Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Taproot Theatre to Begin Second Life

Pam Nolte is "The Matchmaker"
Photo by Erik Stuhaug


Back in 1976, a little theatre company was founded by six friends. The traveling troupe focused on valuing faith, people and the art of theatre. Many years later, Taproot Theatre is Seattle’s largest mid-size theatre company serving over 150,000 people annually through touring programs, mainstage shows and an acting studio. However, things are beginning to change for the theatre – things that founders Scott and Pam Nolte have only dreamed of until now.

Just this week, Taproot announced that their administrative offices have moved into The Kendall Center, the newly constructed space adjacent to the existing theatre, which was the site of the former Eleanor Roosevelt Building that was destroyed by fire in October 2009. Four years later, Taproot is just about ready to emerge as a one-stop-shop theatre with offices, a black box theatre, café, scene shop, dressing room and office space all under one roof.

While we wait for the grand opening of the full facility, the theatre is celebrating in a few small ways. The current production, “The Matchmaker” has just extended its run through October 26. The Thornton Wilder comedy, which inspired the Broadway show for “Hello Dolly!” is directed by Producing Artistic Director Scott Nolte and features  Pam Nolte as the busybody Dolly Levi brokering true love for a wealthy businessman. The show also features Robert Gallaher, Stephen Grenley, Robert Hinds, Bill Johns, Caitlin Macy-Beckwith, Natalie Anne Moe, Kim Morris, Nolan Palmer, Josh Smyth, Asha Stichter and Brad Walker.

Tickets for “The Matchmaker” range from $20-$40 and can be purchased online or by calling 206.781.9707. The theatre is located at 204 N 85th St., Seattle, WA 98103.

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