Artfully Edmonds: As summer slips away, galas and openings wait in the wings

See your kid - or someone you know - in this cast photo for Ballyhoo Theatre's production, "Carrie"?
See your kid – or someone you know – in this cast photo for Ballyhoo Theatre’s production, “Carrie” which plays this weekend at Edmonds Heights K-12. (Photo credit Gabriel Corey)

It’s hard to believe that we are actually in the last month of summer; but it’s true. Soon Edmonds residents will be greeting each other with, “Is it September already?”

And with it, September brings sensational performances: galas and gallery openings, taffeta and toasts.

This edition of Artfully Edmonds includes the galas and opening nights that have been posted thus far. These announcements will be updated as benefits and galas are added to the community’s arts calendars.

But, summer’s not over yet. So, let’s dive in to what’s happening this week, including music on the plaza and in the parks, highlights on this week’s youth performances, plus art studio news.

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Expect something wonderful as Maya Soleil takes the Hazel Miller stage, Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
Expect something wonderful as Maya Soleil takes the Hazel Miller stage, Thursday at 5 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 11
5-6:30 p.m.

African Roots Music & Dance
Maya Soleil Traditions takes the Hazel Miller Plaza stage this Thursday at 5 p.m. Be surprised!

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Sunday, Aug. 14
3-4 p.m.

Are you saying, “Necessito mas Salsa Cubano”? Then come to City Park (2nd Ave. S. at Howell St.) this Sunday.
Orchestra Zarabanda

Cuban Salsa!

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3 Ballyhoo Edmonds Heights

August 12/13
   7 p.m.

August 13/14
   2 p.m.

Ballyhoo Theatre performs at

Edmonds Heights K-12
23200 100th Ave. W.

Carrie, The Musical is being produced by Ballyhoo Theatre and opens on Friday for a one-weekend engagement on the Edmonds Heights K-12 stage.

You’ve read the book; you’ve seen the movie – now see the stage production!

In case you’ve been on an intergalactic voyage over the past 42 years, you know — as the popular synopsis explains — “Carrie White is a teen-aged misfit. At school, she’s an outcast who’s bullied by the popular crowd, and virtually invisible to everyone else. At home, she’s at the mercy of her loving but cruelly over-protective mother.” Aha! Carrie discovers she’s got an (ahem!) “special power”, and if bullied one more time she will unleash it on the townsfolk.

As a musical based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel, Carrie features a book by Lawrence D. Cohen, music by Michael Gore, and lyrics by Dean Pitchford.

Shileah Corey directs; the Ballyhoo Theatre production is choreographed by Emma Ruhl, with Michael Corey conducting the orchestra.

The cast of 25 actors, ages 14-19, represent 10 different schools. The production is rated PG13. Tickets are $7.00 and can be purchased at the door.

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Saturday, Aug. 27
5 p.m.

Sell-Out Alert!

Wine Walk Edmonds sponsored by
Art Walk Edmonds (AWE)

Wine Walk Edmonds 2016, sponsored by AWE, is coming soon and the tickets are going fast!

Following the sell-out success of last month’s Wine Walk Edmonds, the AWE-some team of artists, studio and gallery spaces in downtown Edmonds are doing it again – in just two short weeks!

You must buy your tickets online at this site: then you will want to stop in at Cole Gallery (107 5th Ave.) to get your pre-purchased event wrist band, which affords you and your companions 10, 1-ounce wine samples. Selections feature local and regional boutique wineries; plus the AWE summer wine walks are a great opportunity to gather with friends, meet winemakers and taste some of the best wine in Washington. In addition, you will have the chance to buy the featured wines at 10 percent off at the pop-up wine store, held the night of the wine walk at Cole Gallery.

The wine walk is AWE’s only fundraiser of the year, and supports operating costs and enables Art Walk Edmonds to bring the work of established and emerging artists to the Edmonds community.

Tickets (click here) to this celebrated summer event are limited; at last month’s Wine Walk Edmonds only two tickets were available for walk-up attendees.

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Pondering Pablo - Three Women, One Guitar by Carol Vanderwoude
Pondering Pablo – Three Women, One Guitar by Carol Vanderwoude

Paint-Over Challenge

“The Great ARTSpot Paint-Over Challenge” continues to hold the attention of Artfully Edmonds readers as registered artists challenge their intellectual and creative skills by actually painting over their work in 30 renditions of genius.

