Meydenbauer Center Welcomes Bellevue Youth Theatre’s Pippi Longstocking

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Children practicing for this weekend’s performances of Pippi Longstocking at The Theatre at Meydenbauer

Meydenbauer Center welcomes the Bellevue Youth Theatre summer production of Pippi Longstocking and the Wayward Pirates this weekend. This family-friendly play features the adventures of the playful, red-headed character originally featured in the beloved children’s book series by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren.

The play will take place at The Theatre at Meydenbauer on the following dates:

  • Friday, August 15 at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 16 at 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 16 at 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 17 at 2 p.m.

The Pippi Longstocking production is approximately two hours long, or an hour and 40 minutes with an intermission. Tickets for the play are $5 for all ages.

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Children soon to take the stage in the upcoming performances of Pippi Longstocking.

Bellevue Youth Theatre is an inclusive theatre arts program that brings together children of all skill levels and abilities to create dynamic productions and foundational learning experiences.  The program makes every effort to accommodate all children and encourage a passion for theatre arts, not allowing disability, experience, or age to be limiting factors.

“The Theatre is a level playing ground…It’s given a lot of kids that wouldn’t normally get a chance to shine on stage that opportunity,” said James McClain, principal director of the play and administrator of the Bellevue Youth Theatre program. “To see them perform and grab onto this love of theatre is very exciting to me.”

Pippi Longstocking will feature approximately 132 kids from the surrounding community including 12 children with disabilities with cast members ranging in age from the youngest being 3 years old to the oldest adult in the play at 58. For more information on the Bellevue Youth Theatre and their production of Pippi Longstocking, visit

Upcoming Productions

In addition to this weekend’s performance of Piipi Longstocking, Bellevue Youth Theatre is also planning a number of productions for this Fall:

  • The Phantom Tollbooth, at the Bellevue Youth Theatre, Oct. 24-Nov. 2.
  • Peter Rabbit & Friends: The Tales of Beatrix Potter, at the Bellevue Youth Theatre, Nov. 7-16
  • Babes in Toyland, at The Theatre at Meydenbauer, Nov. 28-30
  • The Snow Queen, at Bellevue Youth Theatre, Dec. 12-14 & Dec. 19-21.

About Bellevue Youth Theatre

Bellevue Youth Theatre (BYT) started in 1990 as an outreach program and became a city-wide recreation program in 1995. Since then, this inclusive theatre arts program for children and teens has only grown in popularity and involvement within the community. Children who grew up performing in BYT plays have gone on to graduate college, only to return to work with BYT and inspire the next generation of kids learning the stage.

BYT staff are eagerly awaiting the completion of their new $8.8 million theatre building at Crossroads Park at the end of this year. The innovative new theatre will feature a green roof as a natural insulator, will be LEED certified and its unique features will make it the first of its kind in the nation.

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Meydenbauer Center Welcomes the Korean Eco Friendly Art Association

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Meydenbauer Center is thrilled to welcome the Korean Eco-Friendly Art Association for a one-of-a-kind exhibition. Starting on August 1st through the 7th, our 2nd level balcony will be decorated with artists’ pieces from all around the world, each piece focusing on Korean culture and the preservation of nature. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

We had the privilege to learn more about the KEFAA. Check out our interview with Dr. KWON Sang-gu, the Director of the association below:

Q: How long has the Korean Eco Friendly Art Association been around?

A: The Korean Eco-Friendly Art Association was established in 2005. It is an affiliate of the Korean Fine Arts Association and we have 270 members.

Q. What is the mission of the Korean Eco Friendly Art Association? 

A: Our mission is to create artwork that promotes the protection of the global natural environment and to share the beauty of nature. We are raising awareness about nature, the environment and the culture of Korea.

EPSON scanner imageQ: What types of artwork does the exhibition feature (mediums, etc.) and how many pieces / artists are included?

A: Korean traditional painting, folktale painting, western style painting, metalwork, design, calligraphy or painting in the literary artist’s style are included this year’s exhibition. We are featuring 62 artists from South Korea, 8 from the United States, 8 from China, 4 from Japan, 1 from Spain, and 1 from Italy, but not all of the art pieces are displayed at the exhibition due to shipping issues.

Q: Is this organization local?

A: The members of the association consist of people from many different regions of South Korea but majority is from Daegu, Korea. We have members from around the globe, including the United States and China. This year’s exhibition is organized by Myung Hee (Ann) Jung, who is the head of Ann’s Art School in Bellevue, WA. Special thanks go to her and we would like to also thank people at Bellevue City Hall who were involved in the project.

Q: What makes this exhibit unique and why should people want to come to it?

A: This exhibition will show visitors to the current or traditional style of Korean artwork. The techniques and materials are diverse and the genre of visual arts shows a lot of variety.

Q: Do you have any other exhibitions that visitors can go to and see more of the art?

