Washington Ensemble Theatre Presents 'The Icelandic Illumination Rangers'

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The Icelandic Illumination Rangers are on a hunt to find the suddenly missing Aurora Borealis! To bring back the famed northern lights, the Rangers will have to dance around magnetic poles, navigate the Reykjavik synth pop scene, and learn what it really means to be friends. This magical play will teach us all that it's okay to be scared of the dark...and of the light!

THE CAST AND DESIGN TEAM for The Icelandic Illumination Rangers

(*Denotes member of Washington Ensemble Theatre)


Ali el-Gasseir* (A)

Jonah Von Spreecken (B)


Ali el-Gasseir* (Co-Creator)

Jonah Von Spreecken (Co-Creator)

Maria Manness* (Stage Manager)

Cameron Irwin* (Scenic Designer)

Dani Norberg (Lighting Designer)

Annsofie Wikegard (Costume Designer)

Evan Mosher (Sound Designer)


Ali el-Gasseir* (A/Co-Creator) is a Co-Artistic Director of Washington Ensemble Theatre and a Seattle-based theatre maker. Along with his duties with the Ensemble he serves as the Casting Director for the Intiman Theatre Festival. He has directed regionally in Seattle and California and as a performer has acted for companies such as Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Theatre Rhinoceros, and the Ensemble. Ali holds a BA in Theatre Arts from UC Santa Cruz with an emphasis in Directing and an MA in Theatre History and Criticism from San Francisco State University.

Jonah Von Spreecken (B/Co-Creator) is an actor and writer from Seattle, WA. Alongside Ali el-Gasseir, he has written and performed in Urban Tanuki Samurai and #2 Quebecois Robot Detective Agency for Washington Ensemble Theatre's children's theatre series. Other local credit include The Snowflake Factory (at Northwest Film Forum), The Dwellers (for Solo Performance Festival @ T.O.J.), Gloomology, and The Excursionists 1 & 2, (Canadian Fringe Festival Circuit). Jonah has written numerous short plays for 14/48: Seattle's quickest theatre festival. He is also a co-founder of Seattle's SPF (Solo Performance Festival) along with Keira McDonald.

Maria Manness* (Stage Manager) graduated from Cornish College of the Arts in 2012 where she studied Stage Management, Technical Direction and Original Works, and is now the Production Manager for Washington Ensemble Theatre. Along with Rangers, she is also currently working on the Ensemble's current show, Ed, Downloaded, and hopes that you will join her for that amazing sci-fi comedy too! Other favorite Seattle stage management credits include Red Light Winter, 25 Saints and Jesus Hopped the A Train with Azeotrope as well as Demon Dreams at West of Lenin.

Cameron Irwin* (Scenic Designer) received a degree in Architectural Studies from the University of Washington where he was active in the theatre department. He has worked with ACT, the UW, and Washington Ensemble Theatre, among others. He currently works at ZGF architects as a staff designer. He is excited to be involved with the Washington Ensemble Theatre as the Lad Set Designer and Patron Services Coordinator.

Dani Norberg (Master Electrician) recently graduated from Cornish College of the Arts, which is like the Hogwarts of the Pacific Northwest. Her recent lighting designs include Neverwhere at Cornish, Bad Asses, are we queer enough for you with the Queer Teen Ensemble Theatre, and Night of the Living Dead at Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences. Other lighting designs include References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot, and Spare Me, both at Cornish as well as Cabaret, also at Seattle Academy. She is excited to be staying busy with awesome projects post-graduation and can not wait to see what is next!

Annsofie Wikegard (Costume Designer) graduated from Cornish College of the Arts December 2013 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in performance production. She is proud to work at WET for her first job post graduation, and hopes you enjoy the show!

Evan Mosher (Sound Designer) is excited to be collaborating with the kids at WET again. Previous sound designs have been heard at WET (Love Horse, Urban Tanuki Samurai, Number 2 Quebecois Robot Detective Agency), Strawberry Theatre Workshop (The Bells, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, This Land), Seattle Public (Arms and the Man, The Cryptogram, The Language Archive), and Azeotrope (Red Light Winter, 25 Saints, and Gruesome Playground Injuries). Evan has performed and made sounds with art-music collective "Awesome" for nearly a decade, and he frequently performs with foodie-theatre company Café Nordo.

Photo Credits:

IcePic1 and IcePic2: Leah Pfenning.

IcePic3: Alex Berry.

THE 2013-2014 ENSEMBLE IS:

(*Denotes Co-Artistic Director)

JEFFREY AZEVEDO - Financial Director

DEVIN BANNON* - Press Director

NOAH BENEZRA* - Literary Manager

SAMIE SPRING DETZER* - Company Manager

ALI EL-GASSEIR* - Lead Producer

CAMERON IRWIN - Lead Scenic Designer / Patron Services Coordinator

MARIA MANNESS - Production Manager


JAMES SCHRECK - Assistant Production Manager

PETER SHIPLEY - Finance Assistant

KELSEY VON STUBBE - Marketing Director


February 1st thru 23rd, 2014

Saturdays and Sundays at 10am

Late-Night "Blue" Showings - *Adults-Only!*

Fri 2/7 and Fri 2/21 at 10:30pm


608 19th Avenue East, at The Little Theatre in Capitol Hill


Tickets are $5 for children under 12, and $10 for adults,

and are available at the door or in advance at www.washingtonensemble.org.

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