Issaquah’s own Village Theatre has been bringing musical theater to Puget Sound since 1979. More specifically, it's brought more than 175 new works to roughly 220,000 audience members annually — but who’s counting? Due to the pandemic, its doors have been closed for the past season, but now, as Washington reopens, the troupe has announced the curtain will rise again in 2022.
“We are so looking forward to producing a fresh mainstage season,” Robb Hunt, executive producer for Village Theatre, said. “While our building has been somewhat activated this past year by our youth education department and their incredible hard work to make online camps and classes possible throughout the pandemic, it will have been 22 months of mainstage season closure by the time our first show opens.
With a commitment to audience and staff safety, the theater’s in-person season will follow the guidelines outlined in Gov. Jay Inslee’s Healthy Washington, Roadmap To Recovery plan. Working with these parameters, the organization notes, will allow for the return of a robust repertory season — all while protecting the health of patrons.
“The business of making theater is an involved one, so we are taking a conservative approach and reopening slowly. Audiences will see that the productions in our 2022 season grow in grandeur over the course of the year, scaling up overall with each new production,” Hunt said.
“We hope that our reopening in the New Year revitalizes our communities and welcomes them back into the theater experience feeling safe and excited.”
Performances scheduled for Issaquah and Everett include Songs for a New World by Jason Robert Brown; The Book Club Play by Karen Zacarias; You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown by Clark Gesner, based on The Comic Strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz; and Raisin by Robert Nemiroff and Charlotte Zaltzberg, based on Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun. Village Theatre’s 2022 Season begins Jan. 14 and runs through Aug. 7, 2022.