Plays in local theaters: Sept. 8, 2011

AUDITIONS: Professional and pre-professional vocalists may audition at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at the First Presbyterian Church of Ashland, 1615 Clark Ave., for Brava! Opera Theater's James M. Collier Young Artist Program concerts to be held Nov. 13. Ten singers will be selected to rehearse over five weekends in October and November. Call 541-261-5776.

CAMELOT THEATRE COMPANY: In the James Morrison Collier Theatre Building, 101 Talent Ave., Talent. The box office is open from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and one hour before performances. For tickets, call 541-535-5250 or see www.camelottheatre.org. Reserved seating is available for an additional $2 per seat. Student rush tickets cost $10 and are available five minutes before showtime.

THE SUNSHINE BOYS: A Neil Simon hit comedy, "The Sunshine Boys," runs through Sunday, Sept. 11, at Camelot Theatre. Vaudeville actors Al Lewis, played by Paul R. Jones, and Willie Clark, played by Bruce Lorange, agree to reunite when a television network wants to produce a special program, but it turns out the two men can't stand each other. Gwen Overland directs. Performances are set for 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets cost $18, $16 for students and seniors.

SPOTLIGHT ON BARBRA STREISAND: Vocalist Jessica Brandes presents such Streisand hits as "The Wee Small Hours," "The Man That Got Away" and "Don't Rain on My Parade," among many others, in Camelot's musical spotlight, which previews Thursday, Sept. 15, opens Friday, Sept. 16, and runs through Sunday, Sept. 25. Brandes will be accompanied by Kathy Campbell on synthesizer, Jeff Kroeger on keys, Rand Mace on bass, Fred Morgan on trumpet and Steve Sutfin on drums. Presila Quinby directs. Shows are set for 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Previews cost $16. All other tickets cost $20.

OREGON CABARET THEATRE: First and Hargadine streets, Ashland. For tickets, visit the box office, see www.oregoncabaret.com or call 541-488-2902. Gourmet dinners are available at 6:30 p.m. for evening shows, and brunch is available at 11:30 a.m. for Saturday and Sunday matinees. Ticket prices do not include food or beverage.

what a glorious feeling: Take a behind-the-scenes look at the filming of "Singin' in the Rain" in Jay Berkow's new play with music and dance. Gene Kelly, played by Netanel Bellaishe, creates his best-loved dance sequences to lyricist Arthur Freed's songs, including "Broadway Rhythm," "Moses Supposes" and "Good Morning." Christopher George Patterson directs and choreographs. The show previews Thursday, Sept. 8. Preview tickets cost $19. The show opens Friday, Sept. 9, and runs through Nov. 6. Performances are set for 8 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays and 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets cost $31 for Thursday evenings, $35 for Friday and Saturday evenings, $29 for Saturday and Sunday matinees, $25 for Sunday evenings and $16 for bistro seating.

OREGON SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL: 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. See www.osfashland.org or call 541-482-4331 for showtimes and ticket information.

henry IV, Part Two: Anarchy looms, rebellion reignites and loyalties turn on a dime in William Shakespeare's dark continuation of Henry IV's story. Lisa Peterson directs. The play runs through Oct. 7 in the Elizabethan Stage/Allen Pavilion.

the pirates of penzance: A day at the beach for the daughters of Maj. Gen. Stanley provides the pirate Frederic and his mates an opportunity to wed with impunity. Then duty, filial and otherwise, threatens to scuttle love and aid catastrophe. Bill Rauch directs. The show runs through Oct. 8 in the Elizabethan Stage/Allen Pavilion.

WILLFUL: Audience members' level of presence and participation will drive OSF's site-specific theater project, a brainchild of Portland-based Sojourn Theatre's Michael Rohd and Shannon Scrofano. A group of OSF actors will guide ticket holders through an interactive form of theater that explores experiential performance. The journey begins at the Elizabethan Stage/Allen Pavilion. The show runs through Oct. 9.

LOVE'S LABOR'S LOST: Instinct wrestles intellect in William Shakespeare's comedy about the passage into adulthood. The King of Navarre and his buddies, in a zealous moment of idealism, turn to their books, swearing off less civilized pursuits — namely, girls. When a high-spirited princess and her attendants arrive, the young men find that infatuation, adolescent pranks and playful confusion lead to serious matters and reveal the cost of real love. Shana Cooper directs. The play runs through Oct. 9 in the Elizabethan Stage/Allen Pavilion.

The African Company Presents Richard III: Anyone can be king. In 1820s Manhattan, a company of free, black actors draws packed houses of blacks — and whites. Working at jobs of servitude by day, they rehearse "Richard III" at night. But when they dare open at the same time that New York City's premier theater lifts the curtain on its own "Richard III," there is no room for competition. Based on a real incident, this play is a must-see for Shakespeare and theater-history lovers. Seret Scott directs. The play runs through Nov. 5 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre.

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY: American playwright Tracy Letts introduces American theater's newest twisted family, the Westons, in this Pulitzer Prize-winning comic tragedy. Letts puts three damaged sisters, their pill-popping mother and a houseful of troubled relatives together for an entertaining look at domestic disaster that can rip through generations if nothing stops it. The New York Times calls the play "the most exciting new American play Broadway has seen in years." Christopher Liam Moore directs. The play runs through Nov. 5 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre.

GHOST LIGHT: Jon is a theater director haunted by the assassination of his father, San Francisco Mayor George Moscone. When asked to stage a production of "Hamlet," the ghost of the king stalks Jon's mind and heart, and he must confront his feelings. Laced with poetry and wit, the play is rooted in a crime that changed a city — and a young boy — forever. Jonathan Moscone and Tony Taccone's premiere play runs through Nov. 5 in the New Theatre. Moscone directs.

JULIUS CAESAR: William Shakespeare's tragedy looks at the complex nature of government and the fallibility of those in power. OSF casts Vilma Silva in the role of Caesar. The adoring commoners of Rome would have her crowned, but fellow politicians debate her ambition. Tormented by uncertainty and driven by questionable motives, they plot an assassination. Amanda Dehnert directs. The play runs through Nov. 6 in the New Theatre.

THE IMAGINARY INVALID: The wealthy Argan is a housebound hypochondriac with every ailment in the book. Lurking around are quacks only too happy to treat, or mistreat, him. Molière's farcical comedy, adapted by Oded Gross and Tracy Young, gets an injection of 1960s French pop culture from the same OSF team that reimagined "The Servant of Two Masters" in 2009, along with original songs, satire and the requisite bawdiness. Young directs. The play runs through Nov. 6 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre.

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