Broadway Rose Theatre Hosts
Reading of "The Ghosts of Celilo"
The Broadway Rose Theatre Company will present a reading of
a new musical, The Ghosts of Celilo, at the Deb Fennell Auditorium
on Wednesday, Aug. 17 at 8 p.m.
The collaborative musical will feature Northwest Native American
singers and actors, as well as non-native performers in a cross-cultural
play based upon events that took place in the 1950s at Celilo Falls,
the traditional fishing site of the native people on the Columbia
River. Celilo Falls was flooded by The Dalles Dam in 1957. The reading
is open to the public and free of charge.
The story was created by Marv Ross, Thomas Morning Owl and
Tom Hampson. Ross wrote the book for the musical and co-wrote the
music with native singers, Chenoa Egawa, Thomas Morning Owl and Arlie
Neskahi. Greg Tamblyn will direct the reading and music direction
will be provided by Melanie Kubik. Phil and Gayle Neuman, Marv and
Rindy Ross. Karen Kitchen will round out the show's musical ensemble.
Ross and Egawa received a 2005 National Alliance for Musical
Theatre's Producer-Writer Initiative grant through Broadway Rose
to develop the musical, and Ross has also received grants through
the Regional Arts & Culture Council and through Youth Resources,
Inc. and The Irwin Foundation to present the production. For more
There will be one performance at: The Deb Fennell Auditorium
at Tigard High School (500 seats) 9000 S.W. Durham Road in Tigard
at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, August 17. Admission is free, no reservations.
Performance will last two hours and will be followed by a brief discussion
of the work for those who would like to stay and participate.