Live Rogue Valley theater, streaming readings: Oct. 15
Editor’s note: Masks are required in all indoor public spaces and at large outdoor gatherings in Oregon. Check with all venues listed in Tempo to confirm events.
Ashland High School Theatre: Mountain Avenue Theatre, 201 S. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Tickets can be purchased online at ashlandhs.booktix.com. For further information call 541-482-8771.
‘Bright Star’: Ashland High School presents “Bright Star,” a new American musical, featuring music and lyrics by Edie Brickell and book by Steve Martin — yes, the famous comedian who also is a playwright. Based on an original story by Martin and Brickell, the play is inspired by their Grammy Award-winning collaboration “Love Has Come For You.” With 25 new songs, the play tells a beguiling tale that unfolds in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina between 1923 and 1945. Billy Cane, a young soldier just home from World War II, meets Alice Murphy, the brilliant editor of a southern literary journal. Together they discover a powerful secret that alters their lives. Directed by Betsy Bishop. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 11-20, and at 2 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 14-21 . Tickets are $20, $15 for students. A streaming link for at-home viewing will be available to purchase, as well for performances, Nov. 18-21. Tickets are currently available online only at ashlandhs.booktix.com. Due to COVID-19 precautions, a limited number of in-person tickets will be available.
Barnstormers Theatre: 112 N.E. Evelyn Ave., Grants Pass. See barnstormersgp.org, email at email@example.com or call 541-479-3557 for showtimes, tickets and further information. Group discounts are available.
‘Clue — On Stage’: Based on the Paramount Pictures movie and the classic Hasbro board game Barnstormers Theatre will present “Clue — On Stage,” directed by Tanaia Green and Jael Hanson. It’s a dark and stormy night, and you’ve been invited to a very unusual dinner party. Each of the guests has an alias, the butler offers a variety of weapons, and the host is, well ... dead. So whodunnit? Join the iconic oddballs known as Scarlet, Plum, White, Green, Peacock and Mustard as they race to find the murderer in Boddy Manor before the body count stacks up. “Clue” is a madcap comedy that will keep you guessing until the final twist. Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and at 2 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 15-31. Tickets are $18. Masks must be worn at all times while in the theatre.
‘The Christmas Angel’: Barnstormers Theatre of Grants Pass will present “The Christmas Angel” by James DeVita, directed by Robert Pyle. Nothing is going right as a family tries to cope with their first Christmas without their beloved Grandpa. As the Christmas reunion turns to chaos, the clan receives a well-deserved visit from a very special, very quirky angel, who helps this very special and just as quirky family rediscover the true meaning of Christmas. Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 3-19. Tickets are $18. Masks must be worn at all times while in the theatre.
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 Bette Midler — The Divine Miss M’: Bette Midler is an American singer, songwriter, actress, comedian and film producer. She began her professional career in several Off-Broadway plays before catapulting her career in “Fiddler on the Roof” on Broadway in 1967. Midler has released 14 studio albums as a solo artist, made her motion picture debut in 1979 with “The Rose,” and has since starred in a number of hit films, television shows and comedy tours. Midler has won three Grammy Awards, four Golden Globes, three Emmy Awards and a Tony Award. Camelot’s tribute to Bette Midler will include songs such as “Hello Dolly,” “Wind Beneath My Wings,” “Do You Want To Dance,” “From a Distance,” “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” and many more. Directed by Todd Nielsen and starring Kristen Calvin. Performances are set for 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 24. Regular tickets are $20 to $38. Please note this show contains mature themes and strong language.
‘Elf, The Musical’: Based on the beloved holiday film, this hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity. Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh realities that his father is on the naughty list and his half-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, and at 2 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 25-Dec. 31. Regular tickets are $33-$38. Special performances will be offered. See the theatre’s website for additional information.
2022 season: The 2022 Camelot season includes musicals “Camelot,” “Honeymoon in Vegas,” “Catch Me if You Can,” “Legally Blonde” and “Matilda.” Spotlights pay tribute to Roy Orbison, Joni Mitchell and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.
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.
