Plays




The Scheme of the Driftless Shifter: Dennis Klein directs this 35 minute comic melodrama presented by Oregon Stage Works' Ashland Children's Theatre. The show plays at 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1, at Oregon Stage Works, 191 A St., Ashland. A short prologue performance of "A Mellow Drama" will be presented by the Young Academy. Written and directed by Eve Smyth, the play is a comic "lecture/demo" about the melodrama genre. Tickets are $5 for children, ages 6-17, $6 at the door and $10 for adults, $12 at the door. Tickets are available at The Music Coop, Ashland. See or call 482-2334, ext. 2.




From the Heart: Cil Stengel directs Planned Parenthood's Teen Theatre in a show that includes original scenes created by the actors and reflecting the lives of teenagers with humor, poignancy and music. The show plays at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 31, at Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. It is appropriate for ages 13 and up. Tickets are $5, and $3 for students at the door. Call 770-3331 ext. 1012.




The great American trailer park musical: Oregon Stage Works brings back the popular show directed by Peter Alzado and written by David Nehls and Batsy Kelso about life and love among the rowdy inhabitants of Armadillo Acres Trailer Park. The show runs at 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays through June 9, at 191 A St., Ashland. Tickets are $22, general and $15 for students 21 and under. See or call 482-2334.




the clay cart: Bill Rauch directs the 2,000-year-old Indian classic full of music, dance, action and romance in a world where gamblers, holy men, political fugitives and royal scoundrels intersect and good people triumph. Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. . 482-4331.




fences: Leah C. Gardiner directs August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize winning portrayal of a working-class African-American King Lear in the decade before the Civil Rights Movement. (Strong language, mature themes). Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. . 482-4331.




midsummer night's dream: Mark Rucker directs Shakespeare's comedy of young lovers, honest tradesmen, the royal court and the fairy world meet in the Athenian Wood in a dance-filled, joyful, youthful, funny take on midsummer magic. Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. . 482-4331.




welcome home jenny sutter: Jessica Thebus directs the premiere of Julie Marie Myatt's story of U.S. Marine Jenny Sutter's return home from Iraq and the desert community of misfits who gently nurture her back to her own humanity. (Strong language). Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. . 482-4331.




coriolanus: Laird Williamson dorects Shakespeare's story of a Roman military leader unable to find the humanity to cope with the machinations of the Senate or the anger of the people. Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. . 482-4331.




the further adventures of hedda gabler: Bill Rauch directs Jeff Whitty's dark comedy about Ibsen's character who is on a rollicking quest to liberate her story. (Strong language, mature themes) Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. . 482-4331.




altar boyz: Jim Giancarlo directs and choreographs Oregon Cabaret Theatre's production of a musical comedy with a mission. A fictitious Catholic boy band (with one Jewish member) sets out to save souls with pop songs. Musical direction is by Chris Kong. The show runs at 8 p.m. Thursday-Mondays with — p.m. brunch matinees on Sundays, through June 1, at First and Hargadine streets, Ashland. Tickets are $21 Sunday evenings, $25 Sunday matinees, $25 and $27 Thursdays and Mondays, and $29, $31; Fridays and Saturdays. The box office is open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and — to 6 p.m. daily; 4 to 8 p.m. Sundays; closed Tuesdays. See or call 488-2902.




metamorphosEs: Dale Luciano directs the Southern Oregon University production of Mary Zimmerman's play based on 10 mythic tales written by Ovid in 13 B.C. Zimmerman uses water to symbolize the transformations experienced by the mythological characters and the stories of King Midas, Cupid and Psyche, Orpheus and Eurydice. The play runs at 8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, May 29-June — and at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 31, at the Center Stage Theatre, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Tickets are $17 regular admission, $14 for seniors, and $5 for students. Events




Friday, May 30




spotlight on tony bennett: Camelot Theatre Company presents "Spotlight on Tony Bennett" featuring David Gabriel and a live seven-piece band. The show opens Friday, May 30, and runs at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through June 15 at Camelot Theatre, 101 Talent Ave., Talent. Tickets are $18. Reserved seating is available for an additional $2. Tickets are available online at , by phone or in person at the theater box office from — to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and one hour before performances. Call 535-5250.




jazz night: Guitarist Tim Church will perform from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 30, at RoxyAnn Winery, 3285 Hillcrest Road, Medford. Cost is $5. Call 776-2315.




dance festival: The Annual Dance Festival Week at the Dance Arts Center ends Friday, May 30 at 9 Hawthorne St., Medford. Each program begins with a demonstration and explanation of the important elements. Dancers and guests will be served refreshments at the end of each program. Each day has a different schedule. Call 772-1362 for times and to reserve a space.




student recital: Southern Oregon University voice student soprano Cassandra Tolman will perform her senior recital at 8 p.m. Friday, May 30, at the SOU Music Recital Hall, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The event is free. Call 552-6101.




