Brush Creek presents “It’s a Wonderful Life!”

Brush Creek Playhouse presents the beloved holiday classic, It’s a Wonderful Life!, presented as an old-fashioned radio play. Brush Creek’s production presents an adaptation written by Joe Landry, based on the screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra, and Jo Swerling. You will be transported back in time to a classic radio studio to enjoy the heart-warming show in the atmosphere of a 1940s recording studio.

The production opens Friday, November 18 and runs through Sunday, December 4. Performances are 7 pm Fridays and Saturdays and 2 pm on Sundays, as well as a special performance at 7 pm on Thursday, December 1.

Tickets are $10, with discounted $8 tickets available for children, students, and seniors. You can purchase them in advance at Runaway Art & Craft Studio, LLC (311 Commercial NE, Salem — (503)881-6270) or at Books-N-Time (210 N. Water St. Suite B, Silverton — (503)874-4311). Tickets are also available at the door beginning 30 minutes before each performance.

You also can get more information by contacting Michael Wood at (503)508-3682.

It’s a Wonderful Life is produced by arrangement with Playscripts, Inc.

 

 

2017 Schedule Announced, Officers Elected, Volunteers Recognized at Annual Membership Meeting

We had a wonderful annual membership meeting — approved the Board’s recommended Bylaws changes (primarily to more readily recognize volunteers as voting members of the organization) and announced next year’s season:

The Further Misadventures of the Seven Dwarfs (children/youth show), written by Michael Wood and directed by Linda Zellner. Feb 17 thru Mar 5. Produced by arrangement with Runaway Art Press.

Hallelujah Girls, written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten and directed by Kim Strong. April 14-30. Produced by arrangement with Dramatists Play Service.

All In the Timing, a set of one-acts written by David Ives and directed by Dixie McCartney. June 9-25. Produced by arrangement with Dramatists Play Service.

The Golden Harp that Saved Silverton (melodrama), written and directed by Norman Gouveia. July 28 thru Aug 13.

Kitchen Witches, written by Caroline Smith and directed by John Sams. Sept 22 thru Oct 8. Produced by arrangement with Samuel French.

Christmas at the Blizzard: A Murder Mystery, written by Emily Wood and Michael Wood, directed by Michael Wood. Dec 1-17. Produced by arrangement with Runaway Art Press.

We also heard a report on the successes of the past 5 years and the Board’s plans for the future. And we recognized volunteers of the year Rick Bittner and Frank Bartruff.

Finally, we elected the following officers to one-year terms beginning January 1: President, Emily Wood; Vice President, Dennis Messman; Secretary, Linda Zellner; Treasurer, Michael Wood. Up to 7 additional Board members will be selected by the incoming President, with the concurrence of the other elected officers, in accordance with the By-Laws.

Brush Creek holds auditions for “It’s a Wonderful Life” on September 26 and 27

Brush Creek is preparing to bring a beloved holiday classic to its stage — and you can be a part of this marvelous holiday production!  “It’s a Wonderful Life” comes to captivating life as a life 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.

Brush Creek will be casting its production using open auditions at 6 pm on both Monday, September 26 and Tuesday, September 27. The auditions will be held at the theater, which is located at 11535 Silverton Road (the intersection of Brush Creek and Silverton Roads — the parking lot entrance is off Brush Creek Road).

This is a wonderful opportunity for actors of all ages and experience levels. The play requires a cast of at least 3 men and 2 women, but director Norman Gouveia hopes to work with an ensemble of 10 to 12 actors or even more!

Rehearsals will depend upon roles and cast availability but typically occur weekday evenings. The production will open Friday, November 18 and run thru Sunday, December 4.

The script by Joe Landry is an adaptation of the original screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra, and Jo Swerling — the screen version directed by Capra and starring Jimmy Stewart is a beloved holiday classic. And now you can help bring it to life for your friends and neighbors here on Brush Creek’s stage!

No preparation is necessary to audition. Just show up, ready to have a bit of fun.

