In the spring of 2002, when I was an intern at Seattle Public Theater, we staged a production of Romeo and Juliet. The cast included Kenna Kettrick, daughter of then SPT executive director Catherine Kettrick, and Bryony Thompson. Now Kenna and Bryony, along with a bunch of other talented young actors, are part of the Bathhouse Ensemble, which has already mounted two productions. According to a recent article in the Herald-Outlook,
Ensemble members are college students and recent graduates who range in age from 18 to 24 and attend schools from Bennington and Brandeis, to the University of Washington and Cornish College. All ensemble members have participated throughout their high school and sometimes middle school years in SPT Youth Drama productions.It's exciting to see such a promising local theater company form, not only because it proves what a valuable program SPT Youth Drama is, but also because one of my favorite Seattle companies, Washington Ensemble Theatre, was also the brainchild of theater students (albeit the UW graduate kind). Godspeed, Bathhouse Ensemble! I'm eager to attend one of your future shows.