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South Pacific at the Camelot Theatre


South Pacific

“South Pacific” Music by Richard Rodgers
Book & Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize winning novel;
Tales of the South Pacific
by James A. Michener

November 30, 2016 – January 8, 2017 at the Camelot

South Pacific, the Musical

South Pacific

About South Pacific, the Musical

Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical, Best Libretto and Best Score! Set in an island paradise during World War II, two parallel love stories are threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war.

Nellie, a spunky nurse from Arkansas, falls in love with a mature French planter, Emile. When she learns that the mother of his children was an island native, she is unable to turn her back on the prejudices with which she was raised and refuses Emile’s proposal of marriage.

Meanwhile, the courageous Lt. Joe Cable denies himself the fulfillment of a future with an innocent Tonkinese girl with whom he’s fallen in love, based on the same fears that haunt Nellie. When Emile is recruited to accompany Joe on a dangerous mission that may claim both their lives, Nellie must choose between her prejudices or unconditional love and acceptance. Musical numbers include I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa’ My Hair, There Ain’t Nothing Like a Dame and Some Enchanted Evening.

About Camelot Theatre

Camelot Theatre Company is located in Talent, Oregon in the beautiful Rogue Valley, just a few miles north of Ashland. The Camelot has a wonderful new state-of-the-art building, the James M. Collier Theatre. Here is the Mission Statement:

To be of service to the Rogue Valley, Oregon, by producing high-quality affordable plays, musicals and musical events while providing a supportive environment for professional and amateur theatre artists and technicians and inspiring and training adults, teens and children in the theatre arts.

You can read a short history of the theatre company if you click here.

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Chamber Music Concert: Gabe Young & Jodi French


Chamber Music Recital: Oboist Gabe Young and Pianist Jodi French

Gabe Young and Jodi French

Gabe Young and Jodi French

Special Recital at SOU Music Recital Hall

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2016 – 7:30PM
Maurice Ravel – Sonatine for Oboe and Piano
Eugene Goossens – Concerto for Oboe, Op. 45
Camille Saint-Saëns – Sonata for Oboe and Piano in D Major, Op. 166
Jules Massenet – Meditation from Thaïs

“Gabe Young is not only a master of his instrument but an artist of taste and discernment. The sound of his oboe is, for lack of a better word, angelic. There were moments, particularly in the Adagio, when the music seemed to transcend even that exquisite oboe sound, emerging instead as pure, disembodied human expression. Young created a breathtaking spell…” Patrick Rucker, The Washington Post

 

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Gerry O’Beirne at Grizzly Peak Winery


Gerry O’Beirne Thursday, November 17, 2016

Gerry O’Beirne is a renowned singer, songwriter, and guitarist (6 string guitar, tiple and ukulele, slide guitar, among others). He grew up in Ireland and West Africa. He currently resides near Dingle in Co Kerry. His own compositions blend the passion found in traditional music with the freshness of contemporary song.

His album, Half Moon Bay, was cited as one of the 12 best releases of the year by Performing Songwriter magazine and was chosen as on of Folkworld’s top Ten Albums of the year.

Gerry O'Beirne

Gerry O’Beirne

The performance will take place in Grizzly Peak’s barrel room.

Wine and Irish stew will be available for purchase.

Thursday November 17, 2016 at 7:00PM to 9:00PM

Admission $20 / $18 for wine club members
Tickets will soon be available at brownpapertickets.com

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Pine Mountain Lodge, A Musical at Oregon Cabaret Theatre


Pine Mountain Lodge

Tickets $21.00 -35.00 — November 17 – December 31, 2016

A musical featuring Irving Berlin holiday songs this world premier is a story of a returning World War II veteran who’s been tasked with shutting down his late father’s flagging upstate New York hotel, the Pine Mountain Lodge, discovers that the hotel is haunted by two quarreling ghosts – former lovers and famous dance partners. The ghosts put aside past grievances to convince the young man to put on one last show to save the hotel…

Pine Mountain Lodge

Pine Mountain Lodge

To purchase tickets go to OCT’s website.

The Oregon Cabaret Theatre in Ashland is popular with locals as well as visitors. OCT presents musicals, revues, local musicians, and comedies.

