Brush Creek Playhouse Presents “A Bench in the Sun,” a comedy by Ron Clark

Brush Creek Playhouse has chosen a funny and poignant play about two lifelong elderly friends (except for a gap of 42 years) that spend their days bickering and reminiscing on the garden bench at their retirement home.  In A Bench in the Sun, Burt (played by Shannon Copeland) is a cynic who remains in his PJ’s all day so he does not have to undress for his frequent naps. A retired accountant, he has spent his life at one job, married to the same woman.  Harold (played by Norman Gouveia), is an eternal optimist, despite his three failed marriages, five failed businesses and children that won’t speak to him.

When the glamorous and famous movie star,  Adrienne Bliss (played by Candace Pressnall), moves in they find themselves vying for her affection and along the way discover that a friendship like theirs is even better than Tapioca pudding.

The show is directed by Sonja Persey and Assistant Director Gene Persey, Jr.

Play dates: April 10-12, 17-19, 24-26, 2015
Fridays and Saturdays at 7 pm
Sundays Matinee at 2 pm

General Admission: $10.00
Seniors (60+), Students, Children (under 12): $8.00

The theater is located at 11535 Silverton Road (entry is off of Brush Creek Road). Tickets available at the door ½ hour before show or at our two ticket selling partners:

Runaway Art & Craft Studio                                    Books-N-Time
311 Commercial Street NE                                         210 N. Water Street, Suite B
Salem, OR 97301                                                       Silverton, OR 97381
503-881-6270                                                             503-874-4311

For more information call 503-508-3682 or check us out on Facebook.

“The Search for the Fairy Princess” comes to Brush Creek Friday, Feb 13 thru Sunday, March 1

Brush Creek’s 2015 season opens with this year’s children & youth show, a fun and original fairy tale.  The Search for the Fairy Princess, written by Michael & Emily Wood and directed by Linda Zellner, takes place in depression-era Nebraska and in the fairy world of Avalon. The show runs from Friday, Feb 13 thru Sunday, March, with performances at 7 pm on Fridays & Saturdays and matinees at 2 pm on Saturdays & Sundays.

Terri, Kathy and Janie learn the story of the Fairy Princess at their great-grandmother’s knee: In the tale, two sisters, Elissa and Bethany, and their friend Thomas learn about Avalon and meet fairies (both friendly and evil), goblins and trolls as they join the search for the fabled Fairy Princess. And when tragedy strikes, the search for the Fairy Princess becomes even more urgent than before.

Tickets ($10 general admission and $8 for seniors 60 and over, children 12 and under, and students with ID) will go on sale in February at our ticket-selling partners:

Runaway Art & Craft Studio
311 Commercial Street NE
Salem, OR 97301

210 N. Water Street, Suite B
Silverton, OR 97381

                                      Cast X                                                 Cast Y

2014 Family

Grandma                Grace Ann Hernandez                         Jennifer Baumgartner

Terri                        Rianna Nowlin                                      Rianna Nowlin

Kathy                      Macie Nowlin                                        Macie Nowlin

Janie                       Emma Lazar                                         Kenzie Mengucci

1930s Children

Elissa                      Emily Wood                                           Emily Wood

Bethany                   Mariah Southern                                   Mateya Meredith

Thomas                   Chase Cooley                                       Tristan Craig

The Land of Avalon

Annabelle                 Catie McCarty                                      Catie McCarty

Willy                          Emma Curtis                                        Lincoln Echo Hawk

Frieda/Freddie           Anna Hall                                            Joseph Isaksen

Blossom                     Felicity Fergus                                    Haley Quinlan

Hazel                          Claire Curtis                                        Alayna Isaksen

Evander                      Lylia Nardin                                         Ethan Lazar

Jugg                            Aidan Lazar                                        Aidan Anderson

Pugg                           Chloe Santana                                    Lylia Nardin

Mugg                           Ethan Lazar                                        Seth Isaksen

Fairy Princess              Holly Craig                                         Holly Craig

Auditions for “A Bench in the Sun” January 31 and February 1

Brush Creek Players are holding open auditions for “A Bench in the Sun,” written by Ron Clark and directed by Sonja Persey. Auditions will be at Brush Creek Playhouse at 2 pm on both Saturday, January 31, and Sunday, February 1.
Cast needed: 2 males & 1 female (playing roles 52 and older)Performance dates: April 10-12, April 17-19 and April 24-26

Synopsis of play: Harold and Burt, longtime friends, live in a retirement home and spend their days on a bench in the garden bickering. A once famous actress has just moved in, giving them something new to argue over. When they learn that the home is about to be sold and they will have to find a new residence, the three join forces to prevent this upsetting development.

No preparation is required. Reading will be done from a script.

For questions or more information please contact director Sonja Persey at of call Michael Wood at 503-508-3682.


One last chance to audition for 2015 Brush Creek Children’s Show

Final Auditions for “The Fairy Princess”: 1 pm Sunday, December 14 at Brush Creek Playhouse (11535 Silverton Road)

Come join the fun! Young actors (or would-be actors) younger than 18 are encouraged to audition. No experience needed.

This year’s play promises a rollickin’ good time, with parts of all sizes for both male and female actors. No one willing to commit to the show will be turned away!

