Archive | July, 2017

Now streaming – 8th episode of Tacoma’s ‘artTown’

18 Jul

Hot Shop Heroes participant Rukiya Leake in the Museum of Glass hot shop.

The City of Tacoma’s Media and Communications Office – in partnership with the Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality – has released a new episode of artTown, a cultural documentary-style TV initiative exploring Tacoma’s emergence as a major creative hub in the Pacific Northwest.

Tattoo artist Jorge Mota

In this episode:

  • Learn how the Hot Shop Heroes program at the Museum of Glass, a partnership with the Warrior Transition Battalion at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, helps wounded veterans transition back into civilian life
  • Explore the history and artistry behind Fiery Jade: Cai Yan, a full-length opera production about a Chinese woman poet born in 177 AD at the war-ridden end of the Eastern Han Dynasty, with music composed by Gregory Youtz and libretto by Zhang Er
  • Jackie Fender and Joshua Swainston introduce you to Creative Colloquy, an organization that fosters the literary arts community through a literary website, an annual print review, monthly readings, and other events
  • Explore tattoo artistry in Tacoma with Jorge Mota, Catalina and Josh Felkins, and Justin Winter
  • Learn how fitness inspires creative movement as flamenco dancer Marisela Fleites-Lear discusses her relationship with the University Y Student Center
  • Visit Owen Beach with playwright Nick Stokes to learn how this park gives space for creative development

Marisela Fleites-Lear practices flamenco at the University Y Student Center

Launched in 2013, the series has earned numerous awards and features diverse perspectives on a variety of creative disciplines. Offering a more holistic look at creativity in Tacoma, artTown stretches beyond what people might traditionally think of as “creative” – such as fine art, music or dance – to spotlight other creative areas of interest that have flourished in Tacoma like fashion, innovative education practices, architecture and more.

Online viewing:
Watch “artTown” anytime at

Watch segments or the full episode anytime on the City of Tacoma’s YouTube Channel

TV Tacoma air times:
Mondays at noon
Tuesdays at 1 a.m.
Wednesdays at 8 a.m.
Thursdays at 6 p.m.
Fridays at 8 p.m.
Saturdays at 5 p.m.
Sundays at 5 a.m.

TV Tacoma is aired on both the Click! and Comcast Cable systems. On Click!, TV Tacoma can be seen on Channel 12 within Tacoma City limits and in Pierce County, with the exception of University Place, where TV Tacoma can be found on Channel 21. On Comcast, TV Tacoma can be seen on Channel 12 within Tacoma city limits and on Channel 21 in Pierce County. TV Tacoma is not on the Comcast system in University Place, but is accessible anywhere on the Internet at

Tacoma Musical Playhouse wins big at AACTFest 2017

5 Jul The Addams Family

The Addams FamilyTacoma Musical Playhouse’s production of The Addams Family was the big winner at this year’s National AACTFest 2017.

AACT’s theater festivals are part of a multi-year process that culminates in a national festival, held in odd-numbered years. Community theaters from AACT’s 10 regions enter productions for adjudication and advancement from state to regional to national level. AACTFest is thus a celebration of theater and a learning experience for those who take part.

The Addams FamilyThe National AACTFEST 2017 festival is a major event – typically more than 600 people participate, with performances of 12 productions plus workshops and exhibitions. Awards are presented for outstanding work in performance including production, acting, directing, lighting, sound, sets, and costumes.

Tacoma Musical Playhouse took home the following awards at the AACTFest 2017 Awards Ceremony on July 1:

  • Outstanding Production – The Addams Family, Tacoma Musical Playhouse
  • Outstanding Achievement in a Leading Role: Actor – Rafe Wadleigh (Gomez Addams)
  • Outstanding Achievement in a Featured Role: Actor – Jonathan Bill (Lurch)
  • Outstanding Achievement in a Supporting Role: Actress – Savana Masako Smith (Wednesday)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Ensemble Performance
  • Outstanding Achievement in Set Design – Dennis Kurtz & Ely Mattson
  • Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design – Cedric Leggin
  • Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design – Jocelyne Fowler

In addition, Tacoma Musical Playhouse brought home two additional awards at an earlier AACTFest 2017 awards ceremony:

  • The Distinguished Merit Award went to Tacoma Musical Playhouse in recognition of contributions made to promote and develop the highest standards for community theater
  • The David C. Bryant Outstanding Service Award went to Jon Douglas Rake, Managing Artistic Director of Tacoma Musical Playhouse. The award recognizes individual members of AACT for significant, valuable, and lasting service to community theater

About Tacoma Musical Playhouse
Tacoma Musical Playhouse is a non-profit arts organization, and the largest community theater in the Pacific Northwest. Tacoma Musical Playhouse was founded by Jon Douglas Rake and Jeffrey Stvrtecky in January 1994 to fulfill a need in Tacoma for a theater company that specializes in the uniquely American art form of musical theater. Tacoma Musical Playhouse has enriched people with productions like Into the Woods, The Music Man, The Sound of Music, Oklahoma, Ragtime, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Thoroughly Modern Millie, RENT, Miss Saigon and West Side Story.

The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to support Tacoma Musical Playhouse through the Arts Anchor Fund.

About AACT
AACT helps theaters thrive and provides networking resources and support for America’s theaters. AACT represents the interests of more than 7,000 theaters across the United States and its territories, as well as theater companies with the U.S. Armed Services overseas.

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