Cannon Beach, OR June 3, 2015 | This summer at the Coaster Theatre you can see a British caper where you pick the ending, or you can experience a deviously delicious out-of-this-world musical experience.
It Could be Anyone of Us
Written by Alan Ayckbourn
Directed by Ryan Hull
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 and a composer whose compositions have never been performed, and a dysfunctional teenager. The prime ingredients for a murder mystery, but the victim is not who it should be, and the murder’s identity changes overnight. Throw in some tongue in cheek humor for some comedic thrills.
Cast & Crew
Stewart Martin (Mortimer Chalke): Being an older brother and a musical fellow, Stewart appreciates Mortimer’s responsibilities, dilemmas and proclivities. While social constructs prevent most of us from really “acting out” in life – on stage, the sky can be the limit. A person can be syrupy sweet, a royal pain, intimidating, talented and threatening or boisterously brilliant. Stewart has enjoys these roles in his “young career”, which started at age 50. You may have seen him in other musicals and shows at the Coaster Theatre (Christmas Carol, She Loves Me, Fiddler on the Roof, Deathtrap, Scrooge, Arsenic and Old Lace). He has tripped through several in Tillamook, many in Nehalem, even traipsed out to Forest Grove (Young Frankenstein the Musical).
Ann Bronson (Jocelyn Polegate): Ann’s Coaster Theatre career started with The Music Man in the summer of 2000. Most recently, she was seen as the suicidal Jessie in ‘night Mother, the Witch in last summer’s production of Into the Woods, and in the 2013 holiday musical of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas as Martha “The Megaphone” Watson. She hasn’t been in a who-dun-it since appearing as Miss Casewell in The Mousetrap (Summer 2001), but is looking forward to returning to the realm of mystery, murder, and mayhem.
Cedar Braasch (Brinton Chalke): Cedar grew up on the Oregon coast and after high school attended the College of Santa Fe in New Mexico. He was invited to New York his junior year to audition and was cast as (Snowboy) for the 50 year anniversary of West Side Story at the Gerald W. Lynch theater in association with the New York Arts Program. The following year back in Santa Fe graduated with his BFA in Theater and Acting. He now resides in Portland and has appeared in numerous productions with the One Horn Goats and Imago Theater Co. He recently appeared on the Coaster Theatre stage as Chuck in Mixed Emotions.
Gretchen Hoekstre (Amy Polegate): While Gretchen acting resume is short, she has participated in the Coaster Theatre Kidz summer camps and was most recently involved in the 2014 holiday musical Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.
Frank Jagodnik (Norris Honeywell): It’s no mystery that Frank is excited to join a fun and anything but dysfunctional cast in his 46th Coaster Theatre production since 1997. He last appeared as Canon Pennefather in Murder on the Nile this spring. Some of his favorite roles have included Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Otto Von Bruno in Bullshot Crummond, Elyot Chase in Private Lives, Michael Starkwedder in The Unexpected Guest, William Gillette in Postmortem, Ebeneezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, Sidney Bruhl in Deathtrap, Marc in Art, John Barrymore in I Hate Hamlet, Philip Lombard in Ten Little Indians, Charles Condomine in Blithe Spirit, Axel Hammond in The Nerd, and a plethora of Tuna residents in A Tuna Christmas.
Ellen Jensen (Wendy Windwood): This show marks Ellen’s 12th show at the Coaster Theatre.. She spends her days with textbooks or espresso machines, and her nights at the theatre and/or with the amazing psychos she is blessed to call her friends.
Ryan Hull (Director): Ryan previously directed Around the World in 80 Days and last summer’s Into the Woods. At Clackamas College he directed No Exit and was involved in writing an outreach project/musical for Clackamas County that performed in County schools. At Rollins College in Winter Park, FL he wrote two plays; Gyros, Gyros and Non-Stop that he directed at the Fred Stone Theatre. Ryan later completed the actors training program at the Circle in the Square Theatre on Broadway. During his time at Circle in the Square he directed The Unseen Hand and assistant directed The Cherry Orchard. In New York, he was also a founding member of Phenomenon Productions Theatre Company where he produced three shows Zasstrozzi: The Master of Discipline, The Just Assassin and Beyond.
Little Shop of Horrors
Book & Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Music by Alan Menken
Directed by Patrick Lathrop
Musical Direction by Chris Engbretson
Assistant Director, Joseph Oyala
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!
Cast & Crew
Cameron Lira (Audrey): Cameron owes the Coaster Theatre. Since 2008’s Break a Leg, it has given her fifteen productions full of suspicious ice cream (She Loves Me), handsy cowboys (Bus Stop), desperate lemonade (Crimes of the Heart), heartless guttersniping (My Fair Lady), seafaring piano acrobatics (Rough Crossing), table-chopping epiphanies (25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), tea time cat fights (The Importance of Being Earnest), and yellow-stockinged assaults (Twelfth Night), among other treasures. It has lavished on her love, support, and even a husband (noted rogue and hilarious person Juan Lira). Now, as if that weren’t enough to be hug-the-building grateful for, the Coaster Theatre is letting her dip into the peroxide of one of her childhood favorites.
