Theater: Friday, Dec. 14
"Willy Wonka," Teen Musical Theater of Oregon will stage Roald Dahl's story of five children and their families who walk through a fantastic chocolate factory and enter a world of pure imagination at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, and 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Craterian Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. Tickets are $24, $12 for ages 12 and younger, and can be purchased at craterian.org, at the box office, 16 S. Bartlett St., or by calling 541-779-3000.
Ashland Contemporary Theatre: Tickets can be purchased at ashlandcontemporarytheatre.org, at Paddington Station in Ashland, Grocery Outlet in Medford, or at the door. Call 541-646-2971 for information.
‘Moonlighting 2018’: “Home for the Holidays,” readings of short plays by local playwrights, takes a poignant, humorous and even outrageous look at family and amorous relationships at 8 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 15 and 22, and 2 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 16 and 23, in the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way. Look for “Sitcom,” by Mark Saunders, a verbal tango on New Year’s Eve; “Departure,” by Cynthia Rogan, a promise of joy turns on a hard choice; “The Cabin,” by Diane Nichols, has surprise encounters; “To Home,” by Stan Mazor, where a car’s GPS spills the beans; “The Familial,” by Archie Koenig, explores the deep need for familial love; “Best Friends” by Darlene Ensor, dives into love, sex and chocolate cake; and “That Other Thing,” by David Copelin, takes on age gap romance with banana cream pie. This collection of readings is directed by Teresa Peterson, Jeannine Grizzard and Karen Douglas, and features actors Sharon Becker, Bob Brazeau, Cory Davison, Krista Hepford, Patty Herkert, Samantha Holden, Todd Lowenberg, Jeff Ripley and Grizzard. Tickets are $15.
Barnstormers Theatre: 112 Evelyn Ave., Grants Pass. See barnstormersgp.org or call 541-479-3557 for tickets. Group discounts are available.
‘Miracle on 34th Street’: This Christmas comedy-drama adapted by Mountain Community Theater from the novel by Valentine Davies is a heartwarming story of Kris Kringle, who gets a job as Santa at Macy’s department store. He sends waves of goodwill to the store’s customers and all who meet him, but a corporate vocational counselor sees him as deluded and dangerous, and Kringle winds up in court as a fake. Especially at stake is one little girl’s belief in Santa. Curtain is at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14-15, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16. Tickets are $15.
Camelot Theatre: 101 Talent Ave., Talent. Tickets and information available at camelottheatre.org or 541-535-5250.
‘Oliver!’: Lionel Bart’s musical adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel “Oliver Twist” brings to life the streets of Victorian England as orphan Oliver goes from mistreatment in the London workhouses to falling in with a gang of pickpockets before finally finding a family and his true home. Camelot’s production features Liam Hokama as the orphan boy Oliver. Lanny Horn, Kristen Calvin, Bjorn Johnson and others fill out the cast. Shawn Ramagos directs. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 30. Additional performances will be presented at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24, and 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26. Tickets are $29 to $36. Rush tickets are $20, $10 for students, and available 10 minutes before curtain. A pay-what-you-want show will be at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28.
Collaborative Theatre Project: 555 Medford Center, Medford. Tickets and information are available at ctporegon.org, by calling 541-779-1055 or at the box office. Group rates are available.
‘Tuck Everlasting’: This new musical based on children’s writer Natalie Babbitt’s tale of Winnie Foster and her encounter with the Tuck family, who never age. When Winnie loses her father, and her mother and grandmother mourn, she desperately wants to live again. She runs into the woods, torn between drinking from a spring of eternal life or living her own finite one. Lauren Blair directs. Aubrey Campbell plays Winnie; Evan Sheets, Eoghan McDowell, Alex Boyles and Lisa-Marie Newton play the Tucks. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturdays, Dec. 14-15, Thursdays through Saturdays, Dec. 20-22 and Dec. 27-29. Matinees are set for 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, and Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 22-23 and Dec. 29-30. Tickets are $28, $22 for ages 55 and older, $20 for students and ages 17 and younger, and can be purchased at brownpapertickets.com.
Oregon Cabaret Theatre: 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 $10 and can be purchased 30 minutes before curtain. A 20 percent discount is available for groups of 10 or more.
‘Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some)’: This comic holiday romp by Michael Carleton, Jim FitzGerald and John K. Alvarez — told by Cabaret newcomer Eleise Moore and Cabaret favorites Stephen Kline and Katie Worley Beck — runs through Monday, Dec. 31. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Frid through Monday, Dec. 14-17, and Wednesdays through Mondays, Dec. 19-24 and Dec. 26-31. Matinees are set for 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 15-16, Dec. 22-23, and Dec. 29-30. Rick Robinson directs. Look for live music, holiday stories, carols, stories about strange Christmas traditions and pop-culture references in this madcap holiday tour-de-force. Tickets are $39, $25 for bistro seating.
Randall Theatre: 20 S. Fir St., Medford. Tickets and information are available at randalltheatre.com or by calling 541-632-3258. Pick-your-price tickets are available 30 minutes before shows, subject to availability.
‘A Christmas Carol’: Ebenezer Scrooge spends a lifetime building a fortune based on his belief that personal wealth is more valuable than happiness and comfort. A resounding “Bah! Humbug!” sums up his feelings of Christmas tidings and charitable giving. But one Christmas Eve, the prosperous curmudgeon is visited by three ghosts who force him to face his selfish ways by leading him through his past, present and future. With the ghosts’ guidance, Scrooge realizes his faults and greets Christmas morning with a cheerful “Happy Christmas” before spending the day reconnecting with those that mean the most to him. With book by Lynn Ahrens and Mick Ockrent, music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, this musical adaptation of Charles Dickens is his most well-known story. Paul Cosca directs music and Trevor Pekas is Scrooge, along with Kaiya Bagley, Austin Kelly and Courtney Gage as the ghosts, David Eisenberg as Marley’s ghost, and an ensemble of multiple roles. Alissa Larson choreographs. The show opens Friday, Dec. 14, and runs through Sunday, Dec. 30. Curtain is at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14-15, and Thursdays through Saturdays, Dec. 20-21 and Dec. 27-29. Matinees are set for 2 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 16, 23 and 30. Tickets are $18 for reserved seating; $22 for reserved seating after Dec. 14. Pick your price for general seating, $5, $10, $15 or $20, subject to availability.
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.
‘Willy Wonka’: Teen Musical Theater of Oregon will stage Roald Dahl’s “Willy Wonka,” the story of five children and their families who walk through a fantastic chocolate factory and enter a world of pure imagination. Look for songs from the 1971 film version, along with new music. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, and 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15. Tickets are $24, $12 for ages 12 and younger.