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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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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James and the Giant Peach, JR OPENS March 3, 2017


Theatre in the Grove is proud to present its “master-peach,” a production of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach JR. A delightfully offbeat adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl adventure, James and the Giant Peach. This is a fantastical tale of a boy, his insect friends, and their amazing journey across the ocean on a giant piece of fruit. The musical was adapted to student performers by educational musical theater firm iTheatrics under the supervision of Timothy Allen McDonald.

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Ladahlord…..Orion Cox
James…..Jared Klingler
Ladybug…..Kada Switzer
Grasshopper…..Justice Williams
Spider…..Katie Rice
Earthworm…..Quentin Van Dyke
Centipede…..Kassie Switzer
Spiker…..Athena Van Dyke
Sponge…..Hannah Wilson
The most Fan-tas-marific and Remark-u-lous Ensemble Players:
Abra Freeman, Alayna Izen, Althea Harrelson, Andrew Inman, Aubrey McLain, Bryn Woods, Elanor Wilger, Gwendolyn Woods, Hallie Bartell, Hannah Timm, Irene VanDyke, Lindsey Vuylsteke, Luella Harrelson, Madelyn Lambert, Madison Howarth, Mikala Hoffman, Nathan White, Nicolas Tognoli, Paloma Paz-Rickard, Peri Wineland, Rylie Bartell, Sam Dennis, Sophia Buhler, Sydney Timm, Thomas Tollefson, Vito Bair


Forest Grove, OR (February 3, 2017) – Directed by Jeanna Van Dyke, the show features music and lyrics by the Tony-nominated songwriters Justin Paul and Benj Pasek and book by Timothy Allen McDonald. James and the Giant Peach JR. is based on the beloved book by Roald Dahl and tells the story of a young orphaned child who finds a loving family in a most peculiar way.  Sent by his mean, conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, James discovers a magic potion which results in a tremendous peach occupied by some not-so-normal characters.  From the center of the gigantic fruit, James and the unlikely crew launch a journey of enormous proportions.  Together they discover that while we are all born into a family, we then go on to create a family of our own.

“Behind its wit and whimsy, James and the Giant Peach explores some sophisticated themes. How do we define our family? How we start over after a big loss? We’ve always planned to make it available for performance by schools and educational theaters groups as soon as possible, because – and we think Roald Dahl would agree – young people are capable of amazing things,” says Justin Paul who co-wrote the music and lyrics for the musical with Benj Hasek.

Says McDonald about the show, “I was a dyslexic student who hated reading when my third grade teacher, Mrs. Spencer, introduced me to the wonderful world of Roald Dahl. His stories instilled in me a love of reading and I have never looked back.”

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE: March 3 – March 12, 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 503-359-5349

BUY 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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Jesus Christ Superstar Cast Announced!

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Cast List:

Jesus…..Matthew Brown
Judas…..Ky Fifer
Mary…..Anna McKie
Pilate…..Travis Schlegel
Caiaphas…..Zachary Centers
Peter…..Luis Ventura
Simon…..Jordan DiNocenzo
Herod…..Dan Bahr
Ensemble:
Kate Barrett, Jeananne Kelsey, Doug Marshall, Spencer Putnam, Erin Riha, Isabella Steele

“I want to sincerely thank all who auditioned for this production. Casting is among the hardest things to do in a show. If you were not cast, I encourage you to keep auditioning.”
– Ken Centers

Show Runs:
April 21 – May 7, 2017

Directed by Ken Centers

Thank you to all who auditioned! This is going to be a great show. 

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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Reviews are in and Next to Normal is a hit!


The New York Times called Next to Normal a “feel-everything musical.” 


n2nfinalwebNext to Normal opened to a great review and we’ve received many positive comments. One Facebook review stated, “‘Next to Normal’ was one of the most wonderfully poignant productions I have seen. Beautifully done. The cast was amazing! Highly recommend for anyone but especially those who have dealt with mental illness and/or deep personal loss. I was genuinely moved to tears.”

This is a thought-provoking journey into the life of a family that navigates the ups and downs of mental illness. It’s a story that the cast wants you to hear and a journey they want you to take with them!

 

There are still two more weekends left, so get your tickets now!

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Jonathan Swartout (Gabe) and Jennifer Yamashiro (Diana) (Photo courtesy of Jenn McFarling)

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

January 20 – January 29, 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, 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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Jennifer Yamashiro (Diane) and James W. Grimes (Dan) (Photo courtesy of Jenn McFarling)

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The Oregonian: ‘Next to Normal’ brings the topic of mental illness to the stage (column)

jenalisonJennifer Yamashiro, left, as Diana and Alison Luey as her daughter Natalie in Theatre in the Grove’s production of “Next to Normal.” The rock musical examines the effects of a mother’s mental illness on her life and her family. (Samantha Swindler/Staff)
By Samantha Swindler | The Oregonian/OregonLive
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on January 11, 2017 at 5:00 AM, updated January 12, 2017 at 9:57 AM

The musical “Next to Normal” is personal.

Not just because it’s community theater, and Forest Grove’s actors are regular people, not celebrities.

It’s personal because it’s not easy to talk about mental wellness, and here they are singing about it in rock musical and sharing what it means to them personally.

Read the Full Article Here

“Next to Normal” runs Jan. 13-29 at Theatre in the Grove, 2028 Pacific Ave., Forest Grove. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $14-16. Opening night includes a cash wine bar and meet and greet with cast. More info: theatreinthegrove.org

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