All PHAME classes are canceled today, Wednesday December 11th, 2013, due to inclement weather. As our policy states, if Portland Public Schools are closed, PHAME will also close. PPS canceled classes this morning, so PHAME is following suit. We plan to be back on schedule tomorrow (Thursday December 12th) for the final day of Fall Term classes and Get PHAMEous!
PHAME invites you to bundle up, grab a cup of hot cocoa, and join us at one of our upcoming holiday season performances this November and December, many of them free and all of them open to the public!
Be inspired by PHAME’s student performers by joining us at the following shows…
PHAME joins Pink Martini, Oregon’s 234th Army Band, Pacific Youth Choir, the Von Trapp Family Singers and more at the Pioneer Courthouse Square Holiday Tree Lighting!
… PHAME joins with our dear friend Thomas Lauderdale and his world-pop orchestra Pink Martini for a treasured Portland tradition – a big community carol-sing and lighting of the wondrous Portland holiday tree! And it all takes place in Portland’s own living room, beloved Pioneer Courthouse Square.
Friday, November 29, 2013 – 5:30pm onward
Pioneer Courthouse Square (701 SW 6th Ave., Portland, OR)
PHAME’s free community arts open house series returns with a December 12th edition – join us for open classes, rehearsals, an art show, readings and special music performances and opportunities to “get PHAMEous!” with the artists and performers of PHAME Academy.
Thursday December, 2013 – 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Grace Memorial Episcopal Church (1535 NE 17th Ave., Portland, OR)
PHAME Choir at The Grotto Christmas Festival of Lights
One of our most PHAMEous annual holiday traditions! Join us at The Grotto for a heart-filled performance of holiday music featuring our full PHAME Choir under Music Director Matthew Gailey.
Monday December 16, 2013 - 7:00pm onward
The Grotto (8840 NE Skidmore St Portland, OR)
tickets on sale now
PHAME is ready to #shinebright with hundreds of friends of PHAME this November 10th, as it takes over The Governor Hotel ballrooms for the acclaimed Portland nonprofit’s annual “Sparkle!” gala, celebrating and raising much needed funds for PHAME’s fine and performing arts education programs for young and older adults with developmental disabilities. Tickets and tables to PHAME’s “Sparkle!” gala are on sale now.
“Sparkle!” is PHAME’s dazzling annual gala event starring the inspiring student artists and performers of PHAME, on Sunday, November 10, 2013, 5 pm onward at The Governor Hotel. With a sparkling live auction (with auctioneer Johnna Wells!), PHAME student art sale, entertainment from PHAME student musicians (Matthew Gailey, Music Director), a fabulous Emcee (Meagan Williams, former PHAME teacher) and plenty of sparkling bubbly, “Sparkle!” is an unforgettable night of PHAME inspiration and fundraising that you don’t want to miss.
“Sparkle!” individual tickets are $125 each, and Table Sponsorships (ten seats per table) are $1,500. Seating is limited and the last two years’ events have both sold out – click here to purchase your tickets or table today.
Special thanks to our “Sparkle!” 2013 event co-chairs, Ryan Wayman and Cheryl Mansfield, and to the “Sparkle!” 2013 gala committee: Stephen Marc Beaudoin, Stephen Cassell, Katie Farewell, Alexis Fowlks, Alex Huebsch, Libby Jackson, James Lindquist, Kathy Plass, Marjorie Reeves, Jess Sword, Shannan Troyer, Libby Upham and Meagan Williams.
Thanks also to our generous “Sparkle!” 2013 event sponsors (as of September 27, 2013):
Premier Sponsor: The Standard
Event Sponsors: Bill Dickey / Morel Ink; Pride Financial Partners; Red Pine
Exclusive Media Sponsor: Portland Monthly
Event Friends: Camas Meadows Golf Club; Cupcake Jones; Durham and Bates Insurance Brokers and Agents; Joel E. Fowlks, Attorney at Law; Runaway Mustache Productions
PHAME – the Portland region’s acclaimed fine and performing arts academy for young and older adults with developmental disabilities – announced today the line-up for its thrilling 30th anniversary season of performances starring PHAME student artists and performers with special guests: “PHAME @ 30,” a six-part series of shows running February 1 to December 13, 2014, in venues across Portland.
