Sunday, June, 25th Volunteer Appreciation BBQ and Annual Members Meeting!



What is the Volunteer appreciation BBQ?
There are so many people who volunteer to make our community theatre run smoothly. It really does feel like one big family. To show you how much we appreciate all the long hours and hard work you put into a show, we are going to feed you! We will provide all the food, drink, and dessert as our way of saying THANK YOU! All you have to do it show up and take part in the festivities.
What is the Member meeting?
If you have volunteered as an actor, a stage parent, a techie, or in the front of the house then you are considered a member of Theatre in the Grove. And what does being a member mean? Well, it means you can vote for board of director positions. There are three positions up for election this year.
What to expect?
We will have a review of last season, preview of the shows coming up next season, current state of affairs of the theatre, and nominations and voting for new board of director positions. And of course, mingling with all the wonderful people that make the theatre a wonderful place and food! 
RSVP to by June 23 so that we can get an accurate head count for food.
Whether you’re a seasoned veteran of the board or brand new to theatre, all are invited and encouraged to attend our annual meeting! 
Sunday, June 25 at 5 pm
Theatre In The Grove is located at 2028 Pacific Avenue in Forest Grove. For more information please call 503-359-5349.



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‘Earnest Review is out! Come see the ‘fresh’ and ‘funny’ show.

There are only TWO weekends left to catch this wonderful production of “The Importance of Being Earnest”! Audiences have really enjoyed the show and have said “Theatre In The Grove has another winning comedy on their hands.” Read the review below.

Westside Theatre Reviews

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

TITG’s Earnest Effort Pays Off

Lindsay Partain, Anne Kennedy, Mark Putnam, and Tonja Schreiber Photo by Jennifer McFarling

Lindsay Partain, Anne Kennedy, Mark Putnam, and Tonja Schreiber
Photo by Jennifer McFarling

By Tina Arth

Some classic plays, no matter how engaging, can grow stale with endless repetition.  120 + years after its debut, this is still not an issue with Oscar Wilde’s incessantly ironic, tightly written The Importance of Being Earnest. While the original play is set in late Victorian London, modern directors frequently place it in different milieus – in recent years I have seen it done in the post-Civil War American South, and (in Theatre in the Grove’s current production) back in London, but in the 1930s. Director Jess Reed and her cast (despite a few opening night line-bobbles) show how seamlessly the show can move from era to era, place to place – a testament to the universal relevance and appeal of this superb farce.

Wilde acknowledges with his subtitle: A Trivial Comedy for Serious People, that the story is quite silly. Aristocratic bachelor Algernon languishes in a decadent life with his best friend Ernest, until he learns a shocking secret: both he and Ernest are leading double lives – Algernon frequently flees London to visit a fictitious ailing friend, “Bunbury”, while Ernest is really the upstanding Hertfordshire gentleman Jack Worthing, guardian to the lovely Cecily. Immediately intrigued, Algernon schemes to meet the girl. Jack, meanwhile, is in love with the aristocratic Gwendolen, who shares his passion but believes him to be Ernest. Add Gwendolyn’s tightly wound mother, Lady Bracknell (who is also Algernon’s aunt) to anchor the plot, and Wilde’s wit is launched on all of the foibles of an empty upper class.

The unusual decision to cast a woman (Anne Kennedy) in the role of Algernon really works. Physically, Kennedy’s fantastic hairdo and tightly stuffed suits support the illusion, and her lines are spoken in a gender-free vocal register. However, it’s really Kennedy’s delivery that sells the role, and there’s something really appealing about watching this woman play the part of the jaded wastrel. Her comic timing is spot on, and she does a nice job with the accent. Mark Putnam (as Jack/Ernest) is a perfect foil – upright, dry, acerbic and even avuncular at times. While Kennedy is frequently sprawled on any available couch (inhaling every muffin in sight), Putnam stands ramrod straight, and delivers even his funniest lines with a slightly fussy gravitas.

Tonja Schreiber’s “Gwendolen” is forthright and brassy – there’s more than a touch of her mother in this determined young lady. She contrasts nicely with Lindsay Partain’s “Cecily” – a bubbling, enthusiastic ingénue eager to trade her sheltered life for a passionate alliance with Algernon. And then there’s Pat Lach’s “Lady Bracknell” – a ferocious social doyenne whose humble origins are no barrier to her savage snobbery. Her crisp delivery, upright carriage and amazing hats all reinforce her ironically self-righteous embrace of social conventions.

James Grimes’ set design is lovely, and really captures the Art Deco feel necessary to create the feel of the 1930s. Flori Lima-Steele’s costumes (especially the hats mentioned above) further enhance the period feel and define each of the characters.

Director Reed, her production team, and cast have crafted a really funny, very fresh production of Wilde’s classic that should appeal to all fans of social commentary cloaked in razor-sharp wit.

The Importance of Being Earnest is playing at Theatre in the Grove, 2028 Pacific Avenue, Forest Grove through June 18th, with performances Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

Posted by Westside Theatre Reviews at 9:18 AM


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Announcing the 48th Season

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Directed by Jessica Reed
Sept. 29 – Oct. 15

“Pirates in the Grove”
Jeremy VanFleet & David Carner
October 26 – 31, 2017

Directed by Luis Ventura
Dec. 1 – 17, 2017

Directed by Zachary Centers
Jan. 12- 28, 2018

Directed by Karli Winters
March 2 – 11, 2018

March 17, 2018

Directed by Jason Weed
April 13 – 29, 2018

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

AFTER May 9th Tickets are $25


Interested in donating an item to the Silent Auction or learning more about donating? Please contact Theatre in the Grove at 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. 


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.

TITG-JCS poster copyCast List:

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


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 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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