Monday, June 25, 2018

"It's Broadway, Baby...and more!"

Cast of "It's Broadway, Baby...and more!"  (not pictured: Abby Absher, Kayla Cooley)
TAPA is pleased to present “It’s Broadway, Baby…& more!” with shows July 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 & 29 at The Barn Community Playhouse located on the corner of 12 & Ivy in Tillamook. Throughout the years, Tin Pan Alley has enthralled and entertained us with engaging stories and music that pull extraordinary emotions from the very heart of us all - emotions that run the gambit from joyous celebration to devastating tragedy and back again – and drawing from multiple mediums. This delightful revue takes us through some of the most memorable music the Broadway stage has offered us...and more!

“It’s Broadway, Baby…& more!” is staged by Joni Sauer-Folger and produced by Val Braun, with musical direction by Diane Nelson. The cast features: Jennifer Purcell, Margaret Page, Lisa Greiner, Kathy Gervasi, Kayla Cooley, Abby Absher, Kelli McMellen, Jerilee Henderson, Wally & Diane Nelson, Bill Farnum, Fred Casey, and Joni Sauer-Folger.

Tickets are available by calling Diamond Art Jewelers at 503-842-7940 or at the door. Showing times are 7:00 pm on Friday and Saturday, with a 2:00 pm curtain for the Sunday matinees. It is strongly recommended you call and reserve your tickets early. Ticket price is $15.00 with the usual opening night gala.

This is a musical evening that will entertain young and old alike – so bring the entire family and join us for an evening of song and dance, as we support TAPA and celebrate the incredible phenomenon that is musical theater.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Starlite Performances June 22 & 23

Cast & Crew of "After Hours" performs June 22nd & 23rd at 7:00 pm

The Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts (TAPA) annual children’s theater camp is holding their performances this weekend. This year’s play, “After Hours” by Kevin Stone, follows two mannequins who come to life once their store closes for the day. Their evening shenanigans are interrupted by burglars, a night security guard, and evening window shoppers. With great comic dialogue and stage action, you won’t want the curtain to close on this crazy award-winning comedy, popular with all ages!

Directed by Diane Cross, the cast of this fun-filled production includes Kiara Carver, Ruby Gardner, Monica Brown, Keara Jacob, Marisa Walling, Samuel Smith, Kiera Walling, Nicolas Smith, Devin Reiff, Jaena Jacob, Kayden Edwards, Lilly Smith, Joey Reiff, Brynn Kelly, Davyn Wynia, and Devon Reiff.

Performances will be held at TAPA’s Barn Community Playhouse (1204 Ivy Ave) across from Les Schwab on Friday June 22nd and Saturday June 23rd at 7:00 pm both nights. Tickets are $5 general admission, at the door.

Celebrating over 35 years in Tillamook, TAPA is a non-profit community theater dedicated to providing high quality performing arts experiences through entertainment, education, and community participation.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Audition Announcement: God of Carnage

The Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts (TAPA) is holding auditions for their fall comedy, “God of Carnage”, June 2nd & 3rd starting at 11:00 am both days.

Directed by Rob Buckingham, in this seriously funny comedy, we find two couples meeting for the first time due to an incident on the playground involving each of their 11-year old sons. There's the matter of a dental bill to discuss, as well as bullying and taking responsibility. What begins as civilized "grown-up" behavior quickly turns to chaos. We see how our public faces and private faces are sometimes very different, and the lengths some will go to in order to protect their image and defend their position in a hilarious, yet thought provoking way.

Originally written in French, the play was a success, and has since been translated into English. It has enjoyed equal acclaim in productions in both London and New York. “God of Carnage” runs September 14-30th, and rehearsals will start in June.

This production is looking for two (2) men, and two (2) women to fill out the cast. Experience is not necessary! TAPA is a non-profit volunteer organization where learning and growth are fostered.

Auditions will be held at TAPA’s Barn Community Playhouse, located at 12th & Ivy (1204 Ivy Ave).   Audition packets can be found on here (God of Carnage Aud Packet) or by email (

Saturday, April 28, 2018

"Moonglow" shines, starting May 4th

"It must have been moonglow, way up in the blue. It must have been moonglow, that led me straight to you.” Lyrics to the classic song also embody TAPA’s newest play, directed by Ann Harper. Opening May 4th and based on a true story, “Moonglow” is a love story, a comedy, and a drama, all wrapped into one.

