Jan 242019
 January 24, 2019  No Responses »

Ken Ludwig’s “Baskerville” — March 8, 9, 10, 15, 16

The cast and crew of Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville are hard at work preparing for the spring production. In this comedy thriller, author Ken Ludwig transforms Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic “The Hound of the Baskervilles” into a murderously funny adventure. Sherlock Holmes is on the case. The male heirs of the Baskerville line are being dispatched one by one.

To find their ingenious killer, Holmes and Watson must brave the desolate moors before a family curse dooms its newest heir. Their intrepid investigators try to escape a dizzying web of clues, silly accents, disguises, and deceit as five actors deftly portray more than 40 characters. Does a wild hellhound prowl the moors of Devonshire? Can the heroes discover the truth in time? Join the fun and see how far from elementary the truth can be.

Mr. Sherlock Holmes is portrayed by Clay Ramsey with Antonius Watkins as Dr. Watson. The remaining characters, nearly 40 in all, are played by Krysta Koenigsknecht, Rory Miller and Jonathan

Portland Civic Players is excited once again to be collaborating with local organizations for this production. $5 from each ticket sold will be split between the Portland Community Fund and Ionia County Relay for Life.

“We are so excited to be able to bring this fun and entertaining show to our community and thrilled to be partnering with these two local organizations and help raise funds for very worthy causes. We have enjoyed such great support from this and surrounding communities over the years, and this collaboration is a great way to give back!” said Mary Teachout, PCP President. “We hope to see folks from communities countywide at the show!”

The play is being directed by Dr. Roger Miller, with Shelley Perry as assistant director. Performances are March 8, 9, 10, 15, and 16 at the Portland Community Theater, located at 231 Maple Street, Portland.

Jan 232019
 January 23, 2019  No Responses »


Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery features five actors playing over 35 characters. That means costume designer, Denise Showerman, had her hand’s full organizing a lot of costume changes!

Pam Robinson, Deb Hattis, Kelly Sandborn, Tiffany Barron, Lydia Wilson, Denise Showerman
Our amazing backstage assistants! We appreciate their hard work, time, and dedication.

How do you keep all of the costume pieces straight? We’re already tired (and excited!) just thinking about it.
Denise Showerman (DS): Attention to detail is key and lots of pre production reading of the script.

Can you tell us your secret to making sure the costume changes happen in time?
DS:  Practice, practice, practice and a dedicated team of dressers working backstage make the process as smooth as possible for a great experience for the audience.

What design can you not wait to see come to life?
DS:  The iconic Sherlock Holmes of course. 

Did you have to go in search of any special materials to create the costumes?
DS:  The hats were really the main items that required special materials. The clothing was fairly straight forward.

If you had to pick one costume to wear to a costume party, which would you choose?
DS: Stapleton, who wouldn’t want to hop around with a butterfly net?

What character has been the most fun to work on?
DS:  Sir Henry, without a doubt. 

Do you have any costume tips or tricks to share?
DS: Use your imagination. Inspiration comes when you least expect it. 

Dec 262018
 December 26, 2018  No Responses »

*Registration opens MAY 1st. Watch for online Form and PayPal link.


WHO: Students entering grades 4-12. No theater experience required!

WHAT: Summer Theater is a unique six-week program that offers students a fun way to gain theater experience. The program integrates theater games, exercises, and improvisation into a rehearsal process culminating in three full-length plays.

WHERE: The Portland Playhouse (231 Maple St. Portland, MI 48875)

WHEN: June 17 – July 28  (Monday-Friday with weekend performances)

HOW: (Stay tuned for more details.)

We at the Portland Civic Players are passionate about making sure every young person has access to the arts. There are a limited number of need-based financial assistance packages available. If interested, please contact Mary Teachout (theatrerat01@gmail.com)

DEADLINE:  June 7th – Spaces are limited, and students will be accepted on a first-come, first served basis. All applicants beyond the available spots will be added to a waiting list.  If your participant will be absent from the program for more than one cumulative week, we ask that they do not participate.

 “Downloadable Form” link coming soon.

More info

Nov 262018
 November 26, 2018  No Responses »

Saturday, December 8th at 2:00 pm! Come down to the theater, listen to some of your favorite Disney tunes, and help kick off the Holiday season!

Then, join us as we enjoy the rest of Holiday Fest in our lovely downtown. 😊 Ticket price is a goodwill offering to help us raise funds for a new marquee. 😊

Nov 152018
 November 15, 2018  No Responses »

Wow, thank you for supporting community theater!
We are happy, but sorry, to announce that all four shows this weekend are sold out. There may be cancellations, so feel free to call and leave a message to be added to the waiting list. Box office: 517 647 4041