Starting 10 am on Wednesday, September 4th, PHAME has made available 100 “PHAME @ 30″ Season Passes, which entitles each pass-holder a VIP seat and special treats at each of the six “PHAME @ 30″ shows; the Pass represents a 30% discount off the total cost of tickets to all six shows. Each pass is $100, and available for purchase here. Individual tickets for the “PHAME @ 30″ series go on sale Tuesday, October 8th.
The full “PHAME @ 30″ series – a celebration of PHAME’s upcoming 30th anniversary starring PHAME student artists and performers, and the most ambitious artistic initiative yet in PHAME’s 29 year history – is below. Click here to purchase your “PHAME @ 30″ Season Pass – only 100 are available for sale!
“PHAME @ 30″
A Celebration of PHAME’s 30th Anniversary
Starring PHAME’s inspiring student artists and performers
NEW PLAYS – ART SHOW – BIG SOUNDS – BIRTHDAY BASH – VARIETY SHOW – HOLIDAY FINALE
SHOW 1 – World Premiere Plays in Fertile Ground Festival
Sunday, February 1, 2014 – 2 pm
Portland Center Stage Armory, Atrium
128 NW 11th Avenue, Portland
Individual ticket: $15
PHAME student playwrights take center stage in the opening event of our “PHAME @ 30” series! Step inside the stories of world premiere shorts plays from PHAME playwrights, performed in semi-staged readings by Portland professional actors in the Atrium of the Armory at Portland Center Stage. This event is produced as part of the Fertile Ground Festival, a citywide festival of new works.
SHOW 2 – PHAME Art Show at Pioneer Place
April 7 to April 12, 2014
VIP art showcase – Thursday, April 10, 2014 – 7 pm
Place Gallery at Pioneer Place Mall
700 SW 5th Avenue, 3rd Floor, Portland
Individual ticket: FREE to the public (VIP showcase available only to season pass holders)
From oil paintings to 2D and 3D works in paper and clay, PHAME student artists shine in this weeklong art expo at Place Gallery, on the third floor of Pioneer Place Mall in downtown Portland. Featuring works of over 20 PHAME students for display and sale, as part of Place’s Interim Series. Gallery hours are daily from Noon to 6 pm, and admission is free. The Thursday night VIP reception is available only to PHAME @ 30 season pass-holders, and includes a chance to mingle with PHAME artists and enjoy readings from PHAME poets.
SHOW 3 – PHAME Choir in Collaboration with Laura Gibson
Saturday, April 26 – 7 pm (doors 6:30 pm)
The Mission Theatre
1624 NW Glisan, Portland
Individual ticket: $22
This multi-media concert at the historic Mission Theatre showcases dozens of PHAME student musicians from the PHAME Choir, Chamber Ensemble and more, in collaboration with beloved Portland singer-songwriter (and PHAME Artistic Advisory Council member) Laura Gibson. Directed by PHAME Music Director Matthew Gailey, this show will inspire and delight with music both familiar and new.
SHOW 4 – PHAME @ 30 Birthday Bash
Thursday, June 26 – 7 pm
1900 NW 18th Avenue, Portland
Individual ticket: $38 reserved seating / $22 standing room
The party of the year! Our PHAME @ 30 Birthday Bash is a splashy art party showcasing the full spectrum of our PHAME student artists and performers. From a costume fashion show that will rock the runway to special music performances, film and video elements and tasty food and drink, this night will be a performance birthday bash for the ages – don’t miss it!
SHOW 5 – PHAME and Friends Variety Show
Sunday, August 24, 7 pm
Ellen Bye Studio, Portland Center Stage
128 NW 11th Avenue, Portland
Individual ticket: $20
Like “Laugh In” with a PHAME twist! Our PHAME and Friends Variety Show is an amped up version of our popular annual cabaret night, with plenty of music and shtick for days. This is a perfect end-of-summer show for you and yours, with collaborative performances from a big range of PHAME students, staff and special guests.
