Centerstage returns with a bit of the Bard

By Winter Dorval - Staff Reporter

After some uncertainty, Centerstage opened their 2018- 2019 season with The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged.

The show will continue through Oct. 21.

Centerstage faced the pos- sibility of shutting down after their lease with the city of Fed- eral Way at the Knutzen Family Theater was not renewed last Spring.

Centerstage is no longer managing the theater, and their equipment is currently in mul- tiple storage units and a tempo-

rary office.
"The biggest learning experi-

ence with this performance has been that this is the first show in decades where our stuff wasn't there," said Trista Duval, artis- tic director at Centerstage.

Another challenge was peo- ple not realizing they made it and have another season, she said.

Centerstage's new season opened with a comedy both by and about William Shake- speare.

"I am fond of Shakespeare, but It's difficult to get people on- board because they are always worried the audience won't un- derstand it," Duval said.

The play is set in a back alley on a city block.

"It looks like three friends were at someone's house watch- ing Netflix and then they were like 'I know what we could do, let's act out every play Shake- speare ever wrote'," Duval said.

This show will be directed by Vince Brady.

The actors in this show are new to Centerstage.

The cast is composed of two women and a man, as opposed to the traditional cast of three men.

"I looked for energetic, up- for-anything actors who weren't afraid to improvise and had some experience with Shake-

speare," said Duval.
The actors had to memorize

hundreds of lines for this per- formance, she said.

"We've gotten a big response from the younger crowd, be- cause since the actors are younger they throw in a lot of pop culture references," said Duval.

The similarity between this show and the rest of the season is the sense of fun and abandon that is present in every show, she said.

"Our goal for the season over- all is we want a season where people can come, forget about what's happening out there, and jump into whatever world we are

presenting," Duval said.
Their show is 97 minutes

"Even if you don't know any-

thing about Shakespeare, you will still have fun," said Duval.

Showtimes are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and mat- inees at 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

The address for Centerstage Theater is 3200 S.W. Dash Point Rd., Federal Way.

Tickets are $29 for adults, $25 for active military and se- niors (65 and older), $15 for stu- dents (ages 18-23), and $12 for youths (17 and younger).

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