A Haunted Tour Through Downtown St. Helens

“This is so cool! If I lived in this town, I would come down here and scare people all month long during this festival!”
– Pedestrian unknowingly walking by a performer, who is acting like a decorative scarecrow

“I do live here. We are doing exactly that! And we will keep having fun doing it as long as you folks keep on coming to enjoy our town!”
– Performer, quickly breaking scarecrow pose to share their joy with the startled pedestrian

Last October 2016, during the Spirit of Halloweentown celebration, some town residents found themselves living in a dream come true nearly every weekend. Putting on terrifying makeup, dressing in haunting costumes, and sneaking around downtown St. Helens in coordinated fright after fright. The targets of these haunts were groups of folks walking through our city’s streets and parks. No – this was not part of some rude, unsolicited pranks against innocent victims & unwary visitors to our beautiful home. Well perhaps there were a FEW innocent victims… and no matter how wary the visitors were, the highly coordinated spooks still inspired more fearful fun and screams than can be found during a typical weekend downtown.


Quiet main street in downtown St. Helens – deserted and lonely? Or waiting with hushed breath for the ghoulish hauntings to begin?

 

 

 

 

 

Volunteering for ShoeString Community Players last October was a significant highlight of 2016 for many of the participants, and easily qualifies as one of my personal Top Ten most fun experiences! Tremendous credit goes to the diverse group of volunteers who showed up for weeks, with minds & hearts full of the passion to perform in the various acting and support roles. An extra helping of credit goes to the directors, writers, and organizers for each production – sometimes they were the same person! It can often be a challenge to create these shows, and then to channel our different talents so they can come to life.

The creative and dedicated volunteers who made up the cast & crew of each production all shared in the same playful spirit, and connecting with them was a delight for any volunteer or show attendee. With the variety of talents brought to the table, and a solid team of directors to organize them, SSCP was able to deliver weekend after weekend of solid performances during 2016’s Spirit of Halloweentown celebration.

Preacher who presided over the Damned, 
and a Soul who lost to his way to liquor and is lost in time.

After contributing to numerous projects throughout the years, it becomes apparent that the satisfaction and joy from each show is largely determined by the players and personalities involved; more so than by the logistic details alone. SSCP nailed every aspect of their Spirit of Halloweentown productions last year, including being adaptable when unexpected plot twists arose on performance night! This focus on a culture of success is cultivated from the 30+ years of history behind the organization. St. Helens is very fortunate to have ShoeString Community Players based in their city.  To anyone with a curiosity for theatrics, or even a lifetime of experience in the performing arts, please take this contributor’s energetic encouragement to reach out and volunteer with this group. You won’t regret the choice! As highlighted by the overheard exchanged above, there are people who dream about having opportunities like these. They are here in St. Helens, on you doorstep. Opportunity is knocking. Will you step forward boldly, and be part of making another dream come true?

St. Helens Haunted Tours
Cast and Crew 2016


Voodoo Doughnuts for the guests who were celebrating downtown, whether they attended a show or not!

 

Children being bold and playing with the scary performers downtown. There is nothing to fear here. But watch out around the next corner…

 

In Search Of

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Do you have a passion for musicals?
Is the Director inside of you craving to step out and take charge of a production?
Are you itching to take a musical chorus and give them direction, or to conduct an orchestra?

ShoeString Community Players is coordinating a summer musical, and is pooling talent from across the region. This is the chance you’ve been waiting for!

Individuals with a passion for performance, talent for stage craft, and who enjoy creating memorable experiences are invited to be a part of this summer production. Specific opportunities for Directors are available. If you have a talent and interest in directing a musical, a chorus, or an orchestra, and you are reading this right now, then you’ve come to the right place! ShoeString Community Players is seeking passionate members from the community who wish to invest their talent in this creative process. Could you be the next Director or contributor to this musical? Reach out and discover what waits for you behind this door!

