A Note from PACP President

Drama-Rama last summer was a big hit with the actors, their partents and the audience. These young thespians gave us all a good time. From their workshop creativity to the final production, enthusiasm and daring, it was the highlight of the summer at PACP.

Photo from Peninsula Daily News: Henry Wendel as the sheriff tells his assistant, played by McHenry Miller, his plan to capture Robin.

Drama-Rama workshop to learn proper technique for sword fighting! But before this session, the actors learne







Oogie Boogie Wonderland

Port Angeles Community Playhouse Annual Halloween Bash
Saturday, October 29 th – 8:00 to 11:00pm
Studio Bob 118 ½ East Front Street, Downtown Port Angeles

“Well, well, well – What have we here?”

Get ready, Boys and Ghouls, to dance the night away at the Oogie Boogie Wonderland, Saturday,
October 29 th at Studio Bob in downtown Port Angeles.

Celebrate the Halloween season in a fun, colorful way by dancing and partying with other like-minded
denizens and creatures of the night. Of course there will be a Costume contest with prizes not only for
best costume but also best Disney-themed costume. (Remember, the House of Mouse also owns Star
Wars, Marvel, ESPN and Twentieth Century Fox!)

For your safety and the safety of others, we absolutely
encourage you to wear a mask – IT’S HALLOWEEN! We will also be giving a prize for the best decorated
safety face mask (covers nose and mouth) so let your creativity shine as you bling up your mask!

There will be a Taco/Nacho bar and sweet treats and of course, the Loom will have a great array of adult
beverages. Some sweet raffles and silent auction goodies to bid on as well as some other fun surprise
entertainment and a great mix of dance tunes to shake you and make you shout, “THIS IS HALLOWEEN!”

Tickets are $20 per person in advance and can be purchased here. Tickets can be
purchased at the door the night of the party for $25.
Doors open 7:45pm

Dance! Oogie Boogie Wonderland!
Midnight creeps so slowly into hearts
Of men who need more than they get
Daylight deals a band hand
To a woman who has laid too many bets.
The mirror stares you in the face and says,
“Baby, it don’t work”.
You say your prayers though you don’t care
You dance and shake the hurt-
Dance! Oogie Boogie Wonderland! Dance!


Live On Second Stage at Studio Bob
118 1/2 E Front St, Port Angeles, WA 98362
Sep 15 – 18, Thu, Fri & Sat @ 7:30 PM with Sat & Sun matinees @ 2 PM

$15 tickets Festival Seating

Only 60 seats available!

Every Brilliant Thing is an interactive, experiential show that captures the reality of mental illness and suicide in a palpable, sometimes hilarious, way. It is a story about resilience, coping, and learning to live with difficult truths. This play is for every human being who knows the struggle of living with or loving someone with a mental illness. It is, in essence, for all of us. 

Mindy Gelder, Director:  I feel extremely honored to be making a debut as a director with this powerful, important show. As a thespian and a mental health professional, it blends two passions in my life perfectly. Every one of us lives with the reality of mental illness at some point in our lives, whether it be growing up with a struggling family member, suffering from anxiety or depression at some point, or living with a chronic mental illness oneself.

Every Brilliant Thing is based on a true story about a child learning how to cope with her mom’s mental illness and her own fears, by composing a list of every brilliant thing in life. This list evolves as the character goes through different developmental stages in life, as does the purpose of the list itself. Drawing audience members into the story, the actor uses improvisation to create a hilarious, entertaining experience. Attendees become part of the story, rather than watching from a distance. It is a show that says struggling is okay. It is real. It is part of life and life is messy, raw, and sometimes “brilliant.” 


How We Spent Our Summer Vacation

“How We Spent Our Summer Vacation”
This summer, shortly after wrapping up our hugely successful Children’s Theatre sci-fi comedy epic, “Catch the Waves”, a busy crew of volunteers met together to empty out the ENTIRE Set Shop. Through a very generous donation of a large U Haul truck from Affordable Storage, scenery pieces, wood, windows, molding and more were hauled onto a truck or into the side parking lot and covered with tarps.
In the evenings, crews worked to clean the floor, paint the walls and reset the whole lay out of the room. Master Set Designer Tim Thorn created new bays for wood, allowing us to sort and store cut wood by the size of the piece of wood as well as new bays for large wood pieces. New shelves and new storage units were installed, a lot of old stuff got tossed or recycled and the upper loft is being extended with REAL stairs installed to replace the skinny ladder we had before, adding a lot more needed storage.
Then the work crews came back the next week and brought back all the shop materials in. Now tools are being organized above worktables, the Chop saw is on a moving table unit that can be rolled out on to the stage for set builds and building materials are going in organized spaces with large easy to read printed labels that will make finding needed resources much easier.
A big thanks to the many volunteers who helped with this effort and the support crew who provided delicious lunches and snacks (mmm, baked cookies and brownies!) – “Play” is half of our name and we do have fun work parties!
The Playhouse is looking for some Set Shop Stewards, folks who will help with the weekly upkeep of the shop (making sure tools are filed away, wood is properly stored, sawdust emptied, etc.) If the new shop looks like a place YOU WOULD like to help out in, please contact PACP Board Vice President at 360-670-6956 or write her at VolunteerwithPACP@gmail.com.

2020 PACP Bylaws for ratification

These are the Bylaws under which PACP operates. They are currently under review by the membership for ratification at the 2020 Annual Board Meeting. August 30, Sunday 4pm. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Playhouse, please email to pacommunityplayers@hotmail. Thanks. We would look forward to having you as a member of this community!

PA Players: Not Singing in the Rain

It unfolded like the plot of a play at the Port Angeles Community Playhouse.

