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.

JamesPoster17CAST:
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

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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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Next to Normal Opens Jan.13th


n2nfinalwebForest Grove, OR (December 29, 2016) – Theatre in the Grove is proud to present Next to Normal with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt. Directed by Melanie Shaw, the production is a “feel-everything musical” that will be sure to showcase the performers vocal talents.

Theatre in the Grove is excited to present Next to Normal, winner of three Tony Awards and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize. Next to Normal stretches the boundaries of traditional musical theater by tackling the difficult subject of mental illness.  Dad’s an architect; Mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal; their daughter and son are bright, wise-cracking teens, appearing to be a typical American family. And yet their lives are anything but normal. The story centers on Diana, a suburban mother dealing with manic depression, and the effect her illness as well as her treatments have on her family. The story is told with great humor, and unflinching honesty.  It is a story about love and family, about holding tight, and about letting go.

This deeply moving piece of theatre provides a wonderful opportunity for performers to explore dramatic material and showcase vocal talents with an energetic pop/rock score. Theatre in the Grove favorites, James Grimes, Jennifer Yamashiro, and Alison Luey give you unflinching, authentic performances punctuated with the talented Jonathan Swartout, Ky Fifer, and Luis Ventura.  Next to Normal is an emotional powerhouse that addresses such issues as grieving loss, psychiatric intervention, and suburban life.

Next to Normal was also chosen as “one of the year’s ten best shows” by critics around the country, including The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone and The New York Times.

The show is, in the words of The New York Times, “much more than a feel-good musical; it is a feel-everything musical.”

A tremendously moving and intimate musical about deeply complicated and flawed human beings, Next to Normal  is a natural fit for the kind of storytelling and musical talent at Theatre in the Grove.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:
January 13 – 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, please 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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Next to Normal contains mature themes and language. Parental discretion is advised.

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

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James and the Giant Peach, Jr. Cast Announced!

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CAST:

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

Please note other roles and featured characters will be chosen from the Ensemble Players.

Thank you to all that auditioned — we were completely in awe of all the talent!

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