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• Directed by Tom Weaver, retired director of the Scappoose High School Drama Club.
• Casting is open primarily for middle school students.
• No cost to participate.
• Rehearsals will be Monday-Thursday from 4:00-5:30 pm.
• Transportation is not provided.

The Importance of Being Uncle Roscoe

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING UNCLE ROSCOE It’s almost Christmas – the season to be jolly – but things are going downhill fast at the Kendalls’! Carl’s been fired, the budget won’t stretch far enough to cover gifts for everyone and Uncle Roscoe’s due to arrive any day for a visit. As a matter of fact, a reasonable facsimile of Uncle has arrived, a bit prematurely, and brought his friend Kenny. He takes advantage of the mistaken identity and lends his expertise in solving family problems with dynamic energy and a joyously funny slant on life’s challenges. By the time the real Uncle Roscoe appears, these two lovable con men have already won the Kendalls’ hearts and carry on with plenty of zest and compassion. A thoroughly contemporary holiday celebration, warmly, wryly, humorous and brimming with the love of living. Perfect for the winter season.

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ShoeString Community Players Announces October Events

ShoeString Community Players present October Events with  different shows on each of the four weekends in October!

Tickets will be on sale online and at the ticket booth in the Rose Garden Park in front of the Old  Columbia County Historic Courthouse.

Second Weekend (October 14th – 16th)

Short Scary Stories and Poems

ShoeString Community Players  will be putting on a short showcase of Halloween stories and perform them in our new theater space.  Children will performing  ten short classic ghost stories and poems to amuse even the most toughest critic.  There will be several performance throughout the day to entertain the community and the show times will  fit any ones schedule during the day. Check posted schedule for times at the theater, 231 S. First Street, St. Helens or Ticket Booth in the Rose Garden next to the Old Columbia County Historic Courthouse.

The admission price will a suggested donation of $2 per person.
Location: New SSCP Theater in the Old Masonic Building at 231 S. First Street, St. Helens

Monster/Zombie Make Overs

There might be even a few monster/zombie make over set-up.  Check schedule at Ticket Booth for additional dates and times.

Location: New SSCP Theater in the Old Masonic Building at 231 S. First Street, St. Helens


Third Weekend (October 19th – 21st)

The War of the Worlds

The War of the Worlds was originally broadcast on Oct 30, 1938 on the Mercury Theater for the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) and directed by Orson Welles.  It became famous for causing mass hysteria, even though it was clearly identified as a radio play.  People believed we were actually being invaded by Martians.  We will also have the hilarious commercials we are know for to be presented before and during the Broadcast.  An excellent time for the family.
Dates and Times
10-19 – 8:00pm
10-20 – 2:00pm, 4:00pm, 6:00pm, 8:00pm
10-21 – 2:00pm, 4:00pm
The admission price will be $5.00.
Location: New SSCP Theater in the Old Masonic Building at 231 S. First Street, St. Helens


Last Weekend (October 25th – 28th)

St. Helens Haunted Tours

A live haunted tour thru Olde Towne St. Helens. Tour length 45 Minutes. See the local haunts, and re-live the secret, spooky, and creepy history of St. Helens. May be scary for young children, parent discretion advised. Please dress for Oregon weather and keep warm. Have a safe and happy a Halloween! Limited to 25 people per performance. Please buy your tickets early. Remember to dress for the weather and bring an umbrella

.Performances will be as follows:
10-26 – 7:00pm, 8:00pm, 9:00pm
10-27 – 7:00pm, 8:00pm, 9:00pm
10-28 – 7:00pm, 8:00pm

The admission price will be $25.00.
Tour Starts at the Ticket Booth  in the Rose Garden next to the Old Columbia County Historic Courthouse.

For more information on shows please email or call 503-366-4406.


ShoeString Community Players – PO BOX 481 – 231 South First Street, St. Helens, Oregon –


ShoeString Community Players Open Auditions Next Week

ShoeString Community Players is producing an attraction that will be the tradition for all of Oregon to visit during October.  One of the requirements to be successful is to have a location that draws people from around the world.  The second requirement is having a volunteer base that can make it happen.  You are that person!

