Brush Creek’s next wonderful comedy! “The Cemetery Club” will now be opening June 10

Date Change: Due to a cast illness, we have delayed opening our next wonderful Brush Creek comedy until 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. In addition, we will have a performance at 7 pm Thursday, June 16.

Tickets will go on sale soon at Runaway’s two ticket-selling partners (Books-N-Time on Water Street in downtown Silverton and Runaway Art & Craft Studio at Commercial & Chemeketa in downtown Salem). General admission is $10, with discounted $8 tickets available to seniors (60 and over), children (12 and under) and students (with valid student identification).

 

 

Next up for 2016: “Accidentally Yours,” by Pauline Williams Snapp

Brush Creek continues 2016 season with 1940s comic farce, Accidentally Yours, by Pauline Williams Snapp

To continue its 40th anniversary season, Brush Creek brings “a farcical, light-hearted and good-natured” comedy to stage. Accidentally Yours, by Pauline Williams Snapp, was first produced in 1949.

“We’ve set our production in a time and place that may never have really existed outside the confines of the class television sitcom,” said Director Michael Wood. “But at the same time every one of us knows these characters – as absurd as they can be at times, they are also very real, and they are timeless.”

The play centers on the household of Spencer and Gladys Mosby. Spencer is a small-town history professor who has had a bit of literary success, convincing Gladys that he is the next great American author. As the author describes the Mosbys, “the two 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.” Their niece Vivienne sets her sights on a successful young author who visits the town, and his introduction to the household provides the spark that sets the hilarity . . . and confusion . . . in motion.

The performances run from Friday, April 8 through Sunday, April 24, with performances at 7 pm Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 pm Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets — $10 for adults and $8 for children, seniors and students with ID – will be 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 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.

Snow White and the dwarfs are back on the Brush Creek stage!

Brush Creek opens 2016 season with The Brothers Grimm Tale of Snow White

The original fairy tale, The Brothers Grimm Tale of Snow White, returns to Brush Creek Playhouse to open the 2016 season on Friday, February 12. This delightful story of a beautiful young princess who faces loss and adversity through no fault of her own, only to triumph in the end is a favorite of audiences and actors alike!

The script, written by Michael Wood, uses the original Brothers Grimm tale as a foundation – although elements of the story will be familiar, those who come to the show will also find a delightful surprise or two along the way! The dwarfs alone make this a show to remember.

Brush Creek’s production is directed by Linda Zellner, who has directed the annual children & youth productions for many years. Zellner is pleased to have two complete casts, which include both veteran children’s show actors and newcomers. The cast includes beginning readers as well as teenagers.

The performances run from Friday, February 12 through Sunday February 28, with performances at 7 pm Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 pm Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets — $10 for adults and $8 for children, seniors and students with ID – will be 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 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.

Auditions for Ages 5 (or so) to 18 — “The Brothers Grimm Tale of Snow White”

Auditions for The Brothers Grimm Tale of Snow White
— 2016 Children & Youth Show

Brush Creek Players will be opening our 2016 season with “The Brothers Grimm Tale of Snow White” — but first we have to get just the right cast in place!.

Who: Young actors and would-be actors, ages 5 (or so) thru 18, regardless of experience level.

What: Auditions for The Brothers Grimm Tale of Snow White, by Michael Wood (returning to the Brush Creek stage following its premiere in 2009).

When: 1 pm, Saturday, December 5, — and 1 pm, Sunday, December 6.

Where: Brush Creek Playhouse, 11535 Silverton Road, between Salem and Silverton (enter the parking lot from Brush Creek Road).

Why: Because it’s fun! Take the chance to let your creative side run wild!.

The Brothers Grimm recorded the folk tale of Snow White hundreds of years ago — but you may not know the whole story. Do you think you know the story of the beautiful young princess, her evil stepmother, the seven delightfully quirky dwarfs who give her refuge, the evil spell that threatens her doom, and the prince who comes to her rescue? You may be in for a surprise or two!

Rehearsals will begin in January and run until the show opens on Friday, February 19 — it will run weekends through Sunday, March 6. We normally run four performances of the children & youth show each weekend, but we also usually run two separate casts, so it will be possible to accommodate a limited number of performance conflicts.

The production will be directed again this year by long-time children & youth show director Linda Zellner — with the support of Assistant Director Emily Wood.

The audiences love Neil Simon’s “I Ought to Be in Pictures” — Don’t miss out!