 

“Watch this space” for our 2017 season!

Brush Creek will be “unveiling” its 2017 season at its annual membership meeting, coming up at 2 pm, Sunday, September 25th. We’d love to see you there — but if you aren’t able to make the meeting, just watch this space — we’ll be posting our exciting new season of plays for young and old here shortly after the meeting.

In the meantime, mark your calendars now for the final production of our 2017 season — a radio play of It’s a Wonderful Life, which will run from Friday, November 18 thru Sunday, December 4.

Brush Creek Membership Meeting Will Be Held at 2 pm on Sunday, September 25

Brush Creek members will meet at 2 pm on Sunday, September 25 at the Playhouse to elect officers for 2017 and for the Board to announce the 2017 performance calendar. The meeting also will include a review of the season to date and a preview of the remaining shows, as well as a report on fundraising and other activities. In addition, the Board is proposing several amendments to the Bylaws for consideration by the full membership:

The Board will consider the following amendments immediately after the reading of the minutes and the review of the Treasurer’s Report:

Proposed Amendment 1 would enable participants in shows and other volunteers to become voting members of the theater without paid memberships. The text of the proposed amendment follows:

In Article II, Section 2, Delete existing paragraph on “Serving Members” and replace with new section on “Participating Members” (at the beginning of section) that reads as follows:

Participating members:  Any person who is engaged as cast or staff of a current production or otherwise completes at least 5 hours of volunteer service as certified by a member of the Brush Creek Board shall be enrolled as a Participating Member for the duration of that calendar year.

In Article II, Section 2 the Description of “Founding Members” is revised to read as follows:

Founding member: A founding membership is available to anyone who is otherwise a member (other than a serving member) and who also was part of the original foundation of the theater.

The final sentence of Article II, Section 2 is amended as follows:

With the exception of serving members, eEach membership entitles the member to a single vote at all general membership meetings, provided that the member is aged 13 years or older and provided that the membership has been in good standing for at least 30 days prior to the meeting in question.

Proposed Amendment 2 (which presumes passage of Amendment 1 or something similar) would allow participation of those who become members as a result of the Bylaws change to immediately participate in the September meeting as voting members (rather than waiting the 30 days otherwise indicated by the existing Bylaws). The text of the proposed amendment follows:

Insert at the end of the final paragraph of Article II, Section 2, the following sentence:

Exception: Participating members as defined above whose membership status is verified during the 2016 membership meeting will be able to vote immediately.

Proposed Amendment 3 (which presumes passage of Amendment 1 or something similar) would eliminate connection between specific contribution levels and membership (any designated sponsorship levels would presumably be set by the Board and therefore no longer in the Bylaws)); also has the effect of ending all memberships at the end of the calendar year in which they begin. The text of the proposed amendment follows:

In Article II, Section 2, Delete opening sentence and delete paragraphs referencing Contributing, Sponsoring, Family, Supporting, and Patron of the Arts members.

Revise new paragraph describing Participating Members to read as follows:

Participating members:  Any person who donates at least $15 to Brush Creek Players, who is engaged as cast or staff of a current production, or who otherwise completes at least 5 hours of volunteer service as certified by a member of the Brush Creek Board shall be enrolled as a Participating Member through that calendar year and the following year.

Move paragraph describing Founding Members to the end of the section.

With these revisions (and including Amendment 2), the revised Article II, Section 2 would now read in its entirety:

Section 2: Any person who donates at least $15 to Brush Creek Players, who is engaged as cast or staff of a current production, or who otherwise completes at least 5 hours of volunteer service as certified by a member of the Brush Creek Board shall be enrolled as a Participating Member through that calendar year and the following year.

Lifetime member:  A lifetime membership is available to anyone who has maintained an active membership for at least 15 consecutive years.

Each membership entitles the member to a single vote at all general membership meetings, provided that the member is aged 13 years or older and provided that the membership has been in good standing for at least 30 days prior to the meeting in question. Exception: Participating members as defined above whose membership status is verified during the 2016 membership meeting will be able to vote immediately.

