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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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Family is Family

​Teen Review of Familiar at Seattle Rep. Written by Zoe M. of Cleveland High School 

The cast of Familiar at Seatte Rep. Photo by Navid Baraty.

Powerful. That's the first word that comes to mind when talking about Familiar, a play written by Danai Gurira, a well-known African American actress. This play is a masterpiece that everyone should see at least once. Drama is one of the oldest forms of entertainment, and, as humans, we love drama. This makes the play a hit for the audience as it is packed with the twists and turns that make a great family drama. Gurira draws...

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Relatable and Quite Humorous

​Teen Review of Familiar at Seattle Rep. Written by Brooklyn J. of Cleveland High School 

The cast of Familiar at Seatte Rep. Photo by Navid Baraty.

Before seeing Danai Gurira’s Familiar performed at the Seattle Rep Theatre I was doubtful that I would be able to relate to an immigrant family from Zimbabwe. I even questioned if I would enjoy going. Though after the school trip and the one hour and 50 minutes of the play, I was surprised to find that it was indeed relatable and quite humorous. Despite my preconception, I really enjoyed watching the play, could even say I...

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A Diamond in the Rough

Teen ​Review of Familiar at Seattle Rep, by Andrew P. of Cleveland High School

Peri Gaffney, Sha Cage, Harvy Banks, and Austene Van in Familiar at Seattle Rep. Photo by Navid Baraty.

Before I went to go watch the play Familiar with my school, I watched the movie Black Panther. Then, I went and watched Familiar and I had no clue what to expect. Danai Gurira, or General Okoye from Black Panther, wrote Familiar. I walked in the theater expecting a boring play, but I found a diamond in the rough.

The play has a little bit of a slow start, just some dialogue between a couple characters. The dialogue built the...

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SPECIAL DEAL: 2 for $10 @ Seattle Rep’s MAC BETH!

​Take advantage of not one, but TWO opportunities for 2 for $10 deals at Seattle Rep this weekend! 

If you haven't seen Mac Beth yet, this weekend is your last chance! Check out this special offer for this updated version of the classic tragedy, featuring an all-youth female cast. 

Our friends at Seattle Rep are very generously offering 2 for $10 ticket prices for both their Saturday and Sunday matinees: June 23rd and 24th at 2:00 PM

What's 2 for $10? It's a special deal that allows a TeenTix Member to take another...

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Press Corps Update!

The TeenTix Press Corps is back in action!

In case you missed it, the TeenTix Press Corps is back in action! We’ve had a busy relaunch this spring—we held two Arts Criticism 101 workshops at Franklin High School and Cleveland High School, and held a 5-week intensive arts-writing course called Adventures in Contemporary American Culture. Read on for the full updates on each workshop!

ARTS CRITICISM 101

Franklin High School
Our workshop covered the basics of arts...

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FREE Summer Camp Spots for TeenTix Members

Enjoy the perks of your TeenTix membership when you attend these FREE camps with Seattle Public Theater!

Our INCREDIBLY generous friends at Seattle Public Theater are offering up to 65 FREE scholarships to TeenTix Members this summer! <3

You'll be able to explore the world through dialects, sharpen your stage combat skills, or dive deeper into Broadway's smash hit Hamilton. See the full offerings and sign up below using this form--now, go forth and MAKE ART!

UPDATE 7/18/19 - There are only a few spots left in the following...

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Take Audition Prep with Seattle Shakes!

​Now through June 15, Seattle Shakespeare is offering a discount for one of their Camp Bill offerings!

Hey, aspiring actors!

Our friends at Seattle Shakespeare Company wanted us to tell you that they're offering a ~special~ discount for their Audition Prep Camp from July 30 - August 3, from 1 - 4 PM, for students 9th grade and above. To register for this class, go here and simply use the code AUDITION30 for $30 off enrollment now through next Friday, June 15th! 

Additional scholarships and payment plans are available by...

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Confusing in All the Right Ways

​Review of JACK & at On the Boards, written by TeenTix Press Corps Member Juneaux L! 

