Arts & Entertainment

Tacoma Little Theatre reopening

The Tacoma Little Theatre is once again open to audiences for its newest season, with precautions in place to keep audiences safe and healthy. 

The Tacoma Little Theatre recently began its reopening, announcing new productions for its 103rd season. The theatre closed early last year due to the initial outbreak of COVID-19. This is the theatre’s first major closure since World War II, which followed a closure during the Great Depression. Despite the closure, the theatre staff kept busy throughout the first year of the pandemic as the theatre went through major renovations. The notable upgrades were to the auditorium, where there is new lighting, new carpeting, and more comfortable seating.

Their 103rd season opens with “Terms of Endearment,”  a story of the “delicate, sometimes fractured bonds between mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, and lovers, both old and new.” Terms of Endearment runs Sept. 10 through the 26 on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Next up is “Clue: On Stage.”  Based on the movie and classic board game, “Clue: On Stage” is a “comedy whodunit” where six people at a remote dinner party all become suspects and try to oust the killer after the host is murdered. “Clue: On Stage” runs through Oct. 22 to Nov. 7 on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. 

After that is “The Wizard of Oz,” which has sixteen performances planned between Dec. 10 and 31. Based on the film and novel of the same name. The story follows the adventure of Dorothy and her dog Toto through the land of Oz as she tries to make her way back home to Kansas. On the way, she meets new friends all in search of the mysterious, great and powerful wizard.

“Silent Sky” is the story of “history-making” astronomer Henrietta Leavitt, who grapples with her place in society “during a time of immense scientific discoveries.”  Silent Sky runs through Jan, 21 and Feb. 6 on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m and Sunday at 2 p.m. 

Other productions coming out this season include “A Chorus Line,” ”The Luck of The Irish,”  and “The Happiest Song Plays Last” which was made in collaboration with UW-Tacoma

Because of the ongoing pandemic, amplified by the delta variant, the theatre has implemented new protocols to help stop the spread of the virus, as well as keeping audiences and performers safe. Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test is required prior to entry by all performers and attendees. In addition, masks are required at all times except when eating or drinking.