July 30, 2014

To all of our supporters

I’m writing — at long last — to announce Willamette STAGE Company’s plan for the 2012-2013 season. Briefly put, the company is going to take a season-long sabbatical. We’ve mounted twenty-seven shows over the past five years, and we need a breather. It’s been an exhilarating ride — thanks in no small part to the enthusiasm you’ve demonstrated again and again — but it’s left too little time and energy to focus on building and fine-tuning the organizational infrastructure necessary to the long haul. We’re going to step back to re-examine our collaborative goals and invest our energy in creating the means to achieve them.

This hasn’t been an easy decision, and I realize that it’s not without risks. But I’m convinced that it’s the right thing to do, if we’re to maintain the quality and quantity of our productions, and if we’re to move forward with the audience growth we’d all like to see.

So, what’s the bottom line? 

First of all, we’re not going away. Rather than a full five-show season this year, we’ll produce a limited number of shows with limited runs, budgets, and complexities: examples might include one- or two-person shows, readers theatre, or a concert musical. These will be announced as they arise.

And, we’ll be in touch. Of course, you’ll hear from us when we’ve got a show in the works. But you’ll also hear about our remodeling project and we’ll ask your participation from time to time. And we can all look forward to a 2013-2014 season that reflects those efforts and invites even more of our mid-valley community to join us for provocative, professional live theatre.

Finally, I’d like to apologize for what has turned out to be an extended period of “radio silence,” and I want to express my appreciation for your patience and for the expressions of interest we’ve heard from many of you.

Thanks so much for your generous and enthusiastic support these past five years; it’s meant a great deal to all of us. I look forward to seeing you in the theatre soon.


Note to our 2011-2012 Subscribers: Please rest assured that we haven’t forgotten you or our debt to you. You’ll hear specifics from us soon.

Valentine’s Special: I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change

by Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts
Valentine’s Alert!!! Back by Popular Demand
I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change
February 11 and 12 only — Tickets on sale NOW!

Willamette STAGE Company offers a treat for the Valentine’s season, a reprise of the wildly popular I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, a hilarious musical look at life, love, and relationships — two performances only, February 11 and 12 on the Mainstage at Corvallis High School. If you saw the show in October, we’d love to see you again to help us celebrate Valentine’s Day, and we’d also love to have you encourage your friends and relations to join us for this special seasonal treat! The show is produced in collaboration with Corvallis School District Theaters.

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change will be performed at 8:00 pm on February 11, and at 2:30 PM on February 12. Tickets are $19 for adults, $16 for seniors (65+) and students (through college).

Note for subscribers: if you missed the October show, here’s a chance to use your season tickets!

Buy your tickets NOW through our secure online system.

A “hilarious” musical revue about human relationships and foibles. (Yes, that’s a tautology!)

Directed by Amaya Egusquiza
Musical Direction by Eric McKirdy

with Harriet Nixon, Aubrey Peterson, Eric Hadley, and Jonathan Pedersen

“Everything you have ever secretly thought about dating, romance, marriage, lovers, husbands, wives and in-laws, but were afraid to admit.” This captivating musical ran for 5,003 performances in New York before it closed in 2007 – and was a hit with Willamette STAGE audiences in October!

This celebration of the mating game takes on the truths and myths behind that contemporary conundrum know as ‘the relationship.’ This hilarious revue pays tribute to those who have loved and lost, to those who have fallen on their face at the portal of romance, to those who have dared to ask, ‘Say, what are you doing Saturday night?’

What the critics say:

“It’s ‘Seinfeld’ set to music.” –The Star-Ledger

“Hilarious! The most entertaining show on or off Broadway.” –Gannett Newspapers

“…funny and poignant…Each scene opens a window into a relationship.” –City Beat

“I loved it, it’s perfect, don’t change it!…a hilarious musical, with wonderful songs…” –E. Gaias

“A show that all will love, precisely why it is now the longest running Off-Broadway musical.” –About.Com

To view a selection of photos from this show, visit the Photo Archives.

Announcing a special STAGE Showcase production!

Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw

Friday November 25 and Saturday November 26 at 8:00 PM.

Please Note: Due to an irresolvable scheduling conflict, we’ve had to cancel the Sunday matinee performance of The Turn of the Screw. We will of course be happy to exchange your seats, or refund your money if an exchange is not possible. And we profoundly apologize for any inconvenience.

In the Black Box Theatre at CHS.

Join us Thanksgiving weekend for the Henry James classic, The Turn of the Screw, featuring STAGE veterans Barbara Berge, Robert Hirsh, Harriet Nixon, and special guest artist Miles Fletcher.

Tickets for this special STAGE Showcase production are just $14 general admission, $10 for students and seniors; to purchase yours from our secure online box office, click here.

Don’t forget: STAGE Showcase productions are FREE for subscribers. And if you haven’t subscribed already, it’s not too late. “Final Four” Subscriptions for 2011-2012 are still available at a bargain price.  Subscribe today!

As a subscriber, you can reserve your seat — and up to three additional seats for friends —for each of our coming four shows, up to two weeks before tickets go on sale to the general public.