Open Auditions for “The Golden Harp that Saved Silverton” — Brush Creek’s 2017 Melodrama

Brush Creek will be holding open auditions for The Golden Harp that Saved Silverton, an original melodrama written and directed by Norman Gouveia.

Remaining auditions will be held —

Saturday, May 13 at 5 pm

Sunday, May 14 at 2 pm

Saturday, May 20 at 2 pm

Sunday, May 21 at 2 pm

The cast requires at least 3 to 6 males and 4 to 6 females of varying ages — adults, teens and even pre-teens are encouraged to apply!

The show will rehearse through July and it will open Friday, July 28 and close Sunday, August 13. Come give our annual melodrama a try. It’s a hoot!

For more information, contact Norman at


“All in the Timing” will hit Brush Creek’s stage June 16 thru July 2

As “The Hallelujah Girls” finishes its first of 3 weekends, Brush Creek is pleased to announce the cast of its next production, “All in the Timing,” a set of 1-acts written by David Ives and directed by Dixie McCartney.
Dixie has settled on a cast made up of Ariel Blain, Tavis Evans, Julianna Gibbons, and Marc Wassom. As with so many of our recent shows, “All in the Timing” will offer a blend of familiar faces and first-time performers (at least on the Brush Creek stage). And with a whole group of 1-act plays to stage, this group will certainly have their work cut out for them!
The show will open Friday, June 16 and run through Sunday, July 2 (note the 1-week delay in the performance schedule, compared to previous publicity).
We are looking forward to yet another wonderful comic production!

“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 pick up your reserved seat tickets, on sale now at both of our ticket locations (Runaway Art & Craft on NE Commercial in downtown Salem and Books-N-Time on Water Street in downtown Silverton).


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:


                                                            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 “All in the Timing” — April 9 at 1 pm and at 5:30

We will be casting the 3rd production of our 2017 season, “All in the Timing,” a series of 1-act plays written by David Ives and directed by Dixie McCartney.

Auditions are Sunday, April 9

1 pm at Brush Creek Playhouse,
11535 Silverton Rd NE (near Silverton)

5:30 pm at Runaway Art & Craft Studio,
311 Commercial St NE (downtown Salem)

Plan to come to either time and location.

Please arrive early to fill out an audition form. Bring your calendar and a complete list of conflicts from April 10 through June 25.

Actors will read from the script. No prepared pieces are required.

The director will take quick snapshots of actors for reference, but you may provide a headshot if you like.

We will be casting 2–6 men and 2–6 women.

“All in the Timing” is a collection of fast-paced, small-ensemble comedy one-acts. Just between us, they’re a lot of fun to prepare and put on. We’re going to have a good time!

Performance dates are Thursdays through Sundays, June 9 through June 25.

Rehearsals will be evenings Mon-Thu, April 10 through June 1, as well as June 2–8 leading into performances. Additional rehearsals may be set as needed.

Can’t make auditions? Contact Dixie by April 7 to make alternative arrangements.

Want to join the production or running crew? Other questions? Contact Dixie:



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

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

The Hallelujah Girls
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.