Tuesday, September 16, 2003
CAST opens the current season of plays with Anton Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard” this Friday. Written in 1904, The Cherry Orchard is Chekhov’s last play, considered by many to be his greatest.
In this fascinating, insightful story, we encounter the members of a once-grand family of Russian landowners. Proud of their heritage but unable to pay the mortgage, the family is about to lose their estate, including their beloved cherry orchard, to developers. Though set in Russia at the beginning of the 20th century, the play strikes surprisingly contemporary notes about progress and change that will resonate for local audiences.
Richard Parker directs the large company of familiar CAST actors, which includes Mary Fassel, Greg Gilbertson, Ken McCarty, Katy Dutra, Jeanette Burkhardt, Jonpaul McLellan, Judy Yeo, Beverly Arthur, Tom Penchoen, Mary Zenorini, and Brian Halbert.
“The Cherry Orchard” plays on Friday and Saturday nights from Sept. 19 through Oct. 4, with a Sunday matinee on Sept. 28. Advance tickets are available for $10 each at Waucoma Bookstore in Hood River, Collage of the Gorge in White Salmon, and Klindt’s Book Sellers and Stationers in The Dalles, and are available at the door for $12.
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Lawnmower torches Arbor Vitae on Portland Drive
The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge