SHHS Drama is proud to present their spring production of Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard opening May 4, 2017, in the Olmscheid Auditorium at St. Helens High School.
From publisher Samuel French Inc, “Acclaimed as a modern dramatic masterpiece, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead is the fabulously inventive tale of Hamlet as told from the worm’s-eye view of the bewildered Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two minor characters in Shakespeare’s play.”
The cast of 16 actors features Ray McGuire as Rosencrantz, Matthew Jurkiewicz as Guildenstern, Thomas Barley as Hamlet, Prussia Johnson as Ophelia, Jeff Higgins as Claudius, Anastasia Weber as Gertrude, David Ryder as Polonius, Morgan Benedict as Horatio, McKenna French as The Player, and Arthur Jerome as Alfred. The Tragedians include Alycia Eidem, Jessica Matzke, Travis Matzke, Christopher Sychowski, Regan Tolman, Samuel Walker. Jenny Fournier is the stage manager and Ron Barnett directs.
The show runs May 4, 5, and 6 at 7 pm and May 6 at 2 pm at the Olmscheid Auditorium at St. Helens High School. Tickets are $7 general admission and are available at the ticket booth 30 minutes for each show.
ShoeString Community Players is celebrating 35 years with this hilarious musical. As stated on www.nunsense.com Sister Amnesia’s Country Western Nunsense Jamboree
is presented as a promotional tour for Sister Mary Amnesia’s newly released album, I Could’ve Gone to Nashville. After regaining her memory Sr. Amnesia realizes she is Sister Mary Paul, a former country singer. Reverend Mother, feeling that one should not waste God-given talent, gets Sister Mary Paul a recording contract and now she is on a national tour. Introducing two new characters, Sister Mary Wilhem (the convent nurse), and Father Virgil Manly Trott (Sister Leo?s real-life brother), this show is filled with hysterical one-liners and infectious comic tunes. Audiences participate in a rousing “Country Auction” and join with the cast as they sing We know that somewhere up in heaven you’re a saint, Patsy Cline! Will Sister Amnesia leave the convent for the Grand Ole Op’ry? You’ll have to wait till the finale, Do Unto Others to get the answer.
Auditions are May 15, 17, 18 at St Helens Middle School Cafeteria, 6:00-8:00pm
Audition dates are also for anyone interested in orchestration and production crew.
Performance dates: July 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29
Character Descriptions and requirements:
Must be able to sing very well and some dancing.
Sister Mary Paul [AKA Amnesia] – The daffy nun who was hit on the head with a crucifix and for a long time didn’t remember who she was. Still called Sister Amnesia, she turned out to be Sister Mary Paul, a Publisher’s Clearinghouse Sweepstakes winner who had once been a country singer.
Sister Mary Wilhelm – Superintendent of Nursing for the Diocese of Newark. She appears rather severe but turns out to be lots of fun. As a teenager she appeared in a movie with Frankie Avalon.
Sister Robert Anne – The streetwise tough kid from the Canarsie section of Brooklyn. A constant source of aggravation for superiors, but loved by the kids she teaches. She is the voice of the puppet, Sister Mary Annette.
Sister Mary Leo – The young novice who hopes to dedicate her life to God as a ballerina, but who is constantly frustrated by Reverend Mother’s refusal to let her perform in a tutu. She is soon to take her vows and receive her black veil.
Father Virgil Manly Trott – A Franciscan priest who is Sister Mary Leo’s real-life brother. He is very handsome and well aware of it. He is an authentic country singer originally from Mississippi.
Sister Mary Regina – Mother Superior of the Little Sisters of Hoboken, We hear from her in this show via “voice-over” on the telephone.
Brother/Sister Stage Manager – Appears as him/herself, with messages for the others.
“This is festival so cool! If I lived in this town, I would come down here and scare people all month long!”
– Pedestrian walking by an hidden performer, who is acting like a decorative scarecrow.
