Feb 052014
 
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Portland Civic Players Present:

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March 7,8, 9, 14, 15 and 16    Friday and Saturday shows at 8:00 pm and Sunday matinees at 3:00 pm

Tickets are $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for students (K-12 and under).

Tickets may be reserved by calling: 517 647 4041  or purchased online on this website.

Bye Bye Birdie is a stage musical adapted from the book by Michael Stewart, lyrics by Lee Adams, and music by Charles Strouse.

Originally titled Let’s Go Steady, the play is a satire on American society set in 1958.   The story was inspired by the  popular singer Elvis Presley and his draft notice into the Army in 1957.  The rock star character’s name, “Conrad Birdie,” is word play on the name of Conway Twitty.   Twitty is best remembered as a country music star, but in the late 1950s, he was one of Presley’s rock ‘n’ roll rivals.

 

Dec 042013
 
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A-Christmas-Carol-680x383quThe Portland Civic Players will be performing “A Christmas Carol” in the style of an old time radio show, complete with sound effects, at the Portland Playhouse on:
Dec. 13 – 8:00 pm, Dec. 14 – 1:00 & 8:00 pm, and Dec. 15 – 3:00 pm.
Tickets are $5.00 at the door.

Oct 292013
 
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Odd Couple b 295aThe cast is ready, the set is ready, the only thing missing is the audience for the
November l,2,3,8,9 production by the Portland Civic Players of the Neil Simon
play “The Odd Couple” (female version).  This show is fun and funny.  You’ll
enjoy listening along as Debbie Hattis, Nita Massey, Tyann Wallace, Kacie
Shaw, Wanda Urie and Linda Ferrera handle their problems with the help of
Roger Miller and Clay Ramsey.  Don’t miss this.  Friday and Saturday performances
are at 8:00 PM and Sunday at 3:00 PM.  Tickets are available online, at the door, or by calling 5l7-647-4041.  All seats $ l0.00 for this show.   We’ll see you there!!

Sep 272013
 
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Odd Couple b 259aWhat happens with a busy divorced TV news producer invites a dumped
socialite to share her apartment??

That’s what you’ll find out when you come to see “The Odd Couple”
(female version) at the Portland Playhouse November l,2, 3 and 8 and 9.
Directed by Ruth Ann Peake, there will be only one Sunday Performance, on
Sunday, November 3. Curtain time for the matinee is 3:00 PM, all other
performances are 8:00 PM. Tickets are $ l0.00 for all seats.

This is a very funny play about two people who can’t get along, but
want to try. Olive (Debbie Hattis) invites Florence (Nita Massey) to
live with her just for a little while. They’re given support by their
Trivial Pursuit friends Sylvie (Kacie Shaw) Vera (Wanda Urie).
Renee (Tyann Wallace) and Mickey (Linda Ferrera).

A romantic visit from two Spanish brothers Manolo(Clay Ramsey) and
Jesus(Roger Miller) only add to the fun and confusion.

This is a play you won’t want to miss. Order tickets at 5l7 647 4041
or via PayPal.

May 132013
 
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THeaterUcurtains2          SUMMER THEATER 2013

We are very pleased to announce the return of all of our directors from last year’s   Summer Theater Program!! Sara Pohl, Rory Miller and Devann Hattis will be back to teach the youth in our community about theater and have alot of fun along the way.

The Summer Theater Program runs from June 17th to July 28th, 2013.  The first two weeks will run from 8-11am, with all participants in attendance. Younger Participants – Directed by Sara Pohl, will have performance dates of July 25th and 27thth (tentative). Intermediate Participants – Directed by Devann Hattis, will have performance dates of July 26 and 27th (tentative).   Older Participants – Directed by Rory Miller, will have performance dates of July 27th and 28th (tentative).

Click link to download form:

Summer Theater Registration Form 2013

Nov 022012
 
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Josh Arleth, Chris Klaver, Nita Massey, Al Lazette, Deb Hattis, Rory Miller, Kelly Sandborn, Becky Kreiger, Dan Schrauben, directed by Roger Miller

Nov 022012
 
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Have you heard?   Its finally happening.   The wait is over.  The Portland Civic Players are going to do it.
THE RETURN OF “NOISES OFF”
THE PCP is  excited to announce that after 20 years we are bringing back the hit play “Noises Off” for another run at the Portland Playhouse this November.   Performances will be at 8 o’clock the Friday and Saturday the 9th, 10th, 16th, and 17th……with matinees at three o’clock on Sunday the 11th and 18th.   MARK YOU CALENDARS NOW!!!
Noises Off is an hilarious play that received rave reviews in its first run here and is one of,  if not the funniest plays we have ever done.  It is a play about a play and all of the pitfalls and problems that occur during its production. Anyone who has ever been in a play,  been to a play, or even wanted to be in a play will find it irresistible.   If you want funny this play is for you. The cast includes  Chris Klaver, Al Lazette (who are thankfully reprising their roles of 20 years ago.  They are both outstanding)  Rory Miller, Dan Schrauben, Josh Arleth, Deb Hattis, Becki Kreiger, Nita Massey and Kelly Sandborn  (are the wonderful newcomers who round out the cast) .  The play is being directed by Roger Miller, who also directed the original production.  Dr. Miller is excited for the opportunity to bring this amazing show back to the PCP stage.   He tells us that of the over 50 productions he has been involved with, this is his favorite. ‘I think it is the very best that we have done.’
We have been talking about doing this play for a long time and have finally decided the time was right.  It is a huge undertaking and is very demanding for all of the actors and set builders and designers alike.  For nearly a third of the play their are 2 plays going on at the same time.  Sound confusing?  Its not its just plain funny.   For those of you who were lucky enough to see the previous performances, you will remember that the a huge part of the play is the REVOLVING SET, a difficult feat on our small stage.   But in ACT II of the play, we get to see what happens back stage during a performance. Did you ever wonder about that?  Well this is your chance to see, to see all of the hi-jinx, the backstabbing, the chaos and turmoil and oh yes the fun that has always been hidden from the audience……until now.  Now you will be able to experience it all..  Many theatre patrons told us that just seeing this and the set and how it worked was worth the price of admission.  The mind boggling original set was designed by designer and builder extraordinaire, the  late Dave Whitaker.  Dave always considered this set to be the crowning achievement of his career.  Those of us who were involved and who saw him work his magic certainly agree. But this was one of the things that scared us a bit about redoing the play, even after so long of a time span.  The set is intimidating.   Thankfully we were able to get pictures of the set from Dave’s wife Brenda and convince Tim Perry to head up our construction crew.  Quickly coming on board were  Lanny Reed, Larry Leik and Ray Hoskins who helped create the original set with Dave.  And as you are reading this they are hard at work.    Our set decoration is being headed up by the amazing Shelly Perry and this promises to be a set no one will soon forget.  We owe all of them a deep debt of gratitude to making this exciting revival possible.  I can honestly sat that without them this show would be impossible.  So when you see the play and the set please remember to thank them for a job so very well done.  It is going to be a great experience for cast, crew and audience.
Don’t miss this opportunity.
Come and join us this November.  I can personally guarantee that you will have a good time at this show.. see what all of the buzz is about…..Bring your family, bring your friends… no one should be left out from this experience…come and see “NOISES OFF”!!!!!!!!

By: Roger Miller, Director