the betterment of our productions. Joe comments, “To see a performer improve and hone his skill to a level of excellence is a joy!” Joe Started acting in college, went on to earn an advanced degree in Drama, and made it his career as a teacher. Teaching, acting, and directing since 1973, one of Joe's favorite plays was his high school students' production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and sometimes dreams of directing the Rock Opera, Tommy.
Jeanne Woods-Costume Department Manager
Jeanne Woods is in charge of the Costume Department, as well as the Liberty Restoration Committee Chair. As a retired teacher, she has time to donate to help restore the Liberty. She helps focus the committee on architectural plans, grant opportunities, fund raising, and bringing people together with the necessary skills to help renovate the Liberty Theatre. Jeanne is happy with the wonderful support from our community as well as the city of North Bend for this two to three-year project. She is excited to be part of the effort for The Liberty.
Lydia Shaffer Casas-Business Office Manager
Lydia L.Shaffer Casas grew up in WY until she came to the Oregon coast at age 16. She attended NBHS at that time. She became quickly involved in school activities and became a NBHS cheerleader, swing choir and a July Jubilee Princess for the 1985 Jubilee Court. After high school she attended Southwestern Oregon Community College majoring in music and education. It was at this time she became interested in LTOB and her first show was under the direction of the beloved Hope Cayhill, “Reprising It.” She graduated in the 1988 class with an associates in music and a legal assistance certification. She continued cheerleading and music performance throughout her college years. She
able to develop a Children’s Theater workshops and to continue to be the center of theater arts in Oregon’s Bay Area. And let us not forget the restoration and preservation of this historic building draws more tourists to stop and enjoy all that downtown North Bend has to offer.
Steve Wilson-Public Relations and Webmaster
Steve works with the media outlets to publicize the performances and events at the Liberty Theatre. He also administrates the website and other internet and media related projects. Steve is a Registered Nurse at Bay Area Hospital working as a Nurse Informaticist. He is an avid photographer and videographer with a special interest in community service video productions. His interest in the theater is a direct result of the passion his wife Bobbi has for live theater. 'I appreciate any form of art that is well done, the building, the performers and artists, and the production staff at the Liberty Theatre all fall in to that category'. Alternate email email@example.com
Rayna Martin-Box Office
My love of theater started when my mom took my girl scout troop to the Hult Center to see the Nutcracker. What small child isn’t fascinated by the magic they create. My first theater job was in Lancaster, PA at American Music Theatre as the Assistant to the Properties Master. Flash forward 18 years and 4 children later and I am back in the theatre world. My daughter and son both dance and act and my husband can usually be found back stage as the stage manager or in the sound booth. After deciding that I didn’t want to be a theater widow, I started volunteering. We can always us more volunteers!
As a business owner in North Bend for the last 34 years as well as a parent and grandparent, I realize the significant place that the Liberty Theatre and Little Theatre on the Bay holds in our community. As our schools reduce the Theater Arts department our community theater organizations must step in and fill the void. LTOB is filling that void with open audition for musical productions, plays such as Charlotte’s Web and the all-inclusive summer and Christmas Opry.
I support the restoration of the Liberty Theatre in order that these activities can continue for the next 100 years. The restoration of the theater and with strong community support LTOB will be
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As the box office manager I am assist patrons in purchasing tickets and memberships, resolve ticket issues, assist with group sales, and generally do all things ticket related. I update the online ticket website to add each new production and show times. Each year in August I work closely with the secretary to update the membership list. I am usually present for each show and personally work the ticket window, stop by and say hello. My office hours are on Wednesday each week from 10 am - 1 pm. I look forward to seeing you at The Liberty!
Luanne May is the LTOB Secretary. Professionally, “I've been a secretary for forty-one years; it kind of comes naturally.” Not only does she take notes at meetings, but also sends out notification letters, responds to incoming mail, and sells advertisements for the season program cover.
Luann looks forward to the completion of the Liberty Theatre restoration, continuing to provide entertainment for our community, and a healthy outlet for the actors and performers involved.
“I love musical theater,” says our secretary. Luanne has taken part in multiple musicals as an
involvement came shortly after with a small part in Dorothy Meets Alice. Juliana was introduced to the Little Theatre on the Bay in 2006 when she was in the production of the King and I and has participated in at least one production each year since that time. Juliana was elected Vice President of the Board three years ago and assumed the duties of President on and a half years ago. Juliana is very excited for the future of the Liberty Theater. She loves the historic nature of the Liberty and the passion of everyone who has and is participating in preserving its future.
Joe Stoffel-Board Member
Joe Stoffel is a retired Drama teacher, and has been living in the Bay Area since 1975. He is the Member at Large, often assuming absent members' duties. Joe is also the “Board Liaison,” the link between a show's director and the Board of Directors. Joe's goals are to “Do my job as well as I can,” using his experience and knowledge to help keep LTOB a vibrant and quality acting company; and improve our home, The Liberty Theatre.