The shows are presented in an elegant, theatre-dinner club setting in a restored, church and is on the National Historic register. The original church stained glass is still intact, as are the balconies..

Located in the heart of downtown Ashland, near the Chanticleer Inn B&B. A block from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Cabaret is located at the corner of First and Hargadine Street.

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Spotlight on Kenny Rogers


Spotlight on Kenny Rogers

Kenny Rogers: Script by: Brian M. O’Connor

November 10 – November 20, 2016 at the Camelot Theatre

Kenny Rogers

Spotlight on Rogers

About Spotlight on Kenny Rogers

Recently honored with The Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award and a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Kenny Rogers has been writing and singing music since the 1950s. Name the genre; country, soft-rock, pop, contemporary or jazz – he has done it! Starring Duane George and with a script by Brian Michael O’Connor, Spotlight On Kenny Rogers features 23 hits, including: The Gambler, Lady, Lucille and Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town.

About Camelot Theatre

Camelot Theatre Company is located in Talent, Oregon in the beautiful Rogue Valley, just a few miles north of Ashland. A few minutes drive from the Chanticleer Inn, premier lodging in Ashland OR.

The Camelot has a wonderful new state-of-the-art building, the James M. Collier Theatre. Here is the Mission Statement:

To be of service to the Rogue Valley, Oregon, by producing high-quality affordable plays, musicals and musical events while providing a supportive environment for professional and amateur theatre artists and technicians and inspiring and training adults, teens and children in the theatre arts.

You can read a short history of the theatre company if you click here.

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Decision Tree for Shakespeare Plays


Which Shakespeare Play Should You See First?

by Mya Gosling.

I found this ‘cartoon’ both humous and a fairly good breakdown of Shakespeare’s canon. To see more of Mya Gosling’s work go to her website called Peace, Good-Tickle Brain

Mya Gosling Flowchart

Mya Gosling’s Flowchart to Find a Shakespeare Play

 

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Upper Rogue Wine Trail


Upper Rogue Wine Trail

Last weekend friends and I did a wonderful wine tasting foray on the Upper Rogue Wine Trail. An alternative to the Applegate Valley wines, with equally beautiful country, and interesting wines.

We went to three wineries: Del Rio Vineyards, Folin Cellars, and Kriselle Cellars. The tour plan was to taste three out of the six wineries on the Upper Rogue Wine Trail, and then end up at the Rogue Creamery cheese and Lillie Belle chocolate tasting rooms in Central Point. However, we took our sweet time sipping and relishing the wines, and we ran out of time. This only means we need to do the Wine Trail all over again, and try the other three wineries, and see if we can fit in the chocolate and cheese!

The consensus was …

The wine tasters in the group preferred Folin Cellars‘ wines. The pouring room is stunningly elegant with lovely surrounding gardens.

Folin logo on the tasting room wall

Folin Logo

 

Folin tasting room

Wine tasting with dear friends. They tasted and I sniffed and drove — great team work!

Kriselle Cellars has great pizza, fabulous patio with beautiful views. Operating for just 4 years, Kriselle’s wines, while good now, will surely improve.

Kriselle's Grand Entrance

Kriselle’s Grand Entrance

Rainbow over Kriselle's Vineyard

Rainbow over Kriselle’s Vineyard

Del Rio Vineyards had lovely wines, friendly staff, and a quaint historic building for their tasting room.

Del Rio Winery

Del Rio Vineyards

Locations: The Upper Rogue Wine Trail is about 35 minutes from the inn. Most of the wineries branch off Rt 234 running east-west just north of the Table Rock formations between Gold Hill (at I-5 Exit 43) and Butte Falls. www.upperrougewinetrail.com

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Cabernet Franc Trellis on the Upper Rogue Trail

Cabernet Franc Trellis

Cabernet Franc ready to pick!

Cabernet Franc ready to pick!

Sippin' wine on Kriselle's patio -- looking cool in those shades

Sippin’ wine on Kriselle’s patio — looking cool in those shades

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Kevin Nakatani at Oregon Cabaret Theatre


Songs They Won’t Let Us Sing

Kevin Nakatani — October 19, 2016 — Tickets $15.00 

Operatic bass Kevin Nakatani joins OCT Artistic Director Valerie Rachelle to perform their funny, heart-warming two person cabaret-style show.

