Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Inspecting Carol - Nov 22nd, 23rd, 29th, 30th, Dec 1st, 6th, 7th, & 8th




The Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts (TAPA) & TLC Federal Credit Union are pleased to bring Inspecting Carol to Tillamook, kicking off the holiday season on November 22nd. Written by Daniel Sullivan and directed by Chris Chiola, Inspecting Carol offers a hilarious look at the backstage antics of a community theater’s production of A Christmas Carol.

The saying “there is too much drama in the theater” comes to life when this play takes the audience on a hilarious journey as the Soapbox Theatre's 12th annual production of A Christmas Carol hits a wall of problems with the cast, money, and a wandering out of work actor. The cast is tired of it as it’s been done with the same actors for so long that Tiny Tim has entered puberty. But the cash-cow is needed to impress an inspector from the National Endowment of the Arts into renewing their arts grant. Much like the hit play Noises Off, the audience has the pleasure of watching a motley crew of characters work through the process of producing a play and the struggles to get it past opening night. Inspecting Carol is simply about a group of founding members struggling with keeping the production fresh while dealing with egos, overacting, back-seat directing, and struggle for the spotlight all while trying to keep the patrons happy.

            Inspecting Carol interjects mild adult humor for those who need a break from the hum drum holiday season. “I hope audiences will laugh themselves silly watching this play and I hope it gives people a break from the madness of the holiday season. We all need an escape from time to time and I know people will enjoy this take on A Christmas Carol. This is also an interesting look at how a theater company works with each other’s zany personalities and the behind the scenes gags and antics that bring a play to life. Those who participate in theater will recognize some familiar personality types, and those who have sat in an audience will simply enjoy a hilarious show to help prepare for the holiday season”, says director Chris Chiola, who brought to TAPA the comedies Sex Please, We’re Sixty and Never Kiss a Naughty Nanny.

            The cast, comprised of theater veterans as well as theater newbies, have been hard at work on their craft. The cast consists of Ann Harper (MJ McMann), Robert Kratz (Wayne Wellacre), Sandra Koops (Zora Boch), Croix Swanson (Luther Beatty), Sarah Edwards (Dorothy Tree Hapgood), Al Johnson (Sidney Carlton), Glen Rankin (Phil Hewlitt), Reggie Coon (Walter Parsons), Brett Duer (Kevin Emery), Richard Coon (Larry Vauxhall), Devin McDaniel (Bart Frances) and Rebecca Dougherty (Betty Andrews).  Supporting the cast is a great crew consisting of RJ Wynia, Dennis Greiner, Pablo Santos, Elizabeth Rankin, Sylvia Johnson, and Tona Mortensen.

Inspecting Carol runs November 22nd, 23rd, 29th, 30th and December 1st, 6th, 7th and 8th. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:00 pm and Sunday matiness begin at 2:00 pm. Doors open one half hour prior to curtain.

            The Barn Community Playhouse is located at 12th and Ivy in Tillamook. As always, reserved seating is available through Diamond Art Jewelers in Tillamook. Call (503) 842-7940 for tickets.

Zora (Sandra), Sidney (Al) and Walter (Reggie) discussing Walter's robe

Zora and Wayne (Robert) getting up close and personal as MJ (Ann) looks on

Sidney playing peek-a-boo

Chris getting the cast ready for rehearsal
Chris making notes during rehearsal

Wayne (who is sitting on MJ's lap) performing as Tiny Tim


Saturday, October 19, 2013

CAST ANNOUNCEMENT FOR 'INSPECTING CAROL'

The Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts (TAPA) is pleased to announce the cast of Inspecting Carol written by Daniel Sullivan and directed by Chris Chiola, which opens at The Barn Community Playhouse in Tillamook on November 22.

Almost broke, the pathetic Soapbox Theatre Company is having a dickens of a time with their annual winter production of A Christmas Carol.  The cast is tired of it, as it’s been done with the same actors so long that Tiny Tim has entered puberty.  But the cash-cow is needed to impress the inspector from the National Endowment of the Arts into renewing their arts grant. Enter an incompetent actor who gets mistaken for said inspector and everything goes wrong while hilarity is pile on hilarity.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Sunday, September 8, 2013

OPEN AUDITIONS FOR OUR SPRING MUSICAL


ATTENTION!!!!

