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CTP, Randall join list of theater closures

The last two curtains have dropped among major Rogue Valley theater companies taking a preventive intermission during the coronavirus pandemic.

Collaborative Theatre Project and Randall Theatre Company, both of Medford, announced Monday they would suspend operations — leading to the postponements of three shows and the cancellation of one.

The venues join the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Oregon Cabaret Theatre, the Camelot Theatre and Craterian theater in going dark as the extent of the virus becomes more clear.

Randall (99 seats) and CPT (92) had stated that their relatively small capacity would allow them to stay open under the first round of restrictions announced last Thursday by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown. As that limit on the size of groups decreased, however, it became apparent that the theaters would not be able to continue.

At CPT, this means lowering the curtain on the ongoing production of “Our Town,” which had been scheduled to run until April 12.

In an announcement on the company’s website, CTP said the production of the Thornton Wilder classic was being suspended “in order to respect the safety and well-being of our cast, crew and loyal patrons” — but added that the show would return at a date to be determined this year.

Meanwhile, because of the economic impact associated with the virus, CPT announced the cancellation of “Amelie,” which was to run May 14 through June 14 after “Our Town.”

“Under the current economic conditions,” the website announcement reads, (“Amelie”) has become too costly to produce at this time.”

The company, however, said it intends to produce a show during that same time period, and that it would work to schedule “Amelie” for its 2021 season.

For more information, email CTP at CTPOregon@gmail.com.

It’s much the same news for Randall Theatre Company, which didn’t have a multi-week show in production at the moment, but nonetheless has made a series of postponements.

“It’s Comedy Tonight,” a comedy variety show hosted by Freeway Farrell, has been postponed until 9 p.m. Friday, April 24.

The scheduled brunch and dinner performances of “A Murder Mystery Dinner: Murder at Rancho Mucho Denaros” have been rescheduled for Friday, May 8 (for the dinner show) and Sunday, May 10 (for the brunch).

“Lumina’s Heart,” an evening featuring the “Sounds, Sights & Stories of the Celtic Lands,” will be rescheduled for the middle of May.

The three-week production of “I Do! I Do!,” slated for April 3-19, has been postponed until further notice.

In a message on the Randall Theatre website, the company states “it is our intention to reschedule the run of this high-spirited musical comedy at a time when more of our patrons will be able to enjoy it.”

For information about Randall Theatre, call 541-632-3258.

Photo by Steve SutfinGeorge Gibbs, left, RL Siler, middle and Emily Webb in Collaborative Theatre Project's production of "Our Town."