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Originally published Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 5:30 AM

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World premiere in Village Theatre's 2012-13 season

A world premiere about friends on the Appalachian Trail and an Agatha Christie thriller are on Issaquah-based Village Theatre's 2012-13 season list.

Seattle Times theater critic

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For its 2012-13 season Issaquah's Village Theatre will revisit several classic Broadway musicals, present an Agatha Christie thriller, and offer the world premiere of the new musical "Trails," about a pair of friends on the Appalachian Trail.

"Trails" is the latest show Village has workshopped in its Village Originals Annual New Musicals Festival, and later mounted in a full production. The success of previous Village Original works, notably the Tony Award-honored Broadway hits "Next to Normal" and "Million Dollar Quartet," has made the Issaquah company a national showcase for new shows.

Describing "Trails" as "timely and relevant," Village executive producer Robb Hunt commented, "(Here) in the Northwest, walking the Pacific Crest trail has become a new rite of passage for many local young adults. (The) quest for discovery of who we are and rediscovery of whom we wanted to be is extremely compelling."

The season calendar:

"Big River," the Roger Miller-William Hauptman show based on Mark Twain's "Huck Finn," opens the season in a new staging (plays in Issaquah Sept. 12-Oct. 21, and at Everett Performing Center Oct. 26-Nov. 18).

"Fiddler on the Roof," the beloved musical based on the stories of Russian Jewish writer Sholem Aleichem, gets a new mounting (Issaquah: Nov. 7-Dec. 30, 2012; Everett: Jan. 4-27, 2013).

"The Mousetrap," the Christie whodunit that holds the world's record for longest-running play (Issaquah: Jan. 16-Feb. 24, 2013; Everett: March 1-24, 2013).

"Trails," with a book by Christy Hall, lyrics by Jordan Mann and music by Jeff Thomson (Issaquah: March 13-April 21, 2013; Everett: April 26-May 19, 2013).

"Chicago," the snazzy Jazz Age musical by John Kander and Fred Ebb, closes the season (Issaquah: May 8-June 29, 2013; Everett: July 5-28, 2013).

Subscription packages are on sale now in Issaquah and Everett. Single-ticket sale dates will be announced throughout the season. Details: 425-392-2202 (Issaquah) and 425-257-8600 (Everett).

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