“I do live here. We are doing exactly that!”
– Performer, quickly breaking scarecrow pose to share their excitement with the startled pedestrian.
Last October 2016, during the Spirit of Halloweentown celebration, some town residents found themselves living in a dream come true nearly every weekend. Living in a whole town of Halloween fantasy, putting on fun costumes, walking around the decorated downtown, checking out all the scarecrows. Other residents volunteered to become part of the show, and created this Halloween land of dreams and nightmares! Being painted in terrifying makeup, donning haunting costumes, and sneaking around downtown St. Helens coordinating fright after fright. What an experience!
The targets of these haunts were groups of folks walking through our city’s streets and parks. No – this was not part of some rude, unsolicited pranks against innocent victims and unwary visitors to our little home. Well perhaps there were a FEW innocent victims… And no matter how wary the visitors were, the highly coordinated spooks still inspired more fear and fun screams than can be found during a typical weekend downtown any other time of the year.
Quiet main street in downtown St. Helens. Deserted and lonely? Or waiting with hushed breath for the ghoulish hauntings to begin?
Putting on these shows and coordinating all the different elements, including the scariest moments, cannot be done without committed participation from our volunteers and weeks of organizing ahead of time. The results are absolutely worth the investment! Volunteering for ShoeString Community Players last October was a significant highlight of 2016 for many of the participants. The performances of ‘St. Helens Haunted Tours’ and ‘Scarecrows: Tales in the Dark’ easily qualify in my personal Top Ten most fun experiences! Tremendous credit goes to the diverse group of volunteers who showed up for weeks, with minds & hearts full of the passion to perform in the various roles, acting and support crew. An extra helping of credit goes to the directors, writers, and organizers for each production – sometimes they were the same person! It can often be a challenge to create these shows, and then to channel all the different talents so they can come to life.
The creative and dedicated volunteers who made up the cast & crew of each production all shared in the same playful spirit. Connecting with them was a delight for any volunteer or show attendee. With the variety of talents brought to the table, and a solid team of directors to organize them, SSCP was able to deliver weekend after weekend of solid performances during 2016’s Spirit of Halloweentown celebration. ‘Scarecrows’ transformed McCormick Park into a darkened nightmare, where the very trees and bushes came to life, reaching for those who came to hear the tales of lost souls. The Haunted Tours through downtown kept the crowds uneasy in between scenes, never knowing which dark storefront or alley would spill out horrors from St. Helens’ history. Frightful fun for the guests, and a tremendous blast for the volunteers!
Preacher who presided over the Damned,
and a Soul who lost to his way to liquor and is lost in time.
After contributing to numerous performances throughout the years, it becomes apparent that the satisfaction from each show is largely determined by the players and personalities involved; more so than by the logistics alone. SSCP nailed every aspect of their Spirit of Halloweentown productions last year, including being adaptable when unexpected plot twists arose on performance night. After all, the show must go on! This focus on having fun, and balancing plans with spontaneity, is cultivated from the 30+ years of history behind the organization. St. Helens is fortunate to have ShoeString Community Players based in their city. An active theater culture brings many benefits to the town, and our residents have many opportunities to volunteer for SSCP and make memories which will last a lifetime.
To anyone with a flare for theatrics – whether a lifetime of experience in the performing arts, or even a passing interest in being someone else for a show – please take this volunteer’s encouragement to reach out and be a part of this group. You won’t regret the choice! Written at the start of this piece is an exchange between a pedestrian and a performer. It highlights something very special about our town. There are people who dream about having opportunities to play like the ones created by ShoeString Community Players. They are here in St. Helens, on you doorstep. Opportunity is knocking. Will you step forward boldly, and be part of making another dream come true? Will you attend a show, and get sucked into a story until the fear catches you off guard? Whether in the performance or in the audience, will you come add more memories to the splendor that is the Spirit of Halloweentown?
