Lakewood Theatre Company Announces Its 66th Season Of Plays And Musicals

Lakewood Theatre Company Announces Its 66th Season Of Plays And Musicals

Lakewood Theatre Company will begin its 66th season with six productions on its Mainstage and three productions on its Side Door stage beginning July 6, 2018.
SUBSCRIBE NOW with savings of up to 20 percent! Season tickets for the 2018-2019 season are on sale now for current subscribers and prices for the six-show season range from $175.00 - $190.00. New subscribers may purchase online beginning March 25th. For additional information call the Lakewood Box Office at (503) 635-3901 or order online at www.lakewood-center.org.
Performances for Lakewood Theatre Company shows are Thursday - Saturday at 7:30 PM, Sundays at 2:00 PM and some Sunday evenings at 7:00 PM. at Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State Street in Lake Oswego, Oregon, 97034. Box Office hours at Lakewood Center for the Arts are 9-5 weekdays and 10-4 on Saturdays.
Welcome to our 66th season! This year, we discover stories about challenges. In the summer, the musicalChess explores rivalries in political intrigue and matters of the heart. In the celebrated musical Pippin, a young prince seeks to find true happiness through his many adventures. Following is the courtroom dramaInherit the Wind, based on the real-life Scopes "monkey trial," in which two attorneys debate a high school science teacher's decision to teach evolution. In the winter, Dial M for Murder shows us how far a man will go to kill his wife, and then we'll stage the British farce Taking Steps which presents a physical challenge to the audience - envisioning a three-story house on a one-story stage - as well as the many ineptitudes of the show's delirious cast of characters. We finish the season with the 1960s classic, Singin' In the Rain as the movie industry moves from silent pictures to "talkies." Are you up for the challenge?
This year we continue our added ordering options for subscribers. In addition to Mainstage shows, subscribers can pre-order tickets to our Lost Treasures Collection Series on our Side Door stage as well asLakewood in City Lights (our holiday gala and fundraiser) scheduled for November 17, 2018 at the Sentinel Hotel in downtown Portland!
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2018-19 Season at Lakewood Theatre Company
performances on the Headlee Mainstage at Lakewood Center for the Arts
CHESS
Jul. 6 - Aug. 12, 2018
Lyrics by Tim Rice, Book by Richard Nelson
Directed by John Oules
The ancient game of chess becomes a metaphor for romantic rivalries, super-power politics, and international intrigues in this show featuring music by ABBA's Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus. The pawns in this story form a love triangle: the loutish American chess star, the earnest Russian champion, and a Hungarian-American assistant who arrives at the international chess match with one chess player, but falls for the other. From Bangkok to Budapest the players, lovers, politicians and spies manipulate and are manipulated to the pulse of a monumental rock score.
Co-Sponsor: Lakewood Center Associates
PIPPIN
Sep. 7 - Oct. 14, 2018
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Directed by Paul Angelo
Heir to the throne, the young prince Pippin searches for the secret to true happiness and fulfillment. He seeks it in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh, and the intrigues of political power (after deposing his father, King Charlemagne the Great). In the end, however, Pippin finds that happiness lies not in extraordinary endeavors, but in the unextraordinary moments that happen every day. With songs by the composer of Godspell and Wicked, Pippin's poignant and universal message will connect with audiences of all ages.
Co-Sponsor: Drs. Bill & Ricky Korach
INHERIT THE WIND
Nov. 2 - Dec. 9, 2018
Directed by Antonio Sonera
Based on the famous Scopes "monkey" trial about a high school educator's choice to teach evolution in the classroom, Inherit the Wind explores threats to learning and intellectual freedom in a dramatic courtroom retelling. Bertram Cates, based on the real-life John T. Scopes, is charged with teaching evolution to a high school class in Tennessee, where it is prohibited by state law. The impending trial draws two well-known attorneys into town, turning the small-town affair into a nationwide spectacle.
Title Sponsor: Bill & Barbara Warner
DIAL M FOR MURDER
Jan. 4 - Feb. 10, 2019
Directed by David Sikking
