Plays in Ashland and surrounding region
the mystery of irma vep: Pat Patton directs Charles Ludlam's parody of Gothic suspense films. Two actors portray eight characters in this quick-change comedy. The show runs at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays with brunch matinees at 1 p.m. Sundays through May 31, at Oregon Cabaret Theatre, First and Hargadine streets, Ashland. Tickets are $19-$31 and $19 for previews. See oregoncabaret.com or call 488-2902.
the nerd: Doug Rowe directs the comedy by Larry Shue about a visitor who outstays his welcome with a vengeance. The show runs at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through April 26, at Oregon Stage Works, 191 A St., Ashland. Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for students and are available at the door. See oregonstageworks.org or call 482-2334.
i remember mama: Paul Jones directs the play by John Van Druten about a Norwegian-American family in 1910 San Francisco, while Mama's three sisters and eccentric uncle furnish a great deal of comedy and tenderness. There is a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity at 8 p.m. April 22; tickets are $18. The show previews at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 23; tickets are $10. The show opens at 8 p.m. Friday, April 24 and runs at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through May 24, at Camelot Theatre Company, 101 Talent Ave., Talent. Tickets are $18 for adults and $16 for students and seniors. Reserved seating is an additional $2. Tickets are available online, by phone or at the theater box office from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and one hour before performances. There is a pay-what-you-can performance at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, See camelottheatre.org or call 535-5250.
annie: A cast of 7- to 18-year-olds, including the drama department of Crater's Renaissance Academy, along with students from every school in school District 6 and a couple of older surprises will present the musical with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin and book by Thomas Meehan. The show runs at 7 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, through April 25, at Crater Performing Arts Center, 655 N. Third St., Central Point. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students and seniors. Call 494-6348.
The servant of two masters: Tracy Young directs an adaptation by Young and Oded Gross of Carlo Goldini's farce about the servant Truffaldino who attends to two masters without either of them knowing about the other. Through Nov. 1, at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. See osfashland.org or call 482-4331.
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.
Thursday, April 16
band concert: The Southern Oregon University Music Department will present "Big Band Jazz Summit" at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 16, in the Music Recital Hall on the SOU campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Featured groups will be the Rogue Community College Jazz Ensemble directed by Dave Hegdahl, the Southern Oregon Jazz Orchestra directed by Corren Hileman, and the SOU Jazz Ensemble directed by Dr. Martin Behnke. This concert supports the fundraising efforts of the university's Jazz Ensemble to compete at the annual Reno Jazz Festival's College Division on April 26. Tickets are $10 for general admission and free for students. Tickets are available at the box office or by calling 552-6101.
jazz workshop: The Briscoe Jazz Workshop, a new performance and presentation series on different aspects or styles of jazz and other art music, will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 16, in the Briscoe ArtWing Music Room, 265 North Main St., Ashland, Laurel Street entrance. Workshops will feature performances with some explanations about what the musicians are playing and questions from the audience. Admission is a $5-$10 donation.
Friday, April 17
southern oregon repertory singers: The singers will present "Flights of Fancy," a concert of choral music at 8 p.m. Friday, April 17, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2000 Oakwood Dr., Medford, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 19, at the Music Recital Hall, Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. There will be a free pre-concert lecture at 2 p.m. for the Ashland concert only. Tickets for the concerts are $18 and $5 for students.
alasdair fraser: St. Clair Productions will present Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser and cellist Natalie Haas in concert at 8 p.m. Friday, April 17, at the Rouge Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Tickets are $20 in advance, $22 at the door and $10 for youth 12-17. Children under 12 admitted free. Tickets are available at the Music Coop in Ashland; online at stclairevents.com; or by calling 535-3562.
Saturday, April 18
guitar concert: The Southern Oregon University Music Department will present a concert by flamenco guitarist Rafael Cuen Garibi at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 18, in the Music Recital Hall on the SOU campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Garibi has performed as a soloist for concert series and international guitar festivals throughout Europe and North America. SOU Music Department chair and percussion professor Terry Longshore will join Garibi on several pieces. Tickets are $15 for general admission and free for students of all ages. Tickets are available at the box office before the performance or by calling 552-6101.
romeo and juliet: Le Cirque Centre will present a contemporary dance version of the classic story at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19, at 280 East Hersey St. No. 12, Ashland. Lorenzo SantaBarbara choreographs and directs Le Cirque Center's pro dance theater youth company. Tickets are $8 and $5 for students and are available at the Music Coop in Ashland and at the Le Cirque Centre. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301-6804.
mark turnbull: Paschal Winery and Morpheus Promotions will present the singer and songwriter at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent. Tickets are $10. Call 535-7957.
