• About Teen Musical Theater of Oregon

    The Teen Musical Theater of Oregon (TMTO) is the youth theater program of Craterian Performances. TMTO shows are professionally-staged, large-scale and high-energy productions that are fun for the whole family. When you attend a TMTO show, you’ll be giving these talented teens the audience they deserve, and you’ll be getting one of the best entertainment values in Southern Oregon. As a TMTO patron said after a recent show, “The entire production was so professional. We will definitely try to see all of the Teen Musical Theater shows. We will bring some other people along with us, too. It’s something we want to share.” Share the fun and share the excitement: don’t miss the next TMTO show!

    Depending on the show and casting requirements, the age range for some TMTO shows includes children age 9 – 12; the age range for all TMTO shows is 12 – 19. In order to “anchor” the show and to give cast members the opportunity to work with professional/adult actors, TMTO will often use “Guest Stars” in principal roles.

    The typical rehearsal  and performance schedule lasts seven weeks. In the summer, rehearsal blocks are typically M-F, 12:30 – 5:30; during the school year rehearsals are typically Monday, Wednesday and Friday 5:00 – 8:00, and Saturdays 12:30 – 5:30. Specific rehearsal times are typically announced one week  in advance; the amount of rehearsal time required for each cast member varies significantly based on the size of the part and the overall needs of the production.

    We currently produce a winter, spring and summer show. Click on the “Auditions” tab for more information about our upcoming production. If no information is currently listed, check back soon

    Participation Fee: $300 + $100 refundable family volunteer deposit (limited scholarships are available; apply by completing and submitting the form under the “Audition/Registration” tab)

    For general inquiries call 541-779-8195, ext 308, or email cailey@craterian.org

    Mission Statement

    The mission of the Teen Musical Theater of Oregon is to provide professional training and performance opportunities for cast members, and to produce professional quality, affordable, family-friendly entertainment.


    TMTO is supported in part by a grant from the Jackson County Cultural Coalition funded by the Oregon Cultural Trust, investing in Oregon’s arts, humanities and heritage.


  • Audition and Class Information and Registration Forms

    Will Rogers Follies

    Audition Information


    The minimum age for Will Rogers Follies is 12. Cast size is limited to 50.

    Auditions: Sunday, December 11, 2:00 p.m. registration, Mandatory Parent Meeting 2:30 p.m., auditions 3:00 – 5:00 (approx.)
    Callbacks: Sunday, December 18, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (approx.)
    Rehearsals: Begin Monday, January 16 – see the conflict calendar for more details
    Performances: March 2 & 3 @ 7:30 p.m., March 4 @ 2:00 p.m.
    Participation Fee: $300 + $100 refundable family volunteer deposit (limited scholarships are available – use form below to apply at least one week before audition date)

    Show Information and Character Breakdown

    Will Rogers is famous for saying “I never met a man I didn’t like,” and anyone who has ever seen or performed in WILL ROGERS FOLLIES will agree that there has never been a man-or woman-who did not like it. WILL ROGERS stands out among musicals because of the magic of its protagonist. Rare is the man who transcends decades and rises to the level of legend. Will Rogers does this not only because of his accomplishments, but because of his philosophy, which espouses respect and confidence in the goodness of his fellowman.

    The curtain rises on a Follies-style tribute to the man whose daily newspaper column sent America on its way each morning with a smile on its face. In fact Will was a multimedia sensation, performing a weekly radio talk show as well as starring in motion pictures. Between rope tricks which entertain the audience while the show girls are changing their costumes for The Follies, Will soothes us with his old-fashioned common sense. The songs Never Met a Man I Didn’t Like and Give a Man Enough Rope are parables set to music.

    Now it’s time to get to know Will, his friends and family. Will introduces us to the aviator Wiley Post, to his six sisters, and to his father Clem. Born to parents who were part Cherokee, Will learned early on to be proud of his heritage. When Will turned nineteen, he set off, despite his father’s protests, to be a cowboy down in Argentina. It was at the train depot that Will first laid eyes on Betty Blake, the woman who would become his wife. But how theatrical is that? Not enough, apparently, because Mr. Ziegfeld quickly rewrites history and lowers Betty romantically from the Moon to recreate her first meeting with Will!

    Once married Will tours the country performing his routine until the day his big break arrives, and he is offered a part in Florenz Ziegfeld’s Follies. After six fabulous seasons, Will is called to Hollywood to perform on the silver screen. After much success and a run for President in 1928, Will assesses his life. It is time to spend more time at home. Nonetheless, Will is called on to soothe the nation’s jitters after the stock market crash. It seems that his straight talk and simple truths create quite an impact on the nation. You will find that your audience responds in much the same way.

    When Wiley Post and Will lose their lives during a flying adventure in Alaska, the nation mourns its lost friend. The musical version, however, is an upbeat celebration of this folk hero who made the world “a whole lot better place” than it was before he entered it.
    Other delightful musical numbers include Will-a-Mania, It’s a Boy, My Unknown Someone, Presents for Mrs. Rogers and Let’s Go Flying.

    Will Rogers
    Ziegfeld’s Favorite (A chorus girl)
    Wiley Post (Aeroplane pilot)
    Clem Rogers (Will’s father)
    Will’s Six Sisters (also) Betty’s Six Sisters
    (Played by a sextet from the sixteen Ziegfeld Girls of the Chorus: Cora, Anna, Waite, Theda, Virginia and Zulecki)
    Florenz Ziegfeld’s Voice (Off stage)
    Four Cowboys (Male quartet from the Chorus)
    Stage Manager (Peter)
    Betty Blake (Will’s wife)
    The Four Rogers Children (Will Junior, Mary, James & Freddy)
    Off-Stage Announcer (Theatre)
    Roper (Professional rope spinner)
    Hastings (Will’s butler – played by Clem)
    Ranch Pianist (Played by Clem)
    Stage Hands and Wardrobe People (non-speaking)
    Radio Engineer
    Announcer’s Voice (Radio – off stage)

    Chorus (Girls & Boys)


  • TBA

  • Creative Team for …:

    Stephen McCandless – Producer, Artistic Director
    Cailey McCandless – Program Manager, Choreographer
    Andrea Hochkeppel – Director
    Michael Wing – Music Director
    Gabriel Ash – Set Designer
    Sue Quackenbush – Costume Designer
    Brad Nelson – Lighting Designer/Production Manager
    Meghan DeAngelo – Hair & Makeup Designer
    Beth Sheets – Rehearsal Stage Manager & Prop Master

Teen Musical Theater of Oregon Events

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SATMar 4

TMTO: The Will Rogers Follies

Presented by: Craterian Performances' Teen Musical Theater of Oregon

Sponsored by: Hunter Communications

March 2, 2017 at 7:30 PM
March 3, 2017 at 7:30 PM
March 4, 2017 at 2:00 PM

Tickets: $24, Youth (0-18) $12

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