On March 18-19, 2016, Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA) presents Big Bad Wolf, a new production by the internationally-renowned children’s theatre from Australia, Windmill Theatre. Big Bad Wolf will be featured as an ECA Education Matinee for school groups and homeschool families on Friday at 10:00 am & 12:30 pm, and as a public Family Series performance on Saturday, March 19 at 11:00 am.

Described as “A whimsical, gently persuasive tale of friendship and acceptance” (The Australian), Big Bad Wolf tells the story of the most misunderstood character in fairytale history. Put simply, he has no friends – just incredibly sharp teeth, yellow eyes and his own ideas about personal hygiene. Luckily Heidi Hood, the second cousin twice removed of Little Red, is brave enough to see past this wolf’s bad press and an unlikely friendship is born.

From the acclaimed children’s theatre company that produced Pinocchio and School Dance comes a brand new work for young audiences. Written by Matthew Whittet and directed by Rosemary Myers, Big Bad Wolf is a hilarious, table-turning tale that will have you wondering why you were so scared in the first place.

Windmill Theatre creates and presents performances that captivate audiences’ imaginations and resonate deeply. Windmill artists are inspired by the vibrancy, sophistication and inventiveness of young people and the exhilarating challenges they pose to creating theatre of genuine relevance in this modern time. In meeting this challenge, Windmill Theatre positions theatre for children, young people and families in a dynamic national and international conversation that is defining the future of theatre practice.


ECA’s Saturday matinee performance of Big Bad Wolf is presented as part of the Family Series. The mission of the Family Series is to engage young people in diverse and exciting arts experiences, through theatre, music and interdisciplinary arts performances. The Family Series continues with Mud Bay Jugglerson May 7, 2016. All Family Series performances take place at 11:00 am at Edmonds Center for the Arts.

Regular-priced Family Series tickets are $10 per person, with complimentary tickets available for babes-in-arms 18 months or younger. To purchase tickets, visit www.ec4arts.org or call the ECA Box Office at 425.275.9595. New this season, ECAinvites families qualifying for Washington State’s Free and Reduced-Price Meal programs and/or DSHS benefits to purchase $2 Arts for Everyone tickets to performances in the Family Series.For more information about the Arts for Everyone Membership Program and to apply, please contact Gillian Jones at gillian@ec4arts.org or 425.275.9483. To reserve tickets to Education Matinee performances, please contact Gillian Jones at gillian@ec4arts.org or 425.275.9483.


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.

Edmonds Center for the Arts welcomes American virtuoso mandolinist Chris Thile for a solo evening of flawless musicianship and mind-blowing exploration – from bluegrass to Bach and back again on November 12, 2015 at 7:30pm.

A child prodigy, Thile rose to fame with the Grammy Award-winning trio Nickel Creek, which released three albums and sold 2 million records. He’s released five solo albums, and performed and recorded extensively with bassist Edgar Meyer and fellow mandolinist Mike Marshall.

In 2011, Thile earned a Grammy nomination for Sleep with One Eye Open, an album of tradition-upending interpretations of bluegrass classics with guitarist Michael Daves. He won the 2012 Grammy for Best Folk Album for The Goat Rodeo Sessions, which he recorded with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violinist Stuart Duncan, and Meyer. 

In 2012, the MacArthur Foundation named Thile one of its 23 MacArthur Fellows and recipient of its prestigious “Genius Grant.” Thile’s most recent solo recording, Bach: Partitas and Sonatas, Vol.1, was released in late 2013. Thile and Meyer’s second duo recording, Bass & Mandolin, was released in late 2014.

Chris Thile will be the next host of "A Prairie Home Companion", the beloved radio variety show Garrison Keillor created and hosted for four decades.

Tickets are $49, $44, & $39, with youth pricing available. 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.

The Edmonds Center for the Arts and the Edmonds Public Facilities District Boards of Directors greatly appreciates the sponsors, donors, event attendees, and volunteers of the Red Carpet Gala for all their support given to make this year’s Red Carpet Gala an overwhelming success.

The Gala was held on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at Edmonds Center for the Arts. With 225 community and business leaders in attendance, ECA raised over $326,000 that will go towards programing both on stage and within the community. ECA offers a diverse selection of renowned performers from around the world, as well as education and outreach programs for all ages within our community.

Auctioneer John Curley and Emcee Jim Dever led the live auction featuring many enticing items, including the coveted Patrons Instant Wine Cellar, Tickets to the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and a Rick Steves’ 7-Day European City Tour. The auction was chaired by Maggie Peterson; Jack Loos and Mike Meeks served as Procurement & Sponsorship Chairs.

