A Chorus Line at Tacoma Little Theatre 

Tacoma Little Theatre continues its 103rd season with the much anticipated, A Chorus Line, conceived by Michael Bennett with direction and choreography by Eric Clausell, and musical direction by Jeff Bell.

From the pen of legendary composer Marvin Hamlisch, comes this Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning singular sensation! Casting for a new Broadway musical is almost complete, and for 17 dancers, this audition is the chance of a lifetime and what they’ve worked their whole lives for. A Chorus Line brilliantly evokes both the glamour and grind of showbiz, and is the musical for everyone who’s ever had a dream and put it all on the line. The iconic score features such classics as “What I Did for Love,” “One,” “I Hope I Get It”, and more! With its celebration and true-to-life depiction of performers and their struggle to achieve greatness on the Broadway stage, A Chorus Line has earned unanimous praise as one of the true masterpieces of live theatre.

Tacoma Little Theatre’s production of A Chorus Line features: Heather Adams Arneson as Lara, Ian Bartlett as Mark, Haunz Stroschein as Gregory, Mallory Carbon as Judy, Richard Cubi as Mike, Loucas Curry as Richie, Roycen Daley as Paul, Emma Deloye as Maggie, Nick Fitzgerald as Bobby, Valentine Fry as Kristine, Melanie Gladstone as Val, Anna Herron as Vicky, Keola Holt as Diana, Devin Jackson as Ensemble, Danielle Locken as Sheila, Annelise Martin as Ensemble, Allen Melo as Ensemble, Derek Mesford as Don, Rebecca Nason as Ensemble, Micheal O’Hara as Zach, Alan Plaster as Ensemble, Whitney Shafer as Cassie, Natalie Silva as Bebe, Josh Wingerter as Al, and Thea Frances Yumang as Connie.

A Chorus Line will run Friday, March 11, through Sunday, April 3, 2022.  Friday and Saturday showings are at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2:00pm.  A Chorus Line is recommended for ages 12 and up. 

Tickets may be purchased online at www.tacomalittletheatre.com, or by calling our Box Office at (253) 272-2281.  TLT requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination at the door for all audience members and masks will also be required while inside the building.  For our full COVID-19 protocols please visit www.tacomalittletheatre.com/covid.

Unique Wedding Venues That INSPIRE

You’re engaged and one of your first steps in planning a wedding is selecting a venue for the celebration. Whether you are interested in an indoor or outdoor location, we recommend that you check out these five unique locations for your celebration.

Farm 12, Puyallup

The estate Farm 12 has a variety of options for the special day from rustic to elegant. You can choose from a variety of their indoor or outdoor spaces. They also offer in-house catering and bar services to provide delicious cuisine and cocktails throughout your event.
farm12.org/events

Indian Summer Golf and Country Club, Lacey

Picture your dream ceremony on the beautifully landscaped courtyard, under the watchful eye of towering oak trees while guests gaze over the magnificent wetlands. Indian Summer’s natural setting makes for an amazing backdrop for breathtaking wedding pictures. The intricately landscaped gardens and the charm of the entrance pond to the Clubhouse make a unique setting for the bride and groom’s departure before being whisked away to the honeymoon.
indiansummergolf.com/weddings

Lakewold Gardens, Lakewood

Lakewold Gardens is a lovely 10-acre historic garden estate that features formal and natural settings. Nestled amidst the lush English-inspired gardens is the Georgian-style mansion which overlooks Gravelly Lake. This historic and unique property is an elegant setting for any wedding ceremony and reception. Lakewold Gardens provides a beautiful backdrop for your wedding photos that will continue the memory of your special day for years to come. Discover why they are one of the premier wedding venues in the South Sound.
lakewoldgardens.org/weddings

Press Room, Tacoma

Let a piece of history elevate your guests’ wedding experience. This historic space housed the printing presses for the Tacoma Daily Ledger and Tacoma News Tribune from the early part of the 20th century. This newly reclaimed “urban rustic masterpiece” has been lovingly restored with unmatched craftsmanship and offers a variety of wedding packages. The Press Room is Tacoma’s newest wedding and event space.
pressroomevents.com