IT’S AUDITION TIME!!!

Auditions for TAPA’s upcoming musical, “The Pajama Game”, will be held on September 21st and 22nd , 2 p.m., at the Tillamook United Methodist Church, located at 3808 12th. St. and will be in the choir room.  Auditions packets will be available at the library beginning September 6th.  There are 6 major roles (3 women and 3 men) plus a number of parts for supporting roles. The eight performance dates are from January 24 to February 9, 2014.  If you have any questions you may contact Kelli McMellon, director, at 503-801-0631 or Diane Nelson, producer, at 503-812-1633.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Open auditions September 7th

While we are enjoying a successful run of SHERLOCK'S SECRET LIFE (tickets are still available for our remaining 6 performances) we are looking to the future and our next production. INSPECTING CAROL is written by Daniel Sullivan and is being directed by Chris Chiola. "Almost broke, the pathetic Soapbox Theater Company is having a dickens of a time with their annual winter production of A Christmas Carol. The cast is tired of it, as it's been done with the same actors for so long that Tiny Tim has entered puberty. But the cash-cow is needed to impress the inspector from the National Endowment of the Arts into renewing their arts grant. Enter an incompetent actor who gets mistaken for said inspector and everything goes wrong while hilarity is piled on hilarity'. Auditions will be held at The Barn Community Playhouse on September 7th. No Experience is necessary. Yule be glad you auditioned!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

SHERLOCK’S SECRET LIFE; August 30, 31, September 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15



The Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts (TAPA) and The Oregon Coast Dance Center bring SHERLOCK'S SECRET LIFE to life at TAPA's Barn Community Playhouse beginning on August 30. Written by Ed Lange and directed by Robert Buckingham, SHERLOCK'S SECRET LIFE isn't quite the same detective we've met in the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Set as a "prequel" to Doyle's writings, SHERLOCK'S SECRET LIFE shows a younger, more vulnerable and idealistic Sherlock Holmes (Peter Vultaggio), and also portrays a different side to Sherlock’s landlady, Mrs. Hudson (Karen Downs). The play also explores the relationship she has with both Sherlock and his partner in crime-solving, Dr. John Watson (Benjamin Ruderman). Also featured is the lovable Inspector Lestrade (Gerry Cortimilia), Sherlock’s nemesis Professor Moriarty (Stewart Martin), and an aged Dr. Watson (Bill Farnum). The play introduces two new characters, Dr. Watson's nurse Mollie (Sarah Edwards) and the supposed “true” love of Sherlock’s life, Marianna (Samantha Swindler), whose identity and motives remain a mystery for the detective and doctor until a dramatic final scene. While SHERLOCK'S SECRET LIFE takes some liberties with Doyle’s story lines, the play is true to much of the historic literature. Of course, one mustn't be intimately familiar with the “Holmesian canon” to enjoy the play, but those who are will recognize some familiar faces. The story is told through the memories of an older Dr. Watson, now in his final years, looking back on the one adventure he never told of his friend, Sherlock Holmes. 

SHERLOCK'S SECRET LIFE runs August 30 through September 15 with an opening night champagne reception with a complimentary beverage and appetizers on August 30. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7 pm and the Sunday performances begin at 2pm. Doors open one-half hour prior to curtain. The Barn Community Playhouse is located at 12th and Ivy in Tillamook. Audiences who attend the Sept. 7th performance will get a special treat, as members of the Noble and Most Singular Order of the Blue Carbuncle, a Sherlock Holmes society based in Portland, will be traveling from the valley to see the production in period dress. 

Reserved seating is available through Diamond Art Jewelers at (503) 842-7940. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors or students, and $40 for a family of four. For more information, visit www.tillamooktheater.com, www.facebook.com/tillamooktheater or contact info@tillamooktheater.com.

