lovesickAUDITIONS for LOVE/SICK, a romantic comedy, by John Cariani (ALMOST, MAINE), directed by Susi Brown, produced by AAUW and Partners for the PAC. Roles for 2-3 women, 2-3 men, 20s-50s. Thursday, Friday, June 2, 3 from 6 to 9pm, PAC (Performing Arts Center), Room 109, 16th and Franklin, Astoria. Performances September 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25. Call Susi, 503-791-8914 with questions.

Cariani’s LOVE/SICK is a collection of nine slightly twisted and completely hilarious short plays. Set on a Friday night in an alternate suburban reality, exploring the pain and the joy that comes with being in love. Full of imperfect lovers and dreamers, LOVE/SICK is an unromantic comedy for the romantic in everyone.

The Door Between the Worlds

celticharp“Legends of the Celtic Harp” performs their new show: “The Door Between the Worlds” at 4:00pm on Sunday April 24 at the CCC Performing Arts Center, 16th and Franklin in Astoria, OR. General admission is $15.

“The Door Between the Worlds” is a dramatic journey in music and story into the realms of the Celtic “Otherworld.”    The Celtic people have always believed that there are two worlds. There is the world that we live in. And there is “The Otherworld.” This Land of Faery is filled with wonder and delight but also darkness and peril.  The acclaimed ensemble, Legends of the Celtic Harp, opens the door into this mystical world with music played on Celtic harps, Irish bouzouki, cittern, and Swedish nyckelharpa and tells the tales of that legendary land…from which no one returns unchanged.

This trio of Celtic harpers who have toured extensively throughout the US to sold out audiences and rave reviews. One recent review states “Legends of the Celtic Harp is a blend of music and oratory, falling somewhere between concert and theater. It spanned nearly the range of human feeling, from humor to tragedy, tenderness to rage, reality to mysticism, and more besides. The effects were powerful and exhilarating.”

Audiences will hear three Celtic Harps including the rare wire strung, Swedish Nyckelharpa, Cittern and Irish Bouzouki intertwined with moving stories from the mystical land and legend of the faery.

Patrick Ball is an American master of the Irish harp and a captivating spoken word artist. He has recorded nine instrumental and three spoken word albums which have sold well over a half million copies internationally, winning national awards in both the music and spoken word categories. Patrick’s critically acclaimed concerts and solo theatrical productions have toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Ireland and the UK, and have been awarded grants by the California Arts Council and the Circle of Excellence Award from the National Storytelling Association.

Lisa Lynne is a multi-instrumentalist and performer who has gained worldwide recognition for her original music featuring her Celtic Harp. She is widely acclaimed for composing memorable and heartwarming melodies on the Windham Hill/Sony music labels that have repeatedly placed in the Top 10 & Top 20 on the Billboard New age music charts. Lisa tours year round performing at large US festivals and performing art centers. Her work in Therapeutic music has gained recognition from NBC, CNN, Fox News Atlanta and numerous newspaper and magazine articles including Wall Street Journal. Lisa’s music is heard throughout the award winning PBS special “Alone in the Wilderness,” amongst many other soundtracks for commercial television and independent films.

Aryeh Frankfurter is also a renowned Celtic harper and world traveling multi- instrumentalist who went from virtuosic progressive rock violin to intricate Swedish folk and Celtic Music. He began with Classical violin at the age of three, his early studies and successes led him to explore various ethnic and international musical genres. Aryeh taught himself to play a variety of instruments bowed and plucked and most recently the rarely seen Swedish Nyckelharpa. His uncommon approach to the Celtic harp and folk harp repertoire, his numerous critically and commercially successful albums have earned him credit as a musician, recording and performance artist of extraordinary talents and abilities.

Offer Received for PAC and Josie Peper Building

An offer has been made to Clatsop Community College (CCC) for the purchase of the Performing Arts Center (PAC) and Josie Peper properties located at 16th and Franklin in Astoria. College leadership received the unsolicited offer earlier this week and today met with the local performing groups of the building, Partners of the PAC, to discuss the offer and to get their input.

Although the PAC building is not deemed surplus or listed for sale, buyers approached CCC with their offer. Karen Radditz of Totem Properties, the real estate agent representing CCC in the offer, stated, “The buyer’s intention is to build affordable housing on some of the land while keeping the PAC as is for a community center. They are anxious to do the right thing for the community.”

While the PAC serves as a facility for community performances, the college does not have the programming or classes to utilize the space academically. The Josie Peper property has been deemed surplus and is listed for sale.

The Board of Directors will hold a special meeting to further discuss the offer on the properties. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 29th at 6:30 p.m. in the Columbia Hall Room 219.

