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CRT Melody Lingers On
OREGON CITY – Clackamas Repertory Theatre celebrates the music of Irving Berlin with “The Melody Lingers on.” Ten singers and an onstage band power this sweet, romantic, semi-autobiographical musical about one of America’s most beloved composers.
“We’ve assembled an incredibly talented cast,” Director David Smith-English said. “We sought out the area’s most powerful voices and are eager for audiences to hear them. Many of the songs we’ll perform are American classics, songs we’ve grown up with, and it’s a joy to learn how Berlin, the son of Russian immigrants, came to write them.”
“The Melody Lingers On” features female vocal powerhouses Susannah Mars and Merideth Kaye Clark. Mars is a resident artist at Artists Repertory Theatre, where she has performed in 12 productions. Clark was featured as Kate in Clackamas Rep’s 2013 production of “Kiss Me Kate” and has wowed audiences with her one-woman show in Clackamas Rep’s summer Cabaret Concert Series since 2013.
Mont Chris Hubbard, Don Kenneth Mason, James Dixon, Natalie Mallak, Caitlin Brooke, Matthew Brown, Kevin Minkoff and Allesondra Helwig round out the cast.
Each performance of “The Melody Lingers On” will feature a guest singing Berlin’s famous “Supper Time.” LaRhonda Steele, the 2016 Muddy Award-winner for Best Female Vocalist presented by the Cascade Blues Association, and Lauren Steele will alternate performances. The addition of this special performance is sure to bring down the house and make it an evening to remember.
Repertory Theatre production team includes customer Alva Bradford, choreographer Wesley “Angel” Hanson, music director Lars Campbell, vocal director Mont Chris Hubbard, scenic and lighting designer Chris Whitten and properties designer Deborah Dahling.
“The Melody Lingers on” runs Aug. 3-27 at the Osterman Theatre on the Clackamas Community College Oregon City campus, 19600 Molalla Ave. Performances take place Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with 2:30 p.m. Sunday matinees. Clackamas Rep will celebrate opening night with a champagne and dessert reception in the lobby following the Aug. 5 performance. The Aug. 10, 17 and 24 performances will include interactive post-show talkback sessions with the cast and director.
About Clackamas Repertory Theatre
Clackamas Repertory Theatre is a professional theatre company in Oregon City. Founded in 2004, it offers high-quality, financially-accessible productions for the citizens of Clackamas County and beyond, prepares current and former Clackamas Community College students for a career in theatre, and gives Clackamas County youth the chance to experience theater firsthand through summer internships and classes at the college. Clackamas Repertory Theatre is a program of the Clackamas Community College Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.
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Photo by Travis Nodurft: From left, Mont Chris Hubbard as Mark, Merideth Kaye Clark as Juliet, Susannah Mars as Kathy and Don Kenneth Mason as Jeffery.