Art Beat: More way to support arts through subscriptions, plus upcoming shows

Maestro Michael Miropolsky conducts the Cascade Symphony Orchestra.

Following up on last week’s column, here are more ways to support local arts through season subscriptions:

Season Subscriptions – Music

Cascade Symphony Orchestra
Edmonds Center for the Arts
410 4th Ave. N.

Cascade Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Maestro Michael Miropolsky, begins its 2019-2020 season Oct. 21. Performing its full season at the Edmonds Center for the Arts, the group’s 57th season is sure to please. With something for everyone, the orchestra’s mission dedicates itself to nourishing its musicians and the community by providing inspiring performances of outstanding music.

CSO is a 501(c) 3 organization that needs financial support to fulfill its commitment to educate, enrich and entertain the community. Donations can be made at the Cascade Symphony website, where you can also learn more about volunteer opportunities. Major sponsors include the Hazel Miller Foundation, Edmonds Arts Commission, Rick Steves Europe and the Cascade Symphony Business Alliance of more than 60 local businesses.

This season, Its programming offers seven productions, including a Holiday Pops concerts in December, Beethoven’s Birthday in January, and  Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 in May. You can purchase season tickets at

Join the orchestra Oct. 21 for Brahms’ Passion. The program selection includes Copland – Suite from the Ballet Billy the Kid; Haydn – Cello Concerto in D Major, featuring Amos Yang, the acclaimed assistant principal cellist for the San Francisco Symphony, a former member of the Seattle Symphony, as well as a national and international chamber musician and soloist.

Season Subscriptions – Theater
Now in its 61st season, Driftwood Players welcomes patrons to the Wade James Theater.

Season 61 – Edmonds Driftwood Players
Wade James Theatre
950 Main St.

The Driftwood Players begin its 61st Season on Sept.13, when the production of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder opens on the Edmonds stage. The Driftwood Players, in residence at the Wade James Theater, is one of the longest-running community theaters in Washington State. On the eastern boundary of the City’s Creative District, the Wade James Theater is a short walk from downtown Edmonds, situated just east of the intersection at 9th Avenue and Main Street, at 950 Main.

Built in 1968 as The Driftwood Theatre, and through the dedication and support of the City of Edmonds and many other volunteers, the theater continues on in memory of its architect and founding member, Wade James. The theatre boasts 219 seats and serves as home to Driftwood’s five mainstage plays, educational productions, second-stage productions, summer children’s programs, special events and other opportunities throughout the year.

Consider supporting Driftwood Players by donating, volunteering, becoming a member, or through patronage of the many season-ticket options. The Driftwood Players 2019 – 2020 season is full of well-known titles with purchasing options to delight its audience. Including: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder; A Christmas Story, the Musical; Pride and Prejudice; The Producers and Unnecessary Farce. You can find ticketing options detailed on the theatr’s ticketing web page. Flexible packages allow you to tailor your theatrical experience and support the theatre as a patron.

Edmonds Driftwood Players depends on donations from individuals and businesses to sustain this nonprofit, community theater operating under a 501 (c) 3 designation. Learn more at

Set to open Sept. 13, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder — book and lyrics by Robert L. Freedan and music and lyrics by Steven Lutvak — is directed by Adam Othman. The show is known as a murderous romp filled with unforgettable music, non-stop laughs and a scene-stealing role for one actor playing all eight of the doomed heirs who meet their ends in the most creative and side-splitting ways, according to Musical Theater International. The 2014 musical took four wins on 10 Tony nominations that year and is considered a must-produce for any theatre looking for a truly original and fresh new comedy that will delight audiences and leave them begging for more.

Season 12 – The Phoenix Theatre
9673 Firdale Ave.

Edmonds’ own Phoenix Theatre kicks off its 12th season Sept. 27, with Ladies Man by Charles Morey. An adaptation of George Feydeua’s Tailleur Pour Dames, the play takes us to Paris where the recently married Dr. Hercule Molineaux tells “one tiny, little, hardly noticeable lie” to cover an innocent, but embarrassing, indiscretion. From that single untruth tumbles a hilarious and infectiously charming farce.

Continuing itstradition of delivering comedy theater to the Edmonds community, Phoenix Theatre begins another season filled with mainstage productions. Believing that laughter has the power to inspire, heal and connect the community, the Phoenix season is filled with a variety of comedy plays. The five-shows subscriber packages allows patrons section seating, and the choice of multiple show nights during the weeks of performances. Learn more at—20192020.html

You are also invited to become a benefactor, a patron of the arts, and support this theater through donations. Learn more at

And now on to upcoming events…


Bad Dog: Tricks, Pranks and One-Ups

Saturday, Sept. 6
7:30 p.m. – kick-off and selection
Sunday, Sept. 7
7:30 p.m. – performance

The Phoenix Theatre
9673 Firdale Ave.

