Liberty Theatre

Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary

If you missed “Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary” at the Kiggins Theatre, don’t fret—it’s playing at the Liberty Theatre in downtown Camas at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, and again at 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 21. This film celebrates the groundbreaking music of jazz legend John Coltrane.

Chasing Trane is the definitive documentary film about an outside-the-box thinker with extraordinary talent whose boundary-shattering music continues to impact and influence people around the world. This smart, passionate, thought-provoking and uplifting documentary is for anyone who appreciates the power of music to entertain, inspire and transform. Written and directed by critically-acclaimed documentary filmmaker John Scheinfeld (The U.S. vs. John Lennon and Who Is Harry Nilsson…?), the film is produced with the full participation of the Coltrane family and the support of the record labels that collectively own the Coltrane catalog. Scheinfeld brings his strong story-telling skills to the creation of a rich, textured and compelling narrative that takes the audience to unexpected places.

The film will play in the Liberty’s Granada Studio. Tickets are $8 for all seats. Theater-style refreshments are available in the lobby, as are craft beers and fine wines. For more information about upcoming films at this restored landmark historical theater, visit www.camasliberty.com.

Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary

If you missed “Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary” at the Kiggins Theatre, don’t fret—it’s playing at the Liberty Theatre in downtown Camas at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, and again at 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 21. This film celebrates the groundbreaking music of jazz legend John Coltrane.

Chasing Trane is the definitive documentary film about an outside-the-box thinker with extraordinary talent whose boundary-shattering music continues to impact and influence people around the world. This smart, passionate, thought-provoking and uplifting documentary is for anyone who appreciates the power of music to entertain, inspire and transform. Written and directed by critically-acclaimed documentary filmmaker John Scheinfeld (The U.S. vs. John Lennon and Who Is Harry Nilsson…?), the film is produced with the full participation of the Coltrane family and the support of the record labels that collectively own the Coltrane catalog. Scheinfeld brings his strong story-telling skills to the creation of a rich, textured and compelling narrative that takes the audience to unexpected places.

The film will play in the Liberty’s Granada Studio. Tickets are $8 for all seats. Theater-style refreshments are available in the lobby, as are craft beers and fine wines. For more information about upcoming films at this restored landmark historical theater, visit www.camasliberty.com.

Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary

If you missed “Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary” at the Kiggins Theatre, don’t fret—it’s playing at the Liberty Theatre in downtown Camas at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, and again at 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 21. This film celebrates the groundbreaking music of jazz legend John Coltrane.

Chasing Trane is the definitive documentary film about an outside-the-box thinker with extraordinary talent whose boundary-shattering music continues to impact and influence people around the world. This smart, passionate, thought-provoking and uplifting documentary is for anyone who appreciates the power of music to entertain, inspire and transform. Written and directed by critically-acclaimed documentary filmmaker John Scheinfeld (The U.S. vs. John Lennon and Who Is Harry Nilsson…?), the film is produced with the full participation of the Coltrane family and the support of the record labels that collectively own the Coltrane catalog. Scheinfeld brings his strong story-telling skills to the creation of a rich, textured and compelling narrative that takes the audience to unexpected places.

The film will play in the Liberty’s Granada Studio. Tickets are $8 for all seats. Theater-style refreshments are available in the lobby, as are craft beers and fine wines. For more information about upcoming films at this restored landmark historical theater, visit www.camasliberty.com.

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead

Can you simply not get enough of the grown-up Daniel Radcliffe? The young star of Harry Potter, and the older star of the bleakly atmospheric Woman in Black—among other edgier offerings such as Extras, Horns, and A Young Doctor’s Notebook—can be seen in a new production of the classic Tom Stoppard play, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead. Costarring Joshua McGuire (About Time, Cinderella, and The Hour) and David Haig (Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Witness for the Prosecution), Stoppard’s brilliantly funny situational comedy was captured live at The Old Vic theatre in London and has been reformatted for cinema viewing.

Against the backdrop of Hamlet, two hapless minor characters, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, take centre stage. As the young double act stumble their way in and out of the action of Shakespeare’s iconic drama, they become increasingly out of their depth as their version of the story unfolds.

