The OTHER theatres in and around Ashland
If you’ve heard of Ashland, chances are you’ve heard of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. But are you familiar with the other theatres that the Rogue Valley has to offer? Have you considered supporting the next generation of up-and coming performers, or have you ever hankered for theatre with a side of steak? Presenting the OTHER theatres in and around Ashland, in no particular order…
1. Oregon Cabaret Theatre
Now in their 25th season, the Oregon Cabaret Theatre has earned its place as an Ashland institution. You can go just for the show–they specialize in musical comedies and revues–or come early for a gourmet dinner or brunch. Right now, through August 30, they’re performing “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” a collection of songs and sketches that tackle different issues relating to the battle between the sexes.
2. Camelot Theatre
Just ten minutes from downtown Ashland, the Camelot Theatre stages productions of well-known and well-loved plays and musicals all year round, as well as “Spotlight On…” performances that feature a particular performer or composer (coming up later this year, for example, there will be a Spotlight On Mae West). “Rags,” a musical about two immigrant families coming to America in the early 1900s, is about to begin its run at the Camelot, and I’m particularly looking forward to “I Hate Hamlet,” a comedy which will start its run in August. (Please, nobody tell Dan Donohue.)
3. The Craterian Ginger Rogers Theatre
The Craterian Ginger Rogers Theatre is a performing arts facility in Medford (about 10 miles north of Ashland) that hosts both community performances and national touring artists. In addition to theatre productions, everything from concerts to ballet to stand-up comedy can be found at the Craterian Ginger Rogers. “Seussical, the Musical,” Ballet Rogue, the Rogue Valley Symphony, and a quartet of comedians from “Whose Line is it Anyway?” are all coming to their stage this year.
4. Theatre at Southern Oregon University
Okay, I’m biased: I’m an SOU theatre student myself. But that means I’ve gotten to see lots of SOU shows over the years, and I’m proud to be a part of a theatre department that turns out such high-quality productions. We are fortunate enough to get to work with theatre professionals at the top of their game, and I think the passion of SOU students is evident in the shows we produce. Of the six plays that SOU produces every year, usually one is geared toward children, so keep your eyes open for a show that all ages can enjoy! The SOU theater season will start up again in the fall.