St. Helens Haunted Tours
Cast and Crew 2016
Voodoo Doughnuts for the guests who were celebrating downtown, whether they attended a show or not!
Children being bold and playing with the scary performers downtown. There is nothing to fear here. But watch out around the next corner…
Do you have a passion for musicals?
Is the Director inside of you craving to step out and take charge of a production?
Are you itching to take a musical chorus and give them direction, or to conduct an orchestra?
ShoeString Community Players is coordinating a summer musical, and is pooling talent from across the region. This is the chance you’ve been waiting for!
Individuals with a passion for performance, talent for stage craft, and who enjoy creating memorable experiences are invited to be a part of this summer production. Specific opportunities for Directors are available. If you have a talent and interest in directing a musical, a chorus, or an orchestra, and you are reading this right now, then you’ve come to the right place! ShoeString Community Players is seeking passionate members from the community who wish to invest their talent in this creative process. Could you be the next Director or contributor to this musical? Reach out and discover what waits for you behind this door!
With a history of success and a flow of enthusiasm from past participants, SSCP will continue to bring entertainment and community engagement through this summer musical.
If these opportunities are calling to you, or if your curiosity is leading you towards being a part of this production, then please be invited to submit your interest for consideration!
The ShoeString Community Players has been producing plays and other performances in Columbia County for over 30 years. Formed from a dedicated group of “Reader’s Theater” performers, SSCP was officially founded in 1982. The first production was Brigadoon, performed at the St. Helens High School Olmscheid Auditorium. SSCP has consistently produced productions and performances since that time, tapping into the rich and “undiscovered” talent Columbia County and its surrounding areas have to offer. We perform Revues, Musicals, Dramas, Comedies, Children’s Theater, and any other type of production that captures the attention of the community. In fact SSCP is recognized in the Cultural Inventory of St. Helens in the Columbia County Cultural Coalition Summary. ShoeString was also recently recognized by the National Endowment of the Arts for it participation in the “Big Read” with its performance of “The Persian” a Sam Spade radio play. We have been a long-standing, well-respected community group. SSCP is a fully non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, relying on volunteers for every aspect of our operation. Our mission is to support theater and arts through successful productions and participation of the community.
PERFORMANCE INFO For a fun night out the ShoeString Community Players present The Wizard of Oz By L. Frank Baum, With Music and Lyrics
by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg, in cooperation with Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc
Dorothy Gale, a young girl who lives on a farm in Kansas with her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry, gets in the way while the adults try to work. She finds a quiet place where she won’t get into any trouble –Over The Rainbow. The girl is upset because their mean neighbor, Miss Gulch, presents her with a Sheriff’s summons for her cherished dog, Toto. Toto escapes from Miss Gultch’s bicycle basket and joins Dorothy as she runs away from the farm. They meet up with kind Professor Marvel, who convinces her to go back home. A cyclone hits the area, and Dorothy and Toto are locked out of the family’s storm cellar. They go into her room in the house, where Dorothy is accidently hit on the head. This begins their journey to the Land of Oz.
Buy your tickets in June for performances July 8, 9, 10 and 14, 15, 16 at Bertucci’s, 2017 Columbia Blvd., St. Helens, ONLINE at www.sscpmusicals.com, and at the door. Performance Date & Times: Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 7pm, and Sunday at 2pm. Where: SAINT HELENS HIGH SCHOOL Auditorium, 2375 Gable Rd, St Helens, OR 97051. Tickets are $12 Adults and $10 Student/Seniors, online and credit sales 75¢ convenience fee. Donations are gladly accepted. For more information please contact see website at www.sscpmusicals.com, email@example.com or503-366-4406.
Performances are April 28 & 29 at 7pm and April 30 at 2pm & 7pm – in the SHS Auditorium. Tickets are $7 for regular admission and $5 for students and 55+ and are available for purchase at the door. All seating is general.