The Liberty Theatre in downtown Camas will offer two showings of the play at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 6, and again at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17, in its Granada Studio. Running time is a whopping three hours and 20 minutes, so you might want to stop in the lobby and get plenty of popcorn, nachos, and other refreshments, including craft beer and wine. Tickets are $18.50 general admission or $15 for students and seniors.

Special Mother’s Day Showing of “The Secret Garden” at The Liberty Theatre

When haughty, self-centered Mary Lennox (Kate Maberly) is sent to the English countryside after the death of her parents, she slowly learns to appreciate life, both of the human and plant variety. Filled with gorgeous landscapes and a delicious amount of family secrets, this film is the perfect excuse to celebrate mothers and daughters while sipping on tea and nibbling on treats. Just for the day, the theater will be turned into its own little secret garden as you come to adore Dickon (Andrew Knott), roll your eyes at Colin (Heydon Prowse), and live in respectful fear of Mrs. Medlock (the almighty Maggie Smith).

And here’s a bonus: bring your ticket stubs to Camas Antiques after the movie and enter a drawing for chances to win some wonderful prizes—and enjoy some complimentary Mother’s Day sweets. Eager shoppers can also visit the Secret Garden-themed window display during the days leading up to Mother’s Day for an opportunity to win passes to the film. Movie tickets are $6 each and can be purchased here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1880812915523399/.

Secret Garden at The Liberty

Camas Antiques and the Liberty Theater are teaming up to offer a special Mother’s Day event: a one-time showing of the film, “The Secret Garden” at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 14. If you’ve already seen the 1993 version Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic novel, you’ll savor this glorious adaptation for second (or third, or fourth) time. If you have yet to see it, you’re in for a treat. Here’s a recap of the story, just in case:

When haughty, self-centered Mary Lennox (Kate Maberly) is sent to the English countryside after the death of her parents, she slowly learns to appreciate life, both of the human and plant variety. Filled with gorgeous landscapes and a delicious amount of family secrets, this film is the perfect excuse to celebrate mothers and daughters while sipping on tea and nibbling on treats. Just for the day, the theater will be turned into its own little secret garden as you come to adore Dickon (Andrew Knott), roll your eyes at Colin (Heydon Prowse), and live in respectful fear of Mrs. Medlock (the almighty Maggie Smith).

And here’s a bonus: bring your ticket stubs to Camas Antiques after the movie and enter a drawing for chances to win some wonderful prizes—and enjoy some complimentary Mother’s Day sweets. Eager shoppers can also visit the Secret Garden-themed window display during the days leading up to Mother’s Day for an opportunity to win passes to the film. Movie tickets are $6 each and can be purchased here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1880812915523399/.

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead

Can you simply not get enough of the grown-up Daniel Radcliffe? The young star of Harry Potter, and the older star of the bleakly atmospheric Woman in Black—among other edgier offerings such as Extras, Horns, and A Young Doctor’s Notebook—can be seen in a new production of the classic Tom Stoppard play, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead. Costarring Joshua McGuire (About Time, Cinderella, and The Hour) and David Haig (Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Witness for the Prosecution), Stoppard’s brilliantly funny situational comedy was captured live at The Old Vic theatre in London and has been reformatted for cinema viewing.

Against the backdrop of Hamlet, two hapless minor characters, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, take centre stage. As the young double act stumble their way in and out of the action of Shakespeare’s iconic drama, they become increasingly out of their depth as their version of the story unfolds.

The Liberty Theatre in downtown Camas will offer two showings of the play at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 6, and again at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17, in its Granada Studio. Running time is a whopping three hours and 20 minutes, so you might want to stop in the lobby and get plenty of popcorn, nachos, and other refreshments, including craft beer and wine. Tickets are $18.50 general admission or $15 for students and seniors.

Twelfth Night at the Liberty Theatre

Twelfth Night is chock-full of the kind of Shakespearean gems that literary minds like to quote and quote again: “If music be the food of love, play on…” and “Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them,” and my favorite, “Better a witty fool, than a foolish wit.”

