Stages all over the mid-valley will be busy this theatrical season with performances of everything from popular musicals and classic plays to brand-new productions. Grab your calendar and take a gander at what to expect:
•"Rabbit Hole" by David Lindsay-Abaire. Directed by Shauna Kiefiuk, Sept. 22, 23, and 28-30 at 7:30 p.m. and Sept. 24 at 2:30 p.m., Albany Civic Theater. Becca and Howie Corbett have everything a family could want, until a life-shattering accident turns their world upside down and leaves the couple drifting perilously apart.
• Improv Smackdown, Majestic Theatre, Sept. 23 at 7:30 p.m. This competitive improv showcase, in the style of “Whose Line Is It Anyway," pits two teams of improv comedians against each other, battling for audience approval by bringing their funniest performances.
• Majestic Reader's Theatre: "The Cemetery Club," by Ivan Menchell. Directed by Leigh Matthews Bock, Sept. 24 at 3 and 7 p.m. Three Jewish widows — Doris, Lucille and Ida — meet once a month for tea before visiting their husbands, who are all buried in the same cemetery. Each woman is in a different stage of healing and moving on with her life.
•"His Girl Friday," directed by Sarah Sullivan, Majestic Theatre, Sept. 29, 30 and Oct. 5-7 at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 1 and 8 at 2:30 p.m. Hildy Johnson is done with the newspaper game. Or so she thinks. Her ex-husband and former editor, Walter Burns, isn't going to let her go that easily. Soon she's drawn back into the tantalizing noir world of 1930s journalism, chasing a story of an escaped murderer.
• "Scarewaves" by Meridian Welch, Linn-Benton Community College Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m. Presented as a live radio broadcast, with sound effects and commercials and the works, “Scarewaves” will debut two frightening tales from the long forgotten, possibly nonexistent writer Meridian Welch.
• Corvallis Comedy Night: Sara Schaefer, Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m., Majestic Theatre. The first Corvallis Comedy Night presents Schaefer, a critically acclaimed stand-up comedian, writer and producer. She was the co-host of MTV’s late night show "Nikki & Sara Live" and has appeared on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" and more.
• Imagine Unleashed, Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center, OSU. This one-hour show brings together some magical effects with new twists from magician Joshua Bock.
•"Nobody Like Jimmy" by Burton Bumgarner. Directed by Scott Harvey, Oct. 20-Nov. 4, Albany Civic Theater. On the evening of Ralph and Eloise Vanlandingham's political fundraising dinner, Ralph's best friend from college shows up with a problem. Harold has a dead body in the back of his van and he needs a place to stash Jimmy.
• No Offense: The Improv Jam, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m., Majestic Lab Theatre.
• Majestic Reader's Theatre: "The 39 Steps," by Patrick Barlow. Directed by Richard Wagner, Oct. 22 at 3 and 7 p.m. Richard Hannay, a man with an unexciting life is forced on the lam after helping a woman who is murdered in his apartment. In order to clear himself he must find a deadly group of spies called "The 39 Steps."
•"Robin Hood," set to the music of Prince, Nov. 2-19, Corvallis High School Main Stage Theater. Director Mz B and Corvallis School District Theaters are mashing up "Robin Hood —The Somewhat True Tales" with the music of Prince.
•Disney's "The Little Mermaid," directed by Timothy John Kelley II. Nov. 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 5, 12, 19 at 2:30 p.m., Majestic Theatre. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner, Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater and a book by Doug Wright, this Disney adaptation includes songs like "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl" and "Part of Your World."
• "Inherit the Wind" by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, Nov. 9, 11, 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 12 and 19 at 2 p.m., Withycombe Hall Main Stage Theatre, OSU. The classic American play is based on the infamous Scopes Monkey Trials of 1925. This fictional courtroom drama depicts the complicated intersections of faith, science, and identity in a changing modern world in the tight-knit community of Hillsboro.
•"The Actor’s Nightmare," by Christopher Durang. Directed by Isaac Newton, Linn-Benton Community College, Nov. 17-19 at 7:30 p.m. A short comic play about an accountant who is mistaken for an actor’s understudy and finds himself forced to perform in a play — even though he doesn’t know any of the lines.
• No Offense: The Improv Jam, Nov. 19, 7 p.m. Majestic Lab Theatre.
