The year 2019 has been a mess of stressful news stories and disappointing celebrities. It’s in these times that the arts tend to thrive, as we retreat inward and create worlds that make the one we live in more palatable. Some of our town’s artists have found a place for those worlds to thrive, at the Majestic Theatre.
Read on for a brief look at what stellar shows and performances are coming your way this Spring and Summer at our great community theater.
First up is one of the Majestic’s big community theatre shows, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. Set to run two weekends from April 5 to 14, this philosophical dark comedy looks to pass judgment on the world’s most famous sinner, Judas Iscariot. Two dead lawyers meet in Purgatory, tasked with a case that neither of them asked for. Among others, Satan, Jesus, and… Sigmund Freud take in the proceedings of this whirlwind court case that seeks to answer a big question: Do we all deserve forgiveness?
The upstairs lab theater picks up next with Singu-hilarity: A Robot Comedy Variety Show on April 19. Let’s just say you haven’t seen stand up until a robot has performed it.
Once the robot uprising has been quelled by the audience’s laughter, the main stage reignites with creativity in The Majestic Eight on April 20. Presented by the Majestic Playwright’s Lab, this show is the result of a months-long short play contest, featuring some of the best Oregonian playwrights. Variety is the spice of life when it comes to these eight ten-minute plays, themed after “Second Thoughts.”
After that, the improv gang takes the stage for their competitive main stage show, Improv Smackdown: 2 Towns vs Block 15 on April 26.
April 27 sees the Majestic auditioning for their big summer theatre camp. This year, the show of choice is Disney’s Frozen Jr. The all-day audition is open to all youth, ages 9 to 18, interested in the camp that’ll take place through most of July.
Finally, the lab hosts Majestic Reader’s Theatre as it brings on an exploration of a veteran’s experiences in 9 Circles on April 27 and 28.
May sees the debut of one of the most anticipated musicals in the valley, Into the Woods. Set to run three weekends from May 3 to 19, this show spins a twisted yarn of fairy tales converging in a mythical forest. Jack (of Beanstalk fame), Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, and a plain baker and his wife embark on a musical collision course that’ll make you laugh, cry, and sing all the way home.
Once you’ve finally worked that damned tune out of your head, you might find yourself inspired to join the Majestic’s rank of actors. Five community productions will be looking for their casts. First, the final three Reader’s Theatre shows: William Shakespeare’s Long Lost Play, Disgraced, and Sense and Sensibility. These shows audition all at once, on May 6 and 7.
After that, next season’s community theatre shows, Dancing at Lughnasa and Next to Normal, audition on May 6 – 7 and May 20 – 21, respectively. Both shows debut in the Fall and promise to be highlights of the local theatre scene.
Improv at the Majestic returns just a month after their big show with a more intimate Improv Jam in the lab theater on May 19, offering you a chance to get interactive with the improv fun.
Speaking of intimate shows, you can’t get more intimate than burlesque. Fairy tales return to the spotlight with Tart of the Valley Burlesque’s Fairytale Frolic. On May 25, these lovely performers take the stage for a fan favorite night of dance, comedy, and stripped clothes. These nights are some of the most fun, loud, and exciting that the Majestic has to offer. If you haven’t experienced it yet, don’t miss your chance.
To close things out in May, Reader’s Theatre brings a meta experience with the tale of a small town’s theatre production in Kingdom City on May 25 and 26, and movie-riffing comedians tear apart the 1957 classic Attack of the Crab Monsters in Majestic Science Theatre 3000 on May 31.
June starts with a bang when comedian Joel Kim Booster brings his unrelenting style of stand up to the Majestic with Corvallis Comedy Night. On June 1, Joel rings in Pride Month with the kind of comedy that only an adopted South Korean gay man from Illinois can provide.
Days later, Kate and the Crocodiles rock the stage on June 7. This Portland-based quartet runs the gamut of music styles with indie rock, jazz standards, and classical art songs mixed with rock.
Before the indie rock leaves your brain, Improv at the Majestic comes back for their monthly stop, but this time it’s No Class on June 8. It’s Dungeons and Dragons meets Whose Line. So… it’s chaos.
For something a little more traditional, Modern Dance Technique returns for its 28th annual dance concert on June 14 and 15.
Picking up the Pride festivities will be local drag troupe Dam Right Drag Night, returning on June 21 and 22. Here Comes The Fun: The 2nd Annual Pride Extravaganza promises “gag-worthy performances from some of the Willamette Valley’s fiercest performers.” This was one of the most exciting nights of 2018, so you won’t want to miss it this year.
Majestic Aerial Arts continues the variety show trend with their second annual showcase on June 29. Curiouser and Curiouser is a night of aerial acrobatics unlike anything. Lyra, hoops, silks, slings. These folks are putting their lives on the line — or rather, on a thin strand of silk — so why not lend them your support and take in the sights.
And like clockwork, Majestic Reader’s Theatre hits on June 29 and 30. William Shakespeare’s Long Lost Play is the wackiest blend of all things Shakespeare that has to be seen to be believed.
July sees the Majestic taken over by the Summer Theatre Adventure Camp. As previously mentioned, Disney’s Frozen Jr will be rehearsing with a building full of kids from July 8 to 26, culminating in three performances on July 25, 26, and 27. You’d be amazed at how quickly the Corvallis youth can put these shows together, and they have their hands in almost every single piece of it, which creates a show full of fun that we jaded adults could never provide.
Even Frozen Jr can’t freeze the unstoppable Majestic Reader’s Theatre. On July 27 and 28, Disgraced brings racial politics to the dinner table with a party that erupts into chaos.
Finally! To close the season out, the steady and dependable Reader’s Theatre takes the lab one last time. Classic Sense and Sensibility, dressed up in a slightly different way, finishes out their season on August 24 and 25.
And that’s all, folks! The Majestic Theatre has tons to offer to a variety of audiences and if there isn’t one show on this list that speaks to you in some way… there’s literally nothing else the Majestic could do for you.
For full show details, visit www.majestic.org. Most evening performances run at 7:30 p.m. with afternoon shows running between 2:30 and 3:00 p.m. Ticket costs vary from $10-20.
Nathan Hermanson writes on behalf of The Majestic Theatre, where he is employed and where his love of theater is infectious.
By Nathan Hermanson