Try This: Student musicals galore

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



Dayton Brown, left, and Quentin Worthy star in "Urinetown: The Musical" today at Evergreen High School.

Mountain View High School ends its run of "Guys and Dolls" today at Mountain View High School in Vancouver.

Master Gardner Foundation of Clark County volunteer Nancy Morgan checks people out at the Mother's Day Plant Sale at the 78th Street Heritage Farm.

Misty River will perform in a benefit concert for Mother's Day.

Rose Byrne, left, and Seth Rogen star in "Neighbors."

Tonight marks the final performances of four high school spring theater productions.Evergreen High School Theater Department presents “Urinetown: The Musical,” a satirical musical set in a world where the government has placed a ban on private toilets. All restrooms are controlled by a single megacorporation, which charges the city’s residents for access, until a hero leads a pee-for-free rebellion.

When: 2 and 7 p.m. today.

Where: Evergreen High School, 14300 N.E. 18th St., Vancouver.

Admission: $10, $7 for seniors and students.

Telephone: 360-604-3700.Web:

Mountain View High School takes on the classic Broadway musical “Guys and Dolls.” To raise enough money to host his high-stakes card game, Nathan Detroit makes a big bet that Sky Masterson won’t be able to convince local girl Sarah Brown to join him on a trip to Cuba.

When: 7 tonight.

Where: Mountain View High School, 1500 S.E. Blairmont Drive, Vancouver.

Admission: $10, $8 for students, seniors and ages 12 and younger.

Telephone: 360-604-6100.

Prairie High School presents “The Adventures of Robin Hood,” a comic retelling of the outlaw legend who only by chance finds himself a hero. In a land oppressed by King John and the Sheriff of Nottingham, it’s up to Robin and his band of Merry Men to bring a bit of justice. Each night the cast will host a Medieval Fair starting at 6:30 p.m.

When: 7 tonight.

Where: Prairie High School, 11500 N.E. 117th Ave., Vancouver.Admission: $10, $7 for seniors, $5 for students.

Telephone: 360-885-5000.


Vancouver School of Arts and Academics brings “Into the Woods” to the stage. The musical intertwines the fates of familiar fairy tale characters as they contend with the unexpected consequences of their wishes.

When: 7 tonight.

Where: Vancouver School of Arts and Academics, 3101 Main St., Vancouver.

Admission: $5, $4 for students and seniors.

Telephone: 360-313-4600.


The theater shows are one of the many options for getting out and about this weekend.

2. Community market returns

The Ridgefield Farmers Market opens for the season at its new location in Overlook Park. The community market will offer fresh produce and homemade products every Saturday through October — including jams, butters, raw honey, meats, flowers, cheese and nuts from 15 local vendors.

Hours: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.

Where: Overlook Park, Pioneer Street and Main Avenue, Ridgefield.


3. Grow mother’s garden

Find a few flowers for mom at the 17th annual Camas Patio, Plant and Garden Fair. There will be an array of plants, trees, outdoor furniture and garden art from local vendors, along with live music and children’s activities. Proceeds from the event will help sponsor educational scholarships for local women.

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.

Where: Downtown Camas, Northeast Fourth Ave.Admission: Free.

Telephone: 360-216-7378.


The Master Gardener Foundation of Clark County will host its annual Mother’s Day Weekend Plant Sale, featuring a variety of annual and perennial flowers, vegetable starts, trees and hanging baskets. The master gardeners will also be on hand to answer any gardening questions.

Where: 78th Street Heritage Farm, 1919 N.E. 78th St., Vancouver.

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Admission: Free.

Telephone: 360-397-6060, ext. 5706.


4. Songs for moms

Americana quartet Misty River is giving a Mother’s Day concert to help benefit the Salmon Creek Kiwanis. The ensemble has been performing together since 1997 and consists of Dana Abel, Chris Kokesh, Carol Harley and Laura Morin. The concert will feature familiar and original songs about family and motherhood, with musical appearances by the band members’ children.

When: 3 p.m. Sunday.Where: Skyview High School, 1300 N.W. 139th St., Vancouver.

Admission: $20 to $22.Telephone: 360-600-7486


5. Getting to know the ‘Neighbors’

Married couple Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly (Rose Byrne) are moving to the suburbs to make room for their new baby. Their suburban adjustment is interrupted when a local fraternity, led by party boy Teddy (Zach Efron), moves into the house next door. After one party too many, the couple resort to sabotage. “Neighbors” is rated R.

Where: Battle Ground Cinema, 1700 S.W. Ninth Ave., Battle Ground; Cinetopia Mill Plain, 11700 S.E. Seventh St.; Cinetopia Vancouver Mall 23, 8700 N.E. Vancouver Mall Drive; Regal Cinemas, various, Vancouver.

Cost: Varies by location.Telephone: Battle Ground Cinema, 360-666-7200; Cinetopia, 360-213-2800; Cinetopia Vancouver Mall 23, 360-448-4100; Regal Cinemas, 800-326-3264.