Wednesday, November 3, 2010

MY THREE ANGELS opens November 26th

Thirty years ago, a group of people with a passion for theater decided to put on a show. The play was MY THREE ANGELS, by Bella and Samuel Spewak. The story was about three convicts in French Guyana who decide to interfere with the life of a shopkeeper. It is Christmas, and everyone knows miracles happen at Christmastime.

TAPA is pleased to announce a new production of MY THREE ANGELS to commemorate its thirty-year anniversary of offering quality theatrical entertainment in the Tillamook area. It has been an incredible three decades filled with music, drama, and comedy.

My Three Angels depicts Felix, Emilie, and Marie Louise Ducotel struggling to make ends meet in Guyana. Cheated out of his own shop in France, Felix is now the employee of the man who took his shop from him, Henri Trochard. Trochard is coming for a visit with his nephew, Paul. Felix has no illusions about the visit, and fears it means the loss of everything for his family. Enter three convicts: Joseph, Jules, and Alfred with their pal, Adolphe. Can the situation be saved? It is, after all, Christmas.

The cast includes Al Johnson as Felix, Kimber Lundy as Emilie, Britney Decker as Marie Louise, Keith Barnes as Henri Trochard, Harry Kaiser as Paul Trochard, Zack Smith as Joseph, Sam Kuzma as Jules, and Shane Gass as Alfred. Sylvia Johnson and Weston Walker round out the cast. Adolphe is played by himself. Kelli McMellon directs.

Come get an early dose of Christmas spirit! Performances are at the Barn Community Theater at 12th and Ivy in Tillamook on November 26 & 27, December 3, 4, 10 & 11 at 7:00 pm, and December 5 at 2:00 pm. Doors open one half-hour prior to curtain.

Join in the excitement and special energy of opening night at our “Champagne Gala” celebration. Purchase of a ticket includes one beverage. Advance tickets and reservations are available at Diamond Art Jewelers; call 503-842-7940.

My Three Angels

On ladder, Shane Gass, Left Sam Kuzma and Right Al Johnson

My Three Angels

Weston Walker

My Three Angels

From left to right, Harrison Kaiser, Shane Gass & Sam Kuzma


TAPA calls for auditions for REHEARSAL FOR MURDER
Adapted by: D. D. Brooke from the teleplay by
Richard Levinson & William Link
Directed by: Richard Coon

Playwright Alex Dennison is on the verge of marrying a glamorous film star, but a few hours after her Broadway debut, she is found dead in what is an apparent suicide. Convinced that she was murdered, Dennison contacts the most likely suspects and assembles them in an empty theater to read through his latest play. But once they have gathered, he locks the doors and uses his play to unmask a killer.

The cast of characters calls for nine men and six women.
Men: Alex Dennison, the playwright; Ernie, the stage doorman;
Lloyd, the director; David and Leo, two actors; and four minor roles.
Women: Sally, Dennison's secretary; Monica, a star; Karen, an actress; Loretta, the stage manager; Bella, the producer; and a minor role.

Registration packets will be available at the time of auditions. Also, feel free to bring in your resume.

Auditions will be held at the Oregon Coast Dance Center at 106 Main Street in Tillamook on Saturday, November 20 at 5:00 pm and Sunday, November 21st at 2:00 pm. Performance dates are Friday and Saturdays, January 28—February 12, with a matinee on Sunday, February 6. For more information, call Deborah Coon at 503-842-3999.

Thursday, October 7, 2010


The Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts will have its 30th annual membership meeting at the Barn Community Playhouse at 12th and Ivy in Tillamook on Sunday, October 17 at 4:00 p.m.

All members are invited and encouraged to attend. The board members will recap the past year’s accomplishments, and also review plans for the upcoming year. Refreshments will be provided. Five board positions are up for election and any active member is eligible for nomination. If you have an interest in helping to grow and better our theater, please consider putting your name forward—no experience necessary!

