shrek posterRead the review of SHREK THE MUSICAL at Westside Theatre Reviews by clicking here.

Directed by TITG veteran Jeanna Van Dyke, and  based on the Oscar winning DreamWorks film that started it all, SHREK THE MUSICAL 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, 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,, Freak Flag, and I’m a Believer.

Performance dates for SHREK THE MUSICAL are Dec. 5 through Dec. 21.

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).

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

Tickets may be purchased online anytime by clicking on the link below.
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Logo_The_Full_MontyAuditions for Theatre in the Grove’s production of THE FULL MONTY are 7 p.m. on Jan.18 and 19 at Theatre in the Grove, 2028 Pacific Avenue in Forest Grove.

No appointments necessary.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Please prepare a one-minute Broadway-style song and be ready to sing. Please bring sheet music. An accompanist will be available.

Please wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to dance.

Callbacks are at the discretion of the Director.

All roles are volunteer.

Rehearsals will be 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday beginning in February.

Performance dates are April 17 through May 3, 2015, Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sunday Matinees at 2:30 p.m.

For more information please email info@theatreinthegrove.org or call 503.359.5349.

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.”

Character breakdown

JERRY LUKOWSKI: An unemployed mill worker, fighting to maintain his pride and the custody of his only son. All-American jock and the definitive man’s man. Spontaneous. Very prideful. Male, 30-40 years old, Range: F4 – B5

DAVE BUKATINSKY: Jerry’s best friend and fellow unemployed mill worker. Very much a man’s man, but more of a follower than leader. The definitive sidekick. Prideful. Self-conscious about his overweight appearance. Male, 30-40 years old. Range: C4 – E6

ETHAN GIRARD: An unemployed mill worker. Lonely. Has a blind determination and confidence to succeed. Finds company with Malcolm. Male, 25-35 years old, Range: D3 – A5

GEORGIE BUKATINSKY: Dave’s wife. She loves her husband, and worries about him. Loud, outgoing and brash. She is the “leader” of her group of girlfriends. Female, 30-40 years old, Range: G3 – A5

HAROLD NICHOLS: An unemployed supervisor at the mill. Hot Metal’s choreographer. Thinks his worth comes from providing for his wife, so he hides his unemployment from her. Male, 45-55 years old, Range: B3 – A5

JEANETTE BURMEISTER: A piano player of indeterminate years and show-business pro. Sassy, quick-witted, and larger than life. Has slowed down in recent years. Female, 65-75 years old, Range: C4 – D6

MALCOLM MACGREGOR: An unemployed mill worker. Lives at home with his mother. Depressed, suicidal, awkward, and feeble. Pigeon-chested. Finds comfort in Ethan. Male, 25-35 years old, Range: C4 – E6

(This role will be precast) NOAH “HORSE” T. SIMMONS: A retired mill worker. Embarrassed about being an “average sized” Black man. Despite being old and slow when walking, he still has explosive dance moves. Frequently grumpy. Male, 50-60 years old, Range: F2 – B5

PAM LUKOWSKI: Jerry’s estranged wife and high school sweetheart. She wants what is best for her son. Strong businesswoman, but also compassionate and motherly. Female, 25-35 years old, Range: B3 – A5

VICKI NICHOLS: Harold’s wife. She enjoys the finer things in life. Loves her husband more than anything, and supports him no matter what. Female, 40-50 years old, Range: G3 – A5

NATHAN LUKOWSKI: Jerry and Pam’s son. Wise beyond his years; loves his father, but too often realizes that he has to play the role of adult to Jerry; ensemble singing whenever possible. Male, 12 years old

TEDDY SLAUGHTER: Pam’s fiancé. The opposite of Jerry – clean-cut, well-off. May double in other roles, Male, 35-55 years

BUDDY ‘KENO’ WALSH: Handsome and experienced gay male stripper. His show opening Chippendale-esque performance for the Buffalo ladies bookends the beginning of the show nicely. May double in other roles. Male, 20-30 years old

Ensemble:

ESTELLE GENOVESE (Jerry’s younger sexy girlfriend), SUSAN HERSHEY, JOANIE LISH, DOLORES (doubles as Molly MacGregor, Malcolm’s aged ailing mother.) Females, 20-60 years old. May double in other roles.

REG WILLOUGHBY (union leader), TONY GIORDANO (club owner), MARTY, GARY Males, 20-50 years old. May double in other roles.

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Fred Meyer is donating $2.5 million per year to non-profits in the Northwest, based on where their customers tell them to give. We know a lot of you shop at Fred’s — what a great way to give back!

Here’s how the program works:

1. Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Theatre in the Grove online here. Our non-profit number is 87984.

2. After you link your card to Theatre in the Grove, every time you shop or purchase gas from any Fred Meyers, you are also supporting TITG! You still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates.

3. Questions? Need to sign up for a Fred Meyer Reward card? You can do so here. Or visit any Customer Service Desk at any Fred Meyer store to sign up for a card.

Your support helps Theatre in the Grove bring vibrant live theatre to the audiences of Western Washington County.

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WE ARE PROUD TO ANNOUNCE OUR 45th SEASON OF PLAYS AND MUSICALS!

 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:

 THE LAST FIVE YEARS

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.

AS YOU LIKE IT

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.

SHREK THE MUSICAL

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.

DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR.

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.

THE SPITFIRE GRILL

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.

 THE FULL MONTY

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.

MAMA WON’T FLY

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 www.theatreinthegrove.org

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.

Click here to view the 2014-2015 brochure

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

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