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Classics highlight new season for Clackamas Repertory Theatre

Clackamas Repertory Theatre returns for its 10th season, featuring an American classic, a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical and the area premiere of a 2011 Broadway hit. The lineup was formally announced during the theater company’s fundraiser on Feb. 1.The 2014 season begins June 27 with the 1939 comedy “The Philadelphia Story,” by Philip Barry. Philly socialite Tracy Lord, on the eve of her second wedding, tries to juggle her fiance, her ex-husband and a handsome visiting reporter who all vie for her attention.

This madcap high-society comedy starred Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart in an Oscar-winning film, but is rarely done on stage.

Doren Elias directs this American classic, which features CRT company members Jayson Shanafelt, James Sharinghousen, Jayne Stevens and Ernie Casciato. “The Philadelphia Story” runs through July 20.

Clackamas Rep’s annual musical, running Aug. 2 through 24, is Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Carousel,” directed by David Smith-English.

The story is set in a whimsical carnival world filled with romance, robbery and intrigue, where the hero is not your typical romantic lead. Carnival barker Billy Bigelow is a rough roustabout who learns some tough life lessons.

It’s set in Maine in 1873. The coastal town is filled with sailors, whalers and women. Billy commits a crime and, in a twist of fate, winds up dead but is given a second chance at redemption. The brilliant and beautiful score features classics like “If I Loved You,” “June Is Bustin’ Out All Over” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” Company member Michael Mitchell is featured as Billy, with Dru Rutledge playing Julie Jordan.

The final offering of the season, “Good People,” was nominated for best play at the 2011 Tony Awards and helped establish David Lindsay-Abaire as one of America’s hottest playwrights. The action takes place in the notorious South Boston neighborhood where the locals are known as “Southies.”

Margie Walsh lives a hardscrabble life there, taking care of her disabled daughter, working at the local dollar store and playing bingo with her friends. When she loses her job, she visits an old high school flame she claims owes her a good deed. Things get ugly and funny when she invades his home to see if he’s still “Good People.” David Smith-English directs. The play opens Sept. 19 and runs through Oct. 5.

The shows take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, with Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. All performances are in the Osterman Theatre at Clackamas Community College. Tickets may be purchased at clackamasrep.org or by calling 503-594-6047.For more information, call Managing Director Cyndy Smith-English at 503-594-3915.



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