ECA Celebrates 10th Anniversary Season with FREE Birthday Bash on Saturday, July 30

In celebration of Edmonds Center for the Arts’ 10th Anniversary Season, ECA is holding a free-of-charge “Birthday Bash” event on Saturday, July 30, 2016. The Birthday Bash is an all-ages festival-style event, presented to the Edmonds community as a thank you for ten years of incredible support and partnership.

Ten years ago, the dream of creating a world-class performing arts center in the beautiful waterfront city of Edmonds became a reality. The historical campus that once served as the original Edmonds High School was transformed into an elegant state-of-the-art performance venue. Over half a million patrons have experienced the magic of live theatre, music, dance, comedy, film and other events in ECA’s theatre.

The public is invited to join the celebration. Live music performances will take place on both ECA’s main stage and an outdoor stage from 3:00-9:00 pm. Featured artists include soul sensations Grace Love & The True Loves, country-classic rock quintet Vaudeville Etiquette, fiddle-driven trio The Onlies, Latin rhythmic group Alma y Azucar, Seattle Women’s Steel Pan Project, and more! The event will conclude with a Square Dance After-Party with The Rabbit Stew String Band in the ECA Gymnasium. Please see a full schedule below.

ECA will celebrate partner organizations Cascade Symphony Orchestra, Olympic Ballet Theatre and Sno-King Community Chorale, along with long-term rental clients, in a dedicated exhibit room for partners. Organizations will be represented in ECA’s Center Classroom from 3:00-5:30 pm, and invite the public to stop by and learn more about their work.

The Birthday Bash will also serve as the official dedication of Seattle artist Iole Alessandrini’s Luminous Forest installation on the 4th Avenue arts corridor. The composition of the exhibition includes solar LED light elements embedded in the roadway between Daley and Main Sts.

ECA’s 10th Anniversary season kicks off on September 29, 2016 with Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers. In addition to Presented Events, Special Engagements and a Dementia-Inclusive series, ECA will be launching ECA Saturday Matinees and an ECA Film Cabaret Series.

To RSVP to ECA’s Birthday Bash, visit www.ec4arts.org or call the ECA Box Office at 425.275.9595. Seating is general admission and first-come, first-served for all performances.Concessions will be available for purchase onsite.

The ECA Birthday Bash is made possible with the generous support of The City of Edmonds’ Lodging Tax Fund, Sno-Isle Libraries TEDX and Peoples Bank.

ECA's 10th Anniversary Birthday Bash Schedule

 Main Stage
3:30 - 4:15 The Red Balloon (1956) with opener Godfrey Daniels
4:45 - 5:30 Vaudeville Etiquette
5:45 - 6:15 Welcome & ECA Season Preview Video
7:00 - 7:15 Alma y Azucar
8:15 - 9:00 Grace Love & The True Loves

Outdoor Stage
3:00 - 3:45 Seattle Women's Steel Pan Project
4:05 - 4:45 Kuë
5:10 - 5:50 Paris Williams
6:25 - 6:40 Dedication of Iole Alessandrini's Luminous Forest
6:45 - 7:30 The Onlies

Gymnasium
9:00 - Close Square Dance After-Party with Rabbit Stew

Center Classroom
3:00 - 5:30 Partner Organization Booths

 

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Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA) is a non-profit performing arts facility located in scenic downtown Edmonds, Washington. Housed in the historic original Edmonds High School building, ECA was remodeled and opened in October 2006 to be a cultural resource for the Puget Sound region through performing arts presentations, community partnerships and Education & Outreach programs.the

On Saturday, April 30 at 10:00 am, Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA) presents a Golden Era Sing-Along, a guided tour of musical memories that is free-of-charge and open to the public. Curated by Elizabeth Shepherd, film programmer at Northwest Film Forum, the Sing-Along marks the grand finale of ECA’s pilot season of its Dementia-Inclusive Series – a line-up of creative and social enrichment programs that make accessibility for patrons with memory loss a priority.

Take a trip over the rainbow to enjoy great television, film and concert performances by legendary performers of yesteryear! This interactive event will include everything from songs from movie musicals to poignant appearances on black and white TV shows. A few toe-tapping dancing numbers by the likes of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers will also be included. Feel free to hum or croon along with stars including Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Tony Bennett, Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Peggy Lee and many more. You’ll leave this one-hour presentation with a song in your heart!

