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Theatre Productions

The Centralia College Dramatic Arts Program has produced more than 150 productions in over 75 years. See our Theatre Production History and Theatre Productions Lineup for more information.

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2013-14 Theatre Productions



May 8-11, 15-16
Wickstrom Studio Theatre

Quilters, a musical by Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek, is ostensibly the story of a pioneer woman and her six daughters. But that is just looking at the surface; there’s a lot more going on. This musical blends a series of interrelated scenes into a rich mosaic, which captures the sweep and beauty, the terror and joy, the harsh challenges and abiding rewards of frontier life. Illuminating stories are contained in various patches or quilt “blocks.”

The music, dance and drama depict the various phases in their westward journey, from marriage and childbirth to illness and death. But the stories also express the love, warmth, rich and lively humor that is this moving spectacle of simple human dignity and steadfastness in the face of adversity. In the end, the various patches are assembled into one glorious, colorful legacy quilt, a quilt that reflects their magnificent journey.

Quilters was first performed by the Denver Center Theatre and had subsequent productions all over the world. It had a brief life on Broadway in 1984 and garnered six Tony Award nominations.

Quilters will be presented in the Wickstrom Studio Theatre, May 8-11, 15-16, Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sunday, May 11, at 2 p.m. Reservations are suggested. Call the college at 360.736.9391, ext. 301. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and senior citizens.

Quilters is the 195th production at Centralia College since the college’s first production, Polish Pebbles, in 1925.

Almost Maine

Almost, Maine

Feb. 13-16, 20-22
Wickstrom Studio Theatre

The Centralia College Theatre Department presents the heartwarming play Almost, Maine by John Cariani. This romantic comedy will have performances on Feb. 13-16, and again on Feb. 20-22, in the Wickstrom Studio Theatre in Washington Hall.

Set in a fictional hamlet in northern Maine, the production is actually nine short plays all addressing men and women who are falling in and sometimes out of love. The characters are on the precipice of something else. Each of them knows that there is a totally new state of being just around the corner, but it’s not here yet and that’s terrifying, wonderful, liberating, and awful all at the same time. Everyone is in a state of almost, guest director Isaac Wulff, said.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and senior citizens. For more information, show times or ticket reservations call the box office at 736-9391, ext. 525.



Nov. 7-10, 14-16
Corbet Theatre

Set in San Pedro, Calif., in the late 1990s, Up, by Bridget Carpenter, is based on the life of a man who sought to "fly" by rigging his lawn chair to helium balloons and successfully survive a brief but thrilling flight.

Up takes place in Corbet Theatre Nov. 7-10 and 14-16. Tickets are available by calling 360.736.9391, ext. 525.

The play addresses his life post-flight as he dreams of his next excursion. Up asks the universal question: Are you happy with your life/occupation and/or are you willing to buck convention to achieve your dreams?

The man, Walter, is a stay-at-home husband, supposedly an inventor who cares more about his gadgets than his bank balance. He might be considered the typical dreamer still looking to make the dream come true. The pressure is starting to show, as he hasn't produced anything of note in 16 years, and that was his one-time helium balloons project. The conflict is heightened by his wife’s unrest and the couple’s teenage son who hates high school but develops some skills that add challenges to the family.

The winter quarter play, Almost, Maine, opens Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, in the Wickstrom Studio Theatre.

2012-13 Theatre Productions:

Check Please and Just Plain Jane

Check, Please!

An evening of short comedies set in cafés and coffee shops
May 16-18
Wickstrom Studio Theatre

Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $8 for students and senior citizens. Both Thursdays are at 7pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm. Reservations: (360) 736-9391, ext. 525.

Just Plain Jane

A collection of monologues by Jane Martin
May 23-25
Wickstrom Studio Theatre

Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $8 for students and senior citizens. Both Thursdays are at 7pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm. Reservations: (360) 736-9391, ext. 525.

The Play's the Thing

The Play's the Thing

A Shakespeare Oratorio
February 14-23
Wickstrom Studio Theatre

The Play's the Thing, Centralia College's winter quarter production, is a collection of scenes, songs and soliloquies from William Shakespeare's plays. Meet Lady Macbeth as she contemplates the risk inherent in being murderously ambitious. Listen as Hamlet ponders the existence of a ghost-like father. This evening with the Bard offers 15 scenes and two soliloquies from 13 of his 38 plays.

