JULY 15– AUGUST 21, 2022
Story conceived and original script by Will Vinton
Music and Lyrics by David Pomeranz
Book by Will Vinton, Jesse Vinton, Greg Tamblyn
Directed by Greg Tamblyn
A Will Vinton fairy tale about love ... and a frog
$42/adults, $40/Seniors. Discounts for students and groups
Production Sponsor: Lauren Hasson, Broker, and Owner, Hasson Company
Title Sponsors: C.J. & Peter Glazer
Directorial Sponsors: Drs. Bill & Ricky Korach
Guest Artist Sponsor: The Duffy Family
To begin its 70th anniversary season Lakewood Theatre Company will be presenting the world premiere of THE KISS, an outrageously original fun musical comedy for theatre audiences of all ages. Directed by Greg Tamblyn, the production will continue through August 21, 2022, on the Headlee Mainstage at Lakewood Theatre Company.
Will Vinton, the legendary pioneer of Claymation, along with platinum composer and lyricist, David Pomeranz, created THE KISS, a new musical comedy for theatre audiences of all ages. Based loosely on “The Frog Prince,” originally penned by the Brothers Grimm, this timeless tale of transformation is now retold through a contemporary lens.
Will's final request to his son Jesse Vinton was for the musical to be completed and fully realized for the stage. Joining forces with Pomeranz and renowned theater director Greg Tamblyn, the trio has worked for over four years to bring Will's vision to life. THE KISS weaves together fantastic characters, extraordinary music, and fairy tale enchantments for the whole family. Join us for Will's greatest adventure, a celebration of love and magic to honor his creative genius!
The musical begins July 15, 2022 and continues through August 21, 2022. Performances are Thurs-Sat at 7:30 PM, Sundays, at 2:00 PM, one Saturday (August 13) at 2:00 PM, and two Wednesday performances (August 3 and 17) at 7:30 PM. Lakewood Theatre Company features an intimate 220-seat theatre located at Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State Street in Lake Oswego. The Production Sponsor for THE KISS is Lauren Hasson, Broker + Owner, Hasson Company. The Title Sponsors are C.J. & Peter Glazer, the Directorial Sponsors are Drs. Bill & Ricky Korach, and the Guest Artist Sponsor is The Duffy Family.
Ticket prices are $42/adults and $40/seniors. Other discounts are available for students and groups. For additional information and tickets, call the Lakewood Box Office at (503) 635-3901 or order online at www.lakewood-center.org.
Special note: On Wednesdays, August 3 and August 17, the theatre continues its Wine on Wednesday program called WOW: 25-35. For audience-goers 35 and under, tickets are priced at $25 each. Use the code WOW25 when ordering tickets online to get this special discount. At these performances, there will be a complimentary wine tasting (August 3) or whiskey tasting (August 17) one hour before curtain courtesy of an Oregon vineyard/distillery. OLCC rules apply! Bring your ID for the tasting!
The Story: When Arro (Keaton Fields), a self-proclaimed “Handsome Hero” is transformed into a frog by Gladys, a malevolent witch (Emily Sahler), he finds himself with more than just an image problem. On a quest to regain his rightful size, he’s aided by Granny a motherly Raccoon (Melissa Standley); Benny, a cantankerous Beaver (Eric Zulu); and Sheldon, a sensitive Snail (Troy Sawyer). Meanwhile, a vengeful Witch has her own plans for the kingdom as her rattish Knight (Colin Carver) wins Princess Ember’s (Sophie MacKay) hand in marriage. Forced to look deeper than they ever have before, and with only three days left until she’ll be married, and he’ll be a frog forever, Arro and Ember must discover what it means to truly love. Will love conquer all? One thing is certain, all will be transformed by THE KISS.
Other players in the talented cast include Doug Webster, Quinn Boyd, Amanda Mills, Blythe Woodland, Joey Klei, Austyn Stone, Jeremey Garfinkel, Robert Altieri, Amy Lichtenstein, Emily Anderson, and Tasha Danner.
Director Greg Tamblyn notes: “This original work envisioned by its creator Will Vinton has been an amazing journey to our opening night. The show is an outrageous musical comedy, with larger-than-life characters, stunning magic effects, and amazing songs. Will’s vision truly inspires us all.”
Greg Tamblyn directs LTC’s production of The Kiss, The choreographer is Erin Shannon, the music director is Kristin Van sickle, the music producer/conductor is Jon Newton, stage manager is Kendra Comerford, the scenic design is by Curt Enderle, sound design is by Michael Bard, lighting design is by Ian Anderson-Priddy, costume design is by Sarah Gahagan, props are by Micah Nichols and the producer is Steve Knox.
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You may also order tickets over the phone by calling (503) 635-3901
Special WOW performances (Wine/Whiskey on Wednesday) - August 3 (wine) and August 17 (whiskey), 2022, at 7:30 PM
Tickets at $25 for ages 35 and under! One hour prior to the performance there will be a complimentary wine tasting. OLCC rules apply! Bring your ID for the tasting!
For August 3 our featured winemaker will be TBA
For August 17 our featured spirits maker will be TRAIL DISTILLING. CLICK HERE for info about their offerings!