Albany Civic Theater – Albany, OR

Albany Civic Theater - Albany, OR

now in our 71st season

2019-2020 Season

Squirrel Lake

by Brian Mitchell

Directed by: Scott Harvey

Performances: February 28, 29, March 1(m), 6, 7, 8(m), 12, 13, 14

In a place like Squirrel Lake, you’re bound to meet a nut or two!  Phil, Sally and Patrick gather at their family’s summer home on the shores of Squirrel Lake, Wisconsin, to read their recently deceased mother’s will. Through a series of unfortunate misunderstandings, they all become convinced that the neighbor claiming to be a nun is actually a prostitute.  Meanwhile, Phil has accidently helped his law firm swindle the nun’s mother out of her house in Chicago, the nun’s brother, Lance, is insane and seeking revenge, and Patrick has a stalker in the form of his boss’s daughter, who also happens to be a psychic sent by the deceased mother to act as the vehicle of her will. Sally’s husband, Bob, is a walking accident, and their children are completely out of control. When the family decides that the nun/prostitute is possibly carrying Bob’s child, things get a little out of hand! In the end, Squirrel Lake proves that even the unlucky in life can find happiness and contentment if they simply look for the gifts given to them.

Note: Not recommended for children under 16 years old.

Director

Scott Harvey got started with ACT in 2001 and made his directorial debut at ACT in 2016 with the hit The Trouble With Cats. He also directed Daddy’s Girl and No Body Like Jimmy. He has been involved in almost every aspect of the theater productions, from assistant director (Singin’ in the RainWaiting for Godot) to acting (Peter PanThe Secret GardenIt’s a Wonderful LifeMan of La ManchaLooking for Normal) to behind the scenes duties (Little Women,Treasure IslandThe Game’s AfootThe Mousetrap).

Director’s email: actsquirrellake@gmail.com

Cast of Characters

Phillip Olsen: Jeff McMahon
Patrick Olsen: Travis Hubbird
Sally Olsen King: Catherine Dorn
Bob King: Danial Dorn
Mary Hardy: Jamie Muller
Lance Hardy: David Milner
Joy: Dinee Rae

A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

Book and Lyrics by Robert L. Freedman
Music and Lyrics by 
Steven Lutvak

Directed by: Timothy John Kelley II & Ken Long

Performances: January 17, 18, 19(m), 24, 25, 26(m), 30, 31, February 1, 2(m), 6, 7, 8

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is the knock-’em-dead, uproarious hit and the most-nominated show of the 2014 season. With ten Tony nominations and four wins, including Best Musical, Book, Direction and Costumes, it also earned seven Drama Desk Awards (including Best Musical), four Outer Critics Circle Awards (including Best Musical) and one Drama League Award (best Musical).

When the low-born Monty Navarro finds out that he’s eighth in line for an earldom in the lofty D’Ysquith family, he figures his chances of outliving his predecessors are slight and set off down a far more ghoulish path. Can he knock off his unsuspecting relatives without being caught and become the ninth Earl of Highhurst? And what of love? Because murder isn’t the only thing on Monty’s mind…

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is a murderous romp filled with unforgettable music, non-stop laughs and a scene-stealing role for one actor playing all eight of the doomed heirs who meet their ends in the most creative and side-splitting ways. 

Directors

Timothy John Kelley II and Ken Long have been active ACT artists on and off the stage for several years. They each have over 30 years of theater experience (60 years if you add it together) working with a healthy mix of professional and non-professional organizations. Collectively, they’ve been involved in countless productions in one capacity or another up and down the I-5 corridor. Some of Ken’s many recent musical hits were Spamalot, Sweeney Todd, and Meet Me in St. Louis at Albany Civic Theater. Tim’s recent hits were The Drowsy Chaperone at the Russell Tripp Performance Center, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe at Albany Civic Theater and Disney’s The Little Mermaid at the Majestic Theatre in downtown Corvallis. They are very excited to be returning to the ACT stage for the 2019-20 season.

Director’s email: GentlemansGuide2020@gmail.com

Cast of Characters

Montague “Monty” Navarro: Colby Montigue/Clayton Hollingsworth
The D’Ysquith Family:  Dean Keeling
Sibella Hallward: Samantha Johnson/Alyson Fewless
Phoebe D’Ysquith: Karen Kumley
Miss Shingle: Jillian Griffith
Miss Barley/Lady Eugenia: Kasper O’Neill
Tom Copley: Colby Montigue/Clayton Hollingsworth
Magistrate: Bill Brown
Inspector: Jacob Birchard
Tour Guide: Jakob Holden
Company Players:
Bill Brown
Jacob Birchard
Jillian Griffith
Barbara Hogan
Clayton Hollingsworth
Jakob Holden
Drew May
Kasper O’Neill
Alice Tucker
Michael Yuan

A Christmas Carol

by Charles Dickens; adapted by Ed Monk

Directed by: Josh Anderson

Performances: December 6, 7, 8(m), 13, 14, 15(m), 19, 20, 21

A Christmas Carol is a well loved ghost story of redemption; how an old man’s heart can change with the power of Christmas.