The Golden Era Sing-Along is presented in partnership with Northwest Film Forum, Elderwise and Barclay Shelton Dance Centre. The event is designed to be “dementia-inclusive” with the consultation support of Elderwise (elderwise.org). Audience members will be made aware that some patrons may talk or get up during the film – which is OK. Theatre house lights are left on low so the audience can see and move around if necessary. Although the event is designed for people affected by dementia, their care partners and family members, the Golden Era Sing-Along is open and welcoming to an all-ages audience. In particular, the series presents an opportunity for younger family members, grandchildren and friends to spend time with elders in an intergenerational setting, and to connect over classic films.

ECA's Dementia-Inclusive Series was developed collaboratively with the feedback and support of senior services organizations, eldercare and memory care professionals, and arts groups in the Puget Sound region. With the mission to create opportunities for people with memory loss and their care partners to connect and experience joy through the arts, ECA is committed to providing a space where community members with dementia feel welcome and valued; where their creative contributions are celebrated; and where quality time can be spent with families and care partners. 

To reserve your space at the Golden Era Sing-Along, visit www.ec4arts.org or call the ECA Box Office at 425.275.9595. Maximum 4 tickets per person. Seating is general admission, with wheelchair-accessible and special needs seating available for reservation through the ECA Box Office.

ECA’s Dementia-Inclusive Series is made possible with the generous support of Verdant Health Commission, the Hazel Miller Foundation and Edmonds Family Medicine.

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Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA) is a non-profit performing arts facility located in scenic downtown Edmonds, Washington. Housed in the historic original Edmonds High School building, ECA was remodeled and opened in October 2006 to be a cultural resource for the Puget Sound region through performing arts presentations, community partnerships and Education & Outreach programs.or the Puget Sound region through performing arts presentations, community partnerships and Education & Outreach programs.

Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA) is awarded a $225,000.00 grant from the Snohomish County Lodging Fund to help repair the roof over the Center’s gymnasium and classroom facilities. 

The gymnasium and the theatre were constructed in 1939 as part of President Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration (WPA).  Each of building is a critical component of the campus and helps ECA attract more than 65,000 visitors annually for performing arts, sports and special events.  The Edmonds Public Facilities District and Edmonds Center for the Arts Board Members and Staff are thrilled that the gymnasium will receive these much-needed repairs.

The aging roof over portions of ECA’s facilities has caused water intrusion in the gymnasium and has led to restricted use and/or closures during rainy periods.  These disruptions have negatively impacted one of our community’s greatest assets. 

The check was presented to Edmonds Public Facilities District Board President Marla Miller and ECA Executive Director Joe McIalwain by the Snohomish County Council Chair Terry Ryan, who also serves as the Chair of the Snohomish County Lodging Tax Advisory Committee.  McIalwain said of the grant, “With this incredible gift, ECA will be able to repair the roof over our gymnasium and classroom spaces, and preserve and protect these historical and culturally significant facilities for years to come. The gymnasium and these classroom spaces serve as a home and a resource for Sno-King Youth Club, Sno-King Music Educators, Rick Steves’ Europe, Sno-Isle Libraries’ TEDx events, the Frank DeMiero Jazz Festival, Puget Sound Partnership, and many other non-profit organizations and cultural groups too numerous to mention.  ECA is a hub for culture and connectivity, and brings thousands of people to Edmonds and to Snohomish County from throughout and beyond the State of Washington.”

The ECA roof repair is one of the first projects funded under the new program established by the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee designed to assist Public Facilities Districts (PFDs) with capital maintenance issues. Everett’s Xfinity Arena also received support to help fund the replacement of the arena scoreboard. “Xfinity Arena and Edmonds Center for the Arts provide the energy and vitality essential for a thriving economy. We are proud of these facilities and how much they contribute to our community” said Snohomish County Councilman Terry Ryan. “These capital grants will help to ensure their continued success”.

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Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA) is a non-profit performing arts facility located in scenic downtown Edmonds, Washington.  Located in the historic original Edmonds High School building, ECA was remodeled and opened in October 2006 to be a cultural resource for the Puget Sound region through performing arts presentations, community partnerships and Education & Outreach programs.

Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA) announced the award of a $50,000 grant from the Hazel Miller Foundation to support the following ECA programs: Summer Arts Enrichments Camps, Education Matinees and Arts for Everyone, the Family Series & Kidstock!, ECA’s new Dementia-Inclusive Series, and free Artist Residencies & Outreach in schools and community venues.

