By Laura Baird
This time of year brings memories of school productions – choir, band, and plays. I enjoyed it as a young girl, and I adored watching my two sons when they were in grade school. But who’s to say that I can’t still go and enjoy (even though my sons are now in college)? After all, many of my patients and acquaintances have young children, and they’re almost always eager for a crowd. Seeing young talent with spirit and enthusiasm brightens an evening.
There are, however, many venues for entertainment — all year long. Right here in Longview, the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts is a treasure. I’ve enjoyed a few productions of Cabaret, a country music artist, and I plan to attend the Tartan Terrors Christmas production this Sunday with my family. We’ll enjoy Scottish music, dance, and comedy. There’s also The Nutcracker, presented by the Evergreen Dance Studio, Friday and Saturday. You’re sure to find something to entice you, from comedy, music and dance, to drama at columbiatheatre.com.
Vancouver and Portland have an abundance of performing arts productions. The spectrum is broad, from Cavalia (considered to be equestrian ballet), running through January 2, 2012, to It’s a Wonderful Life live radio play at the Slocum House Theatre. You can also set your sights on Cirque du soleil opening in April 2012. Choose from a multitude of listings at www.vancouveronstage.com, and prepare for an enriching experience!
What holiday music or theatre performances do you enjoy? What is on your "arts & entertainment" calendar yet this year? Please comment in the space below.
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Laura Baird is a dental hygienist in Longview and one of Columbia River Reader's online writers. Read about her by clicking HERE.