The play (written by Michael Wood) will be directed again this year by Linda Zellner, Brush Creek’s long-time children & youth show director. The production will open Friday, February 13 and run for three weekends to end Sunday, March 1.

For more information, contact the theater at or by calling Michael Wood at 503-508-3682.

Auditions for Brush Creek’s 2015 Children & Youth Show!

Auditions for “The Fairy Princess” at Brush Creek Playhouse!

1 pm on Saturday, December 6

1 pm on Sunday, December 7

Come join the fun! Young actors (or would-be actors) younger than 18 are encouraged to audition. No experience needed.

This year’s play promises a rollickin’ good time, with parts of all sizes for both male and female actors. No one willing to commit to the show will be turned away!

The play (written by Michael Wood) will be directed again this year by Linda Zellner, Brush Creek’s long-time children & youth show director. The production will open Friday, February 13 and run for three weekends to end Sunday, March 1.

For more information, contact the theater at or by calling Michael Wood at 503-508-3682.

“Mystery of the Kitchen Table” Opens in November

Tickets on sale for Brush Creek’s latest mystery thriller, to open in November

The Mystery of the Kitchen Table, a play that unfolds over nearly a century, will open at Brush Creek Playhouse Thursday, November 13 and run until Sunday, November 23. There will be five performances each weekend, on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The play centers on the old Winthorpe mansion and its antique mahogany kitchen table. It opens with the violent death of beautiful Mary Winthorpe in 1921, which echoes down through the decades.  With the arrival of young Arthur Wilde in 2014, the mysteries of his new home begin to be revealed. As Arthur and his friends learn more about Winthorpe House and its past, they realize that the tragic events that began in 1921 have not yet fully run their course.

Brush Creek’s 2014 teen/young adult production, the play is directed by Michael Wood. “I have a cast that relies equally on veterans of our past shows and on actors appearing in the teen show for the first time,” Wood said. “These young people are working hard to bring their various characters to life. The audience is going to care about these people – and I guarantee that the play’s twists and turns will be good for a surprise or two along the way!”

Wood and his daughter Emily wrote the play, as they did last year’s The Time Traveler and 2011’s Christmas at the Blizzard: A Murder Mystery.

The performances will be at 7 pm Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 pm Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets — $10 for adults and $8 for children, seniors and students with ID – are available at Brush Creek’s two ticket locations: Books-N-Time on Water Street in downtown Silverton and Runaway Art & Craft Studio on Commercial Street in downtown Salem. They also can be purchased at the door 30 minutes before each performance. More information is also available at or by calling Michael Wood at 503-508-3682.

The playhouse is located at 11535 Silverton Road, the intersection of Silverton and Brush Creek Roads, between Silverton and Salem. In spite of the Silverton Road address, the theater’s parking lot is entered from Brush Creek Road.

“It’s Cool in the Theater” — Brush Creek Has A/C

Brush Creek now has A/C for the comfort of our audiences (and our actors). Many have already provided generous support, but we are trying to cover the remaining cost by raising an additional $2,500 in the next 60 days.

Donations can also be sent to BCP at P.O. Box 617, Silverton, OR 97381, we also have activated a GoFundMe page, which you can find at if you’d like the ease of that system.

Reminder: Annual Membership Meeting Sunday, 9/21

Brush Creek’s annual membership meeting is scheduled for 2 pm on Sunday, September 21, at the playhouse.

The Board will report on the past year and the schedule for 2015 will be announced.

In addition, elections will be held to fill the 2015 positions for President (current president cannot be reelected), Vice President (current vice president cannot be reelected), Secretary and Treasurer. The remaining, at-large, Board members (up to 7) will be appointed by the incoming President at some point following the meeting.

The Board will not be holding a separate Board meeting in September.

For further information contact Brush Creek at

Additional Open Auditions for Ages 13 thru mid-20s!

We are well on the way to casting this show, but we are holding additional open auditions at 1 pm, Saturday, September 6.

Looking for additional actors and would-be actors aged 13 thru mid-20s.


The Mystery of the Kitchen Table
Teen/Young Adult Show

Written by Michael Wood and Emily Wood

Directed by Michael Wood

This story is written in the tradition of the great parlor mysteries –
the story spans almost one hundred years,
with murder mysteries to be solved in 1921, 1961 and 2014,
all centered on the classic Winthorpe Mansion.

What mystery does the house
– and its antique mahogany kitchen table — have to share?

The ensemble cast provides a variety of roles for both males and females — all those aged 13 through mid-20s are welcome to audition.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.

The show will run weekends from Friday, November 7 thru Sunday, November 23.

Auditions: Saturday, September 6 at 1 pm
at Brush Creek Playhouse.

“Prunella” runs through August 24

Brush Creek’s annual summer melodrama, Prunella in the Springs, continues to serve up the wild doings at the Marquam Saloon and Gamboling House through Sunday August 24.

Performances are 7 pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 pm on Sundays. Tickets are $10 each ($8 for seniors 60 and over, children under 12, and students with ID) and can be purchased in advance at Runaway Art & Craft Studio on Commercial Street in downtown Salem or at Books-N-Time on Water Street in downtown Silverton. They also are available at the door beginning 30 minutes before each performance.

And hey, Brush Creek now has A/C! Come check it out!

Contact Michael Wood at 503-508-3682 for more information.