You can hear these bot mots and far more in the National Theatre Live’s edgy interpretation of one of Shakespeare’s most beloved, most enduring comedic plays (that is to say, to quote the Bard himself, all’s well that ends well). In case you were snoozing during your English Lit classes, here’s a refresher:

A ship is wrecked on the rocks. Viola is washed ashore but her twin brother, Sebastian, is lost. Determined to survive on her own, she steps out to explore a new land. So begins a whirlwind of mistaken identity and unrequited love.

The nearby households of Olivia and Orsino are overrun with passion. Even Olivia’s upright housekeeper Malvolia is swept up in the madness. Where music is the food of love, and nobody is quite what they seem, anything proves possible.

The Liberty Theatre in downtown Camas will be showing this adapted-for-the-screen production by England’s National Theater at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 29, and at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3. Tickets are $18.50 general admission and $15 for students and seniors.

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead

Can you simply not get enough of the grown-up Daniel Radcliffe? The young star of Harry Potter, and the older star of the bleakly atmospheric Woman in Black—among other edgier offerings such as Extras, Horns, and A Young Doctor’s Notebook—can be seen in a new production of the classic Tom Stoppard play, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead. Costarring Joshua McGuire (About Time, Cinderella, and The Hour) and David Haig (Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Witness for the Prosecution), Stoppard’s brilliantly funny situational comedy was captured live at The Old Vic theatre in London and has been reformatted for cinema viewing.

Against the backdrop of Hamlet, two hapless minor characters, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, take centre stage. As the young double act stumble their way in and out of the action of Shakespeare’s iconic drama, they become increasingly out of their depth as their version of the story unfolds.

The Liberty Theatre in downtown Camas will offer two showings of the play at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 6, and again at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17, in its Granada Studio. Running time is a whopping three hours and 20 minutes, so you might want to stop in the lobby and get plenty of popcorn, nachos, and other refreshments, including craft beer and wine. Tickets are $18.50 general admission or $15 for students and seniors.

Above image: Daniel Radcliffe (you know which one he is) and Joshua McGuire

Twelfth Night at the Liberty Theatre

Twelfth Night is chock-full of the kind of Shakespearean gems that literary minds like to quote and quote again: “If music be the food of love, play on…” and “Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them,” and my favorite, “Better a witty fool, than a foolish wit.”

You can hear these bot mots and far more in the National Theatre Live’s edgy interpretation of one of Shakespeare’s most beloved, most enduring comedic plays (that is to say, to quote the Bard himself, all’s well that ends well). In case you were snoozing during your English Lit classes, here’s a refresher:

A ship is wrecked on the rocks. Viola is washed ashore but her twin brother, Sebastian, is lost. Determined to survive on her own, she steps out to explore a new land. So begins a whirlwind of mistaken identity and unrequited love.

The nearby households of Olivia and Orsino are overrun with passion. Even Olivia’s upright housekeeper Malvolia is swept up in the madness. Where music is the food of love, and nobody is quite what they seem, anything proves possible.

The Liberty Theatre in downtown Camas will be showing this adapted-for-the-screen production by England’s National Theater at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 29, and at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3. Tickets are $18.50 general admission and $15 for students and seniors.

Twelfth Night at the Liberty

Twelfth Night is chock-full of the kind of Shakespearean gems that literary minds like to quote and quote again: “If music be the food of love, play on…” and “Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them,” and my favorite, “Better a witty fool, than a foolish wit.”

You can hear these bot mots and far more in the National Theatre Live’s edgy interpretation of one of Shakespeare’s most beloved, most enduring comedic plays (that is to say, to quote the Bard himself, all’s well that ends well). In case you were snoozing during your English Lit classes, here’s a refresher:

A ship is wrecked on the rocks. Viola is washed ashore but her twin brother, Sebastian, is lost. Determined to survive on her own, she steps out to explore a new land. So begins a whirlwind of mistaken identity and unrequited love.

The nearby households of Olivia and Orsino are overrun with passion. Even Olivia’s upright housekeeper Malvolia is swept up in the madness. Where music is the food of love, and nobody is quite what they seem, anything proves possible.

