Gallery plans 'Kaleidescope' of summer shows
“Kaleidoscope” is designed to provide varied experiences for audiences and opportunities for both new and experienced actors who might not be able to commit to the rigorous three-month rehearsal schedule of a typical play. One weekend also will highlight a local playwright, Robert Urbinati.
“Ancestral Voices: A Family Story” by A.R. Gurney leads off the Kaleidoscope offerings on Weekend One, Friday through Sunday, Aug 2 to 4.
The show is staged like a concert, with the actors seated in front of music stands that hold their scripts. The actors play members of a rich white family in Buffalo, N.Y, in the late 1930s and 1960s.
Stephanie Belt-Verhoef is directing “Ancestral Voices,” which will play at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 2-3, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4 Tickets are $8.
Weekend Two of Kaleidoscope will feature two short plays at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 9, and Saturday, Aug. 10, and the Senior Theater troupe performing skits and monologues at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11. Again, tickets for each show cost $8.
Carolyn McCloskey will direct the Gallery Drama Queens in “Does This Play Make My Butt Fat?” by Joni Hilton. The comedy pokes fun at our national obsession with weight, dieting and appearance — and includes some tasty chocolate recipes, too.
On the same nights, Mike Pace will direct “I Hate Shakespeare” by Steph DeFerie. The comedy is a modern, no-holds barred introduction to Shakespeare, featuring zombies and Jerry Springer, as well as the Bard’s classic characters.
The Senior Theater show is presented by a group that meets regularly at the McMinnville Senior Center to perform readings and plays. McCloskey is the director. Some of the actors are seasoned; some will be making their debut at Kaleidoscope.
Urbinati’s “Death By Design” will play on Weekend Three of Kaleidoscope. Kelly Janssen will direct the comic mystery, which Gallery calls a mixture of Noel Coward wit with Agatha Christie plotting.
Curtain for “Death by Design” will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $8.
Tickets are available at the door or in advance from Gallery’s box office, which is open noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. For more information, call 503-472-2227 or check the website, www.gallerytheater.org.