Winningstad Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway • March 2 - April 14, 2019
Let the dance battle begin!
Long ago there lived three fierce warriors. From the Kingdom of Backyard came Rock; from the Empire of Mom’s Home Office came Paper, and from a messy village in the Junk Drawer Realm came Scissors. They were the strongest, smartest, and fastest in all the land. Though they searched far and wide for worthy opponents, no one could beat them…until they met each other and a musical battle royale began to see who would come out on top!
About the Cast
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About the Creative Team
John Maclay (Playwright)
John Maclay is a playwright who specializes in adaptation for Theatres for Young Audiences. In addition to his latest The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors (with fabulous composer Eric Nordin), his plays and musicals include Goosebumps the Musical: Phantom of the Auditorium (with Danny Abosch), Geronimo Stilton: Mouse in Space, Just a Little Critter Musical (with Brett Ryback), Nancy Drew and Her Biggest Case Ever (with Jeff Frank), Anatole (with Lee Becker and James Valcq), a new version of Robin Hood (with Joe Foust) and Nate the Great (with Brett Ryback). Upcoming projects include Andromeda and the Trials of Hercules (with Joe Foust).
Prior to leaving to pursue writing full-time, John proudly served in various leadership roles at First Stage in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, one of the America’s largest and most respected theaters for young audiences. John has worked with First Stage in one form or other since 2000, has directed or appeared in more than 25 First Stage productions (from classics to world premieres) as well as having produced more than 50 productions for the First Stage high school programs.
John’s work as an actor or director has also been seen at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Milwaukee Shakespeare Company, Defiant Theatre, Bunny Gumbo, Bialystock and Bloom, Skylight Opera Theatre and more. When not doing that all of that, he is busy teaching theater at Carthage College in Kenosha, WI.
Eric Nordin (Composer & Musical Director)
Eric Nordin is a multiple award-winning playwright, composer, music director and pianist and has made his artistic home here in Portland, Oregon since 2004. Recent original pieces for the theater include The Snowstorm (2015) and John Hughes High: The 1980's Teen Musical (2018). In addition to his writing credits, Eric has also had the enormous pleasure of music directing recent Oregon Children's Theatre productions such as Goosebumps: The Musical and last year's Pete The Cat.
Kristen Paige (Choreographer)
Kristen is thrilled to be working with Oregon Children’s Theatre both as a choreographer and teaching artist at the OCT Acting Academy. Kristen hails from the Midwest, having obtained her BA in Theatre from Truman State University in Missouri before jetting off to New York City and, more recently, Los Angeles. An experienced dancer, actress, director, and educator, Kristen is passionate about all aspects of theater and can be found teaching musical theater and dance throughout Portland and Vancouver. Love and gratitude to her sister Katie, who finally convinced her to move to Portland, as well as to her fabulously creative daughter, Lily.
John Kashiwabara (Scenic Designer)
John Kashiwabara is a co-founder, partner, and architect in the art and architecture company rhiza A+D. rhiza's studio and workshop are located in Portland, Oregon where, for two decades, it has designed architecture and urban plans along with making public art, furniture-lighting, and temporary visual & performance installations. Notable local works are the "Knotted Gateway Series" along the Eastbank Esplanade, the "Big Pipe Portal" on Swan Island, and the Timberline Lodge Winter Entrance. rhiza A+D has also designed theatrical sets for Shaking the Tree Theater, Performance Works Northwest, PICA's TBA Festival, and Ten Tiny Dances. Current architecture projects include the adaptive re-use of industrial buildings to create affordable spaces for making art.
Robert Amico is a Props Artisan, Puppet Fabricator, and performer, and is excited to be returning to Oregon Children’s Theatre. He recently performed as a Puppeteer in OCT’s production of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, where he received a Drammy for Outstanding Achievement in Puppetry as part of the cast. He was also the Puppet and Props Coordinator for the show. He has worked as a Puppet Fabricator and Props Artisan or Props Master for Artists Repertory Theater, Portland Center Stage, and Michael Curry Design. He has a passion for lumberjack folklore and is the cofounder of Kettlehead Studios, where he produces YouTube puppetry shorts and more. Robert graduated Magna Cum Laude from Lewis & Clark College, with a BA in Studio Art and a minor in Theater. You can find more of Robert's work at robertamicoart.com
Phil Johnson (Sound Designer)
Phil Johnson is a visual and theatrical artist based in Portland. His recent productions include Cop Out, Hands Up (Red Door Project), A Doll’s House Pt. 2, Everybody, The Humans and An Octoroon (Artist Repertory Theater) Elliot a Soldiers Fugue, The Antigone Project, (Profile Theatre), Worse Than Tigers (ACT Theater/Red Stage), Watsonville, Lydia, Contigo Pan y Cebolla (Milagro Theater). Phil has a BFA and MA from Ohio University. If you enjoyed the show please comment @Philjohnsonlive or visit PhilJohnsondesignstheworld.com for more content.