Bits & Pieces
Oregon Ballet Theatre celebrates its 30th anniversary season in 2019-20 and opens with "ROAR(S)."
The production, literally "ROAR(S)," runs Oct. 5-12.
"We sought out work that explores the full spectrum of artistry in ballet — ballet that 'ROAR(S)' with power and exceptionalism," says Kevin Irving, OBT artistic director.
There'll be six productions:
• "ROAR(S)" reflects three distinct eras of the repertory, but it's also a manifesto in dance with "In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated" (William Forythe), "Stravinsky Violin Concerto" (George Balanchine) and "Scheherazade" (Dennis Spaight), Oct. 5-12, Keller Auditorium.
• "The Nutcracker" (Balanchine) returns for its 17th year, Dec. 7-26, Keller Auditorium.
• "The Sleeping Beauty" (Christopher Stowell) will be based on Marius Petipa's 1890 choreography, which debuted at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, Feb. 15-23, Keller Auditorium.
• "Beautiful Decay" (Nicolo Fonte) imagines things such as dead flowers when they lived, in a show of self, April 9-12, Newmark Theatre.
• "The Americans 2.0," OBT's annual series, includes works by Twyla Tharp ("Baker's Dozen"), James Canfield (world premiere) and Agnes de Mille ("Rodeo"), June 5-13, Newmark Theatre.
• The Annual School Performance takes place June 13-14 at Newmark Theatre.
For more: www.obt.org.
'Hee Haw' staging
A reminder: Middle-age folks (or older) probably remember "Hee Haw," the comedy variety show for the rural and country set that aired from 1969-92. Now it's being presented as a special touring show, and will stop at the Granada Theatre in The Dalles on Saturday, March 16.
It's the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the show. The living cast members have teamed up on the tour as Hee Haw's Kornfield Friends — Lulu Roman, Misty Rowe, Jana Jae and Buck Trent. The tour brings a touch of "Kornfield Kounty" to stages.
For tickets/info: www.granadatheatrethedalles.com.
It's official: The Blockbuster video store at 211 N.E. Revere Ave. in Bend will be the final Blockbuster still open in the world.
Apparently, a Blockbuster store in Australia will close at the end of March.
Two stores shuttered in Alaska last summer, making the Bend store the final one open in the United States.
A movie is being made about the final store by Bend production company Pop Motion Pictures, "The Last Blockbuster." For more: www.facebook.com/lastblockbustermovie.