Clackamas Repertory Theatre returns for its 10th anniversary season, featuring an American classic, a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, and the area premiere of a 2011 Broadway hit. The season was formally announced during the theater company’s fundraiser on February 1.
The 2014 season begins June 27 with the 1939 comedy “The Philadelphia Story,” by Philip Barry. Philly socialite Tracy Lord, on the eve of her second wedding, tries to juggle her fiancé, her ex-husband and a handsome visiting reporter who all vie for her attention. This mad- cap high society comedy starred Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart in an Oscar winning film but is rarely done on stage. It’s a comedy classic with style that will leave you happy and even a little romantic. Doren Elias directs this classic American play, which features CRT company members Jayson Shanafelt, James Sharinghousen, Jayne Stevens and Ernie Casciato. “The Philadelphia Story” runs through July 20.
Clackamas Rep’s annual musical, running August 2-24, is Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Carousel,” directed by David Smith-English. The story is set in a whimsical carnival world filled with romance, robbery and intrigue, where the hero is not your typical romantic lead. Carnival barker Billy Bigelow is a rough roustabout who learns some tough life lessons. It’s Maine in 1873 and this coastal town is filled with sailors and whalers and women. Billy commits a crime and in a twist fate winds up dead but is given a second chance at redemption. The brilliant and beautiful score features classics like “If I Loved You,” “June Is Bustin’ Out All Over” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” Company member Michael Mitchell is featured as Billy, with Dru Rutledge, such a standout in “Oklahoma!” playing Julie Jordan.
“Good People” was nominated for Best Play at the 2011 Tony Awards and helped establish David Lindsay-Abaire as one of America’s hottest playwrights. The action takes place in the notorious South Boston neighborhood where the locals are known as “Southies.” Margie Walsh lives a hard scrabble life there taking care of her disabled daughter, working at the local dollar store and playing bingo with her friends. When she loses her job she visits an old high school flame she claims owes her a good deed. Things get ugly and funny when she invades his home to see if he’s still “Good People.” David Smith-English directs. The play opens Sept. 19 and runs through Oct. 5.
Performances take place Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. All performances are in the Osterman Theatre at Clackamas Community College. Tickets may be purchased at www.clackamasrep.org or by calling 503-594-6047.
For more information, contact managing director Cyndy Smith-English at 503-594-3915.