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25th Anniversary Open House at PCS!

Posted by KellyC | 05 November 2012

We're in the heart of our 25th anniversary season, and we would love for you to celebrate with us! So take a break from the cold, get in the spirit of the holidays, and join in the festivities at our 25th Anniversary Open House. The free event will include live entertainment, warm beverages and desserts, a craft market, and a photo booth featuring real costumes used on stage at PCS!


When? Sunday, November 18 from 3-8 p.m.

Where? The Gerding Theatre at the Armory

Who? You and your entire family!

Just two days after the opening night of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, our Open House is a way to keep the party going as we -- and hopefully you! -- celebrate our 25th anniversary season and our roots as a branch of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
Aside from live entertainment provided throughout the day by talented Portland musicians (learn more about them, below!), the open house will feature an artisan market with more than 13 local craft vendors selling their wares. Click here to learn more about the artisans and what they'll have for sale at the event. Sounds like the perfect way to get a head start on all of your holiday shopping if you ask me...
The Armory Café will be open and stocked
throughout the day with complimentary coffee and tea, and will also be
selling its usual espresso drinks, delicious
light munchies and adult beverages.
And don't forget to join us for one of our free backstage tours of the Gerding Theater at the Armory! They will be offered at 4:45 and 5:30 p.m., allowing you to peek behind-the-scenes   at the theater.
This a family-friendly event for all ages, so of course we are going to have awesome activities just for kids (or any of you who are still young at heart!). Youngsters can participate in a Shakespearean craft corner, where they will design costumes for their favorite characters.    All designs will be entered into a contest, with winners chosen by PCS artists. Shakespearean cartoons will also be shown throughout the day, allowing children to take a break and be entertained by the magical world of Shakespeare.  
Have you ever wanted to put on a real costume that once graced the stage of a theater? Take part in our theatrical photo booth, and you can do just that! The booth will be filled with props and scenery from set of The Santaland Diaries, and participants are invited to immerse themselves in the world of theater by dressing in real costumes used on stage during the last 25 years at PCS. For those who want to go on a theater adventure while at the open house, a scavenger hunt will take place with special PCS 25th anniversary mugs up for grabs! One lucky winner will also receive a PCS prize package, which includes free PCS tickets and local gift certificates.
Below is the schedule of entertainment, as well as information about the entertainers themselves. Times are tentative, and a confirmed schedule will be posted here soon.

3 p.m. 
Toshi Onizuka 
Born in Tokyo, Japan, Toshi Onizuka fell in love with the Spanish guitar and moved to Spain to immerse himself in that country’s music. Now he makes a living performing his very unique, fusion style of traditional Spanish music blended with jazz and flamenco. Click here for more information about Toshi.

3:45 p.m.
Heather Mattie Kaiser & Ritchie Young
Heather Mattie Kaiser is the director of Classical Revolution PDX, a nonprofit organization dedicated to breaking down stereotypes about classical music and making chamber music accessible to everyone. She studied Viola with Jodi Levits at The San Francisco Conservatory of Music, trained at numerous international music festivals, at Stanford and the Meadowmount School of Music. She likes to rock out on viola with Ritchie Young, the acoustic, neo-soul, chamber pop artist who is the mastermind behind local music collective Loch Lomond. Click here for more information about Classical Revolution PDX.
4:30 p.m.
Stephanie Schneiderman
Trying to pin down Stephanie Schneiderman to any one genre, talent or discipline is next to impossible. One thing is clear however- whether pursuing her prolific work as a solo artist, as member of the all star roots pop act Dirty Martini, stepping on the stage in the musical The Full Monty or producing a wildly successful humanitarian concert series for refugees in Uganda, Stephanie Schneiderman is hands down one of the most diversely talented artists the Northwest has to offer.  With seven solo recordings under her belt - plus two releases with her collaborative band, Dirty Martini, Schneiderman has seen her music placed in numerous films and Primetime TV shows, as well as toured the world.  She follows up her 2011 ambient/trip-hop album, Rubber Teardrop, with an acoustic CD release, Live at the Old Church.  Visit her website here.
5:15 p.m.
Third Angle Music Ensemble
Third Angle is committed to presenting world-class performances of new chamber music which challenge and entertain our audience, artists and composers. Today’s program includes Violin Phase by Steve Reich and Book of the Forgotten by Huang Ruo for viola and clarinet. Click here for more information about Third Angle Music Ensemble.
6 p.m.
Pamela Jordan
Her singing has been called “honey-hued, meltingly sensual, arresting, sensitive, powerful . . .”  Audiences often compare her vocals to everyone from pop singers Sade and Des’ree to the legendary vocalist Sarah Vaughn.  For the past few years Pamela Jordan has carved out a niche for herself as a local jazz chanteuse and as the featured vocalist for the Woody Hite and Dr. T. Big Band Orchestras. Click here for more information about Pamela.
6:45 p.m.
Pilot Lite
Initially convened from the ranks of Portland indie-folk group Blind Pilot to play at a fellow band member's wedding reception, Pilot Lite has evolved into a vehicle for exploring unconventional intersections between pop and jazz musical worlds. Led by Blind Pilot trumpeter and keyboardist David Jorgensen, the current trio also features The Blue Cranes' Reed Wallsmith and System and Station's Joshua Vasby.  
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