ECA wishes to thank our Gold Sponsors: Boeing and Fluke Corporation; Silver Sponsors: Swedish Edmonds, Harbor Square Athletic Club, Heritage Bank, and Heritage Bank; and Friend of ECA Sponsors: Chermak Construction, Union Bank, and HomeStreet Bank. A very special thank you to ECA Season Sponsors: Windermere Real Estate Edmonds Office and Lynnwood Honda.

The evening was filled with silent and live auctions, a raffle, dessert dash and an after-party held on the ECA Stage. The exquisite dinner was created and prepared by Chef Shubert Ho of Shooby Doo Catering/Bar Dojo/ Salt & Iron.  Entertainment during the silent auction was provided by Andre Feriante on guitar.

Kicking off our TENTH ANNIVERSARY SEASON, ECA’s next Red Carpet Gala will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2016. Please save the date!



Edmonds Center for the Arts will celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the cult classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Friday, October 30, 2015. The pre-show starts at 9:00pm and the film begins at 10:00pm.

The evening begins with pre-show entertainment, including a Rocky Horror costume contest led by a live cast. The cast will then show audience members how to use their free party pack during the film and suggest some appropriate heckles and accompanying actions for full audience participation.

Pull up your fishnets, starch your gold shorts, and get ready to become a creature of the night at the strangest, sexiest film of all ages!  Give yourself over to absolute pleasure when the mother of all cult classics hits ECA’s big screen with The Admiral Theatre’s live cast!

Please note that this film is Rated R. Under the age of 17 requires an accompaniment of a parent or adult guardian.

Tickets are $20, $15, & $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.


The term “double bass” takes on new meaning as two of the greatest living practitioners of the instrument—jazz master Christian McBride and classical/folk/bluegrass Renaissance man Edgar Meyer—join forces for a thrilling exploration of the deep space beyond genre and expectation. This unique pairing will perform at Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA) on Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 7:30pm.
Edgar Meyer is in demand as both a performer and a composer.  Meyer has formed a role in the music world unlike any other.  Hailed by The New Yorker as “...the most remarkable virtuoso in the relatively un-chronicled history of his instrument”, Mr. Meyer’s unparalleled technique and musicianship in combination with his gift for composition have brought him to the fore, where he is appreciated by a vast, varied audience.  His uniqueness in the field was recognized by a MacArthur Award in 2002.
Collaborations are a central part of Mr. Meyer’s work.  His longtime collaboration with fellow MacArthur Award recipient Chris Thile most recently brought the two genre bending artists on a nationwide tour in 2014 supporting their Grammy winning Nonesuch Records disc, which was a follow up to their very successful 2008 cd/dvd on Nonesuch.   Mr. Meyer’s previous performing and recording collaborations include a duo with Béla Fleck; a quartet with Joshua Bell, Sam Bush and Mike Marshall; a trio with Béla Fleck and Mike Marshall; and a trio with Yo-Yo Ma and Mark O’Connor.
Christian McBride is a four-time GRAMMY®-winning jazz bassist Christian McBride can be likened to a force of nature, fusing the fire and fury of a virtuoso with the depth and grounding of a seasoned journeyman. Powered by a relentless energy and a boundless love of swing, McBride’s path has described a continuous positive arc since his arrival on the scene. With a career now blazing into its third decade, the Philadelphia native has become one of the most requested, most recorded, and most respected figures in the music world today.
As one of the most versatile performers in the business, McBride has performed with a who's who, both in jazz -- Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, Roy Haynes and John McLaughlin (among so many others) -- and the pop world with musicians like Sting. He's also fronted his own groups, including the funky R&B-infused album A Family Affair and his big band record The Good Feeling.

Tickets are $49, $44, & $39, with youth pricing available. 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, or visit us in person at 410 Fourth Avenue North. 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.

On Saturday, October 10 at 10:00 am, Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA) presents Singin’ in the Rain (1952) as part of a new Dementia-Inclusive Series. The film, organized in partnership with Northwest Film Forum, Elderwise and Barclay Shelton Dance Centre, is the first in a 3-film series designed to be “dementia-inclusive” with the consultation support of Elderwise (elderwise.org). The series continues with Peter Pan (1924) on March 5 and a Golden Era Sing-Along on April 30.

Singin’ in the Rain 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. Each dementia-inclusive film will conclude with an optional group discussion facilitated by eldercare and memory care professionals. Though film events are designed with accessibility for individuals with memory loss as a priority, the general public and audience members of all ages are welcome to attend. In particular, the series presents a unique 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 is a line-up of creative and social enrichment programs for people with dementia, their care partners, families and friends. The program 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.

Each film in ECA’s Dementia-Inclusive Series includes an opening act by Barclay Shelton Dance Centre students. Singin’ in the Rain will open with a live performance of “Good Morning,” which is featured in the original film.

