Theatre in the Grove and CAST have another summer set of outstanding family entertainment.

CAST Playhouse is in its fifth year and provides a free opportunity for the young to be involved in an educational theatrical production. This year, the playhouse will feature two musicals, one for children from age 6 to 12, and one for teens, as well as one non-musical play.

Based on the popular series of children’s book “Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark Kids” performs July 11-20.

The classic tale of “Robin Hood“  performs August 1-10.

The summer CAST Playhouses concludes with the award-winning musical “Into the Woods, Jr.” which  performs  August 15-24

All performances are at 7:30 p.m Friday and Saturday evenings and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoons.

Tickets are $5 for all seats. General Seating. Tickets are available online by clicking the link below and at the door one hour before each performance.

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Open auditions for Theatre in the Grove’s production of William Shakespeare’s comedy As You Like It  are July 20 and 21 at 7 p.m. at the theatre, 2028 Pacific Ave, Forest Grove, OR.

Auditions will also consist of cold reading from the script.

Actors are encouraged to come prepared memorized or very familiar with a Shakespearean monologue.

No appointments are necessary. All roles are volunteer.

Callbacks will be at the discretion of the director after open auditions.

Performance dates are October 10-26. Evening performances are 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday Afternoons.

Actors wishing to choose their own monologue are encouraged to do so. Those who would like help finding one might look at the following:

Men age 18-25: Love’s Labor’s Lost, Act IV scene iii, Berowne, “My eyes are then no eyes, nor I Berowne…”

Women age 18-25: Twelfth Night, Act III scene ii, Olivia, “O, what a deal of scorn looks beautiful…”

Men age 25-40: Measure for Measure, Act II scene iv, Angelo, “When I would pray and think, I think and pray…”

Women age 25-40: The Merchant of Venice, Act IV scene i, Portia, “The law hath yet another hold on you…”

Men age 45+: Richard II, Act II scene I, John of Gaunt, “Now He that made me knows I see thee ill…”

Women age 45+: The Winter’s Tale, Act V scene i, Paulina, “There is none worthy / Respecting her that’s gone…”

As You Like It Character Breakdown

Rosalind: (18-25) Daughter of the usurped Duke Senior. Insightful and well adjusted. Disguised as a boy for most of the play.

Celia: (18-25) Rosalind’s cousin and best friend, daughter of the usurper Duke Frederick. Leaves court willingly with Rosalind when she is banished.

Touchstone: (20-30) The court fool enlisted by Rosalind and Celia to accompany them on their exile into the forest.

Duke Senior: (48-60) Rosalind’s father, the rightful duke exiled at the beginning of the play and leader of a camp of his closest followers in the forest. Gracious, courteous, and poised in exile.

Duke Frederick: (48-60) The usurper duke. Celia’s father.

Jaques: (25-35) A loyal follower of Duke Senior known for his melancholy disposition.

Amiens: (25-45) A musician in the camp of Duke Senior.

Orlando: (18-25) Love interest to Rosalind. Forced into exile in the forest by his brother.

Oliver: (25-30) Orlando’s older brother and head of their family estate. Aligned with Frederick.

Adam: (50-70) A servant to the family of Oliver and Orlando, loyal to Orlando.

Corin: (30-45) A shepherd in the forest.

Silvius: (18-25) A young shepherd in love with Phoebe.

Phoebe: (18-25) A young shepherdess disdainful of Silvius’s love. Infatuated with Rosalind’s male alter-ego.

Audrey: (18-25) A young goat-keeper. Love interest to Touchstone.

William: (18-25) A country youth who loves Audrey.

Sir Oliver Martext: (28-40) A country parish priest.


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 Theatre in the Grove’s board of directors recently approved its 45th season of plays and musicals.

The lineup includes contemporary hits as well as much-loved classics.


Before our regular season begins, we are proud to bring you a special event:


September 5-14, 2014

 As a special event, this production is not included in season flex pass.

Drama Desk winner THE LAST FIVE YEARS has been translated into a handful of languages and was named one of Time Magazine’s 10 best shows of 2001. THE LAST FIVE YEARS is a contemporary song-cycle musical that ingeniously chronicles the five year life of a marriage, from meeting to break-up… or from break-up to meeting, depending on how you look at it. The show is an intensely personal look at the relationship between a writer and an actress told from both points of view – his going forwards and hers going backwards. Songs include: Moving Too Fast, A Miracle Would Happen/When You Come Home to Me, and If I Didn’t Believe in You.


October 10-26, 2014

Orlando loves Rosalind (and isn’t afraid to say so with public displays of really bad poetry.) Rosalind loves Orlando, but she’s dressed as a boy, so Phebe thinks she loves her/him(?). Silvius loves Phoebe (but no one’s really sure why) and Touchstone loves Audrey, who also loves him, but where does that leave William who loves her? Did we mention Celia ends up in love with Oliver (who’s sort of the bad guy) while Duke Senior loves the woods, and Jaques just loves to be melancholy. Confused? You won’t be! This fun, fast paced, family friendly comedy will have audiences of all ages relishing the adventure, laughing hysterically and reveling in Shakespeare’s language.


