ROOSEVELT HIGH SCHOOL'S

OPENING ACT THEATRE COMPANY

SEASON 2022-2023

“TIME TRAVELS”

The plays selected this year make us travel back and forth in time as we celebrate the mysteries of love, loss, and laughter.

This fall, we celebrate 100 years of Roosevelt High School and the many iterations of “drama” classes, club, and company on, and sometimes off of, this campus over the years, even with the occasional hiatus in activity.

CONTENT ADVISORIES regarding mature subject matter and language, and/or sensory effects, are indicated on posters. Typically, Acting Showcase and Senior Shorts are our "edgier" nights of student work. Announcements are made prior to the performances beginning when applicable.

 

Roosevelt's ROUGHRIDER RUCKUS*

Comedy and Improvisation Night
"Where the points are fake, but the laughs are real!"
During Back to School Night

Black Box Theatre

General admission: FREE.

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CLUE On Stage

(High School Edition)

Based on the screenplay by

Jonathan Lynn

Additional materials by

Hunter Foster, Eric Price, & Sandy Rustin

Based on the Paramount Pictures Motion Picture

Based on the Hasbro Board Game CLUE

Fri. Oct. 28 at 7:00 P.M.

Sat. Oct. 29 at 2:00 P.M. and 7:00 P.M.

**Play CLUE with CLUE characters on Sat. Oct. 29 @ 4-5 P.M.


Roosevelt HS Main Stage Theatre

Tickets: $6-$10

Produced by special arrangement with Broadway Licensing


Based on the iconic 1985 Paramount movie which was inspired by the classic Hasbro board game, patented in 1947 and released in 1949, Clue is a hilarious farce-meets-murder mystery. The tale begins at a remote mansion in 1954, where six mysterious guests assemble for an unusual dinner party where murder and blackmail are on the menu. When their host turns up dead, they all become suspects. Led by Wadsworth – the butler, Miss Scarlett, Professor Plum, Mrs. White, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock and Colonel Mustard race against time to find the killer as the body count stacks up. Clue is the comedy whodunit that will leave both cult-fans and newcomers in stitches as they try to figure out…WHO did it, WHERE, and with WHAT!

**Click "add-on" to purchase tickets to "Play CLUE with CLUE characters on Sat. Oct. 29 @ 4pm": Play the CLUE board game with the CLUE characters for only $10! Add-on to your CLUE ticket to play the board game CLUE with one of the CLUE characters only Sat. Oct. 29 @ 4:00-5:00 P.M. in between the Sat. matinee and closing performance. Must purchase show tickets to purchase Play CLUE with CLUE tickets. Limited availability. Other restrictions apply. No refunds.


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Winnie-the-Pooh

By Kristen Sergel


Sat. Nov. 5 at 1:00 P.M., 4:00 P.M., and 7:00 P.M.


Roosevelt HS Main Stage Theatre

Tickets: $6-$10

Produced by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing, Inc.

StageLeftPDX alumni production


This whimsical story, set closer to the time Roosevelt was founded, is based on a collection of short stories by A.A. Milne. These stories are based on a small bear from Winnipeg, Canada who was born in 1914 and traveled with a serviceman in London at the onset of WWI. It was here that Milne, himself a serviceman, was introduced to Winnie, later the name of his son Christopher’s teddy bear, for one of the most cherished characters in all of children’s literature. Winnie-the-Pooh is Christopher Robin's fat little "bear of very little brain" who would like to drift peacefully through life, humming tunes and stopping frequently to eat "a little something." However, he finds himself involved in all sorts of frantic adventures, assisted by such friends as the dismal Eeyore, Piglet and Rabbit, with his countless relations. Pooh's intentions are always the best, but his passion for honey and condensed milk keeps getting him into trouble. When friend Piglet gets roped into Kanga's household and Kanga starts bathing him (with soap!) and forcing down spoonfuls of Strengthening Medicine, Pooh wants to fly to the rescue, but he's had so many snacks he gets stuck in the door. A.A. Milne's wit and special understanding of young people make this one of the most successful plays available.  

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Acting Showcase*

Movement, monologues, scenes, and songs for upcoming competitions

Thurs. Feb. 2 at 7:00 P.M.

Black Box Theatre

General admission: FREE.

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Failure: a Love Story

By Philip Dawkins


Fri. Feb. 10 @ 7:00 P.M.

Sat. Feb. 11 @ 2:00 P.M. and 7:00 P.M.


Roosevelt HS Main Stage Theatre

Tickets: $6-$10

Produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc.


By the end of 1928, all three Fail sisters will be dead -- expiring in reverse order, youngest to oldest, from blunt object to the head, disappearance, and finally consumption. Tuneful songs, and a whimsical chorus follow the story of Nelly, Jenny June, and Gerty as they live out their lives above the family clock repair shop near the Chicago River, before their time unexpectedly runs out. A magical, musical fable that weaves in and out of time, where, in the end, the power of love is far greater than any individual's successes or failures.

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Drinking Habits

By Tom Smith


Fri. Mar. 17 @ 7:00 P.M.

Sat. Mar. 18 @ 7:00 P.M.


Roosevelt HS Main Stage Theatre

Tickets: $6-$10

Produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc.

StageLeftPDX alumni production


Traveling forward in time…Accusations, mistaken identities, and romances run wild in this traditional, laugh-out-loud farce. Two nuns at the Sisters of Perpetual Sewing have been secretly making wine to keep the convent's doors open, but Paul and Sally, reporters and former fiancees, are hot on their trail. They go undercover as a nun and priest, but their presence, combined with the addition of a new nun, spurs paranoia throughout the convent that spies have been sent from Rome to shut them down. Wine and secrets are inevitably spilled as everyone tries to preserve the convent and reconnect with lost loves.

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Senior Shorts*

senior-written and directed one-act play & film festival

Thurs. May 4 and Fri. May 5 at 7:00 P.M.

Black Box Theatre and Main Stage Studio

General admission: $8.

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*RUCKUS Improv also is seen at Acting Showcase, Senior Shorts, during March for Theatre In Our Schools Month, and is available for hire to perform. Booking fees go toward student scholarships.