ShoeString Community Players is diving into an epic summer with this heart-warming musical. As stated on http://www.helenon86th.com “Helen on 86th St.” is based on a short story that is taught in high school classrooms across the country. The musical follows Vita Calista, a vibrant and unique 12-year old girl, and her dreams of stardom when her drama class announces that they are producing The Trojan Horse as a play. Vita wants nothing more than to be Helen on stage, but obstacles are in her way. It’s a story of loss, longing and acceptance, as seen through the eyes of a young girl wise beyond her years. Like the epic Greek stories it interweaves, “Helen on 86th St.” carries a message of hope and redemption that resonates with people of all ages. Will Vita achieve her dream of playing Helen of Troy? You’ll have to come support Vita through her struggles at home, in the classroom, and on stage to find out!
Auditions are being held May 29, 30 and 31 from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Location for auditions is St. Helens High School- Loowit Room, Building B. St. Helens High school is located at 2375 Gable Rd. St. Helens, OR 97051.
Character Descriptions and requirements:
Must be able to sing very well and some dancing.
ShoeString Community Players is looking for dedicated youth in 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th grades. There are roles for 11 girls and 3 boys, and 12 kids for a full ensemble from these grade ranges. Singing is a must for this performance, and some dancing. There is a need for 1 Female in her mid 30’s, 1 Female between the ages of 30-50, and 1 Male or Female between the ages 30-50. These cast members will have a Full Theater experience
• Stage Manager
• Assistant Stage Manager
• Props Manager
• Costume Manager
• Lighting/ Sound crew, Spotlights
• House Manager
• Set construction/ Painters
• Backstage crew
For more information contact: Shannon@SSCPmusicals.com
Shannon Vaerewyck, Director
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Auditions for the first SSCP Radio Play of 2018 are coming up quickly. The play is “The 39 Steps”, a famous Alfred Hitchcock originally Directed movie adapted into a radio play by Joe Landry .
Performance dates are May, 17, 18, and 19 at the High School Loowitt Room.
We will need 3-5 men, 2-4 women, and possible commercial actors depending upon cast size. We are in need of actors who can do British accents from upper middle class, to cockney. One Scottish accent. Most of the actors will be playing multiple roles, just like the original radio performances in England. So, voice characterizations are a must. Auditions are scheduled for Tuesday April 10th, and Thursday April 12th at Bertucci’s, 6:30pm until approx. 8:30pm. There will also be the need for commercial actors 2-3, and jingle singers, 2-3. All actors must be able to perform with a British Accent, either cockney style or middle to upper British class. One Scottish accent.
Players must be able to be at rehearsals, scheduled May 9,10th at Loowitt room of St Helens High School, and Tech Rehearsals May 16, 17th, and 18th same place. Start time is 6:30PM for rehearsals, except Wednesday May 18th, which will be 6:00pm. Performances will be on May 17th, 18th and 19th at 7:00pm .There may be an additional rehearsal or two scheduled before May 9th, for read throughs at Bertucci’s. Actors will show up for Performances at 6:00pm.
Please contact Keith Marks if any questions.Rehearsals will be a couple of days the week before, not finalized yet, and then during (hell week) tech rehearsals on May 14, 15, 16 at 6:30 PM. Players must be able to attend all rehearsals and of course all performances. Trying to shorten the weeks of rehearsals as much as possible. But, that will also depend upon you, the actors and your hard work. Keith Marks will be directing. Please contact him if you have any questions.
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Shoestring Community Players
It was late October of 2016. The month long celebration honoring the filming of “Halloweentown” in St. Helens had been growing in excitement every weekend. With Halloween itself around the corner, the energetic pulse of the city was escalating to fever pitch – combining local enthusiasm, waves of tourist attention, family friendly events, and creepy shapes moving in the night. If you recall 2016 was the year that hundreds of eerie clown sightings were happening across the nation, with a number spotted here in town. The Autumn chill carried hints of other dark things being shaken loose beneath the surface.
