Theatre & Film Festivals
The Panther Theatre Company (Redmond High School’s theatre troupe) will present a music-infused, 60’s-inspired version of Moliere’s classic, The Imaginary Invalid, November 12-15 at the Redmond High School (RHS) auditorium.
This adaptation of the classic French farce, adapted by Oded Gross and Tracy Young for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2011, is sure to remind audiences that laughter is truly the best medicine. Directed by Hilda Beltran Wagner, with production support from Rachel Sarrett and vocal coaching by Russ Seaton, the play features an ensemble of 30 RHS students bringing to life a pop-music score and a non-stop retro-romp of groan-inducing puns, sight-gags, slapstick and a surprisingly sincere message about finding life’s joys.
Set in the 1960s, this adaptation embraces Moliere’s brilliantly satirical look at the medical profession through a script that appeals equally to the heart and the funny bone. In The Imaginary Invalid, Argan (senior Sayre Grant) is the model of perfect health…except for the fact that he thinks he’s chronically ill. And what with rising medical costs, it only makes sense he should see his daughter well married – preferably to a doctor – in order to keep his excessive treatment expenses to a minimum.
The idea meets opposition, particularly from his sassy servant Toinette (junior Sierra Sterrett), when it becomes clear that his daughter’s affections lie elsewhere. Soon the entire household is involved in an elaborate, uproarious plot to protect Argan from his quack doctors and to restore his belief in true love.
November 12-14, 7pm November 15, 2pm & 7pm
Pre-order tickets online at http://redmondhs.seatyourself.biz
In advance (online): $10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 K-12 students
At the door $12 adults, $10 seniors, and $5 students
A Paris hotel room in 1963: a famous American movie director is being interviewed by a French critic who, due to his history of harsh criticism, is generally not well liked by the film community. The relationship between these two, however, is surprisingly amicable. Or at least, it appears to be. A loyal but infirmed wife, a strong and loyal secretary, a mysterious woman, a serious accusation, a letter opener. You do the math.
Panic is directed by Shakespearian actor Liam O’Sruitheain, who starred in Angel Street and directed The Game’s Afoot last season. He is assisted by Erica Boismenu. The play stars Tracy James Anderson, Patricia West-Del Ruth, Skye Stafford, Will Futterman and Tori Miller.
Panic opens October 10 and runs through October 25. Tickets can easily be purchased online with no fees at cascadestheatrical.org, or by phoning the box office at 541-389-0803. Adults $20, seniors (60+) $16 and students $13. October 9 is preview night, where theatre-goers can watch the final dress rehearsal for $10, paid at the door. All performances begin at 7:30pm.
The next show in Cascades Theatrical Company’s Main Stage lineup is Humbug. Auditions will be held at CTC on Monday and Tuesday, October 20 and 21 at 7pm. The requirements are six women, five men, and one young actor to play a nine-year-old boy. Humbug runs December 5 through December 20.
A special Halloween treat is the All Aspects Teen Theatre production of William Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead: The True and Accurate Account of the 1599 Zombie Plague. Students produce and star in this spooky and cleverly-written show that runs October 30 through November 2. Tickets for this event are frighteningly cheap at $8. Zombies wanted.
And don’t forget Jazz at Joe’s Saturday, October 4 at 7:30pm at CTC.
The quirky but down-to-earth residents of a small town are faced with the discovery of Harry Worp inconveniently appearing on the hillside above the town. Each person has a different idea of what needs to be done with Harry and whom is responsible. The trouble with Harry is that he’s dead.
Alfred Hitchcock is the acknowledged Master of Suspense. He could simply say “Good Evening” and send a suspenseful thrill through the listener. “Indeed, the willful perversity of Hitchcock’s films is what makes them so effective. Even the most ordinary details become the source of nameless dread: a shower, a staircase, a window, a flock of birds, an innocuous door that just can’t seem to stay closed. And it’s always ordinary, everyday people who become entrapped and entangled in this web of Hitchcockian intrigue,” wrote Judge Gary Militzer.
BEAT (quality youth theatre) has taken on the challenge of presenting Alfred Hitchcock’s The Trouble with Harry on stage. Leila Smith-Daines is directing the cast and is delighted to see the actors’ reactions to 1954, specifically to no cell phones and test patterns shown on TV, but also to the witty banter. Even the six year old character, Arnie Rogers (LioDitta), is caught up in the uniqueness of being able to run free in the woods unaccompanied, living the dream.
The film, The Trouble with Harry was experimental, an odd black comedy which perfectly combined many of the elements of obsession, suspense, witty observation and human psychology that Hitchcock doted. The play’s small cast is crucial to the success of The Trouble with Harry.
It is built upon peculiar non-responses to the death. It is as if the audience is taken into a slightly eerie dream formula. Hitchcock wryly called this film an “expensive self-indulgence” but he continued with, “the humor is quite rich.”
Peter Bradshaw wrote, “Bernard Herrmann composed the music for The Trouble with Harry; it was his first score for Hitchcock. This rhythmic musical soundtrack and the rollicking tongue-in-cheek attitude taken by Hitchcock . . . are two of the chief reasons that it works so well.” Smith-Daines loves the depth Herrmann’s scores bring to the scenes.
The character Sam Monroe (Riley Kenna), is a misjudged artist whose paintings are sold by the local shopkeeper. She hangs one the wrong way up. With a tolerant snicker, Sam turns it around – but isn’t the least bit annoyed. When the film was released, no one knew which way up to hang The Trouble with Harry. It’s time to take another look! Alfred Hitchcock’s brilliant and comedic whodunit is fun for the entire family.
Alfred Hitchcock’s The Trouble with Harry, screenplay by John M. Hayes, based on the novel by Jack Trevor Story, stage adaptation by Daniel Estes.
2nd Street Theater Performances
September 26, 27, October 3, 4 at 7pm, September 27, 28, October 4, 5 at 2pm