Please plan to attend this important meeting and continue to be a part of TAPA’s efforts to provide a high quality experience in the performing arts through entertainment, education, and community participation.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

An Evening of Cole Porter debuts October 15th

Tapa & TLC are proud to present An Evening of Cole Porter. Becki Wilhelm and Diane Nelson are at it again with a wonderful evening of song and dance featuring the music of this genius man. Cole Porter penned some of the most clever, most funny, and most romantic songs ever written. Come spend an intimate, music-filled evening with America’s favorite songwriter as performed by talented local singers. Featuring such beloved songs as: “You’re the Top”, “Anything Goes”, “Begin the Beguine”, “Night and Day”, “I Get A Kick Out of You”, “My Heart Belongs to Daddy”, “I Love Paris”, and many others.

The event will be held at the Barn Community Playhouse,12th and Ivy. Dates for the event are October 15th,16th, 22nd and 23rd. The seating arrangement will be cabaret style. The cost of the show is $20.00 per person which includes complimentary food and one complimentary beverage. The doors open at 6:30 and the show starts at 7:00. So, come on out for a relaxing and enjoyable evening with Cole Porter. Reserve your seats now by calling Diamond Art Jewelers at 503-842-7940.

An Evening of Cole Porter

Singer Chey Kuzma at rehearsal for AN EVENING OF COLE PORTER

Monday, September 27, 2010

An Evening of Cole Porter

Singers Mike Smith & Jennifer Purcell rehearse with pianist Joan Petty for AN EVENING OF COLE PORTER

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

My Three Angels Auditions

TAPA is celebrating it's 30th year in Tillamook by dusting off our very first play, which was a wonderfully charming piece called "My Three Angels". We are looking for participants who'd like to join in the miracles of our holiday production.

"My Three Angels" tells the story of 3 escaped convicts from France's infamous Devil's Island in French Guyana at the turn of the century. While waiting for a ship to take them off the island, they find a family who needs their help. It's Christmas and everyone finds out that angels don't always wear white.

The cast calls for 7 men and 3 women.

Felix Ducotl - A mild mannered store-keeper, husband of Emilie & father of Mary Louise
Emilie Ducotel - The wife of Felix, mother of Mary Louise
Mary Louise Ducotel - A young beautiful girl in love with Paul Trochard
Joseph - Convict & a consummate forger and con man
Jules - Convict and a romantic who murdered his wife
Alfred - Convict and a strong young man who murdered his uncle
Henri Trochard - A ruthless owner of the shop that Felix manages
Paul Trochard - A heartless & greedy nephew of Henri
Madame Parole - Busybody who never pays her bills
Lietenant - A handsome young naval officer

If you're interested, please call director Kelli McMellon at 503-801-0631. Performances are Nov 26 & 27, Dec 3, 4, 10 & 11.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE opens September 10th

The Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts (TAPA) and TLC Federal Credit Union are pleased to bring the production of the critically acclaimed, worldwide hit "The Beauty Queen of Leenane" to Tillamook. "The Beauty Queen of Leenane", a blend of black comedy, melodrama, horror and bleak tragedy is set in an Irish village in the early 1990s and centers on the life of Maureen Folan, portrayed by Tami Taliaferro. Maureen is a 40-year-old spinster who takes care of her 70-year-old selfish and manipulative mother Mag, portrayed by Terri Winkle. Sisters of Maureen have escaped into marriage and family life, but Maureen, with a history of mental illness, is trapped in a seriously dysfunctional relationship with her mother. In the course of the play, the Folan cottage is visited by Pato Dooley, portrayed by Jason McAlexander and his younger brother Ray, portrayed by Micah Smith. Pato, who once lived in Leenane, is a construction worker fed up with having to live and work in England. Disappointed by the limitations and loneliness of his life, he returns to Leenane and finds himself in a struggle to save Maureen from the same limitations and loneliness that has haunted them both for years. The sameness of the day-to-day routine of living in Leenane is also tedious for Pato's brother Ray, who also dreams of a life far, far away. Mag's interference in Maureen's first and possibly final chance of having a loving relationship sets in motion a train of events that leads towards the play's terrifying final revelation.