Twelve Angry Men

12AM3Partners for the PAC are excited to be sponsoring the play Twelve Angry Men, directed by Sheila Shaffer. Performances are 7:30 pm Friday and Saturday March 11 & 12; 3:00 pm Sunday March 13, and 7:30 pm Friday and Saturday, March 18 & 19.  The play features many of your favorite local actors: Joseph Oyala, Don Conner, Ryan Hull, Frank Jagodnik, Richard Bowman, Ben Van Osdol, Bob Goldberg, David Sweeney, James Dott, Thomas Berdine, Bill Honl, Bill Ham and Rich Mays with a special voiceover by the Honorable Paula Brownhill of the Clatsop Circuit Court.

Twelve Angry Men is a powerful, riveting and timely courtroom drama adapted for the stage by Sherman L. Sergel based on the 1954 teleplay of the same title for the CBS Studio One anthology television series by Reginald Rose, it was made into a highly successful film in 1957 starring and produced by Henry Fonda. The drama depicts a jury considering a homicide trial. It looks like an open-and-shut case until one of the jurors begins opening the others’ eyes to the facts, causing reasonable doubt. Tempers get short, arguments grow heated, and the jurors become 12 angry men.

Sheila Shaffer has been directing on the coast for over 10 years. She is a veteran both on stage and off and holds a degree in Theater Arts from the University of Wisconsin. She has worked with community and nonprofit theaters, on and off, for over 30 years. For the last 14 years most of her work has been at the Coaster Theatre in Cannon Beach. A few of the past 11 Coaster Theatre productions she has directed include ‘Night, Mother, The Sound of Music, Agatha Christie’s The Unexpected Guest, Anthony Shaffer’s Whodunnit, Dixie Swim Club and Scrooge: The Musical, and this year’s upcoming holiday production of It’s a Wonderful Life at the Coaster Theatre. A few other sundry directing credits include Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, A.R. Gurney’s The Dining Room and this year’s AAUW Readers Theater production of Visiting Mr. Green. You may have seen Sheila on stage, as well, in past Coaster shows which include Miss Hannigan in Annie, Mrs. Gibbs in Our Town, Grace in Bus Stop, Christine in Mixed Emotions, and The Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods. A few additional acting credits include Thelma in ‘Night Mother, Children of a Lesser God, and Tennessee William’s Suddenly Last Summer.

Sheila is truly excited and honored to be directing Twelve Angry Men at Astoria’s Performing Arts Center. “I am thrilled to be able to help bring theater back to the PAC and the Astoria community! With Astoria being a judicially charged center for the coast I’m sure Twelve Angry Men will resonate with many in our community and I look forward to sharing this classic courtroom drama.”

The Performing Arts Center is a hub of cultural activity at CCC and throughout Astoria and the North Coast region. The Partners have been engaged in raising funds to keep the PAC open and operating for affordable cultural and performing events since 2012, through an agreement with Clatsop Community College.

David Crabtree and Friends with Laurie Drage

LaurieGet ready for a treat, and settle back to listen to these experienced and talented musicians. They are both well known in the community; David for his guitar and mandolin music and Laurie for her wonderful vocal stylings.

Laurie Drage is originally from Tacoma WA.  She studied piano since the 3rd grade and sang before she could speak sentences. She has a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Pacific Lutheran University and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Western Washington Univ. She taught voice at WWU while working as a graduate assistant. In 1981 she moved to Astoria to join her commercial fisherman husband.  She has been the music director at First Lutheran since 1982.  She manages family business interests and is the president of the Friday Music Club. She and her husband Steve have 2 grown daughters and live on a farm in Olney.

Marten King and Group “Ensemble Columbiana”

A return performance by Marten King on Clarinet, Michael Liu on Piano, and Allan Stromquist on French Horn. Ensemble Columbiana performed at the PAC in March of 2014.

They are titling their concert “A little von Weber, a little Schubert and much more”. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for students, and free for ages twelve and under. This concert benefits the CCC Performing Arts Center, to help keep it available for affordable cultural and community events.

Marten King, clarinet, spent most of his early years in Sutherlin, Oregon. He received a BA from Linfield College. He studied in Berlin, Germany achieving a MM in clarinet performance, studying with Karl Leister, then principal clarinetist of the Berlin Philharmonic. Marten then returned to the US to take up an MA program in music history at the University of Oregon, while playing with the Eugene Symphony Orchestra. He then auditioned for & was appointed to the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra in Canada and has also played with the Sun River Festival Orchestra & the Astoria Music Festival.   Marten performs with several community orchestras & bands in both the Portland area & on the north Oregon coast & has performed solos with both the North Oregon Coast Symphony & the North Coast Symphonic Band. He particularly enjoys chamber music.