The first weekend’s audiences were laughing in the aisles! Well, in their seats, at least. Two more weekends left, so get your tickets now for this delightful Neil Simon comedy about . . . what else? . . . relationships and all their quirky twists and turns.

I Ought to be in Pictures, directed by John Sams, runs until Sunday, November 22. Brush Creek closes its 2015 season with this classic look at a truly dysfunctional family — or is it?

Tickets are $10 ($8 for seniors 60 and over, children 12 and under, and students with ID) and are now available at our Brush Creek’s two ticket outlets: Runaway Art & Craft Studio at 311 Commercial in downtown Salem and at 210 N. Water in downtown Silverton.

Steffy Greets Unexpected VisitorHerb gives Libby a Kiss . . . Barely I'm not sure it's healthy

Sams describes the play this way:

“Herb Tucker has a pretty good life.  He is a blocked Hollywood writer that is chronically out of work, but his girl friend has a good job and doesn’t make many demands on him.  He has a good day at the track just often enough to feed his opinion that he could make a living there.  But life is not always fair, especially when his 19-year old daughter – whom he has not seen since she was three – shows up on his doorstep.  Vintage Neil Simon that is sure to tickle your funny bone!”

The show’s cast includes Charlotte Bohlman as Steffy Blondell, Emily Wood as Libby Tucker, and Michael Wood as Herb Tucker. Cathy Sams serves as assistant director.

Performances are at 7 pm on Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 pm on Sundays each weekend.

Tickets are also available at the door 30 minutes before each performance. For more information about tickets and Brush Creek shows call Michael Wood at 503-508-3682.

Tickets on Sale Now for Neil Simon’s “I Ought to Be in Pictures”

Get your tickets now for this delightful Neil Simon comedy about . . . what else? . . . relationships and all their quirky twists and turns.

I Ought to be in Pictures, directed by John Sams, opens Friday, November 6 and runs three weekends to close Sunday, November 22. Brush Creek closes its 2015 season with this classic look at a truly dysfunctional family — or is it?

Tickets are $10 ($8 for seniors 60 and over, children 12 and under, and students with ID) and are now available at our Brush Creek’s two ticket outlets: Runaway Art & Craft Studio at 311 Commercial in downtown Salem and at 210 N. Water in downtown Silverton.

Sams describes the play this way:

“Herb Tucker has a pretty good life.  He is a blocked Hollywood writer that is chronically out of work, but his girl friend has a good job and doesn’t make many demands on him.  He has a good day at the track just often enough to feed his opinion that he could make a living there.  But life is not always fair, especially when his 19-year old daughter – whom he has not seen since she was three – shows up on his doorstep.  Vintage Neil Simon that is sure to tickle your funny bone!”

The show’s cast includes Charlotte Bohlman as Steffy Blondell, Emily Wood as Libby Tucker, and Michael Wood as Herb Tucker. Cathy Sams serves as assistant director.

Performances are at 7 pm on Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 pm on Sundays each weekend.

Tickets are also available at the door 30 minutes before each performance. For more information about tickets and Brush Creek shows call Michael Wood at 503-508-3682.

Coming November 6! Neil Simon’s “I Ought to Be in Pictures”

Brush Creek closes its season with this delightful Neil Simon comedy about . . . what else? . . . relationships and all their quirky twists and turns.

I Ought to be in Pictures, directed by John Sams, opens Friday, November 6 and runs three weekends to close Sunday, November 22.

Sams describes the play this way:

“Herb Tucker has a pretty good life.  He is a blocked Hollywood writer that is chronically out of work, but his girl friend has a good job and doesn’t make many demands on him.  He has a good day at the track just often enough to feed his opinion that he could make a living there.  But life is not always fair, especially when his 19-year old daughter–who he has not seen since she was three–shows up on his doorstep.  Vintage Neil Simon that is sure to tickle your funny bone!”

The show’s cast includes Charlotte Bohlman as Steffy Blondell, Emily Wood as Libby Tucker, and Michael Wood as Herb Tucker. Cathy Sams serves as assistant director.

Performances are at 7 pm on Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 pm on Sundays each weekend. Tickets are $10 ($8 for seniors 60 and over, children 12 and under, and students with ID) and will be available soon at our Brush Creek’s two ticket outlets: Runaway Art & Craft Studio at 311 Commercial in downtown Salem and at 210 N. Water in downtown Silverton.

Tickets are also available at the door 30 minutes before each performance. For more information about tickets and Brush Creek shows call Michael Wood at 503-508-3682.

“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.