Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Happy Holly-days from TAPA

Turn your holiday humdrums into holiday cheer.  Come visit the funky little railroad depot in the funky little town of Holly, located at the edge of  town, in a little red barn in the middle of the stage at TAPA’s Barn Community Playhouse.

Hilda, the railroad station manager, as well as the train depot she manages, have seen better, days.   The attempts to cheer her up, by the colorful townspeople,  fall flat and leave everyone a little less in the holiday mood,  that is until a stranger arrives on The Christmas Express.

With the purchase of your train ticket (available at Diamond Art Jewelers) you too can discover the answers to such questions as:  Exactly why is Donna Faye taking the train home to mother?  Will her hapless husband figure it out before it’s too late?  Will the railroad station really be closed for good?  Can Myrna get a little cooperation from the locals and will Penelope discover the real story behind the new man in town?  

Stay tuned for the answer to these and the question that’s  on everybody’s mind, "can a girl from a small dairy town in the West find happiness behind the ticket counter at the Holly train depot ?”

The Christmas Express runs from the Tillamook Barn Community Playhouse in Tillamook Dec 7,8, 14,15,21,22 at 7:00pm and Dec 9 and 16 at 2:00 pm.   Tickets are available in advance at Diamond Art Jewelers 503-842-7940.
 
Join us for a champagne reception on opening night. Purchase of a ticket includes a complimentary beverage and finger foods. Reserve your ticket today by calling diamond Art Jewelers.
 
 

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Auditions for our February/March production

Auditions for our February/March production (two separate one-act plays) will be held at Tillamook United Methodist Church located at 3808 12th street on December 8 and 9 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and on December 15 and 16 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. The two one act plays are I Can't Remember Anything, written by Arthur Miller and The 75th written by Israel Horovitz. Each will feature two actors, ages 50 and up, with one male and one femail in each one-act play.

Audition materials with short scene selections are available at the Tillamook County Library. Performance dates are February 22, 23, 24 and March 1, 2, 3, 8 and 9. Rehearsals will begin in January. For more information please email info@tillamooktheater.com and remember to visit our facebook page at facebook/tillamooktheater.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

TAPA Announces Auditions for IT'S BROADWAY BABY!

The Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts (TAPA) Announces Auditions for It’s Broadway, Baby! 100 Years of Musical Theater, directed by Joni Sauer-Folger. We are seeking 10+ vocalists who move well: 5 men and; 5 women minimum of varying ages to perform some of the most memorable music from the Broadway stage. Auditions will be held in the choir room at Tillamook United Methodist Church, 3808 12th Street in Tillamook on: Saturday, December 8th and Sunday, December 9th at 2 pm. Music rehearsals begin in January with performance dates of June 21, 22, 28, and 29. Visit our facebook page at facebook.com/tillamooktheater

CHRISTMAS IS COMING!

The Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts (TAPA) and TLC Federal Credit Union anounce the cast of The Christmas Express, the next production of this year's season. The Christmas Express is a comedy full of puns, one-liners, funny situations and nutty characters, set in the town of Holly, which is sorely in need of some Christmas spirit. A stranger comes to town named Leo, who brings surprises, and ultimately, hope to one and all. The cast includes Brittany Durrer, Samantha Swindler, Barbi Fox, Deb Cherry, Joni Sauer-Folger, Richard Coon, Robert Buckingham, Robert Kratz, and Mark Johnson.

The Christmas Express is directed by Becki Wilhelm and producted by Debbie Coon. Performance dates are December 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22 at 7:00 pm and December 9 and 16 at 2:00 pm. All performances are at The Barn Community Playhouse at 12th and Ivy in Tillamook. Tickets are on sale now and would make the perfect holiday gift. Get in the holiday mood and take The Christmas Express to the town of Holly – to a run-down train depot where Christmas magic abounds. Reservations and tickets can be purchased in advance at Diamond Art Jewlers at 309 Main Ave. in Tillamook or call (503) 842-7940. Visit our facebook page at facebook.com/tillamooktheater
 





Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Final Weekend of A FINE MONSTER YOU ARE!

TAPA's production of A Fine Monster You Are! (sponsored by The Blue Heron French Cheese Co.) is heading into it's final weekend. Your last chance to see the show is on Friday the 26th (doors open at 6:30, curtain is at 7:00), Saturday the 27th (doors open at 6:30, curtain is at 7:00), and Sunday the 28th (doors open at 1:30, curtain is at 2:00). Reserve seating is available through Diamond Art Jewelers; call (503) 842-7940. Bring the kids and your Halloween spirit and come see our newly remodeled auditorium with theater seats and excellent views of the stage!

