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Changes coming for OSF Green Show

The Green Show's makeover for the 2008 season of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival will include a wider variety of both local and national performers.

"At this point I'm not saying exactly what it's going to look like," said Claudia Alick, community associate producer for the festival. "My goal is to say 'yes' in this first season. Say 'yes' to suggestions from staff members, the public and the local community as well as the national community."

One week of green show performances could include a jazz trio, an improvisational troupe or a team of dancers, she said.

"I want to make sure each week has a balance in it, the diversity of the performers and genre, but also diversity in the way they're using the space, and the content and community that they're resonating with," she said.

Although former performers Terra Nova Consortium and Dance Kaleidoscope will have a diminished role, invitations for them to perform will continue.

"A lot of people ask if I'm upset or bitter. No, not at all," said Sue Carney, who directed the Green Show music with Patricia Maureen O'Scannell since 1991. "When Libby Appel announced her retirement a couple of years ago, we knew changes would follow."

Carney, who has been with the festival for 22 years, said she was excited to move on to the next stage of her career.

"This creates a lot of new opportunities for me to do something different," she said. She and O'Scannell traveled to Guanajuato, Mexico this summer to perform with the Terra Nova Consort, and they plan to record some of the group's music originally composed for the Green Show.

Carney has formed her own production company, Under the Wave Productions, that encompass those recordings, as well as her debut jazz CD and several other projects. She is still open to working with the Green Show in its new capacity and said she sees potential in the changes.

"I think the format could really take off," she said. "It could be a great thing."

O'Scannell recently moved to London to continue her career, but will return to Ashland regularly for work with Terra Nova.

"We are still touring world wide and are going to be looking into some early music and world music festivals that we will hopefully be making appearances in the next year or two now that our summers are freed up," O'Scannell said. "I'm taking a bit of a sabbatical year, and I'm going to be doing a lot of things along the lines of hearing concerts in London and getting involved in the viola da gamba (an instrument similar to the guitar and cello) community as well as doing some vocal work."

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