2017/18 Mainstage - 65th Season begins July 2017 ...
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July 7 – August 13, 2017
Directed by Tobias Anderson
An Out of this World Adventure
by Gore Vidal
Kreton, an alien who lands on Earth in a driverless vehicle, came to view the American Civil War. He miscalculates and lands 100 years later. Delighted with all the playthings the 20th century has invented for war-making, he decides to create a war for himself in this satirical comedy.
Show Sponsor: Lakewood Center Associates
Directed by Ron Daum
Life is Beautiful ...
Based on John Van Druten's 1951 play I Am a Camera, which was adapted from the short novel Goodbye to Berlin (1939) by Christopher Isherwood
Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
In 1931 Berlin, the seedy Kit Kat Club plays host to a cabaret where vivacious performers like Sally Bowles can lose their troubles in the glittering nightlife. When Sally meets young American writer Cliff Bradshaw, their relationship blossoms into romance – even as the stark world around them becomes ever threatened by the Nazi rise to power.
Show Sponsor: Don and Sharon Plumb
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
November 3 – December 10, 2017
Directed by Brenda Hubbard
Adapted by Christopher Sergel
Based on the novel by Harper Lee
Thought-provoking and visually exciting, one of the most beloved stories in American literature touches on themes of innocence, segregation and compassion. An timeless production about community.
Show Sponsor: Bill & Barbara Warner
PARNASSUS ON WHEELS
January 5 – February 11, 2018
Directed by Stephanie Mulligan
By C.S. Whitcomb
Adapted from the novel by Christopher Morley
Fortyish Helen has spent years taking care of the family farm. Fed up and itching for adventure, Helen impulsively buys a caravan filled with books from a wiry Irishman and abandons her chickens for life on the road as a traveling bookseller. Action, adventure, comedy and love ensue.
EL GRANDE DE COCA COLA
March 2 – April 8, 2018
Portland Area Premiere!
By Ron House, Diz White, Ron House, Alan Shearman & John Neville-Andrews
Musical arrangements by Alan Shearman & John Neville-Andrews
Directed by Alan Shearman
Central American impresario Señor Don Pepe Hernandez plans to bring international cabaret to his city. Instead, he hires his own family, whose antics wreak havoc upon the stage. A deliriously funny and ridiculously wonderful show!
April 27 – June 10, 2018
Directed by Michael Snider
A Divine Musical Comedy
Book by Cheri & Bill Steinkellner with addition material by Douglas Carter Beane
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Glenn Slater
Based on the hit film Sister Act, Deloris Van Cartier is a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime. She hides in the last place anyone would think to look — a convent! Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own.
Show Sponsors: Marylhurst University & Samantha Richardson
Side Door Season 2017/18
The Lost Treasures Collection, now in its eighth season, is a series of obscure and rarely performed musicals presented in concert/cabaret version for one weekend only on our Side Door stage. No sets, no props (none of the usual trappings of a fully staged production). Picture Portland’s foremost performers presenting some of the most beautiful, comedic and witty songs of musical theatre. Food, wine and other beverages are available for purchase before and during the show. Series Sponsor: Fritz Camp. Curatorial Sponsors: TBA
TWO BY TWO
October 20 – 21, 2017
Book by Peter Stone
Lyrics by Martin Charnin
Music by Richard Rodgers
Based on Clifford Odets's play The Flowering Peach
Noah, a typical family man, faces skepticism from his wife and sons after being called upon by God to build an ark in preparation for the Great Flood. A modern take on the popular Biblical story.
February 16 – 17, 2018
Music by Richard Rodgers
Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, 1955
A musical based on John Steinbeck’s novella Sweet Thursday about an unlikely romance between Doc, a marine biologist, and Suzy, a struggling young woman.
April 13 – 14, 2018
Music and Lyrics by Richard Rodgers
Book by Samuel Taylor
An American author in Paris is suffering from writer’s block when he meets a beautiful fashion model who might give him the creative confidence he needs to start writing again.
Lakewood in City Lights
November 18, 2017, 5:30 PM
Kick off the holiday season with performances, dinner, and auctions to fundraise for Rising Stars and our education programs. Our location this year will again be at the downtown Portland Sentinel Hotel.