A 1950s Musical Revue
Written and Arranged by Rick Lewis
November 25 – December 20, 2015
The tinsel-strewn sequel to The Taffetas! It’s Christmas in Muncie, Indiana, and The Dumont Television Network is featuring the bright-eyed and bubbly 1950s girl group The Taffetas on its weekly show “Hometown Hoedown.” Dishing out a collection of favorites from the original Off-Broadway hit The Taffetas, effervescent new songs, and seasonal classics, A Taffeta Christmas is a twinkling hometown holiday – the way it used to be!
Performances held at the Broadway Rose New Stage, 12850 SW Grant Ave., Tigard.
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During the run of A Taffeta Christmas, Broadway Rose is partnering with Good Neighbor Center to collect essential items for local families overcoming homelessness. Click here to find out how you can help!
Directed and Choreographed by Dan Murphy
Musical Direction by Jeffrey Childs
Set Design by Gene Dent
Costume Design by Jim Crino
Costume Supervisor Brynne Oster-Bainnson
Lighting Design by Phil McBeth
Sound Design by Sharath Patel
Properties Design by Cecily Medanes
Wig Design by Jane Holmes
Stage Manager Jessica Junor
KIRA BATCHELLER (Donna) is thrilled to be back on the Broadway Rose stage after portraying Patty Simcox in Grease! She began her career as Marian Paroo in her high school’s production of The Music Man and hasn’t looked back since. Local credits include It’s a Wonderful Life with Stumptown Stages, Young Frankenstein with Lakewood Theatre Company, Dreamgirls with Portland Center Stage, and The Snowstorm with CoHo/Many Hats Collaboration, which won the 2015 Drammy for Best Production. Other credits include Company (April), The Ladies Man (Yvonne), The Liar (Lucrece), Almost, Maine (Glory/Gayle); and Picnic (Madge). Kira is a graduate from Western Oregon University with a B.F.A. in Acting. This summer she had the exciting opportunity to direct and choreograph her first project: a Peter Pan camp for Spotlight Musical Theatre Academy.
STEPHANIE K. LEPPERT (Kaye) holds a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Theatre from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (Los Angeles campus). This is her first Broadway Rose production and she couldn’t be more thrilled! She’s appeared on the Bag&Baggage Productions stage previously in The Best of Everything (Brenda), Lear (Cordelia) and Julius Caesar (Portia). She’s also worked with Lakewood Theatre in South Pacific (Nellie) and White Christmas (Rhoda). Various other credits include Into the Woods (Cinderella), Our Town (Emily), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Olive), Twelfth Night (Olivia), and Les Misérables (Cosette). Be sure to come see her on stage next spring in James and the Giant Peach (with Oregon Children’s Theatre) as mean Aunt Spiker! In addition to performing, Stephanie is a licensed massage therapist and certified chiropractor’s assistant at Lula Health Center in SE Portland.
NATALIE McCLURE (Cheryl) is excited to be making her Portland theatre debut with Broadway Rose! Natalie recently moved to Portland from New York City where she lived for almost a decade. As an ABBA lover, her favorite role was in the Las Vegas production of Mamma Mia! (Sophie U/S). She has performed in many productions across the U.S., and holds a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre Performance from Western Michigan University. Most recently, Natalie has been working as a co-creator/co-producer/co-star in the show, Kid Friendly*. This digital series has been nominated for Best Comedy, Best Series, and won awards at numerous film festivals; the most exciting being a CBS Interactive development prize at iTVFest. Watch it at kidfriendlyshow.com! Proud member of Actor’s Equity.
DRU RUTLEDGE (Peggy) appeared most recently at Broadway Rose as Laurey in Oklahoma! and feels so lucky to be back for the Christmas holiday. A proud Kansan by birth, Dru is so happy to call the beautiful Northwest her home. Since graduating with her master’s degree in Opera Performance Dru has performed locally with Portland Opera, Portland Center Stage, Lakewood Theatre (2015 Drammy Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Amalia in She Loves Me), Clackamas Repertory Theatre, Mock’s Crest, BodyVox, The Oregon Symphony, and the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus. Dru also just returned from performing, for the second year in a row, with the New World Symphony in Miami. Visit drurutledge.com for more on Dru.
