A new season means new shows are coming to local venues. And this winter lineup looks not only promising, but also packed to the gills with entertainment options. Basically, if you don’t see at least one play, performance, musical act, a classic film, or get a laugh listening to a local comedian do their thing, you’re missing out. That’s right, kids—Mary Poppins and The Cat in the Hat are coming to town very soon.
The Majestic’s entertainment lineup will have you coming back for more, and more… and more with everything that’s on the calendar for January, February, and beyond.
The Shook Twins, a sweet-sounding folk-pop group hailing from Portland, takes the Majestic stage on Jan. 15. Then get a swig of comedy on Jan. 16 with Improv Smackdown—you can also sip some local brews.
High schoolers from Santiam Christian School will take the stage from Jan. 28 to Jan. 30 with a production of Get Smart.
And submissions to the first-ever Majestic Community Film Festival were due on Jan. 1. Now, it’s time to watch these original shorts by local film wizards. Check out the film fest on Feb. 6.
Albany Civic Theater
If you’re feeling in the mood for theater, the ACT is the place to be.
Treasure Island is playing through Jan. 23. Next up are performances of Murder on the Nile, showing Feb. 12 to Feb. 28.
All performances start at 7:30 p.m., except for matinees, which start at 2:30 p.m. The theater is located at 111 First Avenue SW in Albany. For ticket info and show times, visit www.albanycivic.org.
OSU University Theatre
For some collegiate theatrics, check out performances at OSU.
On the roster is Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief, showing at 7:30 p.m. from Feb. 4 to Feb. 6, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Feb. 7, and Kiss Me, Kate, with performances at 7:30 p.m. from Feb. 26 to Feb. 27, and March 3 to March 5. A matinee is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Feb. 28. Both productions are being held at the Withycombe Hall Lab Theatre.
Tickets are available online or at the OSU Box Office (Withycombe Hall 143). The box office will open the Monday prior to opening night and will remain open Monday to Friday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. for the run of the performance. Contact the box office at 541-737-2784.
Hop back in time and get more familiar with film noir all month long at the Whiteside. The theater is screening Wednesday night film noir flicks; tickets are $5 in advance, $7 for general admission, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and members at the door. Performances start at 7 p.m.
Movies in the film noir series include Nightmare Alley on Jan. 20 and Murder My Sweet and/or The Big Sleep on Jan. 27. The theme for February is “Romance in the Rain.” Films for February include Singin’ in the Rain on Feb. 3, The African Queen on Feb. 10, and High Fidelity on Feb. 24.
Corvallis School District (CSD) Theaters
Cast members aged 6 through 65 are joining together to present the greater Corvallis community with Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins this February.
The show starts on Feb. 18, and performances run through March 13. The show will be held at the Corvallis High School Main Stage Theater and include student actors and actresses from all over Benton County.
Local high school students get a chance to shine on the stage as they work side-by-side with theater professionals, according to Elizabeth Wyatt, the manager of Corvallis School District theaters.
Gather up the youngsters and the young at heart for Linn-Benton Community College’s 41st annual Children’s Theater production of The Cat in the Hat.
To bask in off-the-hook rhymes and spot that cat in the funny head-topper, catch a performance on Feb. 13, 19, or 20. Performances will be held at the Russell Tripp Performance Center, located at 6500 Pacific Boulevard SW in Albany. For more info or to purchase tickets online, visit www.linnbenton.edu/russelltripptheater.