BAT Holiday Concert 2015

Enjoy Brass Quintet Concert of traditional Holiday music
at Burien Actors Theater Dec. 9

On Wednesday, December 9, 2015, enjoy the sounds of the season as Burien Actors Theatre presents a Holiday Concert with the Northwest Symphony Orchestra Brass quintet-2015-poster-finalQuintet. This fundraiser concert for the theater features traditional Holiday music played by the brass quintet in chamber-music style.

The Northwest Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet is drawn from the nationally acclaimed Northwest Symphony Orchestra, which has been featured several times on National Public Radio and once on NBC’s Today Show. Artists as diverse as Alice in Chains and Natalie Cole have performed with the NWSO. The Quintet highlights the talents of Chris Barnes on tuba, Chuck Fleming on trumpet, Chris Poole on trombone, Sarah Weinberger on trumpet and Evelyn Zeller on french horn.

BAT’s Holiday Concert/fundraiser begins at 7:30 p.m. and runs until 9:15 p.m. Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 seniors and $10 students. For tickets CLICK HERE, or call 206-242-5180–while tickets last!!!

BAT is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) entity and operates on revenue from ticket sales, donations, grants, sponsorships and volunteers. DONATE HERE.

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Get a charge at BAT

You come the BAT and at intermission you want to tweet about about the better live theater you saw in Act I. But your phone battery is low. What to do?IMG_0561

BAT has the solution. In concessions BAT added a phone charger. It can charge up to 4 phones at once!

IMG_0562So what to do while your phone recharges? BAT has a bar! There will be pear cider and two specialty cocktails for A Christmas Twist. There is also coffee and tea for those who do not imbibe.

Tweet, tweet, tweet.

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It is wonderful to be 8th!

BAT is very excited about this year’s King 5’s Best of Western Washington. BAT was voted the 8th best theater in Western Washington! That is, 8th out of 108 theaters. It is wonderful to be 8th!

But it gets better. BAT was 8th, Seattle Repertory was 9th, The 5th Avenue was 10th, andBat-logo-final-color ACT was 11th. BAT edged out some fine theater!!!

What makes this so special to BAT is that BAT-fans took the time to vote for BAT!

During The Addams Family, I told the BAT-patrons, “BAT wants to give The 5th Avenue a run for its money this year in the King 5’s Best of Western Washington poll!” Most times, I would get a laugh, but because BAT-fans took the time to vote, that is just what happened! BAT edged out The 5th Avenue!

To be fair, I would put BAT’s productions up against anything the 5th Avenue does, and Bat has free on site parking!

Thanks to all who voted for BAT!

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Your donation dollars at work

At BAT, whenever we can, we upgrade equipment. Today, as we were getting ready to tech A Christmas Twist, BAT installed new work lights.

Yes the scoops from the 1970s, were replaced with LED work lights (which were on sale). IMG_0576-1Looking at the stage, there is a good 75% more light. BAT is using about 65% less power, too. Oddly, for me because I have done years of light design, the color temperature of the new work lights is also higher. In this case, the higher color temperature manifests as a slight blue cast to the light, when compared to the twisted fluorescent bulbs that were in BAT’s old work lights.

The old work lights are the gray instruments in the picture. The new work light is the red instrument. BAT replaced four scoops with four LED work lights. This was a long awaited upgrade. Don’t worry though, the scoops will go back into BAT’s lighting inventory, and will show up in a future production. (BAT tries never to waste anything.)

BAT’s set designer says he likes the new lights because they make it easier to mix paint colors and to see to build. More light is also safer, always one of BAT’s concerns.

How could BAT buy new work lights? The answer is simple. You, a BAT donor, stepped forward and made a donation. Equipment upgrades are a good example of the things your donations makes possible. Without BAT donors nothing would improve.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

There is still time to donated again, or for the first time this season, before the end of the year! Donate HERE (at BAT’s secure online donation page).

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Are tolls on 520 drive patrons to BAT?

BAT has a number of metrics to determine where its audience comes from: online ticket sales; audience questionnaires; phone number prefixes; return of postcards for $2.00 discount on ticket prices; and a few more. While not perfect, BAT has a pretty good idea where its audience comes from.

When you first look at the break down there is a significant portion who come from Bellevue, Redmond and the East Side. This could be because BAT produces high quality theater and Burien is just down 405. If you avoid rush hour the commute is straightforward and painless.IMG_0571

BAT also has free onsite parking, so there is no drama finding a place to park. Even in the rain, the longest walk is across the parking lot.

bgrates2I recently crossed 520 from Seattle and paid a toll. If you live on the East Side and want to see theater in Seattle with the toll on 520, it can be as much as $4.10 per crossing just to get to the theater. Then there is parking. (Ouch.) However, getting to BAT is it a straight shot down 405. BAT is just a few blocks off of the end of 509 (the unofficial end of 405 ) Except during rush hour, that commute is a charm.

Over the last 10 years or so, BAT has monitored where its audience comes from, and the East Side has always been a large proportion of BAT’s audience. It is the tolls on 520? Is it because BAT continues to do better live theater? Is there another reason? Who knows, but BAT is glad to provide entertainment to those living on the Eat Side. Burien’s ever growing list of restaurants are also happy to feed BAT patrons before and after a show.

Whether you live on the Eat Side or not, see you at A Christmas Twist! (TICKETS for A Christmas Twist. )

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BAT’s parking lot gets painted

Sometimes it is just confusing. BAT has free on-site parking, but the lines on BATIMG_0571’s parking lot had worn. This caused some to struggle with how to IMG_0572park their cars when they came to a show. Luckily, with the help of the City of Burien, the lines on BAT’s parking lot have been freshly painted! Feel free to park!IMG_0573

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Working on A Christmas Twist

Spent the day working on the set for A Christmas Twist. TICKETS.

