Play journeys to a fantasy land
In their latest production, the Performing Arts Group of Estacada wants to take audiences to a world that's quite different from our own.
In "Sunday Night," 17-year-old Whit (Alleah Schwab) is transported to a land where time works strangely and unusual creatures seem to be out to get her. As she tries to find her way home, she befriends a resident named Six (Neal Jeppeson), who has a peculiar illness, and receives help from the knowledgeable Piph (Kira Nestor). Along her journey, she must also contend with the widow (Trinity Sampair), with whom she shares a mysterious connection.
The cast of "Sunday Night" also includes Dominic Baurer, Kamie Tenbush, Evelyn Gabbard, Jennifer Walters, Michaela Silva, Cameron Allwine, Luci Wainman, Mary Wainman, Ellianna Ralls and Eric Sohnrey.
The play opens Thursday, March 1, and runs through Sunday, March 4. Performances from Thursday through Saturday begin at 7 p.m., and Sunday's performance starts at 2 p.m. Though admission is free, donations are accepted.
Director Sam Purvis said "Sunday Night" appealed to her because it draws in actors and audience members both young and old.
"It's light and funny. It's accessible to all ages," Purvis said. "It stood out as a good show to bring some of the younger PAGE members back in."
Purvis, a 2017 graduate of Estacada High School, directed a one-act play last year. "Sunday Night" is the first full-length play she's directed.
She's appreciated being able to lead the production.
"I like being able to make creative decisions," she said. "Ever since my first show, it's felt like creating something a bit magical. It's fun to be a part of that and share it with people."
Further reflecting on "Sunday Night," Purvis said she appreciates the dynamics between the characters, particularly Whit and Six.
She credits the show's cast for bringing the characters to life.
"Everyone in the cast has worked really hard," Purvis said. "I hope a lot of people come to the show and enjoy it. (The cast has) worked so hard. A big audience would be nice."
If you go
What: "Sunday Night," written by Stephen Gregg and staged by the Performing Arts Group of Estacada.
When: Thursday, March 1, through Sunday, March 4. Performances from Thursday through Saturday begin at 7 p.m., and Sunday's performance starts at 2 p.m.
Where: Estacada Auditorium, 500 N.E.