The Year 2009 will be remembered as a notoriously historic year. What a wild ride the economy took us all on! In spite of the Recession, things were jumping here at the tent. In fact, we took the Economic Challenge as an opportunity to try out a couple of new ideas – Brunch, Latin Dance Nights, MirrorTent Music, and many more!
The year started with an invasion of gypsies with show Under the Gypsy Moon featuring the incomparable Blue Legend Duffy Bishop and comedian Geoff Hoyle. In the spring, we launched our first-ever Brunch shows!
TZ Waitstaff Captain Brett Nugent was invited to Olympia to participate in Tourism Day in April as an Official Tourism Ambassador.
Nearly 400 Young Arts Patrons flooded the tent in May as we hosted the Spring Arts Fling. Area arts organizations including the 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle Rep, Seattle Opera, Pacific Northwest Ballet, The Village Theatre, Intiman Theatre and Teatro ZinZanni were represented at this all out arts bash!
At the end of May, we were also honored to be a part of a Make A Wish celebration for a special little girl named Grace.
In June, we created a brand new show, Bottega ZinZanni, which embraced the world of Fashion. Working with local fashion designer Luly Yang Couture, Bottega ZinZanni featured 13 original designs aptly strutted out on our catwalk.
Bottega ZinZanni also starred the amazing, the legendary and the elegant Liliane Montevecchi. In her second Seattle run, La Montevecchi played the role of Dina Monte, a legendary Parisian fashion designer who believes that fashion is how you tell the world who you are. “Fashion is not something you put on, darling, but a lifestyle! Everybody can be fabulous!”
We launched Latin Dance Nights back in July and ripped the roof off the tent with the sizzling sounds of hot salsa.
Summer was rocking at Teatro ZinZanni as we took the streets for the first time in the Seattle Pride and Torchlight Parades.
Our four-weeks of Camp ZinZanni was an amazing success with over 300 campers learning the fine arts of clowning from the best.
On September 16, Teatro ZinZanni and Stone Gossard produced a special evening of MirrorTent Music with The HankKhoir, featuring vocalists Vince Mira, Shawn Smith, Pete Droge, Barb Ireland, Dejha Colantuono, Elaine Summers, Lonnie Marshall, Scribes and Stone Gossard. Teatro ZinZanni’s own Hans Teuber did all the musical arrangements. AND the evening included Seattle Instrumental Giants Keith Lowe, Branden Harper, BeanOne, D’Vonne Lewis, Jeff Fielder, Regan Hagar, Skerik and Steve Moore.
Original chanteuse and power-house rocker Ann Wilson came back for one night only on November 1 as we celebrated our 10th (or 11th) Anniversary with our first-ever gala to benefit ZICA (and we raised over $75,000).
On December 31, we wrap up the year with a special New Years Eve celebration featuring Christine Deaver, Kevin Kent and the cast of Beaumount & Caswell.
Thank you for being part of our Teatro ZinZanni family in 2009 we look forward to a 2010 filled with Love, Chaos and Dinner!