With a history of success and a flow of enthusiasm from past participants, SSCP will continue to bring entertainment and community engagement through this summer musical.

“The Wizard of Oz” 2016
Mystery Hour Radio Theater: “The Shadow” 2016

If these opportunities are calling to you, or if your curiosity is leading you towards being a part of this production, then please be invited to submit your interest for consideration!

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Join ShoeString Community Players

The ShoeString Community Players has been producing plays and other performances in Columbia County for over 30 years. Formed from a dedicated group of “Reader’s Theater” performers, SSCP was officially founded in 1982. The first production was Brigadoon, performed at the St. Helens High School Olmscheid Auditorium. SSCP has consistently produced productions and performances since that time, tapping into the rich and “undiscovered” talent Columbia County and its surrounding areas have to offer. We perform Revues, Musicals, Dramas, Comedies, Children’s Theater, and any other type of production that captures the attention of the community. In fact SSCP is recognized in the Cultural Inventory of St. Helens in the Columbia County Cultural Coalition Summary. ShoeString was also recently recognized by the National Endowment of the Arts for it participation in the “Big Read” with its performance of “The Persian” a Sam Spade radio play. We have been a long-standing, well-respected community group. SSCP is a fully non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, relying on volunteers for every aspect of our operation. Our mission is to support theater and arts through successful productions and participation of the community.

We hope you enjoy our show and programs.

ShoeString Community Players

Want to find an experience during the Month of October?

Have fun during the Spirit of Halloweentown!!!
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SSCP OCTOBER EVENTS

Mystery Hour Radio Theater: The Shadow
INDOOR EVENT AT ST. HELENS HIGH SCHOOL
BUILDING B – LOOWITT ROOM @ COMMONS
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October 14 at 7PM
October 15 at 7PM

St. Helens Haunted Tours
OUTDOOR EVENT AT PLAZA SQUARE PARK
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October 21 at  7PM, 8PM, 9PM, or 10PM
October 22 at  7PM, 8PM, 9PM, or 10PM

Scarecrows: Tales in The Dark
OUTDOOR EVENT AT McCormick PARK
475 S 18th St, St Helens, OR 97051
BRING AN UMBRELLA
CLICK DATE TO PURCHASE
October 28  7PM, 7:30PM, 8PM,
8:30PM, 9PM, or 9:30PM

October 29  7PM, 7:30PM, 8PM,
8:30PM, 9PM, or 9:30PM

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VIP PASSPORT
See All Shows up to the date of purchase, VIP Lanyard, VIP T-SHIRT, and
Bonus Tour that will not be available to the public.
Get your Voucher Today.
VIP PASSPORT will include all shows tickets available at the time of purchase.

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ShoeString Community Players present “October Events”.  A collection of activities, shows, and tours to help celebrate October.  We kick the month off with the “Witch’s Ride” float in the first of many “Community Spirit of Halloweentown” parade at 4:30 on Columbia Blvd. October 1st.   We will have notable and famous witches from the silver screen with a court of witches & warlocks escorting the float down main street.  The South County Chamber of Commerce is hosting this Get-together with a ton of support and help from with in the community.  They have stepped up and inviting the cool, stranger things, and bizarre from all over the northwest.  Thank you to the Columbia River PUD for their generous help.

“Zombie Apocalypse” is an event is in conjunction with the St. Helens Rotary “Monster Dash.  Run for your life!” and is a no contact event.   Plan on staying a few hours while we transform you from a normal human into a flesh eating zombie. You will be scheduled a morning time slot to come to the Cross Fit St. Helens. The largest number of zombie character actors on the largest stage of the streets of St. Helens.  Wear your make all day and attend as a zombie for the Spirit of Halloweentown  pumpkin lighting.  You all are going to have a lot of fun being zombies.  Mark October 8th on your calendar.  Makeup call starts at 7:30am and will have a staggered schedule until the race begins.