• Majestic Reader's Theatre: "Orphans" by Lyle Kessler. Directed by Maxine Agather, Nov. 26 at 3 and 7 p.m. Two young men who have lost their parents survive alone in a Philadelphia row house. The oldest, Treat, supplies a subsistence living by petty thievery. The youngest, Phillip, is confined to the house by fear of his brother and an allergy that makes it impossible to travel outdoors. Treat kidnaps a drunken man, Harold, with a briefcase full of stocks and bonds and starts looking for someone to pay them a ransom.
•"Elf, The Musical," Nov. 30-Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. and 2 p.m. Dec. 2, Philomath High School.
• High School Improv Smackdown: South Albany vs. West Albany high schools, Linn-Benton Community College. Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m.
•"Pippin" by Roger O. Hirson and Stephen Schwartz. Directed by Kay M. Roth, Dec. 1-23, Albany Civic Theater. Heir to the Frankish throne, the young prince Pippin is in search of the secret to true happiness and fulfillment. He seeks it in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh and the intrigues of political power.
• Making Spirits Bright: A Winter Dance Concert, Dec. 2 at 3 and 7 p.m. Majestic Theatre. The concert features holiday-inspired performances in a variety of styles from Pacific Tap Dance Company, Modern Dance Technique, Downtown Dance Studio, and Willamette Apprentice Ballet.
• The Nutcracker, presented by Legacy Ballet, Linn-Benton Community College, Dec. 7-9 at 7 p.m. and 2 p.m. Dec. 9. Local dancers from Legacy Ballet return to the Russell Tripp stage for their sixth annual performance of the classic holiday treat.
• Ho Ho Holiday Improv Spectacular, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m., South Albany High School. Rebels Without Applause perform alongside members of The Long Con (best known from the Improv Smackdown series at the Majestic Theatre), featuring holiday-themed shenanigans and reindeer games.
• Tart of the Valley presents Winter Wonderland, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m., Majestic Theatre. Tart of the Valley Burlesque troupe presents new characters in an adventure at the North Pole with dancing, gifts, magic, natural wonders, and of course, tassels.
• The Majestic Holiday Spectacular, Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m., Majestic Theatre. An evening of dancing, singing, and more as the community celebrates all of the arts and culture programs that make up the Majestic Theatre. Similar to the Majestic Follies, this event combines that with a multicultural holiday theme and acts as the pinnacle of the theatre's holiday donation drive.
• Majestic Reader’s Theatre: "It’s a Wonderful Life," by Joe Landry. Directed by John Sams, Dec. 17 at 3 and 7 p.m.
• Celtic Solstice, Dec. 21-23 at 7:30 p.m., Majestic Theatre. Celebrate the Midwinter Yule with Celtic music and dance.
•"The Three Musketeers" by Charles Morey and Alexandre Dumas. Directed by Josh Anderson. Jan. 12-27, Albany Civic Theater.
• No Offense: The Improv Jam, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m., Majestic Lab Theatre.
• "Legally Blonde, The Musical” presented by South Albany High School Theater Arts and Linn-Benton Community College, Jan. 18-20 at 7:30 p.m. and Jan. 21 at 2 p.m. Based on the popular 2001 film, the Tony-nominated musical tells the story of Elle Woods, a sorority girl who enrolls in Harvard Law School to win back her ex-boyfriend, but ends up finding her passion for helping others as a lawyer. It features vocal and theatrical talent from South Albany's theater and choir programs.
• Majestic Reader’s Theatre: "Boy" by Anna Ziegler. Directed by Robert Leff, Jan. 28 at 3 and 7 p.m. Inspired by a true story, "Boy" explores the tricky terrain of finding love amidst the confusion of sexual identity, and the inextricable bond between a doctor and patient. In the 1960s, a well-intentioned doctor convinces the parents of a male infant to raise their son as a girl after a terrible accident.
• The Tripp LIVE! Linn-Benton Community College, Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m. The Tripp LIVE! is LBCC's free version of a late-night talk show, with comedy, current events, and possibly some pet tricks. Hosted by Mark Urista, it will feature guests from the community and the college.
• Improv Smackdown, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. Majestic Theatre.
