The snow has melted, and the roads are clear. Better yet, the theatres are about to re-open after January rehearsals come to fruition. Come in from the cold, and check out what Salem-area theatre has to offer in the next two months:
PENTACLE THEATRE: Noises Off, by Michael Frayn. Directed by Susan Schoaps. Jan 19–Feb 12. The mother of all modern farces. Doors. Stairs. Brassieres. A 26-foot revolving set: The works! January 25th is a special benefit performance for two non-profit animal rescue centers: God’s Dogs Rescue and Hope’s Haven. So if you enjoy comedy, and love puppies, make that your night.
NORTH SALEM HIGH SCHOOL: Singin’ in the Rain. Jan 19–28. The classic Hollywood musical you know from the Gene Kelly/Debbie Reynolds film. High school work is hit-and-miss, but I will tell you that these kids can sing, and North’s theatre department, under the direction of the tireless Alyssa Mahr, has proven itself to have depth and chops. Take the kids.
CAPITOL CITY THEATRE: Have you seen the line-up these guys have lately? Classes on Tuesday. Special events every-other Wednesday. Open mic Thursday. National-level stand-up comedy on Friday & Saturday. And, oh yeah, they still do family-friendly improv every weekend. Yes, Salem has a comedy club.
KEIZER HOMEGROWN THEATRE: Love Letters, by A. R. Gurney. Directed by Linda Baker. Feb 10–14, at the Keizer Heritage Center. The traditional readers’ piece about two star-crossed lovers, starring rotating Keizer-area celebrities, including former mayor Lori Christopher and Lyndon Zaitz, publisher of Keizer Times. Take your date, and don’t miss the cupcake happy hour, half-an-hour before curtain.
AUMSVILLE COMMUNITY THEATRE: Private Lives, by Noël Coward. Directed by Beverly Wilson. Feb 17–March 5. Aumsville continues its Noël Coward kick with this “modern” drama about divorce, love, and adulthood. Just remember that Aumsville Community lives in Stayton. Look for the Little Red Schoolhouse.
THE VERONA STUDIO: The Open House, by Will Eno. Directed by Loriann Schmidt. Feb 16–March 4. Another British playwright for Verona, Will Eno is known for eclectic, hard-hitting, and unusually-structured dramas. Schmidt previously directed Keizer’s standout production of Doubt. It’s a combination you don’t want to miss.
WILLAMETTE UNIVERSITY: Lear’s Daughters. Feb 17–25. Guest Director: Elizabeth Rothan. Continuing its Shakespeare season, Willamette presents this prequel to King Lear devised by the members of the Women’s Theatre Group from an idea by Elaine Feinstein. Willamette really is a jewel in the Salem theatre scene; cross the campus border and check out the talent from these young actors.
CHERRY BLOSSOM THEATRE FESTIVAL: March 17–19. Put this one on your calendar. Salem’s first ever city-wide theatre festival is happening this spring, with a one-woman science-fiction show, theatre for young audiences, staged readings, radio plays, and a state-wide one-act competition featuring local and regional talent. Save the date!