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Coaster Theatre wins State One Act Festival

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From: Coaster Theatre
To: Media
Date: 03/31/09
Subject: Coaster Theatre Wins State One Act Festival PR

Clatsop Community College


Coaster Theatre’s production of Ivan Menchell’s THE CEMETERY CLUB won first place at the American Association of Community Theatre’s 2009 Oregon One Act Festival in McMinnville March 13. Actors Paul Dueber, Melissa McLeod, Janie Sexton, Pia Shepherd and Jackie Weber, along with crew members Sue and Stacey Diehl and Craig Shepherd, travel to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho to compete at the regionals the weekend of April 17. Coaster Theatre won 7 other awards: outstanding ensemble work to the cast, outstanding supporting performances to Paul Dueber and Janie Sexton, outstanding actress to Pia Shepherd, outstanding director to Julie Akers, outstanding set design to Craig Shepherd and outstanding costume design to Jeanine Fairchild. In Coeur d’Alene they will be competing against theatres from Idaho, Washington, Alaska and California. If Coaster wins the regional competition, it’s on to the nationals in Tacoma, WA in June. We thank Hallmark Inns and Resorts for their sponsorship of the 2008 summer production of THE CEMETERY CLUB. Their generous support helped turn a dream into reality.

To help defray the production’s travel and hotel expenses Coaster Theatre is fundraising! Thursday, April 9, THE CEMETERY CLUB cast and crew perform at Clatsop Community College’s Performing Arts Center at the corner of Franklin and 16th in Astoria at 7:00 p.m. The show is a duplication of the festival performance, including setting the stage, performing the show and clearing the stage, all according to festival rules and all taking place with the allotted 80 minute time frame. Craig Shepherd will emcee. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at Coaster Theatre box office or at the door the evening of the performance. Cash or checks only please. (503-436-1242)

Feeling lucky? Raffle tickets for a Coaster Theatre Cooler full of goodies from local businesses is on sale March 30 through April 19 at the Coaster box office, during the April 9 performance, and in the Coaster’s lobby during BUS STOP performances. Tucked into the cooler are donations from local supporters: a 2 night stay at The Ocean Lodge in Cannon Beach, an overnight stay in an ocean front suite for the Hallmark Inn in Newport, dinner at the Terra Cotta in Manzanita, gift certificates for Maggie and Henry, Cannon Beach Book Company, EVOO, Pete’s Antiques, George Vetter Photo Art, a 5-show Coaster season pass, a pound of coffee from Columbia River Coffee Roaster, 2 Coaster mugs, gifts from Once Upon A Breeze, Voyages Toy Co., The Wine Shack, and more to come. Raffle tickets: 1 for $5 or 3 for $10.

Can’t come to the April 9th performance, don’t like to gamble, but you’d like to help with the festival expenses? Send your tax-deductible donation to Coaster Theatre Festival Fund, PO Box 643, Cannon Beach, OR 97110.

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