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NW Children’s Theater

THEATER THAT’S AS PLAYFUL AS KIDS ARE Northwest Children’s Theater creates playful shows for very young audiences (such as their adaptation of popular Elephant & Piggie books), puts on a top quality musical each holiday season (last year, Mary Poppins; this year, The Wizard of Oz), and debuts original productions with multicultural …

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Oregon Children’s Theatre

THEATER THAT TREATS KIDS LIKE PEOPLE Oregon Children’s Theatre may put on kids plays, but don’t expect them to recite you any nursery rhymes. This contemporary company commissions at least one world-premiere script each year— this year, three: Goosebumps the Musical, Fly Guy: The Musical, and Flora & Ulysses—based on …

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Oregon Shakespeare Festival

YEAR-ROUND TRIBUTE TO THE BARD…AND BEYOND Oregon Shakespeare Festival may sound like a few weeks of the Bard, but it’s actually a nine-month rotation of Shakespeare plays—interspersed with other, newer plays with more contemporary themes. Headquartered in the southern Oregon hamlet of Ashland, OSF is a well-established dramatic destination that …

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Portland Center Stage

PORTLAND THEATER’S MOST MAJOR PLAYER Portland Center Stage is, by all measures, a major player. They’re the largest professional producing theater company in the city, and they literally “hold the fort” downtown, operating for the past 10 years out of the Pearl District’s gorgeously restored Armory building. Started in 1988 …

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Portland Playhouse

A SMALL THEATER WITH VAST REACH AND HEART Portland Playhouse may inhabit a small theater space—a mere 100 seats—but they’ve grown a loyal audience from 850 when they started to a current high of 12,000 thanks to two major strengths: a welcoming spirit toward their surrounding community and a huge creative …

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