“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.

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.

“Prunella in the Springs” to Open Friday, August 8

This year’s offering for Brush Creek’s annual melodrama is “Prunella in the Springs,” written by Shannon Copeland and Janet Carter. Director Norman Gouveia gives us the following “lowdown” on the show:

“Eeeevvvelll Slick Slimeball (boo! hiss!) wants to get his hands on the mineral springs that belongs to Mrs. Purity Goodheart & her lovely, innocent daughter, Prunella (aahhhh!).

“Slimeball has a plan to turn Hubbard into the Mecca of the Mid-Willamette Valley. He has a dupe, Poindexter, and a secret wife in Scarlet Bareall, the proprietress of the Marquam Saloon & Gamboling House. Helping Prunella is our hero, Chester A. Bighunk, who is loyal and kind and good (aahhh!). Will Slick’s plan fail? Will he get the Springs? Only the piano player, Willamette Willy, who has a secret past, knows—–or DOES he????”

Come join the fun!

The show will open Friday, August 8 and run three weekends before closing on Sunday August 24. Performances are 7 pm on Friday and Saturday evenings and 2 pm on Sunday afternoons.

Tickets are $10 ($8 for children under 12, seniors 60 and over, and students with ID). They can be purchased in advance at Runaway Art & Craft Studio (311 NE Commercial, 503-881-6270) in downtown Salem or at Books-N-Time (210 N Water St, Suite B, 503-874-4311) in downtown Silverton. They also will be available at the door 30 minutes before each performance.

Further Auditions for Melodrama “Prunella” — June 28 and 29

Brush Creek is casting our annual melodrama — further auditions for “Prunella of the Springs” will be held at the theater on Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29. Auditions begin both days at 1 pm.

Rehearsals begin will begin Monday, July 14 and the show will open on Friday August 8 and run for three weekends (with performances Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons).

This is an original melodrama, written by Shannon Copeland and & Janet Carter. Director Norman Gouveia gives us the following “lowdown” on the show:

“Eeeevvvelll Slick Slimeball wants to get his hands on the mineral springs that belongs to Mrs Purity Goodheart & her lovely, innocent daughter, Prunella. He has a plan to turn Hubbard into the Mecca of the Mid-Willamette Valley. He has a dupe, Poindexter & a secret wife in Scarlet Bareall, the proprietress of the Marquam Saloon & Gamboling House. Helping Prunella is our hero, Chester A. Bighunk, who is loyal and kind and good. Will Slick’s plan fail? Will he get the Springs? Only the piano player, Willamette Willy, who has a secret past, knows—–or DOES he????”

Come join the fun!

 

Brush Creek is casting “Prunella of the Springs” June 15 and 16

Brush Creek is casting our annual melodrama — open auditions for “Prunella of the Springs” will be held at the theater on Sunday (June 15) at 5 pm (giving you just the time you need to attend the matinee for “Daddy’s Dyin’, Who’s Got the Will?”) and Monday (June16) at 6:30.

Rehearsals begin will begin Monday, July 14 and the show will open on Friday August 8 and run for three weekends (with performances Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons).

This is an original melodrama, written by Shannon Copeland and & Janet Carter. Director Norman Gouveia gives us the following “lowdown” on the show:

“Eeeevvvelll Slick Slimeball wants to get his hands on the mineral springs that belongs to Mrs Purity Goodheart & her lovely, innocent daughter, Prunella. He has a plan to turn Hubbard into the Mecca of the Mid-Willamette Valley. He has a dupe, Poindexter & a secret wife in Scarlet Bareall, the proprietress of the Marquam Saloon & Gamboling House. Helping Prunella is our hero, Chester A. Bighunk, who is loyal and kind and good. Will Slick’s plan fail? Will he get the Springs? Only the piano player, Willamette Willy, who has a secret past, knows—–or DOES he????”

Come join the fun!

“Daddy’s Dyin’, Who’s Got the Will?” Runs Thru Sunday, June 22

Brush Creek brings 1980s Broadway comedy to the local stage

Del Shores quirky family comedy, Daddy’s Dyin’, Who’s Got the Will? opened at Brush Creek Playhouse Friday, June 6 and will run until Sunday, June 22, with three performances each weekend.

The occasionally off-color comedy explores the relationships among a family that has grown apart but is brought together – in more ways than one – by the approaching death of the family patriarch. The various members of the Turnover family wants their father’s love – but they’ll settle for his money. The original play inspired a 1990 movie starring Beau Bridges, Tess Harper and Judge Reinhold, among others.

Brush Creek’s production is directed by BCP veteran Linda Zellner, who completed the children & youth production of The True Tale of Sleeping Beauty a few months ago. “Directing adults is a bit different from directing children,” she said. Her cast – like Brush Creek’s recent production of the female version of The Odd Couple, includes a mix of Brush Creek veterans and newcomers. Zellner loves the play’s humor, although she cautions that some of the language may be off-putting for parents of younger children.

The performances will be at 7 pm Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 pm 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.

The cast of the show is listed below:

Thia Evans                                           Sara Lee Turnover

Kim Garibay                                        Lurlene Turnover Rogers

Christine Stimson                                Mama Wheelis

Suzy Wilder                                         Evalita Turnover

Steven Falkenstein                              Harmony Rhodes

John Sams (June 6, 7, 8, 20, 21, 22)    Buford “Daddy” Turnover Michael Wood (June 13, 14, 15)

Richard Stimson                                  Orville Turnover

Kassandra Perkins                               Marlene Turnover