SHOW 6 – PHAME 30th Birthday Holiday Finale
Saturday, December 13, 7 pm
World Forestry Center, Miller Hall
4033 SW Canyon Road, Portland
Individual ticket: $30
We close our tremendous PHAME @ 30 season with an intimate concert of holiday music from around the world. Shining a light on holiday songs and stories from Asia to Africa to right here at home, this internationally flavored finale, featuring over 50 PHAME musicians and friends, is the perfect way to celebrate the holidays and close out our 30th anniversary season at PHAME – with a slice of birthday cake, to boot.
“PHAME @ 30″ Season Passes – $100 each – are on sale as of 10 am on Wednesday, September 4th; there are only 100 passes available for sale.
PHAME Announces 30th Anniversary Season + Commitment to Developing and Producing Major New Work to Premiere in Summer 2015
PHAME announced this morning two major new artistic initiatives celebrating the organization’s upcoming 30th anniversary: a season of six PHAME-produced showcase events, from February to December 2014, titled “PHAME @ 30,” and the commitment to developing and producing a newly devised musical production specifically for the student artists of PHAME, involving collaboration and commission, and premiering in Summer of 2015 – a first in PHAME’s history.
The new artistic initiatives are direct outcomes of the continued growth and strength of PHAME as the Portland metro community’s acclaimed fine and performing arts academy for young and older adults with developmental disabilities, says PHAME Executive Director Stephen Marc Beaudoin. “Both our ‘PHAME @ 30’ anniversary season of events and the new stage work we’ll be creating and commissioning are significant artistic undertakings, and they’re only possible because of significant community belief and support, the remarkable talent of our PHAME student artists and performers, and our incredible artistic staff. We can’t wait to celebrate 30 years of PHAME across the city of Portland in 2014 with friends old and new!”
PHAME was founded in 1984 with an original adaptation of “The Nativity Story” adapted for a small group of student artists involved at that time. Since being founded in 1984, PHAME has served hundreds of young and older adults with developmental disabilities, and reached tens of thousands of audience members across Oregon and across the globe. Celebrating 30 years of PHAME is a major milestone, and the “PHAME @ 30” season will spread the magic of PHAME across the city with a season of six PHAME-produced performances, as well as many more community events and happenings.
“PHAME @ 30 allows us to showcase the work of our students in new ways, across artistic disciplines, and in diverse venues across Portland,” says PHAME Artistic Director Jessica Dart. “This is a step toward aligning the practices of PHAME’s artists with the practices of the arts community at large.” The “PHAME @ 30″ series will include a performance of new play readings (February 1, 2014 at Portland Center Stage lobby); a visual arts exhibition (date/venue TBA); a major concert featuring PHAME musicians with special collaborators (date TBA at The Aladdin Theater); the “PHAME @ 30 Birthday Bash” (June 26, 2014 at Castaway); “PHAME is a Cabaret!” (date/venue TBA) and a special PHAME Holiday Concert (date/venue TBA).
A highlight of the “PHAME @ 30” season will be the “PHAME @ 30 Birthday Bash” event, an interactive performance, art installation and food and drink celebration starring our PHAME artists and performers, on Thursday June 26, 2014 at Castaway event space in Northwest Portland. Artistic Director Jessica Dart calls this “a major blow-out event. We’re planning some very exciting surprises including special guest collaborators, performances and presentations by PHAME student artists, great food, drink, and a fun party atmosphere.” Because of the 30th anniversary focus, PHAME will not produce a traditional musical production in June 2014, but the organization invites its audience to the “PHAME @ 30 Birthday Bash” and the full range of “PHAME @ 30” events across Portland in 2014, and to follow the development of our new production to be premiered in Summer 2015.
Concurrent with the “PHAME @ 30” season, the artistic staff and collaborators to be announced will begin work on a newly devised production, crafted specifically to highlight the full talents of PHAME artists, to premiere in Summer 2015. This work, Artistic Director Jessica Dart says, is “an exciting opportunity to craft a story, music, movement, and striking visual images from scratch, specifically for our students. It’s time we seized the opportunity to tap into the strengths and talents of our students even more directly than we have in the past.” The new work will premiere in Summer 2015 at a venue to be announced.
The full “PHAME @ 30” season will be announced – and tickets for the season on sale – on August 27, 2013, and more information on the new work will be released as it is developed.
