an original musical
Loosely adapted from The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde
Book: Kurt Misar and Russ Cowan
Lyrics: Russ Cowan
Music: Kurt Misar
Stage Direction: Matt Pavik
Not a true "lost" treasure, the authors describe it as a new and "yet to be found" treasure.
April 15-16, 2022 (Friday and Saturday at 7:00 PM; Saturday matinee at 2:00 PM)
$20 all tickets
Title Sponsor: Lakewood Center Associates
Curator Sponsor: Fritz Camp Program Printing Sponsor: Ed & Judy McKenney
When the Otis family moves into the stately English castle known as Canterville Chase, the infamous ghost of Sir Simon de Canterville finds himself unwittingly drawn into a love triangle between Virginia Otis (Beth Sobo Turk), the American ambassador’s idealistic daughter, Will Cheshire (Dustin Fuentes), a handsome Duke, and Penelope Boxer-Armstrong (Laura Loy), a vain young aristocrat. While Penelope’s mother, an amateur medium (Emily Sahler), plots to steal the ghost’s secret fortune, Penelope hires gypsies (Lisa Knox, Lisamarie Harrison, and Russ Cowan) to foil the lovers. A pack of spectral hellhounds set loose to destroy them, Virginia and Sir Simon join forces to vanquish evil, ensure true love and bring peace to Canterville Chase.
Others in the cast include Shannon Jones, Matt Sa, Leia Young, Will Corwin and Olin Dawson.
This popular short story has had many adaptations over the years for film, television, and the stage - with mostly mixed results. Written late in Wilde’s career, the work was intended to satirize the attitudes of both the English and Americans, led by a flip and shallow lead character. This adaptation, 15 years in the execution, found its inspiration in a single paragraph near the story’s end, which alludes to new characters and the love triangle. Canterville! combines these elements with the primary characters of the original work to create a (not lost, but yet to be found) new musical - with a nod to contemporary animated features.
The New Treasures Collection of original musicals are staged concert-style and are presented script-in-hand with minimal staging. No sets. no costumes, and no props! Just you, the music and the actors!
Canterville! runs TWO DAYS ONLY on April 15 and 16, 2022. Tickets are on sale now.
Lakewood Theatre Company’s Side Door Stage is located at Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St. in Lake Oswego. Note: only beverages and snacks will be available for purchase before and during this attraction.
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