JAMCO. Comedy Series Presents
Saturday 25 March 2017 at 8:30 PM
Comedian Debbie Wooten is an expert on overcoming adversity. Born with Spina Bifida, Debbie contracted Polio when she was only five months old. Because of her skin color the white kids wouldn't play with her and the black kids didn't accept her because she was different. Her adult life wasn't much easier. She had two marriages that ended, one because of suicide, one because of abuse. But fortunately for her audiences she's taken her problems and faced them with strength, grace and a lot of humor. Debbie speaks to thousands of people every year to consistent rave reviews and standing ovations. Recently Debbie was chosen out of 20,000 people as the "cover girl" for an advertising campaign for Washington State's health system. Debbie's message is simple: "See people for who they are on the inside. It doesn't get more basic than that and it doesn't get more true."
Debbie is a board member of TACID (Tacoma Area Coalition of Individuals with Disabilties), and so she is always willing to tell you what a great job they do in the community helping people with disabilities. She will be the master of ceremonies at the TACID breakfast Imagine on the 18th of September at the Tacoma Sheraton Ballroom.
Give her a second and she'll also tell you about having her hip replaced ("It's a female hip"). She'll tell you about her marriage ("I've been married 32 years… it took three husbands."). She'll tell you about getting your children to leave the nest ("I had him throw a sleepover… and invited the army recruiter. I told my boy, 'Yo uncle wants you, but yo momma don't.' Three of 'em signed up.").
Debbie will make you laugh. Her sister calls her a funny liar. Debbie will tell you about overcoming obstacles. She's done it all of her life and she is still working at it. Her laugh–filled programs are inspirational. Her laugh–filled acts on TV and around Puget Sound are… well… hilarious. She's a professional speaker, a professional comedian, and a great lady.
Rock Legends FRO Playing at Renton Theater May 13!
FRO is an internationally famous rock band that was voted best band ever in the civilized world by Rolling Stone Magazine in 1969. Sporting huge, flowing golden rock star hair and leather pants, FRO delivers a unique blend of original songs, including triple platinum hits Love Salad, Poke in the Eye, and Spackle, along with classic cover songs including iconic hits Whole Lotta Love, Sweet Emotion and Born to be Wild.
Their hour and a half show is complete with smoke machines, strobe lights and extreme rock show light action that will make you tingle. The show will make you laugh, cry and wish you were a FRO groupie so you could share your life with bad boy lead singer Luther X (Mike Savage of Lindbergh High), sexy lead guitarist Ranch (John Moodie of Renton High), mysterious bass player Jobal (Scott Mallory of Lindbergh High) and wholesome Sweet Baby (Dave Helber of Everett High).
The band's storied career was abruptly cut short when excessive rock star behavior seized control of their lives and made partying the sole reason for living. The band got back together after enduring an amazing midlife crises, as the members were transformed by Zen–like experiences, and visualizing world peace and FRO world domination.
Since the band is from Renton and met at the Renton Loop, it is unveiling its incredible new songs and unbelievable stage show at the historic Renton Theater. With the assistance of a homemade time machine crafted by Jobal, the band has transported back in time and the members are only 40 years old. With youthful vigor and rich rock experience beyond their years, FRO is the show you would only miss if you went somewhere else very lame.
In honor of the fact that FRO first met at the Renton Loop, concert goers will meet at the historic Kmart parking lot (now McClendon's Hardware) at 6:00 p.m. and will take two ceremonial laps around the loop complete with smooth pickup lines, rock star yells, and maybe even burgers and shakes from Jack in the Box. The posse will then adjourn at 7:00 p.m. to the Renton Theater and party like it's 1969 with libations (aka booze) flowing freely.
We look forward to seeing you at the "Return to Renton Loop" festivities on May 13, 2017 at 6:00pm in the McClendon's Hardware parking lot for the loop tour and 8pm at the Renton Theatre for the show. It is time to finally start living life like you want to and start by rocking out and partying with Renton people and "Going with the FRO!"