Todd Payne (Seymour Krelborn): His previous roles at the Coaster include Leaf Coneybear in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Phileas Fogg in Around the World in 80 Days, Rapunzel’s Prince in Into the Woods, and Lefou in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.
Cindy Karr (Crystal): You know her as the sweet smile and southern drawl from the Coaster Theatre Box Office. But look out! Tonight you will see another side of Cindy as she plays the multiple roles of Cinderella’s Wicked Stepsister and Little Red Ridinghood’s Granny. Not to worry though, she will end up on a sweet note as Sleeping Beauty before the night is over. Cindy was last seen on stage as Florinda, Granny and Sleeping Beauty in Into The Woods and the Wine Vendor in Scrooge! The Musical.
Amanda Payne (Ronnette): Little Shop of Horrors is her twelfth show at the Coaster Theatre. She says, “This is a place where we get the chance to escape the stress of day to day life and step into a world of fun and creation.”
Aly Hanson (Chiffon): Aly is a Senior at Warrenton High School with dual enrollment at Clatsop Community College. She is not new to the stage, but this is her debut performance with Coaster Theatre Playhouse. Her previous productions include Annie, Back to the 80’s, Murder at Checkmate Manor, Shanghaied in Astoria, Captive, and Rapunzel to name a few.
David Sweeney (Mr. Mushnik): Coaster Theatre regulars may remember David from some of his previous performances including his most recent turn as Dr. Bessner in Murder on the Nile, Cogsworth in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Hannay (The 39 Steps), the Narrator/Mysterious Man (Into the Woods) and Hysterium (A Funny Happened on the Way to the Forum).
Richard Bowman (Orin Scrivello/Bum/Bernstein/Mrs. Luce/Skip Snip/Patrick Martin): Richard first performed Little Shop of Horrors back in Salt Lake City in the role of Seymour. This time he will be getting to take a bite, pun intended, as The Dentist. He was last seen on the Coaster Theatre stage playing in his dream role as the Beast in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.
Josh Loring (Bum/Puppeteer-Audrey II): While growing produce on a farm in Washington, Josh Loring decided to become a vegan. After some time, and a bit of outer space radiation, he came to the conclusion that; eating plants didn’t fix any problems. Clearly, the most logical next step in a young man’s attempt at becoming a respectful inhabitant of Earth was; eating humans. The movement didn’t take off quite as quickly as he expected, and in the meantime he grew stems and became a plant himself.
Joseph Oyala (Assistant Director/Bum/Customer/Voice of Audrey II): Joseph is a Theatre Arts major from the University of Oregon. This production will mark his 1st experience as Assistant Director for the Coaster Theatre. Other musical experiences include Singing in the Rain, Company, and Into the Woods.
Patrick Lathrop (Director): Patrick is an actor, director, costumer and educator. He holds a BA in Theatre Performance, an MFA in Musical Theatre, and an MA in Costume History and Design. Patrick has been a Teaching Artist for over 25 years with a strong background in non-traditional, informal and museum education utilizing the Visual and Performing Arts to foster creativity and self-esteem in young people. Patrick has worked with a variety of organizations including the Imagination Celebration of Orange County, Orange County Department of Education, Pasadena Junior Theatre, Pasadena Unified School District, and San Diego Junior Theatre. Just prior to moving from Southern California, Patrick worked with the San Diego Old Globe Theatre to help develop a new Shakespeare Curriculum for fifth graders. Patrick began with the Coaster Theater as the summer camp director in August of 2009. Since then he has directed several education productions, as well as directing Clue, Annie Get Your Gun, Charlie Brown, The Importance of Being Earnest, and White Christmas. He has acted in A Talent for Murder, My Fair Lady, Annie Get Your Gun, The Mystery of Irma Vepp, Charlie Brown, Scrooge, and Veronica’s Room. Patrick currently serves as the Executive Director of the Coaster Theatre Playhouse.
Chris Engbretson (Music Director): Chris holds a Master of Music degree in choral conducting from Northern Arizona University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in music with a piano performance concentration. Over the past decade, Chris has worked extensively as a pianist, chorister, vocal coach and conductor both locally and abroad. His conducting/piano credits include Beauty and the Beast, Spring Awakening, Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, and Linfield College’s Opera Workshop (The Marriage of Figaro, Così fan tutte). He regularly performs with several Portland vocal ensembles, including Cantores in Ecclessia, Cappella Romana, and Kliros, and is an active member of the Oregon Music Teachers Association. He also serves as an adjunct professor of music at Linfield College.
It Could Be Anyone Of Us
June 12, 13, 21, 27
July 2, 8, 10, 16, 18, 22, 24, 30
August 1, 6, 8, 12, 14, 16, 20, 22, 26, 28, 30
September 3, 5
Little Shop of Horrors
June 19, 20, 26
July 3, 9, 11, 15, 17, 23, 25, 29, 31
August 5, 7, 9, 13, 15, 19, 21, 23, 27, 29
September 2, 4, 6
It Could be Any One of Us: $15 or $20
Little Shop of Horrors: $18 or $23
Box Office: 503-436-1242