Christmas at the Bing

Date: Saturday, December 21, 2013

Showtime: 7:30pm

Price: $22 for adults, $12 for kids 14 and under.

The performers in this incredible holiday cabaret cast have appeared in breathtaking Seattle, Portland and Spokane productions.  Now they are appearing together for a Bing sized gift basket of fun at our first annual Christmas at the Bing concert on December 21 at 7:30pm at the Bing Crosby Theater.

The concert, produced by Davis Arts and Friends of the Bing, will be hosted by Douglas Webster, fresh from his sold-out triumph with the Spokane production of Les Miz. He will be joined by Krista Curry, Jenny Shotwell, Chelsea LeValley, and locals Krista Kubicek and Max Mendez in a program that will mix traditional favorites such as “O Holy Night” and “I’ll be Home for Christmas” with more contemporary fare such as “River” and “The Man with the Bag”.

The evening has been programmed by Jadd Davis of Davis Arts with the same versatile flair that made his Fling at the Bing cabaret such a success last January.

The Friends of the Bing is also sponsoring a holiday toy drive to benefit the Spokane Shiner’s Children Hospital. Unwrapped toys can be delivered to the Bing December 16-21 and will be presented to the Shriners at the end of the evening.

Meet the Cast:

Douglas Webster

Douglas Webster has performed on stages across forty-six of the United States and throughout Europe as soloist with symphony orchestras, opera and in solo recital.  As an actor, he has appeared on Broadway, National tour and in regional theater.  He has received the Portland Drammy Award for Best Actor in a Musical (Les Misérables) and the Phoenix Theatre Encore Award for Best Actor (Les Misérables) and Best Supporting Actor  (The Light in the Piazza).  He was honored to join the ranks of the Indiana University Singing Hoosier Distinguished Alumni in 2008.  Winner of the Joy In Singing and Concert Artists Guild International Awards, his recordings include erudite chamber music interpretations to high-camp Disney tunes.  His first recording job was singing Prince Charming on the Grammy-nominated A Disney Spectacular with Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops for Telarc Records.  His classical recordings for Koch, New World, Eco Classics, Town Hall, Yamaha, and Zephyr cover the gamut from Schumann's Dichterliebe and Ravel's Chansons Madécasses to Paul Schoenfield's Klezmer Rondos and John Philip Sousa'a El Capitan. Most recently he directed the sold out Sensation of Les Misérables at the Spokane Civic Theater.

Max Mendez

Spokane’s own, Max Mendez has been an active part of the Inland Northwest music community for the last seven years. He divides his time between conducting, teaching and performing. He has recently sung to critical success in the Northwest Bach Festival St. Matthew Passion and Spokane Opera's production of Tosca. Mendez has performed opera with various organizations, including Los Angeles Music Center Opera, Opera Pacific and Opera Plus! His versatility as a singer ranges from opera and oratorio to musical theater, cabaret and popular styles. He is currently on the music faculty of North Idaho College serving as choir director and voice instructor. He has been a featured singer with the Spokane Symphony performing in their production of Rigoletto and in their Holiday and Latin Pops concerts.

Krista Kubicek

Krista Kubicek has been performing since the age of 9.  Having grown up in southern California, she has worked for companies such as Disney, NBC, and professional theaters all over California and the Northwest.  She earned a Bachelor of Music Education from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma.  Now a resident of Spokane, Krista devotes most of her time to raising her two sweet girls with her husband Todd (Integrity Remodeling, Inc) and enjoys time on stage whenever the opportunity arises in this vibrant arts community.  Local audiences will recognize her from numerous roles with Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre, including Miss Andrew in Mary Poppins, Irene Malloy in Hello, Dolly!, Velma in Hairspray, Fantine in Les Miserables, Belle in Beauty and the Beast,  Sister Robert Anne in Nuncrackers, Betty in White Christmas, and many others.  Krista can also be found on the stage of Life Center Church in Spokane, where she enjoys participating in their music and drama ministries.  She is excited and honored to perform for you with this talented group of artists!

