Presidential performer brings toddler rock to the masses

May 6, 2011

After almost 15 years of rock ‘n’ roll, Grammy-nominated Seattle musician Chris Ballew decided to turn down the gain on his amplifier. In 2009, The Presidents of the United States of America front man formed the children’s band Caspar Babypants, playing shows for parents and toddlers across Western Washington.

By Tim Pfarr Chris Ballew, The Presidents of the United States of America lead singer, rocks out with Caspar Babypants in Sammamish in March.

The group will make a stop in Bellevue May 24 for a 10:30 a.m. performance at Aldersgate United Methodist Church.

The band’s songs — written by Ballew — are folkie and touch on topics such as centipedes, elephants and frogs. Although the tunes are directed at children younger than 6 or 7, adults might find themselves just as entertained.

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Hazelwood Elementary students to perform in ‘The Nutcracker’

December 13, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Dec. 13, 2010

Hazelwood Elementary School students Madison Huizinga, Emma Mason, Keila Mohan, Sadie Olsen Maya Paletta and Samantha Yee will perform in Eastside Dance Theater’s version of “The Nutcracker” Dec. 18 and 19 at 1:30 and 6 p.m. at Carlson Theater at Bellevue College.

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Newcastle resident stars in ‘Oliver!’ Sunday

October 14, 2010

NEW — 12:15 p.m. Oct. 14, 2010

Newcastle resident Petra Sovcovova will star as the Widow Corney in a Lyric Opera Northwest production of the Broadway musical “Oliver!” at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Moore Theatre in Seattle.

The show is one night only.

Sovcovova is a soprano who has played roles such as Micaela in Georges Bizet’s “Carmen,” and Musetta and Mimi in Giacomo Puccini’s “La Bohème.” However, she has performed outside of opera, working with British composer Andrew Keeling and singing at humanitarian benefits for the homeless in Seattle, according to a news release.

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