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December 4, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Arts news: New Century season, Kirkland actor in ‘Peter Pan’

Seattle Times theater critic Misha Berson writes:

New Century’s first shows at 12th Avenue Arts

New Century Theatre Company, one of the three theater companies in residence in the new 12th Avenue Arts building, has announced its first two-show season in the Capitol Hill housing and cultural complex.

The company’s initial production in the space will be the Seattle debut of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize-honored play “The Flick” by Annie Baker, about a group of millennials working together in a run-down movie theater. The show is set for March 5-April 5, 2015, and MJ Sieber directs.

NCTC’s second 2015 presentation: “Festen,” another local premiere. The play is an adaptation by David Eldridge of the prominent Danish film “The Celebration,” about a fraught family gathering to celebrate a patriarch’s 60th birthday.   Directed by Wilson Milam, it will run Oct. 29-Nov. 22.

Tickets and additional information: wearenctc.org.

Actor Alanna Saunders: From Kirkland to Never Land

A Kirkland native who got her start in local children’s theater will be featured in the Thursday, Dec. 4, live national telecast of the Broadway musical “Peter Pan.”   Alanna Saunders will play the role of Tiger Lily, the island native who befriends Peter Pan (played by Allison Williams from “Girls”) and joins a battle against Captain Hook  (that song-and-dance guy, Christopher Walken).

Saunders had her first theater training and  Studio East in Kirkland (where she played one of the Lost Boys in a production of “Peter Pan”),  and she’s part of a very accomplished family of performing artists.  One brother, Trent Saunders, is  in “Aladdin” on Broadway; another, Heath Saunders, is appearing Off Broadway in “Lennon: Through a Glass Onion”; and Alanna’s twin sister Claire Saunders has filmed a role in the upcoming movie “The Intern,” starring Robert De Niro.

Meanwhile, Blake Saunders, Alanna’s fourth sibling, is preparing the next generation of musical performers as the choir teacher at Washington Middle School in Seattle.

“Peter Pan Live!” airs at 8 p.m. on NBC stations.

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