"The Beauty Queen of Leenane", a drama by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh, was premiered by the Druid Theatre Company in Galway, Ireland in 1996. By 1998 Martin McDonagh became the first playwright since William Shakespeare to have four of his plays produced professionally in London in a single season. The Beauty Queen of Leenane has enjoyed successful runs at London's West End, Broadway, off-Broadway theaters in New York, and has also been performed with critical success in lesser-known theaters across the globe. In 1998, "The Beauty Queen of Leenane" won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New Play, the Drama League Award for Best Play, the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play, the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Broadway Play and was nominated for the Drama Critics' Circle Award and the Tony Award for Best Play, additionally winning four other Tony awards.

TAPA's production of "The Beauty Queen of Leenane" is directed by Robert Buckingham, director of last year's summer hit for TAPA, "Murder by the Book" and is produced by Regina Eckles. Performances will be held at the Barn Community Playhouse, located at 12th and Ivy in Tillamook at 7:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays from September 10 through September 25 with one matinee on Sunday, September 19 at 2:00 p.m. Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $9 for seniors and students, and a family four-pack can be purchased for $35. Reservations and advanced ticket sales are available at Diamond Art Jewelers; call (503) 842-7940. Doors open one-half hour prior to curtain. For more information, please visit or e-mail This production is not suitable for younger audiences.

Saturday, July 24, 2010


Back row from left to right, Jason McAlexander & Micah Smith
Front row from left to right, Tami Taliaferro & Terri Winkle

Maureen & Mag Folan

From left to right, Tami Taliaferro as Maureen Folan & Terri Winkle as Mag Folan

Pato Dooley & Maureen Folan

From left to right, Jason McAlexander as Pato Dooley & Tami Taliaferro as Maureen Folan

Friday, July 23, 2010


"Anything Goes" at auditions for TAPA's upcoming show, AN EVENING WITH COLE PORTER.

Auditions will be held Friday, August 27 from 6 pm to 8 pm and Saturday, August 28 from 2 pm to 4 pm at United Methodist Church in Tillamook, located at 3808 12th. St. in Tillamook, Oregon

Bring your favorite Cole Porter song or sing one with us! Chorus parts and solos available. Show dates will be October 15, 16, 22, & 23 at the Barn Community Playhouse on 12th and Ivy.

“You’re the Top” – so come on and join us for a rewarding experience.

Directors are Becki Wilhelm (503) 842-6336 and Diane Nelson (503) 392-3454.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Starlite Academy Children's Workshop

TAPA and TLC are sponsoring Starlite Academy—a children’s workshop—during the week of July 19–23, 2010. The students will learning about theater and will prepare the musical School Daze, which will be presented at 7:00 p.m. on July 23 & 24 at the Barn Community Playhouse, located at 12th and Ivy in Tillamook. The ticket cost for this entertaining little musical play is only $5.00. Reservations are not necessary; you may buy your tickets at the door. Please come out and support the youth of our community and their involvement in the performing arts!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

TAPA to Offer Workshop and Production of THE CAVE DWELLERS, Led and Directed by George Dzundza

“An Adventure in Acting Workshop”

TAPA (Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts) is pleased to announce it is offering an acting workshop to be led by George Dzundza; noted film, stage, and television actor. Dzundza recently concluded a successful class with Tillamook Bay Community College. During the course of that class, Mr. Dzundza realized that a better way to share his knowledge and experience in the craft of acting would be to take a cast and crew through the entire process of preparation and into the production of a specific play. To that end, Dzundza has with TAPA’s cooperation chosen the play The Cave Dwellers by William Saroyan.

The time frame of the workshop will span the next year and a half. According to Dzundza, “The learning of a craft takes time; you don’t become a carpenter without practice. In the preparation process there will be homework to do, experiments to try, and meetings to attend. In so doing, we will be able to clarify what was learned on the way to the actual production. It will be a journey of exploration, adventure, and discovery.”

Meeting with Mr. Dzundza will begin in mid-June 2010 and progress at a varied and relaxed schedule, moving in September 2011 to a more traditional rehearsal schedule. Tentative performance dates are November 18, 19, 25, 26, 27 and December 2 and 3, 2011.

Admission into the workshop is by invitation only. Mr. Dzundza will hold interviews with workshop applicants to outline the aims and objectives of the workshop and to ascertain their individual willingness to commit to this project. There is no cost for participation in the workshop. Mr. Dzundza’s intention is to “share his knowledge and experience with those individuals who are interested, committed, and dedicated to learning and developing a system of acting for themselves.”