Chelsea LeValley

Chelsea is a Seattle-based professional actor and teaching artist. Since moving to the Northwest she has been seen in the repertory company at Intiman Theater Festival, Seattle Public Theater, StageRight, Mt. Baker Theater, ACT Central Heating Lab Workshop, West of Lenin Theater, Island Stage Left, Awesome Possum Theater Symposium, Seattle Playwrights Collective, WET Construction Zone, Seattle Dinner Detective, among other projects. She is a Teaching Artist with Village Theater, Stone Soup Theater, and is currently in the Teaching Artist Apprentice program at Seattle Children's Theater. Other credits include performances with Hangar Theater (NY), Theater Under the Stars (OH), Open Space Theater Café (NC), Missoula Children’s Theater (MT), Gallery Players (NC), Hamilton Civic Theater (OH). Commedia dell’arte in Italy and film work in LA. Jeremiah 29:11.

Krista Curry

Krista is so excited to perform at The Bing with this great cast! She recently graduated from University of Puget Sound with her BA in Theatre, and previously attended Tacoma School of the Arts where she majored in vocal performance. She has taught tap with Metro Arts Tacoma and acting with Paradise Theatre. Favorite roles include Lina Lamont in Singin’ in the Rain in Concert (Showtunes), Johanna in Sweeney Todd (Lakewood Playhouse), Dainty June in Gypsy (Western WA Center for the Arts), Ulla in The Producers (Paradise Theatre), and Lily St. Regis in Annie (Renton Civic Theatre)."

Jenny Shotwell

Jenny Shotwell is garnering praise in the Puget Sound as a versatile vocalist who is straddling the worlds of both Opera and Musical Theater.  With the 5th Avenue Theater, Jenny was recently seen in the acclaimed production ofThe Pirates of Penzance as Isabel. Other 5th Avenue credits include The Music Man, Titanic in Concert (Kate Mullins) and A Christmas Story the Musical! in which she was honored to be part of the Original Cast Recording. Recent favorite roles included Kathy Selden in Singin’ in the Rain (Showtunes!), Josephine in HMS Pinafore and Rose MayBud in Ruddigore (Gilbert and Sullivan Society).  Jenny made her leading role debut with Tacoma Opera as Marie in The Daughter of the Regiment in which the Tacoma News Tribune praised her “stunning vocal pyrotechnics”. Also with Tacoma Opera; Despina in Cosi Fan Tutte and Cupid in Orpheus in the Underworld.  In addition, Jenny has performed Adele in Die Fledermaus (Hans Wolff Operetta), Papagena (Bellevue Opera) and The Queen of the Night (Pacific Lutheran University) both in The Magic Flute.  She has been honored to sing the National Anthem for the Seahawks, Mariners and Seattle Storm.  Next up Jenny is thrilled to be part of the new musical A Room With a View in the operatic role of The Ragazza at The 5th Avenue Theater, Spring 2014.  www.jennyshotwell.com  Love to Dalton, always!

Jadd Davis

CHRISTMAS AT THE BING has been articly designed  by Post Falls own Jadd Davis. Jadd  leads a varied career as a performer, producer, director and educator.  His work has been seen in some capacity on virtually every major stage in the northwest, including Village Theatre, 5th Avenue Theatre, ACT Theatre, Seattle Children's Theatre, Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre, Interplayers Theatre, Showtunes!, and many others.  Favorite roles include Whizzer in Falsettos (Showtunes!), Tony in West Side Story (CDA Summer Theatre), Cousin Kevin in TOMMY (Village Theatre) - and he looks forward to originating the role of The Italiano in the upcoming world premiere of the re-imagined A Room With a View at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre this spring.  Jadd's voice can be heard on the Original Cast Album of A Christmas Story: The Musical! as the tenor in the Radio Quartet.  A "Crossover Artist", Jadd performs regularly as an opera singer in the northwest - including stints with The Inverse Opera (which he co-founded in 2011), Opera On Tap, Seattle Opera Guild, Opera Coeur d'Alene, and numerous concert appearances.  Behind the scenes, Jadd has worked as Casting Director at Village Theatre, Artistic Associate at CDA Summer Theatre and Artistic Director of The Inverse Opera.  With his wife, Kasey, Jadd is co-owner of Seattle-based theatre education school DavisArts, where he teaches voice, acting and audition technique.  As a producer, Jadd has brought his unique brand of casual concerts to venues throughout the region - including performances at The Bing Crosby Theatre, CDA Summer Theatre, Village Theatre, Icicle Creek Center for the Arts, and more.  Most recently Jadd was Selected as the new Artistic Director of  the Coeur d’Alene Summer theater.

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