“Mystery Hour Radio Theater: The Shadow”,  one of the most popular radio shows in history. The show went on the air in August of 1930. “Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!”   Complete with the old time commercials. An evening to enjoy!  The venue will be at the St. Helens High School, Loo Wit Room, in building B.  October 14 and 15, with curtain at 7pm.

“St. Helens Haunted Tours”, the fourth year running a live haunted tour thru River District St. Helens. Tour length 45 Minutes.  Adding real scares while seeing the local haunts.  Add in special effects the story comes alive. May be scary for young children.  Come see the local haunts, and re-live the secret, spooky, and creepy history of St. Helens.  Please dress for Oregon weather and keep warm. Shoes with high heels are not recommended.  This is an outdoor event.  October 21st and 22nd with Tours starting on the hour from 7pm to 10pm.

“Scarecrow: Tales in the Dark”, BEWARE OF THE SCARECROWS. Your tour guide the Dread Pirate Robert Stiltskin starts your adventure and takes you on a walkabout and tells the original tales of the region. Tour length 45 minutes. See the dark forest by firelight and get a little spooky, and creepy with just a bit of moon light.  May be scary for young children, parental discretion is advised. Please dress for Oregon weather and keep warm.  This is an out door event.   October 28th and 29th with Tours starting on the half hour from 7pm to 10pm.

If you want to do it all, we have a VIP Passport that will let you see each of the shows, provide you with a VIP lanyard, VIP T-shirt, and a special bonus tour that will not be open to the general public and not wheel chair accessible.  It makes your stay in St. Helens extra special.  Act soon because VIP Passports are only available until October 7th, 2016.  It is a $105 dollar value.  Check out our show dates, times, and ticket prices.

Buy your tickets now for performances starting October 23, 2016  ONLINE  or at the ticket booth at the venue 30 minutes prior.   Performance tend to sell out quickly so please do not delay.  If you have questions please contact us at tickets@sscpmusicals.com or 503-366-4406.

We also have a variety of T-Shirts to help you celebrate Halloween in the most haunted town in the United States.  Check them out because they are pretty special, and proceeds go the Cheri Adams Scholarship Fund for graduating Columbia County seniors.

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We are all so grateful to the support from our community business, they are the true heroes.   Please help us thank; Ace Hardware, Comcast, Dockside Steak & Pasta, Don’s Rental, Emmert Motors, Richardson’s Furniture, SunShine Pizza, CRPUD, D.R. Garrison, CPA, PC, Dyno Nobel, SCI – Semling Construction Inc, Sunset Auto Parts, The Burrito House, Advantage Printing, Barlow Bikes & Boards, Bertucci’s Chocolates, Burgerville, Columbia County Brewing CCB, El Tapatio, Fibers & Stitches, Heller Enterprises, Les Schwab Tire, Oregon Trail Lanes, St Helens Liquor Store, St. Helens Physical Therapy, State Farm – Kevin Iverson, Alliance Automotive & Exhaust, Bobbie’s Cuts+, Columbia Funeral Home Inc, Dianna’s Formal Affair, Eaton’s Tire & Auto Repair, GW Curnutt & Associates Optometry, Lower Columbia Engineering, Outlaw Automotive, St. Helens Auto Body, St. Helens Credit Union, St. Helens Market Fresh, Stans Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, Inc., Village Inn, Vonnie’s Dog House, Wauna Credit Union, Pacific Industrial Service, Chase Bank, Froggy’s Fog, Hudson Garbage, South County Chamber of Commerce, St. Helens Rotary, and to all the residents that have allowed us to share our town with the rest of the community.  Interested in being a sponsor?

