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And That's the Way the Story Went... A Benefit Performance for Portland Theatre Brigade

And That's the Way the Story Went: An Evening of Story Theatre with Portland Theatre Brigade

Sponsored by Portland Center for the Performing Arts All proceeds benefit Portland Theatre Brigade

Winningstad Theater, 1111 SW Broadway, Portland Tuesday June 9, 7:30 pm Tickets $16 adult, $13 child Group rate $11/ticket (ten or more)

Brigade performs short plays of global folk tales in the story theatre style pioneered by Viola Spolin. This year’s plays include Anansi and the First Story (Ghana), Luba and the Wren (Russia), Ticki Ticki Tembo (China) and Idle Jack (England). The young actors selected the stories and created the scripts themselves, representing the stories that they wanted to share with audiences. In addition to story theatre, Theatre Brigade performances always also include rousing music and dance. The evening will include special guest performances by Brigade teachers Jennifer Lanier, Caton Lyles and Habiba.

The young actors have spent the spring doing free performances at area schools. This year they’ve performed at over 20 schools for over 3,000 students. The public performances culminate a nine-month journey for the 38 members of the company starting with auditions and ongoing with professional theatre training and rehearsal.

Portland Theatre Brigade was founded in 1999. It originated as a Portland Parks and Recreation Program created by Artistic Director Adrienne Flagg and then Parks Theatre Program Director, Jane Lancaster. Adrienne's vision was to offer a unique, professionally modeled performance program that benefited from year-long training and artistic empowerment of young performers. In addition to their acting skills, Brigade Members are each mentored in the art of leadership. Every ensemble member, no matter how young, performs administrative or management duties in addition to their performance responsibilities. The young actors run their own business meetings and are responsible for choosing what plays will be performed each season.

For more information, contact Managing Director Toni Tabora-Roberts at 503 358 9938 or [email protected] or visit theatrebrigade.org.