“You Know I Don’t Love You” opens Friday, Sept 18

Brush Creek’s 2015 teen/young adult show — a romantic comedy entitled “You Know I Don’t Love You” — opens in less than three weeks. In the show written by Emily Wood and Michael Wood, the 2005 Fighting Toucans from Aldous Huxley high school gather for their high school reunion. Old relationships flare and fizzle, while new relationships ignite, in this romantic comedy that helps more than one Toucan graduate realize that “you know I don’t love you” carries a variety of meanings.

The production opens on Friday, September 18 and runs thru Sunday, October 4, with shows at 7 pm on Fridays and Saturdays and a 2 pm matinee each Sunday. They are $10 for general admission, with $8 discounted tickets available to seniors 60 and over, children 12 and under, and students with ID. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Books N Time on Water in downtown Silverton or at Runaway Art and Craft Studio on Commercial in downtown Salem. They also are available 30 minutes before each performance begins at the theater, which is located at the intersection of Brush Creek and Silverton roads.

The production is appropriate for older children and unlikely to trouble young children, although there is a certain amount of conflict, mild language and sexual tension.

For more information, feel free to call Director Michael Wood at 503-508-3682.

The cast of You Know I Don’t Love You includes the following young people (ranging in age from 13 to 20):

Kate Allanach — Brooke Wexler
Lily Ark — Cierra Lawrence (2005 Huxley grad)
Jennifer Baumgartner — Kelsey Farrows (2005 Huxley grad)
Bradley Cock — Theo Faulkner (2005 Huxley grad)

Chase Cooley — Asher Lewis (2005 Huxley grad)

Holly Craig — Daniela Shaw
Tristan Craig — Colin Barbour (2005 Huxley grad)
Catie McCartey — Rosie Graven Barbour (2005 Huxley grad)
Amy Miller — Anna Slater (2005 Huxley grad)
Zachary Traeger — Kyle McNeil (2005 Huxley grad)

Emily Wood — Becca Conway (2005 Huxley grad and graduating class president)

 

Teen/Young Adult Auditions July 11, 12 and 13

Brush Creek Players are seeking a cast for “You Know I Don’t Love You” – the 2015 Teen/Young Adult production. Open auditions will be held for actors and would-be actors aged 13 thru mid-20s at the theater (11535 Silverton Road, between Silverton and Salem) at 6 pm on Saturday, July 11, Sunday, July 12 and Monday, July 13. Director Michael Wood will be casting the show using cold readings and other impromptu exercises, so no special preparation is needed.

The script, written by Emily Wood and Michael Wood, visits with the Aldous Huxley High School class of 2005 as they gather for their 10th reunion. Old friendships kindle to become something more, past relationships flare up in the magnifying glass of memory, and yesterday’s heroes explore what it means to pursue your dreams.

The show will open Friday, September 18 and run three weekend (with performances on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays).

Contact director Michael Wood at 503-508-3682 or at mdwelpis@comcast.net for more info.

No Melodrama, but Teen/Young Adult Auditions Coming Soon

Brush Creek is sorry to announce that we will not be able to produce the annual melodrama — we could not quite assemble the cast necessary, even for a staged reading. However, we are on target to put on our teen/young adult show, with auditions beginning July 11.

We welcome all actors and would-be actors ages 13 through mid-20s to audition for “You Know I Don’t Love You” — a comedy about relationships and what we do to survive them, written by Emily Wood and Michael Wood. Open auditions will be held at 6 pm Sat, July 11; 6 pm Sun, July 12; and 6 pm Mon, July 13.

Performances will run from Fri, Sept 18 thru Sun, Oct 4. For more info, comment on this page or contact director Michael Wood at mdwelpis@comcast.net or 503-508-3682.

And, of course, we already have a cast for next November’s production of Neil Simon’s “I Ought to Be in Pictures,” directed by John Sams. The cast is already hard at work on closing our season with this marvelous and touching comedy.

 

News about coming productions!

First off, this year’s summer melodrama will be a staged reading — watch for more information regarding the July schedule and come check it out!

