Theatre in the Grove's board of directors recently approved its next lineup of plays and musicals. The Forest Grove theater's 48th season includes contemporary hits as well as much-loved classics.
The Tony-winning "Peter and the Starcatcher" will kick off the season, and tells the story of how one boy became the infamous Peter Pan. Drawing inspiration from the novels by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, the play features characters from marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes. Jessica Reed will direct play, which will run from Sept. 29 to Oct. 15.
"Once Upon a Mattress" is a spin on the classic story of "The Princess and the Pea." Featuring a wave of hilarious, raucous, romantic and melodic music, audiences are sure to enjoy some side-splitting moments with a fresh take on a fairy tale thanks to director Luis Ventura and company this December.
A playground altercation between 11-year-old boys brings together two sets of Brooklyn parents for a meeting to resolve the matter in "God of Carnage."
At first, diplomatic niceties are observed, but as the discussion goes on, the parents become increasingly childish, resulting in the evening devolving into chaos. Originally written in French, the play has been equally acclaimed in English-translated productions in both London and New York. This iteration, directed by Zachary Centers, will be Theatre in the Grove's first play of 2018, running between Jan. 12 and 28.
"HONK! JR." follows the tale of Ugly, an awkward duck whose clownish appearance drives a wedge between him and his family. When Ugly becomes separated from the farm, he must evade a hungry cat and find his way back home. Along his journey he discovers his true beauty, love and acceptance. Karli Winters will direct and the production runs from March 2 to 11.
On March 17, Theatre in the Grove, throw Gala in the Grove, a special fundraising event. Last year's festivities included a silent auction, refreshments and performances by the theater's performers. More details about the gala will be unveiled closer to the date.
A Rodgers & Hammerstein classic, "Oklahoma!" is set in the Oklahoma Territory on the verge of statehood outside the town of Claremore in 1906. The Jason Weed-directed play tells the story of cowboy Curly McLain and his romance with farm girl Laurey Williams, and will run from April 13 to 29.
The final show of Theatre in the Grove's season, "Savannah Sipping Society," will be put on from June 1 to 17.
Directed by Jeanine Stassens, the comedy features four Southern women who are looking to escape the blandness of their day-to-day activities. After being brought together for a few drinks at happy hour, they decide to shake things up and bring some change to their mundane lives.
All shows this season are $16 for adults and $14 for seniors (60 and over) and youths (17 and under). Evening performances on Fridays and Saturdays are at 7:30 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. The box office is always open one hour before each performance, and can be reached at 503-359-5349. Tickets can also be purchased at www.theatreinthegrove.org, where more information on the 2017-18 season can be found.