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Auditions set for Peppermint Bear show

Annual holiday breakfast production has new story

SUBMITTED PHOTO  - Auditions for Lakewood Theatre Companys popular Holiday Breakfast production, featuring The Peppermint Bear, will be held Sept. 25.

Lakewood Theatre Company will present an all-new version of its annual Christmas Holiday Breakfast production with the presentation of “The Peppermint Bear Show, The Elves That Christmas Forgot.”

Auditions will be held at 2 p.m. Sept. 25. Roles are open to all ages, but most roles are for ages 14-20. There are seven featured actors and a chorus of elves. All actors must sing and dance. Actors should bring a prepared song and an accompanist will be provided. Actors may sign up for auditions online at lakewood-center.org/pages/auditions-Peppermint-Bear-2016 or call 503-635-3901.

Tentative rehearsal schedule will include Saturdays and Sundays Oct. 22 through Nov. 13. Weekday evenings will be added Nov. 14 till the production opens Dec. 3.

The performance dates are Dec 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 19, 20, with times to be arranged. The performances are held in Lakewood Theatre Company’s Side Door Cabaret at Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State Street, Lake Oswego. It’s also a traveling show involving visits to several community center venues.

The story: With Mrs. Claus away just before Christmas, Santa and the elves need extra help around the workshop. Mergatroid and Holly try their best to help, but when Aunt Tillie arrives to help keep everyone well fed, a little recipe accident causes huge problems. Will little junior elf Holly and Peppermint Bear make certain everything works out right?

For a breakdown of featured roles, visit lakewood-center.org.

The Peppermint Bear Show premiered at Portland’s Lipman’s Department Store, which then became Fredrick and Nelson. It became a holiday tradition for over 30 years. Lakewood’s Holiday Breakfast production has been a tradition for 24 years. Audience members enjoy a special holiday continental breakfast half an hour before the show and performers interact with young audience members to help them celebrate the holidays.

— The Review, Tidings