‘Helen on Wheels’ tickets on sale

Bend playwright Cricket Daniel’s latest play, “Helen on Wheels,” will make its world premiere March 28 at 2nd Street Theater, 220 N.E. Lafayette Ave., in Bend.

Maralyn Thoma, owner of 2nd Street, stars as Helen, her first performance in a production since 2008. Actors Gloria Anderson, Neil Overfelt, Fred Giacomini and James Lee round out the cast of the comedy about a gun-toting, whiskey-drinking granny from Oklahoma. Loss, loneliness and the threat to independence that accompany aging are among the issues Helen and the other characters are wrangling with.

“Helen on Wheels” is Daniel’s fourth play to be produced at 2nd Street Theater, and will be directed by veteran director Susan Benson, who directed Daniel’s play “Couple Dating.” It will run Thursdays to Sundays through April 12, and tickets are on sale now.

Contact: www.2ndstreet theater.com.

OperaBend, COCC to put on production

OperaBend is auditioning singers ages 16 and up for Scenes Production of Musical Theatre and Opera, being offered by Central Oregon Community College during the spring term.

Offered by the Department of Fine Arts and Communication in collaboration with OperaBend, it will meet from 5-8 p.m. Mondays in the Pinckney Center for the Performing Arts starting March 31. It is for singers, singing actors, student directors, stage tech crew and musicians.

In May, Metropolitan Opera baritone David Malis will serve as special guest teaching artist, and the group will give a joint performance with the University of Oregon Opera Workshop on May 31. Malis, joined by members of Opera Bend, will perform his favorite works from musical theater and opera on June 6 in Bend.

Contact: operabend@bend broadband.com

— David Jasper