Brush Creek announces final cast for “Christmas at the Blizzard” — Tickets go on sale Wednesday, November 8!

Director Michael Wood is pleased to announce the final cast for Christmas at the Blizzard: A Murder Mystery. “I am very pleased with this cast of newcomers, both to Brush Creek and the stage, as well as experienced actors from here and elsewhere. Rehearsals are well under way — the cast is having a great time, and I guarantee that you will too if you come to this show!”

This parlor mystery in the style of Agatha Christie was written by Emily Wood and Michael Wood and will open Friday, December 1 for a 3-weekend run. Performances are at 7 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, with a 2 pm matinee on each Sunday.

Tickets go on sale at Books-N-Time in downtown Silverton and at Runaway Art & Craft Studio in downtown Salem on Wednesday, November 8. Tickets are $10, with discounts available for seniors, students and children. More on our ticket sales can be found at

The cast and characters are as follows:

TAVIS EVANS plays Lawrence MacGlaf: The handyman at the Blizzard Bed & Breakfast, “MacGlaf” has been in residence only a short while — and has a mysterious past.

EMILY WOOD plays Victoria Anderson: Margret Clay’s daughter, “Victoria” works with her mother at the Blizzard and is an avid fan of mystery novels.

MELISSA RICHARDS plays Margret Clay: Victoria Anderson’s mother, “Margret” is the owner of the Blizzard. But she has a secret she doesn’t want to share.

KARYL CARLSON plays Agatha Fair: Margret Clay’s mother, “Agatha” shares granddaughter Victoria’s love of a good mystery. But is she hiding one of her own?

RAENNA O’CONNOR plays Mary Rogers: An editor for a publishing house, “Mrs. Rogers” is a guest at the Blizzard who soon learns that not all surprises are appreciated.

NORMAN GOUVEIA plays Bruce Rogers: An author who has come to the Blizzard with his wife, “Rogers” doesn’t even own a sweater. But he has a secret.

MICHAEL WOOD plays Dr. Steven Armour: A doctor of podiatry and a guest at the Blizzard, “Armour” is hard for the others to get to know — and to like.

THIA EVANS plays Henrietta Frederickson: An unexpected visitor at the Blizzard, “Frederickson” arrives explaining that her car is in a ditch down the road.

RON DRAKE plays William Clay: Another newcomer to the Blizzard household with a mysterious past, “William” recently married Margret Clay after a whirlwind romance.

ALAINA LESKO plays Shelagh Trott: A police officer (“Detective, please!”) hunting a man suspected of killing his wife, is “Trott” really who she seems to be?

TOM BUCHHEIT plays Morgan Fellowes: An “Englishman” who arrives unexpectedly following a skiing accident, is “Morgan” really just a good-natured adventurer with nothing to hide?

LINDA ZELLNER plays Jordan Burns: An athletic “Englishwoman,” good-natured “Jordan” is disappointed to have her skiing adventure cut short. Or is she?

RICK RICKARD plays Robert Owens: Almost the last to arrive and definitely the first to leave, “Owens” is an author who can be counted on to provide the life of the party. But not this Christmas.

Membership Meeting Scheduled for 4 pm, Sunday, October 22

The Brush Creek Board would like to invite all Brush Creek members and friends to join us at a membership meeting at 4 pm on Sunday, October 22 at the Playhouse.

We will be electing new officers, hearing a report from the Board on the 2018 season and other activities, and considering two proposed amendments to the Bylaws. The first would change the Bylaws to indicate that the regular annual membership meeting will “normally” be held in September. The second would slightly adjust the changes made last year so that membership would not expire until the end of the year after it was established or renewed.

“Kitchen Witches” canceled — “Christmas at the Blizzard” to open December 1

We know that a number of audience members — as well as the cast — were looking forward to Brush Creek’s production of The Kitchen Witches. We regret, therefore, that we have to announce that we are not going to be able to put on the production.

That means that Brush Creek’s next production will be Christmas at the Blizzard: A Murder Mystery, which opens a three-weekend run on December 1.\

We apologize for any inconvenience, and we regret the unusually long gap between Brush Creek productions. We are in the process of putting together our 2018 season, and we will be announcing those plans very soon. In the meantime, please mark Blizzard on your calendars — this mystery by Emily Wood and Michael Wood is a “parlor mystery” in the Agatha Christie tradition, with suspense, humor and a set of mysteries that will keep you guessing until the play’s final moments!

Open Auditions for “Christmas at the Blizzard: A Murder Mystery” to be held September 6, 7, 13, & 14


Christmas at the Blizzard: A Murder Mystery returns to the Brush Creek stage.

Brush Creek Playhouse plans to close its 2017 season with the return of the marvelous mystery that first graced our stage in 2011. This parlor mystery by Emily and Michael Wood makes several conscious nods to Agatha Christie as it takes the audience down a series of twists and turns as the characters try to discover the truth – before it’s too late! The play is set at a remote bed and breakfast in the Northern California hills, and after gathering to celebrate the holidays in style, the characters discover that they are trapped at the Blizzard by a real blizzard. And one of their number is a killer!

