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

7 Jan

Come and See HOODIE!

The Children’s Theatre and Tech II production of HOODIE has 3 performances left!

Jan 8 @ 6pm
Jan 9 @ 2pm & 6pm
$3 at the door

How do middle school students negotiate the many avenues of being their age? – peer pressure, appearance, judgment, parents, PE!

Completely designed by our students, Hoodie uses humor, exaggeration, and a vignette storytelling style to explore the lives of a middle schoolers.


5 Jan

The Real Inspector Hound/Black Comedy Auditions!

All you need to know, and more!

Auditions for Tom Stoppard’s “The Real Inspector Hound” and Peter Shaffer’s “Black Comedy” will be on Monday, January 11, 2016, after school from 3:30 to 6 PM,  with call-backs on Tuesday, Jan. 12, after school, from 3:30 to 6 PM in the Black Box Studio Theatre.  No experience necessary!  Both plays, directed by Jon Ares, will be performed together in the auditorium March 4, 5, 10, 11, 12.  Some members of the ensemble will be cast in BOTH shows. Rehearsals are after school, 3:30 to 6 PM.

Please download, print, and fill out the Audition Form, and bring it with you.

Also, please review the character descriptions, and the audition sides, below.  You will audition for your choice of character, and you may audition with another person if you desire, but it is not necessary.  There will be someone to read with you in the audition, if needed. YOU DO NOT NEED TO MEMORIZE THE SCRIPT!  But, please familiarize yourself with it.

Notes about auditioning for certain characters: the theatre critic Moon will be cast as a female.  The role of Bamberger does not have an audition piece – please audition with the other German role, Schuppanzigh instead.

Rehearsals: the rehearsal time is very limited (about 5 weeks for TWO shows!) Some members of the ensemble will be in both shows, some only one show, BUT do not expect that you may only rehearse a couple days a week… if you have a small-ish part in one show, you may have a larger role in the other. Prepare to rehearse each day after school.

If you attended Mr. B’s British dialect workshop, please review the handouts he provided. If you didn’t, or would like a review, here are two good Youtube videos that should help.  I haven’t been able to find any videos with good examples of the Northern dialect (Harold in “Black Comedy”) – but I’m sure there are good films with excellent examples. If you can find Joe Orton’s “Loot” online (the film) then that would be a good resource.

https://youtu.be/ldAKIzq7bvs  – very good RP
https://youtu.be/LY8FjXN14ew  – good Estuary


Audition Form
Hound-BC synopses
BC-Hound Character Descriptions

“Hound” audition sides:

“Black Comedy” audtion sides:

23 Nov

The Music Man Opens Dec 4!!!!!


There’s trouble in River City when a fast-talking salesman gets his heart stolen by the town librarian.

The Tony award winning musical comedy, The Music Man, follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to organize – this despite the fact he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain’s fall.

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Meredith Wilson
Based on a story by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey

West Linn High School Auditorium
December 4, 5, 10, 11, 12 @ 7pm
Adults: $10 in Advance, $12 at the Door
Students: $7 in Advance, $9 at the Door

7 Nov

The Music Man Schedule Change

SCHEDULE CHANGE – I would like to clean up Iowa Stubborn on Monday for the first hour. So, FULL CAST is called, 3.30-4.30 If you have a conflict, please let Liv Hancock know. Thanks!

10 Oct

The Music Man Cast and Families

First, there will be no more hard copy schedules. I know this is disappointing to some of you, but Liv and I have ended up recycling so much paper because of the amount of changes we have had to make. This is part and parcel of rehearsing a high school musical….it’s expected. In addition to doc appointments, other school related conflicts, etc., we also have some cast members in Mock Trial and Choir, both groups traveling to NYC this month.

After you click on “Production Rehearsal Calendar,” go to the top right. You can print as is OR, my suggestion, click “Agenda,” then print from there. Be sure to include the description because I have included info on who is called.

HELP! Does anyone have or have access to a wooden desk-type chair with wheels? It would need to be acceptable to the the time period of 1912, and move pretty freely.

Also, we need two longish wooden benches. We have two already (about 5-6 feet). They need to be backless.

Thank you!

28 Sep

IMPROV MIXER with Eric Nepom

Next Monday, October 5, from 3.30-5.30, Eric Nepom will be running an improv mixer in the black box for those interested in becoming part of an improv troupe (which will perform on November 13 & 14).

Eric is a professional actor and improviser from Portland. He will be running a series of long-form improv workshops during the month of October in the black box. All students are welcome on the 5th. It will be a night if getting to know each other, improv games, and discussion about casting troupes and what will happen for the performances.

Take advantage of this awesome opportunity!!