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What’s coming to area stages in March

The chorus line in "A Chorus Line." Photo courtesy Tacoma Little Theatre

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Local theaters offer up a smorgasbord in March, from world-class musicals and dramas to fairy tales and more, starting with Tacoma Arts Live's Disenchanted, a fairytale for the 21st century playing one night only, March 14 at the Pantages Theater.

Snow White, Belle from Beauty and the Beast and other popular characters show up in this fiercely funny musical about fairytale princesses on a rampage. Named the Best of the Year in Playbill, Tacoma Arts Live says, "This enchanted evening will not disappoint! And it's not for the kiddies"

Olympia Family Theater's offering for March is Suzette Who Set to Sea, a children's story about a girl who sets sail on a grand adventure.Directed by Elizabeth Lord. Recommended for ages 5 on up to adults.

The Lakewood Playhouse presents the South Sound Premier of the Pulitzer Prize-nominated play The Wolves,about fierce, young women warriors of the soccer field and the challenges they face in life both on, and off, the field. During a series of pre-game warm-ups, a high school girls' indoor soccer team spars over big life issues and jockeys for position in the pack. It's a lively, poignant portrait of nine adolescent warriors who just want to fit in, stand out, and score some goals.

The most anticipated play this year is Harlequin's The Highest Tide, based on the popular novel by Olympia writer Jim Lynch and adapted for the stage by Jane Jones. Called a "lyrical love poem to Olympia," The Highest Tide takes place in the heart of Olympia near and on the tidal flats. "The magic of life, the unsettling awakenings of sexual desire, the loss of innocence, the guilt of deception and the confrontation of death all find their way, miraculously, into this story," Jones said. Director Aaron Lamb said Lynch's writing is "front-and-center" in Jones' adaptation. "We are presenting Jim's story. We will portray the South Sound the way he does," Lamb said.

The Highest Tide features veteran actors Ann Flannigan, Christian Doyle and John Serembe among others, including many actors making their Harlequin debut.

Listed among the longest running musicals in Broadway history, A Chorus Line is coming to Tacoma Little Theatre (TLT) and features such hit songs as "I Hope I Get It," "What I Did for Love" and at least one song whose title can't be printed in a family newspaper. TLT Artistic Director Chris Serface said, "A Chorus Line is one of the most challenging shows in musical theater. It is a true tour de force requiring actors, singers, and dancers of the highest caliber. Eric Clausell has assembled the best that western Washington has to offer to bring this show to life. It will be Tacoma's singular sensation this March."

At Tacoma Musical Playhouse it's A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, described as a knock 'em dead uproarious hit, A Gentleman's Guide wasnominated for 10 Tony Awards and was winner of Best Musical, Book, Direction and Costumes. It also earned seven Drama Desk Awards Including Best Musical and won four Outer Critics Circle Awards including Best Musical, and a Drama League Award for Best Musical. This one is a musical lover's delight.

DISENCHANTED, 7:30 p.m., March 14, Pantages Theater,

SUZETTE WHO SET TO SEA, March 20-April 4, Olympia Family Theater,

THE WOLVES, through March 22, Lakewood Playhouse,

THE HIGHTEST TIDE,through March 22, The State Theater,

A CHORUS LINE, March 6-29, Tacoma Little Theatre,

A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER, March 13-April 5, Tacoma Musical Playhouse,

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