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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.

Directors Wanted

directors-chairShoeString Community Players is currently reviewing and soliciting proposals from directors for next few years for straight plays and summer musicals. Please submit your proposals to ShoeString Community Players, C/O Producer, PO BOX 481, St. Helens, OR, 97051. Proposal should include introductory letter, resume, proposal, schedule, production staff, budget, and projections.

The ShoeString Community Players has been producing plays and other performances in Columbia County for nearly 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.

Thank you for your help.

ShoeString Community Players