Oregon Cabaret Theatre is lucky to have Kevin for a one-night show with Valerie Rachelle. Perhaps the promise of singing songs “they” won’t let them sing is too tempting?

Kevin Nakatani Bio:

Kevin Nakatani is on his 10th season with Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theater. Originally from Northern California, Kevin now calls Logan, UT his home. Outside of his roles performed with UFOMT, Mr. Nakatani has recently been seen locally as Doctor Grenvil in La Traviata and Prince Yamadori in Madama Butterfly with Utah Opera, Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Utah Lyric Opera, as well as Monterone in Rigoletto and Zuniga in Carmen with Opera Idaho. Prior to moving to Utah, Kevin has also appeared with West Bay Opera, Livermore Valley Opera, San Francisco Lyric Opera, and Opera San José.

Kevin Nakatani

Note: Online ticketing is unavailable for this show, instead call OCT

The Oregon Cabaret Theatre in Ashland is popular with locals as well as visitors. OCT presents musicals, revues, local musicians, and comedies.

The shows are presented in an elegant, theatre-dinner club setting in a restored, church and is on the National Historic register. The original church stained glass is still intact, as are the balconies..

Chanticleer Inn B&B premiere lodging near the Cabaret Theatre, which located in the heart of downtown Ashland Oregon; and near to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Cabaret is located at the corner of First and Hargadine Street.

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Neil Simon “I Ought to Be in Pictures” at the Camelot Theatre


I Ought to Be in Pictures

A Play Written by Neil Simon

October 12 – November 6, 2016

Neil Simon

“I Ought to Be In Pictures” by Neil Simon

 

About Neil Simon Play I Ought To Be In Pictures

In this Tony Award winning play, Herb Tucker, a Hollywood scriptwriter currently “freelancing”, is surprised when his forgotten past reappears in the form of Libby, his teenage daughter who’s trekked from Brooklyn to West Hollywood with hopes of becoming a movie star. Left 16 years ago, Libby barely remembers her father, but she is convinced that Herb holds the keys to the Hollywood Kingdom! With Steffy (his on and off again girlfriend) at his side, Herb decides to take another stab at fatherhood and hopefully this time, get it right.

About Camelot Theatre

Camelot Theatre Company is located in Talent, Oregon in the beautiful Rogue Valley, just a few miles north of Ashland. In just a few minutes drive from excellent lodging in Ashland OR, the Chanticleer Inn B&B.

The Camelot has a wonderful new state-of-the-art building, the James M. Collier Theatre. Here is the Mission Statement:
To be of service to the Rogue Valley, Oregon, by producing high-quality affordable plays, musicals and musical events while providing a supportive environment for professional and amateur theatre artists and technicians and inspiring and training adults, teens and children in the theatre arts.

You can read a short history of the theatre company if you click here.

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Life-Uncorked! on Southern Oregon Wines


Life-Uncorked! Reviews Southern Oregon Wines

Life-Uncorked

Life-Uncorked

Life-Uncorked — web-based blog magazine — writes a great article providing a wonderful list of some of the best wineries in Southern Oregon. All of these wineries are within easy driving distance from the Chanticleer Inn.

Southern Oregon: An Emerging, Exciting Wine Destination

by Susan Montgomery

When you think about Oregon wines, what comes to mind first?  Is it the Willamette Valley? If so, think again. Think the Rogue Valley, 230 miles south of Willamette around Medford, where you can find some of the best wines in the country—wines that are certainly comparable in quality to the wonderful Willamette wines—not just Pinot Noirs, but also Tempranillos, Chardonnays, Syrahs, Viogniers, Malbecs, Cab Francs and more.

Medford is easily accessible, too, about 30 miles from the California and Oregon border.

The microclimates and varied terrain (high and low, mountains, valleys, deserts and rivers) of this beautiful area are conducive to nurturing a wide range of varietals. While the area was virtually undiscovered a few years ago, it is now emerging on the radar of many wine connoisseurs. At least 150 wineries are currently thriving in the area and more are coming on board all the time. But for visitors, the region is still a very desirable wine destination with its boutique, welcoming, mostly family-run wineries in picturesque settings, and most with reasonable tasting room and wine prices.

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