The Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts (TAPA) is pleased to announce the cast for the upcoming production of A NICE FAMILY GATHERING, a touching comedy written by Phil Olson and sponsored by Grocery Outlet of Tillamook. The role of Carl is being played by Matthew Bergkamp. Matthew was last seen on TAPA’s stage starring in DEATHTRAP last fall. Mom will be portrayed by TAPA veteran Karen Downs. Karen has been in many productions with TAPA’s theater company, her last being ARSENIC & OLD LACE in 2019. Fred Foster is acting for the first time portraying Dad. Joining him as another newcomer to the stage is Brice Moorman playing Michael, Carl’s brother. Audiences will recognize Sarajane Elkins from her time on stage in several plays; the most recent was portraying Chelsey in the May 2022 production of ON GOLDEN POND. She is playing Michael’s wife Jill. Stacy is Michael and Carl’s sister and is performed by Jeannie Foster. Jeannie is acting for the first time in this play. Rounding out the cast will be Steve Lewis as Jerry, a friend of the family. Steve was last on the TAPA stage in 2017’s A STING IN THE TALE.

Director Ann Harper is excited to bring the story of a family celebrating its first Thanksgiving since the death of the family’s patriarch to audiences. Dad returns as a ghost to take care of some unfinished family business, but is seen and heard only by son Carl. Trouble ensues when he learns that Jerry will be joining the family dinner. Family dynamics and a whole lot of love take center stage in this warm, touching comedy.

Performances will be held at The Barn Community Playhouse in Tillamook on November 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18 at 7:00PM and November 5, 12, 19 at 2:00PM. Doors open one half-hour prior to curtain. Tickets are on sale now at or call the TAPA box office at (503) 812-0275 to purchase tickets, ask questions or you need assistance. As always, opening night is Gala Night where each ticket holder receives one free beverage and complimentary Hors D’oeuvres. The Barn Community Playhouse is located on the corner of 12th & Ivy in Tillamook, across of Les Schwab Tire Center.


Front Row Left to Right: Fred Foster & Karen Downs
Middle Row Left to Right: Jeannie Foster & Matthew Bergkamp
Back Row Left to Right: Brice Moorman, Sarajane Elkins & Steve Lewis

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