Past Shows

39th Shanghaied in Astoria
Posted on July 6, 2023
Join us for our 39th Year of Shanghaied in Astoria! July 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 and August 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20. All shows are evenings at 7 pm, except July 16th & August 20th matinees at 2 pm. Directed by Ashley Mundel.

Here’s the cast for the 39th season of Shanghaied!

Eric Olsen – Nicholas Sturdivant, Brody Jones, Miles Hand
Jakko – Shailynn Duffy, Eliot Adams
Eino – Jon Osborn, Zachary Sandoval, Nicholas Sturdivant
Grete – Elijah Phillips, Miles Hand, Shailynn Duffy
Ana – Miles Hand, Elijah Phillip, Shailynn Duffy, Isabella Bigda
Merit – Anne Bigda, Shailynn Duffy, Isabella Bigda, Carmen Boyovich
Sigrid – Genevieve Gaetano, Brody Jones, Anne Bigda, Shailynn Duffy
Max Krooke Jr. – Natan Hamilton, Jason Hippert
Miss Macie – Ashley Mundel, Janice Leber, Lorraine Charnock
Rosie – Margot Potts, Lexi Blacksten, Lorraine Charnock, Maddie Ferguson
Lacie – Jennifer Sturdivant, Beth Beauparland, Margot Potts
Miss Virginia Sweet – Shailynn Duffy, Carmen Boyovich, Anne Bigda
Sneake – Zachary Sandoval, Elsa Nethercot, Elijah Phillips
Captain Jack – Jason Hippert, Travis Boggs
Mama Olsen – Janice Leber, Jennifer Sturdivant, Dana Lewis-Allen
Miss Vivian – Patricia VonVintage, Margot Potts, Dana Lewis-Allen
The 5 Phoebes – sisters
Mark Castle – Travis Boggs, Jon Osborn
Pat & Mike – Brody Jones, Nicholas Sturdivant, Jon Howe
MC – Jon Osborn, Blake Miller

Heathers The Musical
Posted on March 18, 2023
From the Concord Theatricals website: “Heathers The Musical: Teen Edition is the darkly delicious story of Veronica Sawyer, a brainy, beautiful teenage misfit who hustles her way into the most powerful and ruthless clique at Westerberg High: the Heathers. But before she can get comfortable atop the high school food chain, Veronica falls in love with the dangerously handsome new kid J.D. When Heather Chandler, the Almighty, kicks her out of the group, Veronica decides to bite the bullet and kiss Heather’s aerobicized butt… but J.D. has another plan for that bullet.

Brought to you by the award-winning creative team of Kevin Murphy (Reefer Madness, Desperate Housewives), Laurence O’Keefe (Bat Boy, Legally Blonde) and director Andy Fickman (Reefer Madness, She’s the Man), Heathers The Musical: Teen Edition is a hilarious, heartfelt and homicidal new show based on the greatest teen comedy of all time.”

The ASOC production is directed by Beth Beauparland and Trish VonVintage. The cast includes Mikaela Bargeson, Anne and Isabella Bigda, Carmen Boyovich, Robin Buckingham, Sarah Fabela, Maia Fay, Miles Hand, Lyla Inskeep, Brody Jones, Anna Kuszmaul, Molly Oien, Elijah and Viola Phillips, Candy Rowland, Nick Sturdivant, and Michael and Braden Cafazzo.

Performances will be on April 7, 8, 14 and 15, all at 7 pm. Tickets are $15-20, and can be purchased here.

A Christmas Carol – A Live Radio Play
Posted on November 9, 2022
A Christmas Carol – A Live Radio PlayDon’t miss ASOC’s holiday production, A Christmas Carol – A Live Radio Play, coming to the playhouse on December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17 at 7 pm, with a matinee on December 11 at 2 pm.

Directed by Beth Beauparland and assistant director Patricia VonVintage. Written by Joe Landry with music by Kevin Connors. Performed with permission of Playscripts Inc.

