FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: December 17, 2007
Media Contacts: Michelle Sanders, Public Relations Manager
(425) 392-1942 x124
GET SWEPT AWAY WITH THE ISSAQUAH KIDSTAGE
TEENSELECT PRODUCTION OF ONCE ON THIS ISLAND
What: Once On This Island
Book and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Based on My Love, My Love by Rosa Guy
Directed by Brandon Ivie
Choreographed by Kristin Culp
Musical Direction by R.J. Tancioco
Where: First Stage Theatre
120 Front Street North
Issaquah, WA 98027
When: January 11-20, 2008 – ON SALE NOW
Wednesdays – Saturdays at 7:30 PM
Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 PM
Box Office: (425) 392-2202 or
Issaquah, Wash. — Village Theatre’s KIDSTAGE TeenSelect produces Once on this Island, a story that
takes a Caribbean-flavored twist on the classic tale The Little Mermaid. With a rousing score by the team
known for the ever-popular Seussical and the animated film Anastasia, Once On This Island is an
enchanting fable, which tells the story of a poor, peasant girl and a rich, aristocratic boy who are destined
to fall in love. The production is a full-scale musical which encompasses a spectacle of vivid storytelling
and vibrant dance, and is sure to charm and surprise audiences far and wide.
A stand-out feature of the KIDSTAGE TeenSelect program is that is gives students the
opportunity to take part in their choice of the many aspects of a theatre production. For example, the
entire crew is made up of students, the band boasts two student players, a variety of the production team
members are under the age of 20 years old, and the 28 member cast features kids ages 10-18.
Additionally, all of the cast members live locally, hailing the following cities: Auburn, Bellevue, Bothell,
Issaquah, Mercer Island, North Bend, Redmond, Renton, Sammamish, Seattle, and Snoqualmie.
Participating actors are selected through a highly competitive audition process, while the show is directed,
choreographed, and musically directed by skilled theatre professionals who also become mentors to many
of the KIDSTAGE students.
Page Two… Village Theatre’s KIDSTAGE Issaquah TeenSelect Presents Once on this Island
Director Brandon Ivie, a KIDSTAGE alum who is currently working as a theatre professional in
the greater Seattle-area, has been involved in the range of Village Theatre programs, from Mainstage
productions to Village Originals and KIDSTAGE shows. He has always had a passion for this particular
show and has been encouraging KIDSTAGE to launch a production of it since 2005. Finally, his
persistence has paid off. He expresses his feelings by commenting, “This is by far my favorite show that
I’ve been exposed to. The music and the story are seamlessly woven together. The actors have a real
chance to delve into the characters because the story is so rich.”
Once On This Island is choreographed by Kristin Culp (Dance captain for both Once Upon a
Time in New Jersey and Bye Bye Birdie), with musical direction by R.J. Tancioco (Music Direction for
Once Upon a Time in New Jersey and EVITA).
For more information, please contact Michelle Sanders at (425) 392-1942 x124 or at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Photos are available on our website, www.villagetheatre.org.
About Village Theatre KIDSTAGE:
Designed to encourage teamwork, personal integrity, self-esteem, and a life-long appreciation for live theatre,
KIDSTAGE is a year-round performing arts training program in Issaquah, Everett, and Stanwood for young people ages 3-20.
KIDSTAGE students participate in classes, workshops and full-scale KIDSTAGE productions. All performances are by
KIDSTAGE students and classes are taught by professional theatrical instructors.
About Village Theatre
Village Theatre is a leading producer of musical theatre in the Pacific Northwest. What began in 1979 with the vision of a small
group of dedicated theatre artists has grown into one of the region's best-attended resident theatres, with over 16,500 subscribers
to the current season and 165,000 projected total attendance, performances on seven stages in the Puget Sound area, youth
education programs serving over 53,000 young people, families, and schools annually, and a nationally recognized program that
has enabled the development of over 55 new musicals. Serving a still-growing, ever more diverse community, Village Theatre
has experienced phenomenal growth in recent years with the start of our contract as the resident performing and management
company at the Everett Performing Arts Center in 1998.
Mission of Village Theatre:
To be a regionally recognized and nationally influential center of excellence in family theatre
To promote a season of top quality productions
To commission and produce new musicals that achieve national exposure
To train young people in theatre skills for career opportunities and enriched lives
To develop a broad based appreciation for live theatre
To promote positive values through art
KIDSTAGE is made possible, in part, by Arts United, Bellevue Arts Commission, Citigroup Private Bank, City of Everett, City of
Issaquah, Clear Image, Costco, Everett Clinic, Everett Cultural Commission, Fluke, Kobe Foundation, Snohomish County
Tourism, Tulalip Tribes, US Bancorp, and Washington State Arts Commission.