is ...living in an old boxcar with a price on your head.
Children’s Theatre presents
- Gertrude C. Warner’s classic
book comes to life
- Live bluegrass music onstage
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 www.ticketmaster.com).
General information: www.octc.org. 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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
Boxcar Children is sponsored by a generous contribution from Washington
Tickets are now
on sale and can be ordered by calling
Children's Theatre at 503-228-9571.