Young talent on stage in drama, comedy productions

The many talents of Camas and Washougal students will be on display starting this weekend, as young actors take the stage in two very different Tony-award winning productions.

At Camas High School, students are tackling the well-known musical “Cabaret.” Dealing with some mature and at times controversial themes, it tells a story that deals with a number of important issues, from racism and violence to genocide.

Performances are March 13, 14, 20, 21 at 7 p.m., and matinee at 2 p.m. on March 21, at the CHS theater.

Over in Washougal, Panther actors are conducting their final rehearsals for a play that has much lighter subject matter. In “The 39 Steps,” students bring to life the comedic spy thriller, made famous by director Alfred Hitchcock’s film version released in 1935.

“The 39 Steps” has several actors playing multiple roles, and includes a technical crew that introduces props during live-action scenes. The production is likely to be a memorable one.

The show will run at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, March 13 and 14 and 20 and 21, at the Washburn Performing Arts Center.

Camas and Washougal high schools have become well-known for their quality theater productions, which are led by teachers with a passion for the art and for bringing the best out of their students, no matter what subject matter they are tackling.

Check out the community’s young people in what are likely to be two unique and amazing performances.