Brush Creek would also like to announce the cast for next November’s production of Neil Simon’s “I Ought to Be in Pictures.” Libby will be played by Emily Wood. Steffy will be played by Charlotte Bohlmann. And Herb will be played by Michael Wood. As you can see, they are getting an early start — be sure to plan to attend this show when it opens the first Friday in November (for a three weekend run).

Finally, for the teens and young adults out there, this year’s production will be “You Know I Don’t Love You.” Open auditions will be held at 6 pm Sat, July 11; 6 pm Sun, July 12; and 6 pm Mon, July 13.  Performances will run from Fri, Sept 18 thru Sun, Oct 4. For more info, comment on this page or contact director Michael Wood at mdwelpis@comcast.net or 503-508-3682. Brush Creek loves actors and would-be actors of all experience levels!

Get in on Brush Creek’s 2015 Summer Melodrama!

Auditions! Auditions! Auditions!

You still have a chance to play the heroine . . . or the hero . . . or the villain . . . .or any of an assortment of intriguing characters in Brush Creek’s 2015 Summer Melodrama.

At 6 pm on Sunday the 14th and Monday the 15th, we will be holding further auditions to complete casting “Love in the Cucumber Patch or The Pickled Road to Romance” by Janet Carter (with additional dialogue by Shannon Copeland and Sonya Heard). This light-hearted melodrama will be produced for three weekends beginning Friday, July 17. It is a wonderful opportunity for actors (or would-be actors) of all experience levels!

“Accidentally Yours” Postponed — Upcoming Auditions

In case you haven’t heard, we had to delay “Accidentally Yours” until next year. This marvelous little comedy will be back — just not for a while.

But the good news is that we have a couple of sets of auditions in June.

At 1 pm, Saturday, June 6 and 6 pm, Sunday, June 7, we will be holding auditions for the annual melodrama. This year’s selection is “Love in the Cucumber Patch or The Pickled Road to Romance”
by Janet Carter (with additional dialogue by Shannon Copeland and Sonya Heard). Performances will be held from Fri, July 17 thru Sun, Aug 2 (Fri & Sat eve; Sun mat). Contact director Norman Gouveia at NormanJr1@msn.com for more info.

At 6 pm, Tuesday, June 9 and 6 pm, Wednesday, June 10, we will be holding auditions for “I Ought to Be in Pictures” a comedy by Neil Simon. Performances will be from Fri, Nov 6 thru Sun, Nov 22 (Fri & Sat eve; Sun mat). Contact director John Sams at sams426@comcast.net for more info.

“Bench” Completes Its Run — “Accidentally Yours” Up Next!

Following the success of “A Bench in the Sun” and “The Search for the Fairy Princess,” Brush Creek’s 2015 season is off to a wonderful start. Mark you calendars for the June 5 opening of our next marvelous comedy, the 1947 farce “Accidentally Yours” by Pauline Williams Snapp.

Director Michael Wood and the cast promise a wonderful family comedy, full of confusion, laughter and memorable characters. Wood describes the play as “set in a more innocent place and time that probably never really existed, but can still provide us a fun place to visit.”

Join small-town college professor Spencer Mosby and his wife, Gladys, who is convinced that Spencer is the next great American author — and Spencer would never want to disappoint Gladys! Enjoy the successful but tongue-tied author Lawrence Conwell as he “pursues” Spencer’s niece Vivienne. And along the way you can meet (among others) Spencer’s secretary, the proper Miss Featherby, the Mosbys’ “help,” Olive, a somewhat befuddled psychiatrist named Dr. Field, and the redoubtable Mrs. Estercrazy — oops, that’s Esterhazy.

And, of course, there is the beautiful Jeanie. Or is that “Genie”?

The play runs for three weekends beginning June 5 and closing June 21 — performances are at 7 pm Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 pm on Sundays. You can find more weekend fun for $10 anywhere!

“A Bench in the Sun” Continues Its Run until April 26

The first weekend’s audiences loved A Bench in the Sun, the 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. 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.

Remaining Play Dates: April 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 (Michael) or check us out on Facebook.

