This weekend marks a milestone for The Majestic Theatre as the landmark vaudeville theatre marks its 99th Anniversary on Sunday August 5. The Majestic celebrates with a free public reception this Friday from 4 – 6 in the theater lobby. The staff, Board of Directors, and many artists will be on hand to present the season and announce several new grants, awards and programs.
Through the afternoon they will be offering up $0.99 tickets to commemorate their 99 years as a cultural hub for our community.
The Majestic shared an early preview of the season with The Corvallis Advocate. Here are some of the highlights coming to 2nd street this September.
Song Crafters and Guitar Masters Series
If you love storytelling or virtuosic acoustic guitar, this series will not disappoint. The first in a new class of Premium Performances, The Majestic will be showcasing nationally acclaimed musicians of many different styles and genres. The series kicks off September14th with Shook Twins performing their unique blend of angelic harmonies and rich infectious humor. Other artists featured in the series include classical guitarist Scott Kritzer (Sept 15), slide legend Kelly Joe Phelps (Oct. 14), alt-folk favorites Peter Mulvey and Kris Delmhorst (Oct 17), and Tony Furtado, the Eddie Van Halen of indie-rock folk fused banjo (Nov 25). Tickets range from $10 – 16.
Fall Ball with Portland Cello Project
The theatre will officially launch into their 99th Anniversary Season with Portland Cello Project September 21st at the First Annual Fall Ball. Portland Cello Project has wowed audiences all over the country with extravagant performances, mixing genres and blurring musical lines wherever they go. From Radio Head to Kanye West to Johannes Brahms and back again, this event is sure to be one hot ticket. Tickets $12 – 20.
In October, The Majestic will present the newest original work by renowned multi-media collective Degenerate Art Ensemble. UNDERBELLY merges elements of live music, Butoh dance, massive video portraits, stop action animation, and architectural diorama. The work comes to Corvallis from Seattle where the piece is being presented as part of the “NEXT50” celebrations commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Seattle World’s Fair. The Project is a collaboration between DAE, Olson Kundig Architects, installation art luminaries SuttonBeresCuller and a team of nearly 50 artists. The Majestic performance will feature local violin, viola and cello players. Audiences will have the chance to experience a solo tour-de-force by the group’s co-director Haruko Nishimura, a 2012 recipient of the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship. UNDERBELLY will be on the Main Stage October 19 – 21. Tickets $12 – 20.
New Century Series
For musical theatre fans, “there’s no day but today” as the long anticipated production of RENT brings the gritty world of a group of young bohemians living in Alphabet City to life in Jonathan Larson’s Tony winning masterpiece. RENT plays November 9 – 18. Tickets $8 -16.
In February, the theatre will produce ¡Bocón! a bi-lingual play (Spanish and English)for children and families featuring an original score by composer Mio Morales, best known for his frequent contributions as composer to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. The work is directed by Majestic Education Coordinator and Lincoln Center Directors Lab Member Willow Norton. This epic sweeping work blends humor, mysticism and song to tell the story of a young boy’s journey from Central America to the City of Angels. ¡Bocón! will have daytime performances for schools as well as evening showings for families. ¡Bocón! runs February 6- 17. Tickets $5 – 12.
The Main Stage Season concludes with The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl, April 6- 14th. Tickets $12 – 16.
By Philippe Cruz