Washington State History Museum, Tacoma

Bold architecture, stunning views, and a convenient downtown location make the Washington State History Museum an ideal wedding venue. Located in historic downtown Tacoma, the museum offers grand indoor and outdoor spaces for both your ceremony and reception, private access to their current exhibitions, and beautiful views of the city skyline, Thea Foss waterway, and Mount Rainier.
washingtonhistory.org

Hear From The Curator: Departures and Divisions

Virtual Talk | Hear from the Curator: Departures and Divisions
February 6 @ 1:00 – 2:30 pm

in us for a discussion about Tacoma Art Museum’s newest exhibition, Departures and Divisions: Variation in American Styles, 1900 – 1950. Learn more about the exhibition as we consider the development of a distinctly American style of art. Throughout the 19th century, Europe and the Academies of Paris dominated the global artistic scene. Learn more information about this virtual talk on our website.<https://www.tacomaartmuseum.org/event/virtual-talk-hear-from-the-curator-departures-and-divisions/>

This exhibition lecture will be held virtually. To reserve your spot, register here<https://2513a.blackbaudhosting.com/2513a/Curator-Conversation-Virtual>.

For questions, please contact Kyley Butler, Public Programs Coordinator.<mailto:kbutler@tacomaartmuseum.org>

Ethnic Fest

Ethnic Fest has long been a fixture on the Tacoma events calendar. This annual event took a two year hiatus due to covid-19 and is aiming to return in 2022.Eventsent
As with many things, it’s undergone an evolution and is due a new name.
We are reaching out to the community to help us shape the brand for this event.

Classical Tuesday’s in Old Town

Video of TYS ensembles up soon to view. Change of date to April 12 for Arx Duo

This past Tuesday, January 11, Classical Tuesdays featured chamber ensembles of strings and winds by performers – ages 6 to 21 – who are members of one of the 8 orchestras and programs in the Tacoma Youth Symphony Association. Their performances were impressive and uplifting. Our emcee for the evening, TYSA Music Director Dr. Paul-Elliott Cobbs, introduced the performers and offered an interesting tale or fact about each of the compositions.

Look on January 25, for the video Kris Crews has produced of the Tacoma Youth Symphony Association ensembles on YouTubeFacebook, and our website.

You have another opportunity to enjoy the TYSA chamber ensembles live on January 22 at 7:00pm at Immanuel Presbyterian Church – and there will be twice as many ensembles performing at that performance!

Next Classical Tuesdays event will feature Arx Duo percussion ensemble, postponed to April 12 at Slavonian Hall. Watch for our announcement

 

Tacoma Opera Volunteer Ushers Needed

Do You Love The Opera as Much as We Do??
Well guess what? We need volunteers for our upcoming show, The Prodigal Son!
Volunteers get to watch the live performance for FREE!
If you come volunteer for Tacoma Opera for this live performance, we will offer you a free seat to watch this unforgettable opera production!
That’s right! We won’t make you stand the whole time!
To inquire about how you can become a volunteer for The Prodigal Son production, Contact us at admin@tacomaopera.com  or call 253-627-7789
Show details:
The Prodigal Son in collaboration with Tacoma City Ballet will be live at the newly renovated
Urban Grace Church located at
UshersOpera
902 Market St
Tacoma, WA 98402
February 12 at 7pm and February 13 at 3pm.
If you have not purchased tickets yet, you can do so now!
Need assistance? Contact us with any questions at support@tacomaopera.com or call 253-627-7789

