Oregon Shakespearean Festival Players will stop in Astoria at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6 for a 90-minute performance featuring David Thompson and Julie Grant at the Clatsop Community College Performing Arts Center, 16th Street and Franklin Avenue.

The event is co-sponsored by Astoria High School with profits going to the AHS Student Assistant Fund, a scholarship program providing financial assistance to students of theater and music.

Thompson grew up in Southern California, receiving his theater training from California State University, Fullerton and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. For the past 21 years Thompson has worked as a professional actor on stage, in film and television in Hollywood, the Bay Area, Ashland and Seattle. This is his 12th season with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and his 11th tour with the School Visit Program where audiences and actors share interests and passions through the communal experience of live theater.

Grant, also in her 11th OSF school tour, has been a professional actor since 1981 and has worked in regional theater throughout the Midwest and West Coast. With undergraduate degrees from Lewis and Clark College and an MFA in acting from the University of California at Irvine, she is now based in Seattle, but still thinks of herself as an Oregonian.

Because of budget cuts at Astoria High School, theater and music students are required to pay a fee to study these disciplines. To help low-income students access the funding needed to participate in their school's theater and music programs, the Student Assistance Fund has been set up.

General admission is $10, $7 for students and seniors and $5 for children younger than 12. Advance tickets may be purchased at Old Town Framing in Astoria, Clatsop Community College South County Campus in Seaside and Clatsop Community College Library, Astoria. Credit card reservations can be made by calling (503) 338-2473. Students will be selling tickets to this event at Astoria High School.


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