Monday, October 1, 2012


The Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts (TAPA) and the Blue Heron French Cheese Company are thrilled to bring the production of A Fine Monster You Are! to Tillamook. A Fine Monster You Are! is a “creepy-crawly comedy” about sweet old Emily Holbrook who lives with her ancient housekeeper Agatha in her family’s dark and gloomy Victorian home. She’s decided to interview young women to type her memoirs and to be her companion—enter beautiful and young Suzette Larson. Emily claims to be keeping a family secret locked in her basement in an attempt to protect the public at large. It’s not long before the house is visited by both expected and unexpected guests, including the family doctor Jonathan, an eccentric psychic Kyla, the boyfriend Corky, and the ex- college roommate Flax. Mayhem and insanity are inflicted on everyone in the house resulting in confusion and revelation. Who is the villain? Who is the victim? Is Emily really sweet or does she lure victims into her tangled web for sinister purposes? And what’s with this monster thing? Is it real? Is it a hoax? What will end up feeding its hungry appetite? Find out when TAPA kicks off their 2012–13 season on October 12 with a champagne gala, unveiling their newly remodeled theater.

TAPA is a non-profit theatrical organization that relies entirely on volunteers—actors, directors, crew members, set builders, board members, and all the other myriad positions needed to put on a show. It all began in 1980 with a production of A Thousand Clowns performed by the Blue Heron Players, a small group of people who came together to put on a play for the sheer enjoyment of it all. They were a hit right away, opening in front of a full house. On the back page of that first program was a note: “We will be meeting soon to discuss our direction and future productions.” The organization we have today is tied forever to the men and women who attended those meetings and eventually signed the Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts into existence. Since that time, TAPA has continued to draw from the talent in our community to enrich lives and provide opportunities to take part in producing live theater.

TAPA performed plays, musicals, and variety shows in such local venues as Tillamook High School, Blue Heron, Sacred Heart Church, the Tillamook School District administration building, Swiss Hall, Eagles Lodge, Elks Lodge, and Oceanside Hall, among others. The lack of a permanent location created many difficulties for storage, rehearsal space, set construction, and so on, so TAPA purchased what was known as the Barn Tavern in 2002 and has been performing there ever since. Although changes and updates have been made over the years to make this space work as a theater, there were still major challenges to overcome. The overhauling of the seating area began in late July and rehearsals have been conducted there during the monumental remodel amidst the dust and debris. “My cast was almost in shock when they arrived for rehearsal the first night the demo started. The entire audience area was gone down to dirt and concrete. The looks on their faces was priceless. People are in for quite a shock when they come to see us” said director Robert Buckingham, who has directed four TAPA productions since 2009 including Murder by the Book, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Neil Simons’ The Star-Spangled Girl and this year’s mega-hit Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap. A Fine Monster You Are! stars Karen Martin, Karen Downs, Samantha Swindler, Chris Chiola, Scott Campbell, Lora Ressler and Sandra Koops.
A Fine Monster You Are! will be performed at the Barn Community Playhouse, located at 12th and Ivy in Tillamook. Showtimes are at 7:00 pm on October 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27, and also at 2:00 pm on October 21 and 28. Doors open one-half hour prior to curtain; reserved seating is recommended and is available through Diamond Art Jewelers at (503) 842-7940. For information, please visit www.tillamooktheater.com or contact info@tillamooktheater.com. Be sure to bring your Halloween spirit when you come!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Open Auditions Extended!

Auditions for "The Christmas Express" have been extended to 7:00 pm on October 5th at the Oregon Coast Dance Center. For more information call  503-842-6336


“The Christmas Express” is coming to Tillamook!
The Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts (TAPA) will be holding auditions for their December production of “The Christmas Express” on Friday Sept. 28th at 7:00-8:00 pm and Saturday, Sept. 29th at 1-2 pm at Oregon Coast Dance Center 106 Main Ave. in Tillamook. Parts available for 6 women and 4 men, ages 20s to early 50s. No Previous acting experience is necessary. Audition packets available at Tillamook Main Library.
“The Christmas Express” is a comedy full of puns, one-liners, funny situations and nutty characters, set in the town of Holly, which is sorely in need of some Christmas spirit. A stranger comes to town, who brings surprises, and ultimately, hope to one and all. Directed by Becki Wilhelm and produced by Debbie Coon. For more information call 503-842-6336.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

TAPA to hold open auditions

“The Christmas Express” is coming to Tillamook!

The Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts (TAPA) will be holding auditions for their December production of “The Christmas Express” on Friday Sept. 28th at 7:00-8:00 pm and Saturday, Sept. 29th at 1-2 pm at Oregon Coast Dance Center 106 Main Ave. in Tillamook. Parts available for 6 women and 4 men, ages 20s to early 50s. No Previous acting experience is necessary. Audition packets available at Tillamook Main Library.
 
“The Christmas Express” is a comedy full of puns, one-liners, funny situations and nutty characters, set in the town of Holly, which is sorely in need of some Christmas spirit. A stranger comes to town, who brings surprises, and ultimately, hope to one and all. Directed by Becki Wilhelm and produced by Debbie Coon. For more information call 503-842-6336.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Cast Announcement for A FINE MONSTER YOU ARE!

The Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts (TAPA) and the Blue Heron French Cheese Company are thrilled to announce the cast for the upcoming production of A FINE MONSTER YOU ARE, which will kick of TAPA's 2012-13 season on October 12th. Be sure to bring your Halloween spirit when you come because this story has monsters, mystery, twists and turns that should entertain those of all ages!

The director of A FINE MONSTER YOU ARE is Robert Buckingham, who has directed four TAPA productions since 2009 including MURDER BY THE BOOK, THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE, NEIL SIMONS' THE STAR-SPANGLED GIRL and AGATHA CHRISTIE'S THE MOUSETRAP.

Rehearsals for A FINE MONSTER YOU ARE have been going on during a monumental remodel seating area at what was once known as The Barn Tavern. TAPA has been entertaining audiences there since 2003. The Barn Tavern wasn't meant to be a theater but with this remodel, there will be no doubt that it is indeed a theater. A FINE MONSTER YOU ARE runs from October 12 through October 29th. Tickets go on sale soon. For more information please contact info@tillamooktheater.com.

Pictured from left to right: Chris Chiola, Karen Martin, Scott Campbell, Lora Ressler, Sandra Koops, Samantha Swindler & Karen Downs.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

THE MONSTER IS COMING!


REMODEL IN PROGRESS!


The next time you set foot in the Barn Community Playhouse you may think that you have walked into the wrong theater. Surprise! We have listened to your comments and concerns about the seating and have begun a major remodeling project to improve our seating situation. With the extreme generosity and hard work of many people we are currently removing a major portion of the upper balcony and replacing the existing seating platforms and ramps. All of us have suffered through a show in those uncomfortable folding chairs, stuck behind the post or in the pit with a terrible view of the stage. We knew that our patrons were suffering and we hope that by putting every row of seats on a different level, installing cushioned theater seats donated generously by Lisa Kendall and the Middle Way Health Care and removing the post, every seat in the house will have a great view and be comfortable to you. But, to accommodate these new seats and to improve the views of all seats we needed to make some major layout changes to the theater. This takes money and we are very thankful to have a great supporting cast of donors. To keep this project funded and to fund other projects such as adding handicapped accessible restrooms to the lobby, upgrading our lights and sound equipment and insulating the building, we are selling the naming rights to our new seats. For a one-time $500 tax deductible donation you will get your name, or any name you choose, engraved on a permanent plaque on a seat. You may even do this under a payment plan. This is a great way to leave your legacy on the local theater scene. You can even choose what seat it goes on! Big thanks go to Lisa Kendall, Bob Riggert, John Main and his crew, Steve Morgan, Stephan Aalykke and Richard Coon for their support and advice. And thanks to all of the volunteers and the donations of goods and services from local businesses!
Contact TAPA:

By mail - PO Box 571
                   Tillamook, OR 97141

By phone - (503) 842-6305
By e-mai l - info@tillamooktheater.com

 

 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Americana, Celebration of Music Through the Ages


TAPA is pleased to present Americana, Celebration of Music Through the Ages, a musical revue fundraiser. 