Cast of Characters
Scrooge/Freddie Gilmore – Matt Vineyard
Jake Laurents – Jon Osborne
Harry Haywood – Nate Williams
Sally Applewhite – Molly Oien
Lana Sherwood – Kirsten Ressel
Marley – Shailynn Duffy
Ghost of Christmas Present – Marcus Smith
Ghost of Christmas Past – Vivian Burnam
Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come – Mikaela Bargeron
Bob Cratchet – Brody Jones
Mrs. Cratchit – Molly Oien
Fezziwig – Zachary Sandoval
Mrs. Fezziwig – Malia McClain
Belle – Carly Vineyard
Belle’s Husband – Brody Jones
Fred – Zachary Sandoval
Fred’s Wife – Rosie Fallin
First Man – Nathan Decriscio
Second Man – Miles Hand
Undertaker’s Man – Marcus Smith
Topper – Malachi Cummings
Penny Topper’s Sister – Eden West
Old Joe – Nathan Decriscio
Gentlewoman – Kirsten Ressel
Laundress – Shailynn Duffy
Charwoman – Miles Hand
Housekeeper – Carly Vineyard
Stage Manager Speaking Role – Nathan Decriscio
Peter Cratchit – Miles Hand
Martha Cratchit – Carly Vineyard
Tiny Tim – Stellan Marlowe
Little Boy – Stellan Marlowe
Good Girl – Eden West
Naughty Girl – Sophia Sullivan-Harpole
Fan – Sophia Sullivan-Harpole
Young Scrooge – Joey Marlowe
Santa – Bryan Biderna
Boy – Annie Cummings
Carolers – Hosanna Cummings, Annie Cummings and Autumn Marlowe

Music recording by Dr. Vincent Centeno

Sponsored by Cascadia Chamber Opera and Peninsula Landscape Supply

Posted on June 2, 2022
Astoria’s own favorite Broadway-style musical melodrama, Shanghaied in Astoria, is back for 2022!

The 38th seasonal favorite opens Thursday, July 7 and will run every Thursday, Friday and Saturday through September 10, 2022 at 7 pm. There are also three Sunday matinees on July 24, August 21 and September 4, 2022.

Tickets are $15 and $20 depending on seating.

Auditions for 38th Season of Shanghaied in Astoria
Posted on April 28, 2022 by
Do you want to do something different this summer? The Astor Street Opry Company has just the solution for you!

Open auditions for the 38th season of Shanghaied in Astoria will be held Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15, 2022 from 6-8 each evening at the Astor Street Opry Company Playhouse at 129 W. Bond in Astoria.

Actors, singers and dancers are needed as well as musicians, tech staff and house staff, and prior experience, although appreciated, is not required. We will teach you all you need to know!

All ages (17 and up) are invited to audition and become part of the Astoria tradition that is Shanghaied in Astoria! Questions can be directed to the Astor Street Opry Company at 503-325-6104.

CLUE: On Stage (High School Edition)
Posted on February 9, 2022
It was a dark and stormy night and seven strangers travel to a country house for a mysterious meeting. What follows is a rollicking, kooky and hysterically funny experience that will tickle your funny bone!

Join Professor Plum, Mrs. Peacock, Mrs. White, Miss Scarlett, Mr. Green, Colonel Mustard, Wadsworth the butler and the rest of the crazy cast of characters as they present CLUE: On Stage.

Performed by the Astor Street Opry Company Teen Club, CLUE: On Stage is based on the screenplay by Jonathan Lynn and is written by Sandy Rustin with additional material by Hunter Foster and Eric Price. The show is based on the Paramount Pictures motion picture and the Hasbro board game CLUE. CLUE: On Stage is directed by Ashley Mundel with assistance from Beth Beauparland, Jerod Griffin and Trish von Vintage. Sponsors for this production include Table 360, the Shop for Guys and Dolls, The Trophy Case, Cascadia Chamber Opera, Paramount Drug, Purple Cow Toys, Loop Jacobsen Inc., and Dr. Vincent Centeno and ChrisLynn Taylor. The show is presented with the permission of Broadway Licensing.

CLUE: On Stage will be performed at the Astor Street Opry Company Playhouse on Fridays and Saturdays from February 25 through March 19, 2022 at 7 pm each evening. Tickets can be purchased on-line or by calling 503-325-6104. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under.

The cast includes Robin Buckingham, Teagan Barela, Vivian Burnam, Mikaela Bergeron, Jenny Buchman, Noah Betts, Madeleine Cummings, D Caulder, Shailynn Duffy, Sarah Fabela, Meagan Griffin, Kevin Greene, Miles Hand, Brody Jones, Joey Marlowe, Peyton Lee Matsen, Molly Oien, Elise Pietzyk, Elijah Phillips, Nick Sturdivant, Carly Vineyard, Caleb Vineyard and Gavin Vineyard.