PHAME announced today its schedule of Summer 2013 performances across the state of Oregon, reaching thousands of audience members in a trio of command performances: July 13th at the Mississippi Street Fair mainstage; August 25th at the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center in North Portland; and PHAME’s July 21st Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Southern Oregon debut, performing an OSF Green Show on the Green Show Outdoor Stage in Ashland, Oregon.
“Summer 2013 at PHAME is filled with exciting performance and community engagement across Portland and even across the state of Oregon,” says PHAME Executive Director, Stephen Marc Beaudoin. “From North Portland to Ashland, we’re building our community of PHAME friends with each of these performances, and inspiring audiences to believe, as we do, that art doesn’t discriminate. We hope you’ll join us at one or more of our Summer 2013 PHAME performances!”
PHAME Choir at Mississippi Street Fair, Mainstage
N. Mississippi Avenue and Shaver
Saturday, July 13, 2013 – 1 pm
- The acclaimed PHAME Choir, under the direction of Music Director Matthew Gailey, takes the mainstage at the wildly popular annual Mississippi Street Fair
Free and open to the public – more information here
PHAME Combo at Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Green Show
OSF Green Show Outdoor Stage, 15 S Pioneer Street (Ashland, Oregon)
Sunday, July 21, 2013 – 6:30 pm
- Nine members of the PHAME Combo lead PHAME in our Southern Oregon debut, performing an outdoor “Green Show” at the acclaimed Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon. This is a performance not to be missed!
Free and open to the public – more information here
“PHAME is a Cabaret!”
Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, 5340 N. Interstate Avenue (Portland)
Sunday, August 25, 2013 – 7 pm
- PHAME’s annual “PHAME is a Cabaret!” night is a raucous, music and laughter filled celebration of the remarkable talents of PHAME’s staff and students, with plenty of special guest performers
Tickets $5 in advance, $10 at the door, on sale July 1, 2013
PHAME is thrilled to announce the cast and production team for its upcoming summer production of the classic American musical comedy “Bye Bye Birdie,” playing June 22-23, 2013 at the Mt. Hood Community College mainstage theatre.
Of the cast of 41 PHAME student performers, three make their PHAME mainstage debut with this production: Cam Childs, Henry Newson and JJ Ross. The production is directed by PHAME Artistic Director Jessica Dart, with musical direction by PHAME Music Director Matthew Gailey, and choreography by Heath Houghton. Tickets are on sale now!
Aaron Hobson as Conrad Birdie
Bethany Ide as Rose Alvarez
Cam Childs as Albert Peterson
Kaitlin Mullins as Mrs. Mae Peterson
Michael Goodling as Mr. MacAfee
Lea Mulligan as Mrs. MacAfee
Anne-Marie Plass as Kim MacAfee
Jason Young as Randolph MacAfee
Kyle Brushwein as Hugo Peabody
Brenda Bargmann as Gloria Rasputin
Chad Bode as Lee
David Hutzler as the Mayor
Jason Marick as Harvey Johnson
Rebekah Dawkins as Ursula Merkle
Josie Newhall as Mrs. Merkle
Abbi Dunham as Deborah Sue
Kate Ehlen as Phyllis
Kim Forrer as Margie
Melissa Halstead as Nancy
Barbie Kragrud as Helen
Nikki Lane as Alice
Debby McKnight as Edna
Brenda Bargmann, Chad Bode, Katie Carlsen, Kate Ehlen, Edward Elder, Rebecca Folk, Pat Hansen, Jerry Hathaway, David Hutzler, Stacy Kane, Lainie Long, Austin Mansfield, Beth Markley, Debby McKnight, Josie Newhall, Stacy Rance, Elena Wilkins
Abbi Dunham, Ross Edwards, Chrystal Figueroa, Kim Forrer, Melissa Halstead, Julie Jones, Estin Kiger, Barbie Kragrud, Nikki Lane, Jason Marick, Henry Newson, Kara Romanaggi, JJ Ross, Jamie Schmer
Click here to purchase your tickets to PHAME’s “Bye Bye Birdie” production!
PHAME announced today the debut of their inaugural Artistic Advisory Council, a new body of regional and national arts leaders coming together to offer strategic artistic counsel, advice, support and advocacy for PHAME, the Portland region’s acclaimed fine and performing arts academy for young and older adults with developmental disabilities.
