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Community theatre offers great selection of classics with a twist, in addition to cabaret music

Clackamas Reperatory Theatre opened its lucky 13th season this summer.

The theater program was founded in 2005 by Artistic Director David Smith-English and Executive Director Cyndy Smith-English. Both champions of education, the couple wanted to create a theater for former and current students at Clackamas Community College. Clackamas Rep has become a place for students to gain professional theater experience.

In 2016, Clackamas Rep spent $62,000 of the annual budget on hiring current and former CCC students in all aspects of theater as interns, performers, designers and directors. Clackamas Rep strives to serve as many members of the community with low ticket prices, a flexible ticket exchange policy and free parking. It offers free preview performance tickets to all Clackamas County high school drama students. Performances are held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. The 2018 season will include:

¦ "Annie" with book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin. "Annie" is directed by Jayne Stevens and Wesley Robert Hanson and runs Aug. 2 through 26. Preview night is Aug. 2; Aug. 3 is sold out, opening night reception will be held Aug. 4.

The sun will come out tomorrow with a new deal for this orphan. "Annie" is based on the classic comic strip "Little Orphan Annie" by Harold Gray. The show includes musical classics like "Hard Knock Life," "Tomorrow" and "Easy Street." Annie's rags to riches tale is guaranteed to please audiences and remind us that helping those who are less fortunate can turn out to be the most rewarding gift of all.

¦ "Ripcord" written by David Lindsay-Abaire and directed by David Smith-English will run Sept. 6 through 30. Preview night is Sept. 6, opening night reception is Sept. 7.

"Ripcord," much like Lindsay-Abaire's other comedies, ("Fuddy Meers" and "Good People") introduces audiences to characters that are unforgettable. On an upper floor of prime real estate in the Bristol Place Senior Living Facility cantankerous Abby is forced to share her quarters with new-arrival Marilyn. Abby has no choice but to get rid of the infuriatingly chipper Marilyn by any means necessary. A seemingly harmless bet between the two women quickly escalates into a dangerous game of one-upmanship.

Audience members can choose season passes if they know the dates they wish to attend shows, or buy a flex pass, which allows you to save money by purchasing tickets now, then select dates and seats when you are ready.

Learn more online at clackamasrep.org.

Clackamas Rep also offers a Cabaret Concert this summer.

N Puttin' on the Ritz: Hits of the 1930s will be another foot stomping concert by Portland Sings! Join local musical theater star Courtney Freed and her revolving cast of talented musicians

Aug. 19 at 7 p.m.

Tickets are available online at clackamasrep.org.

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