Country Lightning Strikes Corvallis — August 16, 22, & 23, 2014

OK…at last! Willamette STAGE Company is coming back, and you’re not gonna want to miss this.

It’s time to polish your boots (or Birks), cinch up your belts (or braces), and get onboard the STAGE, ready to put your hands together and your feet in motion! As you know, I’m not much of a gusher, but this show has me gushing every night.

Join the fun as Willamette STAGE Company and Corvallis School District Theaters present Country Girls and Bluegrass Beaus, an electric and acoustic journey through the heart of country music with the mid-Willamette Valley’s best singers and musicians.

Performances are Saturday August 16, Friday August 22, and Saturday August 23 at 7:30 PM on the Mainstage at Corvallis High School, 1400 NW Buchanan Ave.

Country Girls 

  • Kelley Marchbanks, most recently seen as Maria in the Majestic Theatre’s The Sound of Music.
  • Harriett Owen Nixon, for STAGEI Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change for STAGE, and many more.
  • Katie Worley Beck, for STAGE, It’s a Wonderful Life and boom!, and fresh from critically acclaimed performances in Oregon Contemporary Theatre’s Gatsby and Ordinary Days.

But wait…there’s more. These dazzling vocalists are backed by a marvelous band, the…

Bluegrass Beaus

  • Jeff Hino, of Plaehn-Hino Blues Band fame, on acoustic guitar, dobro, mandolin, banjo, and National steel, lap steel, and pedal steel guitars.
  • Pete Kozak, of the Bush Pilots and many more, on acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, banjo, and fiddle.
  • Gary Nolde, percussionist extraordinaire with Creighton Lindsay, Neal Gladstone, Plaehn-Hino, Sheb Wooley, Ramblin’ Rex, and many more.
  • Bill Foss, master of standup and electric bass, has played with Creighton Lindsay for more than 30 years, and with regional artists Garry Meziere, Orvil Ivie, and Ellen Whyte.

Musical highlights include Crazy, Night Life, Coat of Many Colors, Tennessee Waltz, I’ll Fly Away, 9 to 5, Coal Miner’s Daughter, Stand by Your Man, Ode to Billie Joe, These Boots Are Made for Walking, Delta Dawn, Harper Valley PTA, Night Life, Rocky Top, Amazing Grace, and Will the Circle Be Unbroken.

The show is directed by Robert Hirsh and Amaya Egusquiza, with lighting by Don Taco, choreography by Mishele Mennett, and costumes by Michelle Marie.

We hope y’all will join us. Mark your calendars now. Tickets on sale NOW!

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.

Valentine’s Special: I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change

by Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts
Valentine’s Alert!!! Back by Popular Demand
I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change
February 11 and 12 only — Tickets on sale NOW!

Willamette STAGE Company offers a treat for the Valentine’s season, a reprise of the wildly popular I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, a hilarious musical look at life, love, and relationships — two performances only, February 11 and 12 on the Mainstage at Corvallis High School. If you saw the show in October, we’d love to see you again to help us celebrate Valentine’s Day, and we’d also love to have you encourage your friends and relations to join us for this special seasonal treat! The show is produced in collaboration with Corvallis School District Theaters.

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change will be performed at 8:00 pm on February 11, and at 2:30 PM on February 12. Tickets are $19 for adults, $16 for seniors (65+) and students (through college).

Note for subscribers: if you missed the October show, here’s a chance to use your season tickets!

Buy your tickets NOW through our secure online system.

A “hilarious” musical revue about human relationships and foibles. (Yes, that’s a tautology!)

Directed by Amaya Egusquiza
Musical Direction by Eric McKirdy

with Harriet Nixon, Aubrey Peterson, Eric Hadley, and Jonathan Pedersen

“Everything you have ever secretly thought about dating, romance, marriage, lovers, husbands, wives and in-laws, but were afraid to admit.” This captivating musical ran for 5,003 performances in New York before it closed in 2007 – and was a hit with Willamette STAGE audiences in October!

This celebration of the mating game takes on the truths and myths behind that contemporary conundrum know as ‘the relationship.’ This hilarious revue pays tribute to those who have loved and lost, to those who have fallen on their face at the portal of romance, to those who have dared to ask, ‘Say, what are you doing Saturday night?’

What the critics say:

“It’s ‘Seinfeld’ set to music.” –The Star-Ledger

“Hilarious! The most entertaining show on or off Broadway.” –Gannett Newspapers

“…funny and poignant…Each scene opens a window into a relationship.” –City Beat

“I loved it, it’s perfect, don’t change it!…a hilarious musical, with wonderful songs…” –E. Gaias

“A show that all will love, precisely why it is now the longest running Off-Broadway musical.” –About.Com

To view a selection of photos from this show, visit the Photo Archives.