‘Great Expectations’: Travel back in time to 19th-century England with CTP’s production of “Great Expectations,” adapted from the classic Charles Dickens’ novel by Gale Childs Daly that features only six actors. Pip, an orphan boy, has a life-changing encounter one day on the moors when he helps an escaped convict named Magwitch. From this one act of kindness, Pip starts on a journey to manhood that is full of twists and turns. By inheriting a large sum of money, Pip advances in society and all of his expectations seem to come true, but in a way that is, at once, mysterious and disturbing. Ultimately, Pip learns some important lessons about love, forgiveness and redemption in this comedic romp. Directed By Susan Aversa. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, and at 1:30 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 7-31. Regular tickets are $30. A preview performance will be offered at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7. Preview tickets are $15. Masks are required; attendees must also present proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test no more than 48 hours before admittance.
‘The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe’: This dramatization of C.S. Lewis’ classic work recreates the magic and mystery of Aslan, the great lion, his struggle with the White Witch, and the adventures of four children who inadvertently wander from an old wardrobe into the exciting, never-to-be-forgotten Narnia. The unicorn, the centaur and other forest animals, along with Father Christmas, Mr. and Mrs. Beaver and Tumnus the Faun also play their part in this story of love, faith, courage and giving. With its triumph of good over evil, it’s a true celebration of life. Directed and choreographed by Joey Larimer and Susan Aversa. Performances are set for Fridays through Sundays, Nov. 26-Jan. 2. Times and ticket prices to be announced at a later date.
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.
‘Poirot — Murder on the Links’: Based on Agatha Christie’s thrilling mystery, “Murder on the Links” features famous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot and his friend Captain Hastings. Poirot arrives in France to find his client brutally murdered and lying face down in a shallow grave on a golf course. But why is the dead man wearing an overcoat that is too big for him? And for whom was the impassioned love letter in the pocket? Before Poirot can answer these questions, the case is turned upside down by the discovery of a second, identically murdered corpse. Performances are set for 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, Mondays and select Wednesdays, and 1 p.m. Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 7. Were it a movie, “Poirot: Murder on the Links” would be Rated PG-13, with mild onstage violence, some adult themes and discussions of violent crime. Tickets are $43, $39 or $25.
‘Christmas, Contigo’: The lechón is roasting, the yuca bubbles and the flan is steaming in the oven, all the trappings of Noche Buena! For Iris Delgado Piñeira, it means the trip back to her family home in Hialeah, except this year she’s bringing a surprise, her boyfriend and soon-to-be fiancé, Bryan, to meet her parents and her aging abuela. Just another ingredient in the chaos before Christmas. Join the Delgado-Piñeiras as they fall in love, reconnect, rediscover traditions and prepare a Noche Buena for the ages. Performances are set for 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, Mondays and select Wednesdays, and 1 p.m. Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 18-Dec. 31. Were it a movie, “Contigo” would be Rated PG, with some adult themes and mild language. Tickets are $43, $39 or $29.
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.
‘It’s Christmas, Carol!’: OSF will present its first-ever holiday season show, “It’s Christmas, Carol.” On Christmas Eve, three ghosts take miserly businesswoman Carol Scroogenhouse through time and space to reckon with how she’s abandoned humanity for hollow capitalism. Whisked to a Shakespearean theatre, prehistoric holiday celebrations, and a Zombie future, will Carol find her soul with the help of these apparitions? The play is a zany, hilarious, song-filled twist on Dickens classic story, the holidays and Shakespeare, with a dose of the Marx Brothers, fractured carols and more. Written by Mark Bedard, Brent Hinkley, and John Tufts, and directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh. Performances are scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 23 through Jan. 2. Tickets are $35-$80 and are available now online or by calling the OSF Box Office.
Play On Shakespeare: Blk Girls Luv The Bard — an organization which reimagines, reframes and examines Shakespeare through the lens of Black and IPOC women — will present a series of live, virtually streamed staged readings on select dates through Nov.18. The series will exclusively feature works commissioned by Play On Shakespeare, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to exploring the world of Shakespeare in performance through translation and adaptation. Staged readings featuring modern verse translations of “Macbeth” and “Romeo & Juliet” will be streamed live via YouTube at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 21; and Nov. 19, respectively. Tickets are $5. For further details, see jdhdirectedit.com/upcoming.
Rogue Theater Company: See roguetheatercompany.com or call 541-205-9190 for showtimes, tickets and further information.
‘Mala’: With sharp humor and piercing honesty, this powerful one-woman show, staring Oregon Shakespeare Festival veteran actor Vilma Silva, is a moving portrait of how taking care of family challenges oneself, deepening and changing our bonds to the ones we love. Written by Melinda Lopez and 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. Masks are required. In the event of inclement weather, the performance will be moved indoors and proof of vaccination will be required.