UPAC Theatre Group began as United Performing Arts Company in the summer of 1999 as a small group of people who loved theater and wanted to share it with the community in the Ballard/Crown Hill area of north Seattle. We began with three performances of The Importance of Being Earnest", and soon discovered we had stumbled upon a true need in our community for great, family-friendly community theatre. Since that time we have done one mainstage show every summer in August. We were excited to finally expand our season by adding a spring one-act show in 2008, our 10th year!
We do a variety of shows, but especially love doing comedies that the whole family can enjoy. In addition to
Earnest", our past shows include Once is Enough" by Jack Sharkey, Arsenic & Old Lace" by Joseph Kesselring, The Hound of the Baskervilles", adaptation by Tim Kelly, Murder's Bad, but Monday Can Kill You!" by Pat Cook, You Can't Take it With You" by Hart & Kaufman, The Voice of the Prairie" by John Olive, The Curious Savage by John Patrick, "Three Murders and Its Only Monday" by Pat Cook, Curses! Foiled Again," a one-act play by Jeff Smith, and the classic musical Godspell" by John-Michael Tebelak and Stephen Schwartz.
UPAC Theatre Group is a community theater with an all-volunteer that is excited about our art. We have also enjoyed working with high school and college interns most summers mentoring the next generation of theatre is an important part of why we exist.
We look forward each year to welcoming more people into our UPAC family for the rehearsal and performance process. UPAC strives to provide a safe, comfortable environment for both actors and backstage personnel to practice their art. UPAC has worked with people with the full range of experience, from seasoned acting veterans to first-time acting novices. Each cast and crew molds itself to work with each other as a family and helps the others to grow in their art. We consciously create a nurturing environment, where challenging one another to grow is natural. People say, "The play's the thing", but it's really the rehearsal process.
Now moving into our second decade, UPAC Theatre Group is excited to once again present a one-act play to start our 2009 season - an old-fashioned melodrama by Anita Bell, He Dong Her Wrong, or Wedded But No Wife in March, followed by the classic romantic comedy by N. Richard Nash, "The Rainmaker"!
We are very thankful for the support and free space provided by United Evangelical Free Church for the duration of our rehearsal and production process since our inception.