•“Red Riding Hood,” by Mike Kenny, LBCC’s 43rd annual children’s show, Feb. 10 and 17 at 2 p.m. Bridget and Stephen are at their grandmother’s house, but they can’t sleep. To pass the time, they decide to act out their favorite story, Little Red Riding Hood. Before they know it, the line between reality and imagination starts to blur, and they find themselves in the woods — with a wolf hot on their heels.
•"The Taming" by Lauren Gunderson, Feb. 15-17 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 18 at 2 p.m., Withycombe Hall Lab Theatre, OSU. In this comedic, raucous, all-female power-play inspired by Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew," Miss America contestant Katherine has political aspirations to match her beauty pageant ambitions.
•"Steel Magnolias" by Robert Harling. Directed by Leigh Matthews Bock, Feb. 16, 17, 22, 23, 24 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 18 and 25 at 2:30 p.m., Majestic Theatre. The action is set in Truvy's beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are "anybody" come to have their hair done.
•"Sylvia" by A.R. Gurney. Directed by Loren Dunn, Feb. 16-Mar. 3, Albany Civic Theater. Greg brings home a dog he found in the park — or that has found him — bearing only the name "Sylvia" on her name tag. A street-smart mixture, Sylvia becomes a major bone of contention between husband and wife.
•"West Side Story" directed by Laura Beck-Ard, Feb. 22-March 11, Corvallis High School Main Stage Theater. Corvallis School District Theaters presents one of Broadway's all-time favorite musicals.
• Majestic Reader's Theatre: Two one act plays: "No Exit" by Jean-Paul Sartre and "Aria Da Capo" by Edna St. Vincent Millay, directed by Scott Trout and Sarah Sheldrick, Feb. 25 at 3 and 7 p.m. "No Exit," written in 1943 during the German occupation of France, is Sartre’s play about the torture that humans can direct at each other without assistance from satanic beings. "Aria Da Capo" is unique in that it was supposed by most to be an anti-war statement, and yet can also be seen as a more universal portrayal of the human condition.
•"Rhinoceros" by Eugéne Ionesco, March 1-3 and 9-10 at 7:30 p.m. and March 11 at 2 p.m., Withycombe Hall Main Stage Theatre, OSU.
•"Improvnado! 3: Grandson of Improvnado!" March 2 at 7 p.m., South Albany High School. The spring version of the Rebels Without Applause/The Long Con combo improv performance.
• Terpsichore: A Community Dance Concert, March 3 at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m., Majestic Theatre. Bringing together dance studios and groups from around the mid-valley, Terpsichore is a fundraiser supporting the Majestic Theatre’s commitment to providing a home for community dance showcases and performances.
• LBCC Improv Fest, March 9-10. Performances at 7:30 p.m.; workshops March 10 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. LBCC hosts its first annual Improv Fest, beginning with a performance Friday evening featuring local professional troupe The Long Con. Saturday includes hours of workshops in various aspects of improv. Local students, actors, and anyone from the community can register for individual workshops or the entire day. Saturday evening a student showcase will be performed by workshop attendees.
• No Class: The Role Playing Game Inspired Improv Show, March 17 at 7:30 p.m., Majestic Theatre.
•"Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen. Directed by Karlissa Cornwell, March 23-April 7, Albany Civic Theater. Mrs. Bennett is determined to get her daughters married. Jane, Elizabeth, and Lydia are likely-looking girls in a period when a woman's one possible career is matrimony. To be a wife was success. Anything else was failure.
• Majestic Reader's Theatre: "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo" by Rajiv Joseph. Directed by Ajai Tripathi, March 25 at 3 and 7 p.m. A tiger in the Baghdad Zoo tells the audience that most of the animals have fled to "freedom" because of the Iraq Invasion, only to be shot dead by soldiers. It was nominated for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for drama.
• Willamette Apprentice Ballet presents Bravura! April 6-7 at 7:30 p.m., Majestic Theatre. Willamette Apprentice Ballet's annual spring concert will feature classical ballet, character dance, and contemporary pieces choreographed by director Megan Skinner, resident choreographer Matthew Averill, and guest choreographers Mimi Chen and Kristin Jones.
• Majestic Science Theatre 3000: "The Wasp Woman" (1959), April 13 at 7:30 p.m. Local improv artists and actors parody "Mystery Science 3000," by cynically critiquing the sci-fi horror movie "The Wasp Woman."
• No Offense: The Improv Jam, April 21 at 7 p.m., Majestic Lab Theatre.
