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.