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Membership Meeting Agenda

When:  7pm, Sunday, October 25th, 2015
Where: SunShine Pizza, 2424  Columbia Blvd., St. Helens, OR 

  • Chaired by and Time meeting called to order
  • Roll Call of Board members.
  • Additional Members in attendance, Visitors, and/or total.
  • Presidents Report.
  • Secretary’s Report including Minutes of previous meeting and Communications.
  • Financial Report.
  • Membership Report.
  • Special Projects Report.
  • Public Relations Report.
  • Maintenance Report.
  • Producers Report.
  • Youth Coordinator.
  • Special Committee Reports.
    • Changes to the bylaws
    • Removing Producer board position and Youth Coordinator positions.
    • Adding a non voting high school youth representative.
  • Old Business.
  • New Business.
  • Elections.
  • For the good of the Players.
  • Set date/time of next meeting.
  • Adjournment time.

Amended 9/29/2015
Amended 10/12/15 Moved meeting from Bertucci’s to SunShine Pizza due to increased number of members attending.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare AbridgedFor Immediate Release, ShoeString Community Players, Columbia County, Oregon—


For a fun night out the ShoeString Community Players present The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) a play written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield that parodies the plays of William Shakespeare with all of them being performed by only three actors.  The fourth wall is nonexistent in the performance with the actors speaking directly to the audience during much of the play, and some scenes involve audience participation.

ShoeString Community Players is dedicating these performances as a direct benefit for the Rainier High School DRAMA program.   The DRAMA department needs equipment to be replaced and modernized for the ongoing needs and continuing future productions.  This fundraiser is great way to be entertained and help the DRAMA students out.

The complete works of William Shakespeare — 37 plays — are performed here by ShoeString Community Players in only 90 minutes.  Why truncate some of the greatest drama in history?  Because life is short and the complete works of The Bard are long.  The play contains many humorous footnotes on the script that are often not included in the full performances.  As a result, each performance can be vastly different from another, even with the same cast.  No two shows are alike.  Cast: Anthony Ditto, Joey Baker, Sarah Carmen and directed by Shannon Vaerewyck

Buy your tickets now for performances September 25 – 27, 2015 at Bertucci’s, 2017 Columbia Blvd., St. Helens, ONLINE at, and at the door.  Performance Date & Times: Friday & Saturday at 7pm, and Sunday at 2pm.  Where: RAINIER HIGH SCHOOL Auditorium, 28170 Old Rainier Rd, Rainier, OR 97048.  Tickets are $10 Adults and $8 Student/Seniors, online and credit sales 50¢ convenience fee.  Performances are a fund raiser for the Rainier High School DRAMA program.  Donations are gladly accepted.  Help support a great cause for the student for the Rainier High School DRAMA program.  For more information please contact see website at, or 503-366-4406.

The ShoeString Community Players has been producing plays and other performances in Columbia County for over 30 years.  Formed from a dedicated group of “Reader’s Theater” performers, SSCP was officially founded in 1982.  The first production was Brigadoon, performed at the St.  Helens High School Olmscheid Auditorium.  SSCP has consistently produced productions and performances since that time, tapping into the rich and “undiscovered” talent Columbia County and its surrounding areas have to offer.  We perform Revues, Musicals, Dramas, Comedies, Children’s Theater, and any other type of production that captures the attention of the community.  In fact SSCP is recognized in the Cultural Inventory of St. Helens in the Columbia County Cultural Coalition Summary.  ShoeString was also recently recognized by the National Endowment of the Arts for it participation in the “Big Read” with its performance of “The Persian” a Sam Spade radio play.  We have been a long-standing, well-respected community group.  SSCP is a fully non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, relying on volunteers for every aspect of our operation.  Our mission is to support theater and arts through successful productions and participation of the community.

ShoeString Community Players proudly presents “Motherhood Out Loud”

Motherhood Poster
For Immediate Release

ShoeString Community Players proudly presents “Motherhood Out Loud” written by Leslie Ayvazian, Brooke Berman, David Cale, Jessica Goldberg, Beth Henley, Lameece Issaq, Claire LaZebnik, Lisa Loomer, Michele Lowe, Marco Pennette, Theresa Rebeck,Luanne Rice, Annie Weisman and Cheryl L.. West. The play is conceived by Susan R. Rose and Joan Stein and corporation with Dramatist Place Services.