• Majestic Reader's Theatre: "Shakespeare in Love," adapted for the stage by Lee Hall. Directed by Rachel Kohler, April 29 at 3 and 7 p.m. The play’s the thing, but the thing is, Will Shakespeare hasn’t got one. Oh, he’s got a title ("Romeo and Ethel the Pirate’s Daughter"), but what’s in a name if there are no speeches to speak, trippingly or otherwise?
•"Annie" by Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin. Directed by Christi E. Sears, May 4-26, Albany Civic Theater.
• "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang the Musical," music and lyrics by Richard B. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman. Directed by Rick Hammel, May 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19 at 7:30 p.m. and May 6, 13, 20 at 2:30 p.m., Majestic Theatre. This musical adventure features an out-of-this-world car that flies through the air and sails the seas. Based on the 1968 film version of Ian Fleming's children's book.
•"1984" by George Orwell, adapted by Robert Owens, Wilton E. Hall Jr. and William A. Miles Jr., May 10-12 and 18-19 at 7:30 p.m. and May 20 at 2 p.m. Withycombe Hall Main Stage Theatre, OSU.
• "You Can't Take It With You," May 11, 12 and 14 at 7 p.m. and May 13 at 2 p.m., South Albany High School. A classic comedy about weird family members and the things that really matter in life.
• No Offense: The Improv Jam, May 13 at 7 p.m., Majestic Lab Theatre.
•“Proof,” by David Auburn. Directed by Joe Hill, May 17-19 at 7:30 p.m., Linn-Benton Community College. Auburn’s Tony and Pulitzer-winning “Proof” tells the story of Catherine, daughter of a recently deceased mathematical genius, who struggles with her father’s legacy as well as her own genius, and whether she will follow in his footsteps and succumb to the same mental illness.
• High School Improv Smackdown: Corvallis high schools vs. Albany high schools, May 25 at 7:30 p.m., Linn-Benton Community College. Four high school improv troupes — from West Albany, South Albany, Corvallis, and Crescent Valley — all take the stage to play short-form improv games in the style of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” Part of the proceeds will be donated to local charities.
• Tart of the Valley Burlesque presents Magic Garden, May 26 at 7:30 p.m. Majestic Theatre.
• Majestic Reader's Theatre: "Sea Marks" by Gardner McKay. Directed by Don Taco, May 27 at 3 and 7 p.m. A fisherman, Colm, living on a remote Irish island has fallen in love with a woman he's seen only once. He eyes a pretty girl from Liverpool, Timothea, at a wedding and begins correspondence via the post. The letters begin formal and short until they grow longer and more personal. The two lonely people take a chance on love.
• Spring One-Act Festival, May 31-June 2 at 7:30 p.m. and June 3 at 2 p.m., Withycombe Hall Lab Theatre, OSU. The festival features original student-produced, one-act plays.
• No Offense: The Improv Jam, June 2 at 7 p.m. Majestic Lab Theatre.
•"The Fox on the Fairway" by Ken Ludwig. Directed by Melissa Mills, June 15-30, Albany Civic Theater. Bingham, president of the Quail Valley Country Club, is in a difficult position. The golfer he thought would play for his club has switched sides, recruited by his counterpart and opponent, the cocky and arrogant Dickie, and the huge bet he had foolishly wagered is now likely to be lost.
• Modern Dance Technique: Annual Spring Celebration of Dance, June 15-16 at 7:30 p.m. Majestic Theatre. The company presents its 27th annual celebration of dance with a repertoire containing both new dances and ones developed at MDT that reflect a combination of classic modern dance and contemporary movement.
• Majestic Reader's Theatre: "My Old Lady" by Israel Horovitz. Directed by Mike Aronson, June 24 at 3 and 7 p.m. Mathias is an American writer whose deceased father has bequeathed him a large Parisian apartment overlooking the Luxembourg Gardens. He plans to sell and it become rich. Unfortunately, the apartment is occupied by a woman, Mathilde, in her 90’s and her daughter.
•"Bell, Book and Candle" by John Van Druten. Directed by Colleen Franzoia, July 20-Aug. 4, Albany Civic Theater.
• Shakespeare for Kids: Albany Civic Theater Summer Camp. Directed by Lavelle Brown, Aug. 24-Sept. 1.