Laugh, cry, think ...
Lakewood Theatre Company (LTC) will begin its 67th season with six productions on its Mainstage and three productions on its Side Door stage beginning July 12.
Season tickets are on sale now for current subscribers with prices for the six-show season ranging from $150 to $190. New subscribers may purchase season tickets starting March 25. Call the box office at 503-635-3901 or order online at Lakewood-center.org.
Performances for LTC shows are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday and at 7 p.m. some Sunday evenings at the Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St., in Lake Oswego.
The lineup for the 67th season includes a repertoire of theater gems that originated as, or became, film favorites. The season begins with "Matilda," based on the beloved children's novel by Roald Dahl, then time-warps to the spooky and seductive cult classic, "The Rocky Horror Show."
In the cold of winter, hearts will warm with the stage adaptation of "Shakespeare in Love," adapted from the Academy Award-winning film, which imagines a young William Shakespeare and his muse.
The new year brings Frederick Knott's "Wait Until Dark," a delightfully frightening thriller, and "The Odd Couple," Neil Simon's popular comedy about two polar opposite roommates who must learn to get along.
The season wraps up with "Funny Girl," the semi-biographical story of actress and Broadway star Fanny Brice, a role that famously catapulted Barbra Streisand into the spotlight.
In addition to the Mainstage shows, subscribers can preorder tickets to the Lost Treasures Collection Series at the Side Door Stage as well as Lakewood in City Lights, the annual holiday gala and fundraiser, set for Nov. 16 at the Sentinel Hotel in downtown Portland.
More about the play
¦ "Matilda," July 12-Aug. 18, directed by Paul Angelo. The much-loved story by Roald Dahl bursts into musical life on the stage with an unforgettable soundtrack by musical comedian Tim Minchin. Matilda, a precocious young bookworm, uses her strange powers of telekinesis to overcome obstacles and makes friends along the way.
¦ "The Rocky Horror Show," Sept. 6-Oct. 13, directed by John Oules. This humorous musical tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the late 1940s through early 1970s has entranced audiences for decades, with its array of characters who seduce, entangle and gyrate to tunes that are out of this world. Don't miss it when it comes to life — in more
ways than one — on Lakewood's Mainstage.
¦ "Shakespeare in Love," Nov. 1-Dec. 8, directed by David Sikking. Young Will Shakespeare is grappling with writer's block while working on his new play, "Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate's Daughter." Inspiration strikes when he meets the clever and beautiful Viola, but she has a hidden desire that could put them both at risk.
¦ "Wait Until Dark," Jan. 10-Feb. 16, directed by Nancy McDonald. Susy Hendrix, a blind Greenwich Village housewife, becomes the target of three conmen who set up an elaborate charade to get their hands on a mysterious doll. As the tension mounts and the house plunges into darkness, can Susy outwit the murderous visitors?
¦ "The Odd Couple," March 6-April 12, directed by Pat Patton. Felix, an uptight, neat freak journalist is thrown out by his wife and moves in with his friend, Oscar, a slovenly sportswriter. The two must learn to get along as roommates, as Felix's neuroticism and Oscar's carelessness hilariously clash in Simon's classic comedy.
¦ "Funny Girl," May 1-June 14, directed by Ron Daum. Based on the life of Broadway and film star Fanny Brice, and her stormy relationship with entrepreneur and gambler Nick Arnstein, "Funny Girl" captures irresistible charm, wit and warmth. It features iconic numbers including "People" and "Don't Rain on My Parade."
Now in its 10th season, The Lost Treasures Collection series will be directed by Ron Daum. It features three obscure and rarely performed musicals presented in concert/cabaret style for one weekend only on the Side Door Stage. The musicals are presented without sets, props or any of the usual trappings of a fully staged production. The series features some of Portland's foremost performers presenting some of the most beautiful, comedic and witty songs of musical theater. Food, wine and other beverages are available for purchase before and during the show.
The series includes:
¦ "The High Life," Oct. 18-19. Bachelor and playboy Anatol Von Huber has decided the time has come to settle down. However, as he attempts to woo the innocent Liesl, Anatol's philandering ways keep interrupting their relationship. Originally starring Barbara Cook.
¦ "The Apple Tree," Feb. 21-22. A fun and imaginative collection of musical playlets based on popular fables about the unfulfilled desires of humankind. This musical originally starred Barbara Harris.
¦ "I Can Get it for You Wholesale," April 17-18. Harry Bogen, an ambitious, unscrupulous businessman in the 1930s garment industry, will stop at nothing to get to the top. Originally, this musical featured Barbra Streisand in her breakout Broadway role.
Performances for the Side Door Stage season are at 7 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Saturdays.
All performances are at the Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St., Lake Oswego.
Learn more online at Lakewood-center.org.
— Lakewood Theatre Company