Writers will host Northwest author

Author Mike Hickey will be the guest speaker at the Plateau Area Writers Association’s general meeting at 10 a.m. Dec. 14 at the Enumclaw Public Library.

Hickey is currently working on a sequel to his first novel “Counterclockwise.” He has also published a poetry chapbook “In Defense of Eve,” as well as won awards for poetry, teaching and as a labor leader for the American Federation of Teachers. In addition to being a tenured creative writing instructor at South Seattle Community College, he has taught as a volunteer to children at summer bereavement camps, to at-risk youth in White Center and to prisoners at the Monroe Correctional Complex.

Hickey represents It’s About Time’s Reading Series’ vision, and has been participating in the series for more than a decade. Not only has he read his own work and presented a popular Writer’s Craft talk, he brings his students from both South Seattle Community College and the University of Washington Experimental College to participate, which meets at the Ballard branch of the Seattle Public Library. His years of teaching, as well as his involvement with the community, reflect his devotion to furthering fairness and justice in the public sphere.

The Poet Populist Program, which includes Hickey, supports creative public thinking, articulate leadership and the practice of democracy. It proposes artists can be part of the civic discourse and that the civic discourse can be artistically inclined. It also gives dozens of arts organizations a chance to reach out to audiences.

Chorale lights up winter stage

The Cascade Foothills Chorale presents “The Darkness of Winter; The Light of the Holidays” concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at the White River High School auditorium. Tickets are $10, $8 for seniors, $5 for age 16 and younger.

The chorale invites audiences to join as it experiences the cold, darkness of winter with songs like, “Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind,” by John Rutter, “A Glimpse of Snow and Evergreen” by the Northwest’s own Vijay Singh and “The Hands of Winter” by Mark Hayes.

The concert then lights up with songs like “One Candle Lights the Way” by Jay Althouse, Peter, Paul and Mary’s “Christmas Dinner” as well as John Rutter’s “Candlelight Carol.”

The singing continues with Willan’s Hodie “Christus Natus Est,” Howard Helvey’s “O Lux Beatissima,” “Away in a Manger” and “What Child is This,” with guitar accompaniment.

The concert is complete with the annual Christmas carol sing-along as well as singing the “12 Days of Christmas,” contest style.

Ballet brings ‘Nutcracker’ to life

The Ballet Workshop presents its annual performance of the “Nutcracker” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10, Dec. 11, Dec. 12, Dec. 17 and Dec. 18 and 3 p.m. Dec. 11, Dec. 12, Dec. 18 and Dec. 19 at the Enumclaw High School auditorium. Tickets are $12, $10 and $8. For information, contact The Ballet Workshop at 360-825-2196.

Band shares

season’s sounds

The Gateway Concert Band will perform “Sounds of the Season” at 2 p.m. Dec. 5 at the White River High School auditorium and 7:15 p.m. Dec. 6 at Enumclaw High School auditorium.

Classic debuts at Sumner stage

ManeStage Theatre Company continues its fourth season with the beloved holiday classic “It’s A Wonderful Life! - the musical!”

“It’s A Wonderful Life” is a musical adaptation based on Frank Capra’s cinematic masterpiece and will be performed by a cast of more than 50 experienced artists.

Starring Brian Redpath as George Bailey, Steven M. Duncan as Clarence, Lynn Pratt as Mary Bailey, Jim Young as Henry Potter and Timothy B. Lott as Uncle Billy, this heartwarming musical captures the true spirit of the Christmas season.     

“It’s A Wonderful Life” opens at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Sumner Performing Arts Center, 1707 Main St. Performances are scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday; 7 p.m. Dec. 3; 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 4; 2 p.m. Dec. 5; 7 p.m. Dec. 10; 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 11; and 2 p.m. Dec. 12.

Tickets are $16 for adults, $13 for students, seniors and military and $10 for children 10 and younger.  For tickets and information, visit or call 253-447-7645.

The show is directed and choreographed by ManeStage Theatre Company Executive Director Brenda S. Henson. The costumers are Judy Brooks, Joelle Collins and Jodi Josephson and the music director is Jennifer Garretson.

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