December 5-21, 2014

based on the Oscar winning DreamWorks film that started it all, brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to dazzling new life on the stage. In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre – not a handsome prince – shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won’t shut up, a bad guy with a SHORT temper, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand…and his name is Shrek. Full of all-new songs, great dancing and breathtaking scenery, SHREK THE MUSICAL is part romance, part twisted fairy tale and all irreverent fun for the whole family! Songs include: The Story of My Life, Welcome to Duloc, Donkey Pot Pie, Freak Flag, and I’m a Believer.


January 16-25, 2015

“Be our guest” and step into the enchanted world of Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR. Featuring songs from the Academy Award-winning animated feature, this stage version includes music by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice. Audiences will be transported to the heart of a quaint French town, where Belle, a beautiful and intelligent young woman, yearns for something more than her provincial life. When her father Maurice becomes lost in the woods on the way to present his latest invention at a local fair, he seeks shelter in an old castle but is soon taken captive by the master of the house, a horrible Beast. Belle surrenders her freedom to save his life and, by taming the Beast, teaches him the meaning of love. Songs include: Belle, Be Our Guest, Gaston and Beauty and the Beast.


February 27-March 15, 2015

This critically acclaimed contemporary musical follows a feisty parolee following her dreams, based on a page from an old travel book, to a small town in Wisconsin and finds a place for herself working at Hannah’s Spitfire Grill. It is for sale but there are no takers for the only eatery in the depressed town, so newcomer Percy suggests to Hannah that she raffle it off. Entry fees are one hundred dollars and the best essay on why you want the grill wins. Soon, mail is arriving by the wheelbarrow full and things are definitely cookin’ at the Spitfire Grill.


April 17-May 3, 2015

Based on the hit film of the same name, THE FULL MONTY is a sublime send up of gender expectations and stereotypes in this raucous pop-rock musical that pushes the musical theatre envelope. While spying on their wives at a ‘Girls’ Night Out,’ a group of unemployed steelworkers from Buffalo see how much they enjoy watching male strippers. Jealous, out of work, and feeling emasculated, the men come up with a bold and unclothed way to make some quick cash. In preparing, they find themselves extremely exposed; not merely physically but emotionally. As they conquer their fears, self-consciousness, and prejudices, the men come to discover they’re stronger as a group, and the strength they find in each other gives them the individual courage to “let it go.” THE FULL MONTY is a story full of heart. Masterfully balancing raunchy hilarity and emotional turmoil, the musical is both engaging and entertaining. Songs include: Scrap, It’s a Woman’s World, Big Black Man and Let It Go. This production contains mature themes and language and is not recommended for children.


May 29-June 14, 2015

By the same authors of “The Dixie Swim Club.” An outrageously hilarious race against the clock begins when Savannah agrees to get her feisty mother all the way from Alabama to California in time for her brother’s wedding. Savannah’s problem: Mama won’t fly. With only four days to make it to the ceremony, this determined daughter has no choice but to drive cross-country with her equally willful mother, Norleen, in Mama’s vintage sedan. As Savannah steels herself for this hastily conceived road trip, another outrageous complication arises: the bubbly, over-eager bride-to-be arrives unannounced. Hayley, delighted to finally meet her future in-laws, is convinced that travelling together to her wedding is the perfect way to bond. The folly of her decision quickly becomes apparent when the journey begins and comedic chaos ensues. Every conceivable—and inconceivable—mishap that can occur does, including the theft of their car and all their clothes, a near-fatal encounter at an underwear museum, the accidental homicide of an ancient Texas relative, a mad dash across the desert in a hijacked eighteen-wheeler and a riotous detour to Vegas that ends in a brawl with an ordained showgirl/minister. As the misadventures multiply, the beleaguered trio rapidly develops the urge to ditch each other anywhere along the way. Eventually the race to get to the church on time takes its toll and the overwhelmed bride calls off the wedding. Rising above their age-old mother-daughter issues, Norleen and Savannah work together to get the nuptials back on track. This ferociously funny, family-friendly comedy will have you laughing your way across the country and all the way down the aisle!

The curtain time for evening performances is 7:30 on Fridays and Saturdays.

Matinee performances are at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoons.

Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for seniors (60 and over) and youths (17 and under).

Tickets may be purchased online anytime by visiting

or at the box office, open one hour before each performance.

Beginning July 15, TITG is again offering a six-performance season ticket flex pass,

which can be used for multiple seats at one production, or used to attend productions throughout the season.

Decide the date and number of seats, then contact the box office to reserve your seats.

Flex pass ticket prices are $59.50 for adults and $49.50 for seniors and youths.

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Theatre in the Grove is located at 2028 Pacific Ave., Forest Grove  •  503-359-5349.

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If you haven’t signed up for a CAST Playhouse, you must do so before June 1 to guarantee getting into one of the three productions. Any acceptance into the program after that date is at the discretion of the director.

To sign up for a CAST Playhouse, click on the link below.


2014 CAST Summer Playhouse

CAST Playhouse is in its fifth year and provides a free opportunity for the young to be involved in an educational theatrical production. This year, the playhouse will feature two musicals, one for children from age 6 to 12, and one for teens, as well as one non-musical play.

No audition is necessary, children need only register.

For more information for the CAST Playhouses, call 503-359-5349.

To register for the CAST Playhouses, please click here.


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