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Lakewood Theatre Company's 'Mame' opens May 1

SUBMITTED PHOTO: TRIUMPH PHOTOGRAPHY - Ron Harman (from left), Hudson Hale and Jennifer Goldsmith star in Lakewood Theatre Companys production of Mame. The play runs May 1-June 14.

Lakewood Theatre Company brings the Jerry Herman musical “Mame” to the stage in May and June — the final production of the 2014-15 season.

Based on Patrick Dennis’ novel “Auntie Mame,” the musical features a score by Jerry Herman and a book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee. Noted musical numbers include the classic tunes “If He Walked into My Life,” “It’s Today,” “Open a New Window,” “Mame,” “Bosom Buddies” and “We Need a Little Christmas.”

The story follows bohemian Mame Dennis (Jennifer Goldsmith), a larger-than-life personality living in New York City during the Great Depression. Mame has a collection of eccentric, wealthy society friends and memorable characters, including best friend and actress Vera Charles (Anne Du Fresne), timid secretary Agnes Gooch (Leslie Irene Gale) and southern gentleman beau Beauregard Jackson Picket Burnside (Ron Harman).

Mame’s life is one endless party until her young nephew Patrick (Hudson Hale) walks into her life. Her madcap, free-spirited lifestyle — with its focus on today — changes while looking after her brother’s son, leading to a new window opening for both of them in this life-affirming tale seen through Patrick’s eyes. Mame teaches Patrick how to “live, live, live,” whether he’s willing or not.

Others in the cast include Kimo Camat, David Sargent, Joan Freed, Matt Brown, Jeremy Southard, Catherine Olson, Bryna Montgomery, Tara Beanblossom, Krista Monaghan, Camille Trinka, Ryan Monaghan and Isaac Frank.

Performances run from May 1-June 14, playing Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m.; two Wednesday performances (May 13 and May 27) at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 7 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

The WOW: 25-35 program, where people 35 and under can purchase tickets for $25 each, will continue on May 13. A complimentary wine tasting is hosted by World Class Wines one hour before show time.

Tickets are $37 for adults, $35 for seniors or students. Purchase online at lakewood-center.org or by calling the box office at 503-635-3901.

Performances are held at Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St., Lake Oswego.


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