Mount ShastaOn our drive to Ashland, we stopped at the Mount Shasta City Park where the headwaters of the Sacramento River emerge from rocks on a hillside. After collecting some water, we walked on a trail with multiple bridges that cross the fast-flowing river. We glimpsed massive Mount Shasta whose top was shrouded in clouds.

 

 

Allen Elizabethan Theatre

Allen Elizabethan Theatre

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is a major draw in Ashland from May through October. We took in three very different plays. Beauty and the Beast, of course, is a Disney based musical. The open-air Allen Elizabethan Theatre attracted a goodly number of young people joining their parents or grandparents for this performance. The stage has three levels. The musicians played from the second level. The set was very simple, but used creatively. A high-backed chair, for example, also served as a bed. Our second play, in the same theatre, was an interesting version of Shakespeare’s comedy The Merry Wives of Windsor. Interestingly, a woman successfully played the sexist rascal Falstaff. This production used music from the 1980s to enhance the storyline for a modern audience. Most of the adults in the audience assumed that the sexual references were over the heads of the young people who were not as numerous as the previous evening. Our last performance was in the front row of the small Thomas Theatre for a world premiere performance of Hanna and the Dread Gazebo. This play explores family dynamics from a perspective examining South and North Korea issues as well as Korean children born in the United States returning to their parents’ home country. The simple set made use of an area that opened and a table, for example, could be lowered out of sight. A wall that was used initially for showing film footage was later angled down and used as a stage. This production made excellent use of lighting. The actors for all three plays were talented professionals.

We also did some hiking while in Ashland. Lithia Park, adjacent to the Ashland theatres, offers a wonderful wood chip lined trail along Ashland Creek. We found parking spaces around this park for each evening theatre performance.

The entrance to the Emigrant Lake Recreation Area was only a quarter mile south of Glenyan RV Park, our campground while in Ashland. We hiked almost a mile around the lake from the Point Campground until we faced a massive mound of rocks.

 

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