To obtain a copy of the registration form, click here or for more information contact Mary Hanthorn at 503-842-5406, 503-842-5566, 503-801-0759, or


TAPA and TLC are pleased to bring the production of the American farce Sex Please We're Sixty , written by Michael Parker & Susan Parker to Tillamook. Somewhere in New England is Mrs. Stancliffe's Rose Cottage Bed and Breakfast. Sandra Koops plays Mrs. Stancliffe who runs a prim and proper place, but her next-door neighbor "Bud the Stud" Davis, played by Bill Briot, has become renowned among the female guests for his successful amorous pursuits despite being a bit long in the tooth. He claims responsibility for the success of the bed & breakfast, believing that the ladies return year after year to see him. Mrs. Stancliffe is intolerant of Bud's hanky-panky, but reluctantly agrees that he is good for business. Al Johnson plays another neighbor Henry Mitchell who has proposed to her every afternoon for twenty years. He has developed Venusia, a pill to increase the libido in menopausal women, but refuses to test it on moral grounds. Bud calls him, "A stick in the mud." And he probably is.

Sylvia Johnson plays Hillary Hudson, an old friend and colleague of Henry's who agrees to test his Venusia pill and warms to Bud's intentions, but is it the Venusia or Bud's charm? Kimber Lundy plays Victoria Ambrose, a renowned author of steamy romantic novels and Kelli McMellon plays Charmaine Beauregard, the quintessential southern belle, who is definitely at the B&B for "Bud the Stud".

Which of these ladies will become the leading light in the plot to tame "Bud the Stud" and who falls victim to his silver tongue and sexual prowess. Who resists the temptations of love, but allows surprising events to finally bring them together? Does the stick in the mud finally come out of his shell? And who masterminds a plot to turn "Bud the Stud" into "Bud the Dud"? Find out when TAPA's Sex Please We're Sixty hits the stage!

Hysteria abounds in this production directed by Chris Chiola and produced by Val Braun. Performances will be held at the Barn Community Playhouse at 12th and Ivy in Tillamook at 7:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays from June 11 through June 26 with one matinee on Sunday, June 20 at 2:00 p.m. Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $9 for seniors and students, and a family four-pack can be purchased for $35. Reservations and advanced ticket sales are available at Diamond Art Jewelers; call (503) 842-7940. Doors open one half hour prior to curtain.


Back Row Left to Right: Kimber Lundy, Sylvia Johnson & Sandra Koops

Front Row Left to Right: Bill Briot, Kelli McMellon & Al Johnson


TAPA will be holding auditions for the critically acclaimed drama The Beauty Queen of Leenane in June. Set in a small village in northern Ireland, The Beauty Queen of Leenane centers on the life of Maureen Folan, a 40-year-old spinster who takes care of her 70-year-old, selfish and manipulative mother Mag. Sisters of Maureen have escaped into marriage and family life, but Maureen, with a history of mental illness, is trapped in a seriously dysfunctional relationship with her mother.

In the course of the play, the Folan cottage is visited by Pato Dooley and his younger brother Ray. Pato is a middle-aged construction worker fed up with having to live and work in England, disappointed by the limitations and loneliness of his life. The sameness of its day-to-day routine is tedious also for his brother, a non-threatening "bad boy" Ray.

Auditions will be held at The Barn Community Playhouse at 12th and Ivy in Tillamook on Saturday, June 19 at 2:00 p.m. and Sunday, June 20 at 5:00 p.m. Audition packets will be available at the Tillamook County Library on Wednesday June 9th. In addition to the material contained in the audition packet, those who are interested in auditioning are asked to prepare a 2-3 minute comedic or dramatic monologue of their choice. If you'd like to receive an audition packet via email, or if you have any questions, please send a request to director Robert Buckingham at Rehearsals will begin in July and performances will be September 10, 11, 17, 18, 19, 24 & 25, 2010.