The Hazel Miller Foundation has supported Edmonds Center for the Arts since 2011. “In 2015-16, ECA was able to engage nearly 11,000 children, families, teachers and community members of all ages through our Education & Outreach programming. ECA is deeply grateful for this support and partnership,” said Gillian Jones, Director of Programming for ECA. We invite you to explore more. Details and a schedule can be found at our website: www.ec4arts.org.

The Hazel Miller Foundation was established as a trust by Mrs. Miller. It is dedicated to serving the citizens of Edmonds and So. Snohomish County, Washington. Hazel and her husband, Morris Miller, were committed members of the Edmonds community.

The Foundation's mission is to support programs and projects that serve the public's benefit, especially in the areas of education and youth services, poverty alleviation and hunger, civic and community services and amenities, the environment, and culture and the arts.

Hazel Miller Foundation grants are designed to serve non-profit organizations operating in Edmonds and South Snohomish County. The Foundation will award approximately $500,000 annually to charities and non-profit organizations.

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Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA) is a non-profit performing arts facility located in scenic downtown Edmonds, Washington.  Located in the historic original Edmonds High School building, ECA was remodeled and opened in October 2006 to be a cultural resource for the Puget Sound region through performing arts presentations, community partnerships and Education & Outreach programs.

Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA) presents THE INTERGALACTIC NEMESIS: Target Earth: A Live-Action Graphic Novel on Friday, April 29, 2016 at 7:30pm.

When THE INTERGALACTIC NEMESIS premiered, more than 2,100 people showed up. Shortly thereafter, it was featured on NPR and Conan O’Brien. Now in its third touring season, the production has hit more than 80 venues around the US, UK and Canada, including a run at the New Victory Theater on Broadway. This one-of-a-kind all-ages show is not to be missed.

The premise is simple: a period adventure story (with no small share of laughs) featuring Pulitzer-winning reporter Molly Sloan, her intrepid assistant Timmy Mendez, and a mysterious librarian named Ben Wilcott as they face the most serious threat Earth has ever known: an impending invasion of sludge monsters from the planet Zygon.

Three actors voice the dozens of characters, a Foley artist creates all the sound effects, and a pianist plays a cinematic score, while more than 1,250 individual full-color hi-res comic book panels tell a hilarious sci-fi adventure story visually from an enormous movie screen. And it's all done live in front of your eyes.

“In 20 years of directing and producing plays, I’ve never seen an audience respond so positively,” says project creator Jason Neulander.

The New York Post called THE INTERGALACTIC NEMESIS’s limited run on Broadway "Great fun! [A] happily retro multimedia extravaganza," Examiner.com describes it as "pure theater magic," and The Austinist recommends it as "totally nuts and a ton of fun… Do not miss it." But don't just leave it to the experts. See it for yourself.

If you've got an inner 12-year-old (or an actual one living in your home), THE INTERGALACTIC NEMESIS is one show you don't want to miss.

Tickets are $24, $29, $34. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ec4arts.org, through the ECA Box Office located at 410 Fourth Avenue North, or by calling 425.275.9595. Youth/Student $15 through the ECA Box Office only ECA is a proud member of TeenTix, and offers $5 tickets to teens at the Box Office on the day of the performance, pending availability. To become a TeenTix member, register at www.teentix.org.

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Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA), is a non-profit performing arts facility located in scenic downtown Edmonds, Washington.  Located in the historic original Edmonds High School building, ECA was remodeled and opened in October 2006 to be a cultural resource for the Puget Sound region through performing arts presentations, community partnerships and education outreach programs.

 

Erika Nickrenz, Piano | Sara Parkins, Violin |Sara Sant'Ambrogio, Cello

Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA) presents the Grammy®-nominated Eroica Trio on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 7:30pm.

The most sought-after trio in the world, Eroica Trio thrills audiences with flawless technical virtuosity, irresistible enthusiasm and sensual elegance. Whether playing the great standards of piano trio repertoire or daring contemporary works, the three artists who make up this celebrated ensemble electrify the concert stage with their passionate performances.

The New York Times writes, “They play chamber music for the concert hall. There is an edge of the seat intensity to every note they produce”. The Trio won the prestigious Naumburg Award, resulting in a highly successful Lincoln Center debut, and has since toured the United States, Europe and Asia.

While maintaining a demanding concert schedule, Eroica Trio has released eight critically-lauded recordings for Angel/EMI Classics Records, and garnered multiple GRAMMY® nominations.

