From music to comedy and everything in between, the talent seems to be bursting at the seams to finally put on a show for a large audience again.

SEATTLE – After more than a year of closings and restrictions due to the coronavirus, Washington State reopened on Wednesday, which was music to the ears of local artists and entertainment venues.

From music to comedy and everything in between, the talent seems to be bursting at the seams to finally put on a show for a large audience again.

Seattle’s historic 5th Avenue Theater is a landmark and was one of the most ornately decorated venues when it opened in 1926.

Production art director Bill Berry said he looks forward to seeing traffic and people walking the streets of downtown Seattle again, especially now that they have the chance to schedule full productions again.

The 5th Avenue Theater staff has been working remotely for over a year, and Berry said Wednesday changed lives for the performers, technicians and designers.

“It’s just a great moment to realize that we can start making plans for a show and people can think about getting back to work so we can entertain Seattle and the great Pacific Northwest community again!” said berry.

Currently, the 5th Avenue Theater is working with the Seattle Downtown Association to perform at some of their summer concerts in the park.

The Pike Place Market also expects larger crowds and that is critical to bringing live improvisational comedy back to the market.

The Market Theater has hosted unexpected productions and theatrical sports for over three decades. Stars like Joel McHale were once improvisers on the same stage. Performer Ron Hippe said the venue relies on audience interaction and the list of talented improvisers was dizzy to open to a full house Wednesday night.

Maple Valley singer Benicio Bryant is a teenage sensation who has been writing and producing music from her basement since last year. Far from the live shows he had planned after his appearance on America’s Got Talent in 2019, but luckily 2020 included a recording deal for Benicio and he is preparing to perform live in front of an audience this Friday in Snoqualmie.

In Tacoma, Nate Jackson doesn’t have to brag about his comedy club because he has headliners who do it for him. George Lopez and DL Hughley are some of the big names who rave about “Nate Jackson’s Super Funny Comedy Club”. The club opened in 2020 due to the pandemic and closed quickly.

After months of being open at only 25% capacity, Jackson looks forward to welcoming large audiences so that his club can reach its full potential. “The more people come, the more laughter, the more we heal the city, the more Tacoma benefits,” said Jackson.

He is excited to open the club to full capacity on Wednesday night as a comedy competition is ongoing.

With so many talented local artists floating in the air over the past year, a 16-strong cast has developed a fully produced musical that they will debut on the new Stage B at Cave B winery in Quincy along the cliffs of the Columbia River.

Director Eric Ankrim said many of his cast members are regulars at the Village Theater, Seattle Rep, ACT, and 5th Avenue, so celebrating the triumphant return of live theater to Washington State is a major milestone.

“The reason for the Ancient Lakes Theater Festival is to celebrate the return to live theater,” Ankrim said. “Starting July 15th, for two weekends in a row, we will highlight all of the major regional theaters and their attempt to come back with them, their new version of live performance.”

Actress Iris Elton stars in How Can I Love You and said she couldn’t believe she would get the chance to go back on stage after more than 400 days.

“It’s going to be fantastic, emotional and exciting,” she said.