St. Mary's School presents the musical 'Once Upon a Mattress.' - St. Mary's School

High school students take the stage

The play's the thing and several high schools are getting into the act, along with a children's theater group.

Ashland High School Performing Arts Department will present its 2009 spring musical, "The Pajama Game." Chris Williams directs the musical based on the novel "71/2; Cents" by Richard Bissell, with music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross and book by George Abbott and Richard Bissell.

"The Pajama Game" opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27. Shows will run at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday Feb. 27 and 28, and Thursdays through Saturdays March 5-14. Matinees will be at 2 p.m. Sundays, March 8 and 15, at the school's Mountain Avenue Theatre, 201 S. Mountain Ave., Ashland.

"The Pajama Game" is set in Iowa's Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory, where garment-union workers are demanding a raise to keep their salaries comparable with other workers' pay.

Twenty stage management students will be working on the technical aspects of the show.

"'The Pajama Game' is full of popular musical numbers such as 'Hey, There,' 'Steam Heat' and 'I'm Not At All in Love' as well as 'Hernando's Hideaway,'" said AHS theatre producer and teacher Betsy Bishop, "and many fun production numbers and romantic subplots."

Reserved seating for all nights is $18 and is available only online at SHOWTIX4U.COM. Non-reserved general admission tickets on-line are $13. General non-reserved admission tickets are $15 and are available at AHS, Paddington Station, Tree House Books and Music Coop in Ashland. Call 482-8771.

Grants Pass High School is presenting "The Comedy of Errors" for the school's annual spring play. It will be a contemporary take on William Shakespeare's comedy — and shortest play — which centers around the misidentification of two sets of identical twins.

The show opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 6 and runs at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, March 6-14, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 8, at the Grants Pass Performing Arts Center, 830 N.E. Ninth St., Grants Pass.

"Look for plenty of fun and surprises in setting, costume and music," said Katie Skudstad, Grants Pass High School theatre arts teacher, "as the GPHS Theatre Department puts a unique twist on this Shakespearean staple."

General admission tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors (65 +) and students. Tickets are available from the GPHS bookkeeper and the door. 474-5710, ext. 263.

Oregon Stage Works Ashland Children's Theatre is presenting "Once Upon A Time ... The Clever Plays." Eve Smyth directs 14 student actors, ages 10 to 14, and several adult performers in three traditional stories that show that the simple things in life may prove the best: "The Wise and Clever Maiden," "The Laughing Princess" and "The Girl Whose Fortune Sought Her."

There also will be a performance of "A Silly Journey," an adaptation by Smyth of "The Three Sillies." The shows open at 7 p.m. Friday, March 6 and run at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays March 6-14, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 8 and Saturday, March 14, at OSW, 191 A St., Ashland.

Smyth is pleased to have a team of veteran performers and designers working with her, including actor Brian Wallace, clown and mime artist Pamela Joy, actor Taylor Hood and costume and poster art designer Lydia Trottmann.

"In addition to the public performances," Smyth said, "four school shows are offered."

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Tickets are available at The Music Coop, Ashland, and at the door. Call 482-2334.

St. Mary's School is staging "Once Upon a Mattress." Jahnna Beecham directs this musical adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale "The Princess and the Pea" with music by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall Barer and book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, and Marshall Barer.

The show opens at 7 p.m. Friday, March 6, and runs at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 7, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 9, at Crater Performing Arts Center, 655 N. Third St., Central Point.

Tickets are $12 general admission and $7 for students.

"We've got 42 singing and dancing knights and ladies in waiting opening at Crater Performing Arts Center," Beecham said. "We have several local artists working on it: David Wilson, cartoonist, and John Gaffey, fine artist." Call 773-7817.

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