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Carco Theatre Upcoming Events
The Shinergy Puppets group is traveling to the U.S. from Taiwan to perform the Nan Xia The Tramping Tiger! Come to join us this rare event during the Taiwanese Heritage Week. In 2018, the Shinergy transformed the traditional Taiwanese puppet show by adding animation to the puppet techniques. It is the first experimental and innovative show. English subtitles will be provided during the show.
Show Tunes is a musical review with some of the best from Broadway, West End and Disney. Come and watch us perform everything from “A Chorus Line” and “Hairspray” all the way through “Mulan”. This is the final performance of this year’s after-school musical theatre class – ages 6-15. Tickets $5 at the door or online at https://showtunes.bpt.me.
Variety Plus Theater presents SNOW WHITE an Original Family Musical May 18 7:00 pm May 19 1:00 pm & 4:00 pm
Written & Directed by Robert Gribas and Original Music & Choreography by Angela Rinaldi-Gribas
Featuring 45 Seattle area youth and adults.
Princess Snow White’s father is about to wed the evil Sorceress Nebula who has cast a spell on him. Nebula learns from her Magic Mirror that Snow White is more beautiful than she, so she sends the Huntsman to kill her. This classic tale has added characters along the way, like gargoyles, Rose Red, Patsy Purple, Fern Green, and of course, the seven dwarves!
All tickets are $15, available at www.varietyplus.org
Carco Theatre Event Center Programs
We offer after-school musical theatre classes, summer drama camps, and video production workshops for kids aged 6-18. Carco provides these programs at low-cost, while ensuring that the instruction is high quality and fun! We also provide scholarships for kids from low-income
families for these programs.
Carco staff encourages multicultural organizations and diverse populations to bring their events to a public venue, where they can be professionally produced with the respect and cultural sensitivity they deserve. We offer discounted rates for nonprofits and Renton residents, and we
work to make sure everyone feels at ease and at home here. At Carco Theatre, we don’t “tolerate” diversity, we celebrate it!
We partner with regional film organizations to present screenings, film festivals, and movie nights. Carco Theatre has a 20’X20’ film screen and a Sony digital laser projector for film showings. We also have a high definition robotic camera system and live switcher that allows us
to capture anything onstage and then edit it for broadcast or streaming. Finally, we operate Puget Sound Access Channel 77, broadcasting in the South King County region, so everything that happens here can be programmed to Puget Sound Access – Comcast Channel 77.
Carco Theatre Services
At Carco Theatre and Event Center, we offer many options and services that can
make your life easier, bring more people to your event, improve the quality of
your performance, and/or help your audience enjoy themselves. Our primary goal
is to exceed your expectations and to give you the event you dream of.
From your first call to us, through the theatre tour, and all the way to curtain, we help you plan all the logistics and production elements necessary to produce an exemplary event. Our policies and procedures make it easy for you to be in control of your budget, time and outcomes. You may use any licensed caterer, vendor or restaurant, and we can also help you find them.
Your event is important to us. Therefore, we offer assistance in promoting public events. When you provide us with marketing materials at least one month ahead of your event, we post it on our website, social media, and regional online calendars. We also have spaces to display posters and postcards. Our goal is to make sure you have all the support you need to be successful.
Carco Theatre is fully-equipped with theatrical lighting and sound systems. These are included with your rental. We also have a pool of professional event staff that will meet with you for a free production meeting to ensure that your designs and plans are fully understood. We also allow you to call your own show and supplement with your own ushers and technicians. This flexibility helps ensure that your event runs smoothly, and that you save money where it makes sense.
- Seats up to 300
- 40’X40′ modified thrust stage (extends 20′ past the proscenium opening into the audience)
- Double-wing offstage space with ample crossover
- Film screen and projector
- Steinway Concert L-sized grand piano
- Dressing rooms, green room & rehearsal hall
- Professional high-definition audio/video recording & broadcasting available
- Free Wi-Fi and parking
- Concessions service including beer & wine
Located in Cedar River Park
Carco Theatre was built in Cedar River Park in 1971 by the City of Renton with significant financial support from the Paccar (Pacific Car and Foundry Company) Foundation. In fact, Carco derives its name from Paccar. The original vision for the theatre was to “serve as a center for many community oriented projects from band concerts, dance programs, road shows, and performing arts presentations to public meetings, lecture series. flower shows and community forums.” Except for the flower shows, the vision remains the same to this day. Today the theater is operated by Puget Sound Access, the nonprofit operating the South Puget Sound public access channel.