Friday, September 12, 2014

True West Opens Sept 26th!

TAPA's final production for their 2013/2014 season opens in two weeks, on Sept 26th! 

True West, despite its name, is not a Western.  It is instead a character study that examines the relationship between Austin, a screenwriter, and his older brother Lee. It is set in the kitchen of their mother's home 40 miles east of Los Angeles. Austin is house-sitting while their mother is in Alaska, and there he is confronted by his brother Lee, who proceeds to bully his way into staying at the house and using Austin's car. In addition, the screenplay which Austin is pitching to his connection in Hollywood  somehow gets taken over by the pushy con-man tactics of Lee, and the brothers find themselves forced to cooperate in the creation of a story that will make or break both their lives. In the process, the conflict between the brothers creates a heated situation in which their roles as successful family man and nomadic drifter are somehow reversed, and each man finds himself admitting that he had somehow always wished he were in the other's shoes.

Tickets are on sale now at Diamond Art Jewelers, 503-842-7940.  $10/seniors and students, $15 adults.

*this production contains strong language and is not suitable for children

Carolyn Olson as the mother, and Mark Johnson as a heated argument

Troy Peterson as Austin, and Mark Johnson as Lee, get physical

Austin, Lee, and Scott Campbell as Saul, discussing business matters

Lee and Austin are more alike than they previously thought

Monday, August 25, 2014

Audition Annoucement 9/6 & 9/7: Holmes for the Holidays/The Game's Afoot

The Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts (TAPA) is excited to announce auditions for Ken Ludwig’s The Game’s Afoot; or Holmes for the Holidays, directed by R. A. Coon.  Set during Christmas in 1936, this comedic thriller will sweep you along a wild ride!  

Broadway superstar William Gillette, famous around the world for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, has invited fellow cast members to his mansion for a dinner party.  But when one of the guests is killed, Gillette has to summon every ounce of Sherlock’s investigative skills to solve the mystery.

TAPA is looking for 8 actors, 4 men and 4 women, to play the roles of the following cast:

  • William Gillette - a famous Sherlock Holmes actor
  • Martha Gillette - his mother
  • Felix Geisel - an actor
  • Madge Geisel - an actress and Felix’s wife
  • Simon Bright - a young actor
  • Aggie Wheeler - a young actress
  • Harriet Goring – an inspector
  • Daria Chase - newspaper columnist

Four of the characters will play two couples, which could be fun for a real-life couple to audition. And as always, TAPA loves experience, but no experience is needed...every actor has had a first time on stage.

Auditions will be held at Oregon Coast Dance Center, located at 106 Main Street in Tillamook on Sept. 6th and 7th at 3pm both days.  Rehearsals will begin in September and run through the production.  Show dates will be November 21, 22, 23, 28, 29 30, December 5 & 6.

For an audition packet, email, or contact producer Chris Chiola at 503-842-6305.

TAPA is a non-profit community theater dedicated to providing high quality performing arts experiences through entertainment, education, and community participation.  TAPA’s Barn Community Playhouse is located at 12th & Ivy in Tillamook.  

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

True West coming Sept 26th!

True West is written by Sam Shepard, directed by Craig Wakefield, and is a tale of brotherly love and competition, Hollywood producers and stolen toasters.  Well-educated Austin, and thieving con-man Lee, are estranged brothers from different worlds. They reunite in their mother’s California kitchen, where Austin is working out a screenplay deal.  But when Lee comes up with his own big idea and steals much more than just the neighbors’ TVs, challenges are issued, many drinks are downed, and the siblings find that they might not be such opposites after all.

True West will run September 26th and 27th, and October 3rd, 4th, 5th, 10th, 11th, and 12th.  Friday and Saturday shows start at 7:00 pm, Sunday matinees start at 2:00 pm. Join us at

Saturday, July 12, 2014

July12th & 13th are the culmination of a week's worth of hard work for the Starlite Academy kids! Come see their show, A Dragon In The Mix, tonight at 7:00 pm, or tomorrow at 2:00 pm, at The Barn. These kids have worked so hard this week memorizing lines, learning staging, working on costumes, and even learning a dance. Tickets are $5 at the door, general admission. A great show for the whole family!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Open Auditions For TAPA’s Fall Production

TAPA is pleased to announce open auditions for their fall production, True West.  Auditions will be held June 27th from 4:00-7:00 pm, and June 28th from 2:00-4:00 pm at TAPA’s Barn Community Playhouse located at 12th & Ivy in Tillamook.

TAPA is looking to fill the following roles:  2 males (playing adult brothers), 1 male (playing a Hollywood producer), and 1 female (playing the brothers’ mother).

Written by Sam Shepard, and directed by Craig Wakefield, True West is a tale of