Founding member: A founding membership is available to anyone who is otherwise a member and who also was part of the original foundation of the theater.

Proposed Amendment 4 would clarify that eligibility for participation as an officer is based on age when period of service begins, rather than age at election. The text of the proposed amendment follows:

Article IV, Section 4 is revised to read as follows:

Section 4:  Elections:  Officers shall be elected at the annual meeting.  Any member in good standing who is will be 18 years of age or older at the beginning of the term of office is eligible to be elected as an officer.

Proposed Amendment 5 effect would update Secretary duties to eliminate obsolete reference to addresses and to provide specifics regarding membership lists. The text of the proposed amendment follows:

The 3rd paragraph under Article V, Section 3 is revised to read as follows:

The Secretary shall maintain an active record of all members and their addresses contact information and shall acknowledge all memberships by issuing receipts and/or membership cards to all such members. The Secretary shall provide a list of all active members to the annual membership meeting and to the Board at least every January.

Final Chance to See Annual Melodrama at Brush Creek Playhouse This Weekend (August 12-14)!

“Love In the Cucumber Patch” or “The Pickled Road to Romance” ends its three-weekend run with performances Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

This lighthearted melodrama, written by Janet Carter with additional dialogue by Shannon Copeland and Sonya Heard, presents an opportunity for cast and audience alike to boo the villain, cheer the hero, and root for the heroine. Norman Gouveia brings a blend of Brush Creek veterans, experienced actors from other venues, and newcomers to the stage to his cast this year.

In “Cucumber Patch,” Kimberly Strong plays the lovely and innocent Purity Harthome, who joins her mother, played by Anna Koffler, in seeking to successfully harvest their crop of cucumbers and strawberries. Unfortunately, F. Farthingay Foulweather, played with a delightfully sinister touch by Tyler Diaz, has a different plan in mind for Purity . . . and for her cucumber patch.

Can Ron Drake’s Hercules Strong save the day?

Will there be love in the cucumber patch?

Or will the road to romance be well and truly pickled?

The “Cucumber Patch” cast also includes Richard Stimson, Garrett Campbell, Shannon Copeland, Karyl Carlson, and Christine Stimson.

The show runs through August 14, with evening shows at 7 pm on Friday and Saturday and a 2 pm matinee on Sunday. The playhouse is located at 11535 Silverton Road (the intersection of Silverton and Brush Creek Roads, between Salem and Silverton).

Brush Creek tickets are $10 for general admission, $8 for students with ID, children under 12 and seniors 60 and over. Tickets can be purchased at the door beginning 30 minutes before each performance and are also available in advance at Brush Creek’s two ticket outlets: Books-N-Time, in downtown Silverton at 210 N. Water St. Suite B (503-874-4311), and Runaway Arts & Craft Studio, in downtown Salem at 311 NE Commercial (503-881-6270).

More information is also available by contacting Michael Wood at 503-508-3682.

Annual Melodrama at Brush Creek Playhouse Opens Friday, July 29

Love In the Cucumber Patch or The Pickled Road to Romance opens at Brush Creek Playhouse on Friday, July 29 for a three-weekend run. This lighthearted melodrama, written by Janet Carter with additional dialogue by Shannon Copeland and Sonya Heard, presents an opportunity for cast and audience alike to boo the villain, cheer the hero, and root for the heroine. Norman Gouveia brings a blend of Brush Creek veterans, experienced actors from other venues, and newcomers to the stage to his cast this year.

In Cucumber Patch, Kimberly Strong plays the lovely and innocent Purity Harthome, who joins her mother, played by Anna Koffler, in seeking to successfully harvest their crop of cucumbers and strawberries.

Unfortunately, F. Farthingay Foulweather, played with a delightfully sinister touch by Tyler Diaz, has a different plan in mind for Purity . . . and for her cucumber patch.

Can Ron Drake’s Hercules Strong save the day?

Will there be love in the cucumber patch?