Front Row: Wally Nelson, Margaret Page, Kelli McMellon, Robert Bishop
Back Row: Bill Farnum, Bill Briot, Diane Erickson, Roberta Bettis,
Caryn Backman Matt Mumford  Not Pictured: Vince DeYoung
As the twentieth century dawned, America stood on the threshold of a bright and wondrous future. The coming century held a promise of new technology, new ways of thinking, and new ways of living. Spurts of growth and prosperity were punctuated by times of upheaval such as war, the Great Depression, and prohibition.  Beginning with the 1900’s, Americana takes us through ten decades of the music that highlighted our joys, sorrows, trials and accomplishments.

This step back in time is lead by first time Director Joni Sauer-Folger, with musical direction by Diane Nelson, the cast of Americana features: Caryn Backman, Roberta Bettis, Bill Briot, Vince DeYoung, Diane Ericson, Bill Farnum, Kelli McMellon, Matt Mumford, Margaret Page, Joni Sauer-Folger and Wally Nelson.

Come and join us as we celebrate our Nation’s Independence through song and dance with this melodic journey through our history. 

 Americana runs July 6, 7, 13 & 14 at 7:00 PM at The Barn Community Playhouse located on the corner of 12 & Ivy in Tillamook. Tickets are available by calling Diamond Art Jewelers at 503-842-7940 and at the door on the night of performance. It is strongly recommended you call and reserve your tickets early. The performances will be presented Cabaret-style and the ticket price includes one beverage and hors d’oeuvres.  This is a musical evening fundraiser that will entertain the entire family.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

UPDATED 06/11/12!!

The Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts (TAPA) will be holding auditions for their October production of A FINE MONSTER YOU ARE! on Saturday, June 23rd at 6:00 pm and Sunday, June 24th at 4:00 pm at The Barn Community Playhouse at 12th and Ivy in Tillamook. Needed are men and women ages 30's to 70's. No Previous acting experience is necessary.

A FINE MONSTER YOU ARE! was written by playwright Monk Ferris and is billed as "a creepy-crawly comedy". The story was inspired  by his stay at a little cottage in the woods in July of 1965 and centers around the character of Emily Holbrook who lives in a large stone mansion that has only one barred window. She keeps a family secret locked in her basement in an effort to keep the public safe. Few ever enter the house and uninvited guests are not welcomed. Escaping is not an easy task.

The director of A FINE MONSTER YOU ARE! is Robert Buckingham and the producer is Chris Chiola. To receive an audition packet please email info@tillamooktheater.com.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Never Kiss a Naughty Nanny


Press Release


Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts invite you to the production of Never Kiss a Naughty Nanny, by Michael Parker.  The hilarity begins on May 25th and runs through June 9th.  Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7pm.  Sunday matinees begin at 2pm.  Doors open 30 minutes prior to curtain.  Opening night, May 25th,  join our champagne gala and receive a glass of champagne or sparkling cider free with the purchase of each ticket.  Advance tickets and reservations available at Diamond Art Jewelers, 503-842-7940


Cast Members:  Chris Chiola, Robert Kratz, Ben Ruderman, Bill Briot, Wally Nelson,  Lora Ressler, Karen Martin, and Barbi Waggerby
     

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Never Kiss A Naughty Nanny begins May 25th



The Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts (TAPA) is pleased to announce the cast for the upcoming summer farce, “Never Kiss A Naughty Nanny” written by Michael Parker and directed by Chris Chiola. This production stars Garon Baker, Bill Briot, Lora Ressler, Barbi Waggerby, Robert Kratz, Karen Martin, Ben Ruderman and Wally Nelson.


Mr. Broadbent, a developer and builder, has created “the house of the future”. He has filled it with many gadgets including a personal ion chamber, self-cleaning bathroom and central disposal system. The house won’t sell, probably because most of the innovations of the future fail to work properly. Prospective buyers are invited to spend the night and get wined and dined. Broadbent bribes two of his employees to pose as renters to demonstrate how everything works. He even has a maintenance man, Ed Cott, on hand to make repairs as things go wrong. Someone masquerades as “the nanny” to throw off the buyers. When a surprise visitor arrives, it is all anyone can do to keep the house under control.


The hilarity begins on May 25th at 7pm with a champagne gala and the show runs through June 9th. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7pm. Sunday matinees begin at 2pm. Doors open 30 minutes prior to curtain.


For information please visit www.tillamooktheater.com or contact info@tillamooktheater.com

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Wait Until Dark

TAPA along with TLC Federal Credit Union is pleased to present Frederick Knott’s, thriller, “Wait Until Dark.”


