A Collaboration of Spark Central, Spokane Arts, Laboratory, and The Spokane Civic Theatre

This project was made possible by generous support from STCU.

This project was made possible by generous support from STCU.

This collaborative community project—designed by Spokane Arts, Laboratory Spokane, Spark Central, and the Spokane Civic Theatre—is designed to share real experiences about the West Central neighborhood.

The West Central Dial-A-Story project consists of three rotary phone booths installed in the West Central neighborhood at Batch Bakeshop, Indaba Coffee, and the West Central Community Center; each have a variety of stories to hear from real West Central residents and community members and performed by actors of the Spokane Civic Theatre. On Tuesday, May 23rd at 7pm, you can listen to actors perform a selection of these stories at Spark Central (see details below).


We are so grateful to the following Spokane Civic Theatre actors for participating in this amazing project!

Sarah Dahmen was last seen in the cabaret series for CDA Summer Theatre. Other recent roles include Dory in The Ladies Foursome, Brooke in Other Desert Cities, Gretchen in Boeing, Boeing and ensemble in the musical Chicago. Honored to continue working with Cd'A Summer Theatre after her reader's theater roles in the past two seasons (Chelsea in On Golden Pond, Jordan in The Great Gatsby, and Marie in Lombardi), she is excited to take on the role of the Baroness in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang this June. Thank you for supporting the arts!

Seneca Smith

Seneca Smith, fashioned in the wild and wondrous streets of New Jersey, Google: #SkiLLisOneArts, explore me. Proficient in the arts, varying from A to Z, Instagram search: #SkiLLisOneArts, enjoy a glimpse of me. Trained in the heavens while sailing the seven seas, FaceBook search: #SkiLlisOneArts, learn of me. Salute.

Dave Rideout

Dave Rideout has been involved in local theater for the last 15 years.  His favorite roles have been Joseph Kerner in Tom Stoppard’s Hapgood at the Spokane Civic Theatre, and Carl in Michael Hollinger’s Opus at Interplayers.  You may have seen him on television in some local commercials or in his role as a pledge host on KSPS Public Television, and he has also appeared on the TNT television series Leverage.

Tricia Bart (member of Actors’ Equity Association) is an award-winning actress newly arrived in Spokane from New Jersey via the Midwest. Tricia’s recent credits include: rave review for the one-woman salute to Ann Landers: The Lady with All the Answers(Bluff City Theater); One Way Ticket to Hell (New York Musical Theatre Festival, Don’t Tell Mama, NYC); numerous regional credits in the New York/New Jersey area; ten seasons with the internationally-acclaimed Pushcart Players with whom she toured the country and Eastern Europe, and two seasons as Mrs. Mary Margaret O’Brien with Nuns4Fun Entertainment out of Chicago. Tricia is a graduate of the William Esper Studio in Manhattan and a classically trained singer with a Bachelor’s Degree in Voice and Music Education from Temple University. She is also a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist and Reiki Master offering services and classes and makes her home in Spokane with her very talented husband Lenny (AD, Spokane Civic Theatre,) two crazy cats, a dog, and her dear mom, Carol.

Henry McNulty is an actor, musical director, and pianist based in Spokane. Favorite stage credits include Boeing Boeing (Robert), Les Miserables (Grantaire), Chess: In Concert (Molokov), among others. As a musical director, some of his most recent projects have been Spokane Civic Theatre’s A Little Night Music, CDA Summer Theatre’s First Date, and Lake City Playhouse’s Jesus Christ Superstar. Henry’s voice can also be heard on numerous audiobook recordings.

LauraLynn "LuLu" Stafford has been an actor, director, stage manager, teacher, and mentor for 40 years. Her favorite memories are Missoula Children's Theatre, Roller Derby, The Tempest (Trinculo), Sordid Lives (Sissy), Nuts (Claudia), Oliver! (Nancy), and the PNW premiere of The Commedia Rapunzel (Rosetta/Witch). 


Blake King-Krueger is a twenty-two-year-old actor, poet, and playwright originally from Star, Idaho who is perusing his love for art in Spokane. Blake has been grateful brought to have worked as an actor and stage tech for six year--first in Eagle, then Boise, Idaho; then Edinburgh, Scotland; and now in Spokane.

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Have your own West Central story? You can share your experience by submitting it online at tinyurl.com/dialastory or using the button above. If chosen, your story will show up on one of the three booths in the neighborhood. Anonymous submissions encouraged.

Submission Guidelines:

  • 300-500 words (~3 min when read aloud)
  • True, first-hand experience in West Central told from "I" or first person perspective
  • Content is PG-13 or below (think of the children)
  • Personal names and addresses have been removed/changed to protect privacy