Theatre & Film Festivals
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
Thoroughly Modern Productions (TMP) is in the midst of rehearsals for a production of The Wizard of Oz on a scale that Central Oregon has never seen before. It’s all in preparation for the curtain going up for six shows August 22-31 at Bend’s Summit Theater, on the campus of Summit High.
With a cast of nearly 70 actors, singers, dancers and musicians, The Wizard of Oz will fill nearly every inch of Summit’s massive stage and state-of-the-art theatre with excitement. The driving force behind the production are members of the same creative team that delivered Monty Python’s Spamalot to record-breaking audiences at the Tower Theatre last Fall: David DaCosta, the show’s director and TMP’s artistic director, Musical Director Scott Michaelson and Dakota Weeda, choreography director. Together, they are working with a cast of some of Central Oregon’s most seasoned talent to bring this classic, now celebrating its 75th anniversary, to life.
Along with a cast of adults, The Wizard of Oz will feature some of Central Oregon’s most talented youth. Currently enrolled in TMP’s Wizard of Oz Summer Theater Camp, nearly 40 children ages five to 16 will join the cast of adults in roles ranging from munchkins to flying monkeys to the lead role of Dorothy.
Skylar Adams, a 16-year-old member of TMP’s Summer Theater Camp, earned the role of Dorothy by auditioning alongside the adults. “Skylar came out of nowhere, much like Dorothy herself when she landed in Oz, and surprised every one of us with her talent, spirit and energy,” says the show’s Producer, Gary Fulkerson.
“It was quite a magical moment when we all looked across the table at each other and realized that our Dorothy was coming right out of the camp itself.”
With several shows already on her resume and as the reigning Miss Teen Central Oregon competing this year for the title of Miss Teen Oregon, Skylar is no stranger to the stage. She will be featured as Dorothy singing the National Anthem at the Bend Elks home closer on August 10.
Thanks to the theatre camp element, The Wizard of Oz will feature a number of Central Oregon families sharing the stage together for the first time. “It’s an amazing story on so many levels,” says DaCosta. “Our goal is always to bring people together by producing the highest level of theater in Central Oregon for them to enjoy. But with so many families coming together on stage for this classic show, we’ve taken it to a whole new level.”
There is no shortage of storylines or talent with this production. Says DaCosta, “We are incredibly excited at Thoroughly Modern Productions to have developed a true partnership with the amazing people at Summit Theater. Expect the highest quality show. Expect surprises at every turn. Expect the time of your life enjoying this timeless classic.”
A local production company that has grown rapidly since its debut in 2013, Thoroughly Modern Productions strives to inspire, nurture, challenge, educate and empower artists and audiences alike. TMP is an alternative performance company with a commitment to helping develop original theatre artists locally, serving the community by providing a wealth of theatrical experiences to people of all ages and abilities, fostering new works that examine our present through the past, and presenting theatre that is experienced actively, not passively.