Live Rogue Valley theater, streaming plays and readings: Nov. 19
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 Children’s Theatre: See ashlandchildrenstheatre.com, call 541-414-8676 or email email@example.com for information. Tickets are available through the theatre’s website. ACT offers theatrical training to youth ages 4-17 in acting, improv and performance.
‘Alice in Wonderland’ & ‘Wonder Land’: Presented in a back-to-back performance, “Alice in Wonderland” is a one-hour adaptation of the classic tale by C.S. Lewis. In this beloved story based on one of the most popular works of English fiction, the world of humans, animals and playing cards collide. This captivating tale follows Alice as she meets such iconic characters as the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter, and of course, the Queen of Hearts. Silliness abounds as Alice makes her way through this whirlwind of adventure. In “Wonder Land,” a new story in the land of nonsense, meet some familiar characters — and some unknown ones. Discover the real reason why the Knave of Hearts stole those tarts. Both plays are directed by Eve Smyth and produced by Kate Sullivan. Performances are set for 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 20-21, and at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, at the Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Road, Ashland. Tickets are $10 and available only online at ashlandchildrenstheatre.com. All audience members will be required to wear a mask in the venue.
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. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 19-20, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21. Tickets are $20, $15 for students. A streaming link for at-home viewing will be available to purchase as well for the Nov. 19-21 performances. Tickets are 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541-479-3557 for showtimes, tickets and further information. Group discounts are available.
‘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.
‘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.
Clarion Theatre Co.: Grants Pass Performing Arts Center, on the campus of Grants Pass High School, 830 N.E. Ninth St., Grants Pass. Tickets and information available at clarionor.org. Group discounts available. For questions email at ClarionTheatreGP@gmail.com.
“Hatter’s Daughter”: This two-act original Christmas musical, written by Grants Pass resident John Buckley Sleadd, follows the lighthearted story of an adopted young lady, Radiana Topps, a hatmaker’s daughter, in a small American town during the years of the Great Depression. Romance, comedy, and charming characters round out this story as you witness Radiana’s struggle for self-worth and faith. The show features 21 songs ranging from ballads to jazz tunes and harmonies performed by a men’s barbershop quartet. Performances are scheduled for 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28. Tickets are $15 for adults and youth 12 and older, and $6 for children younger than 12.
Collaborative Theatre Project: 555 Medford Center, Medford. Tickets and information are available at ctpmedford.org, on Facebook, or by calling the Box Office at 541-779-1055. Group rates are available.
‘The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe’: Based on the Joseph Robinette adaptation, 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 three 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 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, and at 1:30 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 26-Jan. 2. Tickets are $30, $25 for students and seniors. A special Christmas Eve performance gala will also be held, featuring treats from Porter’s Dining at the Depot. See website for details.
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.
‘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.
Quills Fest: OSF, in partnership with Artizen and Museum of Other Realities, will present Quills Fest, a two-day immersive digital festival at the intersection of live theatre and extended reality (XR), Friday and Saturday, Nov. 19-20. This milestone event for O!, OSF’s digital stage, features world-premiere virtual reality commissions, behind-the-scenes exhibitions and panel discussions featuring groundbreaking artists and producers from around the world. Featured speakers and performers include Roxane Gay, Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, Shariffa Ali, Dede Ayite, Ty Defoe, Raja Feather Kelly, and many more. Quills Fest can be experienced in two ways: via VR headset within the Museum of Other Realities and through the interactive Quills Fest website. Panels will be available on-demand after their live presentations. Ticket are $15. For a full schedule of events and to purchase tickets, see quillsfest.com.
‘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 live, virtually streamed staged reading of “Romeo & Juliet,”directed by Kamilah Long, at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19 via YouTube. Play On Shakespeare is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to exploring the world of Shakespeare in performance through translation and adaptation. Tickets are $5. For further details, see jdhdirectedit.com/upcoming.
Randall Theatre: 115 E. Main St., Medford. Tickets and information are available at randalltheatre.com or by calling the Box Office at 541-690-8810. Pick-your-price tickets are available 30 minutes before shows, subject to availability.
‘The Great Randall DIY Holiday Spectacular’: This variety revue in the style of holiday TV specials of the 1960s and 1970s — think the Andy Williams Show where guests dropped into his living room to chat and sing — will feature performances by guest artists, holiday sing-alongs, and other surprises. Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 10-11, and 2 p.m. Sunday,Dec. 12. Tickets are $20.Tickets are available online or by calling the Box Office Masks will be required inside the building except when actively eating or drinking. Performers will not be masked.
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.
‘Countdown to Christmas’: This holiday season, TMTO will reprise its hit video series from 2020, “A Countdown to Christmas,” with 14 new songs and featuring 33 of TMTO’s talented teens. The first holiday video debuts Sunday, Dec. 12, with subsequent videos released daily on the Craterian’s YouTube channel and its Facebook and Instagram pages. The videos will be available for free. “We think of it as our Christmas gift to the community,” said Stephen McCandless, Craterian executive director.