The Trial of Santa
Posted on October 30, 2021
Astor Street Opry Company presents
2021 Holiday Music Magic featuring
The Trial of Santa a short Christmas comedy
by Don Zolidis, produced with permission by Playscripts, Inc.

$10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under

Friday and Saturday, Dec 3, 4, 17 and 18 at 7 pm
Sunday matinee, Dec 5 and 19 at 2 pm

What would happen if Santa promised to bring a special gift for Christmas and then didn’t deliver? That is the question asked by everyone in the Astor Street Opry Company’s The Trial of Santa. Emily has asked for a very special gift this year and when Santa doesn’t deliver, she takes him to court on the Judge Trudy Show. What will happen? Will Santa be convicted of the heinous crime of delivering the wrong present? Will Santa’s Elven lawyer prove that Emily is naughty and not nice?

Presenting its first show in almost two years, the Astor Street Opry Company will present its Holiday Music Magic production of songs, extra-special commercials for sponsors and The Trial of Santa beginning Friday December 3, 2021.

Director – Jayne Osborn

Cast of Characters
Bob the Elf – Dave Bergquist
Jul Macie – ChrisLynn Taylor
Judge Trudy – Julie House
Bailiff – Julien Thomas
Emily Worthington – Vivian Burnum
Mr. Wickersham – Raul Espericueta
Mrs. Worthington – Beth Beauparland
Rufflesniffer (an elf) – Danielle Brown
Santa Claus – Rusty House
Mickey Winklebottom – Bob Goldberg
Rudolph – Brody Jones
Barry – Spence Barker
Jenny – Eden West
Muffins (an elf)- Rosalina Fallin
Elves – Kevin Greene and Kai Brown
Angels – Mikaela Bargeron and Izzie Brown

We will be observing all COVID state mandates.

Love and Politics– a virtual Reader’s Theatre production by the ASOC
Posted on May 27, 2021

Astor Street Opry Company is proud to team up with the Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival Association to present a virtual reader’s theatre production of ‘Love and Politics’. ‘Love and Politics’ {Rakkautta ja Politikkaa} is a one-act play written by A.T. and published in 1906 in Hameenlinna, Finland.

This vintage theater piece found in the attic of Suomi Hall and has been translated from the Finnish by Sirpa Duoos. Actors from the Astor Street Opry will record a performance at Suomi Hall and it will be available for viewing June 15-30. ChrisLynn Taylor is the director. This project is supported by the Clatsop Cultural Coalition and the Oregon Cultural Trust.

Mr. Ketonen, a widower, wants his daughter, Hilda, to marry his best friend, Mr. Petola, so she will be as happy as her parents were. Mr. Petola is older and stutters. His daughter, Hilda, does want to be happy, but not with Mr. Petola. She is in love with Einar Salmela, a local Socialist leader. Mr. Ketonen hates Socialists and refuses to allow Hilda to marry Einar. Hilda and Einar ask Mr. Petola to help them convince Mr. Ketonen that mixing love and politics will not make anyone happy and if they cannot marry, they will leave. Mr. Petola finally convinces Mr. Ketonen to give his consent to the marriage.

The video of this play is available via the Astor Street Opry Company’s YouTube channel.

The Astoria Finnish Socialist Club building was built in 1910 when Astoria’s Uniontown was large enough to support major community organizations such as Finnish Brotherhood and the Finnish Temperance Society, two newspapers, half a dozen public saunas, four churches, and a dozen boarding houses. The Socialist Club stood four stories tall and its theater had a professional stage director from Helsinki who produced new plays every two weeks. When the Socialist Club burned in 1923, the actors transferred to the stage at the Finnish Brotherhood. Many of the scripts of the plays produced on the Finnish Brotherhood stage have been stored for years in the attic of Suomi Hall and that’s where the script for Love and Politics was found.

Love and Politics takes place in a small Finnish town

MR. KETONEN –a wealthy widower and master cobbler and shoemaker–TRAVIS BOGGS
HILDA–Mr. Ketonen’s daughter – LEXI BLACKSTEN
MR. PETOLA–a master carpenter and furniture maker-DAVID DRAFALL
EINAR SALMELA – a young suitor and worker–JORDAN GRIFFIN
HETA – maid in the Ketonen household–BETH BEAUPARLAND
ANNA –a right–hand to Mr. Ketonen–ELSA NETHERCOT

This project is a joint effort by the Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival Association and the Astor Street Opry Company with financial support from the Clatsop County Cultural Coalition and the Oregon Cultural Trust.