Professional tennis player Tony Wendice plans to have his socialite wife Margot murdered to inherit her fortune. Spurred by the discovery of Margot's affair with famous writer Mark Halliday, Tony devises the perfect plan to kill her - but will he succeed? Made famous by Alfred Hitchcock's film adaptation, this psychological thriller will leave you on the edge of your seat.
Title Sponsor: Andy & Nancy Bryant
TAKING STEPS
Mar. 1 - Apr. 7, 2019
Directed by Brenda Hubbard
Elizabeth, a former dancer, will do anything to escape her overbearing husband, Roland, who is poised to buy an old Victorian house; a former brothel said to be haunted by its prior inhabitants. Also involved are Elizabeth's brother Mark and his fiancée Kitty, who are attempting their engagement for the second time after Kitty left Mark at the alter. Add to the mix an inarticulate solicitor and a motorcycle maniac, and you have one of Ayckbourn's funniest and most heartfelt comedies.
SINGIN' IN THE RAIN
Apr. 26 - Jun. 9, 2019
Lyrics by Arthur Freed, Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Directed by Ron Daum
Silent film stars and Hollywood "it" couple Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont are forced to adapt to "talkies." Unfortunately for Lina, her screechy voice threatens her career - until Don and friend Cosmo Brown convince aspiring actress Kathy Selden to dub Lina's voice with her own. A downpour of unforgettable songs make this stage adaptation of the classic film the perfect entertainment for any fan of the golden age of movie musicals.
Title Sponsor: Don & Sharon Plumb
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2018-19 SIDE DOOR STAGE season
On our Side Door Stage for 2018-19, Lakewood Theatre Company presents The Lost Treasures Collection - a unique series of three plays. Each attraction is performed for one weekend only! Performances are Fridayand Saturday at 7:00 PM and a Saturday matinee at 2:00 PM. This year's theme: Hey, Look us Over! Series Sponsor: Fritz Camp
The Lost Treasures Collection, now in its ninth season, is a series of obscure and rarely performed musicals presented in concert/cabaret version for one weekend only on our Side Door stage at Lakewood Center for the Arts. 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.
ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER
Oct. 19 - 20, 2018
Music by Burton Lane
Book & Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Kooky Daisy Gamble has remarkable talents, but low self-esteem. When she decides to visit a psychiatrist to cure her nasty smoking habits, the psychiatrist discovers that Daisy is the reincarnation of a well-bred English lady - with whom he finds himself falling in love.
PROMISES, PROMISES
Feb. 15 - 16, 2019
Lyrics by Hal David, Book by Neil Simon
Chuck Baxter, an ambitious junior executive at an insurance company, tries to advance his career by offering his apartment to be used by his married superiors for trysts.
WILDCAT
Apr. 12 - 13, 2019
A Musical Play by N. Richard Nash
Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, Music by Cy Coleman
Wildcat "Wildy" Jackson and her sister Janie arrive in 1912 to border town Centavo City determined to strike it rich in the oil business. Comedy, deception and love ensue.
It promises to be an exciting 66th season. See our website ( www.lakewood-center.org) to download a one-page flyer listing all the shows in our 2018-19 season.
Performances for the Mainstage season: Thursday - Saturdays at 7:30 PM, Sundays at 7:00 PM, 1-2Wednesday evenings at 7:30 PM, and some Sunday matinees at 2:00 PM.
Performances for the Side Door Stage season: one weekend for each attraction; Friday & Saturday at 7:00 PM, one Saturday matinee at 2:00 PM.
All performances are at Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State Street, Lake Oswego.
Please note: Shows are subject to change. For additional information and tickets, call the Lakewood Box Office at (503) 635-3901 or order online at www.lakewood-center.org.
About Lakewood Theatre Company
66 Years of Live Theatre: Founded as a not-for-profit organization in 1952, Lakewood Theatre Company is a professional theatre dedicated to the study and presentation of drama in all its forms; the training and development of actors; and the creation, maintenance and operation of a theatre in which to present plays and other forms of entertainment. Lakewood Theatre Company is the oldest continually operated, not-for-profit theatre company in the Portland Metropolitan area. It annually provides theatre artists opportunities to learn and display their craft and attracts more than 35,000 people to its shows.



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