'Scots on the Rocks' at Randall Theatre
Randall Theatre Company's musical spoof of William Shakespeare's classic "Macbeth," titled "Scots on the Rocks," promises to be wickedly funny — and tickets are affordable. A new, low-cost ticket option — pay-what-you-want — is set for the first three performances at the community theater, 10 E. Third St., Medford.
The low-cost shows are scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, July 8-10. Any donation will be accepted.
"Part of Randall's mission is to expand the ranks of theater patrons to those who would not normally have the chance to attend live theater," stated Artistic Director Robin Downward in a press release. "By giving the community the option of affordability, more people would be able to experience local theater."
Seating for the low-cost shows will be limited to the first 64 patrons, and ticket reservations will not be available.
Other shows are set for Fridays through Sundays, July 15-17 and 22-24. Tickets will cost $15, $12 for seniors and ages 17 or younger. Tickets will be available at the door or www.randalltheatre.com.
Playwright Richard Nathan's "Scots on the Rocks" follows Shakespeare's story of a Scottish general who is prophesied by three witches to become king of Scotland. Sinister dealings ensue when his wife persuades Macbeth to rush the process by doing away with the incumbent King Duncan and framing the murdered king's sons for his death.
In "Scots on the Rocks," the plot line is thrown into an over-the-top production of show tunes, jokes and puns. The three witches sing and dance to songs such as Lou Reed's "Take a Walk on the Wild Side" and Percy Mayfield's "Hit the Road Jack." Lyrics are changed to fit the comedic situations.
Characters in "Scots" also are exaggerated versions of the originals. Rogue Valley actor Grant Shepard plays Macbeth, a role traditionally played by younger men, and there are theatrical plays on Shepard's age — such as the actor calling for a stunt double to perform his battle scenes while he relaxes with a cool drink and a good book.
Parents should be advised that, while the Randall Theatre production is a comedy, it does deal with adult themes.
Along with Shepard, the cast includes Sabrina Baugh, Brianna Gowland, Debbie Dunlap, Cindi Garrett, Brian McCready, Tim Kelly, Lance Carroll, David Eisenberg, Curtis Garrett, Jesse Lawson, David Hoffmann, Adam Gough and James Lawrence. Southern Oregon newcomer Larry Wenner directs.