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Fremont Resident Nicholas Beach Appearing In The Odyssey

January 28th, 2011 by master

Fremont resident Nicholas Beach is bringing a little bit of ancient Greece to town with him this February. Nicholas appears as Hermes and a number of other characters in The Odyssey, which launches the 35th Anniversary Season at Taproot Theatre Company in Greenwood-Phinney, just north of Fremont.

In The Odyssey, Nicholas and a dozen other actors portray over 85 characters. In this mythic tale of epic proportions, re-told by playwright Mary Zimmerman, Homer’s ancient Greek epic comes alive with mythological monsters, gods, adventurers and one of the most enduring stories in history.

Nicholas is no stranger to the Taproot stage. He was previously seen as Tyler Shaw in Donald Margulies’ Brooklyn Boy last March and April. Nicholas received his BFA in Theatre with an emphasis in music from Cornish College of the Arts. He has also been seen in a number of other productions, including Mame (5th Ave. Theatre); Peter Pan, Eleanor and Little Shop of Horrors (Village Theatre); Five Flights, The Beggar’s Opera, Peer Gynt and This is the Rill Speaking (Cornish); and Hello, Dolly! (Eastside Musical Theatre). In addition to The Odyssey, you can catch him in Village Theatre’s Production of Jesus Christ Superstar this spring.

PHOTO: The Odyssey. (Caption: Nicholas Beach, front, as Hermes, with Mark Chamberlin as Odysseus and Nikki Visel as Athena. Photo by Erik Stuhaug.)

The Odyssey—an adaptation based on Robert Fitzgerald’s translation of Homer’s poem, and directed by producing artistic director Scott Nolte—kicks off Taproot Theatre’s 2011 season with an opening night on February 4. The production runs through March 5, with previews on February 2 and 3. For more information or to buy tickets, visit

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Fremont Players’ ‘Aladdin’ opens Saturday

December 10th, 2009 by master

The Fremont Players present their holiday show, “Aladdin and the Magic Lamp”, as performed in the style of British Panto, starting Saturday at Hale’s Palladium (4301 Leary Way NW, on the Fred Meyer side of Hale’s Ales).  The 90-minute show runs through January 3 and also features original music and songs by the Fremont Philharmonic.


(Photo by John Cornicello)

The Fremont Players have been performing British Panto since 2002, after starting out as members of the fire circus troupe Cirque de Flambe.  Since then, they’ve been active participants in the Fremont Solstice Parade, Trolloween and are founding members of the annual Moisture Festival which takes place every spring.

British Panto has a long tradition, going back more than 300 years. Often performed around the holidays, these interactive plays are fun for all ages.  Pantos can be described to Americans as a cross between Monty Python, a musical, and a fairy tale. You will see large colorful characters, men dressed as women, women dressed as men. You’ll be encouraged to boo at the villain and cheer for the hero! If you hear an actor say, “Ooh no I didn’t,” you can retort with “Ooh yes you did!” If you see something evil lurking, you may shout, “Look behind you!” Enough jokes and innuendos will be fired over the kids’ heads to keep everyone entertained.

This Sunday, December 13, the 3 p.m. matinee show will be a benefit for the B.F. Day Elementary School Foundation, which supplements regular school district funding for educational purposes. 

Show times are Saturdays at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.  Tickets for all shows are $12 for adults and $6 for children under 11.  You can buy them online or at the door beginning an hour before the show.

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