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Local students, theater groups to join global ‘All Together Now!’ performances

"All Together Now!" Photo courtesy Julia Cuppy, Theatre Director, Grants Pass High School.

Local report

Five Rogue Valley-based theatre programs and companies will join more than 2,500 theatrical organizations in all 50 sates and 40 different countries around the globe by putting on their own local live production of Music Theatre International’s “All Together Now! A Global Event Celebrating Local Theatre,” the event totaling over 5,500 in-person performances worldwide during a single weekend.

Local participants in the event are Crater High School, Scenic Middle School Drama, Grants Pass High School Theatre Department, One Eleven Theatre and Rogue Music Theatre.

Theatrical licensor Music Theatre International created the “All Together Now!” revue for theaters across the globe to use as a local fundraising event, with the idea that the show be performed at the same time over the same weekend, Nov. 12-15.

The revue features songs from some of the most popular Broadway musicals, including “Annie,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Mary Poppins,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Hairspray,” “Mamma Mia!,” “My Fair Lady,” “Once on This Island,” “Waitress,” “Rent” and many more.

MTI’s President and CEO Drew Cohen stated in a press release that, “MTI’s ‘All Together Now!’ is about bringing people back to the theater, whether as audience members or cast, crew and musicians. The revue features songs from the world’s most iconic musicals, so there is definitely something for everyone to enjoy. Our goal with this worldwide event is for organizations to provide hope, inspiration and excitement to their communities through the transformative power of musical theatre.”

Davey Kashuba, Drama, Dance and Games Troupe Director and Performing Arts Facility Manager for Crater Renaissance Academy, stated in the press release that the Central Point production is made up of over 60 high school and middle school students, who have been working on the show since September.

“We are incredibly excited to celebrate the return of live theatre with performances of MTI’s ‘All Together Now!,’” stated Walt Davenport, superintendent of Central Point School District No. 6. “The past year has been a challenging time for everyone, particularly arts organizations. We look forward to welcoming our patrons back with this truly wonderful revue.”

The Grants Pass theatre community has also persevered through its share of challenges during these tough times.

“We love this chance to participate in a larger, community-sized show,” One Eleven Producer Tianna Eddy said in the release. “Musical theatre as an art form is so magical and uplifting and so needed in this season especially. We are so happy to be onstage with our Grants Pass theatre family, and getting to resurrect songs from shows we’ve done before, (such as) ‘Newsies’ and ‘Annie,’ has been a special treat.”

Over 40 Grants Pass theatre community members and students will perform.

“The collaboration between the organizations has been a great reminder of how theatre can build relationships and community,” said Julia Cuppy, theatre director at Grants Pass High School. “We can’t wait to be in community with a Grants Pass audience. It will be an emotional and long awaited moment for many.”

Performances for the Central Point shows are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 12-13, and Monday, Nov. 15, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, at the Crater Performing Arts Center, 655 N. Third St., Central Point. Doors open a half-hour before each show. Tickets are $10, $5 for students and are available online at sites.google.com/district6.org/craterpac. Seating is limited and seats will be assigned on the night of the performance; seating requests will try to be accommodated.

The Grants Pass performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 12-13, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, at the Grants Pass Performing Arts Center, 830 N.E. Ninth St., Grants Pass. A livestream option will also be available for those wishing to watch from home. Tickets are $10 for in-person, $20 for livestream. Tickets for both in-person and livestream options are available online at alltogethernowgp.com or at the door. For in-person shows, seating will be arranged by household to comply with social distancing guidelines.

Masks will be required by all audience members.