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Seattle Theaters Curtain up! Light the Lights! Seattle is a wonderful theatre town. Here are some of the best theatres the city has to offer:

Seattle Children's Theatre (SCT): Begun as the Poncho Theatre in 1975, SCT has grown to be the second largest resident theatre for young audiences in North America. SCT's mission is to provide children of all ages access to professional theatre, with a focus on new works, and theatre education. At the Seattle Center. This season includes The Neverending Story, Hamlet, and Richard Scarry's Busytown. www.sct.org


Seattle Musical Theatre: For decades known as Civic Light Opera, this is the only theatre in town dedicated to performing the best of this uniquely American art form. At Magnuson Park. Upcoming productions include Seussical the Musical, The Fantastics, and Annie Get Your Gun. www.seattlemusicaltheatre.com


Seattle Shakespeare Company: As they explain on their website, "We believe the plays of William Shakespeare and the classics of theatre are timeless, crossing social and cultural boundaries. With a wide range of themes and a rich gallery of characters, the plays of William Shakespeare and other classic writers examine the full spectrum of the human experience..." Upcoming plays this season include Pericles and All's Well that Ends Well. www.seattleshakespeare.org


Studio East / Storybook Theatre: Studio East is founded on the belief that the performing arts have value, and that they can make a difference in the lives of our children. The Kirkland theatre, which also has an active drama school, offers many family-friendly mainstage productions, including 'Twas the Night, Little Women, and The Wizard of Oz. Studio East also produces the delightful plays of Storybook Theater, which performs at several area venues including the Everett PUD Auditorium, Renton's Carco Theater, the Kirkland Performance Center, and the Museum of History & Industry. Storybook Theatre musicals this season include Chicken Little, Three Pigs, and Cinderella. www.studio-east.org


Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theater: The theatre is a short walk through the woods on a bark chipped trail and the surrounding 95 acres are a beautiful natural park with access to the Snoqualmie River, trails to the foot of the falls and other scenic view points. The seats are stadium-style, general admission, with space set aside for those who come for dinner beforehand (BBQ dinner with all the trimmings). The theatre performs during the summer only. Recent past seasons have included Annie, The Sound of Music, Meet Me in St. Louis, and The Taming of the Shrew. www.foresttheater.org


Taproot Theatre Company: Taproot Theatre exists to create theatre that explores the beauty and questions of life while providing hope to our search for meaning. Features "pay what you can" and high school performances, as well as student matinees. Upcoming plays include A Christmas Carol, As You Like It, and Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. In Greenwood. www.taproottheatre.org


Village Theatre: "High drama, brilliant comedy, energetic excitement, and unforgettable entertainment" is what the Village Theatre of Issaquah and Everett promise its audience members. Upcoming productions include The King and I and Barefoot in the Park. www.villagetheatre.org