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Tualatin girl to star in Oregon Children's Theatre production

by: Submitted photo, ORPHANED — (From left) Coleman Gariety, Hope Landsem, Stephen Ketch and Madeline Rogers will play the four lead roles in the Oregon Children’s Theatre production of “The Boxcar Children.”

TUALATIN - Fourteen-year-old Hope Landsem, of Tualatin, will be playing a lead role in the Oregon Children's Theatre production of 'The Boxcar Children' this month.

Landsem, an eighth-grade student at Athey Creek Middle School, will play the part of Jessie, one of four orphaned children in the Depression era who run away and make a home in an old abandoned boxcar.

'She's thrilled,' said Landsem's mother, Kimberly. '(Hope's) in the middle of rehearsals and loving every minute.'

This is Landsem's second main stage show with OCT. In 2004, she played a neighborhood kid in 'Ramona Quimby.' In 2001, she also played the role of the Humbug in 'Phantom Tollbooth.'

'My favorite thing about acting is how it allows me to play a completely different character, than who I really am,' Landsem said in an OCT press release.

But for Landsem, who has been performing since she was in the second grade, her family's support has enabled her to pursue her passion for acting.

'My parents have been extremely supportive of my acting by driving me to auditions, classes and practices and helping me memorize lines,' Landsem said. 'I couldn't do it without them.'

'The Boxcar Children' will be performed at Keller Auditorium, on Southwest Third Avenue between Market and Clay streets, April 22, 28 and 29 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available by calling 503-228-9571 or going online at www.ticketmaster.com/oct.

OCT is Oregon's largest non-profit professional children's theatre company. The theater group is also a resident company of the Portland Center for the Performing Arts.