Opening Friday:
Over the River and Through the Woods
Are you ready to return to the theater? We open the 2022 season this Friday with the modern comedy, Over the River and Through the Woods, by Joe DiPietro.

Nick is a single Italian-American guy from New Jersey. His parents retired and moved to Florida. That doesn’t mean his family isn’t still in Jersey. In fact, he sees both sets of his grandparents every Sunday for dinner. This is routine until Nick has to tell them he’s been offered a dream job. The job he’s been waiting for—marketing executive—means moving to Seattle, far away from his beloved, but annoying, grandparents.

Nick tells them. The news doesn’t sit so well. How could he betray his family’s love to move to Seattle, for a job, wonder his grandparents? Thus begins a series of schemes to keep Nick around.

Sponsored by The Paul C. Bower and Robin E. Bower Family Trust.

Frontline healthcare workers and people who hold an Oregon Trail Card are eligible for a 50 percent discount.

Audience suitability: All ages.
Audience members must provide proof of vaccination, including a booster, if eligible. They must also wear a mask at all times. Our cast is tested regularly and wears masks when off stage.
Open auditions for Twelfth Night coming Feb. 26
What: Open auditions for William Shakespeare’s romantic comedy, Twelfth Night, or What You Will, directed by Isaac Joyce-Shaw.

Shakespeare’s classic story of love, lust, mistaken identity, gender exploration and la dolce vita. When Viola is shipwrecked on the coast of a city called Illyria, and believes their brother Sebastian is lost at sea, Viola sets out to make a life for themselves in this new land. Presenting as a young man, Viola takes the name Cesario. Viola/Cesario takes a job at the court of Duke Orsino, and quickly finds themself in the middle of a love triangle between the Duke and the Lady Olivia. Viola/Cesario meets an array of exciting and exuberant characters as the plot twists and turns. With immersive video and soundscape design, Twelfth Night is sure to entertain.

When: 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 26

Where: Pentacle Theatre, 324 52nd Ave. NW—located off Highway 22, about 6 miles west of downtown Salem, Oregon.

Casting: Actors able to play up to 15 roles ranging from nobility to servants. For a full list of roles, genders and ages, please visit Click on “Auditions” at the top of the page.

Information: If you have questions or a conflict on the audition date, please contact director Isaac Joyce-Shaw at 971-304-8862.

Sponsored by the Family of Alice Mary Norton.
Pentacle Theatre affirms, promotes and celebrates the participation of all, without regard to race, color, sex, disability, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion or socioeconomic status.
Interested in looking behind the scenes of season selection? Join our script reading committee
Pentacle Theatre Governing Board recently approved a new charter for the Script Reading Committee (formerly known as the Play Reading Committee). Key changes in the committee charge:
  • an emphasis on transparency
  • a focus on increasing collaboration across the Pentacle community
  • a responsibility to help the community understand the script-reading process.
  • a priority to support the theater’s diversity, equity and inclusion at Pentacle

The timeline
A small work group, has proposed this timeline. This will be reviewed and approved at the Feb 28 board meeting.

Complete this google form by Feb. 20.
We know the full 2022 season!
We have opened up our first show to single ticket sales, but you can still get season tickets. Email [email protected] to let us know your intentions to renew or not.

We will then process new subscriptions in the order we receive them. Please keep your eyes on your mailbox for the season brochure.

The FULL 2022 season is:
  • Over the River and Through the Woods, by Joe DiPietro, directed by Jo Dodge, Feb 4 to 26.
  • Twelfth Night, by William Shakespeare, directed by Isaac Joyce-Shaw, April 22 to May 14.
  • Terra Nova, by Ted Tally, directed by Scott Ramp, July 8 to 30.
  • She Kills Monsters: Young Adventurers Edition, by Qui Nguyen, directed by Katie Lindbeck, Sept. 23 to Oct. 15.
  • The Fantasticks, music by Harvey Schmidt, Book and Lyrics by Tom Jones, directed by Cherie Ulmer, Nov. 25 to Dec. 17.

Thank you to all who continue to comply with our COVID protocols. It's tempting to let down your guard (it has been nearly two years of this), but be vigilant. It pays off!

I hope to see you at the theater!
Executive Director
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