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Bellevue Civic Theatre signs 10-year deal with Meydenbauer

Bellevue Civic Theatre (BCT) has signed a deal with the Meydenbauer Theatre that will allow BCT to stay in its home where it has performed for a decade.

BCT hopes to bounce back from a poor economy and construction of the Bravern, both of which took its toll on the theater company.

BCT began sharing shows with other theatre groups to help keep it on budget. It also received significant grant support for innovation in the arts as funding increased from Seattle Fund, 4Culture, Eastside Arts Commission, and other funding groups.

BCT's 11th season will include mainstream comedies and one new work from a local artist. Initial season ticket sales are running 15 percent% ahead of 2009.

“This is a good sign, as well as a vote of confidence from many funding groups” says Artistic Director Kent Phillips. “We are looking forward to a good year!”

The 11th season lineup:

Judy Sings Judy. Sept. 16-19 at Meydenbauer Theatre.

Judy Ann Moulton sings a concert of timeless Judy Garland classics.

Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings. Dec. 3-18 at Renton Civic Theatre. The best of Forever Plaid tied-up, filled with Christmas standards that have all been "Plaid-erized."

At first the aren't sure why they've returned, but a phone call from the heavenly Rosemary Clooney lets them know that they're needed to put a little harmony into a discordant world.

The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie. Feb 3-6, 2011 at Meydenbauer Theatre. One of Christie’s most popular mysteries presents a group of strangers stranded in a boarding house during a snow storm, one of whom is a murderer.

Run for Your Wife. July 15-23 at Meydenbauer Theatre. A British farce in which a taxi driver gets away with having two wives in different areas of London because of his irregular work schedule. The cabby tries to keep his double life from exploding in the wake of complication after complication.

For tickets or more information, call the Bellevue Civic box office at 425-235-5087.

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