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Music Theatre of Wenatchee performs Guys and Dolls
Summer 2018

Of soil and stage

Born into a family of orchardists in Wenatchee, the “Apple Capital of the World,” Paul Atwood’s future in agriculture was practically a given from birth. As a high school senior with every intention to continue down the fruit-lined career path of his parents, Paul’s first audition for a musical was the result of a classmate’s playful dare. Despite no prior performing experience, Paul ’91 not only made the cast of the high school’s big autumn production, he landed the lead role.

With one foot planted on soil and another on stage, Paul ultimately made the switch to a performing arts degree after taking a handful … » More …

Summer 2017

Becky Cain-Kellogg ’91

What do the ABC’s have in common with a treble clef? How about a children’s theater production and creative problem-solving? These questions are not riddles, says Becky Cain-Kellogg ’91, owner of the Puyallup Children’s Theater and Music Academy.

Cain-Kellogg opened the theater in Puyallup seven years ago, although she has taught music and theater for nearly 30 years. During that time, Cain-Kellogg also worked as an arts integration specialist, combining music and the arts with subjects such as math and history in schools.

Research says that children who are involved with music and theater early on gain lifelong skills—in part because there are so … » More …

Lowell Liebermann - 88 Squared album cover
Spring 2016

Lowell Liebermann: Complete Works for Two Pianos

Lowell Liebermann - 88 Squared album cover

88 Squared Piano Duo

Albany Records: 2015

WSU piano faculty members Jeffrey and Karen Savage are the formidable pianists of 88 Squared, a critically acclaimed piano duo. This remarkable recording of Liebermann’s music for two pianos will only add to their international reputation. Liebermann’s piano music requires keen attention to color, texture, balance, and lyricism. His ample use of counterpoint requires absolute precision between the four hands.

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Ted Tremper
Winter 2014

Ted Tremper ’04—The art of improv

Ted Tremper ’04 discovered his dream as a Washington State University student joining Nuthouse, WSU’s then fledgling improv group.

Now, more than a decade later, he’s an actor, a web television filmmaker, veteran of the improvisational comedy troupe The Second City, editor, director, and, in his words, “God knows how many other things.” Tremper finds that reality can be every bit as fun and funny as his dream.

Four years ago his web program Break-ups: The Series won critical acclaim for its originality. His five-minute scenes of break-up vignettes filmed around Chicago has drawn hundreds of thousands of views. He followed that up with Shrink, … » More …

Bunny Levine. Photo Jon Rou
Winter 2013

Second Acts

Bernice “Bunny” Levine ’51 is free for lunch. She thinks. But first she has to call her agent to make sure she doesn’t have an audition.

The last time I checked in with her, the 80-something actress was on her way to shoot a Hooters commercial. Her life has gotten so much more interesting since she retired, she says. Especially now that she has moved to California and thrown herself into her lifelong dream of being an actress.

Levine grew up in East Orange, New Jersey. She had a sister whom she describes as the pretty one, but, she admits, she got the attention. “I’ve … » More …