Live Rogue Valley theater: Aug. 13
Barnstormers Theatre: 112 Evelyn Ave., Grants Pass. See barnstormersgp.org or call 541-479-3557 for showtimes, tickets and further information. Group discounts are available.
‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’: Barnstormers Theatre will offer special outdoor presentations of William Shakespeare’s comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” directed by Steven Sabel. The play weaves together multiple story lines, including four lovers who find themselves bewitched by woodland fairies, a troupe of rustic mechanicals and amateur actors who are rehearsing a play for the duke’s wedding, and the fantastical plights of the fairy king and queen. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Aug. 13-28, at the Harry & David Shelter at Reinhart Volunteer Park, 1690 S. W. Webster Road, Grants Pass. Tickets are $60 for groups of 4. For questions or ticket-purchasing assistance, call the box office or see the theater’s website.
Camelot Theatre: 101 Talent Ave., Talent. Tickets and information available at camelottheatre.org or 541-535-5250. Group and discounted season packages are available. Box Office hours are noon to 5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays.
‘Spotlight On Aretha Franklin’: Franklin was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, and civil rights activist. She began her career as a child singing gospel, and at 18 embarked on a secular musical career. She later found acclaim and commercial success with hit songs such as “Respect,” “Chain of Fools,” “Think,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You),” and “I Say a Little Prayer,” which propelled her past her musical peers. Lead singers Jade Chavis, Jennifer Davis and Shae Celine and the Rogue Suspects star in this Camelot exclusive tribute to the “Queen of Soul.” Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, Aug. 19-Sept. 11, and at 2 p.m. Sundays, Aug. 22-Sept. 12. Tickets are $20-38.
Collaborative Theatre Project: 555 Medford Center, Medford. Tickets and information are available at ctpmedford.org, on Facebook, by calling 541-779-1055. Group rates are available.
‘The Book of Will’: In this play, it has been three years since Shakespeare’s death, and his closest friends miss him dearly. The year is 1619, and after hearing a badly botched version of “Hamlet” at a nearby theater, they realize Shakespeare’s words are starting to fade into obscurity. So, they set out to compile as many of his manuscripts as possible, going head-to-head against a shady publisher, a drunken poet, shrinking resources and their own mortality. Written By Lauren Gunderson and directed by Russell Lloyd. The play is often humorous, slightly wistful and always full of life and joy. Gunderson’s script re-creates an historic moment as if we were present in the taphouse, the printer’s office, or backstage at the Globe Theatre. Performance are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays through Sept. 4, and at 1:30 p.m. Sundays, Aug. 15-Sept. 5. Tickets are $30, $25 for seniors and students. Masks covering the nose and mouth are required for all attendees regardless of vaccination status.
Oregon Cabaret Theatre: 241 Hargadine St, on the corner of First and Hargadine streets, Ashland. Tickets and information are available at oregoncabaret.com or by calling 541-488-2902. Reservations are required for pre-show dinner and brunch. Appetizers, beverages and desserts are available without reservations. Student rush tickets are $15 and can be purchased 30 minutes before curtain with valid ID, subject to availability. Group discounts available.
‘Buddy — The Buddy Holly Story’: Buddy Holly’s brief life is immortalized in this dynamic and heart-rending stage show. Set between 1956 and 1959, “Buddy” traces Buddy’s early rise to fame with the Crickets to the night when the music died. Featuring hit Buddy Holly songs like “That’ll be the Day,” “Peggy Sue,” “Everyday,” Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba,” and The Big Bopper’s “Chantilly Lace,” this musical celebrates the lives lost on that fateful night and the lasting impact they had on rock ’n’ roll. Performances are set for 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, Mondays and select Wednesdays, through Sept. 4, and 1 p.m. Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, through Sept. 5. Were it a movie, “Buddy” would be Rated PG, with mild, coarse language and some adult themes. Tickets are $43, $39 or $29. Upcoming performances include “Poirot: Murder on the Links,” Sept. 18-Nov.7; and “Christmas, Contigo,” Nov. 18-Dec. 31.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival: 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. Showtimes, ticket prices and information available at osfashland.org or at 800-219-8161. Group discounts available. O! digital: OSF’s interactive and immersive digital content platform, O!, can be accessed for free at osfashland.org/digital. Some content will be accessed for a fee, including streaming plays. “How to Catch Creation,” from 2019 and directed by OSF’s Artistic Director Nataki Garrett, will be streaming on-demand through Aug. 28, followed by 2014’s “Water by the Spoonful,” directed by Shishir Kurup, streaming Sept. 1-25.