SHERLOCK'S SECRET LIFE was originally co-produced by the New York State Theatre Institute and Actors' Company of Pennsylvania and is being produced by TAPA with special arrangements from Samuel French, Inc.


https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151533920948983.1073741827.115963818982&type=1






TRANSFORMATION VIA MY STACHE FORMATION by Benjamin Ruderman (Dr. Watson)

It all started when I accepted the part of Watson in Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts' production of SHERLOCK’S SECRET LIFE written by Ed Lange.  One of the lines in the play describes Watson's "bushy moustache." I laughed because at 34 years of age I have never been able to grow a respectable moustache, let alone a “bushy” one. I said to the director, "Rob, you're going to have to cut that line. I can't grow a moustache and if we glue one on I'll sweat it off during the performance." Then Samantha Swindler baited me with the most motivational comment, "You’re not growing a Moustache?  Not that dedicated, huh?"

I will perform all manner of stupid in the pursuit of proving my dedication. I believe in live theater as a means of cathartic transformation for communities. When you see a film or a play that is executed well, the message it delivers can change your worldview – can change your life. Thus, I take my commitment to delivering my best performance seriously.

With only 12 weeks left to opening night, I sought the advice of an expert. My brother-in-law Dennis had grown a beard to make Grizzly Adams envious. If anyone could teach me to grow a “bushy mustache”, he could. He quickly accepted the role of beard coach. The advice he gave me was strange: “Grow your hair for a week, and then shave it. Do this four times, and then let it grow.” The advice seemed counter intuitive. It seemed I would be losing four weeks of potential growth following his advice.  I voiced my concerns to my beard coach. Dennis laughed while stroking his magnificent mane of face masking hair. “Are you really going to argue with this?” At that moment I knew he was my Mr. Miyagi. I must do what he told me no matter how insane it sounded.

Immediately, I started growing a goatee. On the seventh day of growth before shaving, I took pictures and sent them to my beard coach. The second week definitely seemed thicker and by the third week’s shave my beard coach replied “Looking good young Jedi.”

The hardest part was the social repercussions that first month of no shaving. During that sad scraggly interim between clean shaven and fully facial haired, some of the comments from friends, coworkers and family were just plain cruel. Were it not for the support of my beard coach and my true friends, I surely would have caved and shaved.


Now just two weeks from the opening night of “Sherlock’s Secret Life”, I shaved the hair off my chin and have acquired a “bushy mustache.” My beard coach may soon be releasing a motivational DVD – “Beard 90X”. While I don’t feel like a different person, when I look in the mirror and see Tom Selleck staring back, I know it was all worth it. 

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

INTRODUCING THE CAST OF SHERLOCK'S SECRET LIFE

The Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts (TAPA) and The Oregon Coast Dance Center are pleased to announce the cast of Sherlock’s Secret Life directed by Robert Buckingham, which opens at The Barn Community Playhouse in Tillamook on August 30th. This Sherlock Holmes isn’t quite the same detective we’ve met in the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Set as a “prequel” to Doyle’s writings, Sherlock’s Secret Life written by Ed Lange, (which was originally co-produced by the New York State Theatre Institute and Actors' Company of Pennsylvania) shows a younger, more vulnerable and idealistic Sherlock Holmes, portrayed by TAPA newcomer Peter Vultaggio, and also portrays a different side to Sherlock’s landlady, Mrs. Hudson, portrayed by Karen Downs. The play also explores the relationship she has with both Sherlock and his partner in crime-solving, Dr. John Watson, portrayed by Ben Ruderman. The play introduces a new character, the supposed “true” love of Sherlock’s life, portrayed by Samantha Swindler, whose identity and motives remain a mystery for the detective and doctor until a dramatic final scene. Also featured is the lovable Inspector Lestrade portrayed by Gerry Cortimilia, Sherlock’s nemesis Professor Moriarty portrayed by Stewart Martin and the aged Dr. Watson portrayed by Bill Farnum.
Audiences who attend the Sept. 7th performance will get a special treat, as members of the Noble and Most Singular Order of the Blue Carbuncle, a Sherlock Holmes society based in Portland, will be traveling from the valley to see the production in period dress. The group met the cast and production team in June and was photographed together.
Formed in 1971, The Blue Carbuncle Society holds formal dinners, discusses themes related to Holmesian fiction, and takes an academic approach to appreciating Doyle’s work. From 1887 to 1928, Doyle published 56 short stories and four novels featuring the deductive reasoning of detective Sherlock Holmes.
“We refer to all Conan Doyle’s writings pertaining to Sherlock as the canon,” said James Cassetta, who is serves as Grand Gander, or head, of the group. “We consider the writings to be inspired.”
New members must spend a year as an “egg,” attending five of the group’s events before being grilled on the canon at the Christmas dinner. If an egg demonstrates proper knowledge as judged by the group, he is allowed to become a member.
Once accepted, members take on a canonical name from a character in Doyle’s writings. Cassetta took his moniker, William Crowder, from the gamekeeper in "The Boscombe Valley Mystery.” His wife, Jan Cassetta, is Lady Frances Carfax from “The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax.”
“The actual character of Sherlock Holmes is interesting,” said Jan Cassetta. “He’s a very complex man. He’s very bright but he has sort of a manic depressive quality to him.”
While “Sherlock’s Secret Life” takes some liberties with Doyle’s story lines, the play is true to much of the historic literature. Of course, one mustn’t be intimately familiar with the “Holmesian canon” to enjoy the play, but those who are will recognize some familiar faces. The story is told through the memories of an older Dr. Watson, now in his final years, looking back on the one adventure he never told of his friend, Sherlock Holmes.
Sherlock’s Secret Life runs August 30 through September 15 with an opening night champagne reception with a complimentary beverage and appetizers on August 30. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7 pm and the Sunday performances begin at 2pm. Doors open one-half hour prior to curtain. The Barn Community Playhouse is located at 12th and Ivy in Tillamook. Reserved seating is available through Diamond Art Jewelers at (503) 842-7940. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors or students, and $40 for a family of four. For more information, visit facebook.com/tillamooktheater or contact info@tillamooktheater.com.

The cast of “Sherlock’s Secret Life” is, standing, from left: Karen Downs, Gerry Cortimilia, Stewart Martin, Peter Vultaggio, Samantha Swindler, Ben Ruderman, Bill Farnum & Sarah Edwards.

Members of the Noble and Most Singular Order of the Blue Carbuncle are, seated, from left, James Cassetta, Jan Cassetta, Judy Lyen, Maria Vaughan, Terri Zensen and John Ellis.


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

IT'S BROADWAY BABY!

TAPA and the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts are pleased to present It’s Broadway, Baby! – 100 Years of Musical Theater. This musical revue fundraiser runs June 21, 22, 28 & 29  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 ticket price of $20.00 includes one beverage and hors d’oeuvres.

It was 100 years ago when the American Theater opened for business on 42nd Street in the heart of Manhattan. It was to be the first of many theaters to open on what would become Broadway—the Great White Way. Beginning with the early years of Tin Pan Alley, this delightful revue takes us through some of the most memorable music the Broadway stage had to offer over the last century.

It’s Broadway, Baby! is staged by Joni Sauer-Folger and produced by Val Braun, with musical direction by Diane Nelson and choreography by Sarah Absher. The cast features: Sarah Absher, Roberta Bettis, Robert Bishop, Julie Bucknam, Michael Simpson, John Davy, Gerry Cortimilia, Bill Farnum, Peggy Kellow, Kelli McMellon, Wally Nelson, Jennifer Purcell, Joni Sauer-Folger, Becki Wilhelm, and David Wiser. The show also highlights dancers from Dance Zone.

Come and join us as we support TAPA and celebrate 100 years of musical theater with song and dance. This is a musical evening fundraiser that will entertain the entire family.



Tuesday, May 7, 2013

A PEAK AT TAPA'S LATEST PRODUCTION

Get your tickets for YOU KNOW I CAN'T HEAR YOU WHEN THE WATER'S RUNNING today! See details in our press release below.

Mart Cherry and Carolyn Olsen

Margaret Page and Garrick Gordon

Brett Duer and Barbi Fox

Danielle Thornton
Lora Ressler

Ann Harper and Deb Cherry

The official cast photo




Saturday, May 4, 2013

YOU KNOW I CAN'T HEAR YOU WHEN THE WATER'S RUNNING

The Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts (TAPA) and TLC Federal Credit Union presents You Know I Can’t Hear You When The Water Is Running, a collection of four one-act comedies, opening May 10. Written by Robert Anderson and directed locally by Chris Chiola, each play uses humor to explore morality, relationships, and taboo subjects.

In March TAPA premiered the first part of a two-part series featuring one-act plays with the drama Memory that dealt with the trials of losing one’s memory with age. You Know I Can’t Hear You When The Water Is Running is the humorous end of the two-part series.

In Act I, “The Shock of Recognition,” a playwright and his producer flirt with the concept of full frontal male nudity on stage, and if it can or will be done by an eager actor. Don’t worry though; that is left up to the audience’s imagination.

Act II, “The Footsteps of Doves,” examines the confines of the marital bed - literally. The play follows a couple who, after 25 years of marriage, is considering going from a double bed to two single beds.

Act III, “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” confronts parents’ issues with a pleasure-seeking teen, a dating daughter and a third child’s college problems and how these issues strain a marriage.

In the final play, Act IV’s “I’m Herbert,” two aging love birds sit on their porch with failing memories of their past lives and loves.

These witty comedies aim to touch your heart and tickle your funny bone. However, some material may not be suitable for those not of a mature age, so no young ones, please. YOU KNOW I CAN'T HEAR YOU WHEN THE WATER'S RUNNING stars Mart Cherry, Garrick Gordon, Lora Ressler, Brett Duer, Ann Harper, Deb Cherry, Barbi Fox, Margaret Page, Danielle Thornton and Carolyn Olsen.

Opening night of every TAPA production includes a champagne reception, with a complimentary beverage and appetizers. Doors for opening night open at 6:30 p.m. May 10 at the Barn Community Playhouse, 12th and Ivy in Tillamook. Shows start promptly at 7 p.m. Other performances are at 7 p.m. May 11, 17, 18, 24 and 25, and at 2 p.m. Sundays, May 19 and 26.

Reserved seating is available through Diamond Art Jewelers at (503) 842-7940. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors or students, and $40 for a family of four. For more information, visit www.tillamooktheater.com, facebook.com/tillamooktheater or contact info@tillamooktheater.com.

OPEN AUDITIONS ON MAY 18TH & MAY 19TH


Saturday, April 13, 2013

CAST ANNOUNCEMENT

The Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts (TAPA) and TLC Federal Credit Union present You Know I Can’t Hear You When The Water Is Running, a collection of four one-act comedies, opening May 10. Written by Robert Anderson and directed locally by Chris Chiola, each play uses humor to explore morality, relationships, and taboo subjects.


In March TAPA premiered the first part of a two-part series featuring one-act plays with the drama Memory that dealt with the trials of losing one’s memory with age. You Know I Can’t Hear You When The Water Is Running is the humorous end of the two-part series. These witty comedies aim to touch your heart and tickle your funny bone. However, some material may not be suitable for those not of a mature age, so no young ones, please.

In Act I, “The Shock of Recognition,” a playwright and his producer flirt with the concept of full frontal male nudity on stage, and if it can or will be done by an eager actor. Don’t worry though; that is left up to the audience’s imagination.

Act II, “The Footsteps of Doves,” examines the confines of the marital bed - literally. The play follows a couple who, after 25 years of marriage, is considering going from a double bed to two single beds.

Act III, “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” confronts parents’ issues with a pleasure-seeking teen, a dating daughter and a third child’s college problems and how these issues strain a marriage.

In the final play, Act IV’s “I’m Herbert,” two aging love birds sit on their porch with failing memories of their past lives and loves.

Opening night of every TAPA production includes a champagne reception, with a complimentary beverage and appetizers. Doors for opening night open at 6:30 p.m. May 10 at the Barn Community Playhouse, 12th and Ivy in Tillamook. Shows start promptly at 7 p.m. Other performances are at 7 p.m. May 11, 17, 18, 24 and 25, and at 2 p.m. Sundays, May 19 and 26.

Reserved seating is available through Diamond Art Jewelers at (503) 842-7940. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors or students, and $40 for a family of four. For more information, visit facebook.com/tillamooktheater or contact info@tillamooktheater.com.



Back row: Ann Harper, Garrick Gordon, Margaret Page & Carolyn Olson
Middle row: Danielle Thornton, Mart & Deb Cherry
Front row: Lora Ressler, Brett Durer & Barbi Fox


Sunday, March 17, 2013

A SPECIAL DAY FOR TAPA



LOST PIONEER was performed at TAPA's Barn Community Playhouse by acclaimed actress of stage and screen, Megan Liz Cole on March 17, 2013. Local historian Mark Beach introduced the performance to a sold-out house. Although this was not the first time this production had been performed, it was the first time in TAPA's newly remodeled theater. As Mark said in the introduction, this was a perfect example of people coming together for the sake of art. It was a special day for the Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts and the Tillamook County Historical Society who spored the event together.

LOST PIONEER is an original piece created by Megan Liz Cole, Mark Beach and award winning Portland playwright Ellen West. To help with the project, the creators received a grant aided by the Tillamook County Cultural Coalition along with the Nehalem Valley Historical Society, the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum and the Tillamook County Historical Society.

A huge thank you goes out to everyone who came to our theater to a part of this special day. We hope to see you all again soon.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Special Presentation of LOST PIONEER


The Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts (TAPA) is pleased to host a special performance of Lost Pioneer at the Barn Community Playhouse in Tillamook on March 17, 2013 at 3:00 pm. 

Lost Pioneer is performed by acclaimed actress of stage and screen, Megan Liz Cole who also helped write the story. All in all, it was a collaborate effort between Cole, local historian Mark Beach and award-winning Portland playwright Ellen West. Lost Pioneer tells the story of early pioneer life in Tillamook County and takes place in the days after the infamous attack on Pearl Harbor during World War II. Through imaginative storytelling, pioneer life meets modern life when reality is blurred after a minor automobile accident where the main character suffers a bump on the head. Trapped in her car and drifting in and out of consciousness, she takes the audience on a trip back in time through relived memories and storytelling.

To help with the project, the creators of Lost Pioneer received a grant aided by the Tillamook County Cultural Coalition along with the Nehalem Valley Historical Society, the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum and Tillamook County Historical Society. The play was performed along the coast last year for sold-out audiences and after receiving many requests from the public, they decided it was time to schedule more performances. Along with the performance at TAPA, Lost Pioneer will also be performed at Pine Grove Community House in Manzanita on March 10th.

The Tillamook performance of Lost Pioneer will be performed at the newly remodeled Barn Community Playhouse, located at 12th & Ivy in Tillamook at 3:00 pm on March 17th. Doors open one-half hour prior to curtain and concessions will be available both before and after the show. Audiences will also have an opportunity to interact with actress Megan Liz Cole and historian Mark Beach after the 45-minute performance. Seating is general admission and the ticket price is $10. Advanced tickets may be purchased at Diamond Art Jewelers in Tillamook, or call (503) 842-7940. For more information, please visit TAPA on facebook, or contact info@tillamooktheater.com.

Don't forget that this is the last weekend to see our current production of MEMORY directed by Bill Farnum. MEMORY features 2 one-act plays featuring Arthur Miller & Israel Horovitz. Get your tickets at Diamond Art Jewelers at (503) 842-7940


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

WE'RE NOT MOVING

Contrary to a popular rumor that's being circulated around our community, TAPA has not purchased, nor are there any plans to purchase the Colosseum Theater in downtown Tillamook. In the summer of 2012, we completed Phase 1 of a 3-phase remodel project of The Barn Community Playhouse in Tillamook, which has been TAPA's home for several years. We are proud of the progress we've made and look forward to what's to come. As always, we appreciate your support.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

MEMORY opens February 22 and runs through March 9


The Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts (TAPA) and TLC Federal Credit Union are
pleased to bring the production of Memory, TAPA’s 3rd production of the 2012-13 season, to
Tillamook. Memory consists of two one-act plays (I Can't Remember Anything and The 75th),
both exploring memory and growing older in different ways. In a wonderful mix of the theater, these plays
offer comedy, drama, and bittersweet moments. We all struggle with memory from time to time. It’s
something that can happen no matter what age we are. However, as we grow older we find that
memory can be a bit elusive at times. Memories can be precious and vivid then foggy and haunting.

