Theatre & Film Festivals
CTC is proud to announce the next regular season show will open on Friday, March 14 (with a preview night on Thursday, March 13). Funny Money is an English farce written by Ray Cooney whose writing career to date has sent 18 plays to London’s West End, including his biggest success Run for Your Wife.
Funny Money is a play that everyone can relate to. What would you do if you picked up the wrong briefcase on your way home from the office? Take it to the police, of course. But what if the briefcase contained nearly a million pounds in used bank notes? Suffice it to say that lead character Henry’s wife ends up with a nervous breakdown, Henry ends up with his best friend’s wife and a drug dealer ends up with Henry’s briefcase. There are also two policemen and a taxi driver whose lives will never be the same again.
The cast for this show includes Jean Perkins played by Rebecca Singer, Henry Perkins by Tom Kelley, Bill by Ethan Antram, Sgt. Davenport by Craig Simi, Betty Johnson by Janis Sharpe, Vic Johnson by Bill Casler, Slater by Will Futterman and a passer-by Michael Donnenwerth.
Ron McCracken will be making his directing debut at CTC with this show.
This British farce will keep you laughing and engaged throughout.
Tickets: 541-389-0803. Box office open 12-4pm ,Monday - Friday. www.cascadestheatrical.org. The show runs until March 29.
CALLING ALL TEENS
CTC proudly presents All Aspects Theater. This is a hands-on, multi-week series of workshops for ages 13-18. From curtain up to curtain call this program will encompass everything to do with mounting a stage production. This program will be lead by Brad Thompson, who has a master’s degree from the University of St. Thomas, in St. Paul, Minnesota and an extensive theatre background.
Classes run on Wednesdays and Saturdays until April 19, culminating with a Shakespearean Monologue competition. Tuition is $150. Scholarships and multi-family member discounts available. For that teen who has an interest in any aspect of theater this is the class for them.
LessonPLAN (Performing Live Arts Now), the Tower Theatre Foundation’s award-winning series bringing students and families to the theatre and using performing arts to enhance education, returns Friday, February 7 at 7pm for its third season with an adaptation of the award-winning Warriors Don’t Cry. The drama recounts a very personal story of 15 year-old Melba Pattillo, portrayed by actress by Jessica Maria Kight, enduring violence and discrimination as she and eight other African-American students, known as the “Little Rock Nine,” integrate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957.
This one-woman performance, in Melba’s own words, is produced by The Bushnell Center in Harford, Connecticut. “When we started working on Warriors over three years ago, there was no way to predict its relevance to the current discussions about bullying, immigration and similar headlines,” said Scott Galbraith at The Bushnell. Equally important, it now demonstrates the progress made in race relations over the past five decades.
541-317-0700 or TowerTheatre.org. NOTE: Recommended for ages 11-18. Contains historically accurate language, including the “N” word.
Stage Right Productions and 2nd Street Theater present Picasso at The Lapin Agile by Steve Martin, directed by David DaCosta. The production features the characters of Albert Einstein, played by John Page (Spamalot) and Pablo Picasso played by Alex Elmaleh (Working), who meet at a bar called the Lapin Agile (Nimble Rabbit) in Montmartre, Paris.
It is set on October 8, 1904 and both men are on the verge of an amazing idea (Einstein will publish his special theory of relativity in 1905 and Picasso will paint Les Demoiselles d’Avignon in 1907) when they find themselves at the Lapin Agile, where they have a lengthy debate about the value of genius and talent while interacting with a host of other characters.
Director David DaCosta (Spamalot, Assassins, Sordid Lives) has added an interesting twist to the telling of this story. Still set in the Lapin Agile, we now move the action forward to the present day, where new bar owners Freddy (Kevin McVey) and Germaine (Sherrise Esther: Sordid Lives, Evil Dead) discover that their guests are the ghosts of the past. “By setting up the bar patrons as ghosts, we lose nothing of Martin’s original intent, that is to explore the transcendent nature of Picasso’s work in art and Einstein’s in the field of science. We simply take it to the next level, or to the beyond!”
Also Starring Gary Fulkerson (Spamalot), Ken McClintock, Trey Hinkle (Spamalot) and Kara Davison (Company, Spamalot, Evil Dead).
Funny, irreverent and thought provoking, Picasso at the Lapin Agile runs January 17 through February 1, 2014 at 2nd Street Theater. Performances are Thursday thru Saturday 7:30pm with two Sunday matinees at 3pm. Tickets are $19 adults, $16 student/seniors.
There will be a champagne reception beginning at 6:30pm. Stage Right Productions will be donating a portion of the proceeds from that night’s performance to the director, David DaCosta’s family, who recently experienced astronomical medical expenses due to complications with the birth of their new son, Lincoln.