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Originally published December 5, 2011 at 1:56 PM | Page modified December 6, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Seattle stage folk mourn designer Edie Whitsett

Edith ("Edie") Whitsett, longtime Seattle stage designer, died last week at age 52.

Seattle Times theater critic

Edith ("Edie") Whitsett's theater designs were at home on many stages, and they always seemed to pop right out at you. Whether she conjured a spider's domain for a production of "Charlotte's Web," a vision of ancient Rome for Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" or a fairy-tale world for a "Snow White" ballet, this master Seattle scenic artist, painter and sculptor honored the story at hand while providing a clever and imaginative feast for the eyes.

The Seattle arts community is mourning the loss of Whitsett, who died on Thursday at age 52. The cause was cancer.

Whitsett was the longtime property shop manager and a frequent designer at Seattle Children's Theatre; "A Year with Frog and Toad," which she designed, is on view there through Jan. 15. She also created sets for Village Theatre, Seattle Opera, ACT Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet and other arts entities.

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of Edie, our dear friend and longtime colleague. We will forever be honored by the time we shared with Edie. She was amazingly radiant as an artist, a collaborator and a friend. She will be greatly missed," said SCT production manager Michael Wellborn.

Whitsett's honors included an Artist Trust fellowship, a commission for an art installation at the Seattle Public Library's central branch and two Seattle Times Footlight Awards.

A public memorial will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19, in SCT's Charlotte Martin Theatre at Seattle Center.

Misha Berson: mberson@seattletimes.com

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