Local theaters, outdoor amphitheaters, youth music opportunities, festivals and strolling barbershop quartets. You’ll find it all in Clackamas County! We have something for everyone in every age group. Get out, participate and have fun exploring the wide variety of performing arts opportunities around the area.
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The Nutz-n-Boltz Theater Company was formed in 2004. The original founders were Jamie Macsisak, Kelly Lucas, and Justin Lazenby. The three were frustrated by the lack of quality community theater in the area and decided to try and raise the level. All three of them brought their talents from regional and professional theater to the table and a group was formed. We are a volunteer organization. Justin and Kelly Lazenby, who live in Gresham and have ‘day jobs’, became sole owners of the company in 2006.
Our name comes from the idea of ‘building’ a show from scratch (without much scratch) and creating theater as art for art’s sake. We feel we are merely the “nuts and bolts” of theater now, but someday will plan to have a professional theater for everyone that can enrich the local community for generations to come! We strive to make each show a quality production. We feel that hard work, community outreach and dedication to the dying art of hand built stagecraft and ‘from the ground up’ stage performing will assure our growth. We invite anyone to ‘come and play’ with us. We are here for everyone, wherever we happen to be!
The Lakewood Theatre Company is a popular and financially successful member of the arts community, it is the cornerstone around which Lakewood Center for the Arts has been built. Lakewood Theatre Company began in November, 1952, when a group of Lake Oswego residents decided that their community was not complete without a theatre and decided to organize what was known as the Oswego Players. From that first production of Blithe Spirit, the players performed in junior and senior high schools and halls throughout the Lake Oswego area, having no permanent home during its first nine years.
Lakewood Theatre Company, as the parent non-profit, is the oldest and best known of the building’s occupants, and key to the Center’s financial success. Lakewood is the oldest continually operated not for profit theatre company in the Portland metro area and attracts more than 40,000 people to its shows.
The Center is run by an elected board of directors made up of community leaders, legal, business and arts professionals, and a small staff which includes Executive Director Andrew Edwards and Executive Producer Steve Knox.
An annual June event at the Center is the Festival of the Arts. This event occurs the weekend after Father’s Day each June. This city-wide celebration is a arts education program created, staged and administered by the Lakewood Center. It enjoys the volunteer and financial support of multiple civic groups, volunteer organizations and the City of Lake Oswego. More than 23,000 people attend exhibits at the Center and the park and view more than 1,500 pieces of artwork. Artists come from Oregon, Washington, California, and Idaho to participate.
Masque Alfresco is a non-profit theatre organized in the Summer of 2002 to provide affordable, accessible theatre to the residents of Portland Area communities, performing both classical and modern plays with the following activities:
- Touring parks in the Portland area during the summer, presenting Commedia Dell’arte renderings of Molieré. The language of these plays will be adapted to modern audiences with topical references, and rendered suitable for families with children.
- Supporting emerging playwrights by providing staged readings of new plays as well as fully mounted productions.
- Contributing to the continued development of actors by providing training in both classical and experimental styles of theatre, as well as providing a venue in which they can apply their acquired skills.
Welcome To the Movement!
Forwarding the effort towards social justice through performances which are deeply rooted in the art of ensemble collaboration and artistic risk, we produce contemporary works of theatre that focus on opening minds, questioning perspectives and confronting beliefs.
Inspired. Challenged. Enriched. Entertained.
We truly want you to feel these things when you step through our doors.
We embrace and respect diversity, inclusion, and equity and we want everyone to feel welcome.
Our commitment to choosing contemporary, universally relevant, immediately and thoroughly engaging, socially conscious content is the cornerstone of what we do at Chapel Theatre Co.
We hope our dedication to artistic expression and to the community at large will bring you back again and again to see our work — and to support us!
The TCO is an orchestra comprised of dedicated musicians that volunteer their time in order to present highly engaging and musically diverse concerts. Our designation as a “chamber orchestra” is defined in multiple ways:
- From an artistic standpoint, we embrace the individual’s contribution to the ensemble, rather than having musical direction occur only from the top down; this is demonstrated by our use of empowered section leaders and our commitment to hold only 5 or 6 rehearsals per concert rotation, as each performer takes ownership over their own musical preparation.
- From a musical standpoint, we embrace playing with a light touch and tone, fit for smaller spaces; when we play on a large stage, we retain this lighter sound so that all musicians can hear across the orchestra in order to connect with players on different instruments.
- From a repertoire standpoint, we perform music for 10-40 musicians with a conductor, and also feature some smaller groups at times, performed with no conductor. To facilitate this, we maintain a flexible pool of players in order to supply the changing instrumentation of our concerts.
- From an organizational standpoint, we entrust the leadership of our group to Board members who are also musicians from within the orchestra.
