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&

145;Nutcracker&

takes flight

Cirque Centre in Ashland will present its own version of the popular seasonal story of the Nutcracker.

Ashland&

s Nutcracker will be performed by children, teens and adults from Medford and Ashland. It includes aerial acrobats, jazz dancers, tango and salsa dancers, a celebration team from Walker Elementary, and Mexican dancers. A total of 77 people will be part of the show at the Armory.

Many of the performers fly from large ceiling beams of the armory as they invite the audience to travel into the magic of the circus and the dance.

The story begins at a family Christmas party and travels through the dream of a young child named Claretta. Claretta (Michelli Hawkins) dreams of her prince (Elron) who is wounded by the mice. Too proud to let the dream Claretta (Ally Backus) help, the prince runs into hiding.

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Ashland&

s — Nutcracker — Historic Ashland Armory — Advance $10 — Door $12 — Director: Lorenzo SantaBarbara

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The ensuing journey features a sugarplum fairy on aerial fabric, the snow queen on single point trapeze, licorice on tightwire, ring candy on lyra (ring), north star on the cloud swing, older Claretta on fabric, younger claretta on lyra, snow crystals queen on fabric, taffy on ropes. Snow crystals on fabric-lyra-bungee, mice on bungee and angel on rope and fabric.

At last the prince is found by the north star. She directs Claretta to him from 10 feet in the air.

Tickets are on sale at Paddington Station, Tree House books and the Le Cirque Centre in Ashland.

Camelot at (where else?) Camelot

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Left to right, Don MatThews, Jeff Golden and Renee — Hewitt are featured in &

Camelot.&

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Camelot Theatre Company presents &

Camelot,&

a musical for the entire family.

With a book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe, this Tony Award winning musical is based on &

The Once and Future King&

by T. H. White. &

Camelot&

comes alive with lovingly drawn portraits from fantasy and legend: Nimue, Merlin, Morgan le Fey and the fairy kingdom, the evil Mordred, the magnificent Lancelot and the beautiful Guenevere. But what moves us most is the vision and integrity of the noble Arthur: his dream of might for right &

133; and a round table where all knights would sit.

&

Camelot&

is directed by CTC&

s artistic director Livia Genise, musical direction is by Jennifer Schloming and choreography by Rebecca Campbell.

Says director Genise: &

Just the word &

145;Camelot&

evokes images of a world both mystical and unattainable. How could anyone not embrace the idea of might for right and justice for all? So many books and movies have been written based on the Arthurian legend- from &

145;The Sword in the Stone,&

&

145;Excaliber,&

and &

145;Merlin&

to &

145;The Mists of Avalon,&

(a look at the Arthurian legend through the eyes of the women). And how could Camelot (the theater) not produce this musical? Our mission at Camelot is to explore what it is to be human &

all the magic, mystery and possibility &

133; even if it is only, in Arthur&

s words, for &

145;one brief shining moment.&

&

&

Camelot&

stars Jeff Golden as King Arthur, Renee Hewitt as Guenevere, Don Matthews as Lancelot and Paul Jones in the dual roles of Merlin and King Pellinore. The host of NPR&

s Jefferson Exchange, Golden last appeared at Camelot in the title role of &

Zorba&

and as Mathew Harrison Brady in &

Inherit the Wind.&

He is the author of &

Forest Blood&

and &

As If We Were Grown-Ups.&

A former Bay Area actress, Hewitt has been performing for over 22 years from New York to LA. Currently a voice teacher and member of the music faculty at SOU, Matthews starred as Father in CTC&

s &

Children of Eden.&

Jones is a retired college Theatre professor. In over 80 productions, his favorites roles are: Richard in &

Richard III,&

Salieri in &

Amadeus,&

and Henry Drummond in &

Inherit The Wind.&

— — IF YOU GO

Where: Camelot Theatre, 101 Talent Ave., Talent — — What: &

Camelot,&

a musical for the entire family. — — When: Previews Thursday, Dec. — at 8 p.m. Opens Dec. 2, plays through — Jan. 8. Monday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Sundays 2 p.m. Holiday schedule — may vary. — — Cost: $16 (students,seniors), $18 (adults); Preview $12. — — Outlets: Theatre Box Office 535-5250 — Special Performances: Pay-what-you-can Dec. 8 at 8 p.m., Christmas Eve — Day matinee 2 p.m. and New Year's Eve gala, with show, buffet, open bar — and dancing until 2 a.m.

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The cast of 26, including 8 students ranging from 7 to 17 years old from CTC&

s production of &

Children of Eden,&

includes Katie, Katira and Mikaela Anderson, Shay and Tina Astor, Chandler Beattie, Karl Beckman, Caitlin Campbell, Mike Evans, Bart Grady, Coca Herried, Rylee Houck, Ehrlich Inget, Dotti Isom, Alessandra Jenkins, Heather Lane, Tony Laughlin, Alexandra Schireman, Jack Seybold, John Simutis, Jeffry Star and Jessica Vineyard.

Robert Herried is assistant to the director and the production stage manager. Costumes are by Emily Inget, set design is by Camelot Managing Director and Artistic Associate Douglas Warner, lighting design is by Bart Grady and props are by retired Phoenix High School drama teacher William Horton.

&

Camelot&

previews Dec. — at 8 p.m., opens Dec. 2 and runs through Jan. 8. While holiday show dates may vary, all Friday, Saturday and Monday performances are at 8 p.m. and all Sundays at 2 p.m., with a special pay-what-you-can performance on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. In addition, there will be a Christmas Eve day matinee performance of &

Camelot&

on Dec. 24 at 2 p.m. and a New Year&

s Eve Gala, which includes the performance, a catered buffet, open bar and dancing until 2 a.m. for an additional $25.