The ShoeString Community Players has been producing plays and other performances in Columbia County for over 30 years. Formed from a dedicated group of “Reader’s Theater” performers, SSCP was officially founded in 1982.  The first production was Brigadoon, performed at the St.  Helens High School Olmscheid Auditorium.  SSCP has consistently produced productions and performances since that time, tapping into the rich and “undiscovered” talent Columbia County and its surrounding areas have to offer.  We perform Revues, Musicals, Dramas, Comedies, Children’s Theater, and any other type of production that captures the attention of the community.  In fact SSCP is recognized in the Cultural Inventory of St. Helens in the Columbia County Cultural Coalition Summary.  ShoeString was also recently recognized by the National Endowment of the Arts for it participation in the “Big Read” with its performance of “The Persian” a Sam Spade radio play.  We have been a long-standing, well-respected community group.  SSCP is a fully non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, relying on volunteers for every aspect of our operation.  Our mission is to support theater and arts through successful productions and participation of the community.

TICKETS ONLINE SALE SEPTEMBER 23, 2016

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SSCP OCTOBER EVENTS

Community Spirit of Halloweentown Parade
October 1 – 4:30PM – Columbia Boulevard
The Witch’s Ride – FREE

Zombie Apocalypse
October 8
Makeup Call Starting at 7:30AM to 11:30AM
St. Helens Monster Dash at  AT NOON

Mystery Hour Radio Theater: The Shadow
October 14 & 15
7PM

St. Helens Haunted Tours
October 21 & 22
7PM, 8PM, 9PM, 10PM

Scarecrows: Tales in The Dark
October 28 & 29
7PM, 7:30PM, 8PM, 8:30PM, 9PM, 9:30PM, 10PM

VIP PASSPORT
See All the Shows, VIP Lanyard, VIP T-SHIRT, and Bonus Tour that will not be available to the public.
Get your Voucher Today. VIP Only Available until Friday, October 7th, 2016

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CAST CALL: We are looking for you!

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ShoeString Community Players is holding a September cast call for “St. Helens Haunted Tours” & “Scarecrows: Tales in the Dark”, shows in October 2016.  A few parts are still available and vary in skill levels.  You may audition for more then one part and show. We also have very few production crew spots still available.  This is going to a lot of fun.

You are encouraged to apply if you fit he given criteria:
•Must be older then 12.
•Parts for male and female.
•Natural born story tellers a plus.
•speaking and non speaking roles available.
•Outgoing or want to become outgoing.
•Love Volunteering.

LOCATION:
Bertucci’s Chocolates, 2017 Columbia Blvd., St. Helens, Oregon

AUDITION DATES & TIMES

Tuesday, September 6th
Scarecrows: Tales in the Dark 7 to 8pm
St. Helens Haunted Tours – 8 to 9pm

Thursday, September 8th
Scarecrows: Tales in the Dark 7 to 8pm
St. Helens Haunted Tours – 8 to 9pm

Show Cast Descriptions:
Scarecrows: Tales in the Dark – Requires story tellers and other cast members (Scarecrows).
St. Helens Haunted Tours – We are adding and looking for new actors and actresses to accompany the reprising cast from former years.

We are also auditioning scarers.

 

You Are The ONE We Are Looking For?!?

CASTING CALLShoeString Community Players is holding another August cast call for several shows in October 2016.   Several parts are currently available and vary in skill levels.  You may audition for more then one part and show.   We also have some production crew spots still available.  This is going to a lot of fun.

You are  encouraged to apply if you fit he given criteria:

  • Must be older then 12.
  • Parts for male and female.
  • Natural born story tellers a plus.
  • speaking and non speaking roles available.
  • Outgoing or want to become outgoing.
  • Love Volunteering.

LOCATION:
Bertucci’s Chocolates, 2017 Columbia Blvd., St. Helens, Oregon

AUDITION DATES & TIMES

Wednesday, August 24th
Scarecrows: Tales in the Dark  7 to 8pm
Mystery Hour Radio Theater: The Shadow – 8 to 8:30pm
St. Helens Haunted Tours – 8:30 to 9pm

Thursday, August 25th
Scarecrows: Tales in the Dark  7 to 8pm
Mystery Hour Radio Theater: The Shadow – 8 to 8:30pm
St. Helens Haunted Tours – 8:30 to 9pm

Show Cast Descriptions:
Scarecrows: Tales in the Dark  – Requires story tellers and other cast members (Scarecrows).
Mystery Hour Radio Theater: The Shadow – Set back in the 30’s and we need people with strong character voices and singing ability, please audition.  If you play keyboard or piano, please audition.
St. Helens Haunted Tours – We are adding and looking for new actors and actresses to accompany the reprising cast from former years.
We are also auditioning scarers.

