Burien Actors Theatre, BAT, thanks all of those who came to see the musical comedy “Mel Brook’s New Musical Young Frankenstein,” which had its final performance on Sunday. The show was a success on many levels. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Without audience and community support BAT would go dark forever.
The parent group to BAT, Workshop Theatre, started in 1955. In 1980 Workshop Theatre joined with another theater group and changed its name. Under that new name it moved into its current location at the Community Center Annex, near the skate board park. That was long before the building was called the Community Center Annex, or before the skate board park existed. It was before Burien was a city. Young Frankenstein continued the legacy of better live theater in Burien.
For Young Frankenstein not only did BAT have great directors (music and stage), designers, cast and crew, but over 100 volunteers worked on Young Frankenstein before it closed. BAT is blessed with wonderful people who can do what they enjoy and help both BAT and their local community. Without amazing volunteers it would be impossible to produce better live theater.
When its 34th season began in September BAT also launched its annual fund drive. Very quickly an angel appeared and offered to match donations made to BAT during the run of Young Frankenstein. The donor set a goal, and with the help of many kind donors BAT met that goal. (A list of BAT donors can be found listed on BAT’s prior webstite.)
From all of us at BAT, a very heartfelt thank you. It is humbling to see the outpouring of so many kinds of support.
BAT’s 34th season is off to a grand start. Next up at BAT is the Holiday comedy “Coney Island Christmas” by Donald Margulies. “Coney Island Christmas” opens the day after Thanksgiving and runs through December 22.
Last year the Highline Historical Society approached BAT and asked if BAT could produce a Holiday show to go along with the Historical Society’s marvelous exhibit “Hope in Hard Times.” BAT found “Coney Island Christmas,” a wonderfully funny show about a little Jewish girl in 1935 who plays Jesus at the school pageant. This show was commissioned for a theater in LA last year, and it being produced in three theaters on the West Coast this year. “Coney Island Christmas” is destined to be a Holiday comedy classic. Get your tickets now.
For more photographs from Young Frankenstein check out BAT’s Flickr page.