Joe is a 30-plus year Drama teacher, director, and actor, and feels he can use that experience to
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Joe Vos-Physical Plant Manager
Joe Vos has worked for the past thirty years for the City of North bend in the Waste Water Collection System. Joe's family moved here in 1964 when the Liberty Theater was only 35 years old. Joe became fond of the stage while in high school in the 80’s and then most recently became active again when his daughter reintroduced him to the stage.
Joe's love of the Liberty Theater is obvious as he spends most of his spare time working on sets, backstage, or the building itself. While Joe feels that the historical nature of the building is a blessing
Juliana's life experience includes 25 years as an early childhood educator. She is the founder of the preschool at Emmanuel Church in Coos Bay and is currently the administrative assistant of their front office. Julianas theatre experience began as a child and continued through college with a long break to focus on her family and relocation from California to the Oregon Coast. Shortly after arriving to this area Julianas children became involved with On Broadway Theater in the production of Peter Pan and her
was in Bill Scotts production of Hotel Baltimore for Little Theatre on the Bay in the late 1970's. During that time Leatha became friends with her mentor Tosca Means, the founder of On Broadway Theatre. Leatha has since been very active with the management of On Broadway Theatre and has brought many of it's production to The Liberty Theatre. She is very excited with the restoration of the theatre and looks forward to many more years of successful community theatre productions.
to the community he is also very passionate about the live theater community of friends and family who are involved in the productions. Joe is active in productions that involve children and is proud to know that many of the communities youth have gained confidence in public speaking, self worth, and pride due to their positive experiences at the Liberty Theater.
Leatha L. Gonzalez-Vos-Vice President
Leatha has been in the medical field for more than 25 years and is currently a CNA2 specializing in geriatric in private in home care. Working with the local elderly population her passion is to 'make their life a little easier'. Leatha has been married to Joe Vos for the past seven years and has three grown children and one granddaughter. She has lived in the Bay Area since her early childhood and was introduced to the theatre while in a high school drama class. Her first community theatre experience
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Little Theatre on the Bay or “LTOB,” is the second oldest continuous acting group in the state of Oregon. Its productions are characterized by consistent quality shows, and we produce musicals, dramas, comedy, and variety shows of all kinds.
LTOB was organized in 1947 in Coos Bay, Oregon, and performed live plays on radio station “KOOS.” In 1948 they developed a group charter, and starting acting in various venues around the Bay Area. In November of 1953, a modern movie theater called the “Port” was opened, and the Liberty Theater in North Bend was closed. It remained that way for four years, until the LTOB group leased the building in 1958. The first theatrical production there was “The Tender Trap,” directed by Hope Cahill, on June 19, 1959.
We encourage people of all ages to audition for our shows. Come join us on stage and find yourself acting, singing, and maybe even dancing as you make new friends. We have no paid staff, just volunteers who love the theatre arts, and if you would like to work “behind the scenes,” we always need help with costumes, makeup, stage sets, or selling concessions in the lobby.
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then attended University of Oregon graduating in 1991 with a Bachelors of Arts in education with a concentration on English and comparative literature and music. She moved to the San Francisco Bay area and maintained her interest in music and performing. She returned to the Coast in 1999 after the birth of her first child. She again became involved with LTOB with her children who have also been in several family shows, Magdalena Casas, Marisela Casas and Pedro Casas. She currently is a social worker for DHS and the business manager for LTOB since 2012. She is also a member of the band Soulpie. She has been involved locally with Girl Scouts, Martial Arts, ZONTA and the local soccer programs. She loves this area and is committed to seeing the Arts here grow and prosper.
actress and/or rehearsal and performance pianist. She began her involvement at age fourteen when she auditioned for her junior high musical, Finian's Rainbow. Her favorite part was her first leading role, Passionella, in The Apple Tree.
A retired Health and Home Economics Teacher from North Bend High School, Jeanne and her sewing talents grace our Costume Department. “As a second-grader in 1991, my son Alex was cast in The Music Man. I made his knickers and shirt, and was so intrigued that I have been involved in costuming ever since.” She loves working with actors, designs and fabrics; and has fun making costumes with accurate historical details. Jeannes's most challenging costume ever was the “transformation” dress for the musical, Cinderella. She remembers, “While wearing it , Cinderella transformed from rags to a ball gown right in front of the audience’s eyes. Magic really does exist!”
Aymee Pedder-Lobby Manager
Aymée Pedder was too young to remember her first on-stage appearance. Like many children, her first theatrical opportunities came from church Christmas and Easter pageants. She was bit by the acting bug and in 1992 began regularly participating in plays and musicals. Her first show at the Liberty was Cinderella in April of 2015 and she is looking forward to future seasons with Little Theatre on the Bay. Serving on the Board as Lobby Manager Aymée coordinates volunteers to assist theatre patrons during live performances. If you are interested in volunteering send an email to the address above that includes your name and phone number; there's a place for everyone at the Liberty.