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Fertile Ground festival. Jan 23-Feb 2, 2014

Long term staff and families of Journey Theater will be no stranger to the names of the star-studded cast of The Temporary Man, written and composed by Scott David Bradner and A.R. MacGregor debuting this Sunday (Jan. 26th) as part of Portland’s Fertile Ground: A City-Wide Festival of New Works.  Scott and Annalise met during their time as students in our program and are now forging new musical theater frontier as a composing team.  They began collaborating on The Temporary Man three years ago and are excited with the rest of us to see it come to life on stage.

Fertile Ground is a festival of new works held throughout the city of Portland for 11 days, Jan. 23-Feb. 2.  From the festival’s website:

“It will feature world premiere projects, staged readings, developing works and a myriad of other arts events from the Portland creative community…Unlike a typical fringe festival, Fertile Ground features the finest new work of our LOCAL artists, performers and resident theater companies, ensuring that  the artistic and financial benefits of the festival stay in Portland…Fertile Ground aspires to provide a forum where art lovers near and far will come to appreciate that Portland truly is fertile ground for creativity, innovation, and daring acts of performance.”  (for more information about Fertile Ground and a complete schedule of works, visit http://fertilegroundpdx.org)

Scott and Annalise have gathered a top-notch list of actors ranging from Portland award-winning veterans, Susannah Mars & Doug Webster (who also music directed our 2010 production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) to friends from our program that have become professional stage performers in their own right.  Flying in from New York City is J. Scott Lapp, who has come to direct their staged reading.  Jeremy is no stranger to the Journey family having recently directed Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Footloose for our Journey Summer Theater series in 2011 and 2012, respectively. Jeremy has been part of Broadway creative teams for new works such as Bonnie & ClydeMurder for Two and the world premier of Somewhere In Time performed last summer at Portland Center Stage.

Journey alumnus include Larry Taylor (currently a resident of NYC who originated the role of “Snoopy” in You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown 2002, “Horton the Elephant” in Seussical the Musical 2007, and “Chuck Cranston” in Footloose 2012), Cassie Kohl (currently a resident of NYC who originated the role of “Snow White” in Snow White and the Seven Dwarves 2003 and who currently enjoys a career in off-Broadway theater and international tours), Barbara Richardson (who originated the role of “The Fairy Godmother” in our 2005 production of Cinderella, lead singer of indie-Portland band Barbara In The Attic, and current Journey teaching staff), Collin Carver (who portrayed “Caractacus Potts” in our 2010 production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, who has received critical acclaim for his participation in other new works in Portland theater, and current Journey teaching staff), Krista Monaghan (“Maria Ranier” in our 2009 production of The Sound of Music, who has recently hit the Portland theater scene after graduating from Central Washington University), and Alex Bowman (who recently appeared in the ensemble of The Music Man, Journey’s summer production of 2013).  Drew Harper, recently seen as “Motel” in Portland Center Stage’s production Fiddler On The Roof and Portland Playhouse’s A Christmas Carol also stars in the staged reading.

temp man cast picThe Temporary Man will enjoy ONE PERFORMANCE ONLY, Jan. 26th at 2:00pm at Lakewood Center for the Performing Arts.  General Admission tickets are available for $10 at http://tix2.centerstageticketing.com/sites/lakewoodtheatre/selecttix_nochart.php?s_id=454&p_id=258646

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