First-Ever Spokane “Theater-Fest” Offers Free Preview of 2018-19 Shows
Event is Sun., Aug. 26 from 1-4 p.m. at Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox
By Melissa Huggins, Exec. Dir. Spokane Arts
SPOKANE —July 13, 2018… Spokane Arts is pleased to announce TheaterFest, a new event to preview the 2018-19 performing arts season in Spokane. TheaterFest will be a free, one-afternoon celebration of performing arts held at Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox on Sunday, August 26, 2018 from 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Organized by Spokane Arts, and presented in partnership with local performing arts organizations and theaters, community members of all ages are invited to experience short showcases of theater, opera, dance, music and interactive activities, as well as tours of the historic Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague Avenue, Spokane.
The stage of Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox will feature a variety of performances, each lasting 15-20 minutes, that will preview an upcoming event during the 2018-19 season. They include:
- Spokane Civic Theatre’s musical, “Mary Poppins,” scheduled to open on their stage on September 14;
- Spokane Ballet School previewing excerpts from the holiday classic, “The Nutcracker Ballet,” which opens at The Fox with live music by the Spokane Symphony, the State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara and young, local dancers on November 29 for five performances;
- Inland Northwest Opera (formerly Opera CdA) will offer selections from Mozart’ “The Marriage of Figaro,” which plays at Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox on September 21 and 23;
- The Spokane String Quartet, featuring members of the Spokane Symphony, including Concertmaster Mateusz Wolski, performing chamber works from the Chamber Soiree Series;
- Floating Crowbar, Spokane’s high-energy traditional Irish ensemble will whet appetites for the Seamus Egan Project, coming on March 2, 2019 as part of the Spokane Symphony’s Pops Series.
“The goal of TheaterFest is to get people excited about the new season of performing arts in our city and to make the arts accessible to everyone,” said Spokane Arts Executive Director Melissa Huggins.
“These short performances will provide the perfect entry point for individuals and families to experience theater, opera, ballet and live music in a way that’s fun. It’s a fantastic way to introduce children to the performing arts, and the event will feature activities for a range of ages. We want people to find some shows they’d like to attend this year,” Huggins said.
In addition to the showcases presented on stage, other activities will happen in the lobby of Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox and in its Founders’ Gallery and Mezzanine, including an Instrument Petting Zoo where orchestra musicians will talk to children as try out a variety of instruments; opportunities to practice vocal exercises with an opera singer, take photos with the ballerinas, or watch a stage-fighting demonstration.
In the lobby of The Fox Theater, participating arts organizations will host tables where attendees can pick up information and ask questions. Guided and self-guided tours of Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox will also be available. Special ticket deals and packages will be available for purchase, and a drawing will be held for tickets to Best of Broadway’s Finding Neverland and a hotel getaway sponsored by The Spokane Club. Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox concession stand.
The stage performances and lobby activities will be staggered and repeated throughout the TheaterFest afternoon between 1:00-4:00 p.m., so that attendees can come and go as they please, sampling whatever interests them. The full schedule of performances and activities can be found at www.spokanetheaterfest.com.
TheaterFest is organized by a coalition of representatives from Spokane theaters and performing arts venues, including Spokane Civic Theatre, Inland Northwest Opera, the Spokane Symphony and Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, along with staff support from the Downtown Spokane Partnership and Spokane Arts.
About Spokane Arts
Spokane Arts is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that supports arts and culture in the region through grantmaking, arts programming, advocacy and professional development. http://www.spokanearts.org