Saturday, May 31




student recital: Southern Oregon University percussion student Doug Leveton will perform his senior recital at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 31, at the SOU Music Recital Hall, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The event is free. Call 552-6101.




sou jazz bands: The Southern Oregon University Jazz Ensemble will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 31, at the SOU Music Recital Hall, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Tickets are $8 general admission. Students admitted free. See sou.edu/music or call 552-6101.




second street musicians: The Spring Concert is scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday, May 31, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2000 Oakwood Drive, Medford. The audience is invited to the post-concert reception to meet the musicians. Donations are accepted and will provide scholarships for amateur string musicians.




relay for life: The American Cancer Society's annual fund-raising event will take place Saturday, May 31, in the Rogue Valley. The event in Ashland will feature performances by local bands and musicians throughout the day beginning at 10 a.m., at Raider Stadium at Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Call 779-6092.




Sunday, June —




new music concert: Out of Context will present a free concert of entirely new works at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 1, at the First Congregational Church of Ashland, 717 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Based in Los Angeles, the ensemble consists of graduates of the Eastman School of Music and the University of Southern California. Kimberly Fitch, an Ashland native, is a core member of the ensemble which features violin, viola, cello, flute, oboe, clarinet and piano. Call 301-3805.




violin class recital: Cynthia's School of Violin will present a recital of its students at — p.m. Sunday, June 1, in the Grants Pass Performing Arts Center, Voorheis Hall, 830 NE Ninth St., Grants Pass. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. The 23 featured performers range from beginner to advanced. The program showcases the solo talents of violin and viola students, who will be accompanied on piano by Natalie Emmons. Admission is free. Donations will be accepted to offset costs and to build a lesson-scholarship fund. Call 660-4860.




dance concert: Ballet Workshop and Oregon Chamber Dance Company will present their annual free dance concert at — p.m. Sunday, June 1, at Kids Unlimited, 821 N. Riverside, Medford. Performances will include pieces choreographed by Katherine Eck. Guest dancer Liz Finnigan will present three works. Call 899-3914.




Monday, June 2




sou percussion ensemble: The Southern Oregon University Percussion Ensemble will perform at 8 p.m. Monday, June 2, at the SOU Music Recital Hall, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Tickets are $8 general admission. Students admitted free. See sou.edu/music or call 552-6101.




Wednesday, June 4




blues at summer jo's: A summer music series featuring Blues Jazz with John Trujillo and Friends will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays through the fall at Summer Jo's, 2315 Upper River Road Loop, Grants Pass. Reservations are recommended. Music included with meal. No cover charge. No drink minimum. Call 476-6882.




Thursday, June 5




sou symphonic band: The Southern Oregon University symphonic Band will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 5, at the SOU Music Recital Hall, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Tickets are $8 general admission. Students admitted free. See sou.edu/music or call 552-6101.




Friday, June 6




sou guitar ensemble: The Southern Oregon University Guitar Ensemble will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, June 6, at the SOU Music Recital Hall, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Tickets are $8 general admission. Students admitted free. See sou.edu/music or call 552-6101.




belly dance: Casablanca Belly Dance Night An exotic evening reflecting many belly dance styles from around the Arab world with dancers Maria, Bess and Tiazza at 8 p.m. Friday, June 6, at the Bellview Community Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Road, Ashland. Tickets $8. Tickets are available online at casablancanight.eventsbot.com and at the door. Call 210-8471.




jazz night: Local jazz musicians perform from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays, at RoxyAnn Winery, 3285 Hillcrest Road, Medford. Cost is $5. Call 776-2315.




Saturday, June 7




sou jazz choir: The Jefferson State Choral Coalition will perform at — and 8 p.m. Saturday, June 7, at the SOU Music Recital Hall, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Tickets are $8 general admission. Students admitted free. See sou.edu/music or call 552-6101.




"cats": Le Cirque Centre in Ashland will perform an aerial dance theatre adaptation of the Broadway show "Cats" based on T.S. Elliot's poems at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 7, at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St., Ashland. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students. Call 301-6804.




siskiyou violins: The 28-member ensemble of young students of Faina Podolnaya will perform a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 7, at Temple Emek Shalom, 1800 E. Main St., Ashland. Call 324-7584.




Sunday, June 8




sou choirs: The Southern Oregon University Choirs Concert will take place at — p.m. Sunday, June 8, at the SOU Music Recital Hall, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Tickets are $8 general admission. Students admitted free. See sou.edu/music or call 552-6101.




classical guitar: Twelve-year-old classical guitarist Nathan Hoyt will present a concert at — p.m. Sunday, June 8, at the Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Tickets are $10 at the door. Children under 12 will be admitted free. Call 482-4755.