“PHAME continues to grow and thrive as we approach our 29th year of inspiring, essential work in Portland,” says PHAME Executive Director Stephen Marc Beaudoin. “Today we serve more students in more arts programs than at any other time in our history, and this exceptional group of national and regional arts leaders that comprise our new Artistic Advisory Council will support us in continuing to innovate, in staying at the forefront of new trends and opportunities in arts education, inclusive performance and developmental disabilities, and in connecting us with national networks of arts champions that believe, like PHAME does, that everyone deserves the chance to be an artist and to lead a full, inspired creative life.”
Brisa Trinchero – Tony Award winning Broadway producer and Founder of Make Musicals – had this to say about her new role on the PHAME Artistic Advisory Council:
“Seeing the incredible artistic endeavors of the students and staff of PHAME reinforces the life changing power of the arts for both the students and the audience members who are fortunate enough to experience their work. PHAME is thriving under exceptional leadership, and is one of the true bright spots of Oregon’s cultural community. I’m so very pleased to serve on PHAME’s inaugural artistic advisory council.”
Please welcome the members of PHAME’s inaugural Artistic Advisory Council:
Christopher Acebo – Associate Artistic Director, Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Yulia Arakelyan – Co-Founder, Wobbly Dance
Rhoda Bernard – Director of Professional Education and Enrichment and Director, The Boston Conservatory Program for Students on the Autism Spectrum, The Boston Conservatory
John Frohnmayer – Chair, Oregon Humanities; Former Chair, National Endowment for the Arts
Laura Gibson - internationally touring pop-folk musician
Paloma Griffin – violinist and Artistic Director, Fear No Music
Courtenay Hameister – Head Writer and Co-Producer, Live Wire Radio
Andres Lopera – conductor and Music Director, Metropolitan Youth Symphony
Julie Mancini - Mercy Corps
Jonny Shultz - Fashion Director, Q6 Model and Artist Management
Brisa Trinchero - Tony Award winning Broadway producer; Founder, Make Musicals
PHAME Academy is thrilled to announce a fabulous new event, the likes of which has never been seen (or heard!) in Portland before: on Thursday, June 13, 2013, PHAME’s “Musical Mini-Golf Mash Up!” will flood the mini-golf greens at Portland’s Oaks Park with Broadway showtunes and Broadway themed costume fabulousness! And it’s all to benefit PHAME, Portland’s acclaimed fine and performing arts academy for young and older adults with developmental disabilities.
PHAME’s Musical Mini-Golf Mash Up encourages players to dress up in costume theme to celebrate your favorite Broadway musical show or character! Come dressed as “Annie” or one of the “Dreamgirls” – maybe Simba from “The Lion King” or get groovy as a hippie from “Hair!” Your imagination can take you wherever you want to go with your creative costume, as you’re hitting the greens in support of PHAME.
Registration for PHAME’s Musical Mini-Golf Mash Up is NOW OPEN - and is just $25 ($15 for currently enrolled PHAME students), which includes a 16-hole game of mini-golf (either individual or as part of a four-person team) and a special post-golf party featuring Broadway musical entertainment from PHAME students and friends. Registration is limited to 100 mini-golfers, so be sure to sign up today!
Prizes will be awarded for Most Creative Costume (Individual and Team), Best Fundraising Accomplishment (PHAME student, Individual Overall and Team Overall) and much more!
*Event sponsorships are available for this event! To join us as a Hole Sponsor, Course Sponsor or Presenting Sponsor, contact Jennifer ‘Mac’ McDonald at email@example.com or 503-764-9718
Tickets to PHAME’s upcoming summer musical production of “Bye Bye Birdie” are now on sale!
PHAME’s annual musical production is always a summer highlight and hit, starring a cast of over 40 inspiring PHAME student performers in a classic American musical. This year’s production of “Bye Bye Birdie” is directed by Jessica Dart with music direction by Matthew Gailey, and runs June 22-23, 2013 – 7 pm on Saturday, June 22 and 2 pm on Sunday, June 23 - at the Mt. Hood Community College Mainstage Theatre in Gresham, Oregon.
Tickets are $31-$26 for Gold Circle reserved tickets, and $19-$15 for general admission tickets. PHAME’s last two musical productions were sold to capacity, so it’s wise to buy your tickets before “Birdie” sells out as well!