A Lady sings the blues, April RRT performances

Heidi Burson,  Facebook

Heidi Burson, Facebook

The Ross Ragland Theater was jazzed to host Ms. Heidi Burson Saturday evening, March 16th. Ms. Burson’s presence filled the theater.

“She embodies talent, energy and professionalism” said Interim Executive Director, Theresa Silver. “Her voice was absolutely captivating.”

Heidi whose sound has been compared to the likes of Adele and Joss Stone, is an award winning artist and songwriter.

“The auditorium was stunning and I felt right at home with the audience. I look forward to returning” said Ms. Burson.


Movie Madness

The Ross Ragland Theater presented their first ever “ Spring Break KIDZ Matinee Series” on their New Big Screen (RDX) Ragland Digital Xperience.

They showed four family friendly movies throughout the week after their “Spring Break Youth Theater Camp”. The Klamath County Library featured a drawing for book giveaways at each showing.

Integral Youth Services, Youth Rising and the Children’s Museum were also setup in the lobby.

“The community showed up! Families with children of all ages enjoyed themselves. This lets us know these type of activities are important. We look forward to next year.” said Interim Executive Director, Theresa Silver.

 

Upcoming Performances

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A Nightmare in Dreamland

Saturday, March 30 at 2:00pm and 5:30pm

Laughter and chaos has filled the halls this week at The Ross Ragland Theater ! The will Spring Break Youth Education Camp will present their camp production of “A Nightmare in Dreamland” written by Klamath Falls locals Bonnie Hay and Erica Stover. Grades K-8 work all week to perfect their roles and prepare for their performance. “I thoroughly enjoy watching my campers and our Camp Counselors interact. The children get to play, use their imaginations and build confidence.” Said Education Director, Sam Burris. “The Ross Ragland is very proud of this program.”

Tickets: $5

 
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Luke McMaster

Saturday, April 6 at 7:30pm

With “ICONS OF SOUL” Luke McMaster has taken his Motown influenced style to a new level. Icons of Soul in concert is the ultimate, authentic musical experience of contemporary, blue-eyed soul.

A collection of brand-new tunes, created in collaboration with original hit makers, Felix Cavaliere of the Rascals (Groovin’, Good Lovin’) and Lamont Dozier (Stop! In the Name of Love, Baby Love). These songs are so much fun, you’ll feel like you’ve known them all your life. Plus, you’ll be treated to fresh covers of early Motown hits and previously untold stories behind the songs.

Luke McMaster is best known for “Good Morning, Beautiful,” his 2013 Top 3 Billboard AC smash hit with new age pianist, Jim Brickman and his impressive Canadian gold album run as a duo with Rob James in McMaster & James, (“Thank You,” “Love Wins Everytime,”) with media often referring to them as the “Canadian Hall & Oates.”

“I am looking forward to this performance”, said Luke. “Klamath Falls is a special place. It’s an honor to perform at The Ross Ragland Theater.”

Tickets: $15 / $19 / $24

 
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Young Muscians of Excellence

Sunday, April 14 at 2:00pm

The Klamath Basin will be treated to burgeoning young artists performing on the Ragland stage! The “Young Musicians of Excellence” will feature a multitude of vocal and instrumental talent. These high school musicians are considered the best of the best in their chosen field by professional judges and competitions.

Each participant will receive a $50.00 gift certificate for their performance and the winner will receive a $500.00 scholarship in which they can put towards future musical endeavours.

Tickets: $12 / $7

 
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Basin Bands

Tuesday, April 9 from 9:00am to 5:00pm

Bands from around the state will fill the Ross Ragland Theater with music all day long. “This is the third year in a row,” said Mazama band instructor Rob Izzett, “and it is fast becoming a festival that bands from outside the area are wanting to participate in.”

Bands from as far away as Portland, and as near as Medford, Ashland and Phoenix, will play their best for a spot at the state competition. School sizes ranged from 1A to 6A. Along with inviting bands from around Oregon, it’s a prime time for bands from Klamath Union, Henley and Mazama to compete.

This year’s competition includes an “all-star” slate of adjudicators (judges), Izzett said. They are: Robert Ponto, assistant dean with admission and recruitment in the University of Oregon’s school of music, Patrick Murphy, director of bands and assistant professor of music at the University of Portland, and Dan Foster, band director in Portland Public Schools.

The public is welcome to attend the day’s performances. “It’s free. Anyone can come,” Izzett said. “That’s nice for the students, because there’s not always an audience at these events.”

Tickets: FREE

 
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Mr. Pelican

Friday, April 12 at 7:00pm

The Ross Ragland Theater will be the place to be Friday night! Friends and family will fill the seats to watch KU contestants, who range in age from freshmen to seniors, compete in talent and fitness competitions plus pre-pageant and on-stage interviews that also considered scholarship, leadership and service components.

The pageant’s judges represent community, business and law enforcement leadership. According to Principal Swan, the pageant has become a valued tradition of excellence for Klamath Union High School.

Tickets: $ 10 presale at KU or $15 at the door

 
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Jukebox HEROES: FOREIGNER Tribute

Friday, April 19 at 7:30pm

Classic rock at it’s finest! The Ross Ragland Theater welcomes the “Jukebox Heroes”, the premier LIVE concert band to tribute the notable music of Foreigner and the solo material from its original lead singer and co-songwriter, Lou Gramm. With Jukebox Heroes, you get the exact LIVE sound and feel as if you were watching Foreigner in their heyday of the late 70’s and 80’s when the band featured both its founders and songwriters, lead singer Lou Gramm and guitarist Mick Jones.

You’ll hear all their massive number one hits, such as “Cold As Ice”, “Double Vision”, “Hot Blooded”, “Urgent”, “I Want to Know What Love Is”, “Feels Like the First Time”, “Say You Will”, “and more!

Tickets: $19 / $23 / $29

 
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Dancing With Your Stars

You’ve seen it on TV, but now it’s live and close to home! This year the Ross Ragland Theater again presents “Dancing With Your Klamath Falls Stars.”

The RRT stage will be transformed into a dance floor when the Utah Ballroom Dance Company comes to the Basin to perform with Klamath Falls’ celebrities in a night of glitz and ballroom magic!

“This fundraiser, which directly supports charities of the contestants choice within our community, is awesome. They are putting their dance moves on the line for a good cause!!” said Director of Development and Marketing Terra Russo. “I can't wait!”

Tickets: $23 / $27 / $32