Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Catherine Coulson Teaches Class on “Guys and Dolls” — May 9, 2015

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: April 19th, 2015 | 0 Comments

Catherine Coulson teaches a free class on OSF's  musical "Guys and Dolls"

[caption id="attachment_4408" align="alignright" width="200"]Catherine Coulson Catherine Coulson[/caption] Learn more about the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's musical "Guys and Dolls" from actor extraordinaire Catherine Coulson on May 9, 2015. Each year, a variety of OSF actors teach classes for the Siskiyou Center.  Go to Siskiyou Center's website to see the in-depth theater education programs and other free classes. The classes are free of charge, but please call 541-482-0260 or email and let her know if you are attending to arrange for the right amount of seating and refreshments. Location: Ashland Springs Hotel, 212 E. Main Street Date: May 9, 2015 Time: 10-11am  

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Attract Hummingbirds to Your Garden

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: April 18th, 2015 | 0 Comments

"Attracting Hummingbirds to Your Garden"

[caption id="attachment_4398" align="alignright" width="262"]Hummingbirds Calliope Hummingbirds[/caption] Learn what to do in your garden to attract hummingbirds. Klamath Bird Observatory's month of May "Talk and “Walk"" presented by Laura Fleming, a KBO Board Member Talk: Wednesday, May 6th 6:30-8pm Laura Fleming is opening Wild Birds Unlimited in Medford this spring.  The “Walk” for this event will be an invitation to visit Wild Birds Unlimited at its new location plus a gift certificate offering a discount on purchases. $25 fee is for both the Talk and Walk.  Contact to sign up.  

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Musical of Musicals (the Musical) Oregon Cabaret Theater

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: April 14th, 2015 | 0 Comments

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Musical of Musicals (the Musical!)

Music by Eric Rockwell Lyrics by Joanne Bogart Oregon Cabaret Theatre presents a hilarious satire of musical theater, a single story is transformed into five mini-musicals, each written and composed in the distinctive style of a different master of the musical theater form: Rodgers & Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, Jerry Herman, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Kander & Ebb. Roberta Kent writing for the Mail Tribune says:
"“The Musical of Musicals (the Musical!)” is a delightful spoof on Broadway musicals. Don’t let the way-too-clever title of the Oregon Cabaret Theatre’s new offering put you off. It is a valentine without being saccharine and a tribute without being slavish — and great fun."
Musical of Musicals plays April 8 - May 17, 2015  For show times and ordering tickets go here.  

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Chanticleer Inn Garden Spring Flowers

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: March 29th, 2015 | 0 Comments

Chanticleer Inn Garden in Spring

Over the years, more than 1,500 bulbs have been planted throughout the gardens.  Some are early spring bloomers, such as those in these pictures, others are mid- and late-spring blooming. Ever a challenge in the Chanticleer Inn garden, thankfully, the deer don't like daffodils and hyacinths (yet). [caption id="attachment_4241" align="alignleft" width="189"]Chanticleer Inn Garden Daffodils[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4243" align="alignright" width="189"]Chanticleer Inn garden Tassel Bush and Red Camellias[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4244" align="alignleft" width="180"]Chanticleer Inn Garden Wood Hyacinths[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4242" align="alignright" width="184"]Chanticleer Inn Garden Miniature Daffodils[/caption]

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Camelot Theatre: “Sunset Boulevard”, starring Livia Genise

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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. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="354"]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[/caption] 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"
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

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

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: March 9th, 2015 | 0 Comments

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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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Ashland Farmers Market Opens March 17, 2015

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2015 Ashland Farmers Market Opens

[caption id="attachment_4117" align="alignright" width="300"]ashland farmers market Organic Carrots[/caption] 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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Siskiyou Center: Learn more

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: February 21st, 2015 | 0 Comments

Siskiyou Center: Shakespeare, Women and Song

[caption id="attachment_1028" align="alignright" width="372"]Siskiyou Center Miles Fletcher and Robin Goodrin Nordli in "Into The Woods" (photo by T. Charles Erickson)[/caption] 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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2014 Falstaff Awards:

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: February 11th, 2015 | 0 Comments

Oregon Shakespeare Festival Actors and Designers Receive 2014 Falstaff Awards

Today announced the nominees and winners for their 2014 Falstaff Awards.
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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's website.  

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St. Claire Productions presents: Josh Feinberg sitar and Ravi Albright tabla

Posted by:Ellen | Posted on: February 4th, 2015 | 0 Comments

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Josh Feinberg sitar, with Ravi Albright, tabla traditional Indian ragas

Come and enjoy an evening of traditional Indian ragas with Feinberg and Albright this Saturday. More about Josh Feinberg sitar and more about Ravi Albright tabla Saturday, February 7, 2015 8pm Tickets: $20/advance, $22/door, $10/teens 12-17, children under 12 are free with paying adult. Unitarian Fellowship, 4th and C Streets, Ashland Often in the off-season the Chanticleer Inn B&B donates room(s) to Ariella St. Claire Production musicians. This coming weekend, we will be hosting Josh and Ravi.  

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