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AShalnd HS Fall Show SHOOTING STARS Nov 1–11

Monday, October 22th, 2018 by Betsy Bishop

  Ashland High School Theatre collaborates with OSF veterans to present Shooting Stars, a dive into America in 1962 and its first all-female traveling basketball team.   * Ashland High School Theatre opens their 2018 season and the 25th Anniversary of their OSF/AHS Partnership with a delightful comedy directed by OSF actor Barret O'Brien.   Shooting Stars by Molly Newman will play 8 shows: Thurs-Sat, Nov 1-3  & Nov 8-10 @ 7:30 pm Sundays, Nov 4 and 11 @ 2 pm   The time is 1962; the place is a locker room in a small Midwestern town; the team is The Shooting Stars, a novelty all-female basketball team.  As The Shooting Stars prepare to face off against the local men's team, the young women emerge as distinct personalities who reveal the lives they’ve abandoned to join the traveling team. The entrance of the team's male owner, creates a stir as he oversees every aspect of the women’s lives: from diet to hair style, from the language they’re allowed to use to the way they’re allowed to play the game. But when an unexpected event changes everything, the women are given the chance to chart their own destiny—forced to choose between abandoning the sport that they love or rising into the groundbreakers that they are capable of becoming.   The student ensemble cast includes Nicky Clary, Carmen Kerr, Allie Poole, Samara French, Brooklyn Williams, Anabella Ross, Elena Schmeling, Anabella Ross, and Kylah Ward.  Plai Kanjanakaset is the stage manager and Isaac Neet and Trastan Bucy are his assistants.    To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Ashland High School OSF/AHS Partnership, AHS has partnered with a team of OSF professionals to stage Shooting Stars.        Shooting Stars is directed by Barret O’Brien whose play, Water Made to Rise, recently premiered at the Ashland Armory. O’Brien is an award-winning playwright and actor whose plays have been performed at venues across the country including New York, Louisiana, Texas, Connecticut, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. He’s also a veteran OSF actor who’s appeared in the world premieres of Bill Rauch’s Roe and Off the Rails as well as the 2017 Julius Caesar which will transfer off-Broadway in 2019.   Another OSF company member on the creative team is legendary scenic designer Richard Hay.  Hay is remounting his original set design from the 1988 world-premiere of Shooting Stars for the AHS production. In 61 seasons at OSF Hay has designed over 245 productions (including the entire Shakespearean canon twice).  Hay’s many awards include a Fulbright Grant, an Oregon Governor’s Award for the Arts, and the USITT Distinguished Achievement Award. Although he’s always been a major sponsor for our theatre program, this is his first set for AHS.   Other OSF collaborators are Cecily Macrory (Assistant Director), Natalie Scott (Assistant Set Design), and Emily Ehrlich Inget & Cherelle Guyton (Costume Design). . AHS partners on the show include lighting designer, Bart Grady, Kirsten Samek, Technical Director, Janny Hernandez, carpenter and AHS producer, Betsy Bishop.        Shooting Stars will be performed at Ashland HS Mountain Avenue Theatre: 201 South Mountain Avenue. The show runs Thursday-Saturday Nov. 1-3 and 8-10 at 7:30pm, with two Sunday matinees Nov. 4 and Nov. 11 at 2 pm.   Tickets prices: Reserved $15, General $10, Students under 18/Seniors over 65: $7 Tickets are now on sale online at: www.showtix4u.com or call 1-(866) 967-8167 Tickets are also available at: Paddington Station, Tree House Books, and Music Coop Reserved tickets are only sold online at: www.showtix4u.com or (866) 967-8167 For school and group info call: (541) 482-8771.     *        

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