Update: August 18th, 2017

Hello All!

My name is Casey Raiha, and welcome to my website!  Let’s get right to it!

Updates:

It’s been a good three months since I’ve updated this place, mainly because I’ve been having the time of my life, doing Summer Repertory Theatre in beautiful Couer D’alene, Idaho.  This includes performing in the Ensemble of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, as well as Luther Billis in South Pacific (a dream role of mine.)

If you find yourself in the Couer D’alene/Spokane area before the end of August, there are TWO opportunities to see me perform: The Wild Women of Broadway concert, August 22nd, where myself, and a handful of talented local performers will perform songs sung by and sung ABOUT Broadway’s most ferocious leading ladies.  And of course, Million Dollar Quartet, which is currently in it’s second week of performances.  I play Sam Phillips in this production, and seats are going FAST.  Tickets to both events can be found here.

Show to Go See:

One of the only downsides of performing theatre OUTSIDE of Seattle is I don’t get to SEE any of the amazing shows that perform IN Seattle.  This includes Taproot Theatre’s production of Persuasion, a world premiere musical, based off the Jane Austen novel of the same name.  While I have not seen the production, I know the caliber of every one of the actors in the cast, have read the rave reviews, and seeing how quickly tickets are selling, I can tell you, you need to go see this wonderful show, in the intimate, beautiful space of Taproot in North Seattle.  Tickets and information here.

Words of Wisdom:

“There’s nothing as unstoppable as a freight train full of f***-yeah.” – Jen Sincero, You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

The past week I have been reading, nay, DEVOURING this great book by Jen Sincero.  She helps to explain in layman’s terms how to be our absolute best.  A book like this is especially helpful as nowadays, we seem to be bombarded with news and frustrations that lead to worry, anxiety, depression…

I highly recommend this book, and this quote refers to how, once you have absolute positivity in your outlook and your goals, you cannot be stopped.  Find the ways to get better, to heal yourself, and love yourself, then go out and conquer the world.

One last things before I go.  As a small thank-you for coming to visit my website, here’s a link to one of my favorite songs to sing, called “Seeing You There” from the musical Ordinary Days, just a few days ago.

Take care of yourselves, take care of each other, and I’ll see you next time.

– Casey Raiha

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Update: May 15th, 2017

Hello all, and welcome to my website!  I haven’t had time to record and edit a Video Update, so here’s one in word form!

We are two weeks into the run of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Seattle Shakespeare Company.  The show has been selling well, and the audience seems to really enjoy it.  We have ONE MORE week of shows before we close on May the 21st.  SO, if you want tickets, you can find them here: http://www.seattleshakespeare.org/shows/a-midsummer-nights-dream-2017/

After Midsummer closes, I will shortly begin rehearsals for my debut at Couer D’Alene Summer Theatre.  I’ve wanted to work with this company for many years, and am incredibly excited to debut with two shows:  Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in the Ensemble, and South Pacific, playing the role of Luther Billis.  Tickets and information to those shows can be found here: https://cdast.istartickets.com/gettickets.aspx

I’m going to recommend two shows, both of which are rarely produced in this area.

The first is a brand-new show playing at Seattle Repertory Theatre, called Here Lies Love.  This show is unlike any other musical you have ever experienced.  It’s an immersive, 90-minute breath-taker, centering around the history of Imelda Marcos, the (in)famous first lady of the Phillipines.  Get tickets if you can, and even better, get them on the floor, before this show closes June 18th: https://seattlerep.org/Plays/1617/HL/Synopsis

The second show is a staple of the Musical Theatre genre, playing in one of my favorite venues: Dreamgirls, which plays throughout the Summer at Village Theatre.  This is a fantastic show, revolving around an African-American Female Singing Trio in the 1960s, and their rise and fall in the Music Industry.  A great story, a fabulous score, and helmed by a (mostly) local Cast and Crew.  Tickets and info available here: http://www.villagetheatre.org/issaquah/dreamgirls.php

Finally, some Words of Wisdom, from one of my favorite modern philosophers:

“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” – Alan Watts

If you haven’t read or listened to any of the teachings of Alan Watts, I highly recommend it.  Here’s a good start: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YgEhvZDZVg&t

Alan talks A LOT about how we are connected to everything in the universe, and how life is a song, and we are meant to sing and dance while the music is still playing.  Now, I personally don’t believe he means you should “just deal” with change, especially a change that you don’t want.  Moreso, I think he is referring to a “relaxed focus.” to “going with the flow,” when said change arrives.  Make the change work for you, and work for others, even if you have to fight for what you believe in, against that change, with every fiber of your being.  Change can be scary, but only if we allow it to be.

That’s all for now.  By the time I post next, expect it to be from beautiful Couer D’alene, Idaho.  In the meantime, take care of each other, take care of yourselves.-

– Casey Raiha

Update: February 3rd, 2017

Tickets & Info to Singin’ In The Rain at Village Theatre:
http://villagetheatre.org/issaquah/singin-in-the-rain.php

Tickets & Info to The Unsinkable Molly Brown at Benaroya Hall:
http://uat.seattlesymphony.org/concerttickets/calendar/2016-2017/benaroyahall/unsinkablemollybrown

Tickets & Infro to A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Seattle Shakespeare Company:
http://www.seattleshakespeare.org/shows/a-midsummer-nights-dream-2017/

Tickets & Info to Room Service at Taproot Theatre:
http://taproottheatre.org/room-service/

…is it “down the pike” or “down the pipe”? Oh well…

Video Log #6!

Tickets & Info to Singin’ In The Rain at Village Theatre:
http://villagetheatre.org/issaquah/singin-in-the-rain.php

Tickets & Info to White Rabbit, Red Rabbit at 18th & Union: http://18thandunion.org/white-rabbit-red-rabbit

Tickets & Info to Dangerous Liaisons at ACT Theatre:
http://www.acttheatre.org/Tickets/OnStage/DangerousLiaisons

Tickets & Info to Fly By Night at Slate Theatre: http://www.reboottheatre.org/20162017-season

Charlie Chaplain’s Speech from “The Great Dictator”: