Thursday, December 18, 2014

Audition Announcement: Dead Ringer, 1/3 & 1/4

by Gino DiIorio
directed by Robert Buckingham

This dark comedy/western will run March 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, April 3, & 4

Friday, December 12, 2014

TAPA Announces Cast for The Lion In Winter

Back row (l to r): Chris Chiola, Sid Givens, Riley Peterson, Steele Fleisher
Front row (l to r): Joni Sauer-Folger, Mark Johnson, Liz Tosch


Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts (TAPA) is delighted to announce the cast of The Lion In Winter, written by James Goldman and directed by Kelli McMellon.

Opening January 23rd, The Lion in Winter is comedic in tone and dramatic in action. The play tells the story of the Plantagenet family who are locked in a free-for-all of competing ambitions to inherit a kingdom. The queen, and wealthiest woman in the world, Eleanor of Aquitaine, has been kept in prison since raising an army against her husband, King Henry II.  Let out only for holidays, the play centers around the inner conflicts of the royal family as they fight over both a

Thursday, November 13, 2014

TAPA's holiday show opens Nov 21st!




Back Row (l to r): RJ Wynia, Robert Kratz, Steele Fleisher and Robert Buckingham
Front Row (l to r): Briar Smith, Barbi Fox, Sarah Edwards and Sandra Koops

The Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts (TAPA) is excited to announce its latest production - Ken Ludwig’s The Game’s Afoot; or Holmes for the Holidays, directed by R. A. Coon.  This show is brought to you by the generosity of Haltiner Heating & Sheet Metal and with support from the Oregon Community Foundation.

It is December 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast-members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry.  But when one of the guests is mysteriously murdered, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous.  Then it’s up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tickets for TAPA's holiday show now on sale!


Tickets for TAPA's holiday show, Ken Ludwig's The Game's Afoot, or Holmes for the Holidays, are now on sale and may be reserved by contacting Diamond Art Jewelers at 503-842-7940.

Take yourself to December 1936 where Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast-members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry.  But when one of the guests is mysteriously

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Annual Meeting to be held Oct 26th






Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts (TAPA) will hold their annual member meeting at The Barn Community Playhouse, located at 12th & Ivy in Tillamook, October 26, 2014 starting at 3:00 pm. Food and beverages will be provided.

This is a chance for you to meet the TAPA Board, find out what’s been

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Cast Announcement: Ken Ludwig's The Game's Afoot; or Holmes for the Holidays





 The Game's Afoot Cast (back row L to R): Producer Chris Chiola, Robert Kratz, Steele Fleisher, Robert Buckingham, RJ Wynia, Director Richard A. Coon
(front row L to R): Sarah Edwards, Barbi Fox, Sandra Koops, Briar Smith
 
The Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts (TAPA) is excited to announce the cast for Ken Ludwig’s The Game’s Afoot; or Holmes for the Holidays, directed by R. A. Coon.  

It is December 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast-members to his Connecticut castle for

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Open Auditions For TAPA’s Winter Production




The Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts (TAPA) is pleased to announce open auditions for their winter production, The Lion In Winter, a play depicting the personal and political conflicts of Henry II of England, his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine, their children, and their guests during Christmas, 1183.

Auditions will be held at Oregon Coast Dance Center on Oct 4th and 5th, from 2:00-4:00 pm each day. Oregon Coast Dance Center is located at 106 Main Ave in Tillamook, next to the Eyes of Oregon optometry center.

TAPA is looking to fill the following roles: 
  • King Henry II
  • Alais, a French Princess
  • John, the youngest son
  • Geoffrey, the middle son
  • Richard Lionheart, the oldest son
  • Eleanor, King Henry’s wife
  • Philip, King of France

Called a touchstone of today's theater scene, The Lion In Winter follows a dysfunctional family of the 12th century, as King Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine maneuver against each other to position their

Friday, September 12, 2014

True West Opens Sept 26th!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lee and Austin are more alike than they previously thought

Monday, August 25, 2014

Audition Annoucement 9/6 & 9/7: Ken Ludwig's "The Game's Afoot or, Holmes for the Holidays"



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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

True West coming Sept 26th!





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


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

Saturday, July 12, 2014

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

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Open Auditions For TAPA’s Fall Production




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

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

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

Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Hallelujah Girls opens June 6th!


Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts (TAPA), Shear Bliss Salon, Oh My Stars, and Blue Heron bring the delightfully funny show The Hallelujah Girls, to Tillamook opening June 6th!  Written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten, the show follows six women from Eden Falls, Georgia as they decide to make a life change and pursue their dreams after the loss of a close friend. Sugar Lee Thompkins, portrayed by Debbie Coon, rallies her friends together and convinces them it’s never too late to change their destiny and improve their lives. The women, consisting of Ann Harper, Becki Wilhelm, Laurie Caspell, and Diane Kreider, reluctantly agree to help their friend start a new business in an old abandoned church. Enter an ex-love  portrayed by Richard Coon, a suitor portrayed by Garrick Gordon, and the wickedly sweet town villain portrayed by Joni Sauer-Folger; mix it all together and the result is a hilarious comedy that will make you laugh out loud and shout “Hallelujah!”.

The Hallelujah Girls is directed by Robert Buckingham, and is

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Starlite Children's Academy applications due June 1st!

Starlite Children's Academy applications are due June 1st! This year's show is A Dragon In The Mix, by Sue Ann Gunn. The Academy will be held the week of July 7th with performances on July 12th & 13th, cost is $25/student for the week. You can find the online application here: http://tinyurl.com/kw86n5k



Sunday, April 27, 2014

Cast Announcement: The Hallelujah Girls!



Back Row, L to R: Richard Coon, Ann Harper, Diane Krieder, Garrick Gordon
Front Row, L to R: Debbie Coon, Laurie Caspell, Becki Wilhelm, Joni Sauer-Folger

 The Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts (TAPA) is pleased to introduce the cast of The Hallelujah Girls, written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten.  This joyful southern comedy will melt your heart with warmth and humor.  Six women from Eden Falls, Georgia decide to make a change and pursue their dreams after the loss of a close friend. The women rally together to overcome obstacles

Thursday, April 3, 2014



A Little Song & Dance is coming to Tillamook, April 25th & 26th!  

Some songs will be familiar, some amusing, some wistful, and some whimsical...but you will love every tune!  A one-woman tour de force, Caryn Backman will sing, dance, and cavort her way into your head and heart.  This show promises to have something for everyone, guaranteed to please.  And don't be surprised if she plays

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody opens March 28th!

The time is near to find out what happens at the show "A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody"!  The cast has been hard at work and have produced a wonderful show that will tweak your happy side.

This delightful comedic murder romp will be performed March 28th, 29th, 30th, April 4th, 5th, 6th, 11th and 12th at The Barn Community Playhouse, located at 12th & Ivy Ave in

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Audition Announcement: Hallelujah Girls 3/1 & 3/2



Open Auditions




directed by Robert Buckingham

Saturday March 1st— 1:00 pm
Sunday March 2nd—1:00 pm
TAPA’S Barn Community Playhouse at 12th & Ivy in Tillamook

Performance dates: June 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 20th, 21st, 22nd

Open Call for Directors!




Calling all Directors!


Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts is seeking show submissions from Directors for the 2014-2015 season. Deadline for submissions is March 31, 2014.



As always, TAPA is looking for a balanced season with some classics, some comedies, and some dramas. A musical evening will also be considered.


Cast Announcement: A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody


Introducing the cast of “A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody” by Ron Bernas and directed by Joni Sauer-Folger.

This delightful comedic murder romp will be performed March 28th, 29th, 30th, April 4th, 5th, 6th, 11th and 12th at The Barn Community Playhouse at 12th & Ivy Ave in Tillamook.  Evening performances start at 7:00 pm and Sunday matinees will start at 2:00 pm. Doors open 30 minutes prior to curtain. 

Join us for the Opening Night Gala on March 28th starting at 6:30 pm; each ticket purchase includes one free beverage of choice. 

Tickets go on sale February 28th; reservations can be made by calling Diamond Art Jewelers at 503-842-7940.


"A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody" Cast
Back row (L to R): Koli Cutler, Bill Farnum, Robert Kratz, Brett Duer
Front row (L to R): Sarah Edwards, Ali Duer

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

PAJAMA GAME TICKETS NOW ON SALE



The dangers of a workplace romance are explored to hysterical effect in this romantic comedy from the creators of DAMN YANKEES.  Conditions at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory are anything but peaceful, as sparks fly between new superintendent Sid Sorokin and Babe Williams, leader of the union grievance committee.  Their stormy relationship comes to a head when the workers strike for a 7 and a half cent pay increase, setting off not only a conflict between management and labor, but a battle of the sexes as well.