The Importance of Being Earnest June 2 – June 18


Theatre in the Grove presents one of Oscar Wilde’s cleverest comedies, “The Importance of Being Earnest.” With the witty dialogue, it is an enduringly popular play, riddled with satire as Wilde delights in deflating social preconceptions. Normally set in Edwardian England, this production is propelled forward a couple of decades to the 1930s.  Two bachelor friends, aristocratic Algernon Moncrieff and the most reliable Jack Worthing, lead double lives to win the affections of the desirable Gwendolyn Fairfax and Cecily Cardew. The two must then confront the uproarious consequences of their ruse. 


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The Importance of Earnest is Oscar Wilde’s most acclaimed and most often produced play. It premiered on Valentine’s Day in 1895 with a tag line of “A Trivial Comedy for Serious People.” Despite closing after only 86 performances, it has been revived all over the world, done for film, television, and radio, and even adapted into a musical and an opera.

The plot follows two gentlemen, Jack (Mark Putnam) and Algernon (Anne Kennedy), as they attempt to woo the young ladies that have caught their hearts. The trouble comes when Cecily (Lindsay Pertain) and Gwendolyn (Tonja Schreiber) insist they could really only love a man whose name was Ernest. Matters are complicated by Lady Bracknell (Pat Lach), mother to Gwendolen and aunt to Algernon, who has rather strong opinions about who should be marrying whom. Add in a priggish governess, a pedantic vicar, and two servants with mischief of their own, you are left with a piece that is witty and charming and, in some places, acerbic.

In Earnest, Wilde abandoned a direct and obvious satire of Victorian life to write a play where the comedy comes from the situation as well as the clever dialogue. His characters speak as archly as though they were the author himself. W.H. Auden described the piece as “a pure verbal opera.” Updating the time to the 1930s, shimmering with Art Deco and Art Nouveau style, and Wilde’s dialogue fits the feel of Hollywood Regency, on par with the rapid ripostes of Nick and Nora in The Thin Man.

While some critics may say that on the surface the play is about nothing at all, Wilde is quoted as saying that “we should treat all trivial things in life very seriously, and all serious things of life with a sincere and studied triviality.” This piece delves into the depths of triviality, taking advantage of actors’ comic timing to create a world where everyone is absurd in their seriousness without veering into camp. The show features many favorites from Theatre in the Grove and introduces new actors to our stage to create a joyous celebration of Wilde’s words.

Cast:
Jack Worthing … Mark Putnam
Algernon Moncrieff … Anne Kennedy
Gwendolen Fairfax … Tonja Schreiber
Cecily Cardew … Lindsay Partain
Lady Bracknell … Pat Lach
Miss Prism … Robin Michaels
Rev. Canon Chasuble … Tadhg Wright
Lane … David Cabassa
Merriman … Kathy Campbell

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE: June 2 – June 18, 2017

Fridays at 7:30 p.m.
Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.
Sundays at 2:30 p.m.

For a complete listing of show times, please visit theatreinthegrove.org or call 503-359-5349BUY TICKETS

Tickets are $16 for adults and $14 for seniors (60 and over) and youths (17 and under).

The box office is open on Wednesdays 4 to 6 p.m. and one hour before each performance.

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Announcing the 48th Season

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ANNOUNCING THE 2017-18 SEASON!

PETER AND THE STARCATCHER
Directed by Jessica Reed
Sept. 29 – Oct. 15

HAUNTED THEATRE
Jeremy VanFleet & David Carner
October 26 – 31, 2017

ONCE UPON A MATTRESS
Directed by Luis Ventura
Dec. 1 – 17, 2017

GOD OF CARNAGE
Directed by Zachary Centers
Jan. 12- 28, 2018

HONK, JR.
Directed by Karli Winters
March 2 – 11, 2018

OKLAHOMA!
Directed by Jason Weed
April 13 – 29, 2018

SAVANNAH SIPPING SOCIETY
Directed by Jeanine Stassens
June 1 – 17, 2018

Tickets will be available July 1, 2017

Auditions for each show will be posted to our website and our Facebook page.

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2017 Gala in the Grove

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Saturday May 13th, 2017


Theatre in the Grove will be hosting Gala in the Grove which will include a silent auction, refreshments and performances by our community’s favorite TitG performers. This year’s theme for the Gala is “MisCast.” 

