Summer in Corvallis—what do you do when you’ve already floated the river a dozen times, memorized the Knight’s baseball roster, and sampled each of the local seasonal craft beers? Summer may feel a little slow in town, but OSU, the Majestic Theatre, and the Albany Civic Theater are providing a steady flow of entertainment for everyone. Here’s what they have lined up now, and through October.
Bard in the Quad is back for its 11th year, Aug. 4 to 7 and Aug. 11 to 14 in Oregon State’s Memorial Union Quad. Director Elizabeth Helman is bringing Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost to the outdoors, so come prepared to laugh at the wit and romance while lounging on blankets, lawn chairs, and snacking your way through a picnic basket. Seating begins at 6:30 p.m. and tickets range from $5 to $15.
The Majestic Theatre
Of course, the Majestic Theatre here on 2nd Street has a packed lineup for the next couple of months. First up, the Majestic Youth Theatre Summer Camp is performing Disney’s The Jungle Book on the nights of July 28 and 29 with a matinee on July 30. It’s specially adapted from the film, so come prepared to have “The Bare Necessities” stuck in your head all week long.
Aug. 5 brings another Majestic Science Theatre 3000 production, this time with the 1961 film The Giant of Metropolis, in which big strong men save a princess through bouts of sci-fi sword fighting. Not your cup of tea? How about something with alcohol? 2 Towns Ciderhouse and Calapooia Brewing will also be in attendance, so be sure to have a few laughs with a drink in hand.
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike will hit the Majestic Theatre Main Stage six times between Aug. 19 and Aug. 28. This one won the Tony Award for best play back in 2013, and with the way that 2016 is going, rewinding three years is bound to be a great night. Better yet, you’ll get to watch the drama of siblings residing under the same roof all unfold on stage—and it’s not your siblings or your roof.
Briefly gracing the Majestic Lab Theatre is The Gin Game, in which two card players expose intimate secrets on stage, all under the direction of Deborah Wren. Plan for this between Sept. 16 and Sept. 18.
Keep an eye out at the end of September for their production of The Full Monty. You’ll have two weeks full of chances to catch the stage adaptation of six steel workers-turned-strippers. This one’s a bit pricier than other Majestic shows, coming in at $20 for an adult ticket, but they’ll be singing their way through the performance and making sure you get a bit more bang for your buck, if you know what I mean.
The Majestic Reader’s Theatre is a monthly production in which actors read from the script and tell the story primarily through speech and facial expression. The next show is July 31 and they’ll be putting on Rapture, Blister, Burn, a story of two women, unfulfilled in a myriad of ways. Check this one out if you’re doubting 21st century feminism; the gender politics of Rapture, Blister, Burn are sure to provide some perspective.
August’s production is Impressionism, an exploration of art forms: impressionism versus realism. Two artists bicker and banter over what to display in an art studio, each with very personal reasons behind their own perspective.
Catch September’s Reader’s Theatre treatment of Fahrenheit 451, a staged production of the classic novel. Is it ironic that we’re getting this story verbally instead of reading the actual book? Regardless, this narrative is timeless. All Majestic Reader’s Theatre ticket prices are $12 for adults and $10 for students.
Albany Civic Theater
If you can make your way over to Albany, they’re putting on three shows from now through the start of October. You can catch the last weekend of The Odd Couple, a comedy about a group of guys really getting to know each other as they divorce their wives and navigate living arrangements. The last performances are July 28 to July 30 with tickets at the ACT ranging from $9 to $12.
Coming up Aug. 19, 20, 26, and 27, the ACT presents Once on This Island Jr., which tells the story of a peasant girl falling in love with a rescued wealthy boy, only to have their fates manipulated by gambling gods. This play is put on with the help of the ACT Summer Camp which is held Aug. 1 to 19 and costs $150. Expect tickets to be in the usual range for this venue.
Reaching into the depths of summer, they are also putting on 100 Lunches, Sept. 23, 24, and 30 and Oct. 1, 2, 6, 7, and 8. This one is like play-ception! It’s a hilarious account of a playwright helping his only negative critic create her own play while his matchmaking friends and other quirky characters can’t help but intervene.
The Arts Center
If you’re interested in learning about what goes on behind the scenes, the Arts Center in Corvallis is putting on a Globetrotter’s Summer Theater Camp. Campers will present Native American-inspired stories, paint backdrops, make costumes, and explore the whole process. Admission is $245 for those interested.
As far as theater events and showings go for the end of summer, well, there you have it. OSU, the Majestic Theatre, and the Albany Civic Theater are covering all your weekends spent dodging those hot summer nights. Keep an eye out for fall shows put on by these stellar production companies as well as shows from the Russell Tripp Performance Center and Corvallis School District theaters.
By Gina Pieracci