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Oregon's Oldest Continuous Community Theatre

Barnstormers Theatre creates and performs quality collaborative inspiring theater art that is accessible and affordable, with a special focus on encouraging and developing new talent from our community.




April 25 - May 11, 2014
THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL
by Horton Foote
directed by Tricia Drevets


What does it mean to "go home?" And where is that home? The home of your childhood? The home where you raised your children? The home where you could be the real you? Join us as we explore what family and memories really mean to us. Be ready to feel afresh the pangs we all face when we lose our roots to life's changes, but also be ready to experience the way love and family can make us feel at home wherever life may take us. First presented on television, then on Broadway and as a movie, The Trip to Bountiful provides what the New York World Telegram calls "...the rarest of theater experiences, an evening which will prove an indelible memory."
April 25 - May 11, 2014
THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL
by Horton Foote
directed by Tricia Drevets


What does it mean to "go home?" And where is that home? The home of your childhood? The home where you raised your children? The home where you could be the real you? Join us as we explore what family and memories really mean to us. Be ready to feel afresh the pangs we all face when we lose our roots to life's changes, but also be ready to experience the way love and family can make us feel at home wherever life may take us. First presented on television, then on Broadway and as a movie, The Trip to Bountiful provides what the New York World Telegram calls "...the rarest of theater experiences, an evening which will prove an indelible memory."



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Regular admission: $15
Groups of 10 or more: $12 each; one payment only

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Trip to Bountiful Director’s Notes

Welcome home. Home is where the heart is. There’s no place like home. Make yourself at home.
Our language is filled with phrases about “home” that reveal its importance in our lives. Just what “home” means to each of us, however, is quite personal and individual. For some, “home” is a certain house, a very particular set of four walls. For others, “home” has more to do with family and friends and being together with the special people in our lives.
For still others, however, “home” is not about specific places or people but is rather about a deeper sense of belonging. It is the place where we feel we can be who we are, where we feel the most comfortable. For our main character, Carrie Watts, this sense of “home” is critical to her well-being. She has not felt at home for 20 years, and her health and spirit are suffering because of it.
As we have worked on this production, each of us has thought a little more deeply about what “home” means to us and how important it is to our lives. In that regard, we have been taking our own journey to Bountiful, right along with Carrie. What we have discovered is that while time and place are central to who you are, it is the people you meet along the way – whether they are a brief encounter, such as a with a friendly stranger on a bus, or a deep relationship, such as that between a mother and son – who help to define who you are.
We hope you enjoy our production of this thought-provoking play as much as we have enjoyed the process of bringing it to you and that you feel “at home” here at Barnstormers Theatre.
--Tricia Drevets


Cast

Vajra Ma (Carrie Watts)
Vajra’s solid foundation as an actress and director is based on 17 years of studies with the renowned Polish director Tad Danielewski in his professional workshops. She also studied with Silvana Gallardo and at the So. Cal Conservatory of Music, obtained her B.A. and two years Theatre Arts graduate work at BYU, and did voice-over work with Ed Ragozzino. Vajra coached Marisa Tomei for her dance in the title role of Salome in Al Pacino’s Broadway production. Stage credits include: See Below Middle Sea at the Mark Taper Forum, Nellie Cohan in George M!, Alice Moore in A Man for All Seasons, Maria in Twelfth Night and Emilia in Othello. Television experience includes: Christmas Lilies of the Field, Rags to Riches (pilot). Winnie, Frank Nitti: The Enforcer, and The Revenge of Al Capone.

Wayd Drake (Ludie Watts)
After more than 10 years since his performance as Biff in Death of a Salesman at Barnstormers, Wayd is both nervous and excited about returning to the stage. He has been teaching acting and speech at Rogue Community College for the last seven years and is embracing this as an opportunity to identify again with what his students probably feel each term. He is the chair of the Artistic Committee, a board member for the theater, and has built numerous sets over the years at Barnstormers. Wayd would like to thank his beautiful wife for the time dedicated to this play. Enjoy the show!

Jenny Jackson (Jessie Mae Watts)
Jenny was born and raised in Grants Pass. She began working in theater as a young girl with the lead role in a melodrama in her sixth grade acting class at Lincoln Savage Middle School. Acting remained a passion in her life and she continued her career at Rogue Community College where she worked on many different shows including Briskworks, The Devil and Daniel Webster, The Laramie Project, To Kill A Mockingbird, and Miracle on 34th Street as well as many other community theater projects. A founding member of Southern Oregon Impact she has served on its board for many years. Jenny also directed a few shows, including The Prince and the Pauper and Snow White, while working with Brighton Academy. She currently serves as faculty advisor of student government and an instructor on RCC’s Redwood campus.

Katie Raycraft (Thelma)
Katie has been in love with the stage since 5th grade. Theater is one of the greatest passions of her life and she feels so blessed and thankful to have the opportunity to be on stage again. Her most recent acting experience was in 2012 in the Barnstormers production of Almost Maine. She would like to thank all of you for coming and would like to dedicate this performance to her dear friend Wilkins-O’Riley Zinn. Zinn was the ultimate embodiment of what it meant to always be yourself, and she showed Katie how important it is for her to do the same.

Frank Mertus (First Ticket Agent/Crew)
Frank is an aspiring entertainer. He is new to acting, however, and has done only a few things. In high school he was part of an improvisational troupe known as Off-Hand Inventions; after it was disbanded, he went to college to get his acting degree. Frank comes from a small town called Trail.

Robert Steven LaFever (Second Ticket Agent/Crew)
Robert had been with Barnstormers Theatre for only a few months now, but feels so at home with all the wonderful volunteers and great friends he has made along the way. He appeared as Carlino in Wait Until Dark and was the assistant stage manager for Over the River and Through the Woods. Big thanks to director Tricia and all cast and crew. Break a leg!

Richard Haack (Roy)
Richard has played many roles on the Barnstormers stage over a period of many years. He always feels that it is a special time whenever the opportunity to be in a play comes along. It’s always a joy to work on a play with cast and crew whether they are new to the stage or experienced. It is always special to explore and become a new character.

Keith Fuller (The Sherrif)
Keith was most recently seen as Marley in Scrooge the Musical. Other favorite roles include: Big Daddy in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Nicely Nicely in Guys and Dolls, Sancho in Man of La Mancha, Herr Schultz in Cabaret, Mr. Van Dann in The Diary of Anne Frank, Audry II in The Little Shop of Horrors, and creating 11 diverse characters in Christmas Tuna. Keith is also an acclaimed director, musical director, M.C., voice artist and the resident sound designer for Barnstormers.

Staff

Tricia Drevets (Director)
Tricia is active both onstage and behind the scenes here at Barnstormers. She previously directed Our Town, On Golden Pond and The Diary of Anne Frank (for which she was named Sneak Preview’s Best Director). Some of her favorite roles here include: Claire in A Delicate Balance, Rose in Enchanted April, Charlotte in Moon Over Buffalo, and Vivian in Wit, the last two of which roles earned her being named Sneak Preview’s Best Actress. This talented cast and crew have been a joy to work with, and she is grateful to them for their time and dedication, to her family for their support and encouragement, and to all of you for coming with us on our Trip to Bountiful.

Christiana Drevets (Stage Manager)
Christiana has been involved in Barnstormers Theater since she was seven. Among other roles, she played A Ghost of Christmas Past in the 2007 production of A Christmas Carol and was on stage last year as Rebecca in Our Town. She’s excited to be backstage in this production. In her spare time, Christiana enjoys swimming competitively, reading obsessively and contemplating time traveling. Enjoy the show.






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