- Almost all of the musicians in the TCO also participate in other traditional large orchestras, but we come together under this organization in order to perform music that we can’t do elsewhere. We seek to explore the lesser-known music of our genre in addition to popular favorites, and enjoy the unique demands that only chamber music can provide.
Clackamas Repertory Theatre provides students, families and youth in Clackamas County the opportunity to engage in thoughtful, entertaining and educational theatrical experiences. It prepares current and former Clackamas Community College students for a career in theatre, gives Clackamas County youth the chance to experience theatre first hand through summer internships and classes at the college, and offers high quality financially accessible productions for the citizens of Clackamas County and beyond.
Clackamas Repertory Theatre is a program of the Clackamas Community College Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. It was founded in 2005 by Artistic Director, David Smith-English and Executive Director, Cyndy Smith-English. Both champions of education, the Smith-English’s wanted to create a theatre for former and current students of CCC. Clackamas Rep has become a place for students to gain professional theatre experience. In 2016, Clackamas Rep spent $62,000 of the annual budget on hiring current and former CCC students. These individuals were hired in all aspects of the theatre as interns, performers, designers, and directors. Clackamas Repertory strives to serve as many members of the community with low ticket prices, a flexible ticket exchange policy and FREE parking! Clackamas Rep offers FREE preview performance tickets to all Clackamas County high school drama students.
Support local arts and great student work by attending a CCC Theatre Department performance. Every year, the Theatre Arts Department plays host to Main Stage productions, student-directed one-act plays, comedy improv, standup comedy and more. We even have learning opportunities where you can get a behind-the-scenes look at things like technical theater and costuming. With elaborate set designs, a beautiful home theater and free parking, Clackamas is a great place to experience dramatic arts.
New Century Players embodies the true sense of the term “Community Theatre”. A group of passionate volunteers, 100% dedicated to bringing professional-quality live theatre to the greater Milwaukie/ Oregon City area. This is summed up in our mission statement:
New Century Players’ mission is to build community in the greater Milwaukie area by providing opportunities for artistic expression through live performances.
Our mission is simple. To bring professional-quality live theater to our community. To us, theater is not just a group of actors reciting a playwright’s words, and a live performance is so much more than just an evening out. It broadens minds, builds bridges and lifts spirits. It can inspire, motivate and exhilarate like no other form of entertainment, but most importantly to us, it is a vital part of our community.
Willamette Falls Symphony is filling a gap in Clackamas County by providing an opportunity for residents to enjoy classical music locally at low cost. Three to four concerts a year are presented. The audience includes a large portion of senior citizens and is drawn mostly from the surrounding area, including Gladstone, Oregon City, West Linn, Milwaukie, Canby, Estacada and Molalla.
The objectives of the orchestra are twofold:
- Make classical music easily accessible to the community at a low cost.
- Give qualified community members or all ages and ethnic backgrounds an opportunity to play classical music.
Many orchestra members are involved in symphony-related projects, such as playing in smaller groups for local senior residences, service clubs, fund-raising picnics, and presenting elementary school concerts in Oregon City.
Sandy Actors Theatre (SAT), serving the local community of Sandy, Oregon and surrounding communities, offers live plays and entertainment year round.
SAT began in June 1976 as the One Way Theatre in Sandy, Oregon. In March 1979, the group became known as The Sandy Community Players. Sandy Community Players performed in many locations within Sandy before finding its home in Heritage Square. The theater saw many different theatrical perspectives throughout its history. SCP was known for producing musical productions with elaborate sets and costumes, and for a time became known for its children’s theater. In 1999 a shift began to emerge producing a full season of comedy, drama and children’s productions. In the summer of 2000, we again changed our name, to better reflect our commitment to continually raise the level of our production values.
Music education that engages every student.
We are a tightly-knit group of inspired, engaged and encouraging educators and musicians who believe that every student deserves to access music education, regardless of income.
YMP students can sign-up for Group Music classes or Private Music Lessons in Guitar, Drums, Electric Bass, Violin, Piano, Ukulele or Vocal for kids, teens and adults. Rock Band and Tools of Rock are available for students starting the fourth grade. We also provide Early Childhood Music Classes geared toward ages 1-6 years.
Our mission: to provide outstanding rock, pop, and country music education for youth by offering tuition assistance, instrument rentals, and exceptional, state-of-the-art performance opportunities.
Our vision: children’s lives are transformed through the power of music.
Bridging the gap for music and arts programs in our schools.
Music and Arts Partners (MAP) advocates for music and arts programs in the West Linn-Wilsonville School District. We receive faculty grant requests for funding for clinicians, sheet music, specialized equipment and more. We sponsor scholarships for graduating seniors, professional workshops, and concerts to benefit children throughout the district.