The City of St. Helens has an established a month long event called the “Spirit of Halloweentown”.  Many events are scheduled and celebrities visit.   Last year the attendance was an estimated 40K of visitors.  That is a lot of people to entertain.

We have a new home for our theater!  We are in the old Masonic building  at 231 S First Street, St. Helens, Oregon 97051 and it sits right on the plaza were the pumpkin is lit every weekend.

Be part of a tradition by coming to our audition dates and times: September 10, 11, 12, 13 & 14  (Monday thru Friday) from 6:30pm to 8pm.

We would love to see new and old faces and show you around the new space for the theater.

We will have three different shows that we are auditioning for.  “10 Short Scary Stories and Poems” for children to act in. “The War of The Worlds” the 1938 Radio Broadcast and “St. Helens Haunted Tours”.  This will be a fun experience for all.  Especial for the kids of  all ages and experience levels are welcome.  Also invited is anyone interested in off-stage positions, such as costumes, hair, makeup, set construction, lighting, sound, directing, or special effects.

ShoeString Community Players is a registered Non-Profit 501(c)(3) that has been in operation for over 35 years.

Thank You Columbia County!

ShoeString Community Players would like to thank to all the people that stepped up to volunteer for the ‘Our County’s Talent Show’.  A huge thank you to all the new members that showcased their talent.   We will be having more talents shows in the future and everyone had fun!  Special thanks to Shannon Vaerewyck, Alyson Vaerewyck, Jeff Nelson, Crystal Nelson, Theron Nelson, Keston Nelson, Colleen Ohler, Gretchen Witt, Ben Tescareno, Kathleen Jenkins, Jimmy Gerdes, Vera (Ghost sighting verified), Mattea Misumi, Jon Scott Bradfield, Linda Paul, Anastasia Weber, Elija Holmes, Sean Aleman, Jakob Nelson, Elliot Vaerewyck, Stefani Weber and Bethany Coca.

Thank you to our sponsors: Emmert Motors, Dockside, Comcast, Columbia River PUD, Sunshine Pizza, Ace Hardware, Richardson’s Furniture,  St. Helens Physical Therapy, Advantage Screen Printing, Mark J. Lang Attorney at Law, Hudson Garbage Service, Gamepath Arcade,  Sunset Auto Parts, Rotary Club of Columbia County, SHEDCO, Fiber and Stiches, Bertucci’s Chocolates, St. Helens Computer Center, Market Fresh, Les Schwab, D.R. Garrison CPA PC, Bella Maison, Don’s Rental & The Party Peddler,  St. Helens Liquor Store, Columbia Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens, South County Chamber of Commerce, Tactical Ordnance & Ammunition, Oregon Trail Lanes,  Semlings Construction Inc, Bobbie’s Cut +, Kozy Korner, St. Helens Credit Union, Vonnie’s Dog House, 2Cs Vender Mall,  Pacific Athletic Club, and Nob Hill Riverview Bed and Breakfast.  We have a great community because of you.

I want to reach out to our community’s past SSCP directors and volunteers.  Please reach out to me personally at to discuss ideas for future productions and make them happen.  We have a community that would love to see you again on the stage and behind the scenes.  I am always asked “what ever happened to so and so?” at all the shows with out you.  Sadly we have lost several members to cancer and old age.  We are also moving our annual membership meeting to September to help accommodate our brand new members , watch for details and  please attend.  We will be modernizing our constitution to bring it into the twentieth century for notification and messaging.  There will also be new membership perks.  We also have board positions open to be filled for the new election.

In the upcoming months you are going to see ShoeString Community Players putting effort into finding a permanent home/building for smaller shows and dinner theater.  We need your support and help.  If you have spare time we need to form a committee to move this forward and finally make it happen.  We need this to better support our community and our volunteers that give up so much of their time to entertain the community.

Lastly we are looking for members to join us for the October Events Committee and a large number of volunteers for when the City of St. Helens does the “Spirit of Halloweentown” celebration in October.   We have some really cool things planned and need you help to pull them off.

Brian Vaerewyck
ShoeString Community Players