29 Apr

Shorts 17!

Come and see our student produced and directed one-acts! There will be fire, a violin, a pickaxe, a skull, some cocktail stirrers, and Bulgarian accents!

We will also be holding a raffle with cool prizes each night!

May 5,6,7 @ 7pm, tickets at the door –  $8 adults, $5 students.

shorts final.psd

19 Apr

24-Hour Theatre 2016!

Whether you are an experienced WLHS thespian or a freshman who would like to get involved with the theatre program, join us for 24-hour theatre!

This is a low key, fun and collaborative event….not to mention a great way to get involved if you are new to the program. You will be put into an ensemble consisting of one director and the rest actors/actresses. Each ensemble will receive source material and guidelines to devise a play. Each ensemble will then go to one of our family volunteer houses, devise and rehearse overnight and the next morning/afternoon (under adult supervision), then come to the theatre and prepare to perform your original piece for friends and family that evening! Permission slips will be required. Please find here (there are further details):

24 hour theatre permission

If you would like to be a performer, come to the black box at 4.30, Friday, April 22. The next day you and your ensemble will arrive at the theatre at 5pm for dress rehearsal. The performance will be at 7pm.

For those who would just like to come and watch the performance on April 23, tickets are $5 at the door. All proceeds will go to our Thespian Troupe fund.

See you there!

6 Apr

Shorts 17 Cast Lists

Congratulations all! Please meet in the black box tomorrow, April 6 at 3.30 for a brief chat. You will then follow your director and ASM to a designated area for a read through of your play, then some rehearsing until 5pm. Please come with ALL known conflicts and relay them to your ASM.

If you have any questions, please email hancockl@wlhs.wlwv.k12.or.us

For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls

Amanda- Riley K.

Lawrence- Nicholas B.


Ginny- Deanna

The Still Alarm

Ed- Sonny

Bob- Connor

Bellhop- Ellen

Fire Person 1- Linda

Fire Person 2- Savannah

Variations on the Death of Trotsky

Trotsky- Griffin

Mrs. Trotsky- Kira

Ramon- Bill

 Bulgarian Rhapsody

Tatiana- Brady

Vasilka- Mary

Stanimir- Michael

Plamen- Gavin

Desislav- Sam

Ken- Nick O.


5 Apr

Shorts 17 Callback List

Wahoo! Yet again an awesome turnout for auditions. I can’t tell you how exciting it is to see new faces at auditions. Please keep coming!! Literally everyone was bold, took risks, and entertained us. Well done!

As always, productions only call for a certain amount of actors/actresses….even then we stretch if we can 🙂 We’d love to cast EVERYONE, but the reality is, our program is growing (which is wonderful) and we HAVE to gently whittle the field down. Having said this, believe it or not, if you are NOT on the following callback list, that does not necessarily mean you won’t be considered for one of the plays.

Here is a list of plays and the people who are being called back for specific roles

Variations on the Death of Trotsky


Mrs. Trotsky:
Sarah T.
Riley K.


The Still Alarm



Nick O.

Fireperson 1:
Riley M.

Fireperson 2:
Nick O.
Sarah H.
Savannah (please bring violin if you can)

Bulgarian Rhapsody


Sarah H


Nick O.



For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls

Riley K.


Nick O.

Riley M.

People above, please report to the black box promptly at 3.30 tomorrow, April 6. You will then be told what room you will start in. Those called back for more than one role will be told where else to go after your first reading. We will do our best to go no later than 6.30.

Great work today everyone!

3 Apr

Shorts 17 Audition Info & Sides

Below is the audition sheet for Tuesday. Auditions will begin at 3.30, and it will be first come first serve (unless you have a conflict. In which case, notify Liv Hancock, our PSM). It is recommended you fill the audition sheet out prior to showing up for auditions.

Audition Sheet

Please review the following play synopses. character descriptions, and audition sides. Choose ONE side/character to audition with on Tuesday. You do not need to memorize, but be very familiar with the text. ALL directors will be in the room during auditions, so even though you are reading one character, you will likely be considered for other characters and/or plays.

The Still Alarm Synopsis-Characters
The Still Alarm Audition Sides

For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls Synopsis-Characters
For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls Audition Sides

Bulgarian Rhapsody Synopsis-Characters
Bulgarian Rhapsody Audition Sides

Trotsky Synopsis-Characters
Trotsky Audition Sides

If you have any questions, please email Liv Hancock at hancockl@wlhs.wlwv.k12.or.us

Break a leg!

