Children’s Theatre presents
Purple Plastic Purse
• An Oregon Premiere
OR – Drammy Award winning Oregon Children’s Theatre presents Kevin Henkes’
popular tale, Lilly’s Purple Plastic
Purse, January 13-20, 2008 (all shows at 2:00 pm) at Keller Auditorium, 222
SW Clay. 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
Recommended for ages 4 & up. Sign
interpreted performance: Sat., Jan 19 at 2:00 pm.
loves school. She loves her pointy
pencils, her glittery movie-star glasses, and her three shiny quarters. But most of all, Lilly loves her brand new purple plastic
purse! With her oversized
imagination and crazy ideas, Lilly finds constant adventures with her friends
Chester, Wilson and her beloved teacher, Mr. Slinger.
Based upon the story lines of Lilly’s
Purple Plastic Purse; Chester’s Way; and
Julius, Baby of the World, OCT is excited to present the adventures of one
of Kevin Henkes’ most popular characters.
A favorite among teachers and students alike, Lilly is a confident
individual who does not hesitate to follow her own path and form her own
relationships. While she is not a
perfect mouse, Lilly quickly realizes when she makes a mistake and makes amends.
Through her, the play demonstrates strength in friendships; the
importance of standing up for what you believe in; and the notion that while
everyone makes mistakes, apologies are important.
OCT is excited to offer a Lilly
fashion show in the Keller Auditorium lobby preceding each performance.
Kids are encouraged to dress up as Lilly or their sassiest selves and
take a spin on the Keller catwalk!
Based on the book by Kevin
Henkes and adapted by Kevin
Kling, Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse is directed by Damon
Kupper. The play stars teen Briauna
Simmons-Yager as Lilly, Eli
Hirsch as Chester, Ryan Stathos as Wilson, and Jim Caputo as
Mr. Slinger. Set Design is
by Mark Haack, Lighting Design by Peter West, Costume Design by Margaret
Louise Chapman, Sound Design by Mark LaPierre, and
Props by R Dee.
Damon Kupper, Director
is an ‘edu-tainer’ who strongly
believes in the evolution of the human potential through theatre. He is a
company member of Third Rail Repertory Theatre and appeared most recently their
productions of Grace, The Pavilion and
Dirty Story. Damon has also acted
locally with Artist Repertory Theatre (Midsummer
Night’s Dream, Death of a Salesman and Bug), Portland Center Stage (Pillowman),
The Oregon Children’s Theatre (Charlotte’s
Web, Alexander: Who Will Not Move and W.W.Y.D?), and with the Well Arts
Institute (A Soldier’s
Heart). He works for various theatre educational programs through: O.C.T.,
Young Musicians and Artist, A.R.T. and currently as an adjunct professor at
George Fox University. Damon has a BA from SUNY Buffalo and an MFA in Acting
from UC Irvine. Seasonally, he also works as a street-performer and as a tour
guide with Portland Walking Tours.
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 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
Children's Theatre at 503-228-9571.