Volume 2, Issue 1      Summer, 2002
Scenes From Our 2002
“America Shines” Gala
Kirkland Performance
By Janice King, KPC

Kirkland Performance Center brings a rich variety of performing arts to the Eastside with more than 250 theatre, dance and music performances each year from acclaimed community, regional, national and international artists.

With support from the King County Arts Commission and the Lake Washington School District, KPC also presents A World of Arts, an educational outreach program designed to bring acclaimed artists into classrooms for in-depth workshops. Through A World of Arts, Kirkland Performance Center reached more than 7,000 students across all grade levels during the 2001-2002 school year.

Located in downtown Kirkland, the 402-seat KPC theatre hosts a variety of community programs, including the King County Library Lecture Series; KING-FM’s Live! By George, a live broadcast concert series; and Kids-at-Play, an opportunity for students to perform in a professional setting at KPC.

For more information about Kirkland Performance Center and to preview upcoming performances,
visit www.kpcenter.org
or call 425-893-9900.



As Standing Ovation’s 2002 fiscal year closed, we celebrated our accomplishments and set in motion our plans for 2003.

This year brought many challenges and rewards. I thank the people on this board who:
Wrote a vision

Created a brochure
Increased marketing opportunities for the 2002 applicants
Successfully wrote our first successful grant (funds provided by the City of Bellevue)
Created our first partnership with the Bellevue Downtown Association
Recruited new companies and corporations to financially support SO
Created a 30 page strategic marketing plan

Revived our local newspaper coverage
Increased public awareness through public speaking and attendance at local events

Produced a highly successful gala
We’ve begun our 2003 strategic planning by inviting the arts groups we support to give ideas and suggestions on what they would like to see Standing Ovation address and achieve this year. In addition, we are looking forward to building more partnerships; increase marketing opportunities for arts groups at local events; incorporate our strategic marketing plan; and develop our endowments and grants.

Raelissa Smith

Standing Ovation’s achievements are evaluated through the continued success of our Eastside Arts.

  Focus on the Arts — Bellevue Opera

Founded thirty years ago as the “Peccadillo Players,” Bellevue Opera opened in the Poncho Theater at Woodland Park. From “Opera at the Zoo” we used various facilities in Seattle before crossing the Lake in 1990 to the Moore Theater at Sacred Heart Church. In 1994 we moved into the Meydenbauer Theater. We truly enjoy the facilities in this lovely Center in Bellevue.

We specialize in the operas of Gilbert and Sullivan and are among the few companies in the world who have done the entire canon, but we also perform works by Gilbert OR Sullivan with different partners, and others of the period.

Dr. Penelope Vrachopoulos has been the driving force behind the Company since its beginning, when she did just about everything. She has more help, now!

Kathryn Taylor,

For Information or Tickets
call 425-454-1906

Come see us in “Ruddygore”
a Halloween treat running
October 24-27th.

Standing Ovation Presents Our 2002 Beneficiaries

Artstar Association
Ballet Bellevue
Belle Arte Concerts
Bellevue Art Museum
Bellevue Chamber Chorus
Bellevue Civic Theatre
Bellevue Opera
Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra
Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra
Cascadian Chorale
Duvall Arts Commission
Eastside Assoc. of Fine Arts
Eastside Symphony
Exchange Theatre
Kirkland Arts Center
Kirkland Performance Center
Loquin dba Next Step Theater
Music Works Northwest
Olympic Ballet Theatre
Performing Arts Festival of the Eastside
Performing Hearts of WA
Renton Civic Theatre
Seattle Pro Musica
SecondStory Repertory
Studio East
The Tudor Choir
Village Theatre
Youth Theatre Northwest

A Very Special Thanks To Our Donors

Kemper Development Company
The Boeing Company

Peter Horvitz, Publisher,
Eastside Journal
Sclater Partners Architects
Shaun McCarthy
Wells Fargo Bank

First Mutual Bank
Puget Sound Energy
Union Bank of California
Hazel and John Matheson
Laird Norton Financial Group
Parker, Smith and Feek, Inc.
Rowley Enterprises
US Bank

Charter Bank
Jane Hague, King Co. Council Member

Standing Ovation
is published quarterly by
Standing Ovation.
© 2002 Standing Ovation.
All Rights Reserved.
Editor: Charlotte McGary
Asst. Editor: Mary Ellen Hundley
Contact Info:
(425) 452-1101
Interested in submitting an article? Contact Charlotte McGary at CYM1775@aol.com. Please put “SO article” as the subject of your e-mail.