$20 general admission

Friday and Saturday, Sept. 6 and 7, The Phoenix Theatre’s Sleepless Play Festival presents — Bad Dog: Tricks, Pranks and One-Ups. Six original plays for the event will be written by local playwrights to be performed by popular local actors — all within 24 hours! Viewing the selection process is free and open to the public on Friday, Sept.6, 7:30 p.m. with the performance happening 24 hours later on Sept. 7, 7:30 p.m. at the Phoenix Theatre in Firdale Village.

On Friday, actors come dressed in a kooky costume, armed with a prop of their choice. The playwrights pull names from a hat to determine which crazy characters will be in their play. The playwrights toil through the night and return the next morning to submit their finished scripts and begin rehearsal with their selected actors. By that night, the finished products will be performed for the public. This wild night of fun is always a hit with local audiences. This performance is bound to draw a big crowd, tickets completely sold out in previous years. Don’t hesitate – get your tickets ahead of time at

Invitation to Sing with Sno-King Chorale

Tuesday, Sept. 10
7 p.m.

Edmonds Church of God
8824 220th St. S.W.

The Sno-King Chorale begins its 2019-2020 season with an open rehearsal for interested singers. Formed in 2000, this community chorus has since served as a mainstay in the Edmonds cultural and arts community.

The chorale joins the ranks of several other Pacific Northwest Choruses under direction from Dustin Willetts. Willets serves as artistic director for Sno-King, as well as directing the Kulshan Chorus of Bellingham and the Cantabile Chamber Choir of Skagit Valley. He also serves on the board of directors for the Seattle Children’s Chorus and formed the Kulshan Youth Choir in Whatcom County. Willetts has a master of music from Western Oregon University and serves as an adjudicator and clinician along with directing choruses in the Puget Sound region.

Sno-King Chorale has performed will many well-known artists, toured internationally and appeared in local festivals and premier performance venues around Puget Sound and the Pacific Northwest since 2000, when the ensemble was formed under Frank DeMeiro.

Sno-King Chorale will join forces with Willett’s Kulshan Chorus of Bellingham and Cantabile Choir of Mt. Vernon in 2020. The combined choruses will perform a three-performance run of Carl Orff’s masterwork, Carmina Burana. The culmination of the Chorale’s season will come with a trip to Croatia, continuing the organization’s tradition of spreading their joy of music globally.

Interested singers are invited to observe this non-audition group Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the Edmonds Church of God. Learn more at

Contributions to Sno-King Chorale are gladly accepted and may be made at

Studio Art – Artists Reception

“Northwest Stories / Northwest Life” – Featured Artists’ Reception

Wednesday, Sept. 11
6 – 8 p.m.

Lynnwood Convention Center
3711 196th St. S.W.

All are welcome to the free, bi-annual Artists’ Reception Wednesday, Sept. 11. Meet the current exhibit’s featured artists while enjoying complimentary house-made appetizers and a no-host bar at the Lynnwood Convention Center.

The 2019 Summer/Fall Art Exhibition is currently on display at The Lynnwood Convention Center from July through December 2019. The art exhibit, “Northwest Stories/Northwest Life”, can be viewed during regular business hours, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday- Friday, and after hours when the Convention Center is open for events.

To learn more about the featured artists,  visit the Lynnwood Convention Center’s website at—2018-h2 


It: Chapter Two (R)

Starts Friday, Sept. 6

See listing for details and time

Edmonds Theater
415 Main St.
$9 General (13-61), $8 Seniors (62+), & $7 Matinee/Child

Starting Friday, Sept. 6, the Edmonds Theater begins showing It: Chapter Two. The sequel to the popular 2017 film, It, is based on a Stephen King horror novel fueling nightmares with creepy clowns since 1986. It: Chapter Two finds us 27 years after Pennywise terrorized the Losers Club for the first time. A phone call returns them to the horror of their past, bringing them back to their hometown to conquer their deepest fears and destroy that Pennywise once and for all. Check listing for showtimes and ticket pricing.


— By Royce Napolitino

Royce Napolitino actively pursues his passion for live performance. Easily entertained, he is always ready to offer a round of applause or a hearty laugh. Royce finds joy in the expression of art, and you may find him singing, acting or supporting other performing groups in Edmonds and around the Sound.

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