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at Bertucci’s Chocolates, 2017 Columbia Blvd.
6pm to 9pm
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SSCP Witch’s Ride
4:30pm – October 1st, 2016
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SSCP Zombie Apocalypse
7:30am to 12:30pm – October 8th, 2016Zombie Apocalypse
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CASTING CALLS IN AUGUST FOR BUSY OCTOBER SHOWS & EVENTS

CASTING CALL
ShoeString Community Players is holding an August cast call for several shows in October 2016.   Several parts are currently available and vary in skill levels.  You may audition for more then one part and show.   We also have some production crew spots still available.  This is going to a lot of fun.

You are  encouraged to apply if you fit he given criteria:

  • Must be older then 12.
  • Parts for male and female.
  • Natural born story tellers a plus.
  • speaking and non speaking roles available.
  • Outgoing or want to become outgoing.
  • Love Volunteering.

LOCATION:
Bertucci’s Chocolates, 2017 Columbia Blvd., St. Helens, Oregon

AUDITION DATES & TIMES
Wednesday, August 10th
Scarecrows: Tales in the Dark – 6 to 7:30pm
St. Helens Haunted Tours – 7:30 to 9pm

Thursday, August 11th
Scarecrows: Tales in the Dark – 6 to 7:30pm
St. Helens Haunted Tours – 7:30 to 9pm

Wednesday, August 17th
Scarecrows: Tales in the Dark  6 to 7pm
Mystery Hour Radio Theater: The Shadow – 7 to 8pm
St. Helens Haunted Tours – 8 to 9pm

Thursday, August 18th
Mystery Hour Radio Theater: The Shadow 7 to 8pm
St. Helens Haunted Tours – 8 to 9pm

Show Cast Descriptions:
Scarecrows: Tales in the Dark  – Requires story tellers and other cast members (Scarecrows).
Mystery Hour Radio Theater: The Shadow – Set back in the 30’s and we need people with strong character voices and singing ability, please audition.  If you play keyboard or piano, please audition.
St. Helens Haunted Tours – We are adding and looking for new actors and actresses to accompany the reprising cast from former years.
We are also auditioning scarers.

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SHOESTRING COMMUNITY PLAYERS NEEDS VOLUNTEERS FOR OCTOBER EVENTS

Calling Volunteers

Do you remember “St. Helens Haunted Tours”?  We are bringing it back with a twist and so much more.  ShoeString Community Players is planning an exciting October 2016 and you can help make it happen by being a part of the production crew or cast.  This week we are getting the production staff together and asking people that are interested in volunteering to help.  Do you have previous theater experience?  This may be for you.  Do you need to get out of the house because everyone is driving you crazy?  This may be for you.  Do you just want to meet new crazy people?  This is for you.  Up to 6 different events (yes six different events or you can just help with one or a few) to help out with, and never a dull moment.  On the registration form please let us know what you would like to help with and choose from the available positions.

Want to find out more?  Everything from being a witch bicycling in the parade to behind the scenes from a radio show from the 1930’s, or a ghost from the 1800’s.  Do you like spooky, scary, hair standing up on the back of your neck stories?  Like to creep or scare people?  We have something for everyone.

Are you 16 years or older?  and younger then 125 years old?

Please sign up for more information and come to Bertucci’s Chocolates, 2017 Columbia Blvd., St. Helens on July 27th at 7pm. We will provide you with a sneak peak behind the curtain and get you involved.

Auditions will follow in two weeks and if you are interested in being a cast member please check the box.

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