November 23rd, 2015 by Julie
October 25th, 2015 by Julie
Oregon Shakespeare Festival 2016
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is one of the best and well known festivals in America and around the world as we found out… guests at our Inn come from many states and many countries around the world.
Next years 2016 season looks even more exciting than this years 2015 season, we can’t wait to see what treats are in store for us.
As Bill Rauch says, “2016 marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death—the last major Shakespearean milestone many of us will experience in our lifetimes. In celebration of our core identity as a Shakespeare theatre, we are proud to be presenting five plays by our namesake author, one from each genre (comedy, tragedy, history and romance) plus our single most overdue Shakespeare title. With TIMON OF ATHENS next season, OSF will have produced the entire 37-play canon a staggering four times, and our current Canon in a Decade project means that we hope to have completed the canon a fifth time by 2024. As I anticipate all five Shakespeare plays in 2016, I am particularly excited about THE WINTER’S TALE in the Allen Elizabethan Theatre, seen through an Asian and Asian-American cultural lens.
“At the same time, our commitment to new work remains a vital part of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in the 21st century. With world-premiere adaptations of Charles Dickens and Gilbert and Sullivan alongside a thrilling new American Revolutions drama and the premiere of a lyrical fable from a rising Latina playwright, we will continue to contribute to the American canon of new plays that will go on to be produced by theaters nationwide. Finally, our 2016 season includes an astonishingly fresh take on the Vietnam War from the perspective of Vietnamese refugees in the U.S., and a rare large-scale revival of the much-beloved musical THE WIZ.
“The 2016 season reaffirms our identity as a language-based, classical theater even as it continues to expand the boundaries of the types of artistic adventures that we will offer our ever-curious and passionate audiences.”
We are so lucky in Ashland to have such a wonderful acting company right here in rural Southern Oregon.
For tickets and information go to osfashland.org
October 14th, 2015 by Julie
The Annual Halloween Parade in Ashland Oregon will take place on Saturday October 31st. 2015
Every October is the time for the ghouls and goblins to come out and play at the annual Halloween Parade and celebration in downtown Ashland Oregon.
There is fun for all the family, this is the time in Ashland where everyone gets dressed up in costume not just the parade participants, also the the folks who line the parade route get into the spirit of Halloween.
The parade starts at 2.30 pm outside the SOU campus and wends it’s way along Siskiyou Blvd to the Plaza in downtown. It’s a great time to be in Ashland and join in the fun.
August 24th, 2015 by Julie
The play set between 2000 and 2008 in Reading Pennsylvania, one of the poorest cities in America. It’s a sad story of what happens when good paying factory jobs go away and the devastating financial consequences that unemployment brings.
We meet three woman factory workers: Tracey ( Terry McMahon) Cynthia (Kimberly Scott) and Jessie ( K.T Vogt) in the local tavern after work, gossiping and laughing about everyday things with the bar tender Stan ( Jack Willis). You notice they are drinking excessively, especially Jessie who’s life has been taken over by alcohol and seems to be drunk most of the time, also working at the bar is Oscar an natural born American from the Dominican Republic, he would really love a good job at the factory but has no skills.
Cynthia and Tracey have sons who are friends, both have good jobs at the plant, while Tracey’s son Jason (Stephen Michael Spencer ) is happy to work at the plant for the rest of his working life Cynthia’s son Chris ( Tramell Tillman) is saving his money to go to college.
At the beginning of the play they are all working shifts at the plant with good money and benefits but their middle class lives are about to change as management wants the union to agree to longer working hours and loss of some vital benefits. Tracey, Cynthia and their sons vote NO. What happens next is the management lock out the workers from the plant and bring in an unskilled workforce, Oscar from the tavern is happy to be one of the unskilled workers to get a job.
Cynthia and Tracey who thought they had good paying jobs until they retired suddenly find themselves without work and their American Dream shattered.
Things will change dramatically for Jason and Chris because of one indecent of anger, rage and racial tension, one late night at the Tavern.
This play is very powerful, you feel their desperation, hopelessness and profound sadness as they struggle to find any minimum wage jobs they can get. They long to return to the way things were but unfortunately will never be again.
August 5th, 2015 by Julie
June 25th, 2015 by Julie
The Oregon Cabaret Theatre presents the much loved musical ” Cabaret”
The Oregon Cabaret Theatre in Ashland presents musicals, revues and comedies. The shows are presented in an elegant, nightclub setting in a restored, historically registered former church.
