Coaster Theatre Playhouse’s Summer Repertory Season.
Cannon Beach, OR June 16, 2014 . If you’re not familiar with the concept of “repertory” it’s when a theatre company offers two or more plays during the same time frame, with alternating performances. This summer brings Sondheim and Hitchcock back-to-back to the Coaster Theatre’s stage.
Into the Woods
One of Sondheim’s most popular works, the powerhouse Broadway musical Into the Woods brings together the classic Fairytale characters from The Brothers Grimm with the Broadway magic of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine to create a rare modern classic. The story follows a baker and his wife who wish to have a child, Cinderella who wishes to attend the King’s Festival, and Jack who wishes his cow would give milk. When the baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a witch’s curse, they set off on a journey to break it. Everyone’s wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.
Director Ryan Hull returns to the Coaster stage for this production having previously directed Around the World in 80 Days at the Coaster Theatre. Before returning to Oregon he completed the actors training program at the Circle in the Square Theatre on Broadway in New York City.
The 39 Steps.
Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit. The suave, yet bored, Richard Hannay eyes a mysterious woman at the theater, but returns to his London townhome…where the woman turns up
dead. With no more than that, he finds himself on the run as a mysterious spy organization alternately pursues and is pursued by him, from London to Scotland and back, as he fights to clear himself of the murder. Along the way, he is hindered and helped by the beautiful,
upstanding Pamela who, despite her best efforts, ends up shackled, literally to a man she thinks is a murderer. Meanwhile, the police and the mysterious spy organization are closing in on Richard.
Actor, director, costumer and educator, Patrick Lathrop, will direct this play. His other role is that of the Coaster’s Executive Director, a position he accepted during the past year. Previously he was education director of the theatre for 3 ½ years.
Into the Woods is generously sponsored by Candi & Jon Holzgrafe, The Ocean Lodge, Inn at Cannon Beach and Leland E. G. Larson.
The 39 Steps is generously sponsored by Keith C. Schnip, The Ocean Lodge, Inn at Cannon Beach and Lodges at Cannon Beach.
Into the Woods:
June 20, 21
July 3, 6, 11,13,17,19, 23, 25, 27, 31
August 2, 6, 8, 10, 14, 16, 20, 22, 24, 28, 30,
Sept. 4, 6, 7
The 39 Steps:
June 27, 28
July 2, 5, 10, 12, 18, 20, 24, 26, 30
August 1, 3, 7, 9, 13, 15, 17, 21, 23, 27, 29, 31
All performances start at 7:30 p.m.
Into the Woods ticket prices: $18-$23
The 39 Steps ticket prices: $15-$20
Box Office: 503-436-1242
More information: Jenni Tronier
Bonnie Gilchrist Coaster Theatre