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Soul Harmony:

The Story of Deborah Chessler, Sonny Til and The Orioles

Classic R&B songs by Deborah Chessler

Music by Michael Allen Harrison

Book and Lyrics by Alan Berg and Janet Mouser

Directed by Kirk Mouser and Julianne R. Johnson-Weiss

Musical Direction by Michael Allen Harrison


Performances April 16 through May 3, 2015 at Brunish Theatre, Antoinette Hatfield Hall, part of Portland'5 Centers for the Arts. Fridays @ Stumptown student workshop is April 24, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.


Tickets on sale NOW through Portland'5 Centers for the Arts.


The music that gave birth to R&B! The creators of Stumptown Stages’ It’s A Wonderful Life, bring this unforgettable musical to stage! In the late 40s an unlikely partnership between a young Jewish woman and a dynamic black male vocal group gave birth to a new genre of music that would ignite a generation, R&B! Soul Harmony reveals their rise to music nobility and the role they and their music played in challenging segregation in the south.




Alex Sharp/Oriole

Johnny Reed/Oriole

George Nelson/Oriole

Tommy Gaither/Oriole

Sonny Til/Oriole



Young Shirley

Loren Spenser/Ensemble

Lee Tully/Ensemble

Mr. Herman/Ensemble


Faye Adams

Jerry Blaine

Duke Ellington

Melody Trio

Melody Trio

Melody Trio


Shanelle Leonard

Amy Jo Halliday

Salim Sanchez

Monte Howell

Terence Kelley

Raphael Likes

De'Sean Dooley

Monica Rodrigues

Tim Drysdale

Hannah Baggs

Jesse Miller

David Mitchum Brown

Don Stewart Burns

Julianne R. Johnson-Weiss

Carmen Brantley-Payne

Douglas Zimmerman

Amber Cobb

Zoe Randol

Lauren Brown

Julianne Nelson


Production Team




Musical Director/Composer

Book and Lyrics

Book and Lyrics

Production Stage Manager

Assistant Stage Manager

Lighting Designer

Lighting Assistant

Costume Designer

Wardrobe Mistress

Wardrobe Assistant

Make-up Designer/House Management

Sound Designer

Sound Assistant

Prop Master

Master Carpenter



Social Media/Website

Kirk Mouser

Julianne R. Johnson-Weiss

Jehn Benson

Michael Allen Harrison

Alan Berg

Janet Mouser

Joshua Strickler  

Emma Lewins     

Daryl Harrison-Carson

Chris Wilkerson

Kathy Lippencott

Stacee Waples   

Raquel Calderon 

Sandra Vincent        

Dave Cole  

Zach Kaiser   

Bruce Tolonen        

Mike O’Gara

Joseph Benz 

Paul Fardig  

Jen Olson 

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