Eroica Trio is committed to music education, giving concerts, master classes and special children's shows at schools and colleges throughout the country. During their engagement in Edmonds, the artists will visit Meadowdale High School, leading chamber orchestra students in a master class and performing for the school. The trio feels so strongly about the benefits of music that they have performed at homeless shelters, senior centers and prisons to bring the music to people who might not normally have the chance to hear live performances. Each summer, the Trio performs at music festivals throughout the world, including the Hollywood Bowl, Aspen, Mostly Mozart, Ravinia, and Spoleto, Italy.

The Eroica Trio has appeared on numerous television programs, including ABC's The View, CNN's Showbiz Today, CBS and ABC News, CBS This Morning: Saturday, A&E's Breakfast with the Arts, The Isaac Mizrahi Show, Pure Oxygen, Bloomberg TV and Fox's The Crier Report. In addition, the artists will be featured in the international broadcast of The Artists' Way at Work, an in-depth exploration of artistic creativity. Eroica!, a documentary about the Trio and its commissioning of a new triple concerto by Kevin Kaska, premiered on the PBS series Independent Lens and has had multiple airings worldwide.

Tickets are $34, $39 & $44. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ec4arts.org , through the ECA Box Office located at 410 Fourth Avenue North, or by calling 425.275.9595. Youth/Student $15 at the ECA Box Office.  ECA is a proud member of TeenTix, and offers $5 tickets to teens at the Box Office on the day of the performance, pending availability. To become a TeenTix member, register at www.teentix.org.

 

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Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA), is a non-profit performing arts facility located in scenic downtown Edmonds, Washington.  Located in the historic original Edmonds High School building, ECA was remodeled and opened in October 2006 to be a cultural resource for the Puget Sound region through performing arts presentations, community partnerships and Education & Outreach programs.

 

Internationally-recognized artist Ana Moura will bring fado, the expressive and sensual form of Portuguese song, to Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA) on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 7:30 pm. The youngest fadista to be nominated for a Dutch Edison Award, Ms. Moura blends traditional fado with pop music, broadening the scope of this Lisbon song form in a highly personal way. Her engagement in Edmonds will include new songs from the Moura album, as well as older hits such as Leva-me aos Fados, Até ao Verão and O Fado da Procura.

There is no other voice in fado quite like that of Ana Moura. She strolls freely through tradition but flirts elegantly with pop music. What sets her apart is not only her low-pitched and sensual tone, so unique – Ana Moura instantaneously transforms any melody to which she lends her voice, into fado. It’s an immediate spark, an emotional explosion aimed ruthlessly at the listener’s heart.

Ms. Moura’s stage presence embodies the spirit of the iconic fadista, and has captured the attention of Caetano Veloso, The Rolling Stones and Prince – giving rise to inspired crossover collaborations with musical giants in rock, pop and jazz. 

Desfado, Ana Moura’s latest release, was honored with the Amalia Rodrigues Award for “Best Album.” This prize was given to the double CD version of the album, entitled Desfado/Caixa Alfama, which hit stores in December 2013, one year after the release of the standard version.

Don’t miss Ana Moura’s fabulous concert. Tickets are $29, $34, $39. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ec4arts.org, through the ECA Box Office located at 410 Fourth Avenue North, or by calling 425.275.9595. Youth/Student $15 are available by calling or visiting the ECA Box office. ECA is a proud member of TeenTix, and offers $5 tickets to teens at the Box Office on the day of the performance, pending availability. To become a TeenTix member, register at www.teentix.org.

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Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA), is a non-profit performing arts facility located in scenic downtown Edmonds, Washington.  Located in the historic original Edmonds High School building, ECA was remodeled and opened in October 2006 to be a cultural resource for the Puget Sound region through performing arts presentations, community partnerships and education outreach programs.

Tony-winning performer Patti LuPone takes the stage for an evening of Broadway favorites at Edmonds Center for the Arts on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 7:30 pm. Tickets start at $69.

Ms. LuPone’s performance “Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda…played that part” features songs from musicals which she could have played, should have played, did play and will play. The list of shows includes Hair, Bye Bye Birdie, Funny Girl, West Side Story, Peter Pan, and selections from her Tony award-winning performances in Evita and Gypsy.

“Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda…played that part” was conceived and directed by Scott Whitman, with musical arrangements by Dick Gallagher. Ms. LuPone performs backed by a pianist and will be joined by Captain Smartypants and Sensible Shoes, ensembles of Seattle Men’s Chorus and Seattle Women’s Chorus.

Author of the New York Times bestseller Patti LuPone: A Memoir, Miss LuPone will be seen this spring on the Showtime series Penny Dreadful. Her most recent Broadway appearances include David Mamet’s The Anarchist and Lincoln Center Theater's production of the new musical Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, for which she was nominated for Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards. Other recent NY stage appearances include her debut with the New York City Ballet as Anna in their new production of The Seven Deadly Sins, and her performance as Joanne in New York Philharmonic's Company. Winner of the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Actress in a Musical and the Drama League Award for Outstanding Performance of the Season for her role as Madame Rose in the most recent Broadway production of Gypsy, Ms. LuPone’s stage credits also include her debut with the Los Angeles Opera in Weill-Brecht’s Mahagonny; the world premiere of Jake Heggie’s opera To Hell and Back with San Francisco’s Baroque Philharmonia Orchestra; the role of Mrs. Lovett in John Doyle’s production of Sweeney Todd (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations; Drama League Award for Outstanding Contribution to Musical Theatre); the title role in Marc Blitzstein’s Regina, a musical version of Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes at the Kennedy Center; Fosca in a concert version of Passion; a multi-city tour of her theatrical concert Matters of the Heart;the City Center Encores! production of Can-Can; the NY Philharmonic’s Candide and Sweeney Todd; and performances on Broadway in Michael Frayn’s Noises Off, David Mamet’s The Old Neighborhood, Terrence McNally's Master Class and in her own concert Patti LuPone On Broadway.

Ms. LuPone is a graduate of the first class of the Drama Division of New York’s Juilliard School and a founding member of John Houseman's The ActingCompany, in which she toured the country for four years. Her subsequent New York credits include Dario Fo's Accidental Death of An Anarchist, David Mamet's The Water Engine, Edmond and The Woods, Israel Horovitz's Stage Directions, and performances in musicals Pal Joey for City Center Encores!, Anything Goes (Tony Award nomination, Drama Desk Award), The Cradle Will Rock, Oliver!, Evita (Tony and Drama Desk Awards- Best Actress in a Musical), Working and The Robber Bridegroom. In London, she won the Olivier Award for her performances as Fantine in the original production of Les Miserables and in the Acting Company production of The Cradle Will Rock. She also created the role of Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard and recreated her Broadway performance of Maria Callas in Master Class.

Film appearances include Union Square, Parker, City By The Sea, David Mamet’s Heist, State and Main; Just Looking, Summer of Sam, The 24 Hour Woman, Family Prayers, Driving Miss Daisy, Witness.

TV credits include Girls, American Horror Story: Coven, Law & Order: SVU, Glee, 30 Rock, PBS Great Performances, The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, Ugly Betty, Will & Grace, PBS Great Performances’ Candide, Oz , Monday Night Mayhem, PBS’ Evening At The Pops with John Williams and Yo Yo Ma, Falcone, Bonanno: A Godfather’s Story, Frasier (1998 Emmy nomination), Law & Order, An Evening with Patti LuPone (PBS), the NBC movie Her Last Chance, Showtime's ACE Award and Emmy nominated The Song Spinner (Daytime Emmy nomination, Best Actress), The Water Engine, L.B.J., AMC's Remember WENN and ABC's Life Goes On.

Tickets to Patti LuPone are $69, $74 & $79. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ec4arts.org , through the ECA Box Office located at 410 Fourth Avenue North, or by calling 425.275.9595. ECA is a proud member of TeenTix, and offers $5 tickets to teens at the Box Office on the day of the performance, pending availability. To become a TeenTix member, register at www.teentix.org.

 

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Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA), is a non-profit performing arts facility located in scenic downtown Edmonds, Washington.  Located in the historic original Edmonds High School building, ECA was remodeled and opened in October 2006 to be a cultural resource for the Puget Sound region through performing arts presentations, community partnerships and Education & Outreach programs.

See Grammy Award-winning traditional folk singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright III at Edmonds Center for the Arts on Friday, April 1, 2016 at 7:30pm.

Loudon Wainwright III has an illustrious career, highlighted by more than two dozen album releases, a 2010 Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album for High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project, and two Grammy nominations for I’m Alright (1985) and More Love Songs (1986).  The latest is Older Than My Old Man Now, which employs Wainwright’s unique mix of poignancy and devastating wit to examine aging.

