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Oregon Childrens Theatre presents Gathering Blue


Lake Oswegan Stephanie Roessler stars as Kira

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Pictured from left are Stephanie Roessler as Kira and Steele Clevenger as Jo in the world premiere of â€Å'Gathering Blue,â€? which will open April 27. Oregon Children’s Theatre and First Stage Children’s Theater of Milwaukee, Wisc., have collaborated to co-commission “Gathering Blue,” a play based on Newbery award-winning author Lois Lowry’s popular book in “The Giver” series.

“Gathering Blue” is the third world premiere collaboration between OCT and Lowry and continues in OCT’s mission of new play development.

The play is adapted by nationally recognized playwright Eric Coble, who has previously worked with OCT to adapt original scripts for “Sacagawea,” “The Giver” and “The Storm in the Barn.”

Set in an apocalyptic landscape where children are kept like animals and human life is cheap, Kira, played by Lake Oswego actress Stephanie Roessler, learns the ugly truth about the powers controlling her world. A gifted weaver, her talent draws the attention of the Council of Guardians. Under their custody, she is tasked with mending and embellishing the Singer’s Robe — a precious ceremonial garment depicting the Council’s version of the history of their world. As she becomes more entrenched she learns the horrifying secrets that keep them all hostage. As she weaves the story of the past, can she use her knowledge to help shape the future?

Included in the cast are Andres Alcala as Jamison, Dennis Kelly as Singer, Cassie Greer as Katrina, Camille Cettina as Vandara, Steele Clevenger as Jo, Jeremy Howard as Thomas and Peyton Symes as Matt.

The creative team includes Stan Foote as director, Mark Haack in scenic design, Sarah Gahagan in costume design, Nat Bartos in lighting design, Drew Dannhorn in props and Cecil Averett in sound design and composition.

The show is recommended for children age 9 and older. It will run April 27 through May 19 with Saturday performances at 2 and 5 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $18 to $28 for adults and $15 to $24 for children. They can be ordered online at octc.org or by calling the box office at 503-228-9571.