The Liberty Theatre in downtown Camas will be showing this adapted-for-the-screen production by England’s National Theater at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 29, and at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3. Tickets are $18.50 general admission and $15 for students and seniors.

Above image: Phoebe Fox as Olivia

Deconstructing The Beatles’ “Rubber Soul”

In October 1965, The Beatles were faced with an impossible task—produce a new album of original music for a Christmas release. Within one month, The Beatles had emerged with what many consider to be one of their greatest albums—Rubber Soul. They even had time to create a double A-side single, “We Can Work It Out” backed by “Day Tripper.” Both sides of the single, as well as the album, hit number one on the charts.

In “Deconstructing The Beatles’ Rubber Soul”—one of a series of documentary films about The Beatles’ albums—composer/producer Scott Freiman walks Beatles fans young and old through the creation of Rubber Soul. Learn the stores behind the creation of “Norwegian Wood,” “In My Life,” “Nowhere Man,” and other classic Beatles songs. Freiman conducts an educational journey into the creative process of The Beatles performances and recording sessions. To learn more about the film, visit http://www.beatleslectures.com/.

The independent Liberty Theatre is showing this documentary at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 22, in its main theater. The film has a running time of one hour, 30 minutes. All tickets are $8. For more information about what else is playing at the Liberty this week, visit www.camasliberty.com. The Liberty Theatre is located at 315 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas. Theater-style snacks and hot popcorn are available in the lobby, as is a selection of beer and wine to enjoy during the film.

Deconstructing The Beatles’ “Rubber Soul”

In October 1965, The Beatles were faced with an impossible task—produce a new album of original music for a Christmas release. Within one month, The Beatles had emerged with what many consider to be one of their greatest albums—Rubber Soul. They even had time to create a double A-side single, “We Can Work It Out” backed by “Day Tripper.” Both sides of the single, as well as the album, hit number one on the charts.

In “Deconstructing The Beatles’ Rubber Soul”—one of a series of documentary films about The Beatles’ albums—composer/producer Scott Freiman walks Beatles fans young and old through the creation of Rubber Soul. Learn the stores behind the creation of “Norwegian Wood,” “In My Life,” “Nowhere Man,” and other classic Beatles songs. Freiman conducts an educational journey into the creative process of The Beatles performances and recording sessions. To learn more about the film, visit http://www.beatleslectures.com/.

The independent Liberty Theatre is showing this documentary at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 22, in its main theater. The film has a running time of one hour, 30 minutes. All tickets are $8. For more information about what else is playing at the Liberty this week, visit www.camasliberty.com. The Liberty Theatre is located at 315 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas. Theater-style snacks and hot popcorn are available in the lobby, as is a selection of beer and wine to enjoy during the film.

Deconstructing The Beatles’ “Revolver”

In “Deconstructing The Beatles’ Revolver,” composer/producer Scott Freiman takes Beatles fans into the studio with The Beatles as they create their groundbreaking 1966 album, Revolver. In many music polls, Revolver is rated the top album of all time. The 1966 album launched a period of studio experimentation for The Beatles that coincided with their decision to stop performing live. With memorable songs such as “Eleanor Rigby,” “Yellow Submarine,” and “Tomorrow Never Knows,” The Beatles pushed popular music to a place it had never been before.

Deconstructing The Beatles’ Revolver explores the revolutionary (at the time) production techniques that went into creating this landmark piece of music history. In addition to many of the tracks from Revolver, Freiman also explores the creation of two other songs recorded during the same time period, “Paperback Writer” and “Rain.” Moviegoers will get an educational journey into the creative process of Beatles’ performances and recording sessions.

The independent Liberty Theatre is showing this documentary at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15, and at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 18, in its main theater. The film has a running time of one hour, 35 minutes. All tickets are $8. For more information about what else is playing at the Liberty this week, visit www.camasliberty.com. The Liberty Theatre is located at 315 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas. Theater-style snacks and hot popcorn are available in the lobby, as is a selection of beer and wine to enjoy during the film.

