Chelan’s Theater Under The Stars begins its summer season of 39 live performances Wednesday, offering a rotation of two comedy farce musicals.
“Perry Hotter & The High School Musical” is a mash-up parody of the popular books with the Disney teen staple. “The Miserable Phantom of the Op’ry” is a mash-up of “Les Miz” and “Phantom of the Opera,” with popular country music hits mixed in.
Performances are at 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays until Labor Day weekend (Aug. 31) at the theater’s new downtown location, 204 E. Okanogan Ave., at the corner of Emerson and Okanogan, two blocks south of Woodin Avenue.
The opening curtain returns regular live theater to the Lake Chelan Valley, said Steve Taylor, Theater Under the Stars’ owner and artistic director.
“I created the theater to give the family an evening activity that they all could enjoy together and create memories of an enchanting shared fun experience,” he said. “Our shows present live comedy theatrical experiences that are both safe for the family audience and clever enough to entertain all ages at the same time.”
He founded Theater Under the Stars in 2008 as a traveling troupe, then relocated to Chelan in 2015 to an outdoor venue at Slidewaters. The act moved in 2016 to The Lookout, a mile outside Chelan toward Manson.
A family illness kept the curtains closed in 2017 and 2018, he said.
“This year we’re indoors and in downtown Chelan,” he said, with six professional cast members and two crew. “We’re not under the stars, though we plan a little special effect to make audiences feel like they’re ‘under the stars inside.’”
Ticket prices range from $19 to $24 and can be purchased anytime from the theater website, via phone (888-473-7869) from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday or in person at the theater box office. Family and group rates are available.
For information, go to theaterunderthestars.org.