ShoeString Community Players proudly presents “Motherhood Out Loud”

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ShoeString Community Players proudly presents “Motherhood Out Loud” written by Leslie Ayvazian, Brooke Berman, David Cale, Jessica Goldberg, Beth Henley, Lameece Issaq, Claire LaZebnik, Lisa Loomer, Michele Lowe, Marco Pennette, Theresa Rebeck,Luanne Rice, Annie Weisman and Cheryl L.. West. The play is conceived by Susan R. Rose and Joan Stein and corporation with Dramatist Place Services.

“MOTHERHOOD OUT LOUD…never fails to strike both the funny bone and the heart. Anyone who is or has a mother, a stepmother, a foster mother, or anything in between will be able to relate to and enjoy this insightful piece…the collection is impeccably cohesive…What makes the piece work so well is that its portrait of motherhood shows all facets of a family. From adoption to surrogacy to gay parenting to stepmothers, no stone is left unturned…Put aside any preconceived notions about the topic…the play will grab you, as a mother in any form has a long-lasting effect whether you like it or not.” says Dramatists Play Services.

Performance dates are April 24, 25 and May 1, 2

Show time: 7:00 pm

Location: Deer Island Manor, 64535 Columbia River Hwy, Deer Island, Oregon

Ticket price: $12.00 Advanced ticket sales is going on right now at Bertucci’s Chocolates, 2017 Columbia Blvd., St. Helens, Oregon. Seating is limited to 50 seats per performance so advance purchasing is highly recommended. Ticket availability at the door is not guaranteed.

This show contains adult material and language and is not recommended for children under the age of 18 years of age.

For more information call Bertucci’s at 503-366-9602 or



Book by Lynn Ahrens.  Music by Stephen Flaherty & Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens.

Scappoose, OR –  The Scappoose High School Drama Club proudly presents its spring musical production, the off-beat and hilarious LUCKY STIFF.  Performances are in the SHS Auditorium on Thursday, April 23 and Friday, April 24 at 7:00 pm, and also on Saturday, April 25 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Tickets are $7 for regular admission and $5 for students and seniors (age 55+), and are available for purchase at the door.

This high energy musical is directed by Tom Weaver. The orchestra will perform under the direction of Kristen Caldwell.  The show also features choreography by local dance instructor Claire Catt.  Student performers include Cameron Wheeler as Harry Witherspoon, Caitlin Hortert as Annabel Glick, Chloe Anderson as Rita LaPorta, Billy Trapnell as Vinnie DiRuzzio, Stephen Gift as Luigi Gaudi, Clare Kessi as Dominique du Monaco, Gavin Rodriguez as the Emcee, Hawthorne Simonds as the dead Tony Hendon, and Avery Jones as the Landlady. The chorus, stage management, and crew include numerous experienced SHS drama students including Summer Detrick, Namgyal Karmartsang, and Ryan Leipzig.

LUCKY STIFF  is based on the 1983 novel The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo by Michael Butterworth.  LUCKY STIFF is often described as a farcical murder mystery.  Set in England, Atlantic City, and Monte Carlo, the story revolves around mild-mannered English shoe salesman Harry Witherspoon.  Harry’s uncle has been murdered, but if Harry can pass him off as alive in Monte Carlo, then he will inherit his uncle’s riches.  Of course, Harry’s not the only one chasing after the fortune.  LUCKY STIFF has charmed audiences all over the country with its madcap storyline full of mistaken identities, delightful music, and zany characters.

This show is rated PG for compromising situations and mild language.


The ShoeString community Players annual Theater Arts Scholarship is intended to assist graduates of St. Helens, Scappoose, Vernonia, Clatskanie, and Rainier High Schools who intend to major or minor in theater or in a related field (such as technical theater, dance performance, or makeup) at an accredited 2 or 4 year college, university, or conservatory.

For 2015 (at least*) one scholarships of $650.00 (or more*) will be available for award. The funds will be sent directly to the college, university, or conservatory indicated by the recipient. The awarded student of the 2015 Theater Arts Scholarship must notify ShoeString Community Players of the school to which the funds will be sent to no later than March 30, 2016 or forfeit the scholarship award.
The scholarship is funded by a portion of the proceeds from the SSCP annual summer musical, other productions, and by other funds donated for the specific purpose of the scholarship.
To apply, please submit a completed application form, a copy of your transcript, and two recommendation forms


Scappoose High School Drama Club proudly presents “The Curious Savage” by John Patrick

Savage (3)Mark your calendars! The High School Drama Club proudly presents “The Curious Savage” by John Patrick.  The play is about Mrs. Ethel Savage who has inherited her late husbands’ fortune and sets up a foundation to help those less fortunate to pursue their hopes and dreams. When her step-children discover what she has done they think she has lost her mind and have her placed into a “home” for the insane while they try to find a way to get their hands on the money. Prior to arriving at “The Cloisters”, Mrs. Savage converts her money to negotiable bonds and hides them.  The comedy continues as the Savages try to find the money. Meanwhile, Mrs. Savage strikes up a friendship with the residents of the “home” and finds that she prefers their company over that of her family. The search and disposition of the bonds leads to a hilarious final scene where Mrs. Savage has to make a decision about her future.

The cast features Samantha Darr as Mrs. Savage, and includes cast members Kristina Barnes, Jordan Buster, Tyler Dietrichs, Caitlin Hortert, Clare Kessi, Corey Pierce-Brown, Chase Pixley, Lillian Simonds, Kaitlin Smith, and Dominic Williams.  The play is directed by Tom Weaver.

“The Curious Savage” will be presented in the Scappoose High School Auditorium January 29-31 at 7:00 pm.  The will also be a matinee performance on January 31 at 2:00 pm.  Tickets are $5.00 each available at the door.

Directors Wanted

directors-chairShoeString Community Players is currently reviewing and soliciting proposals from directors for next few years for straight plays and summer musicals. Please submit your proposals to ShoeString Community Players, C/O Producer, PO BOX 481, St. Helens, OR, 97051. Proposal should include introductory letter, resume, proposal, schedule, production staff, budget, and projections.

The ShoeString Community Players has been producing plays and other performances in Columbia County for nearly 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.

Thank you for your help.

ShoeString Community Players