Director

Previously at ACT, Josh Anderson directed The Three Musketeers, stage managed for The Odd Couple, and appeared in ShrekThe Wizard of OzAvenue QMonty Python’s SpamalotThoroughly Modern MillieGame ShowDisney’s High School MusicalCurtains, and Meet Me in St. Louis. He works as a security officer for the US Department of Energy, and lives in Albany with his wife Christy and new son, Shepard. He enjoys shooting and historical reenactment.

Director’s email: jdaa370@yahoo.com

Cast of Characters

Narrator: Leslie Hogan
Ebenezer Scrooge: Chuck Skinner
Bob Cratchit: Davin Dahlgren
Fred: Daniel Lutz
Christmas Past: Mckenzie Lockhart
Christmas Present: Tom Martin
Marley: Martin Emry
Christmas Future: Josh Mitchell
Young Scrooge: Michael Kidd
Fan: Marie Guthrie
Tom: Titus Metzger
Mr. Fezziwig: David Milner
Mrs. Fezziwig: Dawn Draper
Belle: Brianne Kephart
Mrs. Cratchit: Michelle Anderson
Cratchit Children: Teza Ross & Esme Bohlen
Tiny Tim: Alice Burt/Wyatt Callison
Fred’s Wife: Erin Burt
Joe: Nick Kimball
Maid: Sidra Metzger
Boy: Quentin Mitchell 
Party Guests:
 Maisie Burt, Jesse Leffler, John Ross, Audrey Spotswood

Tuna Does Vegas

by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard

Directed by: Lance Duddlesten

Performances: November 1, 2, 3(m), 7, 8, 9, 10(m), 14, 15, 16

Tuna Does Vegas re-unites the lovable and eccentric characters from the “third smallest town in Texas” as they take a rambling romp in Sin City. The hilarity begins when oddball-conservative radio host Arles Struvie announces on air that he and his wife Bertha Bumiller are heading to Vegas to renew their wedding vows…but everyone in Tuna, Texas goes along for the ride! Tuna Does Vegas features the favorite characters from the award-winning Greater Tuna productions with some new characters too!

Director

Lance Duddlesten previously directed Red, White and Tuna at Albany Civic Theater.

Director’s email: tavist7870@gmail.com

Cast of Characters

Thurston Wheelis/Bertha Bumiller/Aunt Pearl Burras/Leonard Childers/Inita Goodwin/Joe Bob Lipsey/Elvis 11: Gary Burris

Arles Struvie/Didi Snavely/Petey Fisk/Charlene Bumiller Pugh/Vera Carp/Helen Bedd/Anna Conda/Maurice/Wo-Hu/Elvis 42: Chuck Skinner

Mamma Mia!

Book by Catherine Johnson
Music & Lyrics by Bjorn Ulvaeus & Benny Anderson

Directed by: Christi E. Sears

Performances: September 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, 29(m), October 3, 4, 5, 6(m), 10, 11, 12 2019

ABBA’s hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter, and friendship, creating an unforgettable show. A mother, daughter and three possible dads. A trip down the aisle you’ll never forget (Music Theater International)!

Director

Christi E. Sears has a string of hit musicals and plays to her credit, including: The Addams Family, Annie, Big FishShrekYoung FrankensteinAvenue QThoroughly Modern MillieCurtainsSteel MagnoliasThe ProducersThe Music ManHello, Dolly!The Rocky Horror ShowPirates of PenzanceInto the WoodsYou’re a Good Man, Charlie BrownBell, Book and CandleAuntie Mame, and Greater Tuna at ACT. Christi also directed at CCT: CinderellaDamn Yankees, and Little Shop of Horrors. A long-time administrative member at ACT, Christi has served three terms as president and two terms as treasurer. She currently is our Cheer and Condolence Manager. Christi resides in Albany and has worked for over 24 years as the Accounting Manager at Palm Harbor Homes.

Director’s email: cirsey@comcast.net

Cast of Characters

Sophie Sheridan: Molly Duddlesten
Donna Sheridan: Carri Moffatt
Sam Carmichael: Ray Phipps
Bill Austin: Lance Duddlesten
Harry Bright: Adam Vester
Sky: Noah Vanderberg
Tanya: Tamara Merry
Rosie: Meghan Duddlesten
Lisa: Ara Duddlesten
Ali: Katie Lancaster
Pepper/Ensemble: Logan Burt
Eddie/Ensemble: Jacob Birchard
Father Alexandrios/Ensemble: Jay Wilcox
Ensemble: 
Andrew Craig, Carson Davis, Juniper Ellenberg, Bernadette Feyerherm, Karlie Guilliot, Melissa Gutierrez, Madison Hearing, Susan Hobbs, Ali Jackson, Mirinda Keeling, Shauna Kiefiuk, Erah McMullen, Jonathan McQuay, Pat Megowan, Jennifer Moody, Garrett Peake, Conner Riley, Ander Sandoz, Ruby Schult, Tami Schult, Emilia Soot, Johanna Spencer, Christa Tillman, Alice Tucker, Grace Whitty, and Serenity Wilson