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Tigard theater group announces plays, acquires space for rehearsal, storage space.

PMG PHOTO: JANAE EASLON - Established in March 2011 by a group of actors who had worked together in community theatres in Washington County, Mask & Mirror Community Theatre performs in Tigard and Tualatin.Tigard's community theater company, Mask & Mirror, has announced its upcoming 2019-20 season, promising six plays ranging from comedies to musicals to dramas, and showcasing the work of actors from across the Washington County area.

"You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" offers beloved comic nostalgia with this musical. Opening Friday, Sept. 6, the story involves the "Peanuts" gang, which is up to its usual and unusual mishaps.

Performances will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, and at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through Sept. 22. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $10 for ages 10 and under and are on sale now at maskandmirror.com/youre-a-good-man-charlie-brown.

"Doing a musical is hard," said Gary Romans, one of the founders of Mask & Mirror. "Doing a musical with all-volunteer talent is harder. Doing a good musical with all-volunteer talent is hardest. Mask & Mirror last tried to do a musical in 2015 — 'Singin' in the Rain' — and it was a very, very good musical. As we start our ninth season, we have the talent and energy to do another musical ... 'You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.'"

For its ninth season, Mask & Mirror will bring three plays as part of its Main Stage series, "Dynamic Duos! 2 Actors, 2 Writers, 2 Divas!"

The first show in the series, "Leading Ladies," starts Friday, Nov. 1, at the Calvin Presbyterian Church in Tigard. Posing as relatives of an ailing English matron, two actors bring comedy to Washington County.

Taking a break for the holi-

day season, Mask & Mirror returns in March for the Ira Levin classic thriller, "Deathtrap." Sure to

frighten, the long-running Broadway show and Tony Award nominee is a must-see for theater aficionados.

Next May, the company takes audiences bacwk to 1942 Hollywood for its third play in the "Dynamic Duos" series. "Suite Surrender" is a comedy with all the essentials — mistaken identities, double entendres and farce. Lovers of movies like "Casablanca" and "Sunset Boulevard" should be delighted.

For a more mature audience, Mask & Mirror is producing two edgier plays at the Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 S.W. Sweek Drive, Tualatin, in what the company is calling its "UnMasked Series."

The first is "Love, Loss and What I Wore," a drama written by the romantic comedy queen herself, Nora Ephron, along with her sister Delia Ephron, based on the book by Ilene Beckerman. The play explores the lives of three woman, and touches on identity, clothing and relationships.

The 2019-20 season ends in July with the "UnMasked" production of "Laundry and Bourbon / Lone Star." The two one-act plays are tied together by the relationships between the characters, focusing on an unsettled Vietnam vet and his goofy brother.

Mask & Mirror, founded in 2011, has seen some changes. As it has grown, its need for rehear-

sal space has as well, Romans said.

"Although we have excellent relations with Calvin Church and The Tualatin Heritage Center, where we rent performance space, these facilities both have significant demands on their space, and since we need upward of 25 evenings to rehearse a show, rehearsal space was getting harder to schedule," he said.

"With our new Back Lot — which we named our new space — we have 24/7 access and we now have additional rehearsal time and early rehearsals with our actual set. This means the quality of our performances will be even better."

The company now has its own sspace for rehearsals, storage, set construction, meetings and more.

To learn more about Mask & Mirror and stay up-to-date, visit maskandmirror.com.


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