Plays in local theaters: Nov. 18, 2010

ASHLAND HIGH SCHOOL: "Noises Off," playwright Michael Frayn's farcical backstage comedy, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 18-20, in the Mountain Avenue Theatre, 201 S. Mountain Ave., Ashland. A matinee performance will be presented at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21. The cast features Aurelia Grierson as Belinda Blair, Noah Yaconelli as Garry Lejeune, Pia Marchetti as Dotty Otley, Rachel Thornton as Poppy Norton-Taylor, Tay Smith as Lloyd Dallas, Eoghan McDowell as Tim Allgood, Uriel Wolfe-Blank as Frederick Fellowes, Rachel Kaiser as Brooke Ashton and Drew Starmer as Selsdon Mowbray. Designers are Doug Ham (set), Emily Ehrlich-Inget (costume) and Bart Grady (lighting). Kyle Haden directs. Reserved seating is $15, and tickets are available only at or by calling 1-866-967-8167. General seating is $10, $5 for students and seniors and tickets are available at Paddington Station, Tree House Books and Music Coop in Ashland, or online at Call 541-482-8771 or visit for more information.

CAMELOT THEATRE COMPANY: 101 Talent Ave., Talent. The box office is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and one hour before performances. Call 541-535-5250. Tickets also may be purchased at

SPOTLIGHT ON LADIES OF THE BRITISH INVASION: Written by and starring local singer Gayle Wilson, the musical spotlight will focus on soul singer Dusty Springfield and pop singer Petula Clark, The show will feature 25 songs, such as "Son of a Preacher Man" and "Downtown." Arrangements are by Dal Carver, and musical direction is by Kathy Campbell. Performances are set for 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 18-20, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21. Tickets cost $18. Reserved seating is available for an additional $2 per ticket.

WHITE CHRISTMAS: Irving Berlin's holiday musical is based on the 1954 film starring Danny Kaye, Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney. The stage adaptation premiered in 2004 in San Francisco and opened on Broadway in 2009. Full of song, dance and romantic mix-ups, Camelot Theatre's production of "White Christmas" will preview Dec. 2, open Dec. 3 and run through Dec. 31. Shows are set for 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets cost $21, $19 for seniors and students. Preview tickets cost $12. A performance to benefit the Talent Chamber of Commerce will be held Dec. 1 with tickets set at $20. A pay-what-you-can performance will be offered Dec. 8. There will be a matinee at 2 p.m. Dec. 24. There will be no performances Dec. 25 or Jan. 1. Student rush tickets cost $10 and will be available five minutes before each show. Reserved seating is available for a additional $2 per ticket.

OREGON CABARET THEATRE: First and Hargadine streets, Ashland. For tickets, visit the box office, see or call 541-488-2902.

THE WIZARD OF PANTO-LAND: A musical comedy in the style of British pantomine, or panto, will open Friday, Nov. 19 and run through Dec. 31. A preview will be offered Thursday, Nov. 18. This is the fifth panto created by OCT Artistic Director Jim Giancarlo. Others include "Cindy Rella," "Alice in Panto-Land," "Ali Baba" and "Snow White and Several Dweebs." "The Wizard of Panto" brings a zany slant to "The Wizard of Oz," putting Dorothy, Toto, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion on the Yellow Brick Road to The White City where they hope to find the Wizard of Ozegon. Curtain is at 8 p.m. nightly and at 1 p.m. Sundays, except Nov. 22, 25 and 30 and Dec. 7, 14, 24 and 25. Tickets cost $19 for the preview, $21 for Sunday evening performances; $27 for Sunday matinees; $27 and $29 for weeknight shows; and $31 and $33 for Friday and Saturday shows. A gourmet dinner menu is available for evening shows, and brunch is available for Sunday's matinees. Ticket prices do not include food or beverage.

THEATRE ARTS AT SOUTHERN OREGON UNIVERSITY: Off South Mountain Avenue on the SOU campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Visit for show information, location and parking. Tickets are available at the box office — open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and two hours before each show — or by calling 541-552-6348.

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE: Tennessee Williams' landmark drama will run through Nov. 21 in the Center Stage Theatre at SOU. Blanche DuBois lies to herself and others to avoid the hand that fate has dealt her, but reality overcomes fantasy, driving the jaded woman mad. The play earned Williams a Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1948. Performances are set for 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 18-20. Matinees are set for 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 20-21. Tickets cost $21, $18 for seniors and $6 for students. Subscribers to three or more plays pay $17, $15 for seniors.

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