Sunday, April 19
state soloists: Craterian Performances will shine a spotlight on young talent in the eighth annual concert featuring winners of the Jackson County District 8 solo music competition at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 19, at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. The concert is free. Call 779-3000.
CLASSICAL CONCERT: Jefferson Baroque Orchestra presents its final concert of its 15th season with a program of quartets and quintets for baroque flutes and recorders at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 19, at the Congregational Church, 817 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Music of Boismortier, Telemann, Fasch, Schickhardt and Pepusch will be performed by Luna Bitzer, Rachel Streeter, Jim Rich and Alan Paul on flutes and recorders; Sue Flynn on cello; Karen Basin on baroque bassoon; and Nina Bailey on harpsichord. Tickets are $8, $5 students and are available at the door or by calling 592-2681.
organ recital: The Southern Oregon Chapter of the American Guild of Organists will present Michael Unger at 3 p.m., Sunday, April 19, at the First Presbyterian Church, 85 S. Holly St., Medford. Unger, originally from Canada, is currently a doctoral student in organ performance at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. Last summer he won the first-place prize of the American Guild of Organists' National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance and in September he was the first-prize winner of the Musashino International Organ Competition held in Tokyo. This concert is free and a reception will follow. Call 482-3075.
Wednesday, April 22
swan lake: Craterian Performances will present the Eugene Ballet in a performance of the classical ballet set to music by Tchaikovsky. The ballet tells the story of the transcendent love between a young prince and a beautiful princess who is condemned by an evil spell to live as a swan during daylight. Tickets are $15-$28. See craterian.org or call 779-3000.
jazz concert: The Siskiyou Intitute will present chanteuse and songwriter Jessica Fichot and the Gypsy Jazz Ensemble at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aprill 22, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent. Tickets are $12, $10 for institute members. Call 488-3869.
Saturday, April 25
Rogue Valley Symphony: The final concert series of the symphony's 41st season will take place at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 25, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. In his farewell concert with the symphony, Arthur Shaw will conduct Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana" along with the Rogue Valley Chorale and featured soloists soprano Lindsey Cafferky from Portland, baritone Benjamin Harris from Seattle and tenor Andrew Brock of Medford. All seats are reserved. Tickets are $33 premium, $26 general and $5 for students. A limited number of $10 seats will go on sale at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 14, at the theater box office at 779-3000. Pat Daly will give a free pre-concert talk one hour before each performance. Call the symphony box office at 552-6398 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday.
ukulele concert: St. Clair Productions presents 101-year-old ukulele master Bill Tapia in concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at the Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Tapia will be accompanied by bassist Bruce Calin. Opening the show will be Ashland's hula troupe Ka Pi'o O Ke Anuenue under the direction of Andrea Luchese. Tickets are $20 in advance, $22 at the door and $10 for youth 12-17. Children under 12 admitted free. Tickets are available at the Music Coop in Ashland; online at stclairevents.com; or by calling 535-3562. Tapia will offer a ukulele workshop at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at the Headwaters Building, across the street from the Unitarian Center. Cost is $25. Call 535-3562 to register.
Sunday, April 26
accordion concert: The Medford Accordion Club will present Bonnie Birch in concert on a "Tour of Accordion Solos from A-Z," from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at the Central Point Senior Center, 123 N Second St., Central Point. Admission is $5 in advance, $6 at the door. Following the concert there will be an opportunity to talk with Birch about the accordion and music in general. Birch will also be available on Monday, April 27, for individual accordion lessons. She will present an accordion workshop at 5 that evening at the Central Point Senior Center. Workshop subjects include improvisation, embellishment, bellowing and ensemble playing. The workshop fee is $10. For tickets or information about the concert, individual lessons and the workshop, call 471-7455.