George and Other Short Stories

We were so fortunate to have author Terry Bisson and Judy Jensen attend our opening night.  It was a pleasure for the cast to have the opportunity to talk with Terry and enjoy some personal time with him.  If you want more of Terry’s pieces, you can view several film versions of They’re Made Out of Meat on YouTube.  It was interesting to learn that Toxic Donut has been performed at many venues all over the country.  It’s an honor to be among those who have produced Terrys’ work.

Ronni Lacroute on Love Letters

What a lovely Opening Night of “Love Letters” at Chehalem Players Repertory tonight in Newberg with James C Halliday and his wife Karen Halliday playing Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Mellisa Gardner very convincingly through tone of voice, facial expression and body language. What wonderful character development! By the end of the play, I wanted to send both of these deeply flawed but sympathetic characters directly to therapy and then give them a chance to live their lives over. I am thankful to have such high quality theatre in Yamhill County–thank you specifically to Donna Gentry Birnbach for starting this theatre company in Newberg.


This past year has been amazing!  We have seen wonderful support from area theaters like Bag & Baggage in Hillsboro, who has encouraged us to promote the Passport Free Ticket Program.  Passport Free Ticket program offers free tickets to High School Students in Yamhill County.  That’s right…tickets are 100% free to any student who comes to our doors 30 minutes before curtain.  No longer will the cost of a ticket, be a deterrent for a student who wants to experience live theater.  All that is required is a student I.D. So come and enjoy what we have to offer!

Above the Press has come to our aid with podcasts, marketing ideas and some crazy good stuff for the Oscar Party on 2/22.

In reflecting on 2014 we are filled with thanks and gratitude…we just can’t believe our good fortune.  We have made wonderful connections with great actors in our community and with area theaters.  We have seen incredible donor sponsorship through the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation and great partnership with local businesses, like Allegra Printing.  And our donor base is simply — rock solid.  THANK YOU to our fantastic community here in Newberg for providing everything we need to bring quality theater to your doorstep.

With the 2015 Season eyeballing us — yes it is upon us…just around the corner.  We want to thank you for helping us make great those strides in 2014.  Looking forward, we believe 2015 will be our best season ever.  Starting with a rom-com then moving on to the thought-provoking Terry Bisson adaptations, the hilarious Odd Couple by Neil Simon and closing out with a holiday show, the season is jam packed with great entertainment and brilliant performances.  So fasten your seat belts and get ready for some great theater.

See you in 2015!

“Back of the Throat” Interview with Kym Herbst

Enjoy this great interview with Kym Herbst who is directing CPR’s newest production, Back of the Throat.  Thanks to the Newberg Graphic and Katy Sword for another great interview.

PDF: Newberg Graphic-Back of the Throat

Link to interview

Back of the Throat opens Friday, April 25th and runs through Sunday, May 4th. Performances dates and times are on the website.

Bringing cutting edge theatre to Willamette Valley is our mission. Back of the Throat is sure to stimulate thinking and conversation about the post-9/11 world we live in.


Empty Plate in the Newberg Graphic!

Enjoy this great article below by Katy Sword of the Newberg Graphic. She recently interviewed Kym Herbst about our first play of the season: An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf – a tragic comedy.

Download article as PDF: Its a Comedy, Really, Say Producers

Tickets are on sale on our website for the following performances:

  • Friday/Saturday, January 24th/25th at 8:00pm
  • Sunday, January 26th at 2:00pm
  • Friday/Saturday, January 31st/February 1st at 8:00pm
  • Sunday, February 2nd at 2:00pm

Doors open 30 minutes before the performance starts.

Empty Plate Tickets Now on Sale!

Empty PlateCPR is pleased to announce that tickets are on sale for the first of this season’s productions: An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf by Michael Hollinger!

Headwaiter Claude, waiter-in-training Antoine, waitress Mimi and chef Gaston are shocked and dismayed when Victor, the Café’s owner and sole patron, returns from the bullfights in Madrid, longing for Mademoiselle, morose and planning to die of starvation. Their very livelihoods depend upon Victor’s appetite, so they beg him to let them “serve” one last meal. Leaving each course in the kitchen, they surround the table describing the aromas, flavors and tastes!  Their goal?  For Victor to capitulate and ask to eat the meal, of course!

A “comic tragedy in seven courses” celebrating the joys of cooking, sex, bullfighting and the collected works of Ernest Hemingway, An Empty Plate will be an evening you will savor!

Eventbrite - An Empty Plate at the Cafe de Grand Boeuf

CPR – Now Officially a DOT_ORG!

Somehow, when we started this adventure, we registered as business and a “dot_com” while our intent was to create a vehicle for bringing cutting edge theater to our local community, Chehalem Valley and (eventually) to Willamette Valley at large.

Fast forward!  We are now a 501(3)(c) – a charitable organization that is involved in the arts, culture and humanities – which is what we always intended. It took almost 2 years of pestering the IRS to change our status from a “corporation” (like we’re in this to make money).  We’ve arrived. We’re there. We are a charitable ORGanization!

Now when you become a sponsor or donate money to us, it is your choice:

  • If you are a business, you may prefer to contribute and take a marketing expense.
  • If you are an individual, your contribution is tax deductible.

Bringing cutting edge theater to Chehalem Valley and Willamette Valley is our business. Oops, we’re not a business anymore!

Thanks for supporting CPR!




CPR’s 2014 Season – Hold on to Your Hats!

2014 Productions

The Empty Plate at the Café du Grand Boeuf by Michael Hollinger
Performance dates: January 24-26 & January 31-February 2, 2014

Back of the Throat by Yussef El Guindi
Performance dates: April 25-27 & May 2-4, 2014

Our Town by Thornton Wilder
Performance dates: September 19-21 & September 26-28, 2014

It will be the intimate theater experience of a lifetime and you can be a part of all the excitement as one of our CPR Sponsors or Season Ticket Holders.