Open auditions will be held at Brush Creek Playhouse (11535 Silverton Road (the intersection of Brush Creek & Silverton Roads) on the following days (although it is not required, interested individuals are encouraged to participate on multiple days if possible):

  • Wednesday, September 6 (7 pm)
  • Thursday, September 7 (7 pm)
  • Saturday, September 9 (1 pm)
  • Sunday, September 10 (1 pm)

We will use cold readings from the script and some other exercises. No monologues or other preparation is necessary, but it will be useful to have a record of any previous theater experience (first-time actors are also encouraged to try out).

Anyone interested in a role but unable to attend any of the auditions should contact director Michael Wood at or 503-508-3682 to make arrangements.

The production will run Friday, December 1 thru Sunday, December 17, with evening performances on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and matinees on Sundays.

Open Auditions for “The Kitchen Witches” come to Brush Creek on July 15 and 16

Brush Creek’s next hilarious comedy is Caroline Smith’s The Kitchen Witches — winner of the 2005 Samuel French Canadian Playwrights Contest — to be directed by John Sams.

Come be part of this entertaining production. Brush Creek will be holding open auditions at 2 pm on both Saturday, July 15, and Sunday, July 16.  The play requires two females in their 50s or 60s and one man in his 30s or early 40s. It also includes a very funny non-speaking role that can be played by young man or young woman.

Samuel French, Inc. describes the play as follows:

Isobel Lomax and Dolly Biddle are two “mature” cable-access cooking show hostesses who have hated each other for 30 years, ever since Larry Biddle dated one and married the other. When circumstances put them together on a TV show called The Kitchen Witches, the insults are flung harder than the food! Dolly’s long-suffering TV-producer son Stephen tries to keep them on track, but as long as Dolly’s dressing room is one inch closer to the set than Isobel’s, it’s a losing battle, and the show becomes a rating smash as Dolly and Isobel top both Martha Stewart and Jerry Springer!

The characters are….

DOLLY BIDDLE, who indulges herself with anything life has to offer whenever possible – even if it’s not good for her!? – and her creative imagination knows no bounds. She is intensely proud of her son Stephen, loves to dispense advice along with recipes for cabbage rolls and borscht and hates Isobel Lomax with an intensity usually reserved for detonating nuclear devices.

STEPHEN BIDDLE, a nervous, prematurely balding but decent young man who actually enjoys producing low-budget cable TV shows, even when his Mom is the star. Bright and capable, if somewhat shy, but always reluctant to confront Dolly on her many shortcomings. He’s not a fighter – he’d rather be a lover, but nobody’s asked him yet.

ISOBEL LOMAX  thinks Martha Stewart could learn something about homemaking from her. She trained at the Cordon Bleu and enjoyed a successful career, including her own show “Busy Izzy”. Isobel likes people to think she has a much classier background than reality supports; she would never go out without being properly accessorized. At heart, she is a bright funny and articulate woman who has come to terms with the choices she made early in life.

ROB THE CAMERA GUY (or ROBERTA THE CAMERA CHICK) – Non-speaking role (except for one line!). Rob is a young “Goth” inspired person; Stephen is a little afraid of him/her. He/she cleans up the sets, resets props, carries the portable camera around during the “live broadcasts” and despite his/her appearance, is generally extremely efficient and precise.

The play is scheduled to run Friday, September 22 thru Sunday, October 8.

For more information contact Director John Sams at

David Ives’ “All in the Timing” comes to Brush Creek stage June 16 thru July 2

Brush Creek Playhouse continues its 2017 season with a delightful twist . . . or three. Director Dixie McCartney makes her Brush Creek debut with this set of comedic one-acts from David Ives. 

Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, these short plays explore some eternal – and not so eternal – themes, with wonderfully comic results. 

For example, “Words, Words, Words” recalls the philosophical adage that monkeys typing into infinity will sooner or later produce “Hamlet” and asks: What would the monkeys talk about as they sat at their typewriters? “Variations on the Death of Trotsky¸” on the other hand, shows us the Russian revolutionary on the day of his demise, desperately trying to cope with the mountain-climber’s axe he’s discovered in his head. In “English Made Simple” an otherwise ordinary encounter between a young man and a young woman at a party takes on an extraordinary depth of meaning when their immediate romantic attraction is translated into a comically unromantic grammar lesson as they struggle to free themselves from the banal constrictions of party talk. Just four actors — Tavis Evans, Julianna Gibbons, Marc Wassom, and Ariel Blain — present all the roles in this critically acclaimed, award-winning set of comedies.

The show opens Friday, June 16 and runs through Sunday, July 2, with performances at 7 pm Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 pm Sundays. Brush Creek now sells reserved seat tickets. Tickets are $10 ($8 for seniors, children and students) and can be purchased in advance at Runaway Art and Craft Studio on 311 NE Commercial Street in downtown Salem or at Books N Time on 210 N. Water Street in downtown Silverton. They are also available at the door beginning 30 minutes before each performance.

Attendees are encouraged to arrive at least 10 to 15 minutes before curtain in order to ensure that we can get everyone seated in time for the performance.

Parents with young children will want to take note that some of the plays include strong language.

For more information, you can also contact Michael Wood at 503-508-3682.

“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