Oregon Children’s Theatre presents

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing


Portland, OR – Drammy Award winning Oregon Children’s Theatre presents one of Judy Blume’s most popular stories, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, October 21-November 3, 2007 (Sundays at 2:00 pm, Saturdays at 11:00 am & 2:00 pm) at the Newmark Theatre in the Portland Center for the Performing Arts, 1111 SW Broadway.  Tickets are $16-$24 for adults and $13-$20 for children and seniors.  Box Office: 503-228-9571 or through TicketMaster (503-790-ARTS or  General information:  Recommended for ages 4 & up.  Sign interpreted performance: Sat., Oct. 7 at 2:00 pm. 

Peter Hatcher’s biggest beef?  His always-interfering, turtle-swallowing baby brother Fudge!  As for himself, Peter is simply the funniest fourth grader you’ll ever meet.  Whether Fudge is trying to fly off the jungle gym, stealing the spotlight, or just plain messing with Peter’s plans, this side-splitting story of sibling rivalry is the best of Judy Blume. 

OCT is excited to present one of Judy Blume’s most popular books.  This wacky story is what OCT Artistic Director, Stan Foote, calls “Seinfeld for kids—it’s a show about nothing…a fourth grade nothing.”  With positive, sitcom-like pacing, memorable moments, and one-liners at every turn, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing brings an unusual New York family to life through riotous scenes with which nearly every child can relate. 

“Fourth grade is fun unless you have little brother to deal with,” says Tales director and OCT Artistic Director, Stan Foote.  “You’re not at the top, you’re not at the bottom.  Anyone who has ever had a younger brother will definitely be able to relate to the fun and frustration that Peter Hatcher experiences.” 

Based on the book by Judy Blume and adapted by Bruce Mason, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing is directed by Stan Foote.  The play stars Eli Hirsch as Peter Hatcher and introduces 6-year-old Peyton Symes as Fudge (a first grader in his professional theatre debut).  Set Design and Props by Jeff Seats, Lighting Design by Mark LaPierre, Costume Design by Margaret Louise Chapman, Sound Design by Rodolfo Ortega

Stan Foote, Artistic Director, Oregon Children’s Theatre

Stan Foote has been the Artistic Director since the 2001-2002 Season but has directed for Oregon Children’s Theatre for 18 years. Stan received his BA in Theater from Sacramento State University and has been directing, teaching and acting for 28 years. In that time, Stan spent three years serving on the Artistic Committee for Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland and has received Drammy Awards for Outstanding Direction for OCT’s Stuart Little and The Gondoliers at Mock’s Crest. His production of Kiss of the Spider Woman, originally produced by Miracle Theatre Group and remounted for Borderlands Theater in Tucson was named the Outstanding Drama of the 2002-2003 Season in Tucson. 

Stan has orchestrated and directed five original adaptations of children’s literature in his tenure at OCT, including Eric Coble’s critically acclaimed adaptation of Lois Lowry’s book The Giver.  Stan also collaborated with Coble on Sacagawea, presented at the Kennedy Center’s New Visions/New Voices 2002. The production featured seven Native American actors and dancers. Stan directed and toured Professor Bodywise’s Traveling Menagerie for Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre Program. OCT has recently partnered with Kaiser Permanente to reintroduce ETP to the Northwest Region. Other directing projects include Cyrano, Ferdinand the Bull, Jesus Christ Superstar, Into the Woods, Blue Plate Special, Psycho Beach Party, Strange Snow and Pump Boys and Dinettes. 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 more than 111,000 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 4-17.  

Tickets are now on sale and can be ordered by calling

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

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