Live Rogue Valley theater, streaming plays: March 4
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Ashland Contemporary Theatre: Tickets can be purchased at ashlandcontemporarytheatre.org. Call 541-646-2971 for information.
‘Moonlighting 2022 — Passages’: Ashland Contemporary Theatre returns to the stage with its annual tribute to new works by local playwrights. The plays selected for this year’s program will be “Gabe,” a 50 minute one-act by Bob Valine, directed by artistic director Jeannine Grizzard; “Shelf Life” written and directed by Dori Appel; “Click” by Diane Nichols, directed by Kate Sullivan; “Simple Treasures” written and directed by Teresa Peterson; and “Skip Intro” by John Yunker, directed by Jeannine Grizzard. Pivotal life transitions or passages weave a theme through the plays — except when it’s better to just “skip it” altogether. Performances are set for 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, March 26-April 3, at Grizzly Peak Winery, 1600 E. Nevada St., Ashland. Tickets are $18 in advance, available online through the ACT’s website, or $20 at the door, cash or check only (exact change requested). Patrons must bring proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test result no more than 72 hours before the performance. Masks are required.
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.
‘Cinderella’: Ashland High School Theatre will present Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella.” With its fresh new take on the beloved tale of a young woman who is transformed from a chambermaid into a princess, this hilarious and romantic musical combines the Cinderella story’s classic elements — glass slippers, pumpkin and a beautiful ball, along with some surprising twists. More than just a pretty face with the right shoe size, this Cinderella is a contemporary figure living in a fairytale setting. She is a spirited young woman with savvy and soul who doesn’t let her rags or her gowns trip her up in her quest for kindness, compassion and forgiveness. She longs to escape the drudgery of her work at home and instead work to make the world a better place. She not only fights for her own dreams, but forces the prince to open his eyes to the world and realize his dreams, too. This contemporary take on the classic tale features Rodgers & Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” alongside an updated libretto by Tony Award nominee Douglas Carter Beane. Directed by Michael Jenkinson. Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, and Thursday and 2 p.m. Sundays, March 4-13. A livestream of the show will be available Thursday through Sunday, March 10-13. Tickets are $20, $15 for students under 18 and seniors over 65. Tickets can be purchased online only.
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 Hound of the Baskervilles’: Sherlock Holmes’ most spine-chilling mystery is placed in a modern setting in this version — with suspense, humor and terror. Sir Henry is heir to the vast Baskerville fortune, a legacy that comes with a family curse: death at the fangs of a horror that prowls the moor. Only Holmes can stop the beast. While mysterious lights signal Baskerville Hall and the hound terrifies the countryside, the sleuthing begins and suspicion falls on sinister servants, butterfly collectors, ladies in distress, and escaped convicts. Who wrote the letter that summoned the hound? Is Sir Henry’s romance with the lovely Kathy doomed? Is the supernatural at work? Written by Tim Kelly, based on the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Directed by Tim Coatney. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and at 2 p.m. Sundays through March 13. Tickets are $18. Masks must be worn by all patrons at all times while in the theatre. Face shields are not allowed.
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.
‘Camelot’: An idealistic young King Arthur hopes to create a kingdom built on honor and dignity, embodied by his Knights of The Round Table. His ideals, however, are tested when his lovely queen falls in love with a young knight, and the fate of the kingdom hangs in the balance. Camelot Theatre takes the classic story of King Arthur, Guinevere, Lancelot, and the Knights of Round Table and updates the locale to a metal foundry where the story is told from the point of view of the blue-collar workers — a story of kindness, courage, and community. This contemporary production has all the Lerner and Loewe music gems that Camelot the musical is known for, including, “If Ever I Would Leave You,” “I Loved You Once in Silence,” “The Lusty Month of May,” and of course, “Camelot.” Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays through March 13. Tickets are $20-$38. See website for special performances, including a reduced rate preview performance, and current COVID-19 requirements.
