Taproot Theatre Company
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Taproot Theatre Company (TTC) is a professional, non-profit theatre company in Seattle, Washington, with a multi-faceted production program. Founded in 1976, Taproot Theatre has mainstage productions, at its location in the Greenwood neighborhood, touring productions through the Pacific Northwest, and theatrical training through its acting studio. Taproot Theatre Company is a member of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), Theatre Puget Sound (TPS), and the Greenwood-Phinney Chamber of Commerce.
Taproot Theatre produces five plays each year for its Mainstage season, plus an annual holiday production. Play selection includes classics, world premieres, musicals, dramas and comedies. Each Mainstage production offers one pay-what-you-can performance. TTC reaches approximately 30,000 audience members each year through more than 150 performances.
In addition to its regular performances, Taproot hosts matinees targeted to specific audience, either students or seniors. Each student matinee includes a post-show talk-back with the actors and director. For some students, it is the first time they have seen a professional production.
Taproot’s Acting Studio was founded in 1992 to provide affordable, encouraging and artistically challenging classes for children and adults interested in learning the craft of acting. In the years since then, TTC has expanded the program to offer year-round classes in dozens of subjects including musical theatre, on-camera acting, and Shakespeare.
Taproot Theatre Company began as a touring company in 1976, performing throughout Washington State at schools, prisons, churches and community centers. Today, Taproot’s Road Company spends the school year using theatre to teach social-issue lessons such as bullying and harassment prevention to schools in Seattle and throughout the Pacific Northwest; this program began in 1985. Each summer, Taproot assembles a Road Company of five professional actors to present a three-play repertoire of social-issue plays to school populations. The cast engage with the students after each performance through interactive talk-back sessions and classrooms discussions.As of early 2008, over 1 million students have seen Taproot’s social-issue plays. Plays in this program are written by Northwest playwrights and incorporate principles from Committee for Children’s Steps to Respect and Second Step curricula. During the 2008/2009 school year, Taproot’s Road Company introduced a new play, New Girl by Josh Hornbeck, about cyber bullying.
TTC also mounts touring productions for the church and corporate communities. The company’s improv comedy troupe tours as well.
Mainstage Production History
2016: Silent Sky, Cotton Patch Gospel, The Realization of Emily Linder, Big Fish, Joyful Noise
2014: Mr. Pim Passes By, In the Book Of, Diana of Dobson’s, Jane Eyre, The Fabulous Lipitones, Appalachian Christmas Homecoming
2013: Jeeves in Bloom, The Whipping Man, Bach at Leipzig, Illyria, The Matchmaker, Le Club Noel
2012: Tartuffe, Freud’s Last Session, Leaving Iowa, Chaps!, Gaudy Night, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol
2007: The God Committee, Mary’s Wedding, Seven Keys to Baldpate, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society's Production of A Christmas Carol
1995: The Rainmaker, Min Ma Mulano, Opal, Beau Jest, Pilgrim
1991: Fairview location: The Blind Date & The Midnight Caller, Angel's Fall, An Inspector Calls
1990: Fairview location: A Gentleman's Agreement, Marriage Wheel
1989: Red Letter Days, Summer staged readings: Promise, American Lebanon, A Gentleman's Agreement
1988: Catwalk, The Brass Butterfly, The Electric Angel
Mini Seasons at the newly created 70-seat studio theatre at St. Thomas Center: 1987: Fish Tales
1987- 1995 Dinner Theatre at Fairview: 1987 Second Shepherd's Play, 1988 Angel's Arms, 1989 The Chimes, 1990 Snowman, 1991 It's Christmas and It's Live, 1992 The Day Boy & The Night Girl, 1993 Angel's Arms, 1994 Gifts of the Magi, 1995 It's Christmas and It's Live
1983–1986 Dinner Theatre Years at St Thomas: 1983 Christmas in the Marketplace, 1984 The Clown of God, 1985 Christmas in the Marketplace, 1985 Abraham & Sarah, 1986 Christmas Cards
1981: Arms and the Man, Easter, You Can't Take it With You, The Beams are Creaking
1980: Our Town, The Devil To Pay, Sentenced To Life