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Camelot Theatre: “Sunset Boulevard”, starring Livia Genise


Camelot Theatre “Sunset Boulevard” — a Review

Livia Genise’s version of Sunset Boulevard is a “kinder, gentler version of tale told in classic Wilder movie” says Roberta Kent writing for the Daily Tidings.
I always love to promote the ‘other’ performing arts venues in the Rogue Valley.  The town of Talent, just a few miles up the road from Ashland, is the home of the Camelot Theatre.

This community theater does a wonderful job mainly due the untiring efforts of its Artist Director Livia Genise.

Livia Genise plays Norma Desmond and Nathan Monks is Joe Gillis in Camelot Theatre's production of "Sunset Boulevard." Photo courtesy of Steve Sutfin

Camelot Theatre’s production of “Sunset Boulevard.” Livia Genise plays Norma Desmond and Nathan Monks is Joe Gillis in Photo courtesy of Steve Sutfin

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Book and Lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton
Based on the Billy Wilder Film
Starring Livia Genise and Nathan Monks
Directed by Roy Von Rains, Jr.

Go here to read Roberta Kent’s review of “Sunset Boulevard

Details:
8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m.
Sundays through April 19 at the Camelot Theatre, 101 Talent Avenue, Talent.
For tickets ($25–29), call 541–535-5250 or go to www.camelottheatre.org
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March 26th, 2015

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Guys and Dolls” 2015 Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Big Fat Musical


Guys and Dolls

Guys and Dolls

Guys and Dolls – a Review

Guys and Dolls is truly entertaining and very well done … this coming from someone who loves music and especially dance, but not particularly musical theater.

If you like musical theater, then you must go to see Guys and Dolls.  Others who are musical theater lovers, such as, my friend Jim are loving the show.

The two lead women, Kate Hurster and Robin Goodrin Nordli, really sparkle and shine, nearly stealing the show.  I also loved how Rodney Gardiner played Nathan Detroit.  The dancing was excellent, perhaps the best choreography Oregon Shakespeare Festival has done yet (err, in a long time).

David Stabler’s review (see it here) provides another view, funnily enough reflecting much of what I think and feel.

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March 9th, 2015

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Ashland Farmers Market Opens March 17, 2015


2015 Ashland Farmers Market Opens

ashland farmers market

Organic Carrots

Always fun, the Ashland Farmers market, also called Rogue Valley Growers and Crafters Market, provides a wide selection of locally grown fruits and vegetables.  As well as herbs, plants, soaps and crafts.  Music and food booths add to the festive feel.

TUESDAYS
8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the National Guard Armory on 1420 E. Main Street

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March 6th, 2015

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Siskiyou Center: Learn more


Siskiyou Center: Shakespeare, Women and Song

Siskiyou Center

Miles Fletcher and Robin Goodrin Nordli in “Into The Woods” (photo by T. Charles Erickson)

If you want an immersive program to learn more about Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s spring plays and meet those who actually make it happen, check out Siskiyou Center’s program April 19–24.

Theatre Instructor: Barzin Akhavan

Topics that will be covered:

  • What’s the connection between Shakespeare and modern musical theater and how they overlap?
  • Find out how a musical theater performer uses a score with language, not notes, to tell a story.  Learn how an actor uses the musicality of Shakespeare’s words to make the language clear for the audience.
  • Discover some of the unconventional female characters who are on stage at Oregon Shakespeare Festival this season, and how they contribute to the overall production.
  • Delve into the world premiere production of the absorbing tale of Fingersmith, aptly described by Oregon Shakespeare Festival as “a wild ride of a Victorian crime thriller!”

Siskiyou Center Program includes pre– and post-show discussions with an Oregon Shakespeare Festival professional artist who will introduce characters and background information for each performance, and provide guest instructors to help you get the most out of your theater experience.

Daily Schedule

Click HERE to see a day-by-day schedule complete with class times, meals, and theater performances.

Program Fee Includes:

  • Tickets to 3 performances at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival
  • Ticket to 1 performance at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre
  • 13 lectures/discussions with theater professionals and Shakespeare scholars
  • 13 meals (5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners—2 dinners “on your own”)
  • Final dinner at a wonderful restaurant in Ashland

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February 21st, 2015

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2014 Falstaff Awards: PlayShakespeare.com


Oregon Shakespeare Festival Actors and Designers Receive 2014 Falstaff Awards

Today PlayShakespeare.com announced the nominees and winners for their 2014 Falstaff Awards. 

