Local theater to host piano bar fundraiser

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Accomplished piano man Daryl Spadaccini promises loads of fun at the Shakespeare Walla Walla piano bar fundraiser. It will be 7:30 p.m. March 30-31 at Power House Theatre.

The audience can participate in sing-alongs, an open mike and games such as "Name that Tune," with prizes.

Music will range from the best of Broadway to Sinatra to classic rock to sing-along favorites and more.

A prolific composer and co-creator of countless cabarets and musical reviews, Spadaccini spends part of each year sailing aboard ocean-going Holland America cruises, entertaining thousands of passengers with his interactive piano bar.

He has also appeared nationally on PBS, NBC and CBS.

In Los Angeles, he's worked Henry Mancini, Nelson Riddle and Alan Bergman.

He has accompanied many celebrities, including Cyd Charisse, Kathryn Grayson, Shelly Berman and Martha Raye and appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

His theater credits include music director for 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle Children's Theatre, three national tours of "Romberg Remembered," and work with Seattle Opera.

A highlight of his eight years with Seattle Shakespeare Company was music directing last spring's record-breaking production of "The Threepenny Opera," directed by Shakespeare Walla Walla Artistic Director Stephanie Shine.

"This is a rare opportunity to experience Daryl's talents in person," Shine said. "Daryl Spadaccini is going to land in Walla Walla and move right into your heart.

"This cherubic master of the ivories knows virtually every song ever written and can play it in any key. His love for singing is infectious. We're going to have so much fun!"

During open mike time at the March 30 Piano Bar Night, Kevin Loomer and Mark Raddatz will perform "Brush Up Your Shakespeare," from the Tony-award win

Loomer is head of the Walla Walla Community College drama department and Walla Walla song and dance man, appearing in numerous summer musicals at Fort Walla Walla Amphitheater, and plays at the Little Theater of Walla Walla.

Raddatz is also well-known to the community, having performed in several Little Theatre shows and a summer musical, as well as Shakespeare festivals across the nation.

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door, and are general admission.

Seating will be on the main floor only, so tickets are limited.

Tickets may be purchased online at www.shakespearewallawalla.org; by calling 509-529-6500; or in person at the Power House Theatre box office at Sixth Avene and Rose Street from 3-5:30 p.m. and 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday on show days; and at the Visitor's Center Ticket Window at 26 E. Main St.

Funds generated from these nights will benefit Shakespeare Walla Walla, whose 2012 season includes "The Tempest," April 27-May 6, "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)," Aug. 2-26 and "Romeo and Juliet," Aug. 9-26. August shows are the Summer Festival and will be performed in rotating repertory.

For more information call 509 529-7278.

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