About CC East Summer Musicals
The Centralia College East summer musical tradition started in 1986 with June Rowland’s Drama Directing class production, Notes on a Reunion. Then Dee Morton directed Oklahoma!, Music Man, Paint Your Wagon, and Showboat. Logger’s Lament followed in 1992 directed by Richard Bienvenu and in 1994 Brent Nice directed The Unsinkable Molly Brown. Director Susan Carhart then led Annie Get Your Gun (1996), Fiddler on the Roof (1998) and Once Upon a Mattress (2000). Kelli Fitzsimmons directed The Sound of Music (2002). Seven Brides for Seven Brothers raised the roof of the Morton High School gym in 2004 under Brad Nelson’s direction.
The last five summers Lynne Olmos directed South Pacific, Gypsy, State Fair, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Grease in the renovated Roxy Theater in downtown Morton. Shakespeare's Twelfth Night was featured in 2011 and The Wizard of OZ was the 2012 production. The Ties That Bind: A Recollection of Bygone Days (2013) showcased the town of Morton, Washington and its founding. In 2014 The All Star Roxy Revue romped through three decades of musical theater with all the glitz and glamour of the Roxy and its stars.
All shows have been produced through Centralia College with support from Centralia College East Organization of Students and Centralia College East Advisory Committee, plus many local organizations, businesses and individuals. Morton School District (2000-2004) and Fire Mountain Arts Council (2004-2010) have joined the college in presenting these summer musicals. This year the East County Journal continues as a major sponsor.
Proceeds beyond show costs fund scholarships for Centralia College students from eastern Lewis County, support future productions, and help support operation of the Roxy Theater.