A: The Korean Eco-Friendly Art Association hosts a youth visual art contest every year and more than 5,000 entries are submitted. There is an up-coming eco-friendly contemporary art contest in the fall for college students and professional artists. Also, you can go to to learn more about us.

 Q: Do you have any thoughts on Bellevue’s art and culture scene or any favorite local places to go see art?

A: I hear that Bellevue is an artistic city with one of the best art fairs in the region each year. I would love to explore more of North-Western American art scenes by visiting Bellevue Art Museum and streets of Bellevue. I am excited to taste local dishes in the area, too.EPSON scanner image

Q: Are there any other important details you’d like us to be aware of?

A: We are organizing an eco-friendly art contest and it is on November 11th of this year. Regardless of nationality, people can enter in to the contest. We have many Chinese college students participating in the contest and we would like to see more of American college students participating in it too. The winning pieces will be exhibited in Daegu, South Korea from December 1st-7th.

For more information about the Korean Eco-Friendly Art Association, exhibitions and contests, please contact the regional director, Myung Hee (Ann) Jung and she will be happy to answer any questions you might have.


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5 Things to Look for in an Event Center

Meydenbauer_theatre entranceEvery experienced event planner knows a good venue can mean the difference between a memorable event that goes off without a hitch or a forgettable event that falls short of your attendees’ expectations.

Even so, choosing an event center can be a daunting task. We all look for the basics – adequate capacity and flexible pricing – but sometimes it’s the little details about a venue that can make all the difference. Here are a few key things to look for when searching for the right event center:

Convenient Location7 Bellevue and Meydenbauer from air

What’s true in the real estate industry is also true when searching for a venue — location, location, location is what matters most. Look for an event center within a reasonable radius from where most attendees will be traveling, if possible. You should also consider whether the venue provides easy access to local hotels, attractions, dining and retail so that your guests have a variety of amenities available to them after your event or between sessions. Having these comforts within easy walking distance makes a huge difference, especially if you have people attending your event from out of town.

When selecting a location, don’t dismiss locations in the suburbs. According to Northwest Meetings & Events, event centers in the suburbs can provide a wealth of amenities, often at a lower cost than downtown locations in the big city. Many suburban options offer unique local attractions, shopping and dining options, as well as scenic local parks and green spaces near the event center.

Reputation for Great Customer Service

Two similar event centers might offer the same pricing, amenities and equally convenient locations, but have vastly different levels of customer service. Keep in mind that how friendly and helpful the wait staff is can have a huge impact on your attendee’s perception of the event. Before deciding on an event venue, ask other meeting planners about their experiences with various venues and obtain one or more word-of-mouth recommendations. You might also consider looking into detailed online reviews. Look for an event center with a reputation for not only meeting expectations, but exceeding them.

Great Food

MH6_8220-crop-smThe food tends to be one of the things people walk away from an event talking about so it’s vital for meeting planners to select a venue that can provide a great menu for their guests. Conference attendees often say they gain more from the networking that takes place over lunch or during a break than they do in the meeting rooms, and interesting food can be a great icebreaker to start those conversations. For large banquets or events with seated meals, look for an event center that offers cuisine that is distinctive and is plated beautifully. Make sure you ask to browse the event center’s menus and talk to the chef to ensure options can be created to seamlessly complement your event. You should also ask for photos to get an idea of how the food is presented.

One of the first things you should ask is if the event center offers an in-house catering service or if you will need to enlist the services of an outside caterer. Many event planners find in-house catering to be the most convenient, all-in-one option.

Flexible Meeting Space

IMG_2561Every event has unique needs, and it’s vital that you select a space that can meet those needs. For example, if you need to schedule a day packed with back-to-back business meetings, your event guests might feel most comfortable in rooms with windows or access to the outdoors so that the space feels more open and less cramped. If your event will feature both meetings and a formal evening component, you might prefer a space that’s elegant enough for a cocktail reception while also being practical enough for a business meeting. If your event will feature musical entertainment, you will need a venue that provides excellent acoustics. Really think about the flow and specific needs of your event and be sure to ask the venue open-ended questions to determine how they might be able to accommodate those needs.

Access to Technology

MC-061212-1162NoLogosmallerThe ability of an event center to provide high-tech options is vital in this day and age. Today’s meeting and conference attendees have come to expect complimentary wireless access and many speakers like to provide streaming content to virtual attendees who cannot attend the event in person. Sophisticated event attendees are no longer engaged by a basic slide show and a talking head. There is an increasing demand for meetings to be produced like large-scale concerts, and the event center must have a sound and lighting system sophisticated enough to support this type of production. These needs are only going to expand as the tech-savvy Millennial generation continues to enter the workforce, so if you are considering a venue for regularly held meetings, ask what plans they have for increasing the technology available in the coming years.

These are just a few of the attributes that jumped out as important in an event center; there are so many more depending on the type of event you are planning. What else do you look for when you searching for a venue? Are there any things that are an absolute deal breaker for you or that will immediately seal the deal?

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