Joe and Maxine get close on the couch, watching a soap opera

Sponsored by Mark Stewart and Pam Zielinski of Berskshire Hathaway Real Estate, “Moonglow” follows the story of Maxine (Sue Wilson), a feisty Alzheimer’s victim, as her life transitions to an assisted living facility. She is not pleased with the transition, until

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Announcing "Moonglow" Cast

Back row: Gary Barclay, Rikki Reid, Lora Ressler
Front row: Kiel Kellow, Bill Pickney, Carly Persons, Sue Wilson

 We are excited to announce, along with sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, the cast of the upcoming heartwarming comedy “Moonglow”, written by Kim Carney, and directed by Ann Harper.

“Moonglow” follows Maxine, a feisty, bitter Alzheimer's victim who doesn't want to move into a nursing facility. But when she meets Joe, a widower who shares her love for dance, her outlook begins to change. Although the two clash when lucid, their hazy memories overlap, and they begin an affair that rejuvenates and fulfills them. But can these lovers - played simultaneously

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

We are looking for next season's play proposals!

TAPA is seeking show submissions from directors for their 2018/2019 theater season, which runs October 2018-September 2019. Deadline for submissions is April 14, 2018.

If you are interested in directing but don’t have a specific show in mind, please let us know, we can help you find the right script!

As always, TAPA is looking for a balanced season with some classics, comedies, and dramas.
The submission form can be filled out and submitted a variety of ways.
  • An online submission form

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Summer Theater Camp Accepting Applications

The Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts (TAPA) will be holding their annual summer theater camp for students ages 11-14, the week of June 18th, with performances on June 22nd & 23rd. There are spots for 13 students and registration forms are due April 1st.

This year’s Starlite Theater Camp will be directed by Diane Cross, a current TAPA Board Member. Students in the camp will attend a variety of theater classes and work on preparing this year's show! 

Cost is $25/student and registration is now open! Registration forms can be found here: Starlite Registration Form, or by emailing

Forms are accepted on a first come, first served basis, and space is limited.  Mail your form in soon to secure your student’s spot! Forms are due April 1st.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

"Suitehearts" opens March 9th

Kelli McMellon, Rodney Dahl, Mallary Josi, Jeremy Gilhousen, and Mike Critelli in "Suitehearts"
We are excited to announce the cast of the upcoming comedy “Suitehearts”, written by William Van Zandt and Jane Milmore, the creative team behind many hit plays and TV sitcoms. Directed by Chris Chiola and produced by Diane Cross, this production also serves as a fundraiser for the Tillamook Animal Shelter and United Paws of Tillamook. $1.00 from every ticket will be split and donated to these organizations that benefit the safety and welfare of animals in Tillamook County. There will be other opportunities to donate to these organizations, as well as information on their mission, in the lobby of the Barn Community Playhouse during the run of the show.

The cast of “Suitehearts” includes TAPA veterans Kelli McMellon and Jeremy Gilhousen. Mallary Josi and Rod Dahl return to the stage after appearing together in TAPA’s fall comedy, “Money Matters”. And making his stage debut is Mike Critelli. 

The show starts with newlyweds Timothy (Gilhousen) and Elizabeth Taylor (Josi) being taken

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Auditions: Moonglow

TAPA is holding open auditions for the production “Moonglow” written by Kim Carney and directed by Ann Harper.  "Moonglow" is the story of feisty Maxine and widower Joe as they and their children live through a year of fading reality. Memories and their present circumstance intertwine in this account of life in an adult care facility. Several points of view on aging and dementia are presented. Popular music of the 1930s and 40s will be highlighted.
We are looking for four women and three men to fill the roles of this production. One male and one female are over age 60, one male and one female are 35-60, one male and one female are 18-30 (some dancing will be required of these two), and one female is 25-50. No previous acting experience is necessary, although a willingness to work together and learn is highly encouraged.
Auditions will be held at the Oregon Coast Dance Center at 106 Main Avenue in Tillamook on Saturday February 24th and Sunday February 25th starting at 3:00pm.

Performances will run May 4 through May 20.

Auditions packets are available here: Moonglow Audition Packet or by e-mailing TAPA at Packets will also be available at the audition site. 

TAPA is a non-profit community theater dedicated to providing high quality performing arts experiences through entertainment, education, and community participation.