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JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH Adapted by David Wood (October 19-21) Buy Tickets!

A magical peach! An imprisoned boy! Insect friends! An incredible journey! This amazing adventure of James Henry Trotter will fulfill the fantasy of anyone who has ever dreamed of escape. Roald Dahl’s story comes hilariously to life in this delightful dramatization that reveals the wickedness of some, the goodness of others, and the indecision encountered by many when they are faced with crises. You will see James (as he cleverly gets the Peach out of danger), the wise Old-Green-Grasshopper and the pessimistic Earthworm. You will also see James mean Aunt Spiker and cruel Aunt Sponge come to a suitably sticky end. The story of Roald Dahl’s classic tale is faithfully told by James himself and the insect characters – Miss Spider, Old-Green- Grasshopper, Centipede, Ladybird, and Earthworm. The play begins at the end of the story, when James and his friends are living in the giant peach stone in Central Park, New York.

 

THE CURIOUS SAVAGE by John Patrick (November 16-18) 7:30 Curtain Buy Tickets!

Mrs. Savage has been left ten million dollars by her husband and wants to make the best use of it, in spite of her grown-up stepchildren’s efforts to get their hands on it. Knowing that the widow’s wealth is now in negotiable securities, and seeing they cannot get hold of the fortune, the stepchildren commit her to a sanatorium hoping to “bring her to her senses.” In the sanatorium Mrs. Savage meets various social misfits, men and women who just cannot adjust themselves to life, people who need the help Mrs. Savage can provide. In getting to know them, she realizes that she will find happiness with them and plans to spend the rest of her life as one of them. But when the doctor tells her there is no reason why she should remain, she hesitates to go out into a hard world where people seem ready to do anything for money. The self-seeking stepchildren are driven to distraction by their vain efforts to browbeat Mrs. Savage, but she preserves her equanimity and leads them on a merry chase. At last her friends conspire to get rid of her stepchildren, and through their simple belief in the justice of her cause, they enable Mrs. Savage to carry out her plans to establish a fund to help others realize their hopes and dreams. The dominant mood is high comedy, and the audience is left with a feeling that the neglected virtues of kindness and affection have not been entirely lost in a world that seems at times motivated only by greed and dishonesty.

 

GIVE MY REGARDS TO BROADWAY (February 1) 7:30pm Curtain – Tickets at the Door –

This variety show features scenes and musical numbers the Westview Thespians will take to our State Thespian Regional Acting Competition. All donations will benefit the Oregon Food Bank.

 

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF by Bock, Harnick, and Stein (March 1-3, 8-10) 7:30pm Curtain Buy Tickets!

Winner of nine Tony Awards when it debuted in 1964, Fiddler on the Roof is the brainchild of Broadway legends, Jerome Robbins and Harold Prince; songwriters, Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick; and bookwriter, Joseph Stein. Touching audiences worldwide with its humor, warmth and honesty, this universal show is a staple of the musical theatre canon. Set in the little village of Anatevka, the story centers on Tevye, a poor milkman, and his five daughters. With the help of a colorful and tight-knit Jewish community, Tevye tries to protect his daughters and instill them with traditional values in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia. Rich in historical and ethnic detail, Fiddler on the Roof’s universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy and sadness.

OUR PLACE by Terry Gabbard (April 26-28) 7:30pm Curtain Buy Tickets!

The unassuming location of a dock extending out onto a small lake serves as the backdrop for five different stories. As the ensemble gathers on the dock together and as their stories are told, they all discover the true meaning of Our Place—both comedic and tragic.

 

One Act Play Festival (May 22-23) 7:30pm Curtain – Tickets at the door –

Senior students in the Theatre Arts Career Pathway will select and direct a variety of One Act Plays.