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Issaquah's Village Theatre rounds out season with 'Dreamgirls'

'Dreamgirls' will be on stage at the Francis J. Gaudette Theatre in Issaquah from May 11 to July 2.
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Village Theatre will close out their season with the dynamic R&B spectacular “Dreamgirls.”

With an extraordinary cast of vocal talents, slick costumes and set designs custom built in Issaquah, “Dreamgirls” continues the theatre’s path of raising the bar on production quality with each passing year.

Audiences will be transported back to the 1960s as this award-winning musical offers a moving behind-the-scenes look of the entertainment business.

“I am so excited to be doing such an epic show with some of the most amazing people I’ve ever worked with,” said director Steve Tomkins. “The whole audition process was just wonderful, as each person came into the room and blew the roof off. I can’t wait for opening night, because this cast is just going to send it through the roof again. They are truly outstanding.”

Taking on the role of Effie is Angela Birchett. New to Village Theatre’s stage, Birchett comes straight from “The Color Purple” on Broadway and lends her pipes to epic songs such as “And I am Telling You I’m Not Going” and “I Am Changing.” Joining Birchett is Lauren Du Pree as Deena, Alexandria Henderson as Lorrell, John Devereaux as Curtis, Nathaniel Tenebaum as Jimmy, Charles Simmons as C.C., Ty Willis as Marty and Joell Weil as Michelle. Rounding out the ensemble is Angelica Barksdale, Philip Bolton, Eric Dobson, Davione Gordon, Jalá Harper, Erin Hyatt, Jelani Kee, Richard Peacock, Shatirah sha Rolle, Sarah Russell, Jimmy Shields, Jesse Smith, Chandler Thomas, Lydia Weir, Bethanie Willis and Shelby Willis.

Joining Tomkins will be choreographer by Daniel Cruz, music director by R.J. Tancioco and Timothy McCuen Piggee as associate director.

Karen Ledger is working with the costume shop to pull together one of the largest shows the theatre has ever done with more than 230 individual costumes.

“I am thrilled to be designing for the visually stunning world the creative team has developed,” she said. “I think this may be the first time I’ve ever gone into a fitting and thought the sparkle might be a bit much on a piece and we need to pull it back.”

David Sumner takes on the scenic design, working together with lighting designer Tom Sturge to create a sleek environment full of surprises. Brett Warwick on sound design and Nick Heggestad as prop master will complete the package to ensure audiences are transported back to the 1960s.

“Dreamgirls” is onstage at the Francis J. Gaudette Theatre, 303 Front St. N. in Issaquah from May 11 to July 2.


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