Oregon Children’s Theatre presents

Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse

• An Oregon Premiere


Portland, 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  General information:  Recommended for ages 4 & up.  Sign interpreted performance: Sat., Jan 19 at 2:00 pm. 

Lilly 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

Damon 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 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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