Falstaff Awards

2014 Falstaff Awards

Around the world, the Falstaff Awards recognize extraordinary and notable achievements in the categories of Best Play, Best Director, Best Performance by a Male or Female Actor, among other performance and technical categories.

Not surprisingly, a number of Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s actors and designers received the 2014 Falstaff Award, and more were nominated in various categories.

For Kate T. Vogt‘s comic and notable role as Launce in The Two Gentlemen of Verona, she was awarded Best Female Supporting Performance. Many were delighted in how she tried her best to upstage Crab ably played by Picasso, the now famous Great Pyrenees dog.

In the technical categories: Daniel Ostling won Best Scenic Design and Alexander V. Nichols, was the winner of Best Lighting Design, (both for their effective and elegant work on The Tempest) and U. Jonathan Toppo won in Best Choreography or Fight Direction (for Richard III, it’s safe to assume that the award was for fight direction not for dance).

For the complete list of Falstaff Award nominees and winners you may visit PlayShakespeare.com’s website.

 

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February 11th, 2015

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SNL Uses Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Costumes


Do those costumes look familiar?  They should … Saturday Night Live used Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s costumes for a skit.  Who knew?

 

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January 27th, 2015

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Great Society” up for another prize


The play ‘The Great Society’ a finalist for an Edward M. Kennedy Prize

OSF Great Society

OSF Great Society

The Great Society’ is a finalist for 2015 Edward M. Kennedy Prize in the drama inspired by American history category.

Every year, the Edward M. Kennedy Prize is given via Columbia University to a new play or musical. Excerpted from he Prize’s mission statement “…enlists theater’s power to explore the past of the United States, to participate meaningfully in the great issues of our day through the public conversation, grounded in historical understanding, that is essential to the functioning of a democracy.”

Few plays qualify more completely than Oregon Shakespeare Festival‘s “Great Society”

The Prize will be announced on or after February 22, 2015, the anniversary of Senator Kennedy’s birth.  The winning play will receive an award of $100,000, and will be honored in a ceremony at Columbia later this spring.

Stay tuned, I get the feeling the “Great Society” will once again be in the news.

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December 29th, 2014

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Lithia Park — Duck Pond with Maple Trees


Lithia Park

Lithia Park

Lithia Park, Duck Pond and Foliage

By far my favorite time to be in Lithia Park!  The park truly offers a four-season experience, but the colors of the Autumn are particularly stunning.

 

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November 2nd, 2014

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It’s A Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Play” at the Cabaret Nov — Dec


Oregon Cabaret Theatre does “It’s A Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Play” Nov – Dec

It's a Wonderful Life

It’s a Wonderful Life

Five actors, supported by clever sound effects and a piano present the classic holiday drama in a fresh and engaging way that makes us discover it anew.

As a New York Times review said: “Dear devoted fans of a certain 1946 Frank Capra holiday movie: Relax. This live radio play production has done absolutely no harm to the original. In fact, it has added another layer of nostalgia…it’s easy for the audience to get caught up in the fun of creating reality from imagination and obvious artifice.”

Step back in time to the golden age of radio and become the studio audience for this delightfully inventive re-telling of George Bailey’s heart-warming story.
November 21 – December 31
Previews November 19 & 20
Performances nightly @ 8:00 except:
Nov 24, 27; Dec 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 24, 25
Saturday and Sunday Brunch matinees at 1:00
Oregon Cabaret Theatre hits the spot if you’re looking for fun, talented and campy entertainment.  Ashland’s only performing arts venue that has shows on Monday nights!
For more information visit their website

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November 1st, 2014

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Bill Rauch on the Staging of “All the Way” and “Great Society”


Austin Chronicle Interviews Bill Rauch

Bill Rauch, Artistic Director, of Oregon Shakespeare Festival talks about the staging of both “All the Way” and “Great Society” with Robert Faires of the Austin Chronicle.  For the article go here.

In two years, Robert Schenkkan’s play about Lyndon B. Johnson’s ascension to presidency in All the Way premiered at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival; it then moved to Broadway with Bryan Cranston starring; where it broke box-office records and won a slew of awards, including two Tonys; and was picked up by HBO for a film version. Now in 2014 the sequel, The Great Society,  premiered at Oregon Shakespeare Festival.  Both plays will be in rep in Seattle Rep in the fall/winter season of 2014/2015.

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October 14th, 2014

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