'Kaleidoscope' spotlights script, characters
Two of the plays were popular on Broadway. The other is an original, written by a former McMinnville-area resident. Each will be presented readers’ theater-style, with some additional staging and props.
“All are focused on the script and the characters,” said Carolyn McCloskey, who started the summer program in 2012, describing readers’ theater. “It’s like radio — the audience is asked to help create the image.”
All shows will play at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays in Gallery’s Arena Theater at Second and Ford streets, downtown McMinnville. Tickets are $10.
Kaleidoscope gives audiences a look at several plays and gives actors and directors a chance to do theater without making a three-month commitment to rehearsals and performances, McCloskey said.
“It gives some directors a chance to get their feet wet,” she said, noting that Stephanie Belt-Verhoef and Mike Pace, who will direct full plays this season, got their start during Kaleidoscope.
In addition, she said, the readers’ theater programs attract both seasoned actors and neophytes hoping to give theater a try. Newcomers can meet people and experience what it’s like to put on a play. Both can do it without committing to five or six days of rehearsal for three months, particularly in the season of vacations and travel.
“It’s very worthwhile,” she said. “It’s not a money maker for the theater, but it’s minimal costs in terms of costumes and sets.
“Besides,” she joked, “I get to be on stage for once.”
McCloskey is one of the cast members of the third show in the Kaleidoscope series, “Dearly Departed.”
The first show is “Love, Loss and What I Wore.” It will play at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 1 and 2, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3. Tickets are $10.
In “Love, Loss and What I Wore,” characters reminisce as their memories are triggered by clothing and accessories.
Tom Wrosch is directing the show, written by Nora and Delia Ephron. The cast includes Sharon Morgan, Joanne Walker, Scotty Dolence, Toby O’Brien and Leticia Duran, all of whom play multiple roles.
The second show is “A Killer Story,” an original script written by former Mac resident Dan Harder. It will play at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 8 and 9, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10. Tickets are $10.
“A Killer Story,” in the theater noir genre, features a tough private eye, a mystery and plot twists.
Teri Van de Veere Pratt is directing the show. The cast includes Chris Forrer, Stephanie Teichroew Tydro, Ed Steinhaur and Levi Polaski.
The third show, “Dearly Departed,” plays at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 15 and 16 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17. Tickets are $10.
Written by David Bottrell and Jessie Jones, “Dearly Departed” is a comedy that follows the Turpin family as they deal with the loss of their patriarch.
Steve Cox is directing the show. The cast includes Cox, McCloskey, Meridith Symons, Kari Trickey, April Wilcox, Brad Wilcox, Jeff Peterson, Justin Jenks, Betsy LeClair, Charity Benham, Walt Haight, Gilbert Chu and Joanne Walker.
For more information and tickets, call the theater box office at 503-472-2227 or check the theater website at www.gallerytheater.org.