Entertainment briefs - November 13

CAST stages ‘Christmas Carol’

Tickets are on sale for Christopher Shario’s adaptation of the holiday classic, “A Christmas Carol,” which is put on through a joint effort by CAST and the Hood River Hotel. The show will be Nov. 29 and 30, with performances both evenings at 7 p.m. and a children’s matinee at 2 p.m. on Nov. 30.

The play will be presented at the historic Hood River Hotel, 102 Oak Street. Tickets are $15 for the evening performances and $10 for the children’s matinee and are available at the hotel. Price includes table appetizers and a warm drink, along with the delightful experience of seeing the Dickens play performed in the round.

For anyone wishing to have dinner before the performance, Pasquale’s Ristorante is offering a special Dickens-inspired menu served by costumed staff. Call the Hood River Hotel at 386-1900 for ticket information and reservations.

One-act plays at CAST

The Haven Project, a Portland-based program that helps disadvantaged youth write and produce original theatre, culminates a two-week project in Hood River on Friday with an evening performance of one-act plays at CAST Performing Arts Center. The performance begins at 7 p.m. and is open to the public.

The Haven Project pairs adult mentors from the community with at-risk youth, ages 12-17 — in this case, young people from the Klahre House. Participating youth learn skills in dramatic theatre, which result in the creation of a one-act play based on their thoughts and feelings. On the last night of the program, professional actors from Portland perform the students’ plays to an audience of friends, family and the public.

The Haven Project has been getting statewide attention for its work with at-risk youth. Its programs are usually expensive because they pay professional actors and writers to work with the youth. But Haven Project leaders have come to Hood River free of charge because they want to pilot their program in rural communities. The program began two weeks ago with a weekend mentor’s training program, where trained professional artists taught local mentors how to facilitate the program. The mentors have worked with the Klahre House youth for the past two weeks under the guidance of Haven staff.

The project is a collaboration between Haven, Columbia Gorge Arts in Education, Klahre House and CAST Performing Arts Center. Next year, the local entities plan to operate the program on their own. For more information contact Leigh Hancock at Columbia Gorge Arts in Education at 387-5031, or by e-mail at lhancock

Rubber Chicken plays at RCS

The Rubber Chicken Lollipop plans another night of excess at the River City Saloon with a celebration of art and music this Friday night. Show begins at 9:30 p.m. and there will be a cover. For more information, visit the River City Saloon website at www.rivercitysaloon.com.

Johnny Dark at Riverside Grill

The Johnny Dark Trio plays two nights this weekend at the Riverside Grill, located inside the Best Western Hood River Inn. Shows begin at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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