Cannon Beach, OR. April 16, 2014 Arnold has decided he’s going to move to Russia. Barry thinks he’s a golf pro. Norman can’t stop eating donuts and Lucien is concerned that they don’t have any trees. These men are all roommates and they all have special needs. They’re looked after by Jack, the caretaker. Written with humor and compassion, The Boys Next Door, by Tom Griffin, is a series of vignettes that together form a charming and moving picture of life, friendship and challenges. Mingled with scenes from the daily lives of these four, where “little things” sometimes become momentous (and often very funny), are moments of great poignancy when, with touching effectiveness, we are reminded that the disabled, like the rest of us, want only to love and laugh and find some meaning and purpose in the brief time that they, like their more fortunate brothers and sisters, are allotted on this earth.
Taking on the role of Arnold Wiggins is Slab Slabinski who has been acting at the Coaster since 2007’s See How They Run. He’s played a nerd, a couple of ghosts, Santa, a surgeon and way too many cops and drunks.
Lucien P. Smith will be played by Bill Honl who is returning to the Coaster for the third time. He previously appeared as Ed the handy man in the 2012 production of A Week of Augusts. Involved in theater since the early 1980s,
some of his notable roles have included the diabolical Mr.Lockheart in The Seafarer at Pier Pressure Productions, and introspective lover Jack Stojadnovic in Jack and Jill at the River Theater.
Eric Bredleau is taking on the role of Jack, the caretaker. He has lived in the Astoria area most of his life, starting in theater at the young age of 12 in Macbeth. Over the years he dabbled in theater and after a number of years away from acting caught the bug again and is continuing the family tradition. He’s very excited and humbled to be given a chance to perform on the same stage where his father, Kay Bredleau performed for so many years.
Don Connor is cast as Norman Bulansky. After moving to Cannon Beach from the SF Bay Area in 2000, this former professional drummer jumped at the opportunity to try acting, a life-long aspiration, at the Coaster. He has now acted in approximately 30 plays and has been involved backstage or in the light booth in numerous other productions. Favorite roles include Owen Musser, the grand wizard of the KKK in The Foreigner and Axel Hammond in The Nerd.
The fourth “boy” Barry Klemper, will be played by Jordan Okonlewski, making his Coaster Theatre debut.
Known best as Cannon Beach’s City Manager, Rich Mays is used to wearing a variety of hats. So…taking on the multiple rolls of Mr. Hedges, Mr. Corbin and Senator Clark… all roles that support the supporting cast just comes naturally. Now in his sixth play, his first was Our Town (2009), followed by My Fair Lady (2010), Annie Get Your Gun (2011), Arsenic and Old Lace (2012) and The Importance of Being Earnest (2013).
Also making her Coaster Theatre debut, Marcella Adella will play multiple roles as Mrs. Fremus, Mrs. Warren and Clara. She has enjoyed acting since the age of 3; often entertaining her adoring public– family members – by performing scenes from animated features such as Toy Story or Tom and Jerry. Finally attending an actual drama class during her junior and senior years in high school, she’s found a love for all forms of fiction and artistic expression.
Playing Sheila is Jean Rice, who has been involved with the Coaster Theatre since 1998, enjoying all 15 years of shows. Her first appearance was as Chelsea in On Golden Pond and last year she was cast in four of the seven productions.
Cast as Mr. Klemper is Mick Alderman, a native Astorian who began working in the theatre arts in 1984 as a Clatsop Community College student. Most recently, he performed in Sight Unseen for the Liberty Theater. In addition to acting, he has directed 15 plays, four of which he also wrote.
Director: After taking a year off to follow other pursuits, Karen Bain has returned to direct her fifth Coaster Theater production. She says, “I really enjoy working here because of the strong commitment to art, the individual and the community.” In addition to directing, she is an actor and visual artist working primarily with acrylics and wire sculpture.
Stage Manager: Josh Loring lives in Astoria. The Boys Next Door is the second play he has been involved with.
Costume Designer: Jeanine Fairchild has designed costumes for the Coaster Theatre’s shows since the early 1990’s and her attention to detail and craftsmanship has been prevalent in every single one. Recently the Daily Astorian described her work on Lady Bracknell’s costumes for the Coaster Theatre’s 2013 summer’s production of The Importance of Being Earnest as a “work of art”.
Set Designer/Painter: Dmitri Swain grew up on the Oregon Coast, later attending Portland State University. After graduating with a degree in Fine Arts he returned to the coast and is now designing sets at the Coaster Theatre.
Lighting Designer: Ian Anderson Priddy. Ian has designed the lighting for many Coaster Theatre plays and musicals such as The Importance of Being Earnest, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, 84 Charing Cross Road, Around the World in 80 Days, Scrooge! The Musical, A Week of Augusts, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, Arsenic and Old Lace and many more.
May 9, 10, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 30, 31
Talk Back Thursday: May 29
Thurs, Fri, and Sat performances start at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday performances start at 3:00 p.m.
Ticket prices: $15-$20
Box Office: 503-436-1242