Friday, November 22, 2013

In Addition: New Openings at a Theater Near You, Just in Time for the Holidays

MACBETH, the Shakespeare tragedy, opens tonight, November 22 at Evergreen High School at 7 p.m. and also plays tomorrow night. The Bard's bloody classic is presented  with a contemporary twist by the school's theater department in their auditorium, 14300 NE 18th. Tickets are $7 or $5 for students. For more information call 360-604-3716 or see

THE MATCHMAKER, Thornton Wilder's classic comedy, will also be presented by Washougal High School at 7 p.m. tonight and tomorrow night at the Washburn Performing Arts Center, 1201 39th St. in Washougal, Wash. Tickets are $6 or $5 for students and seniors. Call 360-954-3136 for more information.


UH, OH, HERE COMES CHRISTMAS, based on Robert Fulgram's book, and adapted to stage by David Caldwell and Ernest Zulia, and presented by Rising Star Productions, will open December 6 in at the Rising Star Theater in Kelso, Wash. All performances are presented in their space at the Three Rivers Mall; December 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. with additional matinees on December 14 and 21 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 general, $5 for children (12 and under) and $8 for seniors (65+). Tickets at: Keep an eye peeled for our upcoming review.

TUNA CHRISTMAS also opens at Longview's Stageworks Northwest December 6 and runs through December 29. Shows are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

In this hilarious sequel to (the also hilarious) "Greater Tuna," it's Christmas in the third smallest town in Texas. Radio station OKKK news personalities Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie report on various Yuletide activities, including hot competition in the annual lawn display contest. In other news, voracious Joe Bob Lipsey's production of "A Christmas Carol" is jeopardized by unpaid electric bills. Many colorful Tuna denizens, some you will recognize from "Greater Tuna" and some appearing here for the first time, join in the holiday fun. All seats are $12. Click here for tickets. And watch for our review, too.

Magenta's Improv Theater (MIT) opens their Christmas Improv the following week on December 13 at the Magenta Theater, 606 Main St. in Vancouver. MIT gets into the (family-friendly) Holiday Spirit with a very special weekend of seasonal inspired holiday shows! Join them as they spice up their improv and sprinkle it with some extra special musical goodness! Featuring a few special guest musicians from Magenta’s own Bad Agent Band, they will make you laugh, chuckle and guffaw, and maybe even sing-along or hum a happy tune!

And let’s not forget the Kids! They will also have a special matinee show just for them! It’s a special Kids inspired MIT show filled with lots of fun and games destined to trigger fits of kid-sized giggles (and laughs for the grown-ups, too)!

Presented Friday, December 13 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, December 14 at 7:30 p.m. Doors Open at 7:00 p.m. Evening Shows General Admission Seating Tickets are $12. The Kid's Matinee is Saturday, December 14 at 2 p.m. at tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children (12 and under). For information visit their website. Tickets Available Now - Click Here.

THE TRIAL OF EBENEZER SCROOGE, by Mark Brown, will be presented in cooperation with Woodland's Love Street Playhouse and Longview's Columbia Theatre, December 19 through 22. There are five shows, three evening and two matinee.

A year after his miraculous transformation, Scrooge is back to his old ways, suing Marley and the Ghosts. Directed by Melinda Leuthold, with a great talent line-up, this "Trial of the Century," is sure to bring laughs (and insight). Performances are at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in Longview and tickets are $16.50 to $21.50. Maybe that seems a bit on the high side, but based on the quality of Love Streets past productions and the class of this historic (and new renovated) theater it will be money well spent.

For more information and a link to the ticketing site click here. And be sure to watch this blog for our upcoming feature story and review (the Friday following Thursday's opening).

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