Nearly 21 years ago a theatre was formed. Seattle Performing Arts Fellowship, a tiny community theatre from Burien has performed her last show this March. Having been a part of SPAF, I feel I need to have a little tribute to (at least) my years with the company. It is far larger than what these photos show, with perhaps hundreds of members.
In the summer of 2003 we found a building large enough to host mainstage shows as we were beginning to envision them. Victory Center (formerly Victory Baptist Church)in Des Moines
We began our season with a flurry of building. A stage upon which to perform, flats to form our scenes, and a new idea for a wonderful company.
We opened with Little Women, followed by Neil Simon's FOOLS, and finishing with Cotton Patch Gospel, and blue-grass version of "Godspell".
During this show, my Dad was the director, until we needed a "Father" and I stepped in to play "Jo" for one evening.
FOOLS proved that it helps to have a Stage Manager who can also act. I stepped in (again) to play one of the characters for the final weekend.
Cotton Patch I did nothing but run the spot light, which was nice.
The Importance of Being Earnest marked our second season in the space. It was followed by Anne of Green Gables, and we finished the season with a murder/mystery/comedy Said the Spider to the Spy
Anne of Green Gables was my first lead role. I'm the red head in the front. ;o)
The 2005/2006 season opened with a bang. The Sound of Music!
Followed rather soberly, but appropriately by The Diary of Anne Frank
We closed with The Nerd and a delightful British romance, Enchanted April. These last two seasons gifted us with many talented performers, many of whom are good friends who came back show after show to audition for us.
Our final season opened with the musical revue The All Night Strut, followed by a Christmas comedy with an enormously long title, best summed up as The Farndale Christmas Carol. Ladyhouse Blues preceded Arsenic and Old Lace as our final two shows in this space.
The All Night Strut was a delight with tons of pre-WWII music and Big Bang tunes that just made you want to swing dance!
Dear sweet little Farndale! May you rest in peace! Our final weekend was cancelled due to power outages in the area.
And so, dear wonderful Seattle Performing Arts Fellowship says farewell to this location and is on to new and exciting things! Thanks for five wonderful years!
This is Anna, wishing you all, Break a Leg!