Oregon Theatre unveils new seasonWritten by John Dorsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
For more than 20 years, the Oregon Community Theatre has been offering its patrons a wide variety of quality productions that entertain and enlighten. This season, which begins with a musical version of the camp classic “Little Shop of Horrors,” is no exception.
“Little Shop” will open on at 8 p.m. Nov. 2. There will be additional performances on Nov. 3, 9, 10, and a 3 p.m. matinee on Nov. 11. The play stars Kayla Haase, Patrick Boyer, Nancy Ice, Tonia Bennett, Kelsey Olivia Rodriguez, John D. Tonkovich, Brett Bowling, Jay Ellis and a chorus featuring Daniel Sifuentes, Jeff Smith, Jacob Thompson, Tammy L. Halay, Ron Davis, William K. Brown, Don Dauer, Holly Heintschel, C.J. Lajiness, Tonia Gaboric, Leah Smith and Lois Sommers. Kevin Wietrzykowski is directing the production.
“The idea of a man-eating plant that comes alive on stage set to characters and music that is fun — makes for great entertainment. The logistics of having this bigger-than-life puppet come alive makes it all that more challenging,” said publicity director Marla Wietrzykowski.
Tickets for “Little Shop of Horrors” are $14 for adults and $12 for students/seniors.
Other upcoming productions include “An Evening of One Acts,” a series of three one-act plays from prebirth through middle age into the twilight years. Featured pieces include “Deliver Us Not! (or Birth, Where is Thy Sting)” by Lee Howard and Greg Gamble, “The Soon to be In-Laws” by Courtney Imbery and “When God Comes for Breakfast, You Don’t Burn The Toast” by Gary Apple.
The season will also feature “Pumpboys and Dinettes,” which tells the story of a group of filling station attendants and waitresses, who together put together an evening of country western songs. The play was written by John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, John Schimmel and Jim Wann.
Closing things out will be the Children’s theater production of “Honk Jr.” “Honk Jr.” is being directed by Brett Bowling and is based on the book and lyrics of Anthony Drewe.
“The theme of this season is ‘something for everyone.’ Our goal is that the audience take away an evening of fun and laughter while freeing themselves of their daily stress. We hope to provide entertainment, pure and simple,” Wietrzykowski said.
The Oregon Community Theatre is located in Fossett Auditorium at 3025 Starr Ave.
Call (419) 691-1398 or visit www.oregoncommunitytheatre.org for more information.