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Orcas Center Presents on Center Stage:

Mountain Grove – A Play with Music by Noah Racey

Friday, March 31st & Saturday, April 1st at 7pm
Sunday April 2nd at 2pm

Tiered Ticket Pricing: $59, $29, $15
Orcas Center charges a $2 per ticket fee

**Orcas Center’s Tiered Ticket Pricing is based on the needs of your family. The variant in pricing is not based on seat location or dates of performances, rather, what you’re able to afford to help us to maintain our facilities and create quality programming.

Tier A is the true cost per patron of putting on show at the Orcas Center, Tier B is our standard rate, also subsidized by our generous donors, Tier C is a rate subsidized by our generous donors. **

COVID Policy Update: Masking is encouraged in the theatre, but no longer required


Mountain Grove – A Play with Music by Noah Racey

Noah Racey is one of Broadway’s top song-and-tap dance men, but his story is anything but 42nd Street.  The rhythm of his life was set by drum circles in a commune in the Pacific Northwest where his woke and pioneering parents raised their kids.  All that freedom gave Noah and his sisters permission to do, say and be what they want—but free love has unintended consequences when children are around.  Using the humor and charm he honed on Broadway—not to mention his astonishing tap dancing!—and supported by a pianist and percussionist performing a contemporary jazz score created for this story, Noah explores the competing needs each of us has for freedom and for safety.

Noah Racey – Creator
Dick Scanlan – Director
Ross Patterson – Music Director/Pianist
Jason Yudoff – Percussion

Noah Racey is an award-winning actor, creator, and educator. His Broadway credits include: Michael Moore’s THE TERMS OF MY SURRENDER (Movement Director); CURTAINS (Bobby Pepper); NEVER GONNA DANCE (Lucky Garnett); THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE (Associate Choreographer, Ensemble); FOLLIES (Young Theo).  Noah’s regional directing and choreographing credits include: Open Stage (SENSE & SENSIBILITY); Seattle 5th Avenue Theatre (CINDERELLA, GUYS AND DOLLS); Seattle ACT (GREY GARDENS); Goodspeed Opera House (SHOW BOAT, ANNIE GET YOUR GUN – 2X Connecticut Critics Circle Award-Outstanding Choreography), Asolo Repertory Theatre (SHOW BOAT),  Chicago’s Goodman Theatre (TURN OF THE CENTURY world premiere starring Jeff Daniels, dir Tommy Tune). Noah’s the Founding Artistic Director of The New York Song & Dance Company, whose full production Noah Racey’s: PULSE had its world premiere at the Asolo Repertory Theatre (directed by Jeff Calhoun).  In Fort Collins, CO, Noah is the Head of Musical Theatre at Colorado State University and the Associate Artistic Director of OpenStage Theatre & Company. He is also a Graduate of The Boston Conservatory of Music at Berklee  and a proud product of—and strong proponent for—arts funding in public schools.

 

Dick Scanlan is a writer/director who’s worked on Broadway and around the world, including the book and lyrics to the Tony Award winning musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie.  Current projects include a commission from the Metropolitan Opera.  He has also written numerous essays and articles, and the novel, Does Freddy Dance.  He is the founder of artsINSIDEOUT, an arts outreach organization working the mothers and children infected/affected by HIV/AIDS in Johannesburg, South Africa.

 

 

Ross Patterson’s career in music has been as varied and eclectic as the many styles he loves to play. After completing his studies at The Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Ross headed to NYC. There he quickly became one of the most sought-after pianists by singers. This led to Ross musical directing, arranging and recording for many of the top cabaret and theater artists in New York. For the past 21 years, Ross has been the arranger, musical director and band leader for the critically acclaimed Broadway by the Year concert series at The Town Hall. He has collaborated with choreographers Noah Racey, Josh Prince and Lorin Lattaro for productions of the All Singin’ All Dancin’ series, also for Town Hall. Ross also collaborated on Noah Racey’s Pulse, starring Noah Racey and directed by Jeff Calhoun, which was performed at the Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, Florida. Ross wrote the musical Cruel Shoes with David Simpatico and is currently working on several writing projects. He is also excited to have recorded his solo piano concert CD, 8 Themes for Living, at St. Paul’s Chapel in NYC. And in 2020, while in lockdown, Ross broadcast solo piano improvisations (The Covid Improvs) for 157 consecutive nights. A truly life affirming experience. He is forever grateful to his amazing wife, Elissa, for her love and support and is proud to be the father of three beautiful children.

 

Throughout Jason Yudoff’s percussion career, he has played cajon at Carnegie Hall, congas for President George W. Bush and timbales on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Also a singer/songwriter/pianist with 2 original studio albums selected to the Official Grammy Ballots in a combined 12 categories, an actor who co-starred on Fox TV’s Gotham and a voice actor who’s recorded numerous animated shows and thousands of commercials and promos, Jason is thrilled to be performing again with the NRP on his 3rd trip to beautiful Orcas Island. Check out all the good things at JasonYudoff.com and @yudoverse