The stars of the ” Cabaret” show… Jillian Van Niel, Galloway Stevens, Paul Michael Garcia, Tamara Marston, Matt Brown and John Lambie transform the Cabaret Theatre into the Kit Kat Klub in 1930’s Berlin.
“Cabaret” the musical has been performed on stage and screen many times, this is the first time that “Cabaret” has been performed at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre. The cast and crew at the Theatre know how to put on a good show you won’t be disappointed.
The show promises to be a thrilling treat with lots of Razzle-Dazzle and hit songs. The Cabaret Theatre serves dinner and drinks before the show, come and have lots of fun and enjoy a fabulous meal too. The show runs from May 28th until August 30th.
For tickets and information go to oregoncabaret.com
April 22nd, 2015 by Julie
Guys and Dolls at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s 2015 production of Guys & Dolls is a much loved musical with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser. It has been performed many times and made into a movie too. I have seen the movie and also a couple of stage productions but this production is by far and away the best I’ve seen.
Mary Zimmerman directs the top notch cast through a fast paced and uproariously funny show with witty dialog and foot tapping and beloved songs.
The play opens in Times Square New York with gambling crazy Nathan Detroit ( played with comic exuberance by Rodney Gardiner ) trying to find a spot for his floating crap game.
We then meet Adelaide, a night club dancer and Nathans long suffering fiancee who after 14 years wonders if she will ever become a bride. As Nathan ties to find a place for the crap game, along comes Sky Matherson a handsome sinner and gambler who will bet on just about anything. Nathan bets Sky that he can’t take Sarah a straight laced goody two shoes Salvation Army Mission doll to Havana for a night. Sky sets about wooing Sarah, but he unexpectedly falls in love with her.
Guys and Dolls never misses a beat with heavenly vocals and great choreography and an enormously talented cast.
Especially endearing is Robin Goodrin Nordli who gives a absolutely adorably ditsy performance as Adelaide. She stops the show with her renditions of songs ” Sue Me” and ” Take Back Your Mink ” but the most funny and charming song is “Adelaid’s Lament ” (A Poyson Could Develop a Cold) together with sneezing and wheezing, it’s a hoot.
Sky Matherson (played by Jeremy Peter Johnson ) and Sarah Brown (played by Kate Hurster) win the hearts of the audience as the unlikely lovers, they dazzle and delight with songs ” I’ve Never Been in Love before ” and ” I’ll Know “.
You will be humming the tunes all the way home, and probably like us would love to see it for a second time.
April 18th, 2015 by Julie
THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS ( The Musical ! )
The newest musical production at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre is ” The Musical of Musicals. ” It’s a comic satire of the most loved musicals of our time. A compilation of 5 mini musicals including The Lion King, West Side Story and Les Miserables among others.
As always the cast Andrea Hilbrant, Phillip David Black, Laura Derocher and Tony Carter are amazing and a sheer delight for the eyes and ears as they take us through the music of Rogers and Hammerstein Stephen Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jerry Herman and Kander & Ebb.
This is a true dinner theater, chef Scot Frankenberger delivers gourmet food from steaks, duck and fish to small plates to share and of course dessert is not to be missed, especially everyone’s favorite Chocolate Dick Hay Pie. Enjoy the show from your table, entrees are served before the performance and dessert is served during the intermission.
The show is hilariously funny with cleaver witty writing and a cast that gives their all.
The show goes from April 18th. until May 17th.
For tickets and information go to theoregoncabaret.com
April 10th, 2015 by Julie
A Taste of Ashland
A Taste of Ashland will this year commence on Saturday and Sunday, April 25th and April 26th 2015. The annual event will go from Noon to 4 pm each day. Tickets for the whole weekend are $60 per person or for Saturday only $50 and Sunday $40.
A Taste of Ashland is one of the premier events and one of the most important fund raisers for The Ashland Gallery Association, money raised will support art and artists in the region. The Taste of Ashland weekend showcases the best of local art, food and wine. Foodies and Art lovers will follow the event map to over 20 art galleries and at each gallery they will be treated with amazing art works and also delicious food from some of Ashlands’ best restaurants and delectable wines from local boutique wineries even perhaps some music to serenade you through the day.
It will be an easy stroll from one Gallery to the next but if you need a little help along the way,there is an complimentary shuttle bus to take you in comfort to each venue.
While in Ashland for the weekend, there are lots of things to do in the evening, catch a play at one of the theatres at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival or a dinner theatre treat at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre. Music of all kinds can be heard at the many of Ashlands’ restaurants and bars.
It’s all about the Art !!!
Come join in the fun… for tickets and information go to www.atasteofashland.com
March 26th, 2015 by Julie