Posts Tagged ‘Steve Tomkins’

We had such a great time last week at our pre-production photo shoot for THE PRODUCERS and for the 2012-2013 Season (can you believe we’ll be announcing next season soon?!!). Here are a few fun shots from the day.


JJohn David Scott working it… you should have seen his leaps!


Good ol’ Steve Tomkins!


THE PRODUCERS is going to be really pretty. Single tickets go on sale March 14, 2012. Season tickets holders can snag the best available seats now —3-show season tickets still available in both locations!


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I (Michelle Sanders, pr lady) got a fun note from artistic director Steve Tomkins the other day, in response to a question Village Theatre was asked on Facebook, from a friend. She asked, what are your favorite and least favorite shows you have been associated with in your whole career? So, I saw fit to get this answer, and here is ol’ Tomkins’ response:

Oddly enough, my least and most favorite shows I have been involved with were; a) not musicals and b) I didn’t direct them but performed in them. One of my most humiliating experiences was when I starred in an ill-fated adaption of the horror movie about an Egyptian mummy who is brought back to life when the spirit of his lost love the goddess Isis is reincarnated into a drag queen from Capitol Hill. Needless to say it was very low budget and I spent two weeks wrapped from head to toe in masking tape. Enough said about that. One of my favorite memories was a production of AMERICAN BUFFALO I had the pleasure to act in at the old Empty Space Theatre directed by M Burke Walker. The cast was Jeff Steitzer, Glen Mazen and I. It was one of the most incredible experiences I’ve ever had in theater.
–Steve Tomkins

Steve’s next project is direction of Annie Get Your Gun  on the Mainstage. Tickets on sale  in Issaquah September 28, 2011, and in Everett on November 30, 2011.

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As the years pass, more and more trivia facts come to my attention about Village Theatre. Unfortunately, I think it’s possible that many people just don’t know (yet) about all the incredible things happening right here in downtown Issaquah. Just to get the ball rolling, we’ve posted a list of 10 very interesting facts I bet many people didn”t know about Village Theatre. Read on and if you know something interesting about Village Theatre–by all means, post it as a comment!

  1. In 1988, Anna Faris played Scout in Village Theatre’s production of To Kill A Mockingbird. Read more here.
  2. Isaac Brock of the band Modest Mouse used to work as a light board operator for Village Theatre. He was around 12 years old when he started working in the booth.
  3. Village Theatre’s 2009-2010 Season (also the 30th Anniversary Season) has five shows never before produced for the Mainstage: Chasing Nicolette–WEST COAST PREMIERE, Meet Me in St. Louis, Lost in Yonkers, The Gypsy King–WORLD PREMIERE, and 42nd Street.
  4. Martin Charnin not only directed the Mainstage production of Shadowlands in 2007, but he also appeared as one of the Jets in the original production of West Side Story in 1957. Martin is best known for his work as the lyricist for the hit musical Annie. “Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love ya tomorrow…you’re only a day away
  5. Broadway star Cheyenne Jackson–known for his Broadway role in XANADU–jump-started his career playing Danny in Grease on the Mainstage in 1999. His other Mainstage credits include Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor(c) Dreamcoat in 2000 and Tony in West Side Story in 2001.
  6. Next To Normal (formerly titled Feeling Electric) is the first musical developed through the Village Originals program to make it to Broadway let alone win 3 Tony Awards!
  7. Village Theatre owns all three buildings that it uses in Issaquah–Francis J. Gaudette Theatre (Mainstage), First Stage Theatre, and the technical studios space.
  8. Village Theatre is a leading producer of musical theatre in the Pacific Northwest. This means that nearly everything you see on stage was built in the theatre or the technical studio space by Village Theatre artisans. From scratch! The 6,000 pound boat built for Show Boat is a great example.
  9. Randy Rogel not only wrote the book, music, and lyrics to next season’s The Gypsy King,  but he is an Emmy-award winning author who also performs! Check him out in the lead role in Singin’ in the Rain.
  10. Next season marks the first time in Village Theatre history that young professionals (those between 21 and 35) can purchase season tickets at a discount ($150 for five shows!!!!). Facebook has it all.

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As the actors and creative team work out the final kinks, the excitment and anticipation is building at Village Theatre. Tonight there will be a preview performance, and tomorrow brings the official World Premiere performance of Stunt Girl.

Read more about Stunt Girl in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and The Seattle Times.


Just days before opening, changes are still being made. In these photos, director Steve Tomkins works with his cast to perfect the choreography.
Photos by Jay Koh.

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For many of us, the ‘Exotic Dance’ number in AIDA is a favorite moment. Below, Tanesha Ross gives us a little history into how the dance came to be and her experience throughout the process.


Ladies, if you are going to be in a situation such as this, there are no better three men to have this experience with than Bojohn Diciple, Bertram Johnson, and Steve Tomkins (significant others excluded).

