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CAST LIST ANNOUNCEMENT! Majestic Readers’ Theatre Company presents Silent Sky

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Congratulations to the cast of our upcoming production of "Silent Sky". We are so excited to see this talented cast perform.

Henrietta: Lauren Schaffner

Margaret: Kimberly Gifford Olbrich

Annie: Diane Slamp

Williamina: Laurie Dwire

Peter: Matthew Otten

Assistant Director: Tom Martin

This is Leigh Matthews Bock’s 21st time directing and 8th directorship for MRTC starting from our very first season. She chooses to bring us plays that celebrate the female experience. Some of her stories include Enchanted April, The Cover of Life and The Cemetery Club, all plays about women who take charge of their circumstances. She also directs an annual salute to military veterans with original works from local playwrights, about local veteran’s stories for the Majestic and traveling shows like Love, Lose and What We Wore around the Willamette Valley.

Prior to completing the MA Professional Acting course at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts in Greater Manchester, England, Lauren Schaffner earned a BA from Georgetown University, worked in community health education in West Africa and managed charity programs in the United States. In 2019 she was cast as Helen in Bloody Wimmin at ALRA. Her local credits include Annelle in Steel Magnolias, Majestic Theatre, 2018 and Jo in Little Women for ACT in 2017.

Silent Sky is Diane Slamp’s third appearance in a MRTC production. She played Gwen Hollinger, a domineering veteran actress coach in Women Playing Hamlet. She followed that up with the hyper-organized bundle of energy, Sheree Hollinger, in Sweet Delilah Swim Club. Her current project is acting in a short film titled The Tuna Conspiracy for Mazama Entertainment. It is expected to be released in 2021.

Laurie Dwire received her Bachelor’s in Dramatic Arts from University of California, Santa Barbara. While teaching at the University of Hawaii, Laurie joined the ensemble of the Music Man at the Maui Arts Cultural Center Castle Theater. At the Majestic Theatre she appeared in Steel Magnolias as Clairee and in the ensemble for the Veteran’s Voices Project. Laurie has retired from OSU where she was the Operations Manager of the Marketplace West Dining hall.

Since Kimberly Gifford Olbrich has over 30 years experience as a Theatre Artist, it isn’t easy to describe her credits in a few lines. For MRTC she appeared in Crossing Delanceyas Izzy, Deep Blue Sea as Hester Colyer and directed Sense and Sensibility. Her favorite role at ACT was Lusia Pechenikin A Shayna Maidel. For thriving theatre!, a company she co-founded with Elle Poindexter, she had a memorable experience as Callie in Stop Kiss under the expert direction of guest director Paul Roland. Currently, Kimberly is a Theater Arts Specialist at Ashbrook Independent School in Corvallis.

When a director needs a character actor, Matthew Otten is who they turn to. He shows up in original short stories in the Majestic 8 series, or Dating: Adults Embracing Failure at Homegrown Theater in Keizer. For MRTC he played Isaac in Disgraced. He also played Harry Bright in Mamma Mia! at Corvallis School District Theater. And because of the pandemic you get another chance to see Matthew in the reprise of Now.Here.This. which streams June 5 through June 13th.

Assistant Director Tom Martin’s last two performances at the Majestic were Veteran’s Voices one and two. The Veterans' Voices Project is a special one that takes conversations with real local veterans and converts them into short plays. The actors are also all veterans. Tom enjoys travel, theater, and cooking for friends. He is very glad to be fully vaccinated and starting to enjoy a normal life.

If you attend mid-Willamette Valley community theater musicals you probably have seen Jim Martinez at the directors’ podium. His most recent shows were Next to Normal and Catch Me If You Can at the Majestic, Mamma Mia at Corvallis High School and many more at Albany Civic Theatre. Jim plays trombone in the Hilltop Big Band and was named a Patron of the Arts in 2019 by the Corvallis Chamber of Commerce.

See this performance all weekend June 26 - 27.

Tickets: $10-$15-$20

Get your tickets at https://tinyurl.com/silsky

Silent Sky is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.