‘Spotlight On Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’: CSN&Y was a vocal folk-rock super-group made up of American singer-songwriters David Crosby and Stephen Stills, English singer-songwriter Graham Nash and Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young. They were noted for their intricate vocal harmonies, often tumultuous interpersonal relationships, political activism and lasting influence on American music and culture. Dave Bernard and The East Main Band will once again rock out the Camelot Theatre with CSN&Y classics including, “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” “Marrakesh Express,” “Teach Your Children,” “Our House,” “Just a Song Before I Go,” “Southern Cross” and many more. Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, March 17-April 10. Tickets are $20-$38. See website for special performances, including a reduced rate preview performance and for current COVID-19 requirements.
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, student and senior discounts are available.
‘Triumph Of Love’: A lovely princess meets a handsome prince who is under the influence of his strict aunt and uncle. The prince in question has been taught to fear the princess and has taken a vow to kill her for usurping his throne. Marivaux’s 1732 comedy has been translated and transformed into a whimsical musical comedy about love, complete with wacky servants and mistaken identities. Directed by Todd Nielsen. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 4-5, and at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 6. Tickets are $35 and are available online or by calling the box office. Masks are required, no face shields are allowed; attendees must also present proof of full vaccination completed at least 14 days before the performance date or a negative COVID-19 test no more than 72 hours before admittance.
Crater Performing Arts: Crater High School’s Performing Arts Center, 655 N. Third St., Central Point. Tickets are available online at sites.google.com/district6.org/craterpac, or at the door one hour prior to the show.
‘Newsies’: The musical tells the captivating true story about the 1899 Newsboys strike in New York City, when this band of underdogs become unlikely heroes when they stand up to the most powerful men in New York. It’s a rousing tale about working together and fighting for what’s right. Based on Disney’s 1992 motion picture, the stage version introduces eight brand-new songs by the original team of Alan Menken and Jack Feldman while keeping many of the beloved songs from the film, including “Carrying the Banner,” “Seize the Day,” “King of New York,” and “Santa Fe.” Filled with one heart-pounding number after another, it’s a high-energy explosion of song and dance. Co-directed by Davey Kashuba and Rebecca Campbell. Performances are set for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 4-5, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 5-6. Tickets are $20, $10 for students, seniors, and veterans with valid ID. For more information, find Crater Performing Arts Center on Facebook.
Grants Pass High School Theatre: Grants Pass High School Performing Arts Center, 830 N.E. Ninth St., Grants Pass. Further information and tickets are available online at puffsgp.com. Tickets will also be available at the door one hour prior to the show.
‘Puffs’: This is the story of Wayne Hopkins, a regular boy who finds out he’s a wizard and goes to school in England where he makes two best friends and has adventures. This perhaps sounds familiar. But Wayne is sorted as a Puff, and he and the other Puffs simply want to learn how to be wizards, make friends, and avoid attacks by evil wizards. Filled with Harry Potter jokes and ’90s references, “Puffs” is a hilarious ensemble parody of everyone’s favorite wizard series as told from the perspective of “not everyone’s favorite” wizard house. No matter your relationship to the series, this show has something for everyone and will keep you laughing the whole way through. Puffs also comes with a great deal of heart, with its important message — “Be proud of who you are.” This play is recommended for children 10 and up. Directed by Julia Cuppy. Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m Sundays, March 4-13. Tickets are $12, $8 for students and seniors. Masks are required to be worn by all audience members and current COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed.
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.
‘Moon Over Buffalo’: George and Charlotte Hay, fading stars of the 1950s, are performing “Private Lives” and “Cyrano De Bergerac” in rep in Buffalo, New York, with five actors. On the brink of a disastrous split-up caused by George’s dalliance with a young ingénue, they receive word that they might just have one last shot at stardom: Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinée, and if he likes what he sees, he might cast them in his movie remake of “The Scarlet Pimpernel.” Unfortunately, for George and Charlotte, everything that could go wrong does go wrong, abetted by a visit from their daughter’s clueless fiancé and hilarious uncertainty about which play they’re actually performing. Performances are set for 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, Mondays and select Wednesdays, and 1 p.m. Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays through April 10. Were it a movie, “Moon Over Buffalo” would be Rated PG, with some coarse humor, alcohol use and adult situations. Tickets are $43, $39 or $29.
