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Hot tickets for the holidays

Camelot, CTP, Randall offer classic fare for the holiday season
Courtesy photoCody Pettit, left, and Lanny Horn will appear in "Elf, The Musical" at Camelot Theatre in Talent Nov. 24 through New Year's Eve.
Courtesy photoCJ Reid is the White Witch in Collaborative Theatre Project's production of "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," opening Nov. 26 for a six-week run at CTP's theater in the Medford Center.

Hot tickets abound during this year’s holiday season in the Rogue Valley.

Performances at Camelot Theatre, Randall Theatre Company, and Collaborative Theatre Project fill the calendar from Nov. 24 through New Year’s Eve.

Camelot Theatre

“Elf, The Musical” opens at Talent’s Camelot Theatre Nov. 24. Based on the beloved holiday film, this fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity.

“This modern-day holiday classic is perfect for all audiences,” said Dann Hauser, executive director. “It reminds us to embrace our inner elves. After all, the best way to spread Christmas cheer is ‘singing loud for all to hear,’” he said, quoting one of Buddy’s lines from the show.

The cast includes Cody Pettit as Buddy, Courtney Crawford as Jovie, Christopher Green as Dad, Lauren Blair as Mother, Lanny Horn as Santa, and Jackson Deal and Wes Bartholomew sharing the role of Michael.

Music is by Matthew Sklar and lyrics by Chad Beguelin.

A preview performance with all seats $20 or pay what you can will be at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 24. Opening night is Nov. 26. Performances are generally Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., with special performances Christmas week and a New Year’s Eve matinee.

For tickets ($33-$38) and more information, go to camelottheatre.org or visit the box office at 101 Talent Ave., phone 541-535-5250.

Randall Theatre

“The Great Randall DIY Holiday Spectacular” will run Dec. 10-11-12 at the Ghostlight Playhouse, 115 E. Main St., in Medford.

A variety revue in the style of holiday TV specials of the 1960s and 1970s, it will feature performances by guest artists, holiday singalongs, and other surprises. Think the Andy Williams Show where guests dropped into his living room to chat and sing.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 and 11, and 2 p.m. Dec. 12. Tickets are $20 per person.

“Any seats remaining unsold 30 minutes before curtain will be available at pay-what-you-want pricing on a first-come, first-served basis,” said Kathy Wing, artistic director.

A New Year’s Eve show is in the planning stages. COVID restrictions at the time will be followed, and shows are subject to change. Ticket holders will be informed if their performance is affected.

Masks will be required inside the building except when actively eating or drinking. Performers will not be masked.

For tickets and updates, go to randalltheatre.com.

Collaborative Theatre Project

CTP will present a multimedia production of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” based on the Jerome Robinette adaptation of the C.S. Lewis classic.

The show opens Nov. 26 with six weeks of performances. Evening shows are at 7:30 and matinees are at 1:30 p.m. All performances are at the CTP theater, 555 Medford Center, across from Cold Stone Creamery.

“We’re thrilled to be able to bring this story to life,” said Susan Aversa-Orrego, artistic director, “complete with battle scenes and imaginative staging.”

The show stars Jeff McCamish as the magical Lion, Asian, and CJ Reid as the White Witch. The ensemble cast includes Zag Wentworth, Alayna Riley, Grace Marical, Dominick Valasco, Steven Dominguez, Annie Loggins and Aaron Carter.

Choreography is by Aaron Carter, battle choreography is by Russell Lloyd, and Aversa-Orrego directs. The production will feature live actors, puppets and film montages.

Lighting designer Charles Baldwin will incorporate projections and film segments. Daniel Sessions Stephens is creating the lion, and Diana Rasmussen is creating some of the fantasy creatures.

Tickets are $25 for seniors and students, and $30 for adults. Patrons must show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test, and masks are required in the theater.

For tickets and more information, go to CTPmedford.org or call the box office at 541-779-1055.