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Theatre West invites you to ‘Picnic’

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Posted: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 2:43 pm | Updated: 11:07 am, Thu May 21, 2015.

Theatre West presents its fall production of Picnic, a drama by William Inge. The play will be presented on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from Oct. 11 through Nov. 3. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the curtain goes up promptly at 8 p.m.

The box office is open on show days at 2 p.m. Advance reservations for all performances are recommended and can be made by calling (541) 994-5663 and leaving a message.

The play takes place on Labor Day Weekend in the joint backyards of two middle-aged widows. The one house belongs to Flo Owens, who lives there with her two maturing daughters, Madge and Millie, and a boarder who is a spinster school teacher. The other house belongs to Helen Potts, who lives with her elderly and invalid mother. Into this female atmosphere comes a young man named Hal Carter, whose animal vitality seriously upsets the entire group. Hal is a most interesting character, a child of parents who ignored him, self-conscious of his failings and his position behind the eight ball. Flo is sensitively wary of temptations for her daughters. Madge, bored with being only a beauty, sacrifices her chances for a wealthy marriage for the excitement Hal promises. Her sister, Millie, finds her balance for the first time through the stranger's brief attention. And the spinster is stirred to make an issue out of the dangling courtship that has brightened her life in a dreary, minor way.

Appearing on the Jack Coyne stage are Amber Hodges as Bomber, Augusta Altman as Irma, Ben Graham as Hal, Bryan Kirsch as Howard, Hailey Morris as Millie, Julie Blair as Christine, Mary Bea Sakraida as Helen, Natalie Collins as Madge, Nicholas Blake as Alan and Tami Keller as Rosemary.  

Bonnie Ross is the director of the play. She recently directed The Supporting Cast and appeared in Blithe Spirit. Linda Jackson is the assistant director, Shelby Barton is the lights and sound technician, Stina Seeger-Gibson and Linda Altman share costumer duties.

Theatre West is located at 3536 SE Hwy. 101 in Lincoln City. Tickets for the show are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (62 and up) and for students (over 12) and $8 for children 12 & under.  A special group discount is available at $9 per ticket for groups of 10 or more with a pre-paid reservation.

Theatre West is a non-profit, all volunteer community dating back to 1975. For more information about the theatre, visit our website at

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