Plays and events in Ashland and surrounding region

Plays

kickin' the clouds away: The new show features six performers in a a fun-filled look at the 1920s and '30s through music, dance and song. The show runs at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays with brunch matinees at 1 p.m. Sunday, through March 29 at Oregon Cabaret Theatre, First and Hargadine streets, Ashland. Tickets are $19-$31. Call 488-2902.

the pajama game: Chris Williams directs Ashland High School's production of the musical by Richard Bissell, with music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, and book by George Abbott and Richard Bissell. The play is set in a pajama factory where garment-union workers are demanding a raise. The show runs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, through March 14, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, March 15, at 201 S. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Reserved seating is $18 and available only online at showtix4you.com. Non-reserved, general admission tickets online are $13. General admission tickets are $15 and are available at the school, Paddington Station, Tree House Books and Music Coop, all in Ashland. Call 482-8771.

Once Upon A Time ... The Clever Plays: Oregon Stage Works Ashland Children's Theatre, under the direction of Eve Smyth, presents 14 student actors, ages 10-14, and several adult performers, in performing four traditional stories that show that the simple things in life may prove the best. The shows run at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through March 14, and at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at 191 A St., Ashland. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Tickets are available at The Music Coop in Ashland and at the door. Call 482-2334.

macbeth: Gale Edwards directs William Shakespeare's tragedy that follows Macbeth's ascent to the Scottish throne and the carnage it leaves in its wake. Through Nov. 1, at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. See osfashland.org or call 482-4331.

death and the king's horseman: Chuck Smith directs Nobel prize-winner Wole Soyinka's African tragedy set against the backdrop of a colonial mindset and a vibrant, mystical culture in peril. Through July 5, at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. See osfashland.org or call 482-4331.

the music man: Bill Rauch directs the musical with book, music and lyrics by Meredith Willson and story by Willson and Franklin Lacey. Con man Harold Hill arrives in River City, Iowa, under the guise of teaching music to the children, while actually planning to bilk their parents. Through Nov. 1, at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. See osfashland.org or call 482-4331.

dead man's cell phone: Christopher Liam Moore directs Sarah Ruhl's funny film-noir odyssey that begins when a man dies at a restaurant. When his cell phone keeps ringing, the woman at the next table answers it. Through June 19, at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. See osfashland.org or call 482-4331.

Events

Thursday, March 12

symphonic band: The Southern Oregon Concert Band and the Southern Oregon University Symphonic Band will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 12, in the Music Recital Hall at Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Tickets are $5. Students are admitted free. Tickets are available at the music box office and at the door. Proceeds will help support the university's student scholarship fund. Tickets available at the door or by calling 552-6101

jazz band: The Rogue Community College Jazz Band will perform a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 12, in the Rogue Building at Rogue Community College's Redwood Campus, 3345 Redwood Highway, Grants Pass. The concert will feature the 18-piece jazz band, co-directed by Joe Chankin and Dave Hegdahl, with guest singer Dianne Strong. Doors open at 7 p.m. Call 659-1593 or 955-9546.

Friday, March 13

altenberg piano trio: Chamber Music Concerts will present the Altenberg Piano Trio at 8 p.m. Friday, March 13, and at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 14, in the Music Recital Hall, at Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Tickets are $26 and $30 and $5 for youths 22 and under. Call 552-6154.

middle school play: Sacred Heart Catholic Middle School will present a production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical, "Cinderella" at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 13 and 14, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 15, at Sacred Heart Catholic School Gym, Eleventh and Holly streets, Medford. Admission is free. Donations are gratefully accepted. Call 772-4105.

Saturday, March 14

america 1968: A multimedia musical documentary featuring a live band and an ensemble of singer-actors will bring the year back to life with words, songs and images at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. Tickets are $23-$38. Call 779-3000.

new music: The Southern Oregon Chapter of the National Association of Composers/USA will present a concert of new choral works by Southern Oregon composers William Ashworth, I'lana Cotton, Ken Deveney, Gina Scaccia and Stephen Truelove at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at The First Congregational United Church of Christ, 717 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Tickets are $10 general, $5 students and are available at the door. Call 488-5506 or 772-4022.

blue lightning: The dance band will play in honor of Women's History Month at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way, Ashland. Tickets are $10-$20 sliding scale. Doors open at 7 p.m.