‘Fannie’: Cheryl L. West’s “Fannie: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer,” is a musical play inspired by the life of the civil rights activist, and tells the story of the Mississippi-born civil and voting rights activist (1917-1977), painting a portrait of courage, humor, and grit. The play provides a first-person account of Hamer’s remarkable life, alternating between autobiography and song, just as Hamer herself incorporated art into her activism. The play stars two luminaries of the American stage — E. Faye Butler, who will portray Hamer through Aug. 28, and Greta Oglesby who will take over the role Sept. 1-Oct. 9. An onstage band will provide backup music for the one-woman show. Performances are scheduled to run at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, through Oct. 9. Tickets are $35, and can be purchased at osfashland.org or by calling the OSF box office at 800-219-8161. Masks are required; attendees must also present proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.
Wednesday Concerts: Live performances are being held this summer on the outdoor Allen Elizabethan Stage at 8 p.m. each Wednesday. Tickets are $15. See live event listings in Tempo for further information.
‘It’s Christmas, Carol!’: Written by Mark Bedard, Brent Hinkley, and John Tufts, the story follows three ghosts who take the miserly Carol Scroogenhouse through time and space to reckon with how she’s abandoned love and artistry for capitalism. Performance dates and times will be announced later.
Rogue Theater Company: See roguetheatercompany.com or call 541-205-9190 for showtimes, tickets and further information.
Shakespeare Studies: Oregon Shakespeare Festival actor and dramaturge Barry Kraft will lead a six-part series on Shakespeare from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Plays to be studied are “Romeo and Juliet,” Sept. 11-12; “Julius Caesar,” Sept. 18-19; and “Hamlet,” Sept. 25-26. Tickets are $20, $100 for the entire series. The Ashland location will be confirmed at time of booking. Livestream or a recording you may view at any time also will be available. Kraft has worked as a dramaturge in nearly 50 Shakespeare productions and over his career has acted in 88 full productions of all Shakespeare’s 38 plays, totaling over 100 roles. Further information and tickets are available online through the theater company’s website or by phone.
‘Mala’: With sharp humor and piercing honesty, this powerful one-woman show, staring Vilma Silva, is a moving portrait of how taking care of family challenges oneself, deepening and changing our bonds to the ones we love. Directed by Penny Metropulos. Performances are set for 2 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays, Oct. 7-17, at Grizzly Peak Winery, 1600 E. Nevada St., Ashland. Regular tickets are $25. Tickets for the Thursday, Oct. 7, preview performance are $20. Tickets for the Friday, Oct. 8, opening benefit are $35, and include complimentary wine and a talkback with the actor and director.
Teen Musical Theater of Oregon: Craterian Performances’ youth theater program stages professional productions at the Craterian Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. Tickets and information are available at craterian.org, at the box office, 16 S. Bartlett St., or by calling 541-779-3000.
‘High School Musical’: Disney Channel’s smash-hit movie musical comes to life on the Craterian stage in TMTO’s production of “High School Musical.” It’s the first day after winter break at East High. The Jocks, Brainiacs, Thespians and Skater Dudes find their cliques, recount their vacations and look forward to the new year. Basketball team captain and resident jock Troy discovers that the brainy Gabriella, a girl he met singing karaoke on his ski trip, has just enrolled at East High. They cause an upheaval when they decide to audition for the high school musical that is being led by Ms. Darbus. Although many students resent the threat posed to the “status quo,” Troy and Gabriella’s alliance might just open the door for others to shine as well. Troy, Gabriella and the students of East High must deal with issues of first love, friends and family while balancing their classes and extracurricular activities. Performances are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 13-14, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 15. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for youths and students 22 and younger. They are available at craterian.org or by calling the box office from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday.