|Theater makes a scary return posted on 10/01/2020|
When the Nutz-n-Boltz Theater Company (NNB) last offered a
live production in front of an audience, they enjoyed the first few
performances of Sam Bobrick’s “Weekend Comedy” in March. But the run ended
after six performances thanks to the coronavirus epidemic, which also cancelled
the theater’s subsequent musical.
But it’s tough to keep a good theater troupe down, and this
month NNB is back with a new staged reading for each of the first four weekends
“It feels good,” said Kelly Lazenby, NNB’s Artistic Director
and one of its founders. “We just decided that we would slowly get our feet wet
a little bit. They are all sort of fanciful and very theatrical.”
The month kicks off with “Through the Looking Glass,”
adapted from Lewis Carroll’s work, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” on Oct.
3-4, featuring performers Jim Butterfield, Tracey Grant, Melissa Sondergeld
Hood, Kaleb Hood and Justin Lazenby.
On the weekend of Oct. 10-11, George Bernard Shaw and
Christopher Morse’s “Pygmalion” will be read, followed by “Don Juan in Hell,”
by Shaw, on Oct. 17-18 and an evening of Edgar Allen Poe on Oct. 24-25.
Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays,
with performances taking place at the Boring Grange, 27861 Grange Street in
Boring. Admission is $10, with a special offer of $30 for all four shows, with
tickets only available by reserving online and no sales at the door (any
tickets for performances that are cancelled will be refunded).
Lazenby noted the Grange building makes for a good setup to
adhere to social distancing standards, with seating limited to 30 people per
performance and chairs spread out (families will be permitted to sit together).
Face coverings are required and all seats will be sanitized in between
“There’s a way to do it safely,” Lazenby said, noting the
theater did not have a good way to try and make online offerings work since the
pandemic hit. “A lot of people were really happy when I sent out a press
release (announcing the shows).”
She added that while the theater was dark this summer, that
doesn’t mean that things weren’t busy. She and her husband spent time working
on the Grange building, including painting, refinishing the floor and
remodeling the lobby and kitchen.
“It’s looking pretty spiffy in there,” Lazenby said.
She also noted that there are no plans for the theater to
ramp up to full speed yet, and it will likely depend on when students are
allowed to return to in-person learning at school. She sees potential for doing
another reading for the Christmas season, but conceded that full live
performances might not return until next year.
For more information, or to make reservations, call
503-593-1295 or visit nnbtheater.com.
By Garth Guibord/MT