Guest Review by Russell Hathaway:
“A summer camp-y spectacle that’ll melt your face off”
Get ready for the return of the wettest hottest American-est summer show ever, this 4th of July weekend!
Kitten N’ Lou, the “World’s Show-busiest Couple” and internationally celebrated dyke darlings, bring you a “brilliantly deranged” spectacle (TimeOut NY) that takes you to the campiest of summer camps, featuring an all-star cast of Seattle dance, drag, and burlesque icons including Stranger genius Cherdonna, international gender-blending icon Waxie Moon, and very special guest star from the Windy City….”the honey badger of burlesque” herself, Jeez Loueez!
Kicking off this summer: In the grand tradition of classic and awesomely awful American summer camp movies like Meatballs, Troop Beverly Hills, and Dirty Dancing, CAMPTACULAR takes you on a surreal, hilarious, and nostalgic trip to the great outdoors, where campers roast their weenies by the fire, tell bizarre ghost stories, frolic in sleeping bags, fall in love in the moonlight, and sneak into the woods….all culminating in the most epic camp “talent show” Seattle has ever seen…these shows sold out and had audiences raving last summer, don’t miss your chance to go back to Camp Two Raccoons!
Starring a bombastic and diverse cast of internationally celebrated theater, drag, cabaret, burlesque, and contemporary dance tastemakers, CAMPTACULAR is the ultimate stand-up-and-salute extravaganza to escape reality and usher in the summer with a bang!
*Kitten N’ Lou*
Cherdonna Shinatra * Waxie Moon * Jeez Loueez*
Faggedy Randy * J Von Stratton * Markeith Wiley
*Scott Shoemaker * Josh Hartvigson * Randy Ford
Praise for Kitten N’ Lou productions:
“Feminist icons!” (The Australian Times)
“Genius!” (Huffington Post)
“Outrageously camp… show-stopping couple!” (The UK Daily Mail 2013)
“Kitten N’ Lou revolutionize camp.” (CityArts Magazine 2014)
“Absurdist duo Kitten N’ Lou’s larger than life groove had the audience cheering” (Huffington Post, 2014)
“Insanely fun to watch” (Verbicide Magazine, 2014)
“Underneath the fabulousness, there’s real dancing going on…” (Seattle Weekly)
Recently, I had the privilege to ride on one of Kenmore Air‘s seaplanes for the first time, thanks to the folks at Seattle Attractions! I’ve never seen the city like this! The take-off and landing were super smooth. All passengers wear headphones during the flight which pipe in great information about the area you fly over, along with soothing music along the way. Did you know West Seattle was its own city from 1902 until 1907? I never knew!
Seattle Attractions hosted a live Facebook video (complete with an interview with the pilot and gorgeous shots of our entire flight from take-off to landing). I suggest watching it to get an idea of what these flights are really like.
If you’re planning to travel to Seattle, host out of town guests, or just want to experience all the fun that our city holds, check out Seattle Attractions Trip Planner for a handy itinerary builder.
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A few photos from the trip:
One of my favorite musicals of all time, “Cabaret,” returns to Seattle’s Paramount Theatre June 13 – 25. This is the national tour of the Tony Award®-winning production. Read on to learn how you can enter to win one of two pairs of tickets from Seattle Pockets and Swink Style Bar!
Set in the bawdy world of the Kit Kat Klub, the story revolves around a young American writer and a nglishE cabaret performer in 1931 Berlin, as the Nazis rise to power.
During the second week of performances (June 20-25) audiences can experience the Kit Kat Klub like never before, with immersive cabaret style table seating in the front of the orchestra level, reminiscent of the Broadway run at Studio 54 in New York.
More about this production of Cabaret:
Jon Peterson, a veteran of Roundabout’s CABARET on Broadway and well known for his various roles on London’s West End, including CATS, A Chorus Line and The Sound of Music, stars in the role as the Emcee while Leigh Ann Larkin, known on Broadway for her roles in Gypsy (Dainty June) and A Little Night Music, is making her CABARET debut as Sally Bowles.
John Kander, Fred Ebb and Joe Masteroff’s Tony-winning musical features some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including “Cabaret,” “Willkommen
” and “Maybe This Time.” CABARET is set in the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where the Emcee, Sally Bowles and a raucous ensemble take the stage nightly to tantalize the crowd––and to leave their troubles outside.
“Five stars! WILLKOMMEN HOME. A Broadway jewel returns in all its glittering glory.”
– Time Out New York
Review by Jeanne Kinley Deller:
Village Theatre’s presentation of “Dreamgirls” brings this Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical to life with a strong and dynamic cast throughout. If you’re unfamiliar with the rise of rhythm and blues, from the African American community into mainstream entertainment, you’re in for a bit of valuable history.
The agility and musicality of this wildly, wonderful cast portray the music industry at its best and at its worst – those embarking upon careers with talent and heart and those determined to exploit them at the highest level.
A true standout in this production was Angela Birchett (Effie White) and, most notably, her incredibly powerful rendition of “(And I’m Telling You) I’m Not Going.” Nathaniel Tenenbaum’s brilliant antics as James “Thunder” Early kept the theatre ringing with laughter. Ensemble dance routines with various instruments proved mesmerizing, as did many of the elegant costumes and costume changes.
Photos by Mark Kitaoka.