Deconstructing The Beatles’ “Revolver”

In “Deconstructing The Beatles’ Revolver,” composer/producer Scott Freiman takes Beatles fans into the studio with The Beatles as they create their groundbreaking 1966 album, Revolver. In many music polls, Revolver is rated the top album of all time. The 1966 album launched a period of studio experimentation for The Beatles that coincided with their decision to stop performing live. With memorable songs such as “Eleanor Rigby,” “Yellow Submarine,” and “Tomorrow Never Knows,” The Beatles pushed popular music to a place it had never been before.

Deconstructing The Beatles’ Revolver explores the revolutionary (at the time) production techniques that went into creating this landmark piece of music history. In addition to many of the tracks from Revolver, Freiman also explores the creation of two other songs recorded during the same time period, “Paperback Writer” and “Rain.” Moviegoers will get an educational journey into the creative process of Beatles’ performances and recording sessions.

The independent Liberty Theatre is showing this documentary at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15, and at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 18, in its main theater. The film has a running time of one hour, 35 minutes. All tickets are $8. For more information about what else is playing at the Liberty this week, visit www.camasliberty.com. The Liberty Theatre is located at 315 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas. Theater-style snacks and hot popcorn are available in the lobby, as is a selection of beer and wine to enjoy during the film.

Disney’s Newsies: The Broadway Musical

The Liberty Theatre in downtown Camas will show Disney’s Newsies: The Broadway Musical twice: once on Saturday, March 4, at 11 a.m., and again on Monday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m. Filmed live on stage at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, this not-to-be-missed, high-energy show stars original Broadway cast members Jeremy Jordan as Jack Kelly, Kara Lindsay as Katherine, Ben Fankhauser as Davey, and Andrew Keenan-Bolger as Crutchie. They’re joined by North American Tour stars Steve Blanchard as Joseph Pulitzer, Aisha de Haas as Medda Larkin, and Ethan Steiner as Les, along with members of both the Broadway and North American Tour ensembles, filling the stage with more newsies and more dancing than ever before.

If you didn’t catch the 1992 movie version starring Christian Bale, Bill Pullman, and Robert Duvall, here are the basic plot points: based on the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, this new Disney musical tells the story of Jack Kelly, a rebellious newsboy who dreams of a life as an artist away from the big city. After publishing giant Joseph Pulitzer raises newspaper prices at the newsboys’ expense, Kelly and his fellow newsies take action.

The film will be shown in the Liberty’s Granada Studio. Refreshments, beer, and wine are available in the lobby. Admission is $15 per person or $12 for students and seniors. The stage musical, which has been specially formatted for a cinematic experience, is rated PG and has a running time of two hours and 25 minutes. For more information, visit www.camasliberty.com

Disney’s Newsies: The Broadway Musical

The Liberty Theatre in downtown Camas will show Disney’s Newsies: The Broadway Musical twice: once on Saturday, March 4, at 11 a.m., and again on Monday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m. Filmed live on stage at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, this not-to-be-missed, high-energy show stars original Broadway cast members Jeremy Jordan as Jack Kelly, Kara Lindsay as Katherine, Ben Fankhauser as Davey, and Andrew Keenan-Bolger as Crutchie. They’re joined by North American Tour stars Steve Blanchard as Joseph Pulitzer, Aisha de Haas as Medda Larkin, and Ethan Steiner as Les, along with members of both the Broadway and North American Tour ensembles, filling the stage with more newsies and more dancing than ever before.

If you didn’t catch the 1992 movie version starring Christian Bale, Bill Pullman, and Robert Duvall, here are the basic plot points: based on the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, this new Disney musical tells the story of Jack Kelly, a rebellious newsboy who dreams of a life as an artist away from the big city. After publishing giant Joseph Pulitzer raises newspaper prices at the newsboys’ expense, Kelly and his fellow newsies take action.

The film will be shown in the Liberty’s Granada Studio. Refreshments, beer, and wine are available in the lobby. Admission is $15 per person or $12 for students and seniors. The stage musical, which has been specially formatted for a cinematic experience, is rated PG and has a running time of two hours and 25 minutes. For more information, visit www.camasliberty.com.