This week Challenge-mastermind Tracy Felix shares with us the work of Carol Vanderwoude with a preview of work number 20, Pondering Pablo: Three Women, One Guitar.

Of the process, Vanderwoude revealed to Felix, “I feel my painting is becoming loose and free with this process. There have only been a couple of paintings that I was sad to see go. But, I may recreate them at some point in oils which is my preferred medium. I’ve got so many ideas that I can hardly sleep at night!”

The challenge ends on August 31 at which time we will bring you some of the highlighted works from this year’s ARTspot challenge.

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Cascade Symphony Orchestra (CSO)
Monday, Aug. 15
6:30-8:30 p.m. by appointment

Cascade Symphony currently has orchestra positions available in the violin, viola, and cello sections.

Monday’s auditions will be held at Maplewood Presbyterian Church, 19523-84th Ave. W.

For more information or to request an audition time: call Laura Heard at 206-525-0965 or email her at

Detailed CSO audition information can be found at this link.

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Driftwood Players’ Auditions
Sunday, Aug. 21
5-7 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 22
7-9 p.m.

Driftwood Players Company is holding auditions for its production of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, which opens on Friday, Oct. 20.

Directed by Seattle-area theatre talent Ted Jaquith, this well-known dystopian drama focuses on the life of “Guy Montag, a firefighter who lives in a lonely, isolated society where books have been outlawed by a government fearing an independent-thinking public. It is the duty of firefighters to burn any books on sight or said collections that have been reported by informants. People in this society including Montag’s wife are drugged into compliancy and get their information from wall-length television screens. After Montag falls in love with book-hoarding Clarisse, he begins to read confiscated books. It is through this relationship that he begins to question the government’s motives behind book-burning. Montag is soon found out, and he must decide whether to return to his job or run away knowing full well the consequences that he could face if captured.” []

Fahrenheit 451 is a Driftwood Players’ TIPs Production. Driftwood Players make additional information regarding the audition process available at this link.

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Phoenix Theatre Auditions

Think you’re funny? Do you play well with others? The Phoenix Theatre troupe’s reputation for hitting the mark time-after-time is bringing in theatre lovers up and down the I-5 corridor.

“We are always looking for new talent!” calls out The Phoenix. “If you are interested in auditioning for any shows that have open calls, please fill out the form below. We will add you to our open call email list and you will receive notification of current open auditions. As an actor you are a valuable volunteer. Out of respect for your time you will receive a stipend for performances.”

The theatre is in open call mode on their auditions page. Try out. If you’re cast, Artfully Edmonds wants to know!

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Arts Studio Tour

Sept. 17/18

The Edmonds Art Studio Tour is coming!

Join hundreds of art enthusiasts convening on Edmonds-area art studios. Discover unique techniques and the extraordinary efforts behind the creations of these celebrated artists.

“This is heaven,” proclaims one artist who is participating in this year’s studio tour.

Learn more about the upcoming tour by clicking on this video.

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This month's Cascadia Art Museum gala kicks off the 2016-17 Season.
This month’s Cascadia Art Museum gala kicks off the 2016-17 Season.

Edmonds’ Gala Season Opens!

Cascadia Art Museum
Private Residence

Saturday, Aug. 27
Mid-Century Madness!

The first annual fundraising gala for Cascadia Art Museum will be held at the private Woodway residence of Carolyn and Lindsey Echelbarger.

The event will be highlighted by live music; and an exclusive tour of the Echelbarger home and art collection, led by David Martin, Cascadia Art Museum Curator. Activities will include a wine ring toss, raffle ticket sales and a live auction, plus a dessert table preview. The auction is chaired by Marni Muir with Susan Loreen as co-chair.

Specialty cocktails and fine wines will precede the seated dinner and auction.

RSVPs must be received by Friday, Aug. 12. Tickets may be purchased in person at Cascadia Art Museum or over the phone at 425-336-4809.

For more information go to the event page or contact

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Maggie Peterson chairs ECA's chic 2016 gala. RSVPs requested on September 12 for the Saturday, September 24th event.
Maggie Peterson chairs ECA’s chic 2016 gala. RSVPs requested on September 12 for the Saturday, September 24th event.

Edmonds Center for the Arts
Saturday, Sept. 24
5 p.m.

