Sunday, April 29, 2012

SIX SCHOOLS STAGE SPRING SWEEP: “Beauty and the Beast,” “Get Smart,” “Hairspray,” “Hello Dolly!,” “Oliver!” and “The Wizard of Oz” all play in May

This weekend sees the local high schools staging their spring shows. Evergreen offers Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast;” Prairie and Battle Ground combine for “Get Smart” (see previous review); Union opens “Hairspray;” Hello, Dolly!” comes to Mountain View; “Oliver!” hits the stage at Hockinson; and Fort Vancouver produces “The Wizard of Oz.”

Beauty and the Beast,” the love story of Belle and the enchanted beast prince based on the Disney animated film, runs 7 p.m., May 3, 5, 11 and 12; 2 p.m. May 12; 9 and 11 a.m. May 5 at the Evergreen HS Auditorium, 14300 N.E. 18th St., Vancouver, Wash. The May 5, 9 and 11 a.m. shows are “Breakfast with Belle” shows. Regular shows are $7 for students and seniors, $10 adults; breakfast shows are $8 (pre-registration required). Call 360-604-3700 for tickets or visit for information.

Get Smart,” based on the 1965-1970 TV show pilot, continues 7 p.m., May 3 with snack night; May 4 and 5 dinner theaters also play 7 p.m. at the Battle Ground HS Commons, 300 Main St., Battle Ground, Wash. Snack night is $7-10; dinner shows are $25-30. Call 360-513-1402 or visit for tickets. See our review here.

Hairspray,” the story of segregation and a young teens’ dream to dance on a American Bandstand-type TV show set in the 1960’s, runs 7 p.m., May 3, 4, 5 and 12, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. May 11 at the Union HS Performing Arts Building, 6201 N.W. Friberg-Strunk St., Camas, Wash. $7 students and seniors, $10 adults. Call 360-604-6220 for tickets and information.

Hello, Dolly!,” the story of a matchmaker hired to help a rich man find love falls for the man herself,  runs 7 p.m., May 3, 4 and 5, with an additional 1 p.m. show on May 5 at Mountain View HS, 1500 S.E. Blairmont Dr., Vancouver, Wash. Tickets, $8 for students and seniors, $10 for adults, available by calling 360-604-6100.

Oliver!,” Charles Dickens’ tale of an orphan boy who escapes the workhouses to work the streets, runs 7 p.m., May 4, 5, 12 and 13 with an additional show at 1:30 p.m. May 5 at Hockinson HS, 16819 N.E. 159th St., Brush Prairie, Wash. General admission is $5 and $6, students and children $3 and $4. Information and tickets at 360-448-6450 ext. 5619.

The Wizard of Oz,” the story of a Kansas girl caught up by a tornado into the magical land of Oz, based on the L. Frank Baum story and MGM film, runs 5 p.m., May 3, 4 and 5 with an additional show 1 p.m., May 5 at Fort Vancouver HS, 5700 E. 18th, Vancouver, Wash. General admission is $5 or $4 for seniors.  Call 360-313-4000 for tickets and information.

All are musicals with the exception of “Get Smart.”

By Gregory E. Zschomler

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