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'Double Trouble' at Oregon Cabaret

Two actors, 10 characters, 36 quick-changes and 12 song-and-dance numbers add up to tons of fun when Oregon Cabaret Theatre kicks off its 29th season with "Double Trouble: A Musical Tour de Farce."

With book, music and lyrics created by brothers Jim and Bob Walton — who also appeared in the original cast at the Norma Terris Theatre in Connecticut — this show is about song-and-dance team Jimmy and Bobby Martin, who come to Hollywood in the early '40s with hopes of breaking into the business of writing songs for movies. When they receive an opportunity to write a song for a major motion picture, they only have a few hours to do it.

The script is tailor-made for hoofers Galen Schloming and John Keating, and it showcases singing, dancing, crazy characterizations and impersonations.

The story's characters include Merwin M. Garner, the blustery head of MMG Studios; Millie Ferber, Garner's motherly secretary; Seymour Beckley, a nerdy intern with a talent for impersonations; Preston Creest, an effete film director; Bix Minky, an ancient and narcoleptic sound man; Swifty Morris, a slick Hollywood agent; and Rebecca LeFleurdelaMaganis, a glamorous, scheming movie star.

The show opens Friday, Feb. 7, and runs through March 30 at Oregon Cabaret Theatre, First and Hargadine streets, Ashland. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. Matinees are set for 1 p.m. Sundays.

Tickets cost $20 to $38 and can be purchased at the Cabaret box office, online at www.oregoncabaret.com or by calling 541-488-2902.

Dinner reservations begin at 6:30 p.m. for evening shows; brunch reservations begin at 11:30 a.m. for matinees. Appetizers, beverages and desserts do not require reservations. Food and beverages are not included in the ticket price.

Schloming appeared in the 2013 Oregon Cabaret production of " 'S Wonderful." Keating is making his Cabaret debut. He's performed at Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts' Theaterfest, The Great American Melodrama and at various theaters in Chicago, where he lives.

Jim Giancarlo directs and choreographs, and piano accompaniment is by Sarah Wussow. Set and lighting design are by Craig Hudson, costume design is by Kerri Lea Robbins and sound design is by Tom Freeman.

John Keating, left, and Galen Schloming appear in Oregon Cabaret Theatre's production of 'Double Trouble.' - Photo courtesy of Judith Pavlick