Through April 7
The Evergreen Playhouse presents “The Secret Garden.” This enchanting classic of children’s literature is reimagined in brilliant musical style by composer Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of “Night Mother.” Orphaned in India, 11-year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald and his invalid son Colin. The estate’s many wonders include a magic garden which beckons the children with haunting melodies and the “Dreamers,” spirits from Mary’s past who guide her through her new life, dramatizing The Secret Garden’s compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal. Performance dates and times are Friday (April 5), 7:30 p.m. Saturday (April 6), and 2 p.m. Sunday (April 7). Cost is $15 adults, and $12 for students and seniors. The Evergreen Playhouse is located at 226 W Center St., Centralia. Info: 360.736.8628
Friday and Saturday, April 12-13
Glass Menagerie, an evening of classic theater at the Roxy in Morton, opens at 7 p.m. Cost is $13 at the door. By Tennessee Williams, Amanda Wingfield is a faded, tragic remnant of Southern gentility who lives with her son, Tom, and her daughter, Laura. Amanda strives to give meaning and direction to her life and the lives of her children, but her methods are ineffective and irritating. A drama of great tenderness, charm and beauty, this is one of the most famous plays of modern theatre.
Friday, April 5
The Red Rubber Shootout, an indoor dodgeball tournament, takes place Friday through Sunday at the NW Sports Hub in Centralia. The tournament takes place on six full sized dodgeball courts playing at once with upper-deck spectator seating, a full bar, restaurant, vendor area, and more.
Flood Valley Brewery in Chehalis presents Highwater Hilarities: April Edition with Susan Rice, from 8-9:30 p.m. Flood Valley is located at 289 NW Chehalis Ave. Portland’s Susan Rice has been featured on Showtime, HBO, the Las Vegas Comedy Festival, and Evening at the Improv. Susan is joined by Seattle transplant by way of Dallas, Thomas Nichols. Deadpan, hilarious, and wise beyond his 28 years, Nichols is a nationally touring comic who’s been featured at the Funniest Comic in Texas Competition, Seattle International Competition and was a finalist at the New York Finger Lakes Festival and Denver Make Me Laugh Festival. Hosted by the Louisiana Slow Burn himself, Chase Mayers. Cost is $10.
Saturday, April 6
City Farm in Chehalis presents Merle Haggard starring Chris Guenther and special guest. This is a musical tribute and documentary. The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door. City Farm is located at 456 N Market Blvd. in downtown Chehalis. Info: 360.490.1831, cityfarmchehalis.com.
South Sound Speedway revs up for the spring and summer racing season with late models, mini stocks, hobby stocks and tuners taking on the track starting at 6:30 p.m. South Sound Speedway is located at 3730 183rd Ave. SW near Rochester, just off Highway 507. Gates open at 4:45 p.m. Racing is every Saturday from April through September. Info: southsoundspeedway.com.
High Class at White Pass Ski Area, 6-9 p.m. Support the White Pass Ski Patrol at the annual High Class at White Pass event. Silent auction, wine tasting and fabulous food make for a wonderful spring evening at the mountain. Items include everything from guided hikes and climbs to fly fishing in Montana. Epic trips, practical ski gear, or breathtaking works of art are available at the auction.
Thursday, April 11
Genuine Outlaw Music — Chris Guenther plays American Roots Music at Willapa Hills Farm with all proceeds to benefit the FFA Chapter of W.F. West High School. Doors open at 6 p.m. with music from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tickets are available online (rootmusic.brownpapertickets.com) and at the door. Willapa Hills Farm is located at 4680 State Route 6, Chehalis (19.6 miles west of I-5 Exit 77). Info: 360.291.3937.