“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.

“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
503-881-6270

Books-N-Time
210 N. Water Street, Suite B
Silverton, OR 97381
503-874-4311

                                      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 aussiemixmom@yahoo.com 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 BCP@aol.com 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 BCP@aol.com 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 www.brushcreekplayhouse.com 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 http://www.gofundme.com/eosmo0 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 BCPTheater@aol.com.