Dr Martin Luther King Jr Birthday Celebration

2022 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration Premieres on
Jan. 17
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Awards recognizes excellence in community
service activities carried out by an individual, organization or group, and seeks to encourage
similar efforts by others who may want to serve in the community. These awards are presented
each year during the City of Tacoma’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration.
The City will present a virtual format of the awards and celebration that will premiere on
multiple platforms. The format will highlight this year’s awardees and feature local performers.
The event will premiere on TV Tacoma, tvtacoma.com, and will be streamed live on Facebook at
facebook.com/TacomaVenuesEvents on Monday, Jan. 17, at 8 p.m.
The City’s Events and Recognitions Committee will honor Gail Neal with the Lifetime Service
Award, Latasha Ware with the Emerging Leader Award, and Mayor Woodards will present
Special Recognitions to Candace Wesley, and posthumously to Tracie L. Davis during the event.
This year’s event theme is “Hope & Healing.” The program will highlight the present and the
future of Dr. King’s impacts on the community and will feature local performers and speakers
who work and volunteer to ensure the community represents equity and hope.
TV Tacoma can be viewed on both the Click! (via Rainier Connect) and Comcast Cable systems.
On Click! (via Rainier Connect)
High definition on channel 512 in Tacoma and Pierce County
Standard definition on channel 12 in Tacoma and Pierce Count

Media & Communications

253.272.3663

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Why Intentions over Resolutions

 I’m sure you know by now, most new years resolutions fail by the 3rd week of January so “Resolutions” as they traditionally have been talked about, don’t work. In fact, only 8 percent of people actually keep their New Year’s resolutions, according to one commonly cited statistic. Resolutions can often leave us feeling inadequate and unfulfilled.  My point is not to discourage you around making improvements in your life, I want to encourage you to really know why those improvements are important to you before making them.

Yoga philosophy is based on the idea that you have everything you need to live your best, happiest life already inside you. Our work is to peel away anything that is getting in the way. Author Danielle Laporte, in her book The Desire Map, speaks to this similar topic. Are we making our goals based on what we think we should want, or are we making our goals based on how we really want to feel. She asserts that if we set goals around how we really want to feel, those intentions will become reality and not feel like “work” because those intentions are innate to us.

What is an intention?

We set intentions before every yoga practice so that our intention will follow us off the mat and into our world. Here are some thoughts about setting an intention:

1. Spend time in quiet reflection. Reflect on topics like, What do you want to do and why? What types of activities make you feel truly satisfied in life and how often do you do them? 

2. Declare your intention. Put your intention out to the universe so it can be returned to you! When you do that, try not to come from a place of “lacking”. Let your intention come from your true nature. For example, if you goal is to have more wealth, then instead of saying, “I’m going to stop spending so much money” maybe your intention would be “I feel a sense of abundance and security”

3. Once you have set your intention and declared it, figure out the “what”. The “what” is actually the small goals that support your intention. What do you need to actually do to make your intention reality? 

4. This is a big one! Put the “what” on your calendar! We live in a busy fast paced life. There are a lot of distractions that can compete for our attention. The activities that will support your intention should be scheduled. Give yourself time on your calendar to check in with your progress and make any adjustments that feel right to you!

5. Research shows that people who have actionable, measurable goals are more likely to succeed than those who don’t. How do you want to measure your success? And does the measurement of that success make you feel good?6. Most importantly, Be Patient! We often let go of our focus on our intention because it doesn’t happen fast enough. You are worth the work and wait. Don’t give up. There are obstacles everywhere and sometimes its the difficulty and discomfort with the process that is our true teacher. A wonderful quote by author Randy Pausch in The Last Lecture says, “The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out; the brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something.” by Alicia Barrett

One, two, cheep – join the Christmas bird count!

Forget French hens, turtle doves and partridges in pear trees. This Saturday, December 18, Tacomans have the chance to get outside and count real Northwest birds for the holidays – and join thousands of others around the country in the longest-running community science project in the world.

One, Two, Cheep – Join the Christmas Bird Count!

Spot and count birds in Tacoma parks Dec. 18 in a 122-year-old community science holiday tradition.

Forget French hens, turtle doves and partridges in pear trees. This Saturday, December 18, Tacomans have the chance to get outside and count real Northwest birds for the holidays – and join thousands of others around the country in the longest-running community science project in the world. It’s the Christmas Bird Count, led by the Audubon Society, and thanks to the Tahoma Audubon Society branch you can sign up to count birds all over the city, including many Tacoma parks.

