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Lakewood announces lineup for 61st season

Subscribers get value added options


Lakewood Theatre Company begins its 61st season with six productions on its Mainstage, a holiday special production of “White Christmas” and three productions on the Side Door stage starting July 12.

Season tickets for the 2013-14 season are on sale now and prices for the six-show season range from $165 to $175. Performances are Thursday through Sunday at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 7 p.m. and some Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

“We are proud to be staging the Portland area premiere of the hilarious Monty Python’s ‘Spamalot’ and the classic mystery Agatha Christie’s ‘The Mousetrap’ in this year’s selection of plays,” said Andrew Edwards, executive director of Lakewood Center for the Arts. “This year we continue value added options for our subscribers. Now subscribers can pre-order tickets to our “Lost Treasures Collection Series” on our Side Door stage, Lakewood in Lights, our holiday gala and fundraiser and a special reprise of last year’s run away hit, Irvin Berlin’s ‘White Christmas’ for December 2013.”

The new season includes:

n “Greater Tuna” — running July 12 through Aug. 18. Written by Jaston Williams, Ed Howard and Joe Sears and directed by Steve Knox. What do Arles, Thurston and Aunt Pearl have in common? They are all upstanding citizens of Tuna, Texas, played by two actors: Jay Hornstein and Gary Brickner-Schulz. This is an off-Broadway hit and fun “tour de farce” of character and costume quick changes.

n Monty Python’s “Spamalot” — running Sept. 6 through Oct. 13. A Portland- area premiere with book and lyrics by Eric Idle, music by John Du Prez and Eric Idle and directed by Alan Shearman. This new musical is lovingly ripped off from the film, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” Featuring a bevy of showgirls, cows and killer rabbits, it was nominated for 145 Tony awards and won three, including best musical. It’s a spoof on King Arthur, the knights of Camelot and their quest for the Holy Grail.

n “Inspecting Carol” — running Nov. 1 through Dec. 8, written by Daniel Sullivan and the Seattle Repertory Theatre Resident Company and directed by Don Alder. This hit backstage-comedy treats audiences with the thrill of watching an ill-fated play going horribly wrong. The Soapbox Playhouse needs a NEA grant and must impress the government inspector or risk bankruptcy. When he visits, everything goes hopelessly awry.

n Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap” — running Jan. 10 through Feb. 16, 2014 , written by Agatha Christie, directed by Tyson Stephenson. The mistress of mystery sparkles with this long-running and cunning whodunit. Eight strangers are stranded by a snowstorm and trapped in a guest house. A murderer is among them, but who? Everyone has secrets and no one is quite what they seem.

n “Crimes of the Heart” — running March 7 through April 13, 2014.Written by Beth Henley and directed by Diane Englert. Babe’s in jail. Meg’s missing in Hollywood, the horse just died and mom made the national news. What a way to celebrate at birthday. A comedic and compassionate look at country folk whose lives have gone wrong. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the New York Drama Circle Award for Best American Play.

n “Show Boat” — running May 2 through June 8, based on the novel, “Show Boat,” by Edna Ferber, with music by Jerome Kern, book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and directed by Ron Daum. This tale of life on the Missisippi from the 1880s to the 1920s is both a love story and a powerful reminder of the bitter legacy of racism.

n LTC reprises last year’s hit, Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas, “ a delightful new musical based on the 1954 smash hit movie, to run Dec. 12 through 28. Two Army buddies have a successful song-and-dance act after the war. The two follow beautiful singing sisters to a Christmas gig at a Vermont lodge owned by their former Army commander.The boys are the only guests at the resort because there is no snow and to help the general they come up with a scheme to bring a crowd.

The Lost Treasures Collection, presented on the Side Door Stage, is a series of obscure and rarely performed musicals presented in cabaret style. This marks the fourth season they’ve been presented; the selected musicals all focus around the theme of strong women. New this year is the addition of a Saturday matinee. Food, wine and other beverages are available for purchase before and during the show.

Featured as Lost Treasures are “High Spirits,” presented Oct. 18 through 29; “One Touch of Venus,” Feb. 21 and 22 and “Dear World” on April 18 and 19. Subscription price for the Lost Treasures series is $55 per person; individual tickets are $20 each.

To purchase season tickets, call the box office at 503-635-9801 or order online at Lakewood-center.org.



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