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Live theater, local closures and postponements: Sept. 25


Editor’s note: Please check with local venues for the latest updates on how they are affected by COVID-19 restrictions mandated by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown.

Barnstormers Theatre: The local theatre group will present “Charlotte’s Web” by Joseph Robinette, based on the classic children’s book by E.B. White and directed by Ruby Painter and Tim Coatney. This family-friendly play version of the timeless children’s classic captures the enchanting story of Wilbur, the irresistible young pig who desperately wants to avoid the butcher, and Charlotte the spider, who proves to be “a true friend and a good writer.” This production will be shown both to live audiences and via livestream. Performances are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 26-27. Tickets for the live performances will be sold to groups of 8 to 12 people for a group price of $180. The livestream performances will take place on ShowTix4U. Tickets for the livestream performances are $12 per single viewer, $50 for a group ticket. To purchase tickets for a live performance, email barnstormersgp@gmail.com or call 541-479-3557. For tickets to a livestream performance, see showtix4u.com/event-details/39474. See barnstormersgp.com for more information and details on upcoming shows.

Collaborative Theatre Project: Agatha Christie’s, “Poirot: The Case of the Careless Client” — reimagined as an Old Time Radio Broadcast — is being performed on the CTP stage, located at 555 Medford Center in Medford. Live sound effects and talented voice actors bring Christie’s script alive as wily Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, saves the day when a mystery begins with a murder. Radio Days is a CTP Production and the ensemble is under the direction of Daniel Sessions Stephens. The theatre group also begins a new musical series of show tunes from the world of musical theatre. The first concert in the series, “Back to Broadway: Shows for the 1970s,” features songs from shows such as “A Chorus Line,” “Annie,” “Grease,” “Chicago” “Follies” and more. Performances for “Broadway” begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 25-26, and at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27. Showtimes for “Poirot” are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 2-3; and at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4. Tickets for the Radio Days and “Broadway” shows are $25 general admission. CTP’s Act Out Children’s Theatre will present a bilingual outdoor performance at the Medford Center of H.A. and Margret Rey’s “Curious George,” at 11 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 26-27 and Oct. 3-4. There is no admission charge to the children’s theatre, but donations will be accepted. Seating for all shows will be socially distanced and face masks are required. For tickets and further information, see ctpmedford.org or call 541-779-1055.

Oregon Cabaret Theatre: The Ashland dinner theater, 241 Hargadine St., on the corner of First and Hargadine streets, presents a “Cabaret Series” of musical and comedy acts featuring, among others, familiar performers such as Rogue Suspects, Valerie Rachelle, Galloway Stevens and Kristen Calvin. A holiday presentation of “White Christmas” will be replaced by the comedy “Scrooge in Rouge,” a musical version of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” that centers on what happens when 17 members of a cast of 20 fall ill from food poisoning — forcing the three remaining performers to play all the parts in the show. For upcoming “Cabaret Series” shows, Jared Freiburg and the Vagabond Trio is scheduled to perform a series of shows starting Friday, Sept. 25, and running through Saturday, Oct. 10. Courtney Freed’s one-woman show “Mercury Rising” highlights Freddie Mercury’s incredible range and dynamic stage presence through vocal driven jazz arrangements, and will hit the stage on Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 30-Oct. 1, and Livia Genise will give multiple performances of “A Tribute to the Life and Music of Patsy Cline” beginning at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, plus two performances at 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8. For details, plus tickets prices and seating information, call the box office at 541-488-2902 or visit oregoncabaret.com.

Randall Theatre Company: The theatre company will open its new Ghostlight Playhouse in the former Howiee’s event center at 115 E. Main St., Medford. The first performance in the new space will be “Breaking Up Broadway-Style,” a concert-style revue of the greatest break-up songs from Broadway musicals. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturday, Oct. 2, 3, 9 and Monday, Oct.19; and at 2 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 4-11. Tickets are $40 per table; each table can seat two to six people. Livestream tickets are $10 per household. Tickets can be purchased at randalltheatre.com or at the Randall Theatre Company Facebook page.

Rogue Theater Company: The Rogue Theatre Company will present a dramatic reading of Donald Margulies’ “Collected Stories,” at 1 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 15-22, at Grizzly Peak Winery, 1600 E. Nevada St., Ashland. A livestream of the performance will be offered at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22. The play delves into the lives of a pair of writers, focusing on their friendship, ambitions, conflicts, and rivalries. Staring Renee Hewitt and Hazel James, directed by Jessica Sage, with stage directions read by Pam Ward. Tickets range from $15 to $100, with a portion of the proceeds going to victims of the recent Almeda fire. For tickets or further information, see roguetheatercompany.com or call 541-205-9190.


Britt Music & Arts Festival: The 2020 season in Jacksonville has been canceled. See brittfest.org for further details.

Camelot Theatre: The theatre has canceled its 38th season. However, in collaboration with the Oregon Conservatory of Performing Arts, Camelot’s Online Conservatory will offer virtual courses for students, teens and adults. See camelottheatre.org for further information.

Craterian Performances: The Craterian Theater at The Collier Center for the Performing Arts in Medford has postponed its traditional 2020-21 season. It will resume as soon as conditions allow. For further information, see craterian.org or call 541-779-8195.

Jacksonville Farmer’s Market: The outdoor market has been canceled for the 2020 season. See jville.market for updates.

Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University: All theater and music events have been postponed or canceled in Ashland until further notice. Virtual events are taking place on the Oregon Center for the Arts YouTube Channel, youtube.com/OregonCenterfortheArts.

Oregon Oldtime Fiddlers, District 4: Because of COVID-19, the local fiddlers district has canceled the remainder of its 2020 Saturday jam schedule. Organizers hope to resume the public jams early in 2021. Call 541-779-8145 or see ootfa4.org.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival: The 2020 season in Ashland has been canceled. See osfashland.org for details. Also, look for O!, a new interactive and immersive digital content platform. O! can be accessed for free at osfashland.org/digital. Content available or in development includes interviews, digital storytelling, OSF archival engagements, online classes, podcasts, audio plays and more. To receive updates and release information, go to osfashland.org/digital and click on the “Join O!” button at the bottom of the page.

Rogue Valley Symphony: The fall portion of the symphony’s 2020 season, which included performances through November, has been canceled. RVS will decide about the balance of the season, which would begin in January by December, officials said. See rvsymphony.org, email at tickets@rvsymphony.org or call 541-708-6400.

Southern Oregon Repertory Singers: The choir has canceled all October and December 2020 concerts. The choir will decide early next year whether to hold its spring concerts. For further information and to receive free digital content, see repsingers.org. Content includes interviews with composers and singers, clips from past concerts, new solos and virtual performances, and program talks by Music Director Dr. Paul French.