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.