Come to the Theatre to rub elbows with a real who’s who of local community theater talent and supporters! Squeal with delight as they sing songs they really shouldn’t be singing!! Most importantly, show your support for a historic local institution and cherished arts group. All proceeds will go towards our building improvement fund, which will allow us to make much needed updates and repairs to this invaluable community space.

So won’t you join us and be our guest for an evening of festivity? There will be a reception and silent auction followed by our Gala presentation of TITG MisCast!

More information can be found at 2017 Gala in the Grove



***EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT***
BUY YOUR TICKETS BEFORE MAY 9TH AND SAVE $5 PER TICKET!!
AFTER May 9th Tickets are $25

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Interested in donating an item to the Silent Auction or learning more about donating? Please contact Theatre in the Grove at info@theatreinthegrove.org with the subject line “Gala Silent Auction”.

 

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Summer Theatre Camp Registration is Open

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Registrations for the Summer 2017 Camps are OPEN!

There are some exciting changes for this summer:   

One week camps, two new Playhouses and new this year, a one week Theatre Intensive! Check out the Children/CAST page for more details! 

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Jesus Christ Superstar!


Westside Theatre Review said Jesus Christ Superstar will “convert newcomers into fans.” Get your tickets now – there’s just one weekend left to catch the Groundbreaking Rock Musical! And as an added incentive Ken Centers will be filling in for the role of Herod (May 6 & 7). Dan Bahr, who was cast as Herod has been given a very prestigious award from his work. This will be Ken’s first time onstage in five years. 


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Dan Bahr, Matthew Brown, Zachary Centers, Zachary Johnsen, Travis Schlegel

March 20th, 2017 (Forest Grove) – Theatre in the Grove is excited to bring the groundbreaking rock opera to Forest Grove! “In 1971, at age 11, my parents gave me an LP (remember those?) they had received from a mail order record club”, says Ken Centers, director.  “I put it on my small child’s turntable and thus began my love of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR.”

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR takes place during the last seven days in the life of Jesus Christ. As His radical teachings are embraced, Judas increasingly questions the enlightened motives of this new prophet, resulting in ultimate betrayal. Christ’s final days are dramatized with emotional intensity, thought-provoking edge and explosive theatricality. “Andrew Lloyd Webber’s beautiful mix of rock and classical music, and Tim Rice’s dramatic lyrics, touched something deep within me,” says Centers, “I listened to that album all the way through, every day, for six months. It was the first musical I learned all the words to.” Propelled by a stirring score, by turns driving and majestic, satirical and tender, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR illuminates the transcendent power of the human spirit with a passion that goes straight to the heart.

 “That recording of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR made me want to get involved in the performing arts. I can’t express how thrilled I was when Theatre in the Grove chose me to direct. It’s without a doubt, my number one dream show to direct. Our cast is incredibly talented and has as much passion for this show as I do.


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Jesus…..Matthew Brown
Judas…..Ky Fifer
Mary…..Anna McKie
Pilate…..Travis Schlegel
Caiaphas…..Zachary Centers
Annas ….. Zachary Johnsen
Peter…..Luis Ventura
Simon…..Jordan DiNocenzo
Herod…..Dan Bahr

Ensemble:

Kate Barrett, Dominik Davis, Emma Iverson, Jeananne Kelsey, Ian Knowles, Lauren Hernandez Lamont, Doug Marshall, Mark Putnam, Spencer Putnam, Bud Reece, Erin Rhia, Isabella Steele, Dave Switzer, Jade Tate, Hannah Wilson, Jerry “Woody” Woodbury

Show Runs:
April 21 – May 7, 2017

Directed by Ken Centers

Fridays at 7:30 p.m.
Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.
Sundays at 2:30 p.m.
For a complete listing of show times, visit
theatreinthegrove.org or call 503-359-5349

Tickets are $16 for adults and $14 for seniors (60 and over) and youths (17 and under).

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Spring Break 2017 Camp Registration is now OPEN!

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Young people can spend Spring Break week on the stage with five full days of theatre adventure! Camp instructors are Jeanna Van Dyke and Adam Borrego.

Registration or More Information

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jeanna Van Dyke at 2stagecoach@frontier.com or call 503-359-5349

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