Coaster Theatreís production of Ivan Menchellís THE CEMETERY CLUB took First Place at the American Association of Community Theatreís 2009 Oregon One Act Festival in McMinnville two weeks ago.  Cast members Paul Dueber, Melissa McLeod, Janie Sexton, Pia Shepherd and Jackie Weber along with crew members Sue and Stacey Diehl and Craig Shepherd will travel to Coeur díAlene, Idaho as Oregonís representative in the AACT Regional Festival the weekend of April 17.  Coaster will be competing against theatres from Idaho, Washington, Alaska and California and if Coaster wins the Regional competition, itís on to the Nationals in Tacoma, WA in June.  We thank Hallmark Inns and Resorts for their sponsorship of our original 2008 summer production.  Their generous support helped turn a dream into reality.


In addition to winning Best Production, Coaster Theatre walked away with 7 other awards: Outstanding Ensemble Work to the cast, Outstanding Actor in a Minor Role to Paul Dueber, Outstanding Supporting Actress to Janie Sexton, Outstanding Actress to Pia Shepherd, Outstanding Director to Julie Akers, Outstanding Set Design to Craig Shepherd and Outstanding Costume Design to Jeanine Fairchild. 


To help defray the productionís travel and hotel expenses Coaster Theatre is fundraising!

Thursday, April 9, at 7:00 PM, THE CEMETERY CLUB cast and crew will perform at Clatsop Community Collegeís Performing Arts Center at the corner of Franklin and 16th in Astoria.  This performance will be a duplication of the festivalís showcase including setting the stage, performing the cut of the play and clearing the stage, all according to festival rules and all taking place within the allotted 80 minute time frame.  Craig Shepherd will emcee.  Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at Coaster Theatre box office at 108 N. Hemlock in Cannon Beach or at the door the evening of the performance.  Cash or checks only please.


Feeling lucky?  Raffle tickets for a Coaster Theatre Cooler full of goodies from local businesses will be on sale March 28 through April 19 at the Coaster box office, during the performance at the Performing Arts Center, and in the Coasterís lobby during performances of BUS STOP. Tucked into the cooler is a 2 night stay at The Ocean Lodge in Cannon Beach, an overnight stay in an ocean front suite for the Hallmark Inn in Newport, dinner for two at the Terra Cotta restaurant in Manzanita, a $50 gift certificate to Maggie and Henry, casual clothing in Sandpiper Square, a $25 gift certificate to Cannon Beach Book Company, a 2009 5-show season pass to Coaster Theatre, a pound of Columbia Coffee Roasterís coffee and a free drink at their coffee house in Astoria, 2 Coaster Theatre mugs, and more to come.  Raffle tickets are $5 or 3 for $10.


Canít come to the April 9th performance, donít like to gamble, but youíd like to help with the festival expenses?  Send your tax-deductible donation to Coaster Theatre Festival Fund, PO Box 643, Cannon Beach, OR 97110.