Pend Oreille Players Association will nurture, inspire, educate, and entertain the people of the Pend Oreille Valley by providing opportunities to experience all aspects of the performing arts.
POPA is the place to find open hearts and minds of all ages sharing the joy and magic of the performing arts.
Paulina Staab is a lifer here in Newport. She is a graduate of Newport High School and went on to study theatre at University of Idaho. She is a proud mom of three girls and is married to her best friend Nathan, who is also a graduate of Newport. Theatre is her passion and advocating for the arts is her hobby. You may have seen her as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde or as a drunken ancestor in Addams Family: The Musical, among various other shows spanning the course of 20+ years. Paulina is so happy to be leading the Pend Oreille Players organization and feels so lucky to be a part of this amazing community.
Kris moved to Newport in August, 2013 with her daughter and their dog. She has been volunteering at POPA since 2014. As concessions manager, Kris has been working to feature local products, Kris is responsible for creating unique drink recipes and hand crafted liquers. She has been a board member since 2017 and is currently serving as Vice President.
Terri is an actor, director, and writer who specializes in research and performance of the works of Gerard Manley Hopkins. In addition to theater, Terri enjoys cooking for her friends and family and loves being a grandma. Previous favorite roles include Penelope Pennywise in Urinetown, as well as Tamora in Titus Andronicus. As a new resident of Chewelah, Terri is grateful for the warm welcome she has received at the Pend Oreille Playhouse, and she looks forward to serving as Secretary and contributing whatever skills she may possess to furthering our mission of bringing high-quality Theater to the Newport area.
Janine’s family moved to Newport in 2005 and they have all been involved with the Pend Oreille Players in various capacities over the last 10 years. Janine’s first appearance at the playhouse was in “Next to Normal’, followed by “Legally Blonde”, “Coming to America” and “Something's Afoot”. She also directed a youth production and was the music director for our recent “All Together Now” Broadway concert. Janine is grateful for POPA and all the opportunities and joy it has provided her and her family.
Amy Schoedel grew up in Chattaroy and has always loved performing with various community theatre groups in the Spokane area. Her first appearance at the Playhouse was in “The Addams Family Musical” as Alice Beineke. While most of her theatre experience is performing on stage, she is excited to be involved with behind the scenes planning here at the Playhouse. She is also the theater’s Costume Shop Manager.
I am retired from a 40 year career in Architecture/Engineering and Construction Management. I am a board member with the theater. I have drawn the “as-built” drawings for the theater and have helped with the new look of the exterior of the theater and painting the interior. In the future, I will be supporting the theater with continuing upgrades and fundraisers as needed.
I am retired and have about 30 years’ experience in Facility Management. I have been involved with Capital projects and Project Management. I plan to be the Project Manager for the upcoming building renewal project. I have acted in a few productions and directed a ONE ACT play. I believe my background will help the Pend Oreille Player as I have worked with people to achieve results most of my working career, and I look forward to working with everyone at POPA.
Danny, a retired Moses Lake farmer, first performed with Pend Oreille Players in 2006 and has served in different capacities since. His favorite character role was Gerry Evans, an erstwhile, ne'er-do-well father and husband in 'Dancing with Lughnasa'. Danny is in charge of the POPA One Act Play Festival. which is now in its 12th year of performance. Performing Arts is the Technicolor in a black and white world.
Lorraine and her husband moved to Idaho to be close to family.
I started playing around with theater in the early 70's.
When in college I took set and lighting design, had no desire to act.
Directing was my thing.
After a few years of learning how community theater really comes together , and how many people's lives can be changed, then I wanted my own theater.
We started Mimi's Community Theater near Orlando Florida.
It was doing quite well until the Coronavirus came to town.
The real estate market was doing ok. So, we sold our house, moved to Coeur d Alene
Where we stayed with our daughter until we found our perfect home in Priest River!
Who could ask for more?
5 acres, big trees, a cabin, community theater, Masonic Lodge and did I mention two beautiful great grandchildren.
Darlene Mossman, Ph.D.
I relocated to Diamond Lake from CA after retiring in 2018 from a career in education and just love this area! In addition to taking on the duties of Executive Director for POPA, I am also the group leader for Welcome Home Veterans Quilts of Valor and 1st VP (Programs) at Washington State Quilters. I have been in bands (singing and playing bass guitar) for over 30 years and my first toe dip into acting was in Coming to America in 2019 at the playhouse. I was very impressed with the kindness, patience, and willingness to help a newbie, displayed by the other actors, and knew that I wanted to be more involved. I have been part of a grant writing team that has secured multiple successful grants for POPA, which has been very rewarding. As a person with a Ph.D. in psychology, I find theater people most interesting!
The Pend Oreille Players Association does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment to all members of our staff, patrons, volunteers, and subcontractors.