Reservations are recommended. Tickets are $12 for previews. All other regular performances are $16 for students and seniors and $18 for adults. Tickets are available through the Camelot box office, located at the corner of Talent Ave. and Main St. in Talent. To reserve tickets, call the Camelot Theatre Company Box Office at 535-5250.

&

145;Wassail!&

celebrates Mozart

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The SOU Concert and Chamber choirs sing Sunday.

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The Southern Oregon University Concert and Chamber Choirs present a celebration of holiday music with &

Wassail!&

at — p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, in the SOU Music Recital Hall.

In anticipation of the anniversary of the birth of Mozart, the Concert Choir begins the concert with the opening chorus, &

Dixit Dominus,&

from Vesperae solennes de confessore K. V. 339, for chorus and solo quartet.

Followed by the traditional advent song, &

Hodie Christus natus est,&

by J. P. Sweelinck, the choir will offer a group of non-traditional, contemporary selections from a variety of cultural roots, including &

African Noel,&

&

Aleih Neiri,&

sung in Hebrew, and the very English, &

New Year Carol,&

by Benjamin Britten, with accompaniment arranged by Grimland and the students of the Concert Choir.

Completing the first half of the concert, the choir will present &

Estampie Natalis&

by Vlacav Nelhybel, a selection that echoes colors and rhythms of the medieval dance form for which it was named. The choir is accompanied by junior piano performance major, Kristen McCaffrey, with instrumentalists Scott Cole and SOU students Jenna Giles and Chris Matthews. The SOU Concert Choir is under the direction of Fredna Grimland.

Musical highlights for Chamber Choir include excerpts from Spanish renaissance composer Tomas Vicoria&

s ethereal &

Missa Gaudeamus&

; lush, romantic settings of Christmas motets by contemporary composers Craig Kingsbury, Leo Nestor, and Joel Martinson; as well as traditional French, Scottish, and English carols. Chamber Choir is directed by SOU Music Department Chair, Paul French and accompanied by SOU Staff Accompanist Jodi French.

Tickets for this performance are $8 for general admission, $6 for seniors and free to students. Tickets and season passes may be purchased by calling 552-6101 or at the Music Box Office prior to the performance. For more information, visit Southern Oregon University&

s Music Department Web site at www.sou.edu/MUSIC.

Five artists come together for &

145;Sonoluminescence&

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Left to right, Michael Maag, Suzee Grilley, Terry Longshore, — Todd Barton and Bruce Bayard (unseen), create &

Sonoluminescence.&

Photo courtesy B. Bayard

The Black Swan Theatre, Pioneer St., Ashland, will present three performances of Sonoluminescence December 8-10 at 8 p.m. Sonoluminescence is four creative performance artists and a visual artist together in an experimental environment to explore the boundaries of time, light, music and space.

The group includes musicians Todd Barton and Terry Longshore, dancer Suzee Grilley, lighting designer Michael Maag and visual artist Bruce Bayard.

Each evening consists of a five-part structure of improvisational duets, trios and full ensemble, within which anything could happen. The evening&

s playbill is a electronic collage designed by Bruce Bayard.

Grilley is a dancer, choreographer and artistic director of the DanceSpace and the Suzee Grilley Dance Ensemble. Among numerous projects Grilley has shared with Barton, Bayard, Longshore and Maag, was choreographing Barton&

s Genome music based on human DNA, and the percussion/dance opus &

Dum Taka Zing Bop!&

with Longshore. Sonoluminescence takes Grilley back to her roots with the Nikolais DanceTheatre, where performance is always the melding integration of sound, light, image and dance.

Longshore has provided music for Grilley&

s choreography both as composer and as composer/performer. Their collaboration &

Dum Taka Zing Bop&

was performed in two seasons at SOU and at Britt Festivals as well as a segment on SOPTV&

s &

Arts Moment&

series. Longshore is active as a performer, composer, and educator of percussion and has performed internationally and throughout the United States.

He performs regularly as a soloist and with the percussion duo Skin Bones. He has taught at several universities and currently serves as associate professor of music and director of percussion studies at SOU. Longshore is a Yamaha Performing Artist and a Zildjian Educational Artist.

Barton&

s main instrument is the Electronic Valve Instrument, an extremely expressive instrument that allows him to control entire soundscapes with his breath.

Maag has been collaborating with Barton, Longshore and Grilley on a variety of creative endeavors for the last six years. Maag is the Master Electrician at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and a freelance lighting designer. Maag improvises with both conventional and moving luminaires to sculpt space and time with light.

Bayard is a self-taught visual artist who, for the last five years has been producing ink jet prints of his electronic collages. He is currently experimenting with animated versions of these images, and has also produced an audio electronic collage for Grilley&

s choreography &

Drawn Onward.&

For this performance, Bayard is creating the program design which is inspired by the science of Sonoluminescence and will visually interpret the five-part improvisational themes chosen by the performers.

Tickets are $10 and are available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Monday at Studio A.B. 621 A St., Ashland.

For more information, call 482-2253.

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The Hamazons present the improv comedy show &

Holiday — Hoopla,&

featuring alumni guests Sierra Faith and Deborah Elliott, — at 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, 3, and 4, Friday — and Saturday at the Black Swan Theater, 15 S. Pioneer St. Tickets are — $15 and are available at Heart and Hands, 255 E. Main St., Ashland. For — more information call 776-0643, or log onto hamazons.com on the Web. A — portion of the profits will go to ACCESS, Inc., and RCC Foundation.

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