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Theatre & Film Festivals

Redmond Proficiency Academy to perform Almost Maine

Performing Arts students from the Redmond Proficiency Academy (RPA) will perform Almost, Maine - a wintry tale of falling in, falling out and tripping over love.


An almost small ensemble cast takes on various characters of a community from a town that almost doesn’t exist and almost got organized. Scene by scene, the citizens of Almost tell their heartfelt tales of love and woe, and what they would do for love, almost. “You’re probably going to laugh. You’re probably going to cry and you’re probably going to enjoy it,” said sophomore Katie Bullock, who is acting and helping with costume design. “I’m just really happy to see this department flourish.”


The cast of 10 features eight RPA high school students and two RPA middle school students. “I think that it’s a great play, and we have a great cast and crew to make it work,” said Marli Messner, a seventh grade student at RPA. “I’m also very excited about working alongside high school students, and I can already tell that I will grow from the experience.”


RPA Theatre Arts instructor Tori Miller is directing the play. “It’s a challenge rehearsing and building off-site, then trucking everything over, but this play definitely benefits from having a smaller, more intimate performance space,” Miller said. “As a learning experience for the students, nothing is more educational than performing an arm’s reach from your audience… they see everything!”


Senior Daniel Altamirano, the production’s stage manager, said, “We all have our back stories, and this play taps into at least one thing every audience member can relate to.”


The Performing Arts Department will return to the RPA West Campus in April for the Spring comedy musical, Lucky Stiff. Auditions will be held in February and are open to both middle and high school students.


Friday, December 5 at 7pm
Saturday, December 6 at 2pm and 7pm
Friday, December 12 at 7pm
Saturday, December 13 at 2pm and 7pm
Forest Hall (aka The Printing Post)
639 SW Forest Ave.
Students $5
General Admission $8
Call 541-526-0882 for reservations

Redmond High School Theatre Presents The Imaginary Invalid

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

Panic at Cascades Theatrical Company

Read more: Panic at Cascades Theatrical CompanyA 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.

Janis Sharpe at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 541-389-0803. Read more about Land of the Dead and other great things AATT has planned for this season at cascadestheatrical.org.

And don’t forget Jazz at Joe’s Saturday, October 4 at 7:30pm at CTC.