Performing arts in Edmonds taking off | Arts & Appetite

By Maria Montalvo | Feb 23, 2018

Edmonds’ performing arts scene continues to grow far beyond what many would expect from a city of our size, but our community’s well-known love of the arts definitely encompasses more than visual arts.

Small theaters have continued to thrive, and new or growing venues feature challenging and unexpected plays and performances, as well as nationally recognized performing artists.

This month, an Edmonds institution, the Driftwood Players, are presenting “To Kill a Mockingbird.” This classic by Harper Lee tells the story of Scout and her father, Atticus Finch, but also focuses on the often-unsung hero of the story, Tom Robinson.

The production captures the persistence of many of the themes in the story under the direction of Elizabeth Herbert, produced by Anabel Hovig. The show continues through February, but has been selling out many nights, so be sure to get your tickets soon. Tickets and information at www.edmondsdriftwoodplayers.org.

Firdale Village is home to the Phoenix Theater, a unique venue that presents “comedy without all the drama.” This month, “More Fun Than Bowling” tells the story of Jake, a man contemplating the unexpected turns of his life, the matchmaking tendencies of his daughter, and the challenges of operating a bowling alley.

In April, the Phoenix will present the Tony Award-winning “God of Carnage,” a 90-minute conversation between two couples that runs the gamut of both topics and decorum.

The Edmonds Center for the Arts continues to up its game each season, presenting more well-known artists and favorites, like Roseanne Cash and Pink Martini, along with innovators, rising stars, and below-the-radar standouts like Sergio Mendes, Lil Buck and John Boogz, and Rufus Wainright, a personal favorite, returning this May to share his unbelievable voice and unique view on the world.

Coming up this Saturday, Feb. 24, you can catch Michael Feinstein, described as “one of the most important musical forces of our time,” known for his renderings of the Great American Songbook.

On Sunday, Feb. 25, a show for the whole family is Anima Allegra, a clown troupe from Russia. More information at www.edmondscenterforthearts.org.

Nearby in Lynnwood, Edmonds Community College is home to the Black Box Theatre, a space to see performing arts (from dance to concerts to plays), speakers, civic events, and seminars.

The college engages its students to create programming that is impactful to the student body, the staff and faculty, and the community at large.

In the next two weeks alone, the Black Box Theatre will present a EdCC Jazz & Salsa Band and Concert Band concerts (Feb. 26 and March 6) and the play “U.P. North: Everleigh Estates (March 3-31). The website features all types of events worth checking out: www.blackboxedcc.org.

Here in Edmonds and nearby, we also have the Olympic Ballet and a long list of outstanding activities and events planned through the Edmonds Parks and Recreation and Edmonds Arts Commission (Writer’s Conference, Summer Concerts in the Park, Hazel Miller Plaza concert series, and much more).

Get out there and see what’s going on – there’s plenty.

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