To purchase tickets to Singin’ in the Rain, visit www.ec4arts.org or call the ECA Box Office at 425.275.9595. Seating is general admission, with wheelchair-accessible and special needs seating available for reservation through the ECA Box Office. Tickets are $10, or $25 for a 3-film package. Subsidized $2 admission will be available to individuals qualifying for DSHS benefits, through ECA's Arts for Everyone program. Please contact Gillian Jones at 425.275.9483 or gillian@ec4arts.org for details.

The pilot year of ECA’s Dementia-Inclusive Series also includes improvisation workshops for individuals with early stage memory loss (ESML) and care partners, led by Taproot Theatre; and a 2-day community songwriting workshop series with Songwriting Works, to be held at the Edmonds Senior Center. Improvisation workshops, called “Re-Ignite the Mind with Improvisation and Play,” will take place on the ECA stage on October 20, 27, November 3 & 10, 2015 from 10:30 am-12:00 pm. Admission is $10 per class, with free admission for care partners (1 partner max.) Please contact the ECA Box Office at 425.275.9595 to register. Registration for Community Songwriting Workshops will open in spring 2016.

Take a trip down memory lane with Martin Sexton while he performs at Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA) on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 7:30pm. Remember that mixtape your friend made you way back when – the one that’s etched in your soul? Martin Sexton’s new album Mixtape of the Open Road is that musical cross-country trip, blazing through all territories of style, as you cruise through time and place. This record is a charm bracelet of twelve gems all strung together with the golden thread of what Rolling Stone calls his “soul marinated voice.” Sexton will perform tunes from Mixtape as well as his other fan favorites on stage at ECA.

Critically-acclaimed Sexton is a musician’s musician and prolific recording artist. His songs are intricate and spirited, covering the American musical landscape and distilling soul, gospel, R&B, country and blues. His performances are dynamic and bursting with depth and have earned him a devoted following among fans, peers and critics alike.  People claim that Sexton’s songs inspire them to make a change, go cross-country, and follow their hearts; to see a crowd at a Martin Sexton concert is to witness a cross-section of America.

Martin Sexton was born in Syracuse, NY and first made his mark in the early ‘90s by singing on the streets of Harvard Square and gradually working his way into the Boston club scene. His first album, In the Journey, was a collection of self-produced demo recordings that were recorded on an old 8-track in a friend’s attic. Sexton managed to sell 20,000 copies out of his guitar case and recalls, “All those one-dollar bills I saved to make that record was the best eight-hundred bucks I ever spent.” His captivating performances led to a bounty of Boston Music Awards including “Best New Artist” as well as a National Academy of Songwriters “Artist of the Year” award.

Tickets are $39, $34 & $29, with youth pricing available. 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.


The Edmonds Public Facilities District and Edmonds Center for the Arts Boards of Directors cordially invite you to celebrate and support the arts at ECA’s fundraising event featuring fine wine and food and silent and live auctions benefiting ECA’s arts programming.

Join over 250 community members and arts supporters for a fun-filled evening not to be missed. ECA’s 8th Annual Red Carpet Gala will be held on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 5:00 pm at Edmonds Center for the Arts located at 410 4th Avenue North in Edmonds, WA 98020.

Featuring: John Curley, Auctioneer; Jim Dever, Emcee; Menu by Chef Shubert Ho, Shooby Doo Catering, live music by Andre Feriante, Signature cocktail by Scratch Distillery and featured artwork by potter Barbara Goodfellow Childs.

ECA’s Red Carpet Gala is sponsored by:  Fluke Corporation, The Boeing Company, Bank of Washington, Harbor Square Athletic Club, Heritage Bank, Swedish Edmonds, Chermak Construction, HomeStreet Bank and Union Bank.

Additional in-kind support:  Arista Wine Cellars, Scratch Distillery, Shooby Doo Catering and Stadium Flowers.

Tickets may be purchased by contacting Amy Stone, Development Manager, at amy@ec4arts.org or 425-275-9492.


 Edmonds Center for the Arts is now a non-profit organization in Fred Meyer’s Community Rewards program! Every quarter, Fred Meyer gives away a $625,000 in the Pacific Northwest, for a total of $2.5 million each year.Fred Meyer Rewards logo

How it works:

  1. Link your Fred Meyer card to ECA through the Fred Meyer website. Click here to link your card.
  2. If you don't have a Fred Meyer Rewards card, fill out the form and follow the instructions on each page.
  3. If you do have a Fred Meyer Rewards card, click the
    "sign-in" link on the top right of the page.
  4. To select an organization to donate to, enter "Edmonds Center for the Arts" or our organization number: 80271.
  5. Select Edmonds Center for the Arts and begin donating the next time you use your Fred Meyer Rewards card!

A Couple Notes:

  • As you shop use your Rewards Card (or phone number) to help ECA earn a donation
  • You still receive all Rewards Points, Fuel Points and Rebates like normal



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