That smell of smoke wafting through Lakewood and University Place last Saturday wasn’t a community picnic or forest fire. It was Lakewood Playhouse’s Managing Artistic Director John Munn in the hot seat during a celebrity roast to mark the 50th birthday of the theater’s building and raise money for youth theater programs.
Area actors and theater lovers, including University Place Press’ Steve Dunkelberger and Tacoma Musical Playhouse founder Jon Douglas Rake, spent the evening poking fun at Munn and raised $11,000 along the way. The money will go to the theater’s Annual Friends Fund for future productions and scholarships as well as toward the theater’s new air condition system.
Local actor Christian Doyle served as the emcee for a night that also included a preview of the theater’s upcoming production of “Avenue Q,” which opens June 3.