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TONIGHT at ACT Theatre in Seattle, Village Theatre amongst many other arts organizations in the Puget Sound area will be present at the Second Annual Gregory Awards ceremony organized by Theatre Puget Sound (TPS). Village Theatre was honored with a couple wonderful nominations–also read why the nominating panel chose Village Theatre, as published on the TPS website:

Theatre of the Year

Always a great season. Fabulous work developing new works. And best kids’ theatre education in town. As a developer of new musicals… they are keeping alive that great American invention, the musical, by letting the next generation create new work.”

Outstanding Production — 42nd Street

Outstanding dancing and staging. Fantastic casting and a wonderful show overall. Didn’t realize tap dancing feet could move that fast… wow!”


There are also a number of Village Theatre affiliates who have been nominated as well–we can’t wait to support them tonight. Take a look!

Outstanding Actor — Eric Ankrim

The Gypsy King

“The most phenomenal work I’ve seen possibly EVER… Pitch perfect in his approach and singing… Eric was a whirling dervish of energy… A great feat.”

Eric Ankrim on the right.

Outstanding Costume Designer — Melanie Burgess

42nd Street and Chasing Nicolette (amongst productions from other theatres)

“Best costumes I’ve seen in a long time.”


Outstanding Lighting Designer — Tom Sturge

Lost in Yonkers and Chasing Nicolette (amongst productions from other theatres)

“His use of light [in Candide]… made for a radiant and transporting design. That show has so many locations and shifts, and Tom managed to do it all with grace and artistry.”

Outstanding Music and Sound Designer — R.J. Tancioco

The Gypsy King and Chasing Nicolette (amongst productions from other theatres)

RJ is an amazing musician and we are lucky he is staying in Seattle and not rushing away to a big career in New York.”


Outstanding Scenic Designer — Steven Capone

Meet Me in St. Louis

This elaborate 19th century drawing room set had to move on and off stage and make room for the trolley and outdoors… big and beautiful.”


All photos by Jay Koh.


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What a season it has been! This year marked Village Theatre’s 30th Anniversary Season, and it was fabulous. We pulled a few photo moments from each production that we remember really enjoying. Comment and tell us what some of your favorite moments were–we’d really like to hear about it!!

The extend-o arms!

Funniest Nun ever!

“The Trolley Song”

Ryah Nixon as Esther Smith was phenomenal! Our ST. LOUIS Boy Next Door, Jason Kappus, left the run at VT early to take a spot on the first-ever LEGALLY BLONDE national tour–yeah!

Jennifer Taylor as Aunt Bella was quite memorable.

What a cast! Suzy Hunt as Granda Kurnitz was terrifying!

Eric Ankrim and that double-role; so much fun!

Prince Dijon…the name, the photo…need we say more?

The ladies in “Shuffle Off To Buffalo”

The men in “Dames”

WHAT A SEASON! See you in September for THE FULL MONTY!

All photos by Jay Koh.

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Katherine Luck of Journal Newspapers spent some time chatting with The Gypsy King author Randy Rogel last month. The story is printed in the May edition of the paper, but we thought we’d share the online link with you here on the VT Blog.


The Village Theatre has turned out a number of all-new musicals lately — including one that garnered the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in April. Their latest world premiere, THE GYPSY KING, is currently drawing big laughs in Everett.

In this farcical comedy, Frederick, part of a traveling father-son acting duo, gets caught up in royal intrigue when he agrees to take the place of his lookalike, Prince Alfonse. Unfortunately, the prince is the target of an assassination plot that threatens to cut short Frederick’s acting career, his romance with a rebellious princess and his life.


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Curious to learn a bit more about the behind-the-scenes action of The Gypsy King? Maybe you’re interested in hearing a bit more about Eric Ankrim, the lead in the show–he’s the one with the crazy-awesome dual role!

Eric Ankrim and his body double in Village Theatre’s The Gypsy King. Photo by Jay Koh.

Well, KING FM’s Arts Channel recorded a thorough interview with Eric that spills the beans on The Gypsy King and tells you all about Eric’s history in the entertainment biz.

Listen here!

Thanks, Marta at KING FM’s Arts Channel!

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Okay, so that headline may have left you feeling a bit confused. 6:30? Well, never fear! We’ve got all the answers you need and more right here on the VT Blog. Check out this exclusive interview with The Gypsy King‘s Cayman Ilika!

Left: Cayman Ilika; Right: Cayman as 6:30 or Anastasia

VT: What character do you play in the show? How would you describe her?

Cayman: I play Anastasia (6:30). She is a lot like a cat. She is sly, and ready to pounce at any moment. She has a sardonic sense of humor. She loves her best friend Maguerite (6:00) more than anything. At the beginning of the show, Anastasia is quite cynical and is doing her best to appease the prince so she can live comfortably. By the end of the show, she sees Alphonse’s downfall and Anisette’s happy ending and learns to be hopeful.

VT: What part of working on a new musical is most exciting for you?

Cayman: For me, the best part about bringing a new work to life is that because no one has seen the roles performed before, there are no pre-conceived notions about how each part should be portrayed. The actors and director are free to play with the material we are given. It is a total blast. When we started working on this show in the 2008 reading, I saw that there was no character description for Anastasia. I decided that she was going to have a low voice, and Rich [Gray, director] and Randy [Rogel, author] let me keep it! Now, there are jokes written into my part that were created based on that snap decision I made during the reading.

VT: What aspect of the show do you think audiences are enjoying most?

Cayman: It’s pretty clear that the audiences have been wild about The Gypsy King. The scenes where we hear the most laughter and gasps of surprise are the ones where Alfonse and Frederick are on stage together. Eric Ankrim’s nimble transformation from one character to the other is truly astounding, and it’s so much fun to watch!

VT: How do you keep your performance fresh after so many performances?

Cayman: We take our responsibility to bring the magic of theatre to every performance very seriously. It helps since our cast is so wonderful. We all enjoy spending time together so much, and we are constantly creating ways to keep one another in the world of the play. Jessica Skerritt (Marguerite) and I spend most of our time on (and off) stage together–for each performance, we imgaine something new that has happened that day in the lives of our characters, and incorporate that into our actions and reactions.

Thanks, Cayman!

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Who Doesn’t Love A Good Happy Hour?!

For a limited time only, tickets to see the new musical The Gypsy King in Everett are available for 20% off during Happy Hour, 4:00-7:00 PM Tuesday-Saturday. If you purchase tickets during this time, you will also receive a coupon for 20% off your bill at Chopstix, Everett’s premier piano bar. Hurry to Village Theatre! Happy Hour tickets are subject to availability and this amazing offer end on May 1, 2010.

May not be combined with any other offer.

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Village Theatre’s production of The Gypsy King.

Photos by Jay Koh.

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