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The play’s the thing in Whatcom County

Western Washington University’s Department of Theatre and Dance present “Movement Graffiti Dance Theatre” at 7:30 p.m. July 28-30 at Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave.
Western Washington University’s Department of Theatre and Dance present “Movement Graffiti Dance Theatre” at 7:30 p.m. July 28-30 at Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

“Nunsense,” “The Miracle Worker” and “White Christmas” are among the plays coming to the stages of Whatcom County in the 2016-2017 community theater season. Auditions are noted for some productions, and are open to the public, often for both acting and technical volunteer opportunities.

Here’s a brief lineup:

iDiOM Theater

Because iDiOM is moving this fall to its new space at Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St., dates are to be announced. Curtain time varies. The season opens Aug. 25 and runs through June 2017.

“Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead,” in collaboration with Bellingham Circus Guild.

“Bellopotropolis,” a five-episode sequel to “Bellopolis,” iDiOM’s first serial play.

“The Empress of the Moon,” an adaptation of the 17th-century Restoration comedy by England’s first female professional writer, Aphra Behn.

“Serial Killers,” the perennial five-week, sudden-death tournament of episodic theater.

Three “48-Hour Theater Festivals,” culminating in edition No. 48.

Two new festivals: “The M.I.A Solo Festival,” featuring five one-person productions, and “New Works Festival,” featuring readings, workshops, and full productions of world-premiere work.

Details: idiomtheater.com, sylviacenterforthearts.org, 360-305-3524.

Bellingham TheatreWorks Summer Season

Bellingham TheatreWorks stages shows by Mark Kuntz, artistic director; and Steve Lyons, producing director.

“Quality: the Shoe Play,” Thursdays through Saturdays, July 21-Aug. 6, 12th Street Shoes, 1204 Harris Ave., curtain at 7:30 p.m.

“The Gun Show,” Aug. 17, 24, 31, and Sept. 7, Boundary Bay Beer Garden, 1107 Railroad Ave., curtain at 8 p.m.

Details: BellinghamTheatreWorks.org, 360-296-1753.

Western Washington University Department of Theatre and Dance

“Movement Graffiti” Dance Theatre, curtain at 7:30 p.m. July 28-30, Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave., directed by Nolan Dennett.

“Nunsense,” Aug. 10-14, curtain at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 10-13, and 2 p.m. Aug. 14, WWU Mainstage Theater, directed by Lamby Hedge.

“Seminar: A Comedy,” curtain at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 17-20, and 2 p.m. Aug. 21, WWU Dug Theater, directed by Evan Mueller.

“A Little Night Music,” curtain at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 26-27, and 2 p.m. Aug. 28, WWU Mainstage Theater, directed by Heather Dudenbostel.

“Family Game Night,” curtain at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20-21, 26-29, and 2 p.m. Oct. 22, WWU Dug Theater, directed by Mark Kuntz.

“Peter and the Starcatcher,” curtain at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 2 and Dec. 4, and 2 p.m. Dec. 3, WWU Mainstage Theater, directed by Jim Lortz.

“Arms and the Man,” curtain at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2-4, Feb. 8-11, WWU Mainstage Theater, directed by Evan Mueller.

“Trigger Warning: Trigger Warning,” curtain at 7:30 p.m. March 2-4, March 8-11, WWU Dug Theater, directed by Rich Brown.

“Clybourne Park,” curtain at 7:30 p.m. May 31-June 3, and 2 p.m. June 4, WWU Mainstage Theater, directed by Beth Leonard.

Details: cfpa.wwu.edu/theatredance, 360-650-3876, Facebook; tickets at tickets.wwu.edu, 360-650-6146.

The Upfront

All shows at 1208 Bay St.

“The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly,” 8 p.m. Thursdays.

“Stand-Up Comedy,” 10 p.m. first Thursday of the month.

“An Improvised Musical,” 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, June 24-July 30.

“Doubles,” 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Aug. 5-27.

“Improv Evolution,” 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Sept. 9-17.

“Hellingham,” 8 and 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Sept. 30-Oct. 29.

“Genre Legends,” 8 and 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 4-26.

“Improv for the Holidays,” 8 and 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Dec. 2-30 (no show Dec. 24).

Details: theupfront.com, 360-733-8855.

Lynden Performing Arts Guild

All auditions and shows at Claire vg Thomas Theatre, Dutch Village Mall, 655 Front St., Lynden. Curtain at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays.

“The Miracle Worker,” auditions 7 p.m. Aug. 1-3, runs Sept. 22-Oct 9, directed by Teri Grimes.

“Harry Connick Jr.’s The Happy Elf,” auditions 7 p.m. Sept. 20-22, runs Nov. 25-Dec. 11, directed by Tina Miller.

“Arsenic & Old Lace,” auditions Dec. 12-14, runs Feb. 16-March 5, directed by Ruth Posthuma.

“Godspell,” auditions Feb. 27-March 1, runs May 4-21, directed by Shawn Fuller.

Details: clairevgtheatre.com, Facebook, 360-354-4425.

Bellingham Theatre Guild

All auditions and shows are at the guild playhouse, 1600 H St., except “Love, Loss and What I Wore,” which is at Whatcom Community College’s Heiner Center Theatre, 237 W. Kellogg Road, due to construction at the playhouse. Curtain at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays.

“Love, Loss and What I Wore,” runs Sept. 23-Oct. 2, directed by Les Campbell.

“White Christmas,” auditions 7 p.m. Oct. 2-4, runs Nov. 25-Dec. 11, directed by Susan Duncan.

“A Shayna Maidel,” auditions 7 p.m. Dec 4-6, runs Jan. 27-Feb. 12, directed by Dee Dee O’Connor.

“I Hate Hamlet,” auditions 7 p.m. Feb 5-7, runs March 31-April 16, directed by Deb Currier.

“Noises Off,” auditions 7 p.m. April 2-4, runs June 9-25, directed by Teri Grimes.

“I And You,” auditions 7 p.m. June 11-12, runs July 20-30, directed by Sean Walbeck.

Details: bellinghamtheatreguild.com, 360-733-1811.

Bellingham Music Club

“Broadway Takes On Politics,” Oct. 6-8 at Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave., staged by Scott Henderson and Martin Bray under the auspices of Bellingham Music Club’s Night Beat Series. Curtain at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6-7, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8.

Details: bellinghammusicclub.org, 360-306-8580.

Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth (BAAY)

Now under artistic director Ian Bivins, who follows BAAY founder David Post, auditions and shows are at BAAY Theatre, 1059 N. State St. BAAY also offers classes in choir and dance, with student productions.

“The Addams Family,” auditions Aug. 29-31, runs Nov. 4-13, curtain at 7 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, directed by Maddy Hamilton for ages 13-16.

“Pippi Longstocking,” auditions Sept. 1-3, runs Dec. 2-11, curtain at 7 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, directed by Lisa Markowitz for ages 9-12.

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” curtain at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13-14, directed by Lisa Markowitz for ages 5-6.

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” curtain at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 15-16, directed by Lisa Markowitz for ages 7-8.

“Godspell,” auditions Nov. 17-19, runs March 16-26, curtain at 7 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, directed by Dana Crediford for ages 14-17.

“School of Rock,” auditions Jan. 2-4, runs March 3-12, curtain at 7 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, directed by Lisa Markowitz for ages 9-13.

“BAAY: The Musical,” curtain at 7 p.m. June 16-17.

Details: baay.org, 360-306-8531.

Free Key Productions

Produced by actor and director Christopher Key.

“Seeds of Change,” Nov. 5-6, Mount Baker Theatre’s Walton Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St.

Details: freekeyproductions.com, 360-961-8833.

Margaret Bikman: 360-715-2273, @bhamentertainme

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