre’s production of Annie.

Annie was actually the first musical I ever saw—my sister loved the 1982 version and we’d seen it performed everywhere from Youth Theater...

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SCT Takes on Muhammad Before Ali

Review of And in This Corner: Cassius Clay at Seattle Children's Theatre. 

Written by TeenTix Press Corps Newsroom Writer Jonah de Forest, and edited by Teen Editorial Staff Member Joshua Fernandes!

And in This Corner: Cassius Clay at Seattle Children's Theatre. Photo by Elise Bakketun.

Muhammad Ali is one of those historical figures whose titanic cultural presence often overshadows the nuances of his life. Playwright Idris Goodwin aims to find the man behind the legend in his new work, And in This Corner: Cassius Clay, presented by Seattle Children’s Theatre. The result, as directed by Malika Oyetimein, is a lively and thoroughly original piece of theatre.

The story unfolds as if out of a pop-up-book on...

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Seeing the Sunrise Starts with Survival

Review of A Thousand Splendid Suns at Seattle Repertory Theatre.

Written by Jaiden B, during TeenTix’s arts criticism training workshop, the Fall 2018 Press Corps Intensive. 

A Thousand Splendid Suns at Seattle Repertory Theatre. Photo by Nate Watters.

The opening scene in the theatrical adaptation of A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Ursula Rani Sarma, contrasts the entire play with the eerie stillness it sets the audience in. By piercing the quiet atmosphere with sharp, lingering notes, this scene stills the air and makes the audience pause for breath. From the next scene onwards, the audience is kept in silence not by the moving musical accompaniment, but by the paralyzing...

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Moral Complexity at FADE

Review of FADE at Seattle Public Theater.

Written by Alison S, during TeenTix’s arts criticism training workshop, the Fall 2018 Press Corps Intensive. 

FADE at Seattle Public Theater. Photo by John Ulman.

Lucia and Abel don’t meet-cute: she’s a struggling T.V. writer; he’s the janitor for her office building. Their first interaction is when she thanks him for cleaning her room while scrolling through her phone. 

Lucia, a compulsive, lonely oversharer in the new city of L.A. quickly spills her life story and problems to Abel. At first Abel, played with gentle firmness by Marco Adiak Voli, is resistant to participate in these...

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Human Characters and Harmful Ambition

Review of FADE at Seattle Public Theater

Written by Charlotte H, during TeenTix’s arts criticism training workshop, the Fall 2018 Press Corps Intensive. 

“Oh my god,” I said, turning in my seat. “Oh my god.” Such was my reaction at the end of FADE, a small production by Seattle Public Theater at the Bathhouse Theatre. The show used two actors, and one set. FADE is an unapologetically Latinx play about how people bond and change over time.

Lucia (Pronounced Loo-see-uh, never loo-sha)  arrives late at night, and meets after-hours custodian Abel (A-bell, not able). When Abel...

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Setting the Stage for this Generation: 14/48:HS

Review of 14/48:HS

Written by TeenTix Press Corps Newsroom Writer Serafina Miller, and edited by Teen Editorial Staff Member Joshua Fernandes!

14/48:HS, Photo by Sarah Warshaw

The show 14/48:HS consisted of seven premier shows all written, produced, memorized, and performed in 24 hours, the next night they do it all again. All productions put on are by teenagers, and everything from the set design to the writing and even the band are all done in under 24 hours. I saw the first seven shows that the company was putting on throughout the weekend-long event and the drive and passion shown was...

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Snag tickets to ‘In the Heights’ with this special pre-sale!

See this vibrant musical in December with your TeenTix Pass.

The cast and crew of In the Heights at Seattle Repertory Theatre.

This WILDLY popular, highly-anticipated musical is approaching, and our fantastic, generous friends at Seattle Repertory Theatre are offering a HECKUVA DEAL. 

 

 

On December 28th, TeenTix Members are invited to a special Teen Night at In the Heights! The Rep has set aside 250 seats just for y'all, and there's talk of a pre-show reception with a free beverage at the concession stand for every member who shows their...

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That’s a Wrap on the Fall Press Corps Intensive!

The Fall Press Corps Intensive at Seattle Repertory Theatre

The 2018 Fall Press Corps Intensive was a five-week arts-going and criticism practice workshop that ran from October 10-November 19, 2018. Nine teens saw and wrote reviews of five art events at different TeenTix Arts Partners. The group was mentored by three professional critics who helped each teen hone their arts criticism skills. Stay tuned on the blog for reviews of each event! 

The Fall Press Corps Intensive...

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Psychodrama and Spectacle Take the Stage in Night Parade

Review of Night Parade by Pork Filled Productions. 

Written by TeenTix Press Corps Writer Jonah de Forest, and edited by Teen Editorial Staff Member Lily Williamson!

Night Parade by Pork Filled Productions and REBATEnsemble. Photo by Tom Dang.

Moments of brilliance abound in Night Parade, the latest offering from Pork Filled Productions and REBATEnsemble, but the play suffers from a convoluted storyline. Though it stands out for its engaging stagecraft and costuming, Night Parade simply has too many ideas.

After arriving at an undisclosed location, the audience is ushered into a cramped lobby, where tea is served and Japanese music sets an ominous tone. Posters on...

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The Hair-Raising Tale of Sweeney Todd

Review of Sweeney Todd at Ludus Performing Arts. Written by TeenTix Press Corps Writer Annika Prom, and edited by Teen Editorial Staff Member Huma Ali!

