THEATER WORKS IN BELLEVUE - Turning “West Side Story” into an “East Side” Story....by Jenna Johnson Some things you plan on… others just happen! For different reasons, the three of us (David Kline, Angela Rinaldi, and myself, Jenna Johnson) attended the auditions for BHS’ first musical production, “West Side Story” in ‘04. Dave was critical, Angela was determined and I, an innocent bystander that jumped in to pinch-hit as accompanist. Kismet! Our paths crossed and ever since we’ve teamed up to build what is the BHS drama program. Over the years we’ve experienced theater at the core of what it is… not a location or one set of people, but an ever-evolving collection of creativity and expression. The transition from the PAC to the current theater has challenged us to be innovative and has presented opportunities to grow the students in new and different ways. Our skills and experience + our passion for theater + amazing students + (let’s be honest) a LOT of coffee = a contagious program that has touched many lives for the better and continues to provide opportunities to satisfy the craving for an artistic outlet. We would like to suggest that our current theater presents an extraordinary opportunity to expand what we do by offering summertime programs to the community for all ages. “Theater:
An interdisciplinary study of fine and performing art that combines the expressive universal languages of emotion, imagination, movement and perspective to create an experience and connection with life.” ~ Jenna Johnson
BOB GRIBAS, Teaching Artist
Bob grew up in Havre, Montana and majored in Technical Theater at the University of Montana, Elementary Education at Northern Montana College and Eastern Montana College and Scenic Design at Humboldt State University in Northern California. As a Teaching Artist and Mask Maker, he has taught drama classes at the Evergreen School, Allegro Performing Arts Academy, Spectrum Dance Theater, Youth Theatre Northwest, Debut Family Theatre and Lynnwood Parks and Rec. Along with producing original musical adaptations for Variety Plus, which he co-founded with his wife, Angela in 1995, he has written and directed Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, Babes in Toyland, Alladin, Egyptian Cinderella, Chinese Beauty & the Beast, African Folktales, The Frog Prince, Nightingale and Native American Tales for Spectrum Dance Theater’s summer camp programs and annual Holiday Showcase. He recently wrote and directed Wizard of Oz for St. Catherines School in Seattle. Bob is currently a Teaching Artist at Stone Soup Theatre and serves as Registrar and Youth Theatre Director at Spectrum Dance Theater.
DAVID KLINE, Program Director
David has a BA in Theater with a Masters in Education and currently works at Bellevue High School as the head of the theatre department and serves as Artistic Director for the Open Door Theatre. David and the students at BHS were invited to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland in August of 2013 which was an incredible theatrical experience. Before beginning Theatre Works in Bellevue, he spent ten years as head of the summer theater program at the Evergreen School for the gifted child. He has received the Anne Esset Award of Excellence for inclusion of SPED students in a classroom for three years in a row. He also received the WSU Educator of Excellence award in 2007 and he has made the WHO's WHO of Teachers for the past five years. As a Director/Actor/Writer with the interactive theater company, Events on the Edge, he performs in both murder mysteries and interactive musicals aboard the Argosy Cruise ships. Dave has been married to Anne for over twenty years and is the proud father of daughter Chiara and son Matteo.
ANNE ZANATTA-KLINE, Teaching Artist
Anne has worked in the field of Youth Theatre for over thirty years, beginning at Western Washington University where she majored in theatre with an emphasis in Children’s theatre. Anne graduated from the American Branch of the Drama Studio London. She has worked as an actress, director and educator. Anne served as the Education Director of Open Door Theatre and was a founding member of T.A.L.K. Theatre, Take Action, Listen to Kids. Anne has taught summer drama camps for The Hi-Liners Musical Theatre, The Evergreen School, and KidsQuest Children’s Museum. She has taught drama classes for Kindergarten to high school at The Renton H.O.M.E. Program, Kelsey Creek Homeschool, Eastside Homeschool Co-op, The Hi-Liners, and KidsQuest. She has also taught preschool at Sunrise Co-op Preschool and currently teaches early learning classes at The H.O.M.E. Program and the Eastside Co-op.
Summer Theater Program at
Bellevue High School Since 2014
Sponsored by the BHS Drama Booster Club
ANGELA RINALDI, Program Coordinator
Angela is currently a Teaching Artist at Seattle Children's Theatre and Resident Music Director and Choreographer for Bellevue High School’s Spring Musical Productions. She performed with BHS students at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland in 2013 and 2017. Along with performing professionally as an actor, Angela has composed over 150 songs for Variety Plus Theater, which she co-founded with her husband, Bob in 1995. She taught summer theater classes at The Evergreen School where she also ran the after school drama program and taught drama for the middle school fine arts program. Angela has also taught 'Acting for Dancers' for the Evergreen City Ballet and Whitman College summer programs. She is a corps member of Events on the Edge, writing and performing Interactive Murder Mysteries. Angela has music directed and choreographed for both the Seattle and Bellevue school districts and has directed Seattle Children’s Theater’s summer season production of Once on This Island, Jr. In 2009 and Beauty and the Beast, Jr. At Wilder Elementary School in 2011. Angela currently serves as Principal Accompanist at Spectrum Dance Theater and Dance Musician at Cornish College of the Arts Dance Department. As a proud member of the Musician’s Association Local-76, she is also promoting her Music compact discs: In the Moment, Dancer’s Choice, The Keys of Dance and Musica Bella available at: www.angelarinaldimusic.com