CHINOOK — Chinook’s fifth annual Shakespeare Experience will take to the stage this week at the Chinook School Event Center, featuring Oregon Shakespeare Festival actors Nathan Mark and Esther Williamson.
The Blue and Gold Show, a one-act play by Naselle High School Drama Club with music by the Ilwaco High School Jazz Band, is planned to start at 7 p.m. Beverages and snacks will be available for purchase. At 8 p.m. the OSF actors will perform excerpts from “Romeo and Juliet” followed by contemporary sketch, “Expectations.”
Tickets are a $10 donation for adults; students are admitted free.
“Friends of Chinook School looks back at the history of the school with pride,” the community group’s Loma Billups said. “We are especially proud of teachers Angus and Lois Bowmer. Angus was head teacher and coach of the basketball team, the ‘Yellow Jackets.’ The team needed uniforms and equipment and to raise money he turned to his talent for drama. His love and enthusiasm for the art inspired both his students and the community. He directed a number of plays giving the whole community a new form of entertainment. Angus left Chinook to further his education and then joined the faculty of Southern Oregon State College in Ashland. Of course, he started a drama group and that developed into the internationally known Oregon Shakespeare Festival.”
Bowmer is remembered annually in Chinook with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival School Visit Program. The OSF Education Department sends two actors to perform on Chinook’s Angus Bowmer Stage, constructed just after his time as a local teacher. OSF conducts student workshops in the event center and then present an evening performance for everyone to attend and enjoy.
Student programs this year are sponsored by a grant from Ocean Beach Education Foundation. Workshops will be held on Nov. 16 and 17.