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What’s on stage: Local theater seasons announced

It’s the time of year when entertainment goes indoors, and to that end, here’s the theater season for Whatcom County that’s been made public so far.

Bellingham Theatre Guild’s season will be included in the Sept. 10 Behind the Scenes column.

It’s always best to make reservations in advance, although waiting lists are often available for last-minute-rush tickets.

Lynden Performing Arts Guild

Claire vg Thomas Theatre, Dutch Village Mall, 655 Front St., Lynden

Tickets: $12 adults, $10 students and seniors, $8 children

Box office opens 10 days prior to opening night. Call 360-354-4425, or in-person from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

Tickets also available at and

Sept. 17-Oct. 4: “Moon Over Buffalo,” a madcap comedy by Ken Ludwig set in Buffalo, N.Y., in 1953. Teri Grimes directs.

Nov. 19-Dec. 5: “Bye-Bye Birdie,” a musical satire on American society set in 1958, inspired by the phenomenon of Elvis Presley’s draft notice into the Army in 1957. Nathan Smith and Stephanie Chrest Blankers direct. Auditions: Sept. 21-23.

Feb. 18-March 6: “The Odd Couple,” (female version), Neil Simon’s contemporary comic classic, but instead of the poker party that begins the original version, Ms. Madison has invited the girls over for an evening of Trivial Pursuit. The Pidgeon sisters have been replaced by the two Constanzuela brothers, but the hilarity remains the same. Alan Peet directs. Auditions: Dec. 14-16.

May 5-22: “Oliver!, the musical version of Dickens’ “Oliver Twist.” Ruth Posthuma directs. Auditions: Feb. 29, March 1-2.

iDiOM Theater

1418 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham

360-305-3524, Dates available on the website.

Season passes are $90 for any 12 performances, or $180 for every show in the season.

Six main stage shows make up the spine of the season. They are:

“Three-Person Macbeth” by William Shakespeare

“Clown Bar” by Adam Szymkowicz

“Stumblebum” by Glenn Hergenhahn-Zhao

“The Love of the Nightingale” by Timberlake Wertenbaker

“Come With Me If You Want To Live” by Kim Ross and Brendan Labotz

“Hamlet” by William Shakespeare

Also on stage:

“Death, the Final Irony” by Andy Friedlander, in collaboration with Stone Town Theatre Works

“Sketchopedia, Vol. ‘D’” by Krissa Woiwod

“Rubble” by Eugenie Carabatsos

“One Foot” by Lojo Simon

“Cannon Beach “by Tobias Childs

“48-Hour Theater Festival”

“Serial Killers”

Also coming: original children’s theater from The Neighborhood Playhouse in November and April.

A Jazz Jam & Poetry Slam takes place the last Sunday of each month.

Western Washington University department of theater and dance

Tickets available at WWU box office at Performing Arts Center, online at and at 360-650-6146.

For questions about productions, call the department office, 360-650-3876, or see

Oct. 22-31: “Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays,” written by Mo Gaffney, Jordan Harrison, Moisés Kaufman, Neil LaBute, Wendy MacLeod, José Rivera, Paul Rudnick and Doug Wright, conceived by Brian Shnipper. A play about the various takes on the moments before, during and after “I do.” On stage at the DUG Theater, Performing Arts Center room 199. Directed by Jim Lortz.

Dec. 2-6: “A Christmas Carol: The Musical,” based on Dickens’ classic story. Directed by Deb Currier. On the PAC Mainstage.

Feb. 4-13: New works by Elaine Avila, written collaboratively with students, giving them the opportunity to premiere a piece. On stage at the DUG Theater.

March 3-12: “How I Learned to Drive” by Paula Vogel, a story of an adolescent who has an affair with her uncle that explores the ideas of youthful insecurity and self-understanding. Rich Brown directs. On stage at the DUG Theater.

June 1-4: “As You Like It” by William Shakespeare, a classic comedy with romance, deceit, adventure and family, about life, the natural world, and death. On stage at the DUG Theater.

Reach Margaret Bikman at 360-715-2273 or