“MOTHERHOOD OUT LOUD…never fails to strike both the funny bone and the heart. Anyone who is or has a mother, a stepmother, a foster mother, or anything in between will be able to relate to and enjoy this insightful piece…the collection is impeccably cohesive…What makes the piece work so well is that its portrait of motherhood shows all facets of a family. From adoption to surrogacy to gay parenting to stepmothers, no stone is left unturned…Put aside any preconceived notions about the topic…the play will grab you, as a mother in any form has a long-lasting effect whether you like it or not.” says Dramatists Play Services.

Performance dates are April 24, 25 and May 1, 2

Show time: 7:00 pm

Location: Deer Island Manor, 64535 Columbia River Hwy, Deer Island, Oregon

Ticket price: $12.00 Advanced ticket sales is going on right now at Bertucci’s Chocolates, 2017 Columbia Blvd., St. Helens, Oregon. Seating is limited to 50 seats per performance so advance purchasing is highly recommended. Ticket availability at the door is not guaranteed.

This show contains adult material and language and is not recommended for children under the age of 18 years of age.

For more information call Bertucci’s at 503-366-9602 or



Book by Lynn Ahrens.  Music by Stephen Flaherty & Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens.

Scappoose, OR –  The Scappoose High School Drama Club proudly presents its spring musical production, the off-beat and hilarious LUCKY STIFF.  Performances are in the SHS Auditorium on Thursday, April 23 and Friday, April 24 at 7:00 pm, and also on Saturday, April 25 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Tickets are $7 for regular admission and $5 for students and seniors (age 55+), and are available for purchase at the door.

This high energy musical is directed by Tom Weaver. The orchestra will perform under the direction of Kristen Caldwell.  The show also features choreography by local dance instructor Claire Catt.  Student performers include Cameron Wheeler as Harry Witherspoon, Caitlin Hortert as Annabel Glick, Chloe Anderson as Rita LaPorta, Billy Trapnell as Vinnie DiRuzzio, Stephen Gift as Luigi Gaudi, Clare Kessi as Dominique du Monaco, Gavin Rodriguez as the Emcee, Hawthorne Simonds as the dead Tony Hendon, and Avery Jones as the Landlady. The chorus, stage management, and crew include numerous experienced SHS drama students including Summer Detrick, Namgyal Karmartsang, and Ryan Leipzig.

LUCKY STIFF  is based on the 1983 novel The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo by Michael Butterworth.  LUCKY STIFF is often described as a farcical murder mystery.  Set in England, Atlantic City, and Monte Carlo, the story revolves around mild-mannered English shoe salesman Harry Witherspoon.  Harry’s uncle has been murdered, but if Harry can pass him off as alive in Monte Carlo, then he will inherit his uncle’s riches.  Of course, Harry’s not the only one chasing after the fortune.  LUCKY STIFF has charmed audiences all over the country with its madcap storyline full of mistaken identities, delightful music, and zany characters.

This show is rated PG for compromising situations and mild language.


The ShoeString community Players annual Theater Arts Scholarship is intended to assist graduates of St. Helens, Scappoose, Vernonia, Clatskanie, and Rainier High Schools who intend to major or minor in theater or in a related field (such as technical theater, dance performance, or makeup) at an accredited 2 or 4 year college, university, or conservatory.

