Village Theatre announces its 2016-17 season, including “Dreamgirls,” “Singin’ in the Rain” and a four-actor adaptation of the Hitchcock thriller “The 39 Steps.”
Singin’ in real rain. Early R&B. Pump boys plus dinettes. Village Theatre patrons will see all of this on stage in Village’s 2016-17 season, running Sept. 15-July 2 in Issaquah and Oct. 28-July 30 in Everett.
Village, founded in 1979, recently passed the 19,000-subscriber mark, and is now the second-largest subscription theater in the Northwest.
Artistic director Steve Tomkins called the new season “an embodiment of joy,” as well as “one of the most exciting and also one of the most challenging seasons we’ve taken on.”
Headed to the stage:
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• “Pump Boys and Dinettes” (Issaquah: Sept. 15-Oct. 23, 2016 / Everett: Oct. 28-Nov. 20, 2016): In this country-western musical, the pump boys are working at a North Carolina gas station, and the dinettes are the Cupp sisters, who serve up some awfully good pie.
• “Singin’ in the Rain” (Issaquah: Nov. 10-Dec. 31, 2016 / Everett: Jan. 6-29, 2017): Here’s where that real rain comes in. Based on the famed MGM film, this holiday show, considered one of the best musicals ever, is chock-full of memorable tunes by Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown.
• “The 39 Steps” (Issaquah: Jan. 19-Feb. 26, 2017 / Everett: March 3-26, 2017): Just four actors play every character in the 1935 Hitchcock thriller of the same name — and even some inanimate objects.
• “A Proper Place” (March 16-April 23, 2017 / Everett: April 28-May 21, 2017): Village memorably describes this comedy, based on J.M. Barrie’s “The Admirable Crichton,” as “ ‘Downton Abbey’ meets ‘Gilligan’s Island.’ ” In it, a stranded aristocratic family is shocked to discover that their lowly butler is the key to their survival.
• “Dreamgirls” (Issaquah: May 11-July 2, 2017 / Everett: July 7-30, 2017): Follow the history of R&B through the trials and tribulations of a girl group, The Dreams, in the 1960s. The show premiered on Broadway in 1981 and a film version, starring Beyoncé, was released in 2006.