13 Jun

ANNOUNCEMENT: 2018-19 PROGRAMMING CHANGE

After a lot of careful thought, conversation, and deliberation, we have come to the conclusion that Heathers the Musical, High School Edition is not the right story for the WLHS Theatre Arts Department to tell this November.

Instead, Annie will be directing…

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee! We will be expanding the cast slightly, and along with our December one-acts and (at least one) large-group musical piece that we will be casting and preparing for Thespian Regional Competition (!), we are confident that we will be able to provide ample opportunities for students hoping to be involved in a performance project this fall.

Please contact Annie or Steve with any questions. Auditions for Spelling Bee will be the week of September 3. We are really looking forward to this very special show at West Linn.

8 May

SHORTS 19 Opens May 10!

The West Linn High School Theatre Arts Department presents, Shorts 19, a night of student directed and produced one-act plays! Exploring an overall theme of “The Ebb and Flow of Companionship,” five different plays show multiple character’s journeys through narcolepsy, love and marriage, imagination, obsession, and linguistic challenges. Come and support our fantastic student cast and crew! Shows run May 10, 11, and 12 at 7pm in the PAC Auditorium.

Aprés Opèra by Michael Bigelow Dixon & Valerie Smith
Marred Bliss by Mark O’Donnell
directed by Brady McDevitt

Upper West Side Story by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope & Jamie Wooten
directed by Hannah Schwartz & Emma Kirby

The Library by Kendall Gordon
directed by Maria Tinio & Keaton Straub

The Mall by William Inge
directed by Kendall Gordon

Set and Lighting Design by Nicholas Bergerson
Sound Design by Sydney Steinberg & Dylan Jahnson
Costume Design by Caleb Richards, Chase Johnson, and Annie Kaiser
Production Stage Management by Abigail Cakebread

3 Apr

Introducing your SHORTS 19 Casts!

Really lovely work today! Directors spent nearly 2 hours discussing casting for these shows. That says a lot about the quality of work they witnessed over the last two audition days….most impressive.

Congratulations to the following casts:

APRES OPERA & MARRED BLISS
Laurel/Alas: Grace Heaton
Karen/Jane: Angela Tinio
Peter/Jeery: Lukas Montgomery
Duncan/Dink: Mattew Lewis

THE MALL
Matrons: Lorelei Eddy, Kierra Koehn
Crones: Susie Walters, Colleen Cakebread
Barney: Clay Barbee
Dell: Philip Chan
Sailor: Xavier Davidson
Girl: Nikki Ruduick
Clara: Ashley Yablonsky
Man: Caleb Richards

UPPER WEST SIDE STORY
Jake: Izzy Englund
Willard: Jonathan Tence
Stan: Grant Halverson
Meredith: Gwyn Seward
Mimi: Maizie Somers
Rita: Gillian McMahon
Deena: Kierra Koehn
Amber: Brigitte Chenevert

THE LIBRARY
Cowboy: Sonny Kusaka
Knight: Nick Olson
Detective: Marshall Knowles
Aristocrat: Brett Mason
Pirate: Miranda Wiler
Scholar: Ivy Potter

Tomorrow, all casts will meet with their directors and ASMs for a read through of their plays. Please meet in the black box at 3.30. The read throughs should not take much longer than an hour. If you have a conflict with tomorrow, please contact Abigail Cakebread.

2 Apr

SHORTS 19 Callbacks

Great turn out today, everyone. On behalf of all the directors and stage management team, I’d like to thank you all for being well behaved and prepared.

The following list indicates who directors would like to see tomorrow and for what role(s). The same sides will be utilized, so you can refer to the previous audition info post. Please show up promptly at 3.30 in the auditorium. Tomorrow, there will be a schedule listing time slots, rooms, and groupings. At 3.30, Abigail will give you all a brief rundown of what the evening will look like. Please plan to be there until 6pm. If you have a conflict, contact Abigail Cakebread.

Congratulations!

APRES OPERA/MARRED BLISS

Laurel/Alice:
Colleen Cakebread, Izzy Englund, Ivy Potter, Grace Heaton

Karen/Jane:
Nikki Ruduick, Angela Tinio, Ashley Yablonsky

Peter/Jeery:
Lukas Montgomery, Philip Chan, Gabe Massey

Duncan/Dink:
Matt Lewis, Clay Barbee, Caleb Richards, Xavier Davidson

 

THE LIBRARY

Cowboy:
Sonny Kusaka, Lukas Montgomery, Michael Miller, Clay Barbee

Knight:
Nick Olson, Xavier Davidson, Caleb Richards

Detective:
Clay Barbee, Gabe Massey, Billie Henderson, Nick Olson

Aristocrat:
Brett Mason, Lorelei Eddy, Angela Tinio, Grace Heaton

Pirate:
Miranda Wiler, Gwyn Seward, Susie Walters

Scholar:
Brigitte Chenevert, Kierra Koehn, Savannah Pfalzgraff

 

THE MALL

Matrons:
Kierra Koehn, Angela Tinio, Liana Li, Miranda Wiler

Crones:
Maizie Somers, Colleen Cakebread, Susie Walters, Brett Mason, Gillian McMahon

Barney:
Nick Olson, Clay Barbee, Gabe Massey

Dell:
Phillip Chan, Xavier Davidson, Grant Halverson

Sailor:
Clay Barbee, Matt Lewis

Girl:
Brigitte Chenevert, Nikki Ruduick

Clara:
Gwyn Seward, Savannah Pfalzgraff

 

UPPER WEST SIDE STORY

Jake:
Xavier Davidson, Matt Lewis, Grant Halverson, Phillip Chan, Marshall Knowles, Jonathan Tence

Willard:
Nick Olson, Caleb Richards, Michael Miller

Stan:
Sonny Kusaka, Izzy Engluno, Lukas Montgomery, Clay Barbee, Gabe Massey

Meredith:
Nikki Ruduick, Ashley Yablonsky, Gwyn Seward, Darya Heravi

Mimi:
Maizie Somers, Brett Mason, Colleen Cakebread

Rita:
Maizie Somers, Gwyn Seward, Susie Walters

Deena:
Kierra Koehn, Brett Mason, Darya Heravi

Amber:
Susie Walters, Brigitte Chenevert, Kierra Koehn

2 Apr

SHOWCASE, SHOWCASE!

