Columbia Center
for the Arts

215 Cascade Avenue

PO Box 1543

Hood River, OR 97031


In the Theater

Plays & Workshops

July in the Theatre: Next to Normal,
by Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt and Directed by Mark Steighner Next to Normal

May in the Theatre: Good People,
by David Lindsay-Abaire and Directed by Judie HanelGood People

July 9-12: Ashland "Theatrical Road Trip"Ashland

August 1 & 2: Auditions, Romeo & JulietRomeo & Juliet

August in the Theatre: Art of Protest:
Inherit the Wind
and The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail
Art of Protest

CAST Events 2014-15

CAST Season 2015-16

About the Theater

Columbia Center for the Arts' theater hosts plays, dance performances, concerts, lectures and films, and is the home of CAST, the Columbia Arts Stage Troupe.

CAST has a proud history of providing live theater for residents of the Columbia River Gorge. Founded as a grassroots effort in 1978, it offers a range of opportunities for people who are experienced performers, and for those who want to develop their skills.

At least four productions are planned by CAST each year: Winter (February), Spring (May), Summer (July/August) and Fall (October). New talent and new faces to assist in the creative process are always welcome. Please join us!

Additional productions are brought to the theatre via partnerships and other arrangements.

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CAST: Since 1978!

CAST logoCAST, now part of the Columbia Center for the Arts, has been providing community theatre since 1978.

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May 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, & 23 at 7:30pm; May 10 & 17 at 2pm

Good People, by David Lindsay- Abaire and directed by Judie Hanel

In South Boston, gossiping and bustin' chops is the name of the game. Good People is a funny, tough and tender story about the insurmountable class divide. This play from Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lindsay-Abairelooks at the extraordinary consequences of choosing to hold on to the past or leave it behind.

Learn More: Good People

July 10, 11, 17, 18, 23, 24, & 25 at 7:30pm; July 19 at 2pm

Next to Normal, by Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt and directed by Mark Steighner

Dad's an architect; Mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal; their daughter and son are bright, wise-cracking teens, appearing to be a typical American family. And yet their lives are anything but normal, because the mother has been battling bipolar disorder for 16 years. Next To Normal takes audiences into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family's story with love, sympathy and heart. And, importantly, much more humor that one might expect.

Learn More: Next to Normal

July 9-12

"Theatrical Road Trip" to Ashland

Join us on Columbia Art’s 8th annual trip departing on Thursday, July 9th and returning on Sunday, July 12th by coach.

Learn More: Ashland Trip

August 1-2

Auditions for Romeo & Juliet

Emma Spaulding directs William Shakespeare's classic play about young love thwarted by family, friends, and cruel twists of fate. This production will be set in the 1930s, and actors may be asked to dance. There are 18 roles available in a wide range of ages, from 16 to 60.

Learn More: Romeo & Juliet Auditions

August 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29 at 8pm

Art of Protest: Inherit the Wind and The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail

Columbia Center for the Arts and Plays for Non-Profits present Inherit the Wind, which focuses on freedom of speech/thought and The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail, an anti-war play.Directed by Lynda Dallman and Bill Weiler. Produced by Catherine Butler.

Learn More: Art of Protest

Upcoming Shows


Good People


Next To Normal


Art of Protest


Romeo & Juliet


Tech Tribe 
We’re looking for volunteers who are interested in working backstage on lighting and sound for our many productions. If you’re interested in attending or would like more information on Columbia Center for the Arts’ Tech Tribe, please contact Catherine Butler at

Ticket Information

Unless otherwise noted, you may purchase your tickets online when they become available, and at certain locations throughout the Columbia River Gorge. You may also purchase tickets at the door just prior to the show. 

Visit the webpage describing the show you're interested in seeing, or click:  Theatre Tickets Online.

Show Archive

Click for information on previous theatrical events at Columbia Center for the Arts.