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The Curtain Rises On The Very Little Theatre's 90th Season

TheVery Little Theatre in Eugene opens its 90th season this month, with the horror classic, Dracula.  KLCC’s Claude Offenbacher – a lifetime member of VLT – talked to its president, Karen Scheeland, about the theatre’s nearly century-old legacy.  She begins with how its namesake came about.

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Montage of The Very Little Theater's exterior.

Since being founded in 1929, the VLT has expanded and relocated, supporting itself through ticket sales.

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Edgar Buchanan (left) and David Ogden Stiers (right) are two alum of The Very Little Theatre.

Among its most famous alumni are actors David Ogden Stiers (M*A*S*H, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Star Trek: The Next Generation) and Edgar Buchanan (Petticoat Junction, Tombstone: The Town Too Tough to Die, Judge Roy Bean). 

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The Very Little Theatre sign on one side of the building.

An extended (unedited), nearly 15-minute version of Claude Offenbacher's interview with VLT's Karen Scheeland.

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Claude Offenbacher was a reporter and host at KLCC from 1999-2012. He currently volunteers as front desk support and PSA writer.
Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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