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CRT will also open interactive children's show 'Wing It Bring It On' Saturday, Feb. 10

Clackamas Repertory Theatre kicks off its 14th season this month with a children's theater production and staged readings at three different locations.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Pictured above are Tobias Andersen and Randi Douglas in 'Bakersfield Mist,' a CRT staged reading performance in March of 2015 at Oregon City Brewing Company.CRT will open with the interactive children's show "Wing It Bring It On" at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, in CCC's Osterman Theatre and then will present four staged readings, including two at local businesses.

The professional theater group also has announced its summer season, with "Sense and Sensibility" opening June 28, "Annie" from Aug. 2-6 and "Ripcord" from Sept. 6-30.

Performances

In "Wing It Bring It On," kids are invited to watch the cast twinkle their toes and then join in the fun. Tickets are $5 at the door. "Wing It" will repeat on April 21 and June 16.

The staged readings will officially open the CRT season with performances of "Red Speedo," "The Christians," "Mrs. Mannerly" and "Chapatti." In a staged reading, actors don't memorize lines, but instead read from scripts while interacting with other characters.

PHOTO BY BUD NORDURFT - 'Wing It' performers include from left to right: Aislin Courtis, Heather Ovalle, Travis Nordurft, Jennifer Whitten and James Sharinghousen. "[This] allows us to test out new works on our audiences and see how they respond to them. We have, in past seasons, produced plays that were previously in our staged-reading series," said Jayne Stevens, assistant managing director.

"It's also a nice way to get new actors involved at CRT. This year we'll feature Allison Teegarden, a current CCC student, in two of our readings, 'Mrs. Mannerly and 'The Christians.'"

The first two performances are set for 3 p.m. in the Osterman Theatre. Both plays were written by Justin Hnath: "Red Speedo" takes place on Feb. 11, followed by "The Christians" on March 25.

Stevens will direct "Red Speedo," which she said is "a sharp and stylish play about swimming, survival of the fittest, and the American dream of a level playing field — or of leveling the field yourself."

David Smith-English, CRT's artistic director, will direct "The Christians," which deals with faith in America.

"Twenty years ago, Pastor Paul's church was nothing more than a modest storefront. Now he presides over a congregation of thousands, with classrooms for Sunday school, a coffee shop in the lobby, and a baptismal font as big as a swimming pool," Stevens said.

When the play opens, "Paul is about to preach a sermon that will shake the foundations of his church's belief," she said.

Calling Hnath an exciting new playwright, Stevens added that he writes about topics Americans grapple with every day.

The two plays "deal with the fall of a hero, which makes for exciting theater," she said.

Tickets for these two staged readings are $15 and may be purchased at ClackamasRep.org or by calling 503-594-6047.

Bar Theatre

Meanwhile, CRT has partnered with two local businesses, Trail Distilling and Portland Cider Company, as it continues its popular, thought-provoking Bar Theatre series.

First up is "Mrs. Mannerly," at 6:30 p.m. March 4 at Trail Distilling, 21553 S. Highway 213, Oregon City. Next is "Chapatti," at 6:30 p.m. April 22 at Portland Cider Company, 8925 S.E. Jannsen Road, Building F, Clackamas.

Stevens will direct both, which she described as "lighter plays that deal with love and friendship."

"Mrs. Mannerly" is a play about Jeffrey, the only student able to achieve a perfect score in Mrs. Mannerly's etiquette class.

"The reading will feature Jayson Shanafelt as Jeffrey and his character's interpretation of all his fellow classmates. Anita Sorel will play Mrs. Mannerly," Stevens said.

A story about two unlikely friends, "Chapatti" "is a sweet story about loneliness and taking a risk on love," Stevens said.

She noted that CRT's partnership with the two local businesses came from contacts in the Oregon City business community as well as the sites' geographical location.

"Sara Brennen with Trail Distilling was excited about the idea when I approached her and has offered to make a few custom cocktails for the event, plus the location is less than two miles away from the [CCC] theater," Stevens said.

Jeff and Lynda Parrish, of the Portland Cider Company, were quick to partner with CRT for the staged-reading series, she said, adding that their larger venue will offer food before and after the reading.

Stevens added, "These fun, new and thought-provoking plays allow audiences to be a part of the discussion. Who knows, you might help us pick our next season."

With the purchase of a $20 ticket to the event, patrons also receive one custom CRT cocktail or beverage to enjoy during the reading. For tickets, visit ClackamasRep.org or call 503-594-6047.

Children's theater

What: "Wing It Bring It On," Clackamas Repertory Theatre's interactive children's show

When: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10

Where: Osterman Theatre, Clackamas Community College, 19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City

More: Tickets are $5 at the door; visit ClackamasRep.org or call 503-594-6047 for information.

Staged readings

What: CRT presents "Red Speedo," and "The Christians"

When: "Red Speedo" is at 3 p.m. Feb. 11; "The Christians" is at 3 p.m. March 25

Where: Osterman Theatre, Clackamas Community College, 19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City

More: Tickets are $15; visit ClackamasRep.org or call 503-594-6047 for information.

Bar Theatre

What: CRT presents "Mrs. Mannerly"

and "Chapatti"

Where/When: "Mrs. Mannerly" is at 6:30 p.m. March 4 at Trail Distilling, 21553 S. Highway 213, Oregon City; "Chapatti" is

at 6:30 p.m. April 22 at Portland Cider Company, 8925 S.E. Jannsen Road,

Building F, Clackamas.

More: $20 ticket includes one custom cocktail or beverage. For tickets, visit ClackamasRep.org or call 503-594-6047.