“The beauty and stillness of the parks in the early morning was wonderful,” says Daniel Cuevas, Tahoma Audubon’s vice-president, who took part in the Christmas Bird Count for the first time last year at China Lake, Snake Lake and the Tacoma Community College forests. “And I learned that black-capped chickadees can be quite territorial!”

China-Lake bird watching

The Count divides countries around the world into circular zones with a 15-mile radius, which are then subdivided into smaller “areas” to better gather and sort data of birds spotted. Signing up for one of the four areas within Tacoma is easy. Just check out the map at tahomaaudubon.org/community-science, pick your area and click the link to sign up with an Audubon coordinator. You’ll receive instructions on how to count and note birds you see, plus links to bird ID guides, apps and more on the Audubon Society website.

“You can count birds anywhere with a habitat, which includes most Tacoma parks and even some backyards,” notes Britt McGrath, Tahoma Audubon’s education and outreach manager, who was Cuevas’ counting buddy last year. Together, they counted 46 species.

Parks covered in the Count include Point Defiance Park, China Lake, Snake Lake (the Tacoma Nature Center), Dickman Mill, Swan Creek Park, Wapato Park and Dune Peninsula, and the variety of habitats between those mean a variety of birds, too – way beyond French hens and partridges.

Swift green Anna’s hummingbirds, dark-eyed Juncos, spotted towhees, chickadees, robins, flickers, sparrows, eagles and crows – every bird counts in the Christmas Bird Count.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tacoma Opera 2022

Dear Tacoma Opera Supporter,
After two years of not being able to present any live operas because of the Covid-19 pandemic, I am thrilled to say that Tacoma Opera is on its way back!
Our Fall one-act operas, were online only, but even so, they were a big hit. And now, we’re getting ready to present the first live productions since our superb and moving production of Tosca in February 2020. In February 2022, two years after Tosca, we will finally be back on the stage, live for you, with a beautiful gem of a one act opera by the great Impressionistic composer Claude Debussy, L’Enfant Prodigue (The Prodigal Son). Based on the timeless biblical story, the music is sublime and the singers, three brand new faces to Tacoma Opera, are spectacular. In addition, they will be joined by six marvelous young ensemble members who will be singing Anton Dvorak’s gorgeous song cycle, appropriately titled the Biblical Songs. Finally, the evening will be rounded out with a balletic pas de deux of Debussy’s beautiful Afternoon of a Faun with solo dancers from the Tacoma City Ballet.
The Ballet will also appear in L’Enfant Prodigue as villagers along with the vocal ensemble. This is going to be an incredibly beautiful and unusual performance and a wonderful way for Tacoma Opera to step back into live performances. But we need your support to help us step back onto the stage and into the lights.
Opera tickets will be available to purchase beginning in January 2022.
Tacoma Opera is truly a homegrown cultural phenomenon. Our reputation in the region is well established and our enthusiastic audiences tell us that they love our quality productions at affordable prices. Additionally, when we are able to regularly perform, we provide stable employment for over 150 local artists, benefiting the South Sound economy. Equally as important, we provide a platform for emerging artists who are on their way to becoming the opera stars of the future. That is a lot to accomplish for a regional company like Tacoma Opera and we are proud to be able to do it.
Yes, Tacoma Opera has made a major positive impact on the cultural life of our region, but in order to continue making a positive impact in the future, we need your help now more than ever. As corporate support for the arts continues to decline and foundation giving is being spread more thinly among so many worthy causes, we rely more and more on the people who love and support the arts.
Therefore, as we look forward to returning to live performances, I am asking you to include Tacoma Opera in your end of year giving. Every donation we receive, big or small is huge for us because the financial support of our patrons is literally what keeps us going and in business. You can donate by visiting us online at www.tacomaopera.com/donate or by simply clicking the button below. And please be sure to check with your place of work to find out if they provide matching funds for donations. I thank you in advance for your generous support as we approach the end of 2021 and wish you, your family and your friends, joy and happiness for the Holiday Season.
Sincerely,
Noel Koran
Artistic Director, Tacoma Opera