I Can’t Remember Anything is the story of two neighbors portrayed by Robert Kratz and Sandra
Koops. She is a widow whose life seems to be stuck since her husband’s death and he is the
gruff best friend of her late husband. Both often share meals together to keep each other
company and reminisce of times gone by. The two old friends trade lighthearted banter and
stinging exchanges to express their conflicting views of “life’s truths”. At the same time, they
reveal to us their enduring mutual affection and the importance of companionship as the
shadow of mortality lengthens. I Can’t Remember Anything was written by beloved American
playwright Arthur Miller. Many have considered him to be one of the greatest dramatists of the
twentieth century. Other noteworthy works of Miller include Death of a Salesman and The
Crucible.

The 75th is set in a restaurant for the occasion of the seventy-fifth reunion of a high-school
class—of which only two members remain, portrayed by Terri Winkle and Bill Farnum. Now in
their nineties, the two mistake each other for several other classmates and can’t quite
remember their real identities. As they put the pieces of the puzzle together, their memories
become clearer and they recall their old friendships. The past begins to clarify and emerge
through touching, funny and revealing banter. The play shows us how the decisions and actions
we make so casually in our youth follow us for the rest of our lives. And how significant those
decisions and actions truly are. The 75th was written by Israel Horovitz, who wrote his first play
when he was 17 years old. Since then he has written over 70 plays that have been translated
and performed in more than 30 languages worldwide. Horovitz also wrote the screenplay for the
1982 film Author! Author!

The director of Memory is Bill Farnum. Bill has been involved in theater since 1980 in California
and here in Oregon. Over the years Bill has served on the TAPA board of directors, has directed
two other productions (Sylvia and Scotland Road) and has been on stage acting and singing in
several other TAPA productions.

Memory will be performed at the newly remodeled Barn Community Theater, located at 12th &
Ivy in Tillamook. Show times are at 7:00 pm on February 22, 23, March 1, 2, 8, 9 and also at
2:00 pm on February 24 and March 3. Doors open one-half hour prior to curtain; reserved
seating is recommended as is available through Diamond Art Jewelers at (503) 842-7940. For information,
please visit them on facebook, or contact info@tillamooktheater.com.




Back row: Bill Farnum and Terri Winkle
Front row: Sandra Koops and Robert Kratz

Monday, January 21, 2013

MEMORY


The Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts (TAPA) and TLC Federal Credit Union are pleased to announce the cast of the upcoming production of Memory, TAPA’s 3rd production of the 2012-13 season.

Memory consists of two one-act plays written by different playwrights, both exploring memory and growing older in different ways. In I Can’t Remember Anything (written by Arthur Miller) two old friends trade lighthearted banter and stinging exchanges to express their conflicting views of “life’s truths”. At the same time, they reveal to us their enduring mutual affection and the importance of companionship as the shadow of mortality lengthens. In The 75th (written by Israel Horovitz) two classmates reconnect at their high school reunion 75 years after graduation. Now in their nineties, the two, Arthur “Cookie” Silverstein and Amy Chamberlain, don’t even remember each other at first, but, as they review their memories and recall old friendships, the past begins to clarify and emerge. The cast of Memory includes Robert Kratz, Sandra Koops, Terri Winkle and Bill Farnum.

The director of Memory is Bill Farnum. Bill has been involved in theater since 1980 in California and since moving to Oregon and becoming involved with TAPA, he has directed two other productions (Sylvia and Scotland Road) and has been on stage acting and singing.

Memory opens on February 22 and runs through March 9. Reserved seating will be available at Diamond Art Jewelers, (503) 842-7940. For information, please visit them on facebook, or contact info@tillamooktheater.com.
Sandra Koops and Robert Kratz

Memory Flier