History of the Willapa Players

Read about the Early Beginnings of Willapa Players By Jim Watts
 

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From the techie's point of view:

"An actor without techies is a naked person standing in the dark trying to emote. A techie without actors is a person with marketable skills."

 

Lisa and Andy Mullen in a scene from The Christmas Stranger Fall 2005

 

Russ Wiitala and Jim Watts in a scene from The Ballad of Good King Windowglass Fall 2005

 

Wilma Dunsmoor and Kevin Pettit The Mousetrap Winter 2008

 

Rebekah Hastings and Scott Cowell Twelfth Night Fall 2007

 

Lisa Mullen and Denny Wasberg A Month of Sundays Spring 2008

 

John Limitone and Dotsi Graves Continental Divide Fall 2008

 

Jim Watts and Jenny Allan Queen of Hearts Winter 2009

Performed in the Raymond High School Auditorium

1956 Spring Dear Ruth Directed by Betty Mullen
1956 Fall You Can't Take it With You Directed by Betty Mullen
1957 Spring Harvey Directed by Betty Mullen and Jack Mathis
1957 Fall Love Rides the Rails Directed by Betty Mullen (Never Performed)
1958 Spring My Three Angels Directed by Betty Mullen

Performed in the First Street Playhouse

1958 Fall George Washington Slept Here Directed by Jack Mathis
1959 Spring Night Must Fall Directed by Jack Mathis
1959 Fall The Tender Trap Directed by Robert Hannan
1960 Spring Tunnel of Love Directed by Jack Mathis
1960 Fall Light up the Sky Directed by Jack Reavley
1961 Spring The Gazebo Directed by Robert Hannan
1961 Fall Two Blind Mice Directed by Robert Hannan
1962 Spring Dangerous Corner Directed by Robert Hannan and Jim Watts
1962 Fall Visit to a Small Planet Directed by Harry Lampsen
1963 Spring Janus Directed by Jim Watts
1963 Fall Ladies of the Jury Directed by Olney Nevitt (Cast and started)
1964 Spring Ladies of the Jury Directed by Olney Nevitt (Performed)
1964 Fall Goldilocks Directors Norma Briney, Marie Hannan, Olney Nevitt
1965 Spring Come Blow Your Horn Directed by Jim Watts
1965 Fall Bye Bye Birdie Directors Robert Hannan, Marie Hannan, Olney Nevitt
1966 Spring The Best Man Directed by Robert Hannan
1966 Fall How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Directors Jim Watts, Margaret Tisdale, Marie Hannan, Olney Nevitt
1967 Spring Tartuffe Directed by Margaret Tisdale
1967 Fall Mary, Mary Directed by Robert Hannan
1968 Spring Pool's Paradise Directed by Olney Nevitt
1968 Fall Barefoot in the Park Directed by Jeanne Nevitt
1969 Spring (Time spent on theater building: No shows produced)

Performed in the Eighth Street Playhouse

1969 Fall Once Upon a Mattress Directors Robert Hannan, Marie Hannan, Olney Nevitt
1970 Spring The Odd Couple Directed by Jim Watts, LaRayne Isaksen
1970 Fall Any Wednesday Directed by Olney Nevitt
1971 Spring Mame Directors Robert Claunch, Marie Hannan, Olney Nevitt
1971 Fall Send Me No Flowers Directed by LaRayne Isaksen
1972 Winter The Imaginary Invalid Directed by Jim Watts
1972 Spring Oliver Directors Robert Hannan, Marie Hannan, Mike Stratton, Olney Nevitt
1972 Fall The Little Hut Directed by Jim Watts
1973 Winter Butterflies Are Free Directed by Hal Bergem
1973 Spring Take Me Along Directors Robert Hannan, Marie Hannan, Olney Nevitt
1973 Fall The Caine Mutiny Court Martial Directed by Jeanne Nevitt
1974 Spring Bell, Book and Candle Directed by LaRayne Isaksen
1974 Fall Can-Can Directors Robert Hannan, Marie Hannan, Olney Nevitt
1975 Winter The Glass Menagerie Directed by Jim Watts
1975 Spring Don't Drink the Water Directed by Jeanne Nevitt
1975 Fall Finishing Touches Directed by Rod Isaksen
1976 Spring The Sound of Music Directors Jim Watts, Marie Hannan, Olney Nevitt
1976 Fall Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Directed by Jim Watts
1977 Spring Li'l Abner Directors Robert Hannan, Marie Hannan, Olney Nevitt
1977 Summer Our Hearts were Young and Gay Directed by Debbie Jones
1977 Fall The Fantastiks Directors Dave Locey, Marie Hannan, Olney Nevitt
1978 Spring (No production --- Theater rented to High School)
1978 Fall The King and I Directors Robert Hannan, Marie Hannan, Olney Nevitt
1979 Spring Seven Keys to BaldPate Directed by Robert Hannan
1979 Fall Ten Little Indians Directed by Olney Nevitt
1980 Spring Damn Yankees Directors Michael Sturm, Marie Hannan, Crystal Bennett, Olney Nevitt
1980 Fall The Real Inspector Hound/Lemonade Inspector Directed by Robert Hannan, Lemonade Directed by Norma Briney
1981 Spring South Pacific Directors Ann Mergens, Crystal Bennett, Olney Nevitt, Rick Gauger
1981 Fall The Rivals Directed by Jim Watts
1982 Spring The Sunshine Boys Directed by Randy Carlson
1982 Fall Deathtrap Directed by Robert Hannan
1983 Spring You Know I Can't Hear You When the Water's Running Directed by Jim Watts
1984 Fall The Mouse Who Was Stirring/A Christmas Tea Mouse Directed by Jim Watts, Tea Directed by Norma Briney
1985 Spring Everybody Loves Opal Directed by Jeanne Wolfe (Cast and started)
1985 Summer The Great Western Melodrama/The Saga of Marshall Matt Dohr/The Mini-Melodrama Directed by Mark Sides, Wilma Briney Moore
1985 Fall Everybody Loves Opal Directed by Jeanne Wolfe (Performed)
1986 Fall The Ant and the Grasshopper Directed by LaRayne Watts, Jim Watts
1987 Winter You Can't Take it With You Directed by Jeanne Wolfe (Cast and started)
1987 Spring You Can't Take it With You Directed by Jeanne Wolfe (Performed)
1988 Spring Out of Sight ... Out of Murder Directed by Russell Wiitala
1988 Fall The Frog Prince/Cinderella, Cinderella Directed by Cindy Jouper

