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Appearing on Stage April Through June

Posted on: April 5th, 2012 by Guest Blogger No Comments

Spring is performance season in Oregon’s Washington County, with a host of plays opening in the coming weeks. Choose which talent you’d like to see showcased on stage in these spring theater debuts. Get your tickets now; any weekend will do!

Here’s a rundown, sorted by opening date:

Performances are always entertaining here. Photo courtesy of Bag&Baggage.

Theatre in the Grove
April 13 – 29
Come see this classic–a drama set in the Roaring 1920s in Chicago.

The Andrews Brothers
Broadway Rose – at the New Stage in Tigard
April 19 – May 20
This entertaining musical comedy is based on mistaken identities, madcap humor and well-known songs from the 1940s, including “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.”

The Miracle Worker
Beaverton Civic Theatre – at Beaverton City Library Auditorium
April 27 – May 13
This is the true story of Annie Sullivan, the persistent teacher who helped Helen Keller learn to communicate and overcome the challenges of being both deaf and blind.

Murder at Brackenfern
Mask & Mirror
May 4 – 20
An award-winning play by a local author, this comedic mystery pokes fun at Northwest lifestyles.

Dangerous Liasions
Bag&Baggage Productions – at Venetian Theatre in Hillsboro
May 9 – 27
Witness a thrilling game of revenge and power set in pre-Revolutionary France.

Broadway Dreamers — On Our Way
Northwest Senior Theatre – at Alpenrose Dairy Opera House
May 16 – 19
In this production, the group wins a trip to Broadway and sings their way across the United States. Broadway hits will include “Hello Dolly” and “Show Boat.”

Hillsboro Artists’ Regional Theatre (HART)
May 25 – June 10
Learn more about the dramatic story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and how his musical genius trumped his foul mouth and lack of grace.

Want more? Here’s a list of theater and performing arts in Oregon’s Washington County.

March/April Events Calendar

Posted on: February 23rd, 2012 by Guest Blogger No Comments

Now is the time to select which coming events fit your viewing bill. Numerous live musical performances and theater productions are some of the highlights in Oregon’s Washington County slated for March and April.


Pendulum Aerial Arts, known for its stunning visuals and technical aerial ability, offers the performance “Up, Up and Away!” at the French American School that will include a piece inspired by the musical Chicago (8500 NW Johnson St., Portland; April 20-22, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; $15).


The Washington County Museum (17677 NW Springville Rd., Portland, on the Portland Community College Rock Creek campus) presents “Snapshots!” (through April 21; $3), a retrospective of Washington County’s history told through photographs ranging from the late 19th century to the Roaring Twenties.


Bottom Line Duo will perform in Hillsboro on April 20.

It’s “21st Century Parlor Music” performed by the Bottom Line Duo (bass and cello) at the Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center (527 E. Main St., Hillsboro; April 20, 7:30 p.m.; $20).

Enjoy a daylong celebration of the 90th birthday of McMenamins Grand Lodge (3505 Pacific Ave., Forest Grove; March 3). There will be live music beginning at 4 p.m., as well as coffee samples, a free showing of the movie “The Princess Bride,” kids’ activities and special distillery, wine and beer tastings, along with food specials.

It’s “Dance, Dance, Dance!” by the Hillsboro Symphony Orchestra with tango music and more (21945 NW Wagon Way, Hillsboro; March 2; 8 p.m.; $5-8)

The Beaverton Symphony Orchestra presents its spring concert, featuring pieces by Schumann (3300 SW Murray Blvd., Beaverton; March 9-11; $10).


Enjoy a comedy of errors about a six-foot invisible rabbit with Beaverton Civic Theatre’s “Harvey” (12375 SW 5th St., Beaverton; February 24-March 11, $5-$15).

Theatre in the Grove is presenting the family comedy “Over the Tavern” (February 24-March 11; $12-14), which takes place in 1950s New York in the religious household of a six-person family.

Enjoy a performance of “Robin Hood – The Musical” (multiple locations, Feb. 24-March 18, $12), which is a family-oriented, unique retelling of the classic by local group Mask and Mirror.

Professional Theater company Bag&Baggage presents “Romeo and Juliet” at the Venetian Theatre (253 E. Main St., Hillsboro; March 2-18, 7:30 p.m.; $25). This version, known as “R&J” is text-based Shakespeare with a twist, and described as a “play within a play.”

Watch the popular comedy performance “Rumors” by Hillsboro Artists’ Repertory Theatre (HART), a Neil Simon play that had a long Broadway run (185 E. Washington St., Hillsboro; March 16-April 1, 2 and 7:30 p.m. shows; $10-14).

The award-winning Broadway Rose Theatre Company (12850 SW Grant Ave., Tigard) presents “The Andrews Brothers,” (April 19-May 13, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; $40), a musical comedy set in 1943 in the South Pacific when an Andrews Sisters scheduled performance goes sideways.

For a complete list of art and culture events and performances in Oregon’s Washington County, including community performing arts groups, visit the Event Calendar.

Appearing On Stage

Posted on: September 9th, 2011 by Guest Blogger No Comments

It’s a chock-full fall performance season in Oregon’s Washington County, with four plays opening this month. With so much talent showcasing onstage, you have your pick of performances. But be warned: Local productions do sell out, so getting tickets in advance is advised. I remember hearing people voice regret about not buying tickets to “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” that Broadway Rose sold out last spring. It pays to plan!

Here are this month’s openers, sorted by opening date:

Bag&Baggage presents entertaining performances

Blithe Spirit
Hillsboro Artists’ Regional Theatre
now through Sept. 18
Charles Condomine, a happily married man, doing research for a book he intends to write, invites the eccentric Madame Arcati to hold a séance at his home. She unwittingly calls back the ghost of his first wife making Mr. Condomine into a sort of  “astral bigamist”. Noel Coward’s acerbic wit, in this love triangle that spans the world of the living and “the other side,” makes for a charming, classic comedy. More info.

Crimes of the Heart
Bag&Baggage Productions – Venetian Theatre in Hillsboro
Sept. 21 – Oct. 9
This is a twangy Southern story of the three Magrath sisters loving, feuding and fussing through a very bad day. How bad? Well, Babe has just shot her husband, Meg is fresh from the loony bin, and poor Lenny celebrates her 30th birthday alone in the kitchen by sticking a candle in a cookie and making wish after desperate wish. Her horse has been struck by lightning, and Grandpa, who raised the girls after their mother’s sensational suicide (she hung the family cat as well as herself), is laid up in the hospital, possibly forever. Beth Henley’s 1981 Pulitzer Prize-winning black comedy is equal parts prickly emotional thickets and Dixie-style gallows humor. More info.

I Love You Because
Broadway Rose New Stage – Tigard
Sept. 22 – Oct. 16
It’s New York City, and Austin has just discovered the woman he planned to spend his life with has other 
plans. His brother, Jeff, decides it’s time to get back into the dating 
scene and arranges dates for them both
 through an online dating service. Jeff and Diana hit it off straight away – after 
all, they’re only after a bit of fun. Things don’t go as smoothly for free-spirited Marcy and
 straight-laced Austin. Full of mishaps, misunderstandings, and mistakes, I Love You Because is a fun, contemporary, romantic comedy. More info.

Three Murders and It’s Only Monday!
Beaverton Civic Theatre
Sept. 23 – Oct. 9
Private eye Harry Monday investigates three murders at the Peaceful Pines Sanitarium, in this spoof on old-style private-eye movies. Who killed an old sea captain? The lawyer? More info.