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Battle of the Bards VII

*NOTE* We are SOLD OUT for Saturday night…here are your options!

1. Get to The Ballard Underground at 6:45 tomorrow to put your name on the waiting list.
2. Miss the show but come back around 10:15ish for the party!
3. Stay at home and vote online while catching up on the latest episodes of Downton Abbey.

Our most popular event of the year is our annual “fun”draiser where YOU choose a show for our next season!

The Stranger suggests Battle of the Bards VII!

Friday, February 15 & Saturday, February 16,  2013 at 8:00 p.m.
Tickets are only $10 and include one vote and admission into the party Saturday night.

In BATTLE OF THE BARDS VII, three ensembles compete for a spot in Ghost Light’s 2013-14 season. Each ensemble has 20 minutes to perform a scene from a new adaptation of a classic work and the audience chooses the winner! Admission includes one vote – additional votes are only $1 each. All proceeds support the work of Ghost Light Theatricals.

The cast, crew, and audience will celebrate right after the Saturday performance with drinking, dancing, and voting! At midnight, Ghost Light will announce the winning show and the rest of our 2013-2014 season. A ticket to either performance of BARDS VII or a $1 donation is admission into the party. The evening will be held together by the vivacious Val Brunetto!

VOTE For Black Vengeance VOTE For Clockwork Beauty VOTE For In Fear of you I do Shake??

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Final Scores!!!

Black Vengeance – 3114 Votes

In Fear of You I do Shake?? – 1827 Votes

Clockwork Beauty – 1331 Votes

Black Vengeance
by Nathaniel Porter
Directed by Danielle Franich
Black Vengeance is a rock opera adaptation of the classic tragedy Othello, replacing the military barracks with a punk band in turmoil, with amps set to destruction by the band’s jealous manager.

Iago: Bill Williams
Emilia: Emily Huston
Othello: Nathan H. Fisher
Desdemona: Lindsey Hedberg
Cassio: Nathaniel Porter
Rodrigo: Marcus Luce
Monsanto: Jacob Farley
Bianca: Jenn Reitz

Clockwork Beauty
A Steampunk Fairytale
by Andrea Karin Nelson
Directed by Elena Hartwell
Grimm’s classic tale, Sleeping Beauty, is thrown into a dark steampunk world where corsets, clockmakers and kings collide to turn sweet dreams into a nightmare.

Briar Rose – Jesica Avellone
Cook – Deniece Bleha
Leonora – Nancy Calos-Nakano
Maleficent – Nicole Fierstein
Adriana – Lauryn Hochberg
Queen – Mariko Kita
Asia – Jen Makenas
King – Dan Niven
William – Nate Pringle
Moira – Carolynne Wilcox
Jasper – Raymond Williams

Costume Designer – Kia Zeund
Rehearsal Stage Manager – Alison Underdahl

In Fear of you I do Shake??
by Lori Lee Haener
Directed by Collin Schreiber
Based on Euripides’ The Trojan Women, this play looks at the end of the Trojan war as seen through the eyes of rank and file soldiers and the controversy surrounding the Trojan Horse, set in modern times complete with dog tags, army fatigues and MREs.

Sarge – Andi Norris
General – Madeline Nutting
Cameron – Lily Cohen
Ralph – Erik Siegling
Soldier 3 – Caitie Auld
Soldier 4 – Lily Roberts
Soldier 5 – Molly Tellers
Soldier 6 – Cynthia Kelly
Soldier 7 – Mike Harris



When can I start voting?
Now! Each show has a button on our Bards page that takes you directly to PayPal. Online voting will end at 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 16.

I’m coming on Friday, can I still go to the party on Saturday?
Yes! A ticket to either performance or a $1 donation is admission into the party.

Should I get tickets ahead of time?
Yes, we have turned people away every year, so get your tickets online! Even if you get turned away, you’re welcome to come back for the party.

Can I buy tickets at the door with a credit card?
No, our box office and bar are cash only. There are a few ATMs around the block if you forget.

Can I vote with a credit card at the party?
Yes, we’ll have a voting station setup for those who want to vote with credit cards.

My Great Aunt Mavis lives in Lake Titicaca and can’t make it to the show. Can she still vote?
Yes! Anyone can vote for any show even if they haven’t seen it.

What happens to the shows that don’t win?
In order to compete in Battle of the Bards, the shows that don’t win cannot be produced anywhere for a year.

Who won last year?
PAPER BULLETS – an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing by John E. Allis, directed by Emily Harvey – opens March 8, 2013

Do all votes have to be $1?
You can buy as many votes as you want in any amount that you want! America!


Previous BATTLE OF THE BARDS Winners are:

2012: PAPER BULLETS, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing by John E. Allis, directed by Emily Harvey

2011: FREAK STORM by Don Fleming, directed by Ellie McKay

2010: THE CLOUDS by Aristophanes, adapted and directed by Alexis Holzer, METAMORPHOSIS: BASED ON THE SHORT STORY BY FRANZ KAFKA adapted and directed by Wilder Nutting-Heath

2009: BLINDING PAINS by Ben Newton and David van Wert, directed by Shawn Bookey

2008: THE MISANTHROPE by Moliere, translated and adapted by Lauren Goldman Marshall, directed by Jessica Stepka

2007: ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD by Tom Stoppard, directed by William Spaulding