For the first time in both of their histories, the South Sound’s two oldest theatre companies are exchanging their managing artistic directors, for the closing shows of their respective Seasons.
Lakewood Playhouse’s Managing Artistic Director John Munn, will be directing Tacoma Little Theatre’s Musical "Cabaret," while Tacoma Little Theatre’s Managing Artistic Director Chris Serface will be directing Lakewood Playhouse’s Musical "Drood: the Mstery of Edwin Drood."
Both shows open this month.
“We want to show everyone that we are truly a ‘community of theatres’ in the South Sound,” Munn said, “Over the years, there has always been the perception that all of the local theatres are competing with one another and that simply is not the case. I grew up at Tacoma Little Theatre and discovered Lakewood Playhouse soon after. I have been proud to be a director at TLT for two decades and to have worked under the supervision of five managing artistic directors and I can honestly say that working with Chris as my “M.A.D.” on Cabaret, and feeling the wonderful positive energy that he and his staff have brought to the theatre, that Tacoma Little Theatre truly feels like home again.”
“Having John come to TLT has been a great experience,” Serface stated, “We both believe strongly that theatre begets theatre, and that by switching places, we are giving new cast, crew, and audience members to work and see different individuals.”
In addition to their own theatres, Munn and Serface have been teaming up quite a bit with Tacoma Musical Playhouse founder Douglas Rake over the last year. They, for example, resurrected Free Theatre Nights last October and were able to showcase each of their upcoming seasons. It was a huge hit and they hope to repeat it again this year. They also offered a Free Ticket to the Season Ticket Holders of each of the other theatres in the hopes that they would be able to experience the rich tapestry of shows being woven by the three theatres.
“We all have such a strong love of our community and a great respect for what each theatre create,” Serface said. “We feel honored to have the support of our community, and our peers. There’s a long history of theatre in Tacoma, and one that we should all be proud of.”