The show runs March 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 & 31 at 7:00 PM and March 25th at 2:00PM at The Barn Community Playhouse on the corner of 12th & Ivy in Tillamook. Tickets are available by calling Diamond Art Jewelers at 503-842-7940 and at the door. It is strongly recommended you call and reserve your tickets early. Opening night is our gala champagne event – one beverage and hors d’oeuvres included with price of ticket.




Wait Until Dark is a story about the many sides of darkness. The darkness of the mind of a killer, the darkness that comes from being physically blind, the darkness of dangers unseen and the simple darkness that occurs with the flip of a switch.



This thriller, directed by TAPA veteran Dan Phillips, focuses on the recently blinded woman Susy, whose whole world has become dark as the result of a recent accident. Happily married to Sam, her photographer husband, both are unaware that he has unwittingly brought a doll filled with heroin into their home. With Sam away on a photo shoot, Susy is left home alone to meet and greet Mr. Harry Roat and his two henchmen Mike Talman and Sgt. Carlino, who connive their way into her home by pretending to be someone they’re not. With the aid of her precocious neighbor Gloria, who has taken the doll for herself, Susy eventually realizes that no one is who they say they are and that her life is in imminent danger. As we watch Susy struggle to survive, she uses the only weapon she has against the men and we join her on the roller coaster ride of her life where all of us eventually plunge into the darkness together.



This show is not recommended for younger children.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Audition Announcement

TAPA Announces Auditions

For

Americana: A Celebration of Music Through the Ages

Directed by Joni Sauer-Folger


We are seeking 10 vocalists who move well: 5 men & 5 women, as well as an emcee (non-singing role)


Auditions will be held in the choir room at Tillamook United Methodist Church, 3808 12th Street in Tillamook on:


Saturday, March 31st – 2 pm to 4 pm

Sunday, April 1st – 4 pm to 6 pm

Music rehearsals begin in April with performance dates of July 6, 7, 13, 14


Thursday, February 23, 2012

Audition Announcement

The Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts (TAPA) is excited to announce auditions for the production of Michael Parker’s Never Kiss A Naughty Nanny. This hilarious comedy about a developer trying to sell “the house of the future” filled with gadgets that work and don’t work takes the audience on a ride of uproarious laughter and side splitting fits. Never Kiss A Naughty Nanny is written by the same author who penned TAPA’s 2010 hit comedy Sex Please, We’re Sixty. The fun begins as the developer hires a team to sell the house to an unsuspecting couple and the handy man must dress as a nanny to keep the shenanigans under wraps.


Auditions will be held at the Barn Community Playhouse, located at 12th and Ivy in Tillamook on Saturday March 3rd at 2pm, Sunday March 4th at 5:30 pm and Sunday March 11th at noon. Production dates will be May 25, & 26 and June 1,2,3, 8, 9 &10. Rehearsals are slated to begin April 1st.

To receive an audition packet, please contact director Chris Chiola at info@tillamooktheater.com or call (503) 842-6305. Audition packets will also be available at the Tillamook County Library main branch on February 27th.


The characters include:

Ben Adams (age 21-30): A real estate salesman

Mr. Broadbent (age 50-70): A real estate developer

Casey Cody (age 20-30): Mr. Broadbent’s secretary

Sue Johnson (age 20-25): A recent culinary school graduate

Mr. Cott (age 40+): Mr. Broadbent’s maintenance man and of course the nanny

Gladys McNicoll (age 40+): A prospective buyer with no redeeming qualities

Fred McNicoll (age 40+): The hen-pecked husband

Walter Brooks (age 40+): A surprise visitor with an insane infatuation for the nanny

Monday, February 6, 2012

TAPA Announces the cast for WAIT UNTIL DARK

The Tillamook Association of the Performing Arts (TAPA) is pleased to announce the cast for the upcoming production of "Wait Until Dark". Set in 1966, in Greenwich Village, in a basement apartment, the story is a suspenseful thriller about a blind housewife, Susy Hendrix. Independent and resourceful, Susy is learning to cope with her blindness, which resulted from a recent accident. She is aided by her difficult, slightly unreliable young neighbor Gloria with whom she has an exasperated but lovingly maternal relationship. Susy’s life is changed by three criminals who believe she has hidden a doll used by them to smuggle heroin into the country. Unknown to Susy, her photographer husband Sam took the doll as a favor for a woman he met on an international plane flight and unwittingly brought the doll to the couple’s New York apartment when the woman became afraid of the customs officials. Alone in her apartment and cut-off from the outside world, Susy must fight for her life against three criminals, led by the psychotic Harry Roat. The tension builds as Roat, aided by his thugs, impersonate police officers and friends of her husband in order to win Susy’s confidence, gaining access to her apartment to look for the doll. The climax of the play, a very physical confrontation between Susy and Roat in her dark kitchen, is a most memorable and frightening scene sure to leave you on the edge of your seat.





