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Curtains are rising at Lake Oswego schools

Student productions feature comedy, dancing and drama


by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: DAVE KINDER - Lakeridge sophomore Caroline Haroldson, who plays Rosemary Pilkington in Lakeridges How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, rehearses with Lakeridge junior Lucas Friedman, who plays J. Pierpont Finch.Local schools will be hubs for music and fanciful prose this month.

Students at Lakeridge High, Lake Oswego High, Westside Christian High and Lakeridge Junior High schools in Lake Oswego are telling tales, humorous ones on spotlit stages throughout town.

Offerings are: a Shakespearean play, a beehive-era musical, a children’s classic and a stage version of a film about a down-and-out clown.

• Lakeridge High’s musical, which opens today, offers a lesson in climbing the corporate ladder.

The 1960s-era “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” focuses on J. Pierpont Finch (played by Lucas Friedman), who charms his way to the top of the World Wide Wicket Company, encountering hijinks, conniving co-workers and finding romance along the way.

"How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" is "one of my all-time favorite musicals, and I really hope that people come and see it because it is quite a ride," Friedman said.

Finch draws business savvy from a book by the same title as the play. The book talks to him, a role an adult, Bill Schonely, has taken on. Schonely, aka The Schonz, was a sports broadcaster for the Portland Trail Blazers for almost 30 years. He is in the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame.

Lakeridge parent Amy Haroldson said adding Schonely to the cast is “quite a coup.”

How to attend

When: 7:30 p.m. today, Friday, Saturday and Nov. 14 to 16

Where: Lakeridge High School auditorium, 1235 Overlook Drive

Cost: $10 for students with an ASB card, $12 for other students and adults age 55 and older, $15 for other adults

For advance tickets, visit LRHS.tix.com.

by: REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Steve Rathje recently was prepping with his fellow students for the production of Honk! at Lake Oswego High School.

• Lake Oswego High has ducks covered. Students are performing an award-winning musical, starting next week, based on the children’s classic, “The Ugly Duckling”: “Honk!” Composer George Stiles and lyricist Anthony Drewe’s 1993 take on the familiar tale features character development and a more-detailed plot as well as lively and woeful tunes.

Characters include a bullfrog, a couple of cats, the budding swan and a chicken named Lowbutt, played by Lacey Doby. Doby said she likes the energy, excitement and content of “Honk!”

“It’s a brilliant show,” she said.

How to attend

When: 7 p.m. Nov. 14, 16, 21 and 23 and matinees at 2 p.m. Nov. 16 and 23

Where: LOHS auditorium, 2501 SW Country Club Road

Cost: $12 for general admission, $8 for seniors and students and $5 for children age 5 and younger

For advance tickets, visit lodrama.org.

by: REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Westside students Josh Longacre and Sara Sherwood practice their lines for A Midsummer Nights Dream.

• Westside Christian High School is performing Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” — with a twist.

Director Zachary Olson is shifting his “Dream” into the 20th century, setting the romantic comedy, which opens Friday, in the 1920s and reimagining the fey folk as performers in an enchanted circus whose tent is pitched in the forest near Athens, a small American town. While sifting through online images to spark a concept to shape the Westside version, Olson came across some photos of 1920s circuses.

“If I was a member of the public, I would be most intrigued,” Olson said. “It’s a classic Shakespeare play that’s been done a lot, but just the setting we chose to put it in, I think, is pretty fun.”

How to attend

When: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday

Where: Alpenrose Opera House, 6149 SW Shattuck Road, Portland

Cost: $8.50 for general admission; $6.50 for age 55 and older; $4.50 for students

Advance tickets are available at wchsonline.org.

by: REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Lakeridge Junior High students are putting on Little Big Top, a comedy.

• The circus is coming to Lakeridge Junior High. The week before Thanksgiving, students are putting on “Little Big Top,” a comedy about accountant Arthur Blanding of Plainville. A letter from a carrier pigeon directs Blanding to a circus tent, and he discovers his true identity had been kept secret since he was an infant, and he’s actually Arturo Ernesto Ravioli, of The Great Raviolis, the most famous ringmasters in circus history.

“Will Arthur return to the safety of his simple life in Plainville, or will he take a chance and follow his destiny with the Little Big Top Circus?” said Amy Gretencort, the playwright and director. “Join us to find out!”

How to attend

When: 7 p.m. Nov. 21, Nov. 22  and Nov. 23

Where: Lakeridge Junior High cafeteria, 4700 Jean Road

Cost: $4 for students, $5 for adults

For more information, visit ljhdrama.blogspot.com.

• Several other theater productions are coming next year, including Lake Oswego Junior High’s “Cinderella,” coming in March. Lake Grove Elementary school in January will be performing “Hope Grows,” based on the children's book “The Apple-Pip Princess.”

Jillian Daley can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 503-636-1281, ext. 109. Follow her on Twitter, @jilliandaley.




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