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Made to Dance in Burning Buildings in Broadway MADE TO DANCE IN BURNING BUILDINGS
Urban Haiku at Portland Playhouse
2/27-2/28/2017
Made to Dance in Burning Buildings by Anya Pearson is a fusion of poetry, music, and violent, visceral contemporary dance, which poses the question: how do we heal from trauma? It's about a young black woman who is raped by her boyfriend's friends while he watches; she develops PTSD as a result. Metaphorically, she fractures into five different women who each represent a different facet of her personality. Poetically, these women narrate her journey through PTSD while she, and the men from her real life, explore through dance the trauma and what led up to it. For the play, Anya is the inaugural winner of the $10,000 Voice is a Muscle Grant from the Corporeal Voices Foundation which recognizes a writer of color from Oregon who demonstrates exemplary merit and a passion for social justice. The workshop performances are Feb 27 and 28th at 7:30pm at Portland Playhouse. Here is a link to reserve tickets. They are free. The workshop is directed by Jamie M. Rea and choreographed by Kemba Shannon. The cast is Nikki Weaver, Kelly Godell, Tyharra Cozier, Nicole Accuardi, Anya Pearson, Julana Torres, Michael Galen, and Jeff George.
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Dirty Dancing in Broadway DIRTY DANCING
Hult Center
2/28-3/2/2017
Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story On Stage is an unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensational dancing. Seen by millions across the globe, this timeless love story features the hit songs "Hungry Eyes," "Hey Baby," "Do You Love Me?" and the heart-stopping "(I've Had) The Time Of My Life." London's Sunday Express says "This crowd-pleasing stage adaptation hits the jackpot!" It's the summer of 1963, and 17 year-old Frances "Baby" Houseman is about to learn some major lessons in life as well as a thing or two about dancing. On vacation in New York's Catskill Mountains with her older sister and parents, Baby shows little interest in the resort activities, and instead discovers her own entertainment when she stumbles upon the staff quarters when an all-night dance party is in full swing. Mesmerized by the raunchy dance moves and the pounding rhythms, Baby can't wait to be part of the scene, especially when she catches sight of Johnny Castle the resort dance instructor. Baby's life is about to change forever as she is thrown in at the deep end as Johnny's leading lady both on-stage and off with breathtaking consequences.
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JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT (MEGAMIX)
Friends of the Opera House
2/10-3/4/2017

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BYE BYE BIRDIE
Seaside High School
2/24-3/4/2017

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BYE BYE BIRDIE
Century High School
2/23-3/4/2017

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THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES
Craterian Performances
3/2-3/4/2017

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Marjorie Prime in Broadway MARJORIE PRIME
Artists Repertory Theatre
2/7-3/5/2017
In this tender and inquisitive new drama, a family grapples with the difference between a life lived and a life remembered as 85-year-old Marjorie struggles to keep hold of her memories and identity, gently assisted by an artificial version of her late husband, Walter. An exploration of aging, memory and technology, Marjorie Prime peers into what lies ahead and how our past is rewritten to face today.
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CATS
Corvallis High School
2/16-3/5/2017

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JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT
Blue Mountain Community College
2/23-3/5/2017

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PEN/MAN/SHIP
Portland Playhouse
2/8-3/5/2017
Christina Anderson; dir: Lucie Tiberghien.The Church:
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MAN OF LA MANCHA
Mount Hood Community College
2/24-3/5/2017

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KISS ME, KATE (REVISED)
Westview High School
3/2-3/9/2017

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ONCE UPON A MATTRESS
Roseburg High School
2/23-3/11/2017

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JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT
Crater Renaissance Academy of Arts and Sciences
3/2-3/11/2017

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ANYTHING GOES-BEAUMONT'87
Wilsonville High School
3/2-3/11/2017

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THE WIZARD OF OZ (YPE)
Deep Creek-Damascus Middle School
3/3-3/11/2017

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IN THE HEIGHTS
Portland Community College
3/3-3/12/2017

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THE SOUND OF MUSIC
St. Mary's Academy
3/3-3/12/2017

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REEFER MADNESS
Gallery Theater
3/3-3/18/2017

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His Eye Is On The Sparrow in Broadway HIS EYE IS ON THE SPARROW
Portland Center Stage at The Armory
2/4-3/19/2017
From a rough and spirit-breaking childhood to being an unwilling teen bride, Ethel Waters became a Vaudeville success, a recording sensation and crossed racial barriers to emerge as a Broadway and Hollywood star. But a reputation for being difficult and her own distrust of those who might employ her or love her — partly a response to the horrors of Jim Crow America — caused her to lose everything and become a recluse, until she found new strength as a gospel performer. Through it all, there were the songs – the ones that gave her solace and the ones that made her a legend. This is her remarkable story, filled with the greatest hits of a lifetime, including “Stormy Weather” and “Am I Blue?”
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HIS EYE IS ON THE SPARROW
Portland Center Stage
2/4-3/19/2017
Larry Parr; dir: Timothy Douglas.Ellyn Bye Studio:
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Flora & Ulysses in Broadway FLORA & ULYSSES
Oregon Children's Theatre
2/25-3/26/2017
Can a little squirrel change the human heart? After getting sucked up by a Ulysses 2000x™ vacuum cleaner, a (now hairless) squirrel is rescued by Flora Belle Buckman, a 10-year-old self-proclaimed cynic. She names him Ulysses and discovers he has been reborn a superhero. Indeed, this once average squirrel can suddenly understand Flora, fly, and even write poetry. Together they embark on an adventure full of quirky characters and bursting with heart. Based on the bestselling book by Kate DiCamillo (author of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, The Tale of Despereaux, and Because of Winn Dixie).
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Feathers and Teeth in Broadway FEATHERS AND TEETH
Artists Repertory Theatre
3/7-4/2/2017
The fairytale concoction of teen angst and devastating loss makes for a grisly good time in this crackling new “thrilledy” — a stew of dark comedy, family drama and fantastical carnage. It’s 1978 and young Chris is reeling from her mom’s illness and recent death. Throw in dad’s new girlfriend (mom’s ex-nurse!), a few freaky little creatures and the boy next door, and things really get out of hand. Part campy horror show, part revenge tragedy, the highly theatrical Feathers and Teeth delivers a meaty exploration of grief and obsession.
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FEATHERS & TEETH
Artists Repertory Theatre
3/7-4/2/2017
Charise Castro Smith; dir: Damaso Rodriguez.Morrison Theatre:
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JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
Episcopal Parish of St. John The Baptist
3/3-4/8/2017

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