“The art of a people is a true mirror to their minds.”

-Jawaharial Nehru


2002 “America Shines”
A Great Succes

Ellen Hundley,
Ballet Bellevue

In spite of a gloomy year for arts funding, Standing Ovation’s 2002 Gala at the Hyatt Regency Grand Ballroom raised over 40% more than last year’s event, thanks to the generosity of distinguished arts patrons and the enthusiasm and careful management of the Standing Ovation Board and Gala Committee.
Over 200 Eastside arts patrons enjoyed “America Shines,” the April 20th celebration with Premier Benefactor: Kemper Development Company, Underwriters: The Boeing Company and Microsoft, and more than a dozen other corporate and individual sponsors.

Awards abounded during this festive black-tie gala with Charles O.(“Chuck”) Morgan of Kirkland and John and Hazel Matheson of Bellevue receiving the $1000 Standing Ovation 2002 Honorary Awards for outstanding service to Eastside arts. Chuck Morgan, introduced by Peter Horvitz, is a co-founder of the Kirkland Performance Center with more than ten years of involvement to plan, raise funds, build and operate this treasured theater facility. The Matheson’s, introduced by Kemper Freeman, have been active supporters for Eastside arts, beginning as volunteers and patrons for the fledgling Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO) 27 years ago. Today, Hazel continues her involvement with the BPO League and John has just completed his third year as BPO President. The Mathesons’ enormous generosity also includes support of Standing Ovation, the Village Theatre and the Bellevue Art Museum.

SO President, Raelissa Smith, introduced by Lin Salisbury , received the $500 President’s Award, and she in turn surprised four SO board members with awards for their outstanding service to the organization. The 2002 monetary awards totaling $2500 were sponsored by King County Councilmember, Jane Hague, and presented by Ms. Hague’s assistant, Jeanne Keenan to be dedicated to the arts organization of the recipient’s choice.

Rudy Harper’s “Yankee Doodle Fantasy” call to dinner left no one disappointed when the Hyatt’s dependably delicious dinner was crowned by an unforgettable double dessert.

Sherry Grindeland, the popular Eastside columnist for the Seattle Times, served as the evening’s Mistress of Ceremonies. The theme, “America Shines,” featured entertainment by the Bellevue Chamber Chorus directed by Dr. Fred Lokken in a medley of American favorites, thrilling SO benefactors, Betty and Kemper Freeman with the couple’s favorite, “Old Man River” by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II. During cocktails and dinner, music was generously provided by Jennifer Odle and Thelma and Lionel Kramer. The “Stars of Tomorrow” showcased outstanding award-winning Eastside youth artists, vocalist Julia Schlee, cellist Lennart Jansson, writers Drew Schwitters and Briana Vallene and students from Turning Pointe Dance Center, Heng Da Chinese Dance Academy, Dance Academy of Bellevue and the Clyde Hill Elementary Choir. Beautiful sights and sounds with yellow roses, red roses and all that shines were highlighted all evening under the skillful techniques of Progressive Image directed by Kevin Harkins. Bellevue Mayor, Connie Marshall, and Chuck Morgan braved the limelight in the evening’s finale with Ballet Bellevue’s Kristen Colliander in a soft shoe to Frank Sinatra’s “I Could Have Danced All Night.”

The final highlight on June __th was the board’s allocation of $40,000 in gala proceeds to 25 (?) very grateful arts organizations.

Thanks to all who supported this year’s gala, and Save the Date:
April 19, 2003. Arts on the Eastside depend on YOU!