OREGON CITY - Actress Hillarie Putnam plays spoiled
socialite Tracy Lord in the Clackamas Repertory Theatre season
opener "The Philadelphia Story." The Lord character, which was
written for Katherine Hepburn, was a marksman. In real life, Putnam
is an expert with a firearm.
Originally from Wasilla, Alaska, Putnam spent the last several
years in Los Angeles appearing in film, television, commercials and
modeling. She also has considerable stage experience. But her most
recent project is "The Hunt," an eight episode series for the
History Channel that started June 8. The series follows a select
group of hunters on rugged Kodiak Island as they head into the
wilderness for the ultimate test against the elements and the
largest land predator on Earth-the Kodiak brown bear.
The Kodiak brown bear is one of the world's most praised
large-game animals due to their keen sense of smell and impeccable
intelligence. However, it is a highly regulated "trophy" hunt, in
which the Fish and Game awards only a few tags to sustain the
animal population on the island.
Putnam drew one of the hunting tags and headed out into the wild
with her father armed with two 50-caliber muzzleloaders. The
weapons are considered a primitive weapon and require the hunter to
get closer, have better aim and know the best way to land a killing
shot, as only one bullet can be loaded into the gun at a time.
The series followed them out on the island for 15 days on the
hunt. Throughout the hunt they encountered other animals, extreme
hikes, crazy weather, and some unexpected twists. It is very much a
"coming of age" story as time winds down to land the bear and
Putnam is left out on her own in big bear country. Tune in at 10
p.m. Sundays to find out how she does.
Catch Putnam on the stage with the CRT's Philadelphia Story,
opening June 27. Performances take place Thursdays through
Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. Sunday,
June 27-July 20. All performances are in the Osterman Theatre at
Clackamas Community College. Season tickets and single tickets may
be purchased at www.clackamasrep.org or
by calling 503-594-6047. The low-price preview is June 26.
For more information, contact Managing Director Cyndy
Smith-English at 503-594-3915.