OREGON CITY - Clackamas Repertory Theatre begins its new Sunday
cabaret series on July 13. "Sundays at Seven" will offer a unique
selection of jazz standards, classic and contemporary musical
theater and original compositions.
One talented performer headlines each of the three shows. Marti
Mendenhall, a nationally known jazz recording artist performs on
July 13. Merideth Kaye Clark, star of last year's Clackamas Rep
production of "Kiss Me Kate;" takes the stage in August, and
musical theater singer/dancer Don Kenneth Mason is featured on
Originally from Oregon City, Mendenhall studied classical piano
and voice at the University of Northern Colorado, and has taught
music, and jazz and scat workshops to groups of all ages.
Mendenhall's performs jazz originals that push the boundaries of
jazz, pop, cabaret and alternative genres. Joining her are Dustin
Hunley on keys, Eric Gruber on bass, Mark Griffith on percussion
and Erin Ibara and Bethany Small on backup vocals.
Clark, who earned Drammy and Portland Area Musical Theatre
awards earlier this month as best actress in a musical, appears
August 17 with pianist Mont Chris Hubbard. Before relocating to
Portland in 2012, Clark appeared with many regional theaters,
participated in numerous concerts and originated roles in two
off-Broadway musicals. She also performed the role of Elphaba in
the first national tour of the Broadway musical "Wicked." "An
Evening with Merideth Kaye Clark" will feature Broadway standards,
new favorites and original songs.
The series concludes on Sept. 28 with Don Kenneth Mason, whose
show "Something Wonderful, Something Good" features the songs of
Rogers and Hammerstein. Mason came to Portland to perform in
Portland Center Stage's "Oklahoma!" and stayed. He has
since been featured in "Cats" at Broadway
Rose and won a Drammy award for Zachariah in "Blood
Knot" for Profile Theatre. He has appeared throughout the
United States in musical theater and ballet.
The shows are Sunday evenings at 7 p.m. and take place in the
Osterman Theatre at Clackamas Community College. Tickets are $15 or
all three for $40. They can be purchased online at Clackamasrep.org
or by calling 503-594-6047.
For more information, contact CRT managing director Cyndy
Smith-English at 503-594-3915.