“Hallelujah Girls” comes to Brush Creek’s Stage April 14-30!

Brush Creek will be continuing its 2017 season with another marvelous comedy with a wonderful group of characters you will learn to love and laugh along with!

The Hallelujah Girls , a comedy written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten in 2010 comes to the Brush Creek stage by arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. We are so excited about the cast that Director Kimberly Strong has assembled — you will want to mark you calendars and watch for reserved seat tickets to go on sale before the end of March!

 

Can’t you tell they’re having a great time even posing for a picture or two!

Performances Friday, April 14 thru Sunday, April 30
Performances Fridays and Saturdays at 7 pm; Sundays at 2 pm
Special Thursday Evening Performances at 7 pm on April 20 & 27

“The Further MISadventures of the Seven Dwarfs” comes to Brush Creek Feb 17 thru March 5

Brush Creek’s opens our first play of our 2017 season — The Further MISadventures of the Seven Dwarfs, our annual children and youth production — on Friday, February 17. The production includes almost two complete casts with a total of 37 young actors between the two casts. The play, which was first produced by Brush Creek in 2011, was written by Michael Wood and is directed by Linda Zellner, with the assistance of Emily Wood.
As its name implies, MISadventures brings back the seven dwarfs who were featured in last year’s successful production of The Brothers Grimm Tale of Snow White. Although they exhibit the same unique personality quirks that made last season’s audience enjoy them so thoroughly, it is not necessary for audiences to be familiar with the previous show to enjoy this production. The author describes MISadventures as “best envisaged with the dwarfs playing the role of ‘knights errant,’ wandering through the Brothers Grimm storybook, bringing both familiar — and less familiar — tales to life with a twist.”
The production opens Friday, February 17 and closes Sunday, March 5. Performances are at 7 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, with matinees at 2 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. In addition (and based on the strong audience response when we experimented with Thursday evening shows during 2016) Brush Creek is adding performances at 7 pm on Thursday, February 23 and Thursday, March 2.
Brush Creek will also be selling reserved seat tickets for these performances. Tickets (still just $10 for adults with $8 discounted tickets available for seniors, children and students) are on sale now at Books-N-Time in downtown Silverton and at Runaway Art & Craft in downtown Salem. Tickets are available at these locations until 4 pm on the day of evening performances and until 4 pm the day before matinee performances. The remaining tickets (always at least 9 seats) will be available at the door beginning 30 minutes before each performance.
For more information or for group ticket sales, contact Michael Wood at (503)508-3682.
The performances are split between two casts. The cast lists and the performance dates are listed below:

THE FURTHER MISADVENTURES OF THE 7 DWARFS

                                                            CAST X                          CAST Y

Minstrel                                          Mariah Southern              Ellie Bertholf

William                                           Sicily Becerra                   Rianna Nowlin

Henry                                             Megan McDonald            Izzy Nardin

Fritz                                                Lauren Stenerson            Cedra O’Connor

Frederick                                        Bryn Ulven                       Sailor Hill

Ludwig                                           Salem Newby                   Emma Tarrant

Otto                                                Grace Leeper                   Miriam Bain

Karl                                                Hailey Smith                     Emma Bain

Arthur                                             Ethan Lazar                      Ethan Lazar

The Robber                                    Dakota Becerra                Benjamin Scott

The Bandit                                      Logan Forster                  Zack Parsons

Big Bad Wolf                                  Hayden Forster                Sierra Porter

Little Red Riding Hood                   Alaina Reed                     Macie Nowlin

The Sorceress                                Emma Lazar                    Emma Lazar

Rapunzel                                        Catie McCarty                  Alison Lilly

Hansel & Gretel’s Father                Eli Stenerson                   Connor Meeker

Gretel                                              Anna Hall                        Lylia Nardin

Hansel                                            Adian Lazar                      Adian Lazar

Carless Pig                                    Gabby Peterson                Kaleb Jackson

Practical Pig                                  Danica Ebner                     Madyson Sullivan

Lazy Pig                                        Mailey Peterson                 Kenzie Mengucci

The Witch                                      Emma Lazar                      Emma Lazar

The Knight                                    Eli Stenerson                      Connor Meeker

Cast X performs the following:

Friday Feb 17 7 PM
Sunday Feb 19 2 PM 
Thursday Feb 23 7 PM 
Friday Feb 24 7 PM 
Saturday Feb 25 7 PM 
Saturday Mar 4 2 PM 
Saturday Mar 4 7 PM

Cast Y Performs the following:

Saturday Feb 18 2 PM 
Saturday Feb 18 7 PM 
Saturday Feb 25 2 PM 
Sunday Feb 26 2 PM 
Thursday Mar 2 7 PM 
Friday Mar 3 7 PM 
Sunday Mar 5 2 PM

Open Auditions for “Hallelujah Girls” on February 4 and 5

Open Auditions for “Hallelujah Girls” on February 4 and 5


The Hallelujah Girls
(comedy)
Written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, Jamie Wooten, 2010
Produced by arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
Directed by Kimberly Strong
Performances Friday, April 14 thru Sunday, April 30
Performances Fridays and Saturdays at 7 pm; Sundays at 2 pm
Special Thursday Evening Performances at 7 pm on April 20 & 27
Auditions (2 males, 6 females) to be held February 4 and 5

Open Auditions for “Further Misadventures of the 7 Dwarfs” — Young Actors thru Age 18

Open Auditions for Brush Creek’s 2017 Children/Youth Show!

We are kicking off our 2017 season with a return of those 7 funny folks in “The Further Misadventures of the Seven Dwarfs,” written by Michael Wood and directed by Linda Zellner with the assistance of Emily Wood. This play weaves together a number of familiar and less familiar Brothers Grimm tales, all with the added touch of a dwarf or two as the seven dwarfs wander the woods and wilds in search of one another and of their home.

Open auditions for young actors and would-be actors up through age 18 will be held on Sunday, December 11th, at 2 – 5 PM and on Monday, December 12th at 6 PM.

The casts will begin rehearsals in January and the play will run Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from February 17 thru March 5 (based on past experience, most if not all roles will be “double cast” so that two complete casts will perform a total of 12 performances).

If for some reason you cannot make either of these dates contact Linda Zellner @ 503-703-2826 for special audition arrangements.

Hope to see you all there.

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.