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Maple Leaf native pens Seattle Musical Theatre's next work, 'Don Giovanni: A New Musical'

January 2nd, 2011 by master

Classical music might not have been the genre of choice in the Maple Leaf home that 22-year-old Jesse Smith grew up in. But when he was just 4 years old, the popularity of the award-winning 1984 movie “Amadeus,” based on the life of Wofgang Amadeus Mozart, exposed Smith to just enough classical music to turn him into a prodigy of his own.

“My mom would always play the ‘Amadeus’ soundtrack in the car,” Smith said. “As a kid I really liked it, the ‘Don Giovanni’ finale.

“I kinda got obsessed with it, and the obsession didn’t really go away.”

Instead of going away, he embraced that obsession and is sharing it with the public as Seattle Musical Theatre’s first original work in its 33-year history, “Don Giovanni: A New Musical,” Smith’s re-envisioned classic tale of love, murder and  revenge.

Like the original 1787 opera “Don Giovanni” by Mozart, Smith’s version also takes place in Spain and follows the same storyline, from the romance and the comedy to the supernatural elements and the thrill. But the music … well, let’s just say that Smith first got into making music by creating hip-hop beats and rap, and he’s given the score a bit more contemporary take.

“It’s all original music,” Smith said, “with the exception of the finale, which I interpreted from Mozart’s score.”

To better reflect current times, Smith also transported the set to the economic decline of the 1920s, when people in Spain were “living in excess at a time of decline,” he said. [Read more →]

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Two Maple Leaf residents star in 'Chicago'

November 11th, 2010 by master


“Chicago” plays Nov. 12-Dec. 4 at Seattle Musical Theatre starring Roxie (Danielle Barnum), Billy (Troy Johnson) and Velma (Lindsey Larson).

When Seattle Musical Theatre’s performance of “Chicago” opens Friday, Nov. 12, you can put a little hometown pride in your ticket purchase while receiving a discount just for reading Maple Leaf Life.

The show – which continues through Dec. 4 with performances at 7:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and on Dec. 2, as well as at 2 p.m. on Sundays – stars two residents of Maple Leaf: Bradetta Vines, who plays Mama Morton, and Krista Gibbon, a member of the ensemble.

Maple Leaf Life spoke with both Vines and Gibbon about their experience with the performance and their love of Maple Leaf.

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Get $10 off your ticket to '110 in the Shade'

April 29th, 2010 by master

It pays to read Maple Leaf Life.

Next weekend, Seattle Musical Theatre is presenting the Northwest premiere of “110 in the Shade,” and it’s inviting you, our readers, to take advantage of a $10 discount off the regular ticket price of $25-$35.

The musical, by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt, is based on the 1954 play  “The Rainmaker” that was made into a film starring Katherine Hepburn and Burt Lancaster two years later. From the release:

The scene is July, 1936 in the drought-ridden community of Three Point, Texas. Languishing in the unrelenting heat, Lizzie Curry – too smart and too witty for her own good – ponders her future as an old maid. Her father and brothers have tried to scare up some husband material, but the only likely prospect isn’t cooperating. Enter handsome Bill Starbuck, a charming con man who claims he can bring much needed relief – rain – within 24 hours. His arrival sets off a series of sizzling events.

“110 in the Shade” runs from May 7-23, with curtain at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, and with a special 7:30 p.m. performance Thursday, May 20.

To reserve a seat, call the box office at 363-2809 and mention the code BLOG to receive $10 off any performance, with a limit of four tickets at this price.

The Seattle Musical Theatre is located in Building No. 47 in Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way N.E.

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