Rehearsal from Other Desert Cities at Pentacle. Photo by Kim & Lonnie Thurston Photography

Rehearsal from Other Desert Cities at Pentacle. Photo by Kim & Lonnie Thurston Photography

Major holidays are usually a dark weekend for theatre. As it turns out, Halloween was fairly bustling, and it was the week after when local playhouses took a break. Luckily, this weekend kicks off the holiday season with a bang. Here’s the run down:

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. West Salem High School. Nov. 10–19. It’s rare that we post about a high school show, but this one features Phoebe Jacobs, last seen as Dorothy in Enlightened Theatrics’ outstanding production of The Wizard of Oz. Jacobs has been tapped by the Broadway Dreams Foundation to perform in an exclusive New York City Showcase. Catch this rising star before she leaves for the big city; Jacobs performs the first weekend only.

Other Desert Cities. Pentacle Theatre. Nov. 11–Dec. 3. Pentacle closes out its season with this political family drama directed by the talented Geri Sanders. As a relatively recent play (2011) and a Pulitzer finalist about contemporary issues and moral ambiguity, this is one we are looking forward to.

Shakespeare’s Will. Willamette University. Dec 2–3. Continuing a Shakespeare theme, Willamette presents a one-woman show about the life of Anne Hathaway, Shakespeare’s wife, written by the exceptional playwright Vern Thiessen. Why was Anne left the only second best bed in her husband’s will? I hope Thiessen will tell us.

And of course, everyone has a Christmas show. If you don’t like or celebrate Christmas, you’d better stick to the movies this year. If you do enjoy a good Christmas special, take your pick from among these traditional and non-traditional offerings:

It’s a Wonderful Life. Radio Show. Brush Creek Playhouse. Nov 18–Dec 4. A traditional interpretation of this modern classic.

It’s a Wonderful Life. SKIT Theatre. Dec 2–10. This one by the middle- and high-school students at Salem-Keizer Inspirational Teen Theatre. Performed at Leslie Middle School.

Plaid Tidings. Enlightened Theatrics. Nov 25–Dec. 11. This barber-shop style musical revue features a variety of traditional songs and skits. As always at Enlightened, expect the musical quality to be high.

Uh Oh, Here Comes Christmas! Aumsville Community Theatre. Dec 2–18. Fifteen short stories take on every aspect of the Christmas season. A refreshing way to celebrate the season with the whole family.

The Night Before Christmas. The Verona Studio. Dec 8–17. This is not the Clement More poem, nor is this suitable for children. This is a cheeky, inappropriate, and very British tale about three cheap crooks who kidnap an elf and hold him ransom for “Christmas cheer” (aka, elf crack). A good night out for the adults.

A Christmas Carol: A 1940s Radio Show. Theatre 33. Dec 20–23. Round it all off with a new adaptation of Dicken’s season-defining tale, performed by the amazing talent at Theatre 33.

Make your choices and mark your calendar! A full season of theatre lies ahead.