The new year is bringing a host of new changes to Paradise Theatre, including a new location, a new show and a new set of classes.
The new location in the Peninsula Shopping Center is by far the biggest change facing Jeff and Vicki Richards.
The new space — slightly smaller than the previous location — needs some painting, interior construction and organizing before it’s ready for showtime on Feb. 5, the opening night of the Richards’ next show.
“We’re 99 percent here,” Jeff Richards, the managing director, said of the move, which the couple has been busy with for the past couple of weeks.
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The new theatre location features a music room, dance and rehearsal room, office, shop, props room and a couple of “odd” rooms that are being used as the copy room and library.
The theatre will seat about 100 people and plans are in place for firewalls to separate the theatre area from the backstage and a small lobby, Richards said.
“We’ll have to do a little sharing, more than the other space, (but) the location makes up for any shortcomings. We’re very excited for this space,” he said.
We’ll have to do a little sharing, more than the other space, (but) the location makes up for any shortcomings. We’re very excited for this space.
Jeff Richards, managing director
Vicki Richards, the executive artistic director, said the couple has received a large amount of positive feedback from the nearby restaurants and businesses, and are looking forward to partnering with some of the restaurants for “dinner and a show” specials.
“We think this is a perfect place to be as we get the word out,” she said, adding that they have signed a lease through March 2017 for their current space.
Other plans include applying for a liquor license to allow them to serve beer and wine more frequently, and designing the small lobby area with the help of a graphic artist, Vicki said.
The theatre’s next show is “Nunsense,” a musical about a group of nuns trying to raise money to cover funeral costs of their sisters accidentally poisoned by their cook.
Opening night for the show is Feb. 5, and it will run through Feb. 27, with showings every Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee.
Vicki said that the opening night show is special, and will feature complimentary cheese and wine from local Washington wineries.
“It’s fun. It’s really fun,” she said of the opening night events. “It gets people in (to see the show).”
New theatre classes are also starting for Paradise, beginning Feb. 2.
The Kids Theatre Performance for ages 5 to 9 and Youth Theatre Performances for ages 9 to 18 will run through May and will culminate in a production for each class: “Willy Wonka” for the Kids class and “Guys and Dolls” for the Youth class.
Come check us out...I’m really excited for people to come and see the new space.
Vicki Richards, executive artistic director
The theatre is also offering tap, jazz and lyrical dance classes and private, semi or group classes for ensemble and solo work.
Registration and more information on the classes is available online at www.paradisetheatre.org.
Donations are also being accepted online, and anyone interested in volunteering with the theatre can call 253-851-7529 or email Vicki at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We’re very volunteer-run,” Vicki said. “(There’s) a big core of volunteers that support the theatre onstage and off. All community-based and local community members.”
Paradise Theatre is now located at 3114 Judson Street in Gig Harbor.