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The curtain rises on the holiday season posted on 12/01/2019

The Nutz-n-Boltz Theater Company’s (NNB) December offering of “Every Christmas Story Ever Told! (And Then Some!),” by Michael Carleton, James FitzGerald and John K. Alvarez, has some of the tales one might expect, from Charlie Brown to “The Christmas Carol.”

But Kelly Lazenby, the show’s director, noted that there are some surprising Christmas traditions that are also included, including one from Holland where bad children are put into a bag and brought by ship to Spain.

“It just looked fun,” Lazenby said about why the play was selected.

Lazenby added that the show, running from Friday, Dec. 6 through Sunday, Dec. 22, is similar to “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” in that a few actors perform a large number of stories. In this play, three actors (along with a choir of children) perform 18 stories in approximately 80 minutes (with one intermission).

Lazenby noted that the audience should expect some interaction and they are also encouraged to wear an “ugly sweater,” with a vote on which one is the best example.

NNB presents “Every Christmas Story Ever Told! (And Then Some!)” from Friday, Dec. 6 through Sunday, Dec. 22, at the Boring Grange, 27861 Grange Street in Boring. Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors and $10 for youth.

For more information, or to make reservations, call 503-593-1295 or visit nnbtheater.com.

‘Wing It’ takes on ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

Clackamas Repertory Theatre’s (CRT) interactive children’s show, “Wing It,” offers its take on the classic holiday movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” with “It’s a Wonderful Wing It,” at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 14. The show will feature guest artist Jayson Shanafelt as Marco the fruit fly, with Travis Nodurft as Buzz Buzz, Heather Ovalle as Rita, Jayne Stevens as Roxy, Jennifer Whitten as Luna and Chris Wilcox as The Captain.

The production features songs, dance and audience participation. Nodurft, a teacher at Ogden Middle School in Oregon City and a professionally trained clown, created the “Wing It” interactive series.

CRT presents “It’s a Wonderful Wing It” at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Niemeyer Center on the Oregon City campus of Clackamas Community College, 19600 MolallaAvenue in Oregon City. Admission is $5 at the door (cash or check) with no reserved seating.

For more information, visit clackamasrep.org or call 503-594-6047.

Future “Wing It” performances will be held on Feb. 8, 2020, April 4, 2020 and June 13, 2020.

Upcoming auditions

NNB will hold auditions for two future productions from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14 and from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, at the Boring Grange, 27861 Grange Street in Boring. The two productions will be a staged reading of “In Front of the Philco: A Night of Radio Plays,” with performances running from Friday, Jan. 31, 2020 through Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, and “Weekend Comedy,” a full-length show running from Friday, March 6, 2020 through Sunday, March 22, 2020.

Performers need not come to both audition dates and auditions will consist of cold readings from the scripts. Headshots and resumes are welcome, but not required.

Available parts for the staged reading, NNB’s annual fundraiser which will feature old radio plays such as “The Bickersons,” “The Shadow” and “Dragnet,” are for adult men and women of any age.

There will be four rehearsals prior to the weekend performances.

Available parts for “Weekend Comedy” are for two men and two women, ages 20-30s and 40-50s. Rehearsals for the production will take place on weeknights.

For more information, contact Kelly Lazenby at 503-593-1295 or info@nnbtheater.com.

Sandy Actors Theatre will also hold auditions for “Vanya and Sonia and Marsh and Spike,” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, January 11, 2020 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, January 12, 2020, at the theater, 17433 Meinig Ave. (behind Ace Hardware).

Rehearsals for the production start on Monday, Feb. 3, with the show running from Friday, March 13 through Sunday, April 5, 2020.

Available roles include Marsha, a woman in her 50s; Spike, a man in his 20s; and Nina, a woman in her early 20s.

For more information, email Steve Morrow at steve@sandyactorstheatre.org or Sharon Rindt at sharonrindt@sandyactorstheatre.org.

By Garth Guibord/MT

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