Clackamas Repertory Theatre is preparing to pay tribute to the music of Irving Berlin. The theater's production of "The Melody Lingers On," a semi-autobiographical musical written by the American composer, will run from Aug. 3-27.
Director David Smith-English is particularly excited about the show's cast, which includes 10 singers and an onstage band.
"We've assembled an incredibly talented cast," he said. "We sought out the area's most powerful voices and are eager for audiences to hear them. Many of the songs we'll perform are American classics, songs we've grown up with, and it's a joy to learn how Berlin, the son of Russian immigrants, came to write them."
The cast includes Susannah Mars, Merideth Kaye Clark, Mont Chris Hubbard, Don Kenneth Mason, James Dixon, Natalie Mallak, Caitlin Brooke, Matthew Brown, Kevin Minkoff and Allesondra Helwig. Mars is a resident artist at Artists Repertory Theatre and has performed in 12 productions. Clark played the title role in the theater's 2013 production of "Kiss Me Kate" and also performed a one-woman show in Clackamas Rep's summer Cabaret Concert Series.
Behind the scenes, the theater's production team includes costumer Alva Bradford, choreographer Wesley "Angel" Hanson, music director Lars Campbell, vocal director Mont Chris Hubbard, scenic and lighting designer Chris Whitten and properties designer Deborah Dahling.
Each performance of "The Melody Lingers On" will feature a guest singing Berlin's famous piece "Supper Time." Lauren Steele, and LaRhonda Steele, the 2016 Muddy Award-winner for Best Female Vocalist presented by the Cascade Blues Association, will alternate performances.
The show runs Aug. 3-27 at the Osterman Theatre at Clackamas Community College's Oregon City campus, 19600 Molalla Ave. Performances are scheduled Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., with 2:30 p.m. Sunday matinees. There will be a champagne and dessert reception in the lobby following the Aug. 5 performance; additionally, the Aug. 10, 17 and 24 shows will include interactive post-show discussions sessions with the cast and director.
To purchase tickets, visit www.ClackamasRep.org or call 503-594-6047.