Large cast of 'The Love of Three Oranges' performs in traditional commedia dell'arte style

There's a new dramatic production on the West Linn High School stage.

The WLHS theater department presents “The Love of Three Oranges,” a play by Hilary de Piano that is being directed by Steven SUBMITTED PHOTO - The WLHS production of The Love of Three Oranges has a 21-person cast performing in a traditional commedia dellarte style.

Based on a scenario by Carlo Gozzi, the play is a raucous slapstick comedy performed in traditional commedia della’arte style.

In the three-act play, the unfortunate Prince Tartaglia's life takes a miserable turn when an evil witch curses him and causes him to begin searching for three giant oranges. The quest takes a positive turn as the prince, played by Kyle Fulton, finds love and friendship along the SUBMITTED PHOTO - The lastest drama production at WLHS is The Love of Three Oranges, a play by Hilary de Piano that is being directed by Steven Beckingham.

The action stays lively, with appearances by witches, wizards, princesses, a devil, ferocious inantimate objects and a narrator, played by Evan Shely, who may be a little too involved in the story.

The play will be presented in the WLHS performing arts center auditorium Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with shows starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults. Visit to purchase.

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