Song and Dance September 7 – November 4
Previews September 5 & 6
Performances Thursday-Monday @ 8:00, Sunday brunch matinees @ 1:00
Two of the Cabaret’s most popular and polished performers come together to create an enchanting evening of brilliant song and thrilling dance. Kymberli Colbourne has been a stand-out performer in recent productions of Whodunit and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. Her ability to connect with the audience, her rich, expressive voice and her skill at creating both touching and comic characters always delight. Christopher George Patterson brings charm and charisma galore, a soaring soulful voice and dazzling dance to the party. Read More
WOODY GUTHRIE’S AMERICAN SONG, August 8 – September 9, 2012
Songs and Writings by Woody Guthrie, Conceived and Adapted by Peter Glazer.
An exuberant musical celebration of America, Woody Guthrie’s American Song tells the life of the rambling folk singer through his words and music. The musical follows Guthrie as he travels from the Dust Bowl to California and east to New York City. After its debut in 1989, the musical traveled all over America to rave reviews. Twenty-two songs include, This Land is Your Land, Pastures of Plenty, Deportees and Bound for Glory.
“…the high beauty and the earthly humor of Guthrie’s love affair with America.” — The New York Times.
Camelot Theatre, a semi-professional company renowned for performing high-quality plays, musicals, and musical events year round. Near Ashland, Oregon
1776 June 20 – July 22
Book by Peter Stone, Music and Lyrics by Sherman Edwards, based on a concept by Sherman Edwards
The seminal event in American history blazes to vivid life in this most unconventional of Broadway hits. It’s the summer of 1776, and the nation is ready to declare independence, if only our founding fathers can agree to do it! Follow John Adams of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia as they attempt to convince the members of the second Continental Congress to vote for independence by signing the Declaration of Independence. 1776 puts a human face on the pages of history as we see the men behind the national icons: proud, frightened, uncertain, irritable, charming, often petty and ultimately noble figures determined to do the right thing for our fledgling nation.
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ANYTHING GOES June 20 – July 22, 2012
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter, Book by Timothy Crouse and John Weidman
When the S.S. American heads out to sea, etiquette and convention head out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love… proving that sometimes destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, an exotic disguise and some good old-fashioned blackmail. Songs include “Anything goes,” “Delovely,” ‘and “I Get a Kick Out of You.”
Camelot Theater, a semi-professional company renowned for performing high-quality plays, musicals, and musical events year round. Theater near Ashland Oregon
Life Could Be A Dream June 8– August 26
Previews June 6 & 7
Performances Wednesday-Monday @ 8:00 Sunday Brunch matinees @ 1:00
No performance July 4 but there will be a show on July 3
A delightful follow-up to last summer’s hit The Marvelous Wonderettes, this show (also by Roger Bean) introduces the Crooning Crabcakes, the boys banned from the Wonderettes’ prom, as they prepare to enter the Big Whopper Radio contest and realize their dreams of making it to the big time. Lois arrives to put some polish on the boys. Read More
Oregon Shakespeare Festival: Animal Crackers bodes well for the 2012 season!
Is it wacky? Yes. Is it broad in humor? Oh yes. Will it delight those who adore play on words and social satire? Yes, again. Will it charm those who love song and dance? Definitely!
In the Vaudeville and Marx Brothers tradition, Animal Crackers is entertainment, strong on fun and weak on plot. But it’s Vaudeville: do we really need a solid storyline? It’s entertainment that the entire family should enjoy. Judging by the two pre-teen girls sitting behind me who giggled, clapped and chortled throughout the entire play, I say bring the kids!
This is the first Oregon Shakespeare Festival play of the season I have seen and the first ever review I’ve written for this blog. For those who know me and know which plays I tend to favor, then you’ll know that Animal Crackers is not my kind of play. That said, Oregon Shakespeare Festival does madcap, zany so well that you should not miss Animal Crackers.
Alan “Rosey” Rosenberg, an Ashland realtor and self-styled theater reviewer has his own take on local performances and has created a website to share his passion for theater. So for another review (from a much more theatrically knowledgeable point of view) go to Mr. Rosenberg’s website.
The Big Bang March 30 – May 27, Previews March 28 & 29
Jed and Boyd are ambitious young songwriters hosting a backer’s audition to finance their show The Big Bang, the most extravagant musical ever written. However for this evening it’s just the two guys madly tearing around a Park Avenue penthouse using every available piece of furniture and home decor to act out all the parts of their show whose subject is the entire history of the world. Adam and Eve enjoy free food in Eden. Slaves kvetch about schlepping stones to build the pyramids. Nefertiti’s a soul diva. Caesar ignores the soothsayer’s warning about getting “whacked.” Read More
Gypsy plays at the Camelot Theater in Talent Oregon — March 21 – April 22
Music by Jule Styne, Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by Arthur Laurents, suggested by the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee.
This Tony Award winner is a gripping story of one of the most frightening aspects of show business: the stage mother! The story starts in Seattle with Mama Rose pushing her two daughters into Uncle Jocko’s Kiddie Show. June, her mother feels, is the most likely to become a star. Louise is plain and quiet and stands meekly in her sister’s shadow. Along the way, Rose meets Herbie, a theatrical agent, and hires him as their manager. Read More
Music & lyrics of Cole Porter
February 10– March 18
Previews February 8 & 9
Performances Thurs.-Mon. @ 8:00
Sun. brunch matinees @ 1:00
It’s 1935 in the wee hours of the morning in Dorothy’s stylish New York apartment where a swell party has just ended. Dorothy, Walter and Alice linger over a nightcap and some delicious gossip about the departing guests. The three friends delight in each others company…until the witty banter and fun reveal a complicated triangle of affections. This is the setting for an effervescent evening of more than 30 sparkling jewels from the Cole Porter repertoire Read More
From its establishment during the big band era in the early 40‘s, through the years of change in the 60‘s and up until the present, the USO (United Service Organizations) brought America and the boys (and girls) overseas entertainment, hope and a “home away from home” during the most challenging of times. Celebrities offered their services often at great risk to themselves. Live performances, known as Camp Shows, attracted movie stars, comedians, musicians, singers and dancers, including Bob Hope, Danny Kaye, The Andrew Sisters, Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, Robin Williams and Willie Nelson.
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