Welcome to our 2014/15 season. More than ever, this year’s shows are rich in character — full of individuals with incredible imaginations that take them on unexpected adventures, and we can’t wait to bring them to you live on stage!
MEET BEAN. She’s a loud and wild 7-year-old with a huge imagination. Bean rules the neighborhood on Pancake Court and the kids love her. MEET IVY. She’s new to the street. She’s quiet, nice – and in Bean’s opinion – “boooorrrring!” Clearly, Ivy and Bean will NEVER be friends. But when Bean decides to play a trick on her bossy sister, she discovers that Ivy’s proper manner is masking a mischievous witch-in-training. Together they partner up in a rambunctious backyard caper that just could be the beginning of a fabulous friendship!
MEET SKIPPYJON, a Siamese cat who thinks he’s one of the birds. He enjoys sleeping in their nest, sharing their breakfast of worms, and bathing in Mrs. Doohiggy’s birdbath. In frustration, Mama Junebug Jones sends him to his room to ponder what it means to be a Siamese cat. Instead, Skippyjon discovers his alter ego – “El Skippito” – a superhero Chihuahua. Clothed in a green cape and mask, he sets off into his closet and emerges in far, far away Mexico for a rip-roaring musical adventure.
MEET TIMMY FAILURE. It’s not easy being the President and CEO of a detective agency called Total Failure, Inc. But Timmy is undaunted. Despite having a 1,500 pound polar bear for a business partner, and corporate headquarters located in his mother’s closet, Timmy knows he’s destined for greatness. Things will really pick up when he cracks open his latest case. But first he must confront time-wasting distractions such as school work, his mother’s nagging, and his evil competitor – Corrina Corrina.
MEET TOM, a nerve-wracked school teacher who inspires his students with the beloved Schoolhouse Rock classics. Kids will have a blast learning their civics lessons with I’m Just a Bill, hone their math skills with Naughty Number 9, and improve their writing with Conjunction Junction. Adults will love this nostalgic trip back to 70’s Saturday morning television. This musical is toe-tapping fun – and educational! – for the entire family.
MEET RAMONA QUIMBY. She lives on Klickitat Street in Northeast Portland. She’s incredibly imaginative, boisterous, at times even exasperating, but always fun. She’s beginning third grade where she discovers school is about to become a lot more serious. Big changes are happening at home too. Ramona and her big sister Beezus narrate this poignant story of a middle class Portland family in transition. They may not always get along, but they learn that relying on one another is the best way to overcome life’s bumps in the road.
Young Professionals (YPs) are dedicated teens who have been selected to participate in a year-long intensive training program to expand their acting skills. They also gain performance experience as we present three productions highlighting their incredible talent!
Big, bad wolf? Or misunderstood carnivore? The Honorable Prudence Pig presides over Piggsylvania’s porky courtroom chaos. With the aid of the high-tech oink-o-meter, your votes will determine the fate of Alexander T. Wolf. A hilarious musical for the whole family. Based on the hit book by Jon Scieszka.
IMPULSE is back for its 8th straight season! This year our fearless troupe of Young Professionals take on a new set of games and sketches – all based on audience suggestions. Their energy is so contagious, you’ll be tempted to join in the fun. Well, this year you can! Following the performance, our IMPULSE team will invite you to join them on stage to learn an improv game which you will star in and they will direct! Bring your quick wits and get ready for an evening of fun and laughter.
Sparked by the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, columbinus is a meeting of fact and fiction that explores the events surrounding the shootings and brings to light the dark recesses of American adolescence. This powerful production draws from interviews, police evidence, and the private diaries of the shooters to offer a thoughtful look at the events of this tragic day which still resonate 16 years later.