Just as the props, costumes, and set were being put away after the Port Angeles Community Players’ Second Stage production of The Laramie Project, the rains came.

It wasn’t the teeming rain outside that they noticed, but rather the telltale sound of constant drips coming through the ceiling that caught the attention of the volunteers.

“If it’s running off the light fixture, the chandelier must be full” said PACP Vice-President Brian Wendt as he grabbed a ladder to investigate. Four buckets later the water that collected inside the massive chandelier, on the ceiling above the audience seating, was emptied. At least for that day.

Seats were covered in tarps to protect them, fans were set out to dry out soaked carpet and a routine of vacuuming the water off the roof, daily, has been set in motion.

This isn’t their latest production, but rather playing out in real life inside the 47 year old PA Community Playhouse at 1235 E. Lauridsen Blvd.

“Until this year, we’ve always been able to depend on the revenue of our shows in their regular season to provide for paying our bills and building maintenance,” says PACP Board President Janet Lucas. “But earlier this year we also had a plumbing leak that necessitated re-plumbing the entire building. That was a huge hit to our treasury, and now we need a new roof.”

The regular troupe of hard-working volunteers who normally build sets now double as maintenance people. When it comes to re-plumbing and reroofing a commercial building, however, volunteers are not enough.

Port Angeles Community Players was started in 1952 by Betty Sleeper and Audrey Hartnagel. For nearly 20 years the troupe produced plays throughout the community, in the college Little Theater, Elk’s Ballroom, Harrington’s Sky Room, and Jefferson School gym. In 1971, with contributions from the community the Port Angeles Community Playhouse was built.

“This building really belongs to the community who helped build it and continue to come here for entertainment, and now we need their help again. We’re asking the people who have supported our shows for 65 years to donate to help us with the $21,000 roof the building desperately needs”, added Lucas. The Players can cover about half the cost, but “for an organization that has no debt, this is a tough one for us.”

The Players have contracted with a local roofer who should complete the job this summer.

“We don’t know the extent of the damage to the ceiling, so there may be more work needed than just the roof,” added Wendt.Anyone wanting to help the Community Players, a 501c3 organization can do so by mailing a check to PO Box 2807 Port Angeles WA 98362, or click on the “Donate” link on this page.

For more information, call Janet Lucas at 360-461-1989

Next Production! Barefoot in the Park, A Classic

Directed by Barbara Frederick

Paul and Corie are newlyweds in every sense of the word. After a six-day honeymoon, they get a surprise visit from Corie’s loopy mother and decide to play matchmaker during a dinner with their neighbor-in-the-attic, Velasco, where everything that can go wrong, does…

Based on Neil Simon’s 1963 play, stuff-shirt Paul and spontaneous Corie are determined to create a romantic environment in a one-room, no-heat, hole-in-the-skylight flat.

Based on Neil Simon’s 1963 play of the same name, it focuses on newlyweds stuffed-shirt Paul and his spontaneous bride Corie, determined to create a romantic environment in one room with no heat, a hole in the skylight, and oddball neighbors.

The title refers to Corie’s lamentation that Paul will not go running barefoot in the park with her because of his sober and cautious demeanor. The phrase becomes emblematic of the differences between the two of them, and is made manifest in the film’s climactic scene.

Don’t miss this production. Opening night is June 7, 2019. Get your tickets now!

The Odd Couple (Female Version)

By Neil Simon

Directed by Dmitri Gerasimenko

Unger and Madison are at it again! Florence Unger and Olive Madison, that is, in Neil Simon’s hilarious contemporary comic classic: the female version of The Odd Couple. Trivial Pursuit is their game of choice, and the hilarity is anything but trivial when the Constanzuela brothers pay a visit.

A couple of odd things about this production:

It was supposed to be the male version – however, more women than men showed up to audition.

It starts on a Tuesday night (which means it’s $8 at the door on opening night) plus we added a Thursday performance on December 1.


  • Debbie Bourquin
  • Nancy Gooch
  • Stephanie Gooch
  • Jennifer Hawley
  • Janet Lucas
  • Lynne Murphy
  • Joe Schultz
  • Ken Winters

I Hate Hamlet

By Paul Rudnik

Directed by Barb Frederick

Andrew Rally seems to have it all. There are, however, a couple of glitches in paradise. Andrew’s series has been canceled; his girlfriend is clinging to her virginity with unyielding conviction; and he has no desire to play Hamlet, in which he has been cast. When Andrew’s agent reminisces about her brief romance with John Barrymore many years ago, in the same apartment, it prompts a seance to summon his ghost. From the moment Barrymore returns, dressed in high Shakespearean garb, Andrew’s life is no longer his own.


Felicia Dantine (Mindy Gelder)
Andrew Rally (Brian Wendt)
Deidre McDavey (Misha Casella-Blackburn)
Lillian Troy (Kathy Balducci)
Gary Peter Lefkowitz (Michael Aldrich)
John Barrymore (Pat Owens)

2016-2017 Season

I  Hate Hamlet
by Paul Rudnick

Directed by Barb Frederick

September 23 — October 7, 2016

The Odd Couple (Female Version)
by Neil Simon

Directed by Dmitri Gerasimenko

Nov 29, 2016 – Dec 11, 2016

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever – YouTHeater

Directed by Barb Frederick

Dec 16, 2016

The Haunting of Hill House
by Shirley Jackson

Directed by Kathy Balducci

Feb 20, 2017 – Mar 12, 2017

Dracula: The Musical?
by Mark Lorentzen

Directed by Mark Lorentzen

Apr 24, 2017 – May 14, 2017