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'The Scheme of the Driftless Shifter'

When it all goes wrong, you've finally got it right — is the message of the comic melodrama "The Scheme of the Driftless Shifter," which will be presented by Oregon Stage Works' Ashland Children's show will play one weekend only at 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday, May 31, and Sunday, June 1, at Oregon Stage Works, 191 A St., Ashland.

Dennis Klein, who directed last year's "The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged)" at OSW, will direct this farce that looks at the possibilities of putting on a melodrama. "The Scheme of the Driftless Shifter" features Ashland Children's Theatre student actors Lydia Trottmann, Colin Chasey, Morgan Graham, Sierra Allegra Wood, Makayla Laughery, Fielding Picton, Bronson Samel-Garloff, Star Grace, Emily Odian, Alexa Santos, Emily Elizabeth White, Castilla Andrus, and Tyler Marie McIntosh. Eve Smyth lends her talents to the cast and Peter Alzado, OSW's artistic director, will make a cameo appearance as well.

A short prologue performance of "A Mellow Drama" will be presented by the Young Academy. Written and directed by Smyth, "A Mellow Drama" is a comic "lecture/demo" about the melodrama genre.

Ashland Children's Theatre co-director Smyth teaches acting and improv at Ashland Children's Theatre and has written several plays for their productions. She has been acting and performing improvisation for 20 years. After graduating with a degree in theater from San Francisco State University, she performed and toured with her own theater company throughout the Northwest. In San Francisco, she taught and performed with Bay Area Theater Sports where she was also the director of their Young Audiences program at BATS Improv, where she facilitated improvisation workshops and performances in schools throughout the Bay Area. She performs with Oregon Stage Works and is a member of the comedy improv troupe the Hamazons.

Ashland Children's Theatre co-director Kate Sullivan is a founding member of Oregon Stage Works. She holds a B.A. in drama and theater from the University of Hawaii, where she trained in both Western and Eastern acting styles. While in Hawaii, she performed and toured with Honolulu Theatre for Youth and taught creative drama for two years at their summer camp for young actors. In addition, she taught performance skills and theatre games to children, ages 5-14 with "Getting Dramatic," a program that set up Drama residencies in various Hawaii public schools. Trained in gymnastics, Sullivan has worked with young children for over 30 years. She performs with Oregon Stage Works and is an understudy at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Tickets for the performances are $10 for adults, $12 at the door; $5 for children, ages 6-17, and $6 at the door. Tickets are available at The Music Coop, Ashland or on line at www.oregonstageworks.org.

Call 482-2334, Ext. 2.

OSW’s Ashland Children’s Theatre presents “The Scheme of The Driftless Shifter” and “A Mellow Drama.” - OSW's Ashland Children's Theatre