Auditions for “Accidentally Yours,” a farce, April 11, 12 and 13

Accidentally Yours (farce in 3 acts)
Written by Pauline Williams Snapp, 1945
Directed by Michael Wood
Performances Friday, June 5 thru Sunday, June 21
Performances Fridays & Saturdays at 7 pm, Sundays at 2 pm

Auditions:
1 pm, Saturday, April 11;
6 pm, Sunday, April 12;
6 pm Monday, April 13

Cast of 14 (at least 7 females; at least 3 males)

Accidentally Yours was first produced in 1947. The original production relied on a quality and experienced cast that among others included Billie Burke (with an extensive career, but perhaps best known today for her role as Glinda in The Wizard of Oz) and Barbara Billingsley (who 10 years later played Beaver’s mother in Leave It to Beaver).  The cast of 14 includes a range of memorable characters that make producing this show an actor’s delight.  The “story of the play” from the script only touches upon the delightful nature of this farcical, light-hearted production: The Mosbys, Spencer and Gladys, are a lovable, child-like couple who believe in the unbelievable.

Gladys believes that anything can happen; Spencer is resigned to the conviction that it usually does. When Spencer wins a coveted award with a novel, Gladys is blissful and not surprised. Spencer, however, accepts the miracle with mixed emotions, for he, alone, knows that he didn’t write the book – he wished for it. For the bewildered Spencer, an unbelievable but undeniable accumulation of evidence points to only one explanation – the strange Arabian antique he received as an anniversary present is really the fabled Aladdin’s lamp.

What neither Gladys nor Spencer know is that the novel was actually written by a young author, Lawrence Conwell, who inadvertently left a copy of his manuscript at the Mosby home. An uproariously funny situation builds to the point of explosion when the same novel is discovered running concurrently in a confessions magazine. Gladys is heartbroken, the rightful author, Conwell, is shocked at Spencer’s supposed plagiarism, and the chairman of the award for the novel is outraged.

Things are very black until Gladys accidentally succeeds in extricating husband Spencer from the entire situation. Without ever quite understanding how it happened and still believing in the lamp, Spencer is delighted to find that he has regained his reputation, retained the award, and Gladys’ love.

List of Characters:

Gladys Mosby: 40 to 60, gently but firmly vague about almost everything. Her clothes throughout the play are feminine but simple and inexpensive.

Marietta Delman: 40 to 60, Glady’s friend but a more typical small-town matron. Well-meaning and likable but not too brainy. Her clothes are stylish and becoming.

Olive: 15 to 30, the Mosbys’ “help.” Awkward but matter of fact. Her clothes are unsuitable combinations, chosen for their individual rather than their collective effect.

Vivienne: 25 to 30, the Mosbys’ niece. Attractive and intelligent, but a bit uncertain. Smartly dressed.

Spencer Mosby: 40 to 60, wholly appealing in manner and appearance. A man who finds the world totally unpredictable and at times alarming. A small-town college professor, he dresses the part.

Lawrence Conwell: 30 to 35 (but appears a bit younger). Away from the pages of the books he writes, he is a bit shy but sensitive and intelligent and wholly engaging. His clothes are well-tailored, casual but not careless.

Jean Erwin: 25 to 35, Conwell’s cousin. She is an attractive and stylish dresser (who appears at one point dressed in a harem costume after attending a costume party).

Miss Featherby: 25 to 65, Spencer’s secretary. She is brisk and businesslike, wearing severely tailored suits and blouses.

Llewellyn Johnson: 20 to 35, Olive’s boyfriend. Good-natured in spite of his “biker” persona.

Mrs. Esterhazy: 30 to 65, effusive – “destined from birth to be the president of a woman’s club.”

Martin: 20 to 65, a small-town reporter (can be cast as a female if needed)

Photographer: 20 to 65. Matter-of-fact, brisk and businesslike.

Cavendish: 35 to 70. A well-stuffed shirt with a pompous and self-important manner, he is aware of the importance of the contest he runs to authors around the world (can be cast as a female if needed).

Dr. Field: 25 to 65. A suave and soothing counselor called in to help Spencer (can be cast as a female if needed).

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.