Friday, November 27, 7:30 PM OPENING NIGHT Limited
Saturday, November 28, 7:30 PM Limited availability
Thursday, December 3, 7:30 PM SOLD OUT
Friday, December 4, 7:30 PM SOLD OUT
Saturday, December 5, 2:00 PM SOLD OUT – Post-show talk-back*
Saturday, December 5, 7:30 PM SOLD OUT
Sunday, December 6, 2:00 PM SOLD OUT
Wednesday, December 9, 7:30 PM Limited Availability
Thursday, December 10, 7:30 PM SOLD OUT
Friday, December 11, 7:30 PM SOLD OUT
Saturday, December 12, 2:00 PM SOLD OUT
Saturday, December 12, 7:30 PM SOLD OUT
Sunday, December 13, 2:00 PM SOLD OUT Wednesday, December 16, 7:30 PM SOLD OUT
Thursday, December 17, 7:30 PM SOLD OUT
Friday, December 18, 7:30 PM SOLD OUT
Saturday, December 19, 2:00 PM SOLD OUT
Saturday, December 19, 7:30 PM SOLD OUT
Sunday, December 20, 2:00 PM SOLD OUT
Sunday, December 20, 7:00 PM — ADDED PERFORMANCE
* Talk-backs are free and open to the public. They begin immediately following the first Saturday matinee performance of the mainstage production, and are held in the theater. You do not have to attend the Broadway Rose production in order to attend the talk-back.
“A Taffeta Christmas” @Broadway Rose
by Kristopher Haines
The Crippled Critic, November 20, 2015
As we’ve come to expect from Broadway Rose, “A Taffeta Christmas” has extraordinary singers and a talented band. For those of you who wholeheartedly reject the Scrooginess of the other offerings, “A Taffeta Christmas” is your cup of cocoa. Read more.
A Taffeta Christmas Present From Broadway Rose
by Tina Arth
Westside Theatre Reviews, November 30, 2015
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas all over the metro area, but nowhere is the holiday spirit launched with more heart and verve than Broadway Rose’s New Stage in Tigard. Read More.
BWW Review: Get into the Holiday Spirit with A TAFFETA CHRISTMAS, at Broadway Rose
by Krista Garver
BroadwayWorld.com, December 7, 2015
What you should go see it for is the music… if you love Christmas music or grew up listening to the girl groups of the 1950s, this is exactly the show to get you into the holiday spirit. Read More.
’50s musical revue ‘A Taffeta Christmas’ comes to Broadway Rose
by Ken Centers
Oregon Live, November 18, 2015
Kaye, Peggy, Cheryl, and Donna take viewers on a nostalgic trip to the 1950s as they share their favorite Christmas songs and holiday memories… “And the fact that the four girls will make you giggle or laugh with their naive banter and sincerity is what the show is about – and the music.” Read more.
Oregon Theater Guide: Holiday shows begin their seasonal takeover
by Jamie Hale
Oregon Live, November 25, 2015
I hope you like holiday shows, because our local theater scene is about to be chock full of them… Read more.
Read the official press release: Broadway Rose Presents a 1950s Holiday Revue – 11/6/2015 (PDF)
To help our neighbors in need, simply bring your unwrapped gift of any of the following items to any performance of A Taffeta Christmas or to the box office during business hours. There will be collection bins in the lobby. Thank you!
- Canned/non-perishable food
- Hats and gloves
- Winter coats (large teen girls and boys)
- Underwear (boxers)
- Diapers in sizes 4, 5, or 6
- Toilet paper
- Scotch tape and masking tape
- Cleaning supplies: Lysol spray and wipes, large trash bags
“This is a very current needs list. The items listed above are not sexy, but are vital to the care and feeding of nine families,” says GNC Executive Director Jack Schwab. “Thank you for helping us in this special way.”
Good Neighbor Center provides food, shelter, and empowering services to homeless families in the Tigard area. Learn more about Good Neighbor Center and see their full list of needed items at http://goodneighborcenter.org