Performance dates are March 16,17,23,24,25,30,31. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:00 pm and the Sunday matinee is at 2:00 pm. All performances will take place at The Barn Community Playhouse, 12th and Ivy, Tillamook. Reservations and advance tickets are available at Diamond Art Jewelers 503-842-7940.

Monday, January 30, 2012

ENCORE PERFORMANCE



Due to our final performance weekend of Agatha Christie's THE MOUSETRAP being sold out, TAPA has added an encore performance for Sunday February 5th at 2:00 p.m., doors open one-half hour prior to curtain. Reserved seating is recommended and is available by calling Diamond Art Jewelers at (503) 842-7940.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap

The Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts (TAPA) and Happy Camp Hideaway, along with TLC Federal Credit Union, are pleased to bring the production of Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap to Tillamook, which opens on January 20.


The Mousetrap takes place at Monkswell Manor in the English Countryside in the 1950s. Playing the newlywed owners of Monkswell Manor Bed and Breakfast are Robert Kratz and Ami Ericson. Shortly after the play begins, Monkswell Manor is visited by guests portrayed by Harrison Kaiser, Karen Martin, Richard Coon, Tatjana Queener, and Phil Gregg. A snowstorm moves in and traps everyone at the manor, cutting them off from civilization. By the end of the following day, someone is dead. In typical Agatha Christie style, we have the pleasure of watching a sleuth piece the puzzle together and in this case the sleuth is portrayed by Steele Fleisher.

The Mousetrap opened in London at the Ambassadors Theater in 1952, then moved to St. Martin’s Theater in 1974 (where it has been running ever since), which makes it the longest running play of modern times. By tradition, at the end of each performance, audiences are asked not to reveal the identity of the killer to anyone outside the theater, to ensure that the end of the play is not spoiled for future audiences. Agatha Christie gave the rights of The Mousetrap to her grandson as a birthday present and one of the stipulations was that no film version can be produced until the original production has been closed for at least six months. The Mousetrap has won audiences over for decades largely to do with Agatha Christie’s popularity as the "Queen of Crime" racking up a record breaking 25,000 performances. Therefore, a film adaptation has never been made.

This is TAPA's first foray into the numerous (87 total) works of Christie. Focusing on the British middle and upper classes, Agatha Christie's stories are whodunits sometimes set in an old country estate in England or in a mansion on a mysterious island or during a frightening train ride, etc. The murders are often extremely ingenious, involving some convoluted piece of deception. Agatha Christie's style is almost a genre in itself. Her stories are rich in taut atmosphere and incredibly well- developed characters who work through a story woven in strong psychological suspense, and all are delivered with her deliberate yet gripping slow pace.

Taking the helm of this production is fourth time director Robert Buckingham. In 2009 Robert directed his first production with TAPA, which was the satirical thriller Murder by the Book. Since then he also directed the chilling drama The Beauty Queen of Leenane in 2010 and Neil Simon’s all-American comedy The Star-Spangled Girl last year.

The Mousetrap will be performed at The Barn Community Playhouse located at 12th and Ivy in Tillamook on Jan 20, 21, 27, 28, 29, then wraps up on Feb 3 and 4. All performances begin at 7:00 p.m. with the exception of the matinĂ©e on January 29th, which begins at 2:00 p.m. Doors open one-half hour prior to curtain. There will be an opening night “Champagne Gala” celebration on January 20. The purchase of a ticket includes one beverage on opening night only. Advance tickets and reservations are available through Diamond Art Jewelers at (503) 842-7940. Tickets are going fast so be sure to reserve your seats today. For information please contact info@tillamooktheater.com and find us on facebook.

Pictured in back from left to right are Harrison Kaiser, Ami Ericson, Robert Kratz, Steele Fleisher & Phil Gregg. Pictured in front from left to right are Karen Martin, Richard Coon & Tatjana Queener.