Newsies at Liberty

Screen-Shot-2012-07-27-at-1.36.11-PM2The Liberty Theatre in downtown Camas will show Disney’s Newsies: The Broadway Musical twice: once on Saturday, March 4, at 11 a.m., and again on Monday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m. Filmed live on stage at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, this not-to-be-missed, high-energy show stars original Broadway cast members Jeremy Jordan as Jack Kelly, Kara Lindsay as Katherine, Ben Fankhauser as Davey, and Andrew Keenan-Bolger as Crutchie. They’re joined by North American Tour stars Steve Blanchard as Joseph Pulitzer, Aisha de Haas as Medda Larkin, and Ethan Steiner as Les, along with members of both the Broadway and North American Tour ensembles, filling the stage with more newsies and more dancing than ever before.

If you didn’t catch the 1992 movie version starring Christian Bale, Bill Pullman, and Robert Duvall, here are the basic plot points: based on the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, this new Disney musical tells the story of Jack Kelly, a rebellious newsboy who dreams of a life as an artist away from the big city. After publishing giant Joseph Pulitzer raises newspaper prices at the newsboys’ expense, Kelly and his fellow newsies take action.

The film will be shown in the Liberty’s Granada Studio. Refreshments, beer, and wine are available in the lobby. Admission is $15 per person or $12 for students and seniors. The stage musical, which has been specially formatted for a cinematic experience, is rated PG and has a running time of two hours and 25 minutes. For more information, visit www.camasliberty.com.

Moana Sing-Along

You may or may not be aware of the Disney animated phenomenon that is Moana…but if you have kids, we bet you’ve already seen it 12,000 times. This movie—which was originally released in November of last year and became an immediate hit with all age groups, from tiny tots to grown-ups to granparents—is chock full not only of breathtaking animation but also great, memorable, and super-singable songs. (In fact, you may have a Moana song stuck in your head RIGHT NOW.)

The film, which is currently playing at the Liberty Theatre in downtown Camas, is a sweeping, CG-animated adventure about a spirited teenager who sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and fulfill her ancestors’ unfinished quest. During her journey, Moana meets the once-mighty demi-god Maui, and together, they traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous fiery creatures and impossible odds…and singing lots of songs.

If you or your offspring have ever had the urge to sing along, the Liberty Theater is here to help. This independent theater in downtown Camas which shows a mix of independent and blockbuster studio films, is offering two special showings of Moana where you and your family can sing along! Sing-along shows will be on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 3:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Feb. 26, at 11:30 a.m. Ticket prices are $4.50 per person, the same as regular showings. The Liberty is located at 315 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas, and everything from ice cream and nachos to candy and popcorn is available in the lobby, as well as beer and wine for the over 21 crowd. For more information, visit http://www.camasliberty.com/.

The National Theatre’s “Amadeus”

If, like me, you remember the 1984 film “Amadeus” with some fondness—weren’t Tom Hulce and F. Murray Abraham absolutely brilliant in their roles as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and rival composer Antonio Salieri?—then you’ll want to take note of the National Theatre’s spectacular production of the eponymous play on which the movie was based. It’s showing at the Liberty Theatre in downtown Camas at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, and again at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22.

In case you missed the 1984 movie, or have never seen the play, which was written by Peter Shaffer and originally performed in 1979—and which, in turn, was based on a short 1830 play by Alexander Pushkin called “Mozart and Salieri”—the National Theatre’s production is a splendid introduction to this story that has captivated generation after generation of viewers. (In fact, Pushkin’s play was eventually used as the basis for an 1897 operetta by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.) But labyrinthine iterations aside, you’ll be enchanted not just by the story but also by the richly costumed actors and beautifully imagined sets. As for the plot, it’s simple but compelling: Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives in Vienna, the music capital of the world, and he’s determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius, court composer Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy his name. Seized by obsessive jealousy, Salieri begins a war with Mozart…with music…and, ultimately, with God.

Tickets are $18.50 general admission or $15 for students and seniors. The play, which is specially adapted for cinematic viewing, will be shown in the Liberty Theatre’s Granada Studio. The Liberty Theatre is located at 315 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas. For more details, visit www.camasliberty.com.