Adventure is in an old boxcar with a price on your head.

Oregon Children’s Theatre presents

The Boxcar Children

  • Gertrude C. Warner’s classic book comes to life
  • Live bluegrass music onstage

Portland, OR – Drammy Award winning Oregon Children’s Theatre presents The Boxcar Children, April 22, 28 & 29, 2007 (all shows at 2:00 pm) at Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay.  Tickets are $12-$23 for adults and $12-$18 for children and seniors.  Box Office: 503-228-9571 or through TicketMaster (503-790-ARTS or  General information:  Recommended for ages 6 & up.  Sign interpreted performance: Sat., April 28 at 2:00 pm. 

The Alden Children stick together like glue.  With the tragic loss of their parents and the possibility of being separated, they take off on the adventure of a lifetime and become runaways with a $3000 reward on their heads.  The Great Depression is the backdrop that frames this extraordinary story of two brothers and two sisters who risk it all to stay together.  In an abandoned boxcar in the middle of the woods they discover that "Home is where the heart is". 

In a time where life was tough and survival depended on wits, determination, and resourcefulness, the four Alden children each use their individual talents and skills for their common good - to help them stick together while maintaining their integrity and honesty. 

The Boxcar Children explores the reality of hard times.  In contrast, the music of the era was generally happy and uplifting.  Through set, lighting, and live bluegrass music onstage (including washboard, banjo and harmonica), the depression era truly comes alive! 

Based on the book by Gertrude C. Warner and adapted by Barbara Fields, The Boxcar Children is directed by Stan Foote.  The play stars Hope Landsem, Stephen Ketch, Madeleine Rogers and Coleman Gariety as the Boxcar Children and features Alan King as Mr. Alden and Dani Baldwin as Sarah Calder.  Set Design by Glenn Gauer, Lighting Design by Mark LaPierre, Costume Design by Margaret Louise Chapman, Sound Design by Rodolfo Ortega, and Prop Design by R. Dee.

Stan Foote (Director/Artistic Director)

Stan has been directing, teaching, and acting in Portland for 25+ years.  Some career highlights include: performing as Boring G. Boring for Kaiser Permanente’s Professor Bodywise’s Traveling Menagerie (3,000 performances!), Production Manager for Oregon Ballet Theatre, some really bad commercial and print work, and serving on the Artistic Committee for Artists Repertory Theatre.  He has received Drammy Awards for Outstanding Direction for OCT’s Stuart Little and The Gondoliers at Mocks Crest.  His production of Kiss of The Spider Woman, originally produced by Miracle Theater and remounted for Borderlands Theater in Tucson, was named the outstanding drama of the 2002-2003 Tucson season.  Stan’s favorite directing projects include Cyrano and Sacagawea at OCT, Jesus Christ Superstar and Into the Woods at Lakewood Theatre Company, Blue Plate Special and Psycho Beach Party for Triangle Productions, and Strange Snow and Pump Boys and Dinettes at ART. Stan co-authored one play, Karaoke at The Casa De Chin, which has been produced twice and continues to collect dust in hopes of being rediscovered. 

Founded in 1989, Oregon Children’s Theatre is Oregon’s largest non-profit professional children’s theatre company and a resident company of the Portland Center for the Performing Arts.  Performances are held weekdays for school audiences and on weekends for family audiences.  OCT serves nearly 100,000 children of all ages each year.  OCT offers numerous school services including in-school workshops and an extensive outreach program.  OCT’s year round Acting Academy offers theatre classes for children ages 5-17.  

The Boxcar Children is sponsored by a generous contribution from Washington Trust Bank. 

Tickets are now on sale and can be ordered by calling

Oregon Children's Theatre at 503-228-9571.




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