Sweeney Todd by Ludus Performing Arts. Photo courtesy of Ludus Performing Arts.

The night of October 19, it was especially dark with a touch of rain, and my plus-one invite canceled on me an hour before the performance. I felt cold, glum and ever-so-slightly heartbroken—it wasn’t hard to relate to Sweeney Todd and become emotionally invested in the show.

This morose feeling continued inside the theater where a suspended sign, made of burlap and decorated with the play’s title, rested in front of the...

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SPECIAL OFFER: 2 for $10 at A Thousand Splendid Suns!

​See the show with this special discount for the last week of its run.

David Coulter and Antoine Yared in A Thousand Splendid Suns at Seattle Repertory Theatre. Photography by Nate Watters.

Have you seen A Thousand Splendid Suns yet? Don't miss this harrowing yet ultimately beautiful tale, all at a special price just for TeenTix Members.

Our incredibly fantastic friends at Seattle Repertory Theatre are generously offering a 2 for $10 ticket price for the following performances:

Tue November 6 at 7:30pm
Wed November 7 at 7:30pm
Thu November 8 at 7:30pm
Fri November 9 at 7:30pm
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Reader, She Married Him

Review of Jane Eyre at Book-It Repertory Theatre, written by Teen Editorial Staff Member Huma A, and edited by Teen Editorial Staff Member Anya S!

Mi Kang as Jane Eyre in Book-It Repertory Theatre's production of Jane Eyre. Photo by Alabastro Photography.

Opening night at Book-It's production of Jane Eyre was a memorable experience. The place was bustling with an activity and vibrancy synonymous with champagne, cupcakes, and opening night.

The play began with a girl, Jane, holding a candle in the dark and singing an eerie song —replicating the Gothic Romanticism portrayed in Brontë’s novel. As the night progressed, full and rich with English accents, the story switched...

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Storytelling That Transcends Boundaries

Review of Richard III at Seattle Shakespeare Company, written by TeenTix Press Corps Member Emily B, and edited by the Teen Editorial Staff!

Sarah Harlett and Suzanne Bouchard in Richard III at Seattle Shakespeare Company. Photo by HMMM Productions.

Rarely do I enter a play with as many thoughts and questions as I had going into Richard III at Seattle Shakespeare Company. There was so much to be explored: would a historical play remain accessible not only 400 years after it was written, but 500 years after its events occurred? And what would it be like to see this play – with 21 male characters and 4 female characters – presented by an all-female cast? The answers I found...

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Your Voice Matters: Vote in the #2018TeenyAwards!

VOTE NOW to choose the winners of this year's Teeny Awards! 

You've got the power. 

The #2018TeenyAwards is the Biggest Little Awards Show in Seattle, where the fate of each nominee rests in YOUR hands! That's right, TEENS get to make the final decision each year about which organizations will take home a coveted Teeny Award and the sweet, sweet bragging rights that go along with it.

SO DON'T DELAY:
VOTE NOW and tell us about the art you loved seeing!

 

 

Every TeenTix...

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Congratulations to the 2018 Teeny Award Nominees!

2017 Teeny Award Winners. Photo by Bronwen Houck

The New Guard has deliberated and are EXCITED to share the nominees of the 2018 TEENY AWARDS!

2018 TEENY AWARDS NOMINEES

ORGANIZATION AWARDS
Celebrating the region’s most teen-friendly arts organizations

1. FAVORITE ORGANIZATION
Voted on in real-time at the Teeny Awards ceremony

All TeenTix partner organizations nominated except reigning favorite organization, the Seattle Repertory Theater.

2. BEST FRONT-OF-HOUSE...

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The Human Behind the Label

​Review of Sweet Land at Taproot Theatre Company, written by TeenTix Press Corps Member Emily B.!

Hugh Hastings, Michael Winters, Pam Nolte, Molli Corcoran, Tyler Todd Kimmel, Daniel Stoltenberg, April Poland and Chris Shea in Sweet Land, the Musical at Taproot Theatre. Photo by Erik Stuhaug.

The battle cry “Us versus them,”and the brutal labeling accompanying it, is all too familiar today. One might not expect a seemingly simple historical fiction musical to offer a relevant response, yet Taproot Theatre’s Sweet Land does just that with touching, convicting, and joyful power.

Sweet Land tells the story of a young German woman, Inge Altenburg, who travels to Minnesota to marry a man she’s never met, Norwegian...

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Learn with these FREE Summer Mentorships!

Check out the latest FREE offer from Seattle Public Theater and Foundry10! 

Our friends at Seattle Public Theater have been doing THE MOST this year to make sure TeenTix Members have plenty of theatrical outlets, but this time they're joined by Community Partner Foundry10, offering two free mentorships on the design side!

There are 16 spots total in these ~Summer Mentorships~ in both Costume Design and Scenic Painting and Design. If you love learning how the process of costuming works OR how sets...

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Hedwig Gives in to the Unknown

​Review of Hedwig and the Angry Inch at ArtsWest, written by TeenTix Press Corps Member Anya S!

Dani Hobbs and Nicholas Japaul Bernard in Hedwig and the Angry Inch at ArtsWest. Photo by John McLellan.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch is not your typical Broadway musical. Instead of chorus lines and tap numbers, the show features an onstage band and 90 minutes of punk rock. On top of that, the characters are eclectic. There’s Hedwig (played by Nicholas Japaul Bernard), who struggles to come to terms with her identity after a botched sex-change operation (although she is genderqueer, she uses she/her pronouns); Yitzhak (played by...

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