waltz Ball: The Rogue Valley Waltz Ball will take place from 7:15 to 11 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St., Ashland. This elegant ball for music lovers or dance enthusiasts will feature a 25-member professional orchestra, waltz exhibitions and dancing. Tickets are $35-$50 and include a dessert buffet and a free beginners prep class before the event. Dress is semiformal. See RVWaltzBall.org or call 482-0134.

accordion band: The Southern Oregon Accordion Band, sponsored by the Rogue River Accordion Club, will present "Spring Fling with an Irish Theme" from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 15, in the Rogue River Community Annex, 132 Broadway, Rogue River. The concert is a benefit for the Rogue River Community Center and will feature the band along with various group and guest performers. Admission is by donation. Call 479-9409.

vocal concert: Laura Derocher and David Gabriel will present "Come On Get Happy, Show Tunes and Other Surprises" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at the First United Methodist Church, 175 N. Main St., Ashland. The show includes many standard show tunes and surprises to brighten your outlook. The show is part of the benefit concert series to repay the costs of repairing, cleaning and tuning the church's historic Reuter Organ. Tickets are $15 and $10 and are available at Paddington Station, Ashland or Grocery Outlet, Medford. Call 482-3647.

Sunday, March 15

choral music: The Southern Oregon University Choirs will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 15, in the Music Recital Hall at Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The SOU Concert Choir and Chamber Choir will perform a varied program of sacred and secular works from across the ages. Tickets are $5. Call 552-6101.

music at st. mark's: Pianist Joanna Trzeciak from Poland will perform a free concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 15, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 426 W. Sixth St., Medford. The program will include the Five Polonaises by Chopin and 5 Etudes-tableaux by Rachmaninov. Call 858-8037.

folk music: The folk duo of Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen will perform at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 15, at the Takilma Community Building, 9367 Takilma Road, Cave Junction. The concert is a benefit for the Dome School and Spiral Living Center. Gilette and Mangsen have been featured on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" and "Mountain Stage." Admission at the door is $6 to $10 on a sliding scale. Call 592-3386.

Monday, March 16

band concert: The bands of North Medford High School will perform an "Almost Spring Band Concert" at 7 p.m. Monday, March 16, at North Medford High School Auditorium, 1900 N. Keene Way Dr., Medford. The program will include performances by the NMHS Concert Band, Wind Ensemble and both Jazz Bands. Admission is free. Donations are accepted.

Tuesday, March 17

chamber music: The Arianna String Quartet will present a performance of Haydn's "The Last Seven Words of Christ" at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, March 17 and 18, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 44 N. Second St., Ashland. The music will be interspersed with original and published meditations, spoken by eight clergy members representing various faiths. A discussion with members of the Arianna String Quartet and Trinity rector, Rev. Anne Bartlett, will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the social hall. Admission is $20. Tickets are available in advance at Paddington Station, Ashland or at the door. Proceeds will benefit the music and outreach programs at Trinity Church. Call 482-2656.

Thursday, March 19

dance concert: Dancing People Company, in conjunction with Grants Pass High School, will present "Muses and Musings," an evening of modern dance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19, at Grants Pass High Performing Arts Center 830 N.E. Ninth St., Grant Pass. Tickets are $8, $5 for students and seniors at the door. Families of four or more receive one free student ticket. See dancingpeople.com or call 488-9683.

Friday, March 20

high school performance: Sarena Sona, a senior at South Medford High School, will present "What We Do for Love: A Celebration of Passion for the Performing Arts" as her senior project at 7 p.m. Friday, March 20, at the South Medford High School auditorium, 815 S. Oakdale Ave., Medford. The showcase is a benefit for the Oregon Conservatory of Performing Arts scholarship program for local children. Performers include singer Andrew Brock, vocalist Marcia Katzmar, musician and singer Eric von Radics, belly dancer Tiazza, dancer and choreographer Aisha Wand, The Dance Factory and the Jefferson Chorus. Tickets are $7 general admission, $3 for children and students, and will be sold at the door. Call 776-9118.

Saturday, March 21

leo kottke: Acoustic guitar virtuoso Leo Kottke will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at the Rogue Theatre, 143 S.E. H St., Grants Pass. Kottke's 30-year career of recording and performing blends folk, jazz, and blues influences. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Call 471-1316.

faith rivera: The Emmy award-winning singer and songwriter will present "New You, New Earth," an interactive sing-along and dance-along concert, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at the nondenominational Center for Spiritual Living, 1119 Ellen Ave., Medford. Rivera's music is heard on TV shows such as "ER," "Scrubs" and more. Tickets are $15. Call 734-8581.