Rededication of the building as The Hannan Playhouse

1989 Winter Bus Stop Directed by Jim Watts
1989 Spring The Caine Mutiny Court Martial Directed by Jeanne Wolfe (Cast and started)
1989 Fall Ms. Scrooge Directed by Russell Wiitala
1990 Winter The Caine Mutiny Court Martial Directed by Jeanne Wolfe (Performed)
1990 Spring Legends Directed by LaRayne Watts
1990 Summer Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs of the Black Forest Directed by Russell Wiitala
1990 Fall Hot L Baltimore Directed by John Wolfe (Never Performed)
1991 Winter Harvey Directed by Jim Watts
1991 Spring Arsenic and Old Lace Directed by Russell Wiitala
1991 Fall The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Directed by Ken Boyes
1992 Winter The Foreigner Directed by LaRayne Watts, Cindy Jouper
1992 Spring Steel Magnolias Directed by Russell Wiitala
1992 Fall The Best Man Directed by Jeanne Wolfe
1993 Winter She Stoops to Conquer Directed by Jim Watts
1993 Spring Exit the Body Directed by Dave Lund
1993 Fall Dearly Departed Directed by Dave Lund
1994 Winter The Wish Peddler/Little Red Riding Hood Directed by Russell Wiitala
1994 Winter Loggerheads/Rise and Shine/Ladies of the Mop Directed by Wilma Dunsmoor, LaRayne Watts
1994 Spring Here Lies Jeremy Troy Directed by Dave Lund
1994 Fall Dracula Directed by Russell Wiitala
1995 Winter The Importance of Being Earnest Directed by LaRayne Watts
1995 Spring Crimes of the Heart Directed by Wilma Dunsmoor
1995 Summer Playing Doctor Directed by Randy Carlson
1995 Fall The Octette Bridge Club Directed by LaRayne Watts
1996 Winter The Taming of the Shrew Directed by Jim Watts
1996 Spring I Take This Man Directed by Jason Whited
1996 Fall Blithe Spirit Directed by Russell Wiitala
1997 Winter Murder by Natural Causes Directed by Dennis Wasberg, Rayetta Kenworthy
1997 Spring The Odd Couple Directed by Leon Lead, Liz McCollum
1997 Fall The Odd Couple (Female Version) Directed by Dave Lund
1998 Winter A Midsummer Night's Dream Directed by Jim Watts
1998 Spring Anastasia Directed by Liz McCollum, Russell Wiitala
1998 Fall Jake's Women Directed by Dave Lund
1999 Winter Nurse Jane Goes to Hawaii Directed by Rayetta Kenworthy
1999 Spring Rehearsal For Murder Directed by LaRayne Watts
1999 Summer Winnie-The-Pooh Directed by LaRayne Watts
1999 Fall Frankenstein Directed by Russell Wiitala
2000 Winter Other People's Money Directed by Dennis Wasberg
2000 Spring As You Like It Directed by Jim Watts, LaRayne Watts
2000 Summer Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp Directed by LaRayne Watts
2000 Fall All Because of Agatha Directed by Liz McCollum
2001 Winter The Butler Did It Directed by Jason Whited
2001 Spring Greater Tuna Directed by Wilma Dunsmoor
2001 Summer Charlotte's Web Directed by LaRayne Watts
2001 Fall California Suite Directed by Wilma Dunsmoor
2002 Winter Da Directed by LaRayne Watts
2002 Spring The Merry Wives of Windsor Directed by Russell Wiitala, Rebekah Crane
2002 Summer The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe Directed by LaRayne Watts
2002 Fall A Christmas Carol Directed by Russell Wiitala, Rebekah Crane
2003 Winter The Curious Savage Directed by Bob Stalder
2003 Spring A Tuna Christmas Directed by Wilma Dunsmoor
2003 Fall Love Letters Directed by Wilma Dunsmoor, LaRayne Watts
2004 Winter Women In White Directed by Liz McCollum
2004 Spring The Docter In Spite of Himself Directed by Jim Watts, Steve Watts
2004 Summer James and the Giant Peach Directed by LaRayne Watts
2004 Fall A Thousand Clowns Directed by Wilma Dunsmoor, Rayetta Kenworthy
2005 Winter Wait Until Dark Directed by LaRayne Watts
2005 Spring The Whales of August Directed by Bob Stalder
2005 Summer Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs of the Black Forest Directed by Russell Wiitala
2005 Fall The Christmas Stranger/The Ballad of Good King Windowglass Directed by Liz McCollum, Lisa Mullen
2006 Winter Little Women Directed by LaRayne Watts
2006 Spring Arsenic and Old Lace Directed by Russell Wiitala