While we were doing that, the cast was having a fight choreography rehearsal. (Yes, even IMG_0558though A Christmas Twist is a comedy there is a fight scene.) VIDEO.

I have been at a few of the rehearsals for the show. It makes me laugh. BAT was blessed with a great cast. It almost makes me want it the be Thanksgiving weekend, and the opening of the show. But we are not quite ready yet. (Not by a long shot.)

IMG_0559For those who have never done theater, it is not like those old movies. In one scene someone says, “Let’s do a show!” and a scene later (often the same day), the show is on its feet, complete with costumes, dance numbers and music.

Theater takes weeks and weeks of rehearsals, weeks of making costumes, hanging lights and setting cues, tons of props to find or make, and sounds to find, or in this case a score to be written. For A Christmas Twist, all of IMG_0560this is well underway. By the time the show closes on December 20, 2015, over 75 people will have worked on it, maybe more.

Can’t wait to see you at the show!

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A Christmas Twist

Laugh through the holidays with the irreverent
comedy A Christmas Twist

Looking for a little cheekiness in your holiday theater-going? Enjoy seven actors bringing Twist web art18 characters to life in A Christmas Twist, an irreverent mash-up of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and Oliver Twist at Burien Actors Theatre.

The show runs from Nov. 27 through Dec. 20, and includes incidental music played live plus free on-site parking and specialty drinks themed to the show. Don’t miss the opening night party!


A Christmas Twist tosses Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and Oliver Twist into a high-spirited blender with plenty of pop culture and an absurd cast of characters that includes Little Orphan Annie. The result is a humorous parody of Christmas stories about the poor versus the rich that spreads the spirit of the season. Written by Doug Armstrong, Keith Cooper & Maureen Morley of the Illegitimate Players, A Christmas Twist combines the energy and spontaneous humor of improv with clever satire, bringing to mind a Mel Brooks creation.

The show is suitable for all ages.


Ken Holmes is directing, with incidental music composed and played live by Allan Loucks. Also featured are the diverse acting talents of Mark Gladding (Tiny Twist), Adam Hegg (Bob Cratchit, Marley, Young Scrooge), John Lynch (Fagin, Fuzziwig, Christmas Future), Melissa Mcalerney (Emily, Caroler, Christmas Past), Madeline Nutting (Scrooge), Anna Richardson (Annie, Caroler, Belle, Christmas Present, Libby) and Tim Takechi (Bumble, Gravedigger).

Tickets at the Box Office: 

 General Senior Student 
All Shows: $20.00 $17.00 $10.00

OPENING NIGHT: Only on Nov. 27, enjoy the opening night party after the show—included in the price of all tickets.

HALF-PRICE NIGHT: Only on Nov. 28, all tickets are half price.

SEVEN DOLLAR SUNDAY: Only on Nov. 29 all tickets are just $7! Remember, Sunday is a matinee performance only.


Dinner and a Show Package: This package includes a two-course meal at Mark Restaurant & Bar plus a ticket to the show; cost is $35 per person. Contact the Mark at 206-241-6275.

For the Holidays, remember BAT is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) entity and operates on revenue from ticket sales, donations, grants, sponsorships and volunteers. DONATE HERE

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BAT is looking for an African-American actress

Burien Actors Theatre is seeking an African-American actress for the role of Elizabeth in the comedy In the Next Room or the vibrator play, set in 1880s America and written by Sarah Ruhl. The show calls for a 7-person ensemble to play 7 characters.

Elizabeth is an African-American woman in her late 20s to late 30s. A mother grieving the loss of her baby. Smart, full of common sense, self-possessed. Has the enviable quality of presence and effortless exquisiteness. Agrees to be a wet-nurse to Dr. and Catherine Givings’ baby when Catherine can’t produce sufficient milk to feed her baby. Becomes Catherine’s confidante. Artist Leo Irving falls in love with Elizabeth. Actor doesn’t have to be in the age indicated above to play Elizabeth, but must be able to convincingly play a woman in that age range.

SYNOPSIS: In the Next Room (or the vibrator play) is a comedy about marriage, intimacy, and electricity. Set in 1880s America at the dawn of the age of electricity and based on the bizarre historical fact that doctors used vibrators to treat ‘hysterical’ women (and some men), the play centers on a doctor and his wife and how his new therapy affects their entire household. In a seemingly perfect, well-to-do Victorian home, proper gentleman and scientist Dr. Givings has innocently invented an extraordinary new device for treating “hysteria” in women (and occasionally men): the vibrator. Adjacent to the doctor’s laboratory, his young and energetic wife tries to 
tend to their newborn daughter—and wonders exactly what is going on in the next room. When a new “hysterical” patient and her husband bring a wet nurse and their own complicated relationship into the doctor’s home, Dr. and Mrs. Givings must examine the nature of their own marriage, and what it truly means to love someone. Continue reading

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I will not come to to a performance

BAT’s run of The Addams Family was very successful. Thanks to all who donated, bought tickets or worked on the show. It was more fun that people should be able to have at one Bat-Marketing logo final-colortime.

However, during the run I had a conversation with a would-be patron that troubles me. A would-be patron called to voice her objection to BAT’s current season. She said she would not attend any of the productions nor would she donate this season because BAT was going to produce “In the Next Room or the vibrator play.”

As the artistic director, I fielded the call. I asked what was troubling about that show. She responded that there was no reason for “that type of show” and if we had any decency we would know that.

I asked if she knew that “In the Next Room or the vibrator play” was finalist for The Pulitzer Prize for drama in 2010. She said that did not matter. “Those types” of plays should not be done. Continue reading

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