Dr. Michael Liu, piano, has been in the practice of family medicine, and is a life-long supporter of the arts & has been the pianist for the Vancouver Symphony since 2003.

Allan Stromquist is principal hornist of Washington’s Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. He is also a busy freelance musician, performing with orchestras and chamber ensembles in Portland, Vancouver, and Astoria.  He grew up in the Astoria area and graduated from Astoria High school where his parents taught music for over thirty years each.  Stromquist attended the Mannes School of Music in New York, and the Queens College Aaron Copland School of Music while studying with the world reknowned horn soloist, David Jolley.

‘Waiting for Godot’ speaker attracts crowd, promotes upcoming play

Seth TichenorSeth Tichenor, philosophy instructor at Clatsop Community College, spoke to a group of 74 theatergoers about Existentialism and “Waiting for Godot” at the CCC Performing Arts Center in Astoria Friday, Jan. 22. His talk was timed ahead of the Jan. 29 opening of the play, which will be performed five times at the PAC this month and next. His talk, set on the minimalist stage of director Karen Bain’s production, focused on playwright Samuel Beckett’s twin themes of absurdity and emptiness, touching on such philosophical concepts as “existence precedes essence,” “the primacy of subjectivity” and “the radical nature of freedom.” The play, which features a local cast of actors, is presented by Partners for the PAC. It will be performed 7.p.m. Jan. 29 and 30; 3 p.m. Jan. 31; 7 p.m. Feb. 5 and 6. Tickets are $15 at the door, cash or check.

Existentialism and Godot

In conjunction with the Astoria production of Waiting for Godot, Seth Tichenor, philosophy, religion and politics instructor at Clatsop Community College, will give a free lecture on existentialism, Friday, January 22 at 7 pm at the CCC Performing Arts Center at 16th Street and Franklin Avenue in Astoria.

Admission is free, but donations may be made to support Partners for the PAC, whose member organizations are working to keep the PAC functioning as a year-round performing arts venue. North Coast (and WA South Coast) drama students and their advisors are especially invited to attend.

Tichenor has pursued advanced degrees in philosophy from the University of Hawaii-Manoa and in theology from Boston University. He has been teaching for 19 years, including the University of Hawaii, Oregon State University, Concordia University, Linfield College, and a number of community colleges including Clatsop.

His areas of specialty include the Philosophy of Religion, Classical South Asian Philosophy, Comparative Philosophy and the Philosophy of Education. He is a co-founder of Philosofarian, a project that aims to make philosophical life relevant to everyone everywhere.

Audition Notice for PAC Benefit “Twelve Angry Men”

12-angry-men-poster-artTwelve Angry Men is based on the film by Reginald Rose and adapted for the stage by Sherman L. Sergel. Jury selection….err, um…… auditions will be January 6 and 7 at 6:30pm at the CCC Performing Arts Center, 588 16th St, Astoria (downstairs in the green room). The show calls for 13 men. The role of the guard can also be played by a woman. Auditions will consist of reading prepared sides from the script. Rehearsals will start the first week of February and the performances are March 11, 12, 13, 18 and 19. Any questions can be sent to director Sheila Shaffer.

‘Waiting for Godot’ to be performed at the PAC

Godot artwork“Waiting for Godot” will be performed in Astoria in early 2016. Partners for the PAC will stage the production 7 p.m. Jan. 29 and 30; 3 p.m. Jan. 31; and 7 p.m. Feb. 5 and 6. The show is directed by Karen Bain of Astoria and includes a cast of local actors. Tickets are $15, at the door of the Clatsop Community College Performing Arts Center at 16th Street and Franklin Avenue in Astoria.
The play follows two men as they dally by the side of a road, expecting the imminent arrival of another man. They’ve asked this man for nothing very definite, but eagerly anticipate his appearance. And though they admit that they do not know him — and won’t even recognize him when they see him — they wait for Godot.
Samuel Beckett wrote the play in the aftermath of World War II. It was first performed in Paris in 1953 and stage historians consider it spawned the “theater of the absurd” movement. One of the saddest comedies and funniest tragedies written in the modern era, it was voted the most significant English-language play of the 20th Century in a poll of 800 playwrights, actors, directors and journalists conducted the Royal National Theatre in London. Productions have been staged worldwide during the past 60 years in locations as diverse as prisons, war-torn Sarajevo, New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and in apartheid South Africa. 
Reviewers have called it, “a witty and poetic conundrum” (The Guardian), “humorous and deeply human” (The Press), “entertainment of a high order ” (New York Times) and “something that will securely lodge in a corner of your mind for as long as you live” (The Sunday Times).
The play’s two main characters appear to have lost everything, but they hang on to hope, just as they hang on to each other. As one says, “Right here, in this place, at this time, we are all mankind, whether we like it or not.”