Mystery, intrigue, carnivorous plants, witches looking for love, a moat swimming princess, a mother and daughter coming to a difficult choice and two old friends finding love…there’s something planned for every theatre goer!
Cannon Beach, OR. January 12, 2015—Season tickets and individual show tickets for The Coaster’s 43rd season of quality community theatre on the North Oregon Coast are now on sale.
Executive Director Patrick Lathrop says, “We continue to be impressed with the professional level of actors and musicians who have been drawn to Cannon Beach because of its support for the arts. We also have an amazing ensemble of community members who perform at the Coaster simply because they love theatre.”
Tickets for the entire season of 7 shows are $120, or you may choose five shows for $85 or three shows for $50. Individual tickets for plays are $15-$20, and musicals $18-$23. For specific performance dates and to order go to: coastertheatre.com. For more information call: 503-436-1242.
‘Night Mother by Marsha Norman
Directed by Sheila Shaffer
January 30-February 21
Jessie’s father is dead, her marriage ended in divorce, her absent son is a petty thief, her last job didn’t work out and, in general, her life is stale. As the evening unfolds we discover what has brought her to this point in her life. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize – this eloquent and ultimatelyshattering play explores the final moments in the life a woman who has decided that life is no longer worth living.
Murder on the Nile by Agatha Christie
Directed by Jenni Tronier
March 13-April 18
Simon Mostyn and heiress Kay Ridgeway are on their honeymoon on a paddle steamer on the Nile but all is not roses and champagne. A dark shadow has followed them on their post-wedding travels. Jacqueline de Severac – Simon’s jilted fiancé and Kay’s former best friend – keeps turning up at every stop on the newlywed’s itinerary. Aboard the paddle steamer are a host of characters including Miss ffoliot-ffoukes, a rich, opinionated old lady and her niece – the naive Miss Grant, plus Smith – a direct man with Socialist leanings, Dr. Bessner – a German tourist, Canon Pennefather – Kay’s guardian and several other memorable characters. While journeying along the river, murder and mayhem rule and it’s up to Pennefather to uncover the criminals before the trip ends.
Mixed Emotions by Richard Baer
Directed by Susi Brown
May 1-May 24
Herman Lewis and Christine Millman have been friends for more than thirty years. When their spouses were alive, the two couples saw each otherconstantly and often traveled together. Christine is preparing to move—tomorrow—from her apartment in New York City to Florida. From out of the blue, Herman appears to request that she stay in the city. Christine thinks the idea is ridiculous, but Herman persists and tries during the next 18 hours to change her mind.
It Could Be Any One Of Us by Alan Ayckbourn
Directed by Ryan Hull
June 12-September 5
In a windswept country house a family of artistic failures wrangles over a will: a detective who has never solved a case; a writer whose works have never been published, an artist who’s never shown a painting, a composer whose compositions have never been performed, and a dysfunctional teenager. Here are the prime ingredients for a murder mystery, but the victim is not who it should be, the murder’s identity changes overnight. Throw in some tongue-in-cheek humor for some comedic thrills.
Little Shop of Horrors – music by Alan Menken, lyrics & book by Howard Ashman
Directed by Patrick Lathrop
Assistant Director Joseph Oyala
Musical Director Chris Engbretson
June 19-September 6
The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names “Audrey II” – after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down-and-out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it, BLOOD. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II’s out of this world origins and intent towards global domination!
Bell, Book and Candle by John Van Druten
Directed by Edward James
September 25-October 24
Gillian Holroyd is a modern witch who can cast spells and perform supernatural feats. After casting a spell on Shepherd Henderson, an unattached publisher, he falls head over heels in love with her at once and wants to marry her. But witches, unfortunately, cannot fall in love, and this little snag leads into a number of difficulties. Ultimately, Gillian breaks with her fellow witches, preferring the normal and human love offered her by the attractivepublisher. But before their happily ever after, Gillian comes very near to losing Shepherd.
Once Upon A Mattress – music by Mary Rodgers, book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller & Marshall Barer, lyrics by Marshall Barer
Directed by Arnie Hummasti
November 13-December 20
If you thought you knew the story of “The Princess and The Pea,” you may be in for a walloping surprise! Did you know, for instance, that Princess Winnifred actually swam the moat to reach Prince Dauntless the Drab? Or that, in fact, it wasn’t the pea at all that caused the princess a sleepless night? Carried on a wave of wonderful songs, by turns hilarious and raucous, romantic and melodic, this rollicking spin on the familiar classic of royal courtship and comeuppance provides for some sidesplitting shenanigans. Chances are you’ll never look at fairy tales quite the same way again.
Additional special events:
Classical Guitarist Aaron Larget-Caplan
Saturday, February 14th at 7:30pm
American Keys and Spanish Strings: Music for Piano and Guitar featuring Pamela Goldsmith and Rhonda Rizzo
Saturday, April 25th at 7:30pm
Special Events are made possible through the Tourism and Arts Fund and the Cannon Beach Tourism andArts Commission.