IDIOM Theater, Whatcom Symphony Orchestra announce lineups for new seasons


Last week, in my July 18 Behind the Scenes column, I wrote about the 2013-2013 season lineups for Bellingham Theatre Guild and Lynden Performing Arts Guild.

Here's what's coming up for iDiOM Theater and Whatcom Symphony Orchestra.


iDiOM Theater, known for its productions of locally written plays and fringe-theater productions, is holding season auditions from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 25 at the theater, 1418 Cornwall Ave. Directors and producers from the local theater community are invited to attend the auditions as auditors.

In addition, theater staff will be compiling a database of actors with photos and basic résumé information that will be available to interested directors and producers.

Actors at the season auditions will perform two contrasting monologues and have the option of singing sixteen bars a cappella. The first time slots will be available for any auditors who would also like to audition.

-"Music Box 5." Sept. 12-21.

-"48-Hour Theater Festival #37." Sept. 27-28.

-"Bursting into Flames," performed by Martin Dockery, and "The Pit," performed by Martin Dockery and Vanessa Quesnelle. Oct. 3-5.

-Quickshot Film Festival. Oct. 10-12.

-"No Exit." Oct. 24-Nov. 2.

-"Serial Killers." Nov. 8-Dec. 14.

-"Lasso the Moon," performed by Solomon Olmstead. Dec. 19-21.

-"The Man Who Was Thursday." Jan. 9-25.

-"i." Jan. 30-Feb. 8.

-"The Illusion." Feb. 20-March 1.

-"Sketchopedia," written and performed by Krissa Woiwod and Kimberly Ross. March 6-15.

-"Red Carpet." March 27-April 5.

-Play title to be announced by writer and director Ben Eisner. April 17-26.

-"The Acheron." May 9-June 7.

-"48-Hour Theater Festival #38." June 13-14.

Details:,, 360-201-5464.


Whatcom Symphony Orchestra welcomes Yaniv Attar as its new music director this fall.

Most recently, Attar, a classical guitarist, served as the assistant conductor of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra in Birmingham.

Tickets for the 2013-2014 season are available at Mount Baker Theater, 360-734-6080 or

Open auditions for positions in the all-volunteer orchestra will be held Aug. 26 and 27 at Garden Street United Methodist Church. There are openings for principal bassoon, second bassoon, violin, viola, cello, bass, and for subs in all other sections.

Audition repertoire and details on the season is available at For more information or to schedule an audition, contact Timothy Freeman at or 360- 224-0808.

All concerts take place at 3 p.m. at Mount Baker Theatre.

- "Celebrate! The Debut of Yaniv Attar." Orchestra musicians take center stage with a program of showpieces and show-stoppers. Oct. 6.

- Grammy- and Avery Fisher Award-winner Gil Shaham plays an interpretation of Brahms' Violin Concerto in D. Nov. 3.

- "Celebrate The Season!" The symphony presents seasonal favorites featuring Bellingham Chamber Chorale, conducted by Ryan Smit, and Bellingham Children's Choir, led by David Post. Dec. 3.

- Norwegian trumpet soloist Tine Thing Helseth has performed around the world, garnering awards, including the first classical nomination for a Norwegian Grammy. Feb. 9.

- Bellingham pianists Dan and Victoria Sabo present an all-French program that includes Poulenc's "Concerto for Two Pianos." The program also includes the witty "Carnival of the Animals," narrated by Ryan Stiles. March 30.

- "Celebration Finale." The orchestra performs Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, with Whatcom Chorale, conducted by Deborah Brown, singing the "Ode to Joy" finale. May 4.

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