Last summer my daughter enrolled in a camp at Oregon Stage Works called Spontaneous Superstars. We were so impressed with the skills she was developing that she followed that with another class this winter. Her desire to, in her words, “become a stage actress” was becoming an obsession. She had caught the acting bug!
So, when a call for auditions for The Scheme of the Driftless Shifter was announced, she quickly prepared. She was placed in the role of the “Scrubwoman” in their Academy Production for this season.
The play includes a cast of talented youngsters ages nine to seventeen. Written by Carolyn Lane, and directed by Dennis P. Klein, this play is a wacky comedy in the classic melodrama style. Co-director Eve Smith is also an instructor for the many seasonal classes available at Oregon Stage Works. The experience and talent encompassed in this Ashland jewel of a theatre has been showcased in popular professional productions like, The Great American Trailer Park Musical currently and recently Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution and Talking Heads by Alan Bennett.
The ability for eager young students to work and learn from enthusiastic and skilled actors, writers and directors is a valuable treasure in this valley that deserves as much support as we can give. I personally am extremely excited to watch the process as these kids develop the roles that they currently are working so hard to perform for us.
The Scheme of the Driftless Shifter is showing along with a Young Academy Production (actors ages 6-9) on Saturday, May 31 at 2 pm and 4 pm and Sunday, June 1 at 5 pm.
For ticket or upcoming class information visit: http://www.oregonstageworks.org/ or 191 A Street, Ashland; (541)482-2334