Thespian Fundraiser

Showcase, Showcase!

Come and watch our 7 State Thespian Showcase Qualifiers! All proceeds help with student’s State expenses.

The night will also include additional performers!

Wednesday, April 4 @ 6pm
in the PAC Auditorium
$5 at the door

STATE QUALIFIERS:

ORIGINAL PANTOMIME
Nicholas Bergerson, Angela Tinio, Maria Tinio, Kaiden Randall

SOLO MUSICAL
Matthew Lewis
Matthew Snyder

DUET MUSICAL
Angela Tinio & Maria Tinio
Brady McDevitt & Matthew Lewis
Erin O’Connor & Hannah Schwartz (Regional Finalists)

SOLO ACTING
Emma Fulmer
Nick Olson (All State Show Auditioner)

DUO SCENE
Emma Kirby & Brady McDevitt

28 Mar

SHORTS 19 Audition Info & Materials!

Initial auditions for Shorts 19 will be MONDAY, APRIL 2, from 3.30-6 in the Black Box Studio Theatre.

All character descriptions and sides (scenes you will audition with) for specific shows are below. For Monday, choose ONE side. You DO NOT need to have the sides memorized, but be very familiar with them. Please note, the directors just want to see how you tackle character and stage interaction. If called back for April 3, you may not necessarily be called back for the role you initially auditioned with.

Here are the plays, their directors, and the descriptions/sides:

Apres Opera & Marred Bliss, directed by Brady McDevitt
ApresOpera&MarredBliss_Characters & Sides

The Library, directed by Maria Tinio & Keaton Straub
The Library Characters & Sides

Upper West Side Story, directed by Hannah Schwartz & Emma Kirby
UpperWestSideStory Characters & Sides

The Mall, directed by Kendall Gordon
The Mall Characters & Sides

Here is the audition sheet. Please print and fill out prior to your audition:
Shorts Audition Sheet

If you have any general questions or concerns regarding the audition process, please contact the Production Stage Manager, Abigail Cakebread – cakebrea@wlhs.wlwv.k12.or.us

If you have any questions regarding characters or the plays, please contact the appropriate director(s):
Brady – mcdevitb@wlhs.wlwv.k12.or.us
Maria & Keaton – tiniom@wlhs.wlwv.k12.or.us, straubk@wlhs.wlwv.k12.or.us
Hannah & Emma – Schwarth@wlhs.wlwv.k12.or.us, kirbye@wlhs.wlwv.k12.or.us
Kendall – Gordonk@wlhs.wlwv.k12.or.us

We highly recommend you begin preparing ASAP as auditions are upon our immediate return to school.

Break a Leg!!

13 Mar

IMPROV NIGHT!

The Theatre Arts Department presents IMPROV NIGHT! on March 14 & 15 at 6pm. Come and laugh your socks off….and maybe even shed a tear….as the WLHS Improv Troupe entertains with short form improv – in the moment character and story creation! Students have been working with professional actor and improviser, Eric Nepom, building their quick thinking and stage collaboration skills.

With special guest appearances each night!!!

$4 at the door.

21 Feb

IMPROV NIGHT CANCELED

Due to school closure and activity cancellations, all improv rehearsals and the improv nights (Feb 23 & 24) are canceled.

We are hoping to re-schedule, so please stayed tuned!

21 Feb

The Trial opens March 2!!

Joseph K. has been arrested – but no one will tell him the crime.

Franz Kafka’s The Trial follows the incredible ill fortune of Joseph K., who wakes up one morning to discover that he’s been arrested on unnamed charges. Throughout the play, K. struggles futilely against a secretive and tyrannical court system, only to come to a surprising and unsettling conclusion.

Join us for a fascinating night of modern theatre! Go on a thought-provoking journey with a very talented cast and crew. Please note, this production is not recommended for children under 12. Shows run March 2, 3, 8, 9, 10 at 7pm. Tickets can be purchased at www.wlhstheatre.org or at the PAC box office.

Direction, Set & Lighting Design by Jon Ares
Costume Design by Elyse Grimaldi
Sound Design by Dylan Jahnson & Kaiden Randall
Original Compositions by Dylan Jahnson

MORE ABOUT THE PLAY:
For many, The Trial is seen as a spot-on critique of totalitarian governments such as Joseph Stalin’s Soviet Union or Nazi Germany, where civil rights were suspended and individuals persecuted on the barest suggestion of civil disobedience. The Trial can also be interpreted as a critique of the unwieldy bureaucratic systems that characterize any modern government, both totalitarian and democratic.

Franz Kafka (1883-1924) was a Czech-born German-language writer whose surreal fiction vividly expressed the anxiety, alienation, and powerlessness of the individual in the 20th century. Kafka’s work is characterized by nightmarish settings in which characters are crushed by nonsensical, blind authority. Thus, the word Kafkaesque is often applied to bizarre and impersonal administrative situations where the individual feels powerless to understand or control what is happening.  – Merriam-Webster