(Golden Anniversary Celebration!!!)

2006 Summer The House At Pooh Corner Directed by LaRayne Watts
2006 Fall Bus Stop Directed by Jim Watts, Rayetta Kenworthy
2007 Spring Deep Sleepers Directed by Rebekah Hastings, Moe Webster
2007 Summer The Wind in the Willows Directed by LaRayne Watts, Andrea Schiller
2007 Fall Twelfth Night or What You Will Directed by Rebekah Hastings, Jim Watts
2008 Winter The Mousetrap Directed by LaRayne Watts, Assist. Dir. Scott Cowell
2008 Spring A Month of Sundays Directed by Liz McCollum, Assist. Dir. Lisa Mullen
2008 Summer Pinocchio Directed by LaRayne Watts, Assist. Dir. Evonne Watt
2008 Fall Continental Divide Directed by Scott Cowell
2009 Winter Three One Act Plays from our play writing contest: Beware the Stranger / Queen of Hearts - A Mississippi Riverboat Romance / Dissention Among the Ranks Stranger directed by Wilma Dunsmoor, Queen of Hearts directed by Liz McCollum, Dissention Among the Ranks directed by LaRayne Watts
2009 Spring Harvey Directed by Lisa Mullen, Director-in-training Heidi Stonebraker
2009 Summer The Host and The Day it Rained Cakes Directed by LaRayne Watts Assist. Dir. Evonne Watt
2009 Fall Beware the Stranger - the Whole Story Written and Directed by Russell Wiitala
2010 Winter It's Only a Play Directed by Heidi Stonebraker
2010 Spring The Lighter Side of Chekhov Directed by Curt Harris
2010 Fall Same Time Next Year Directed by Bob Stalder Never Performed (Cancelled due to illness)
2011 Winter The Hollow Directed by LaRayne Watts
2011 Spring Clever Dick Directed by Scott Cowell
2011 Summer Jack and the Giant Beanstalk Directed by LaRayne Watts
2011 Fall Celestial Serendipity Written and Directed by Russell Wiitala
2012 Winter The Good Doctor Directed by Heidi Stonebraker
2012 Spring Sherlock's Last Case Directed by Emily Popovich
2012 Fall A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas Directed by LaRayne Watts
2013 Winter Opals Million Dollar Duck Directed by Danni Massin and Scott Cowell
2013 Spring
A Barrel Full of Pennies Directed by Rebekah Cowell
2013 Summer Seven in One Blow
Directed by Rebekah Cowell
2013 Fall Death by Design Directed by LaRayne Watts
2014 Winter Crimes of the Heart Directed by Heidi Stonebraker
2014 Spring
My Three Angels
Directed by Jim Watts & Jim White
2014 Summer
Jack's House: a Collection of Foolishness
Directed by Curt Harris & Rebekah Cowell
2014 Fall Sorry! Wrong Chimney! Directed by Dave Lund
2015 Winter
Play On!
Directed by Dave Lund
2015 Spring
Belongings
Directed by Rebekah Cowell (Cancelled)
2015 Summer
The BFG (Big Friendly Giant)/The Haunting of Chip Lake Lodge
Directed by Curt Harris
2015 Fall
Belongings
Directed by LaRayne Watts & Curt Harris
2016 Spring
It's A Scream!
Directed by Jim White