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The Boards of Directors of the Edmonds Public Facilities District and Edmonds Center for the Arts invite the community to the 10th Anniversary Gala and Auction.

Join in celebrating 10 amazing years and help set the stage for the coming decade by attending.

The event, chaired by Maggie Peterson, with Mike Meeks and Jack Loos as procurement co-chairs, will be held at ECA, 410 4th Ave. N.

RSVPs are requested by Monday, Sept. 12. To reserve space for your party, proceed to the ECA event page.

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A jewel of an event will ring in Cascade Symphony Orchestra's "Emerald Jubilee".
A jewel of an event will ring in Cascade Symphony Orchestra’s “Emerald Jubilee”.

Cascade Symphony Orchestra (Cascade)
Sunday, Oct. 9
5:30 p.m.

Friends of Cascade Symphony Orchestra are celebrating Cascade’s 55th season of making music by holding an Emerald Jubilee Gala Dinner and Auction on Oct. 9.

To be held at Holy Rosary Church, 630 7th Ave. N. in the upstairs Hall (which features a stunning territorial view of Edmonds and the surrounding area).

The special event will be highlighted by a gourmet dinner accompanied by wine, musical entertainment, and a live and silent auction.

Early Birds may purchase their tickets at discount until Sept. 23 at this ticket link.

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Smiling Phoenix Solo Logo2

The Phoenix Theatre

Wednesday, Nov. 2

7 p.m.  

After eight seasons of boisterous guffaws, The Phoenix Theatre is holding its third annual gala in the refined surroundings of the ECA lobby.

As soon as a ticket link is posted and the comedy line-up is penciled in – Artfully Edmonds will provide you with the live-links.

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Edmonds’ 2016-17 Fall Openers

Driftwood Players
950 Main St.

  • Friday, Sept. 16

Wait Until Dark

  • Friday, Oct. 20

Farhenheit 451

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Edmonds Center for the Arts
410 4th Ave. N.

Sell-Out Alert!

  • Thursday, Sept. 29

Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers open the 10th Anniversary season of ECAs “Presented Performances”.

It’s been 30 years since Hornsby took the Grammy® for Best New Artist, launching a spectacular and much-chronicled musical career. His technique, his generosity to fellow musicians and his charisma will bring the house to its feet as the ECA launches into its history making 2016-17 Season.

Additionally, Edmonds’ main performance stage will host the shows of numerous arts troupes; with its elegant lobby hosting select events through autumn and winter.

The ECA Film Cabaret Series begins Oct. 6 with West Side Story;

Saturday Matinees will start on Oct. 15 with Wizard of Oz

Subscriptions for ECA events are available online or by calling the box office at 425-275-9595.

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The Phoenix Theatre
Firdale Village
9673 Firdale Ave.

  • Friday, Oct. 7

The Phoenix Theatre’s 8th season rises on Moon Over Buffalo by Ken Ludwig. Directed by local theatre talent, Eric Lewis.

Christmas Spirit  |  by Fredrick Stoppel
|  Plays Dec. 2-20

Last Romance  |  by Joe DePietro
|  Plays Feb. 10-March 5

Female of the Species  |  by Joanna Murrey-Smith |  Plays April 7-30

Crossing Delancey |  By Susan Sandler
|  Plays June 2-25

For Better  |  by Eric Coble
|  Plays July 20-30

Tickets for each Phoenix production are available on the troupe’s main page.

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Cascade Symphony Orchestra season tickets are perennial sell-outs. Artfully Edmonds advises that you grab tickets now for an exciting 2016-17 season!

Cascade Symphony Orchestra
ECA – 410 4th Ave. N.

  • Monday, Oct. 24

Opening Night – with a Hint of Halloween

Cascade Symphony opens its 55th season with the glitter of musical gems. But in keeping with its October season debut, a hint of Halloween has made its way onto the program with the Lehar-Overture to The Merry Widow; Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Flat Major with Yuka Sasaki on Piano, Saent Sans-Danse Macabre op. 40, Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain; Ravel’s Bolero.

Sell-out Alert!

Season tickets for Cascade Symphony Orchestra performances are available through the ECA box office, or at this link.

– By Emily Hill

 12 Emily-2015Emily Hill is the author of two novels and a short story collection. Emily is retired from a career in public information and news media relations. If you would like your event listed, or featured, in Artfully Edmonds, Emily invites you to contact her here.


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