Theater in the Park draws in families from around the Valley for an afternoon of live theater at Si View Community Park. Courtesy Photo

Theater in the Park draws in families from around the Valley for an afternoon of live theater at Si View Community Park. Courtesy Photo

Theater in the Park returns to Si View on July 29

Valley Center Stage will perform “The Bremen Town Black Cat Band” at Si View Community Park.

Si View Metro Parks is once again teaming up with the Valley Center Stage to host outdoor theater at this summer’s Theater in the Park program on Sunday, July 29.

The yearly theater event is held behind the community center at Si View Park every summer since 2015 and has actors from North Bend’s Valley Center Stage perform a play for children of all ages.

This year’s show is “The Bremen Town Black Cat Band” by Paul Lewis, a musical show about a group of animal musicians on a journey to reunite a donkey and their family. Lewis also wrote the play that was performed at last year’s Theater in the Park “Caps for Sale.”

Minna Rudd, recreation manager at Si View Metro Parks, said the program has been a great way to get kids to see live theater, most for the first time, in a setting that allows for some background noise and interactivity with the audience.

The Valley Center Stage gets pretty creative with the sets, Rudd said. Since their downtown North Bend space is limited, the actors and crew at the theater have a lot of experience in making their own sets for the various productions. For the Theater in the Park, they made the sets in the theater and will move them to the park for the performance.

Jim Snyder, artistic director at the Valley Center Stage, said the actors are currently rehearsing indoors at the center, but will move to the park as the performance date gets closer.

Snyder said they chose this play very similarly to how they make decisions during the main theater season. They work with the director who presents scripts, several of which were written by Paul Lewis, and decide on a good show based on audience appeal.

“We had such a good response last year and enjoyed that … so much, we were happy to do another Paul Lewis show,” Snyder said.

Dylan Trabert, director of this year’s show, said that performing outdoors is very different to the usual acoustics of a room.

“There are a fair amount of things you need to adjust for, acoustics is a big one, you need to make everything bigger, both gestures and volume so we use microphones as well,” he said.

This will be Trabert’s first time directing a play with the Valley Center Stage. As a freelance theater actor and director, last year’s production of “A Christmas Carol” was the first time he worked with the Valley Center Stage. He will also be directing the first show of the upcoming theater season “The Baker Street Irregulars.”

The play will be premiered at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 29 at Si View Community Park and admission is free. The play will also run the next week indoors at Valley Center Stage. Those show times are 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 2; 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4; and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5. More information is available at valleycenterstage.org.

“It’s an opportune time to get outdoors,” Rudd said. “And this is just one of many ways that the community can do so and immerse your young ones and families in the world of cultural arts. It’s a great way to support the local theater and the programs at Valley Center Stage.”

An actor in last year’s production of “Caps for Sale” walks through the audience. Courtesy Photo

An actor in last year’s production of “Caps for Sale” walks through the audience. Courtesy Photo

More in Life

Snoqualmie honors the time and dedication offered by city volunteers

The time and effort many citizens put into making the city a… Continue reading

Preschool lead teacher Nikki Slaght helps her toddler class write their names. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo
Encompass making a difference in the Valley and beyond.

Encompass offer a host of programs for children and families.

Burt Mann honored as North Bend Citizen of the Year

World War II veteran and longtime North Bend resident Burt Mann was honored as Citizen of the Year.

Eastside firefighter Danika Lawson making coffee at the first brew off event at the Trail Youth Coffee Home on March 19. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo
Local first responders participate in brew off event at Trail Youth Coffee Home

Firefighters and police officers compete for the brew off trophy.

North Bend’s Sunset Garage underway on historic restoration

Sunset Garage is underway on its historic restoration thanks to grant funding from 4Culture.

Boots v. Badges at Trail Youth Coffee

North Bend public safety officials will competitively prepare drinks at Trail Youth… Continue reading

Libraries as entrepreneurial hubs

By Lisa Rosenblum Special to the Record Key measures of a healthy… Continue reading

North Bend’s Huxdotter Coffee consturction underway

Huxdotter Coffee is in the midst of construction on an all new cafe and drive-thru.

Gloria McNeely was presented with a large card as part of her 100th birthday celebration at city all on Feb. 25. Evan Pappas/Staff Photo
Gloria McNeely celebrates her 100th brithday at city hall

The former Snoqualmie Valley Record Editor Gloria McNeely celebrated her 100th birthday.

Mount Si High School Cheerleaders perform at the national championships in Orlando, Fla. Photo courtesy of Rex Lau
Cheerleaders win national event

Universal Cheerleaders Association National High School Cheerleading Championship in Orlando, Fla.

Snoqualmie Tribe celebrates ‘Land Into Trust’ decision

The decision comes after a challenge to the Tribe’s federal recognition made in 2015.

King County Library System (KCLS) is named the leading U.S. library with 4.8 million digital checkouts in 2018 for the fifth year in a row by Rakuten OverDrive. Photo courtesy of KCLS Facebook.
King County Library System exceeds 1 million digital checkouts in 2018

KCLS leads the record for the fifth year in a row