The Play's the Thing opens on Thursday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m., in the Wickstrom Studio Theatre in Washington Hall and continues with 8 p.m. performances on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 15, 16 and 22, 23, and Thursday, Feb. 21, also at 7 p.m. There will be a matinee on Sunday, Feb. 17, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and senior citizens and can be reserved by calling the box office at 736-9391, ext. 525.

On the Verge

On the Verge, or the Geography of Yearning

by Eric Overmyer

November 8-11 & 15-17
Thurs @ 7:00 pm
Fri-Sat @ 8:00 pm
Sunday @ 2:00 pm
Wickstrom Studio Theatre

Imagine three intrepid Victorian women explorers. Imagine the trio on an adventure from darkest Africa to Himalayan heights. Sounds okay so far. Now imagine them traveling forward through time and space. The plot, as it is said, thickens.

The adventures of the three very different personalities come to life in the Wickstrom Studio Theatre as the fall Centralia College drama production of On the Verge or the Geography of Yearning. The play runs Nov. 8-11 and Nov. 15-17. Thursday performances begin at 7 p.m., the Sunday matinee is at 2 p.m., and the curtain rises on the other performances at 8 p.m.

As the odyssey unfolds, the "sister sojourners" conquer the unknown while discussing many of life’s hot button issues. They are doing all this while absorbing knowledge from their future. This does sound like a rare adventure.

On the Verge, by Eric Overmyer, was first produced in 1985 at Baltimore's Center Stage and received its west coast premiere that same year at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival when Brian Tyrrell, Centralia College associate professor and the play’s director, was an actor there (1984-1987).

Metaphorically, these three women are in search of their respective places in time, on quests to discover who they are, a search with fascinating twists and turns. From their perspectives of the past, their observations about actions become pithy comments upon 20th century American life. Traveling through time, they ultimately heed advice and embrace the future.

If you love language and adventure, you'll love On the Verge.
For ticket information, call the college at 360.736.9391, ext. 525.

2011-12 Theatre Productions:

The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz

Aug 3-12
Roxy Theatre, Morton

See Centralia College East, Summer Musicals for information.

Great Cross Country Race

The Great Cross Country Race

May 19, Noon and 2:00 pm
Wickstrom Studio Theatre

Based on Aesop's fable of the race between the tortoise and the hare, The Great Cross Country Race, by Alan Broadbent, depicts a special event in the Woodlands, Sports Day. The woodland animals, including a badger, hedgehog, water rat, squirrel, bunny, raven and basset hound agree that no one would stand a chance in a cross country race against Mr. Fleet (aka the hare) until a domesticated visitor, Mr. Sloe, a tortoise, surprises them all by accepting the challenge. "Slow and steady wins the race." How Mr. Sloe achieves his objective is worth the price of admission.

Two public performances: Saturday, May 19 at noon and 2pm in the Wickstrom Studio Theatre. $5 for Adults, $3 for students/kids. For tickets, call (360) 736-9391, ext. 525, or purchase at the box office on performance date.

Spelling Bee

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

February 16-19, 23-25
Thursdays @ 7:00 pm, Fridays-Saturdays @ 8:00 pm, and Sunday @ 2:00 pm
Corbet Theatre

The Winter 2012 musical is entitled "Th7e 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee." It's a musical comedy about six adolescent kids who happen to be brilliant spellers who have made it to the final round of this year's Putnam Co. Spelling Bee. A Tony-award winning musical, it entices 3 audience members onto stage each performance to briefly compete. Produced in Corbet Theatre but with the audience (with the exception of Foundation Night, February 18) on stage with the performers. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students and senior citizens.



by Donald Margulies

Thursday, November 10 — Saturday, November 19
Thursdays @ 7:00 pm, Fridays-Saturdays @ 8:00 pm, and Sunday @ 2:00 pm

Wickstrom Studio Theatre

Centralia College Theatre presents "Shipwrecked," by Donald Margulies. Tickets: Adults $10, Students/Seniors $8, also available at the box office on performance dates. For reservations: (360) 736-9391, ext. 525.

All Theatre Productions:

production posters lineup
See the All Events Calendar for more event information.

Corbet Theatre

CC Theatre Productions

CC East Theatre Productions

Roxy Theatre Productions

For more information, contact:

Brian Tyrrell, ext. 301