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SUBJECT: Signage Celebrating The Aqua Theatre's Glory Days To Be Unveiled May 2

4/23/2009  4:02:00 PM

Signage Celebrating The Aqua Theatre's Glory Days To Be Unveiled May 2

Seattle's Aqua Theatre, gone but definitely not forgotten, will live on in an interpretive sign that Friends of the Aqua Theatre, Seattle Parks and Recreation, and the community will unveil at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 2.

The ceremony will take place at the Aqua Theatre at the south end of the lake next to the Green Lake Small Craft Center, 5900 W Green Lake Way N.

Becky Sokolow, whose father produced shows and designed sets for the theatre in the 1950s and 1960s, formed Friends of the Aqua Theatre and applied for and received a "small and simple" award from the Neighborhood Matching Fund to chronicle the history made at the site from 1950 to 1964 on interpretive signage.

The Aqua Theatre, an open-air stadium with an over-water stage, seated an audience of 5,500 showcased the talents of entertainers from 1950 to 1969, and hosted opera performances, Broadway musicals, and the first Seafair, including the Aqua Follies with its cast of 125. All of the original structure has been removed because of structural concerns, except for one set of concrete bleachers.

Other notables who performed there included Bert Parks, Bob Hope, Cole Porter, Sonny and Cher, Led Zeppelin, and the Grateful Dead.

Come see what excitement once buzzed at the south end of Green Lake. Meet some of the former actors, directors, Aqua Dears/Darlings, and divers from this amazing time gone by.


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