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The Poet's Shadow: A PHAME Production

  • Hampton Opera Center 211 Southeast Caruthers Street Portland, OR, 97214 United States (map)

Thank you to everyone who joined us for The Poet’s Shadow! You can order your very own DVD recording of the show by visiting our store.

Watercolor style Illustration of a hand holding a rose like a pen with more flowers and the words PHAME presents The Poet's Shadow August 23-31, 2019 Hampton Opera Center


Tickets for all performances are sold out! A limited number of $10 tickets to watch our live video feed will be available at the door.


  • $30 VIP Reserved Seat—You can arrive just before curtain knowing that one of the best seats in the house is reserved for you!

  • $21 General Admission

  • $15 Student/Child General Admission

  • $5 tickets for Oregon Trail Card holders—Call to purchase, not available online

  • 2 for 1 tickets for Arts Card holders—Call to purchase, not available online

About the Show

This summer, PHAME is thrilled to present The Poet’s Shadow, a rock opera written by PHAME artists in collaboration with Portland Opera. The run of seven performances will begin August 23 and will run through August 31.

A contemporary and original fairy tale, The Poet’s Shadow tells the story of Elizabeth, a young poet who, in despair following a break up, writes a series of poems that take on a life of their own. In search of resolution, she embarks on a quest that will challenge everything she knows about courage, strength, and love.

The Poet’s Shadow features artists with developmental disabilities at every stage of the process, not just writing and performing the opera, but also composing the music, designing the costumes, creating set design elements, and more.

The rock opera brings to fruition an 18-month collaboration between PHAME Academy and Portland Opera. In addition to lending PHAME the use of their Hampton Opera Center for the production’s performances, Portland Opera has taught opera-related classes at PHAME and has provided one-on-one vocal coaching to lead actors. The production also partners with Portland’s acclaimed dance duo Wobbly Dance, who will be choreographing the movement chorus, and with Metropolitan Youth Symphony, whose students will join PHAME’s iPad musicians in making up the production’s orchestra.

The show is recommended for ages 5 and up. It will run for about an hour, with no intermission.

For questions or to purchase your ticket over the phone, please call Development Director Rebekah Morris at 503-764-9718 ext. 4. Other questions? Feel free to email Rebekah at

I think it’s about time that something like this has happened. . . I think it’s about time that people know that oh, these students can actually produce an actual play by themselves and everything that is written, everything that is said, and everything that is done is done by the students. It’s really really cool. And then of course collaborating with the Portland Opera, the very first time that we’ve done that, it’s just going to be mind blowing for the audiences that come to see it.

—Anne-Marie Plass, PHAME performer and board member


We welcome patrons with disabilities and seek to make our performances enjoyable for all patrons. With this in mind, all shows will have the house lights on at a low level and patrons who need to vocalize or move around are welcome. Additionally, all patrons will have access to flyers outlining what to expect from the show, as well as character guides. A quiet space will be available for patrons who need it. Patrons are welcome to bring fidgets or toys that help them focus or feel comfortable. Note that no food is allowed in the theatre at any time.

We will also be offering a Sensory-Friendly performance on Sunday, August 25 at 2 pm. At this performance, lighting and sound will be less extreme in order to accommodate patrons with sensory sensitivities. Patrons will be allowed to reenter the theatre if they leave for a break (other performance dates will not allow reentry). This performance is meant to accommodate the needs of patrons who experience Autism and/or need to be able to take breaks from the space, however all are welcome at this performance and at all other PHAME performances.

For patrons who prefer to know what to expect before attending the performance, click here to view a visual checklist and click here to view the production’s character guide. Please feel free to contact us if you need more information.

ASL interpretation will be available at the Thursday, August 29 performance.

Headsets with audio description will be available at the Wednesday, August 28 performance. Headsets with audio assist will be available at all shows except Wednesday, August 28.

Click here to view a text-only version of the printed program, which should be compatible with screen readers.

Thank You, Sponsors!

This project is supported in part by the following organizations:
Oregon Arts Commission
Regional Arts & Culture Council
City of Portland, Oregon
Multnomah County Cultural Coalition
James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation
Starseed Foundation
HMF Beaudoin Foundation
The Autzen Foundation
Barran Liebman LLC
The Parrott Family
Anne & Andy Madden

Poster Design

The show poster was designed by PHAME Graphic Design students in collaboration with designer Jess Leftault. Learn more about how the poster was designed on our blog!

Earlier Event: July 31
PHAME Day at City Hall
Later Event: September 23
Back to School Night