31 Mar

Announcing Shorts 17 Plays and Directors!

I am pleased to announce the Shorts 17 plays and their directors (in no particular order):

The Still Alarm by George S. Kaufman
Directed by Kyle Fulton

Bulgarian Rhapsody by Rich Orloff
Directed by Ian Mathes & Jack Draney

Variations on the Death of Trotsky by David Ives
Directed by Evan Shely

For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls by Christopher Durang
Directed by Amber Mitchell

Auditions will be Tuesday, April 5 from 3.30-6 in the Black Box




25 Feb

Inspector Hound and Black Comedy Open March 4!

Tickets are now available! Skip the line and buy them online now!

The Real Inspector Hound/Black Comedy
The Real Inspector Hound plus Black Comedy

West Linn High School Theatre Arts Program presents a double bill:

“The Real Inspector Hound” by Tom Stoppard, and “Black Comedy” by Peter Shaffer.

Both plays, each evening, March 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, at 7PM in the Performing Arts Center auditorium.

$6 for students, $8 for adults.  Available online here or at the box office. Please call 503-673-7939 for box office hours.

With Stoppard’s “The Real Inspector Hound,” we find feuding theatre critics Moon and Birdboot, the latter a fusty philanderer, and the former a pompous and vindictive second stringer, swept into the whodunit they are viewing.  In the hilarious spoof of Agatha Christie-like melodrama that follows, mists rise about isolated Muldoon Manor, and Moon and Birdboot become dangerously implicated in the lethal activities of an escaped madman.

In Shaffer’s “Black Comedy,” the action supposedly in the dark is illuminated; when the lights are to be on, the stage is dark. Lovesick and desperate, artist Brindsley has embellished his apartment with furniture and objet d’art “borrowed” from the absent antique collector next door, in an effort to impress his fiancee’s domineering father, and a millionaire art collector. A blown fuse plunges everyone involved into complete darkness. Attempting to return the borrowed goods, whilst in total darkness results in a very ripe farce.

12 Jan

Real Inspector Hound/Black Comedy Cast Lists!

Thank you everyone for excellent auditions and callbacks! Big thanks for taking chances, trying new things, and working so hard.  All that makes the casting choices that much more difficult, but is going to make for two really strong casts.  So much great talent… so few shows!

We shall have a read-thru of The Real Inspector Hound at 3:30, in the Black Box, on Wednesday, January 13. Only Hound cast members are required, but Black Comedy cast members are welcome to attend.

We shall have a read-thru of Black Comedy at 3:30, in the Black Box, on Thursday, January 14, and a Parent Meeting for BOTH shows at 6PM on Thursday, following the read-thru of Black Comedy. If you are cast in EITHER show, please bring a parent (or both!) to the very important Parent Meeting on Thursday, at 6PM. Cast members of Hound are welcome to attend the read-thru of Black Comedy, if you wish.

The Real Inspector Hound
Moon – Keaton Straub
Birdboot – Ian Mathes
Simon – Evan Shely
Felicity – Brady McDevitt
Cynthia – Emily Karabeika
Magnus – Sonny Kusaka
Mrs. Drudge – Linda Snyder
Hound – Michael Jonnson

Black Comedy
Brindsley – Kyle Fulton
Carol – Morgan Middleton
Colonel Melkett – Robert Czokajlo
Harold – Jack Draney
Clea – Riley Knowles
Mrs. Furnival – Linda Snyder
Schuppanzigh – Ian Mathes
Bamberger – Sonny Kusaka

11 Jan

Inspector Hound/Black Comedy Callbacks!

Hey everyone, AWESOME auditions today! I want to thank everyone for being so brave, and even trying to use dialect!  Nice work. I thought the auditions went really well.

Callbacks will be at 3:30, and we will go as quickly as we can…. I believe we will be done by 6 PM, but do plan on staying the whole time – if I am able to release you, I shall, but most everyone called back will be reading more than one thing.

Without further ado… here is the list.  Please come join us in the Black Box at 3:30.

Skye Walker
Linda Snyder
Kirsten Driggers
Emily Karabeika
Mary Gilmour
Riley Knowles
Hannah Drake
Maria Tinio
Morgan Middleton
Sarah Heiden
Sarah Tinio
Brady McDevitt
Keaton Straub
Deanna Plunkett
Kyle Fulton
Connor Fitzpatrick
Ian Mathes
Michael Jonsson
Sonny Kusaka
Robert Czokajlo
Evan Shely
Jack Draney

Thank you everyone for all your hard work!

– Jon