Here’s a selection of photos and videos from some memorable moments of 2008 at Teatro ZinZanni.
At tail end of 2007 we celebrated our grand re-opening at our current Mercer Street location with Thelma Houston, Christine Deaver and Robert Lopez (El Vez) in “Hearts on Fire.” This photo was shot from on stage behind our Maestro Norman Durkee (at the piano) and features El Vez, Diva Rachel DeShon and Comedienne Christine Deaver in performance.
Thelma sang the National Anthem at the Sonics/Lakers game on January 14, 2008. And Les Petits Freres performed at half-time.
Thelma and TZ dresser Liesl backstage relax before the game.
Here Dom and Mickeal warm up backstage.
British singing sensation Melanie Stace reprised her role as Madame ZinZanni in “A Suitcase Named Desire,” playing at the tent March 20 through June 22, 2008. Check out her blog interview.
Comedy Queens Krissie Illing and Kevin Kent schooled audiences in proper royal etiquette in “Quest for a Queendom,” playing from June 26 through October 19, 2008. Here they are with Artistic Director Norm Langill (far left) then Krissie as Queen Wilma, Kevin as Manfred, and our millionth guests.
Aerialist Eric Newton returned to Pacific Place for the month of August as Teatro ZinZanni once again presented Aerial Antics in the Atrium.
This past summer Teatro ZinZanni’s newly formed education program, the ZinZanni Institute for Circus Arts or ZICA presented our first ever summer camp, a week-long pilot project for kids ages 9 through 15 from July 21 through the 26th. This year’s camp was a Juggling + Clowning intensive. Next year, thanks in part to a four-year Wallace Excellence Award, we will offer six weeks of camp with sessions in Slapstick + Clowning, Acrobatics + Clowning, and Objects in Motion + Clowning.
On Sunday, November 23, 2008, soprano Juliana Rambaldi took to the turf at Qwest Field to represent our show and turned 67,000 Seattle Seahawks loyalists into sudden opera fans with her rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner.” You can see her in our current show, “A Rosa de Rio.”
A Rosa de Rio, the current show at Teatro ZinZanni playing through February 15, 2008, features cool and breezy Brazilian music sung by newcomer Paula Gelly. Marco de Carvalho joins the Teatro ZinZanni house band to heat up the tent with his smooth guitar. Here they are singing a medley of the songs in the current show.
Comedian Frank Ferrante as Chef Caesar describes his character as “a poor man’s Ricky Ricardo with a splash of Deam Martin in his soul” in his TZ blog interview. Frank and friends usher in 2009 with a special New Year’s Eve package at Teatro ZinZanni.
From all of us here at Teatro ZinZanni in Seattle, we wish you a joyous New Year! Looking forward to seeing you at the tent in 2009.