JACK & by Kaneza Schaal and Cornell Alston at On the Boards. Photo by Christopher Myers

Going into a performance or art display of any kind without given any sort of information about the performance beforehand is certainly a curious and exciting experience. Going in to see JACK &, this fact didn't change. I found the steadiness of the fish in the bowl theme to be quite intriguing, given the fact that, in hindsight, I believe it represented much more than what it originally seemed to.

The beginning set up of...

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Individuality and Uniqueness

​Review of Black Bois by Dani Tirrell at On the Boards. Written by TeenTix Press Corps Member Mayyadah Z! 

The cast of Black Bois. Photo by Naomi Ishisaka

This performance was very moving for me because the social issues that were brought up are happening in our world right now. I loved that throughout the piece the dancers got a chance to scream as loud as they could and let out all their anger from the injustices they experience everyday of their lives. I have not experienced the prejudice these people have, but I know how terribly they have been treated and how unfair it is...

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Rarely Shown Complexities of Black Men

​Review of Black Bois by Dani Tirrell at On the Boards. Written by TeenTix Press Corps Member Jocelyn A!

The cast of Black Bois. Photo by Naomi Ishisaka

Heading into the dimly lit theater that is On the Boards to see Dani Tirrell’s Black Bois, I was met with soft blue lights, a talkative audience, and 90’s hip hop. But even with this, I could not anticipate how poignant this performance would be. Reducing Black Bois, to just “a dance piece” would be embarrassingly unjust. It is a brilliant and moving work of art, that transcends labeling it into one genre. Black Bois tells the...

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Carpets Are Unrolled. Nerf Guns Are Shot.

​Review of Patti & the Kid at On the Boards, written by TeenTix Press Corps Member Anya S.!

Libby King, Maya Flory-Barnes Salas, and Frank Boyd in Patti & The Kid at On the Boards

A bright, gray light illuminates the stage, which is empty except for a tired, sagging tree; two rock-like structures made of carpet; and orange cords hanging from the ceiling. The audience, hushed, waits for thirty seconds. The stage is still. Fifteen seconds more. Nothing. People start rustling in their seats. Another fifteen seconds, and an alarm clock starts blaring. Carpets are unrolled. Nerf guns are shot. Patti & The...

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Expect the Unexpected

Review of Patti & The Kid at On the Boards​, written by TeenTix Press Corps Member Emily B.!

Libby King, Maya Flory-Barnes Salas, and Frank Boyd in Patti & The Kid at On the Boards

How do you expect a play to begin?

With an almost deserted stage which remains still and silent for an uncomfortably long period? A stage which, even when filled with movement, will be devoid of voice for a large portion of the play?

Probably not. But if you come into Patti & The Kid at On the Boards expecting to witness a typical piece of theatre, you are in for a surprise.

It is difficult to summarize just what happens...

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2018 Summer Opportunities for Teens

​Stay active & keep your creativity going this summer with these exciting classes, workshops, and camps! 

Participants from The Residency, a hip-hop summer intensive at MoPOP

It's the most wonderful time of the year: SUMMER. Below is a comprehensive list of ALL OUR PARTNERS' opportunities for youth this year, conveniently separated by genre. Dive in and make this summer the best one yet! 

DANCE

Samba w/ Live Music @ Abbey Arts
Mondays, 7 - 8:30 PM (drop-ins ok) 
All ages
With a live Brazilian band, you will learn dances marked by the driving, rapturous beat of Samba. Remember to wear...

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Hit the town with Penguin Productions!

​Shows. Talkbacks. Group discussions. Penguins on the Town has what you're looking for! 

Does theatre get your brain juices flowing? Do you love talkbacks with cast and crew? Do you love dissecting the meaning of art with a group of peers?

Penguin Productions, one of our newest Community Partners, has what you need! They're gearing up to offer a new quarter of this play-going and discussion class, and you're invited to join them. Get all the deets below:

Penguins on the Town | more info
Ages: 13 - 18
Dates:...

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