Bojohn Diciple, Steve Tomkins, Tanesha Ross, Bertram Johnson

Bojohn Diciple (Nubian Ensemble), Steve Tomkins (Director), Tanesha Ross (Nehebka), Bertram Johnson (Nubian Ensemble) rehearsing ‘The Exotic Dance’

I didn’t know that I was going to be the featured dancer in this production until the 2nd week of rehearsals, when I saw my call time was just me, Bojohn, and Bertram, and we were going to do the “Exotic Dance.” Oh the things that ran through my head! I fortunately don’t have to wear tassels and really tall shoes. Oh the exciting world of being an actor! Always going with the flow, and stretching ourselves to the limits.

Bojohn Diciple, Steve Tomkins, Tanesha Ross, Bertram Johnson

Bojohn Diciple, Steve Tomkins, Tanesha Ross, Bertram Johnson rehearsing ‘The Exotic Dance’

I don’t have much dance training, a little in college, and the shows I have been in; I give all credit for my abilities to Yoga. However, those aspiring to be in this profession…take classes!!! Working with Steve is wonderful. He is patient and caring, and I do this piece every night for him. I couldn’t feel safer and more supported than I do with Bojohn and Bertram. They are fantastic! I hope you all enjoy this number as much as we enjoy performing it!

Bojohn Diciple, Tanesha Ross, Bertram Johnson

Bertram Johnson, Tanesha Ross, Bojohn Diciple performing ‘The Exotic Dance’

-Tanesha Ross

Photos 1 & 2 by Ekello Harrid Jr.
Photo 3 by Jah Koh

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Enjoy some candid shots of our AIDA cast and crew!

Michael Murnoch, Steve Tomkins, and Marliss Amiea

Michael Murnoch (Radames in AIDA), Steve Tomkins (Co-Director), Marliss Amiea (Aida)

Bob De Dea and Bobbi Kotula

Bob De Dea (Zoser) and Bobbi Kotula

Ryah Nixon, Marliss Amiea, and Michael Murnoch

Ryah Nixon (Amneris), Marliss Amiea, Michael Murnoch

Jimmy Scheider and Don Littrell

Jimmy Scheider (Egyptian Ensemble) and Don Littrell (Sound Designer)

Jeremy Devond Ellis and Michael Murnoch

Jeremy Devond Ellis (Nubian Ensemble) and Michael Murnoch

All photos by Ekello Harrid Jr.

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Village Theatre is pleased to announced the 2008-2009 director line-up. From Chicago to Arizona to right here in the greater Seattle area, we are excited to welcome both new and old to the Mainstage.

Andrea Dymond
Andrea Dymond

Andrea Dymond, Resident Director of Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago, will direct the new musical and season opener, Saint Heaven. Dymond comments, “I’d originally directed an earlier version of Saint Heaven in a developmental workshop production, about five years ago, at the Stages Festival at Theatre Building Chicago. That’s when I got to know Marty [Martin Casella, book writer] and Keith [Keith Gordon, lyricist and composer] who are every bit as gorgeous to work with as is their musical. I think Saint Heaven is unique in the fullness of its telling, the richness of its characters, and the variety of forms of deeply American music it uses to engage us in the story.” At Victory Gardens Theater, Dymond has staged a wealth of productions such as Gloria Bond Clunie’s Shoes (Best Director nomination, Black Theatre Alliance) and Charles Smith’s Free Man of Color (winner of the Jeff award for Best New Work).

Steve Tomkins
Steve Tomkins

Artistic Director for Village Theatre, Steve Tomkins is set to direct the charming Disney classic Beauty and the Beast. Tomkins gave his directorial debut at Village Theatre with the 1988 production of Gypsy. This upcoming season marks his sixteenth season as Artistic Director for Village Theatre.

David Ira Goldstein
David Ira Goldstein

David Ira Goldstein will direct Oscar Wilde’s classic play The Importance of Being Earnest. “I have been eager to direct Wilde’s greatest comedy ever since I directed his earlier play A Woman of No Importance for the University of Washington School of Drama in 1994. If any play can invoke a spirit of pure pleasure for two hours, it is certainly Wilde’s Earnest,” Goldstein comments. Artistic Director of Arizona Theatre Company (ATC), Goldstein has received the 2003 Governor’s Arts Award as Individual Artist for his contributions to the arts in Arizona. He has directed over 30 mainstage productions for ATC and has been a guest director across the country. Before living in Arizona, he was the Associate Artistic Director of A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle.

Steve Tomkins will also take on the original work Stunt Girl this season. His last three new musical projects, which include Once Upon A Time in New Jersey (2006-2007), Girl of My Dreams (2005-2006), and The Ark (2002-2003), quickly became huge hits amongst Village Theatre audiences.

Jerry Dixon

Lastly, Village Theatre is thrilled to announce Jerry Dixon as the director of the musical masterpiece, Show Boat. Dixon began his career as an actor with original Broadway cast performances in Once On This Island and Five Guys Named Moe, with other original roles in Bright Lights, Big City, The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin, new yorkers, and tick, tick…BOOM!. Dixon’s directing credits vary and include tick, tick…BOOM! (Korea and Singapore), Crowns (Kalamazoo Civic), and concerts and special events for Tony winner LaChanze, recording artist Raúl Midón, Carnegie Hall, and the Belgium National Symphony. Dixon’s directorial work was last seen at Village Theatre in 2007, when he was brought from New York to direct the Village Originals production of Barnstormer.

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