Music, dance and theatre have each found a welcome home, with plenty of community support. A professional symphony, opera group, orchestra, a handful of community theater groups, volunteer chorales and choruses all thrive to create a rich cultural backdrop for the community to enjoy.
The nonprofit Skagit Symphony is one of the area’s homegrown volunteer musical groups, made up of top-notch musicians from the Pacific Northwest who play to entertain, promote the appreciation of classical music and even provide musical entertainment to youth across the region.
Since it was founded in 1992, it has became a major cultural force in the community, offering opportunities for the public to enjoy full orchestral performances, and through its youth programs, for elementary-aged students to learn about classical music and experience a free musical performance each year by the symphony.
For more information about the symphony or a list of upcoming performances or events: (360) 848-9336 or www.skagitsymphony.com.
The nonprofit Skagit Opera began in 2003 as a small group of local singers and stage performers and has since evolved to a regional opera company producing some of the best operatic programming in the Pacific Northwest region. The organization attracts professional singers and actors from around the world and is supported by a stalwart group of volunteers.
The group is on hiatus this year, but will be back in the fall of 2011 for a production of the classic opera, “Tosca.”
For information and a complete list of upcoming shows and performances: (360) 422-5070 or www.skagitopera.org.
THEATER ARTS GUILD
The community volunteer theater group Theater Arts Guild was established in 1992 with the goal of providing a creative outlet for aspiring young actors and performers. Since then, the group has become recognized for its varied theatrical offerings, everything from large-scale musicals with a cast of 50, to smaller dramatic offerings, including “Salome,” and edgy comedic musical romps, including “The Rocky Horror Show.”
For more information and a complete list of upcoming shows, visit www.theaterartsguild.org.
FIDALGO YOUTH SYMPHONY
The nonprofit Fidalgo Youth Symphony has been offering young and talented musicians in Skagit, Island, Snohomish and Whatcom counties an opportunity to reach their musical potential for the past 15 years.
The symphony consists of a Youth Orchestra that studies and performs a more challenging repertoire, the Junior Orchestra, comprised of intermediate level players, and the Sinfonette, designed for beginning musicians.
Each year, the groups perform four classical concerts for audiences in front ofaudiences at McIntyre Hall and other local venues.
For more information or a complete list of events or performances: (360) 421-2527 or www.fysmusic.org.
SKAGIT VALLEY CHORALE
The Skagit Valley Chorale was formed in 1984 from a small group of 30 local singers and has since blossomed to include more than 100 mixed voices performing in a variety of venues and events across the globe.
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SKAGIT RIVER SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
Each year in August, the nonprofit Shakespeare Northwest brings audiences a taste of the English bard’s tragedy and comedy during its month-long Skagit River Shakespeare Festival in Mount Vernon.
Audiences watch as top-notch actors from across the Pacific Northwest breathe life into Shakespeare’s timeless stories with breathtaking costumes and sets. Typically, the group produces two Shakespeare classics each season.
The group has expanded its offerings during its nine years to include free outdoor public performances across Skagit County during the festival to help introduce a new audience to classic Shakespeare and theater.
For more information about Shakespeare Northwest or the festival, visit www.shakesnw.org.
ALGER LOOKOUT THESPIAN ASSOCIATION
ALTA is a local theater organization based in Alger, but drawing on talented actors from across the Skagit Valley. The group produces two big shows a year in the cozy 100-seat Alger Community Church it calls its home and stage.
For more information on ALTA, visit www.altatheatre.com
META PERFORMING ARTS
For the past 13-plus years, the nonprofit META Performing Arts has engaged audiences with several fully staged family friendly shows each year. There are plenty of opportunities for children and teens to perform with adults on stage and learn from them off stage. META is committed to providing children and youth with performance opportunities and an education in the performing arts. META practices “color blind” casting, and strives to reflect cultural diversity in its production choices. The group offers a performing arts summer camp and periodic performing arts and auditioning workshops.
For more information about META programs: (877) 490-6382 or www.metaperformingarts.org
LYRIC LIGHT OPERA
Lyric Light Opera is considered one of the premier theater groups in the Pacific Northwest, attracting professional-level and community theater talent for large-scale musical productions known for lavish sets, intense music direction and choreography and elaborate costumes.
Since the group was founded in 2006, it has produced two musicals a year and gained a loyal following. Past productions include “Annie Get Your Gun,” “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” “Brigadoon” and “Sound of Music.”
For more information about the group or upcoming performances: (360) 387-3948 or www.lyriclightopera.org.
CANTABILE OF SKAGIT VALLEY
The 20-member Cantabile of Skagit Valley is a nonaudition choir that brings a smooth, flowing and lyrical style of singing to audiences during its various performances each year.
Founded in 2006, the choir has quickly become a music staple in Skagit Valley, often collaborating with other performing arts groups for shows that feature music from the Romantic era to today.
For more information about Cantabile: (360) 466-1783 or www.cantabileofskagitvalley.org