Preview: Oregon Children’s Theatre presents: Duck for President 2

The election is heating up and Duck really wants YOUR vote!

Portland, OR – Oregon Children’s Theatre presents Duck for President, October 20–November 4, 2012 at the Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway (Saturdays at 2:00 & 5:00 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm). Tickets are $18-$30 for adults and $15-$26 for children. Box Office: 503-228-9571 or through TicketMaster (503-790-ARTS or www.ticketmaster.com). General information: www.octc.org. Recommended for ages 4 & up.

He organized protests, and taught the cows to type. He lobbied for vacations and won mooovie nights. Now he’s running for the highest office in the land. Fed up with farm chores, Duck decides to challenge Farmer Brown to an election, only to discover that being in charge of the farm is hard work. So he decides to run for governor—and then president—kissing babies and hitting the late night talk show circuit along the way.

From the authors of Click Clack Moo and Giggle, Giggle, Quack, this musical features showy campaign numbers, barnyard election antics, and great lessons about civics and responsibility. In the midst of a real presidential campaign, Duck for President offers a great opportunity to teach kids about civics. OCT will run a mock-campaign for Duck leading up to the production. Like real election campaigns, there will be campaign videos, news reports and interviews, and likely a gaffe or two as Duck wades into the political waters! Follow his progress and find out Duck’s stance on such issues as the environment, foreign policy (he recently met with a delegation of geese from Canada), and energy conservation at www.duckforpresident.org or on OCT’s Facebook page.

OCT will also conduct a straw poll at both school and public performances to teach children about voting. Kids will have a chance to use real voting stations to vote for actual presidential candidates and results will be announced on stage after each show. In addition, select school classrooms will work with OCT to practice presentation skills by writing and delivering their own campaign speeches.

The play is based on the book by Doreen Cronin with illustrations by Betsy Lewin. Duck for
President is directed and choreographed by Kirk Mouser. The play stars Hogan Fritz as Duck, Emily Sahler Beleele as Pig, Joshua Stenseth as Farmer Brown, Ashlee Waldbauer as Hen, and Haley Ward as Cow. Musicians include: Sam Foulger (Drums), Fletcher Nemeth (Bass), and Mont Chris Hubbard (Keyboard). The production team includes: Christopher Rousseau (Set Design), Darcy White (Musical Direction), Phil McBeth (Lighting Design), Cameron McFee (Sound Design), Dani Baldwin (Costume Design), and Crystal Potter (Props Master).

About Oregon Children’s Theatre
Founded in 1988, Oregon Children’s Theatre is pleased to celebrate 25 years of serving over two million children, teachers, and families. OCT is Oregon’s largest non-profit professional children’s theater company and a resident company of the Portland Center for the Performing Arts.

Performances are held weekdays for school audiences and on weekends for family audiences. OCT serves more than 120,000 children of all ages each year. OCT offers numerous school services including study guides, teacher professional development opportunities, in-school workshops, and an extensive outreach program. In partnership with Kaiser Permanente, our Educational Theatre Program provides free touring productions that promote healthy living. OCT’s year round Acting Academy offers theater classes for children ages 4-18.

Funding for the 2012-2013 season will be provided in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council and Work for Art, Oregon Arts Commission, and the Shubert Foundation.

Duck for President
Written by: Doreen Cronin, based on her book
Directed by: Kirk Mouser
Dates: October 20-November 4, 2012
Times: Saturdays at 2:00 & 5:00pm and Sundays at 2:00pm
Location: Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway
Tickets: $18-$30 for adults and $15-$26 for children (group rates also available)
Box Office: 503-228-9571 or TicketMaster (503-790-ARTS or www.ticketmaster.com)
On the web: www.octc.org
Other info: Recommended for ages 4 and up.
Photos: www.octc.org/news_media/downloads