The close of HERE // HEAR – REVIEW HERE – on June 24th ended BAT’s 2017-18 season. By all accounts, the season was a success. However, that is only because of BAT’s donors, patrons, volunteers, creative team, and Trustees. Each of which helped make better live theater possible. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
BAT is a 94-seat live theater that has thrived in Burien since 1980. As times have changed, BAT has changed. Through community support, this small theater has proved itself to be mighty.
BAT started its 2017-18 season with Ben Butler – REVIEW HERE. Ben Butler earned repeated standing ovations. It was an amazing historical play about the events that lead to the end of slavery. It set the pace for the year.
Next up at BAT was The Christmas Carol Rag – REVIEW HERE. This was the first time BAT had produced a musical for the Holidays. The retelling of the classic Holiday tale was very successful with repeated sellout crowds.
In the Winter it was Rapture, Blister, Burn – REVIEW HERE. Some called this a “chick-
show.” Not so, the look into the lives and four women was spellbinding, but there was more than enough storyline for everyone to enjoy. Again, the audience both men and women were on their feet at the end of many performances.
Finally, on the main stage, it was Church & State – REVIEW HERE. This is a tale that the author hopes will lose its relevance, but that does not look like it will happen anytime soon. Senator Witmore’s campaign speech where he goes off script and talks about the need for reasonable gun control made standing ovations inevitable, and most nights the crowd was on their feet.
Then just before the end of BAT’s 2017-18 season, BAT presented HERE // HEAR – REVIEW HERE. When you think modern dance, this is what should come to mind. Something Burien needs more of. Again, a crowd favorite with multiple sellouts.
This season reminded BAT that community support is everything. Better live theater in Burien is only possible because of the support of so many. For example, BAT’s donor list is growing. BAT’s volunteers and creative team are well in excess of 100 people. And so many people want to know what BAT is up to. During Burien Pride and the Burien Strawberry Days, literally, thousands of people stopped by BAT’s booth, took a photo and flyers for BAT’s 2018-19 season.
So, what’s up at BAT before the 2018-19 season gets fully underway? BAT’s script club will be meeting in July and September. SCRIPT CLUB INFO. Hundreds more books and scripts are headed to BAT’s Lending Library, BALL. BALL INFO. And it is not to soon to talk to BAT about volunteering or to send a donation – DONATE HERE.
On September 15, BAT will be holding its preseason gala. TICKETS HERE. Food from local restaurants, previews of upcoming shows, and a special musical guest. A good time will be had by all, and then fasten your seatbelt because BAT’s 2018-19 season will be in full swing.
If you have BATcoin – DESCRIPTION – spend them now. Plenty more BATcoin will be put in circulation during the 2018-19 season!
On September 15, BAT will be holding its preseason gala. GALA TICKETS. Food from local restaurants, previews of upcoming shows, and a special musical guest. A good time will be had by all, and then fasten your seatbelt because BAT’s 2018-19 season will be in full swing.
See you at the show!