1998 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New Play
1998 Drama League Award for Best Play
1998 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play
1998 Outer Critics Circle Award Best Broadway Play

1998 Drama Critics' Circle Award
1998 Tony Award for Best Play

June Dairy Parade

TAPA will be marching in the June Dairy Parade this year and we need you to join us! If you are interested in marching some or all of the route, please send an email to We’ll be promoting our upcoming production of The Beauty Queen of Leenane by wearing pageant sashes featuring the name of the play. This will be a fun event for everyone and definitely a case of the more, the merrier, so please come out and support TAPA on Saturday, June 26. Be sure to practice your best beauty queen wave—remember, it’s elbow-elbow-wrist-wrist. And smile!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Starlite Academy

Attention all children ages 5 to 13! TAPA is once again presenting their theater workshop for children. Keep these dates available: July 19th thru July 24th. The times are from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with lunch provided. Performances will be July 23rd and 24th at 7:00 p.m. The cost is $25.00 per child for the week. There is a limit of 20 students, so it is a good idea to register early to guarantee a spot for your child. For pre-registration and information please call Diane or Wally Nelson at 503-392-3454.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

The Tempest, by William Shakespeare

TAPA and TLC Federal Credit Union are proud to present THE TEMPEST by William Shakespeare, which will grace the stage at the Barn Community Playhouse beginning March 26th. Thought by many to be his personal statement about his career in theater, THE TEMPEST presents an exploration of the relationship between the and the magician. Both create something from nothing, literally out of thin air; the dramatist through his words and imagination, the magician through dark art. After his death, this play became the favorite of his friends in the theater, and was always at the beginning of any collection of his works.

Prospero (Zack Smith) and his young daughter, Miranda (Chey Clifford), are set adrift to die by his evil brother Antonio (Harry Kaiser) and the king, Alonso (Bill Farnum); but are saved by the goodness of an old friend, Gonzalo (Gerry Cortimilia). They arrive safely on an island filled with spirits including Ariel (Nicole Oekerman) and the monster Caliban (Shane Gass). After many years, Prospero is able to use magic to control the fates and bring his enemies to him by means of a tempest. He is bent on vengeance, and will use everything at his disposal—including his magic and his beautiful daughter—to that end. As the play continues, he begins to question whether he is on the right path, and by play's end, realizes that forgiveness and the happiness of his daughter in the arms of the king's son, Ferdinand (Sam Kuzma), will be better than revenge.

The play is filled with metaphors comparing theater and magic, and at one point, he sadly admits that "we are such stuff that dreams are made on . . . ", acknowledging the fleeting existence of stages and actors.

Also on hand are a drunken butler, Stephano (TJ Newton), who imagines he will become the king of the island and a fearful court jester, Trinculo (Micah Smith), just for fun! The cast of characters is rounded out with the king's murderous brother, Sebastian (Larry Blum), the Boatswain (Joe Wrabek) and three goddesses (Regina Eckles, Briar Smith, and Sandra Koops). The play is directed by Kelli McMellon.

Performances will be March 26, 27, April 2, 3, 9, and 10 at 7:00 p.m., and March 28 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets can be reserved at Diamond Art Jewelers; call 503-842-7940. Adult tickets are $12, student/senior tickets are $9, and a family four-pack is $35.

Back row left to right are Larry E. Blum III, Micah Smith & T.J. Newton.

Second row left to right are Joe Wrabek, Gerry Cortimilia, Bill Farnum, Nicole Oekerman, Zach Smith, Harrison Kaiser, Briar Smith, Regina Eckles & Sandra Koops.

Front row on floor left to right are Shane Gass, Sam Kuzma & Chey Clifford.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Disney Showcase

TLC Federal Credit Union are proud to present DISNEY SHOWCASE! Gather your family to come and enjoy a wide selection of the most beloved and memorable musical selections from your favorite Disney movies. Elephants will fly, dwarves will heigh-ho, and chims will cher-ee, all in the small, small world of The Ba...rn Community Playhouse located at 12th & Ivy in Tillamook.

Evening performances will be Fridays, February 12th and 19th at 7:00 p.m. with matinee performances Saturdays, February 13th and 20th at 2:00 p.m.

Reserved tickets are available at Diamond Art Jewelers in Tillamook (503-842-7940) or at the door. Adult ticket prices are $12.00, seniors/students are $9.00, and a family four-pack is only $35.00. Hope to see you there for an enchanted show!