For 2015 (at least*) one scholarships of $650.00 (or more*) will be available for award. The funds will be sent directly to the college, university, or conservatory indicated by the recipient. The awarded student of the 2015 Theater Arts Scholarship must notify ShoeString Community Players of the school to which the funds will be sent to no later than March 30, 2016 or forfeit the scholarship award.
The scholarship is funded by a portion of the proceeds from the SSCP annual summer musical, other productions, and by other funds donated for the specific purpose of the scholarship.
To apply, please submit a completed application form, a copy of your transcript, and two recommendation forms


Scappoose High School Drama Club proudly presents “The Curious Savage” by John Patrick

Savage (3)Mark your calendars! The High School Drama Club proudly presents “The Curious Savage” by John Patrick.  The play is about Mrs. Ethel Savage who has inherited her late husbands’ fortune and sets up a foundation to help those less fortunate to pursue their hopes and dreams. When her step-children discover what she has done they think she has lost her mind and have her placed into a “home” for the insane while they try to find a way to get their hands on the money. Prior to arriving at “The Cloisters”, Mrs. Savage converts her money to negotiable bonds and hides them.  The comedy continues as the Savages try to find the money. Meanwhile, Mrs. Savage strikes up a friendship with the residents of the “home” and finds that she prefers their company over that of her family. The search and disposition of the bonds leads to a hilarious final scene where Mrs. Savage has to make a decision about her future.

The cast features Samantha Darr as Mrs. Savage, and includes cast members Kristina Barnes, Jordan Buster, Tyler Dietrichs, Caitlin Hortert, Clare Kessi, Corey Pierce-Brown, Chase Pixley, Lillian Simonds, Kaitlin Smith, and Dominic Williams.  The play is directed by Tom Weaver.

“The Curious Savage” will be presented in the Scappoose High School Auditorium January 29-31 at 7:00 pm.  The will also be a matinee performance on January 31 at 2:00 pm.  Tickets are $5.00 each available at the door.

St. Helens Haunted Tours


ShoeString Community Players Present “St. Helens Haunted Tours” During October

ShoeString Community Players present “St. Helens Haunted Tours”, a live ghostly tour through historic downtown St. Helens in conjunction with “The Spirit of Halloweentown” events and the City of Helens Tourism. Tour length of each performance is 45 minutes. See the local haunts, and re-live the secret, interesting, spooky, and creepy history of St. Helens, Oregon. The tour is a very unique, special event with visual effects, and ghostly character scenes throughout downtown. We provide you with a tour guide to walk along the streets giving you a memorable experience for years to come. Maybe even see a real spirit or two along the way.

“St. Helens Haunted Tours” is different from previous two years. The route has been changed yet again as well as more interactions have been added. “We are trying to keep the show fresh and full of secrets”, said Brian Vaerewyck, director of the show. “There are many new scenes with outstanding effects. If you loved last year, you are in for some eye-catching spectral delight this year,” Brian added. Also to deal with the large groups we added a second tour guide since a majority of shows were sold out last year. We also have the first two shows of every evening being PG rated and later shows PG13 for a little more graphic detail in the tour.

The cast is fairly large with a show running every 30 minutes. Cast and production staff to name a few: Alyson Vaerewyck, Amelia Henderson, Anthony Harrell, Bill Cade, Brandon Cutshall, Brian Vaerewyck, Byron Ohler, Casey Burnett, Colleen Ohler, Jacob Coca, Jake Hutchison, Jeff Nelson, Jimmy Gerdes, John Miller, Keith Marks, Merle Pence, Laurie Hallaian, Madison Vaerewyck, Mark Reed, Patrick Birkle, Paul Coca, Ray Kessinger III, Robert Gatlin, Sam Biegle, Sarah Carman, Savanna Smiens, Shannon Vaerewyck, and Toni White. The St. Helens Dance Team will also be using the concession stand at the ticket booth for fundraising.
St. Helens Haunted Tours will be performing in the evening on the 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, and November 1. On the November 1st, the show makeup will be done in “Day of the Dead” which should be a real treat to watch. Show Times are 7pm, 7:30, 8pm, 8:30pm, 9pm, and 9:30pm, check actual schedule as some days early in the week only have 4 tours instead of 6. A limited number of online discount tickets will be available for pre-sale starting September 25th. $10 tickets are available September 27 at Bertucci’s (2017 Columbia Blvd., St. Helens) and on-line at At the door a limited number of $12 tickets will also be available ticket booth in the Plaza Square in front of the Columbia County Courthouse at 6:30pm while supplies last.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Brian Vaerewyck at or 503-366-4406.

All the world is a stage…