History

Bellevue Civic Theatre has lived up to the mission established before the first light hit our stage: provide professional theatre with an emphasis on contemporary, classical and musical comedy. The success of the theatre is a dream come true for Artistic and Managing Director Kent Phillips and his Associate Artistic Director, Alyson Soma. They opened BCT in 1999 with the Seattle hit “Angry Housewives,” a small budget, and their fingers crossed. Several years later, the hits keep coming, the budget has grown — and good actors and directors, a skilled crew and loyal season ticket holders have replaced any crossed fingers.

A non-profit corporation, BCT is dedicated to providing entertaining and compelling theatre for the Eastside. Phillips has found many, audience-pleasing shows to fit this mission. BCT has brought well-known favorites such as “The Gin Game,” “Steel Magnolias” and “On Golden Pond” as well as lesser-known gems like “Party of One,” “Standing By” (Northwest premiere) and “Catch Me If You Can” to the stage. In its third season, BCT tackled Andrew Lloyd Weber’s blockbuster “Jesus Christ Superstar” directed by Phillips himself. “Superstar” was a huge hit with the Eastside audience, filling every seat in the house and establishing BCT as a strong participant in the Seattle theatre community.

One very important aspect of BCT is that it is the only professional theatre company in Bellevue with a unique combination of Equity and community actors in each of our shows. BCT has a tier two contract with Actor’s Equity Association, but also employs the best and brightest of the local, non-equity talent. Two years ago BCT signed an agreement with IATSE to ensure the best quality of set designers and craftsmen.

The best qualities in an organization, however, start at the top. BCT is proud of its founder and Artistic and Managing Director Kent Phillips. Half of one of Seattle’s most popular morning shows, Kent and Alan on STAR 101.5, Kent also co-hosts KOMO ABC 4’s top-rated show Northwest Afternoon and often acts and directs at various theatres throughout the Pacific Northwest. He has worked hard to ensure BCT’s future and continued success.

2009-2010

Forever Plaid
Ran October 16-24, 2009
Book by Stuart Ross
Directed by Ann Arends

The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge
Ran January 29-February 6, 2010
By Noel Coward
Directed by Gregory Magyar

Rumors
Ran May 7-15, 2010
By Neil Simon
Directed by Alyson Soma

Two Gentlemen of Verona
Ran June 25-July 11, 2010
Written by William Shakespeare
Adapted and directed by Kent Phillips
Performed at Renton Civic Theatre

2008-2009

I Do I Do
Ran July 11-19, 2008
Book and lyrics by Tom Jones ~ Music by Harvey Schmidt
Based on The Fourposter by Jan de Hartog
Produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International
Directed by Ann Arends

Private Lives
Ran October 17-25, 2008
By Noel Coward
Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
Directed by Gregory Magyar

Chapter Two
Ran January 23-31, 2009
By Neil Simon
Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
Directed by Alyson Soma

Shopping! The Musical
Ran May 1-9, 2009
By Morris Bobrow
Directed by Kent Phillips

2007-2008
Love, Sex & The IRS
Ran July 13-21, 2007
By William Van Zandt & Jane Millmore
Directed by Curt Hetherington

Godspell
Ran September 7-22, 2007
Conceived by John-Michael Tebelak
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Directed by Kent Phillips

Grace and Glorie
Ran January 25-February 2, 2008
By Tom Ziegler
Directed by John Munn

London Suite
May 2-10, 2008
By Neil Simon
Directed by Rick May

2006-2007
I Hate Hamlet
Ran July 14-22, 2006
By Paul Rudnick
Directed by Ann Arends

Moon Over Buffalo
Ran September 7-17, 2006
By Ken Ludwig
Directed by Keith Dahlgren

Play Murder
Ran January 26-February 3, 2007
By Kent Phillips
Directed by Kent Phillips

Plaza Suite
Ran May 4-12, 2007
By Neil Simon
Directed by Alyson Soma

2005-2006

The Broads of Broadway: A Tribute to the Great Ladies of the Stage
Ran June 15-23, 2005
Produced in cooperation with Mad Dog Productions

Noises Off!
Ran September 8-18, 2005
By Michael Frayne
Directed by Curt Hetherington

Driving Miss Daisy
Ran January 27-February 4, 2006

Ya Got Trouble: An Affair with Robert Preston
Ran February 24-March 4, 2006

Rumors
Ran May 5-13, 2006

2004-2005

The Good Doctor
Ran July 16-24, 2004
By Neil Simon
Directed by Kent Phillips

Forever Plaid
Ran September 9-19, 2004
By Stuart Ross; music by various composers
Directed by Crystal Dawn Munkers

Crimes of the Heart
Ran January 28-February 5, 2005
By Beth Henley
Directed by Nancy Simon

Cotton Patch Gospel
Ran May 6-14, 2005
Book by Tom Key and Russel Treyz
Music and lyrics by Harry Chapin
Directed by and starring Rick May

2003-2004
Nunsense
Ran July 11-19, 2003
Book, Music & Lyrics by Dan Goggin
Directed by Jeff Caldwell

Smokey Joe’s Cafe: The Songs of Lieber & Stoller
Ran September 4-14, 2003
Words & Music by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
Directed by Ann Arends

A Christmas Carol
Ran December 12-14, 2003
By Kent Phillips
Directed by Kent Phillips

Same Time Next Year
Ran January 30-February 7, 2004
By Bernard Slade
Directed by Lee Paasch

How The Other Half Loves
Ran May 7-15, 2004
By Sir Alan Ayckbourne
Directed by Alyson Soma

2002-2003
Jesus Christ Superstar
Ran September 6-22, 2002
By Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber
Directed by Kent Phillips
Choreographed by Ann Arends
Conducted by Jim Fisher

The Education of Randy Newman
Ran October 18-November 10, 2002
Words and music by Randy Newman
Produced at ACT Theatre

On Golden Pond
Ran January 31-February 8, 2003
By Ernest Thompson
Directed by Alyson Soma

Noises Off!
Ran May 9-17, 2003
By Michael Frayne
Directed by Keith Dahlgren

2001-2002
Catch Me If You Can
Ran September 7-15, 2001
By Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert
Directed by Lee Paasch

Standing By
Ran October 26-November 3, 2001
By Norman Barasch
Directed by Kent Phillips

Blithe Spirit
Ran February 22-March 2, 2002
By Noel Coward
Directed by Lee Paasch

Steel Magnolias
Ran May 10-19, 2002
By Robert Harling
Directed by Nancy Simon

2000-2001
Angry Housewives
Ran June 9-18, 2000
Book by A.M. Collins
Music and lyrics by Chad Henry
Directed by Rick May

The Odd Couple
Ran September 8-16, 2000
By Neil Simon

The Gin Game
Ran January 19-Febraury 3, 2001
By D.L. Coburn

Party of One
Ran May 18-27, 2001
By Morris Bobrow
Directed by Kent Phillips