“South Pacific” first appeared on the Broadway stage in 1949 and has enjoyed both critical and box-office success ever since. Racial prejudice is candidly explored in this show – two parallel love stories are threatened by both racism and war. “South Pacific” is rated PG.
The cast includes some old faces (Clare Kessi as Nellie Forbush, Chloe Anderson as Bloody Mary, and Caitlyn Sparkman as Liat) and new faces (Josh Dickerson as Emile de Becque, Keenan Stevens as Lt. Cable, and Jorden Buckner as Luther Billis). Come enjoy a night on the Pacific Islands with us!
Dorothy............................Genesis Hansen/ McKenna Baker
Aunt Em/Glinda the Good............Ellie Robbins
Uncle Henry/Emerald City Guard.....Scott Lowery
Zeke/ Cowardly Lion................Billy Trapnell
Hickory/ Tinman....................Chris Burgess
Hunk/ Scarecrow....................Patrick Birkle
Miss Gulch/Wicked Witch............Amanda Wirta
Prof. Marvel/ Wizard of Oz.........R. Keith Marks
City Father 1....................Tahlissah Williams
City Father 2....................Madeleine Hansen
Teacher 1........................Patty Rismoen
Teacher 2........................Rosemary Jarvis
Tot 1............................Parker Burgess
Tot 2............................Abigail Andersen
Tot 3............................Mattea Misumi
Tough Guy 1......................Joey Morton
Tough Guy 2......................Andrew Morton
Tough Guy 3......................Alyson Vaerewyck
Flower Seller....................Manuel Miranda (Junior)
Beautician 1 to Dorothy..........Angela Misumi
Beautician 2 to Dorothy..........Kitty Heide
Straw Stuffer 1 to Scarecrow.....Heather Parmley
Straw Stuffer 2 to Scarecrow.....Anastasia Lantzson
Polisher 1 for Tinman............Alene Gross
Polisher 2 for Tinman............John Chabala
Shoe Shiner for Tinman...........Benjamin Misumi
Manicurist 1 for the Lion........Caitlyn Sparkman
Manicurist 2 for the Lion........Brandi Endicott
Manicurist 3 for the Lion........Jordon Buster
Thank you to everyone who auditioned. We have very talented people here in Columbia County! Please look over the cast list. I want everyone to know that they have a part BUT it is NOT your only part. As we get into rehearsals I will be adding people into scenes so don’t be disappointed if you are only assigned one part now.
Please email me at WizardofOzcast@outlook.com to accept your role. If I don’t hear from you by our first rehearsal, I will recast your role. You can also stop by Bertucci’s at 2017 Columbia Blvd in St. Helens and initial your name that you accept your role.
Our first rehearsal is an all call cast meeting. We will discuss expectations and I will have a more detailed rehearsal calendar. If you have a minor in the cast, one parent needs to be present. We have a lot of information and I need the parents to be on the same page as I am. Our music director will be there as well as our orchestra director. THIS IS THE TIME TO ASK QUESTIONS!!!!
After our meeting we will have a read thru of the script. We are not running music only lines. Everyone is welcome to stay but it’s not necessary. I feel we have a strong cast and I look forward to working with all of you.
Shoestring Community Players proudly presents open auditions for The Wizard of Oz By L. Frank Baum, With Music and Lyrics
by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg, in cooperation with Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc
When: April 12 and 13
Times: 6pm-8:30 pm
Where: St Helens Middle School cafeteria, 354 N 15th St, St Helens, Or 97051
Who: We are looking for adults as well as children
(callbacks by invitation only April 14)
HOW TO PREPARE:
Be prepared to sing a song of your choice, do a cold script reading, and bring any scheduling conflicts.
DO YOU WANT TO HELP BACKSTAGE?
Backstage, lights, sound, makeup, set construction, costumes, painting, house & concession positions are available. Please come to the auditions for signups.
WHEN IS THE SHOW?
Performances will run July 8, 9, 10 and 14, 15, 16