July 29, 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.

2011-2012 Season

A smash musical, an all-time holiday favorite, and three exciting Black Box shows. The STAGE is rolling again — get on board!

Last season, Willamette STAGE Company made its first appearances at the Majestic Theatre in downtown Corvallis, with productions of Charles Dickens’ beloved classic, A Christmas Carol, and P.G. Wodehouse’s hilarious The Play’s the Thing.

For our 2011-2012 season, we returned to the Majestic  for the first of our five shows, the  smash-hit musical,   I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, by Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts, featuring Harriet Nixon, Aubrey Peterson, Eric Hadley, Jonathan Pederson under the musical direction of Eric McKirdy. Photos of this show are here.

We continue in December with an adaptation of the perennial holiday favorite, It’s a Wonderful Life, staged as a radio play on the Mainstage at Corvallis High School. Watch our newsletter or this site for an announcement of the cast!

Our first STAGE Showcase event of the season, staged adaptation of Henry James’  The Turn of the Screw, will be performed in the Black Box over Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 25-27. Don’t miss Willamette STAGE Artistic Director Robert Hirsh, Harriet Nixon, Barbara Berge and special guest artist Miles Fletcher in this limited-engagement production.

In April, we return to the CHS Black Box Theatre with  Yasmina Reza’s Molière, Olivier, and Tony Award winner, God of Carnage., followed by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s quirky post-apocalyptic boom, opening May 18.

(Rescheduling of our production of  Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, originally announced for February, will be announced soon.)

We’re also planning some very exciting STAGE Showcase events, which we’ll be announcing in the near future. Stay tuned!

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