September 19, 2014

Country Lightning Strikes Corvallis — August 16, 22, & 23, 2014

OK…at last! Willamette STAGE Company is coming back, and you’re not gonna want to miss this.


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It’s time to polish your boots (or Birks), cinch up your belts (or braces), and get onboard the STAGE, ready to put your hands together and your feet in motion! As you know, I’m not much of a gusher, but this show has me gushing every night.

Join the fun as Willamette STAGE Company and Corvallis School District Theaters present Country Girls and Bluegrass Beaus, an electric and acoustic journey through the heart of country music with the mid-Willamette Valley’s best singers and musicians.

Performances are Saturday August 16, Friday August 22, and Saturday August 23 at 7:30 PM on the Mainstage at Corvallis High School, 1400 NW Buchanan Ave.

Country Girls 

  • Kelley Marchbanks, most recently seen as Maria in the Majestic Theatre’s The Sound of Music.
  • Harriett Owen Nixon, for STAGEI Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change for STAGE, and many more.
  • Katie Worley Beck, for STAGE, It’s a Wonderful Life and boom!, and fresh from critically acclaimed performances in Oregon Contemporary Theatre’s Gatsby and Ordinary Days.

But wait…there’s more. These dazzling vocalists are backed by a marvelous band, the…

Bluegrass Beaus

  • Jeff Hino, of Plaehn-Hino Blues Band fame, on acoustic guitar, dobro, mandolin, banjo, and National steel, lap steel, and pedal steel guitars.
  • Pete Kozak, of the Bush Pilots and many more, on acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, banjo, and fiddle.
  • Gary Nolde, percussionist extraordinaire with Creighton Lindsay, Neal Gladstone, Plaehn-Hino, Sheb Wooley, Ramblin’ Rex, and many more.
  • Bill Foss, master of standup and electric bass, has played with Creighton Lindsay for more than 30 years, and with regional artists Garry Meziere, Orvil Ivie, and Ellen Whyte.

Musical highlights include Crazy, Night Life, Coat of Many Colors, Tennessee Waltz, I’ll Fly Away, 9 to 5, Coal Miner’s Daughter, Stand by Your Man, Ode to Billie Joe, These Boots Are Made for Walking, Delta Dawn, Harper Valley PTA, Night Life, Rocky Top, Amazing Grace, and Will the Circle Be Unbroken.

The show is directed by Robert Hirsh and Amaya Egusquiza, with lighting by Don Taco, choreography by Mishele Mennett, and costumes by Michelle Marie.

We hope y’all will join us. Mark your calendars now. Tickets on sale NOW!

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.