With this atmosphere around town, people were paying more attention to their surroundings than ever. Reports began of strange shapes moving among the trees in McCormick Park; of creatures watching cars and pedestrians along Old Portland Rd.
More than just movement in the dark was being reported. Ghostly lights and inhuman calls were coming from deep in the undergrowth. A mysterious fog oozed out once the sun was down, and covered the nearby bridge.
Nights in the park had been quiet for months, after the city began closing McCormick Park’s campgrounds at sunset earlier that summer. But as late October approached this nighttime quiet began to change.
It was eventually discovered that ShoeString Community Players was hosting an extremely unique tour of the park after hours, introducing guests to “Scarecrows! Tales in the Dark”. This adventure into the darkest trails of St. Helens took courageous souls among the spindly trees and swampy ground. On this tour travelers were able to uncover the twisted history behind the town’s scarecrow decorations. Along the darkened trails, the bravest among us could learn the true & forgotten purpose of why the scarecrows are put up every October. Those bold enough to take this tour last year came face-to-face with the hungry forces that the scarecrows protect us from… and hear from previous residents of St. Helens who were not lucky enough to make it out alive.
We find ourselves here again. Once more it grows late in the month of October. The scarecrow decorations are in place all around town, as is tradition. The excitement and haunting atmosphere has returned to St. Helens, and Halloween is right around the corner. Shapes are moving in McCormick Park after dark again. Haunted spirits and a more malevolent presence.
Gather your courage, gather your friends & your loved ones, and check out ShoeString Community Players’ presentation of the Haunted Tours in McCormick Park – “Scarecrows! Tales in the Dark”. An outdoor scare experience, unique to one of our city’s creepiest parks, with tales to be told on October 27 & 28. First tour at 7pm, and last tour at 10pm. Tours take place every 30 minutes – please arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled time.
Will you brave the damp & cold of McCormick Park’s trails this year?
Are you willing to learn what hides behind the festive and sometimes silly decorations put up all across the city?
Will the scarecrows protect you, or take you to join them in the dark?
Please check out ShoeString Community Players present our Haunted Tours in McCormick Park, “Scarecrows! Tales in the Dark” the ultimate outdoor creepy haunted scare experience & tales to be told on October 27 & 28, First tour at 7pm to and last tour at 10pm. Tours ever 30 minutes. Please arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled tour.
They told us to, “beware of the scarecrows!” This October, ShoeString Community Players will be presenting our 2nd annual scary haunted walk thru the forest experience, “Scarecrows! Tales in the Dark…” Be a part of the deep and dark mystery of why St. Helens has scarecrows put out every October. We will immerse you in the story that you come apart of the tour. Children maybe very uneasy with this performance so guardians please use your best judgment. Scarecrows can be scary. Perfect for date night. Plan for wet conditions, but the weather outlook is pretty good so far, knock on wood, if you are superstitious. Keep up with your tour guide, or you just might become what you fear in this dark forest with a few special effects thrown in.
Check out this page for ticket sales, show status, updates. Expect the unexpected. Remember to get show tickets early as they tend to sell out. Have a safe and happy October and Halloween.
We are all so grateful to the support from our volunteers and community business, they are the true heroes. Please help us thank; Comcast, Dockside Steak & Pasta, Emmert Motors, Ace Hardware, Richardson’s Furniture, State Farm – Kevin Iverson, SunShine Pizza, Advantage Printing, Bertucci’s Chocolates, Columbia Funeral Home Inc, Gamepath Arcade, CRPUD, D.R. Garrison, CPA, PC, Don’s Rental, Fibers & Stitches, Heller Enterprises, Hudson Garbage, Les Schwab Tire, Oregon Trail Lanes, SCI – Semling Construction Inc, St. Helens Computer Center, St Helens Liquor Store, St. Helens Market Fresh, St. Helens Physical Therapy, Sunset Auto Parts, St. Helens Rotary, Bobbie’s Cuts+, Nob Hill Inn, Pacific Athletic Club, St. Helens Credit Union, Vonnie’s Dog House, 2Cs, and to all the residents that have allowed us to share our town with the rest of the community. Interested in being a sponsor?
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.