Or will the road to romance be well and truly pickled?

The Cucumber Patch cast also includes Richard Stimson, Garrett Campbell, Shannon Copeland, Karyl Carlson, and Christine Stimson.

The show runs from July 29 through August 14, with evening shows at 7 pm on Fridays and Saturdays and a 2 pm matinee on Sundays. The playhouse is located at 11535 Silverton Road (the intersection of Silverton and Brush Creek Roads, between Salem and Silverton).

Brush Creek tickets are $10 for general admission, $8 for students with ID, children under 12 and seniors 60 and over. Tickets can be purchased at the door beginning 30 minutes before each performance and are also available in advance at Brush Creek’s two ticket outlets: Books-N-Time, in downtown Silverton at 210 N. Water St. Suite B (503-874-4311), and Runaway Arts & Craft Studio, in downtown Salem at 311 NE Commercial (503-881-6270). More information is also available by contacting Michael Wood at 503-508-3682.

“The Cemetery Club” adds a 3rd weekend of performances!

Based on the outstanding audience response to The Cemetery Club the Brush Creek Players sought permission from Samuel French Company to add a 3rd weekend to the show’s run. And we are very pleased to announce that we will be running The Cemetery Club June 24, June 25 and June 26. The Friday at Saturday performances begin at 7 pm, while the Sunday performance is a 2 pm matinee.

Tickets are available at Runaway Art & Craft Studio (311 Commercial St NE, Salem) and at Books-N-Time (210 N. Water Street, Silverton). You also can purchase them at the door beginning 30 minutes before each performance. Tickets are $10, with $8 discounted tickets available for seniors, students and children.

We are so pleased to offer these additional performances — those who have been lucky enough to see the show so far have loved it! And they would tell you not to miss this “second chance”!

For further information or to inquire about large group discounts, you can call Michael Wood at (503)508-3682.

“The Cemetery Club” opens Friday, June 10

The next marvelous show in Brush Creek’s 40th Anniversary Season is The Cemetery Club, by Ivan Menchell. Brush Creek’s production of this poignant comedy is produced by arrangement with Samuel French and directed by Candace Pressnall.

Three Jewish widows meet once a month for tea before going to visit their husband’s graves. Ida is sweet tempered and ready to begin a new life, Lucille is a feisty embodiment of the girl who just wants to have fun, and Doris is priggish and judgmental, particularly when Sam the butcher enters the scene and meets the widows while visiting his wife’s grave.

This Broadway play was later made into a film, starring Ellen Burstyn, Dianne Ladd, and Olympia Dukakis.

The production will open Friday, June 10 and run through Sunday, June 19. Performances will be at 7 pm Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 pm Sundays. We also have a special performance at 7 pm on Thursday, June 16.

Tickets are $10 ($8 for seniors, children and students) and can be purchased in advance at Runaway Art & Craft Studio, LLC on 311 NE Commercial Street in downtown Salem or at Books-N-Time at 210 N. Water Street in downtown Silverton. They are also available at the door 30 minutes before each performance. For more information, you can also contact Michael Wood at 503-508-3682.

Melodrama Auditions June 5 and June 6!

Open Auditions June 5 at 5 pm and June 6 at 6 pm.

Brush Creek is conducting open auditions for our summer melodrama, “Love in the Cucumber Patch.”

We seek a villain, a dupe, a hero, a “mystery” man, a mother, a heroine, a “special” friend to the villain, and a mom to the dupe. 

Our villain, F Farthingay Foulweather, is trying to take over the land of Purity Hawthorne & her mother. Hercules Strong, our hero, is trying his best to stop FFF. Will he succeed, will he fall to Scarlet Harlet’s charms? Will Jonah, the mystery man, reveal himself? 

Oh my, oh my…….all will be resolved beginning July 29 start date…………….. and running through August 14, with performances Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

No audition preparation is required. This is a great for beginners and experienced actors, including teens through “mature” adults. The Brush Creek melodrama is great summer fun!