‘In the Heights’: Before “Hamilton,” Broadway wunderkind Lin Manuel Miranda created “In the Heights,” the 2008 Tony Award Best Musical winner. The musical takes place in a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood – a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It’s a community on the brink of change, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you and which ones you leave behind. The show features big, show-stopping musical numbers like “96,000,” “Blackout,” and “In the Heights.” Performances are set for 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, Mondays and select Wednesdays, and 1 p.m. Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays through April 21-June19. Were it movie, “In the Heights” would be rated PG, with some mild language and adult situations. Tickets are $43, $39 or $29.
Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University: Theatre Arts Building, Black Box Theatre and Main Stage Theatre, 491 S. Mountain Ave., Ashland. All event attendees must show proof of vaccination card (actual card, or photo of it on your phone) or a negative COVID-19 test (from a health center, hospital, or doctor’s office) within 48 hours of the event date for admission at the door. Tickets are available at oca.sou.edu/box-office or by calling 541-552-6348.
‘The Servant of Two Masters’: In this comedic play by Carlo Goldin, a perpetually famished lackey schemes to double his wages by serving two masters simultaneously, and goes to increasingly desperate lengths to conceal his ruse. A zany farce featuring all the iconic characters from the world of commedia dell’arte. Directed by Brendan McMahon. Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 4-5, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 6. Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors.
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.
Randall Theatre: Ghostlight Playhouse, 115 E. Main St., Medford. Tickets and information are available at randalltheatre.com or by calling 541-690-8810. Pick-your-price tickets are available 30 minutes before shows, subject to availability.
‘Clue — The Musical’: Based on the classic Hasbro board game, Randall Theatre Company has added two performances of their interactive hour-and-a-half long theatre experience, bringing your favorite board game characters to life as the audience determines the killer, the room and weapon. No two shows will be the same. Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 4-5. Tickets are $20 and 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.
Rogue Theater Company: See roguetheatercompany.com or call 541-205-9190 for showtimes, tickets and further information.
2022 season: The 2022 RTC season planned productions include “Chapatti” and “Every Brilliant Thing.” Oregon Shakespeare Festival actor and dramaturge Barry Kraft will lead six Shakespeare sessions covering the comedies “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Much Ado about Nothing” and “The Tempest.” All productions will be performed at Grizzly Peak Winery in Ashland. The Shakespeare sessions can be viewed live, livestreamed, or on video on-demand.
‘Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune’: In the winter of 1987, Frankie, a waitress, and Johnny, a short-order cook who works in the same restaurant, spend the night in Frankie’s NYC apartment. From their sometimes touching, sometimes hilarious interplay, the promise of a relationship beyond a “one-night stand” emerges, as these lovers grapple with intimacy and vulnerability. Directed by Michael J. Hume, and featuring Oregon Shakespeare Festival veteran actors. Classical pianist Joel Wizansky will play before and during each performance. Performances are scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays through March 13, at Grizzly Peak Winery, 1600 E. Nevada St., Ashland. Tickets are $30. See website for special performances, including a reduced rate preview performance and Ashland Food Project benefit show. Proof of vaccination, including booster, and mask are required.
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.
‘The Drowsy Chaperone’: Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Original Score, “The Drowsy Chaperone” is a loving send-up of the Jazz Age musical, featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another. TMTO presents this masterful meta-musical, which pokes fun at all the tropes that characterize the musical theatre genre, with a full cast of characters such as two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone, all mixed together to bring a madcap delight to the stage. Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and at 3 p.m. Sundays, March 4-13. Tickets are $25, $15 for ages 22 and younger. The Craterian Theater requires proof of full vaccination or negative COVID-19 test results to attend a performance. Patrons should be prepared to present an ID along with proof of full vaccination or proof of a negative PCR test or a negative rapid antigen test in accordance with the venue’s testing requirements for entry. Masks are required at all times inside the venue. Attendees are asked to follow venue policies and protocols.