Wainwright’s songs have been recorded by Bonnie Raitt, Johnny Cash, Earl Scruggs, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Rufus Wainwright, and Mose Allison, among others. Also an accomplished actor, Wainwright has appeared in films directed by Martin Scorsese, Hal Ashby, Christopher Guest, Tim Burton, Cameron Crowe, and Judd Apatow, and can next be seen in the independent film Pleased To Meet Me, and a one-man-play entitled Surviving Twin.

Wainwright is perhaps best known for the novelty song “Dead Skunk (in the Middle of the Road)”, and for playing Captain Calvin Spalding, the “singing surgeon”, on the American television show, M*A*S*H.

Tickets are $29, $34 & $39. Youth/Student $15. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ec4arts.org , through the ECA Box Office located at 410 Fourth Avenue North, or by calling 425.275.9595. ECA is a proud member of TeenTix, and offers $5 tickets to teens at the Box Office on the day of the performance, pending availability. To become a TeenTix member, register at www.teentix.org.

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Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA), is a non-profit performing arts facility located in scenic downtown Edmonds, Washington.  Located in the historic original Edmonds High School building, ECA was remodeled and opened in October 2006 to be a cultural resource for the Puget Sound region through performing arts presentations, community partnerships and education outreach programs.

Registration is now open for ECA’s 2016 Summer Arts Enrichment Camps. Designed for students from ages 7-15, Summer Arts Enrichment Camps create opportunities for young people to work directly with professional artists. Organized in partnership with local and regional arts organizations, camps are one-week long and meet daily from 9:00am-3:00pm on the ECA campus.

Back by popular demand this year are camps with Seattle Shakespeare Company (Hamlet Acting & Combat Camp, July 11-15) and Book-It Repertory Theatre (“Investigate, Adapt, Act!”, July 17-22). In Hamlet Acting & Combat Camp, students ages 11-15 will dive into one of Shakespeare's most famous plays, reading scenes and practicing acting techniques to bring these characters to the stage. They will also learn improv games to hone their acting skills, and will practice stage combat to bring the duels of this tragedy to life! Book-It Repertory Theatre’s “Investigate, Adapt, Act!” will see youth ages 7-11 dig into the juicy parts of a story – characters, setting, sequence, point of view – then take it apart and put it together again as a script to act out on stage for family and friends. 

New in 2016, ECA will present Rockin’ Rhythms Marimba Camp (July 25-29). In this hands-on music camp led by veteran music teacher Teresa Catford, kids will learn to play melodies, harmonies and fun rhythms, as well as how to keep time on a variety of marimbas, hand percussion and drums. Campers will learn by ear through a humorous, kid-centered approach and explore the elements of music through interactive movement and community-building drum circle games. The special connection between the Pacific Northwest and Zimbabwean marimba music will also be explored. No experience necessary, and all skill levels welcome.

Finally, ECA is proud to organize its 3rd Annual Hawaiian & Polynesian Cultural Camp (August 1-5), in collaboration with Kumu Krista Moanikeʻalanālehua Espiritu of Hula O Lehualani and teaching artist Daniel Pak. Students will take ukulele and hula lessons throughout the week, as well as explore Hawaii and its Polynesian "cousin" cultures through song, games and cultural arts to include Tahitian drumming and dance. Thanks to a generous grant in 2014 from the Harrington-Schiff Foundation, students participating in Hawaiian & Polynesian Cultural Camp will have free access to a ukulele for the duration of the program.

Summer Arts Enrichment Camps are $250 per student per weekECA is proud to offer summer camp scholarships, based on students’ eligibility for Free and Reduced-Price Meal programs. For more information about scholarships and an application, contact Gillian Jones, ECA’s Director of Programming, at gillian@ec4arts.org or 425.275.9483. To register for Summer Arts Enrichment Camps, visit www.ec4arts.org or contact the ECA Box Office by phone at 425.275.9595. Before and after-camp care is available through a partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Edmonds. Please contact the Boys & Girls Club directly at 425.774.0630 to reserve your child’s space in this program. 

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Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA) is a non-profit performing arts facility located in scenic downtown Edmonds, Washington. Housed in the historic original Edmonds High School building, ECA was remodeled and opened in October 2006 to be a cultural resource for the Puget Sound region through performing arts presentations, community partnerships and Education & Outreach programs.

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