The 32nd Annual Summer Teen Musical:
All Shook Up
By Joe DiPietro
Featuring Music by Elvis Presley
Direction by John Tembreull, Music Direction by Sedrik Spradling
4 August 2017 — 19 August 2017
All Shook Up is a musical comedy built around a number of songs made famous by Elvis Presley, but it is not a biographical revue. It takes place in 1955, somewhere in middle America, where one girl's dream and a surprise visit from a mysterious leather–jacketed, guitar–playing stranger help a small town to discover the magic of romance and the power of rock & roll. Among the songs featured in the score are classics like "Heartbreak Hotel," "Love Me Tender," "Don't Be Cruel," and "Can't Help Falling in Love."
By Steven Dietz
Direction by Anthony Pallozzi
22 September 2017 — 7 October 2017
This play is set in a dusty old New York City bar. Here a charismatically cantankerous regular argues with talk–radio hosts and anyone else nearby on the wildest of government conspiracy theories. The young man behind the bar satirically derails his rants while his fiancée addresses invitations for their wedding. Then a stranger walks in and orders a beer for himself and his invisible buddy, setting off a topsy–turvy thriller that grips you until the very last word. It's an Alfred Hitchcock meets Oliver Stone edge–of–your–seat thriller.
Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Direction by Laura Kessler, Music Direction by Paul Linnes
8 December 2017 — 23 December 2017
The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in this delightful musical parable. Joseph, his father's favorite son, is a boy blessed with prophetic dreams. When he is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and taken to Egypt, Joseph endures a series of adventures in which his spirit and humanity are continually challenged. When news of Joseph's gift to interpret dreams reaches the Pharaoh, Joseph is well on his way to becoming second in command. Set to an engaging cornucopia of musical styles, from country–western and calypso to bubble–gum pop and rock 'n' roll, this Old Testament tale emerges both timely and timeless.
The Cocktail Hour
By A. R. Gurney
Direction by Bill Huls
9 February 2018 — 24 February 2018
The time is the mid '70s, the place a city in upstate New York. John, a playwright, returns to his family's house, bringing with him a new play which he has written about them. His purpose is to obtain their permission to proceed with production, but his wealthy, very proper parents are cautious from the outset. For them the theatre is personified by the gracious, comforting era of the Lunts and Ina Claire, and they are disturbed by the bluntness of modern plays. And there is also John's sister Nina to contend with, although her reservations have to do with the fact that John has given her character such a minor role. Their confrontation takes place during the ritual of the cocktail hour, and as the martinis flow so do the recriminations and revelations, both funny and poignant.
A West–Coast Premiere!
See Alice Run
By Anne Pié
Direction by Curt Hetherington
6 April 2018 — 21 April 2018
Brothers Randy and Sherman couldn't be more opposite. Randy is gay and flamboyant, while Sherman is up–tight, and sees life in black and white. Their Aunt Becky's mental lapses and multiple personalities have caused them to find safer arrangements for her. Randy realizes that he and Sherman are the last of their line. One of them MUST have a child to carry on the family name. Randy is physically unable; so, he coerces Sherman into fulfilling this duty. However, Sherman has a rare physical abnormality and he will require chemical assistance. Enter Alice Perkins. She wants a baby, and the brothers need one. The result is hilarious chaos!
Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Book by Joe Masteroff
Direction by Vincent Orduña, Music Direction by Paul Linnes
8 June 2018 — 23 June 2018
In a Berlin nightclub, as the 1920s draw to an end, a garish Master of Ceremonies welcomes the audience and assures them they will forget all their troubles at the CABARET. With the Emcee's bawdy songs as wry commentary, CABARET explores the dark, heady, and tumultuous life of Berlin's natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich. Cliff, a young American writer newly arrived in Berlin, is immediately taken by English singer Sally Bowles. Meanwhile, Fräulein Schneider, proprietor of Cliff and Sally's boardinghouse, tentatively begins a romance with Herr Schultz, a mild–mannered fruit seller who happens to be Jewish. Musical numbers include "Willkommen," "Cabaret," "Don't Tell Mama", and "Two Ladies."