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!
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
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
Thank you everybody for two rounds of awesome auditions! So many great actors here – we are definitely blessed! If only there were enough roles for everyone….
Below is the cast list for “The Trial.” Our first rehearsal/read-thru is Wednesday, December 6 at 3:30pm. I know it’s an Early Release day, but rehearsal will not start until 3:30 in the black box – and be over by 6pm.
|Joseph||Nick Olson||Manager||Zach Socherman|
|Franz||Grant Halverson||Magistrate||Philip Chan|
|Willem||Kain Ashford||Aunt Clara||Angela Tinio|
|Frau Grubach||Gwyneth Seward||Sophie Kleist||Erin O’Connor|
|Inspector||Izzy Englund||Leni||Savannah Pfalzgraff|
|Marthe||Ashley Yablonsky||Herr Schultz||Gabe Massey|
|Hilda||Kaelyn Cahill||Titorelli||Maria Tinio|
|Eva||Emma Kirby||Block||Thomas Mor|
Thank you, everyone! See you in the Black Box on Wednesday, December 6 at 3:30! Scripts will be provided!
Everyone who auditioned today – THANK YOU SO MUCH for your bravery and great work! Steve and I were very impressed, and pleased with your efforts! Here is who I’d like to see tomorrow (Tuesday) at 3:30, at the Black Box for Callbacks:
We will start the Callbacks with some information and direction, then inform who shall be reading which roles. Some people may be reading for more than one role, and there are some roles in the play that we will not be reading (or re-reading) for Callbacks. We will start at 3:30, and do our best to be done by 6 PM.
All pieces we shall read are pieces that are in the audition packet, so feel free to review those.
Thank you all so much, and if you’re on the list above, I’ll see you at 3:30 in the black box!
Auditions: Monday, December 4, 3:30pm at the Black Box
Callbacks: Tuesday, December 5, 3:30pm at the Black Box
First Read-Thru: Wednesday, December 6, 3:30pm at the Black Box
Here is the audition packet:
The Trial Audition Packet
Inside, you will find some character descriptions that should help with auditions. You will also find the Audition Form (which you must fill out BEFORE you audition – bring it already filled-out!). You will also find the audition sides, and information about rehearsals and expectations.
Please read through all the audition sides, to be familiar with them. Please choose ONE character to audition for. You will be free to read with others auditioning for the other parts opposite your character. You may get “matched up” with someone, and if you read for Joseph, you may find yourself reading with several different people.
For a synopsis, please see the previous post: http://blogs.wlhs.wlwv.k12.or.us/Theatre/?p=1744
Greetings, all! Auditions for our March production of Franz Kafka’s The Trial have been moved up to December 4, and December 5 for Callbacks. We will also have read-thrus and table work on December 6 and 7.
Audition materials will be posted soon, but if you are interested in reading the script, click here:
(You must log in with your WLHS login to access this link.)
For some info on the story, check out these links:
Thug Notes (entertaining, and accurate)
Good synopsis (first part of video)
Author Kenneth Albers, discussing the play at Hendrix College, 2012
Spamalot, a new musical comedy lovingly ripped off from Monty Python’s, “Holy Grail, ” will adorn the West Linn High School stage Nov 9,11,16,17,18 @ 7pm at the Performing Arts Center. Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table embark on an quest to find the Holy Grail. On their journey they encounter not quite dead people, Knights of Ni, an enchanter called, Tim, a ferocious rabbit, the French, and um, the All Mighty. With staff guest appearances, a fantastic set, ridiculously fun costumes, animations, and the catchiest of catchiest songs, Spamalot delivers on all fronts! Join us for a night of hilarity…..May the Spam be with you!
Poster design by Alexis Mooney.
Many congratulations to those cast AND those who auditioned. It’s never ever easy, on either side of the audition table!
The following cast, please meet in the black box at 3.30 sharp for a full read through. You will be handed scripts. BRING A PENCIL! We will go until we finish. . .hopefully 6ish. And please bring a calendar of any conflicts if you have not already. The calendar is available in the audition packet a few posts down.
* denotes multiple roles
LADY OF THE LAKE – Claire Newrones
ARTHUR – Matthew Lewis
PATSY – Susannah Walters
BEDEVERE – Cameron Massey
DENNIS GALAHAD – Matthew Snyder
LANCELOT – Anthony Qiu
ROBIN – Brady McDevitt
NOT DEAD FRED/PRINCE HERBERT – James Rowan*
The following make up the ensemble/chorus, but will also play specified roles:
HISTORIAN – Keaton Straub*
MINSTREL – Abby Holland* & Parrish Noce* (split performances)
FRENCH TAUNTER – Xavier Davidson & Gabe Massey (split performances)
CONCORDE – Nicholas Bergerson
TIM THE ENCHANTER – Sydney Steinberg*
THE BLACK KNIGHT – Nick Olson*
LADY BORS – Mary Gilmour
HERBERT’S FATHER – Kaiden Randall
THE KNIGHT OF NI – Kendall Gordon
THE KNIGHTS OF NI – Keaton Straub*, Hannah Schwartz, Parrish Noce*, Nick Olson*
DENNIS GALAHAD’S MUM – Haden Misra
SWAP CASTLE GUARD 1 – Grant Halverson
SWAP CASTLE GUARD 2 – Mack Castañeda
THE LAKER GIRLS – Emma Fulmer, Angela Tinio, Maria Tinio, Abby Holland*, Amy Gregg, Sydney Steinberg*, Erin O’connor, Giselle Guerra
Anyone on the above list, if you have any questions regarding your role, please email Mr. B at firstname.lastname@example.org
Holy Camelot! So much talent I may just have to throw a cow….(not really)
The following people, please report to the PAC auditorium by 3.30 sharp! WEAR CLOTHES/SHOES YOU CAN MOVE IN. And although it will not determine whether or not you are cast, bring tap shoes if you have them. We hope to only go until 5.30….but be prepared to go longer.
What a turn out today! Thank you, thank you, thank you, for all your great energy and enthusiasm! And thank you for your patience. . .it was a long day for all of you.
We would like the following to please report to the PAC at 3.30 tomorrow to read/sing the material associated with the specified character(s). All the callback material is in the previous post. There might be some switches in pairings, so plan to be there until 6pm. We realize that you do not have much time to prepare the material (especially those who are called back for more than one role), so all we ask is that you prepare as much as you can and give it your best shot. We will likely use some time to rehearse each new song with small groups before individuals sing.
Those singing ROBIN, please note that many of the lyrics will be edited before rehearsals begin.
If you are not on the list below, please check back here for the DANCE CALL list, which will be posted tomorrow night. Your name may be on that list! So, keep yourself available Thursday.
(if I misspelled anyone’s name incorrectly, my sincere apologies!!)
ARTHUR – Matthew Lewis, Cameron Massey
LADY OF THE LAKE – Claire Newrones, Hannah Schwartz
ROBIN – Sydney Steinberg, Brady McDevitt, Abby Holland, James Rowan
LANCELOT – Matthew Snyder, Nicholas Bergerson, Anthony Qiu
PATSY – Emily Nielson, Kendall Gordon, Susannah Walters, Keaton Straub
GALAHAD – Matthew Snyder, James Rowan
BEDEVERE – Nick Olson, Kaiden Randall, Philip Chan
HISTORIAN – Philip Chan, Angela Tinio, Keaton Straub
FRED/HERBERT – Nicholas Bergerson, James Rowan
DENNIS’ MUM – Nick Olson, Haden Misra
FRENCH TAUNTER – Xavier Davidson, Gabe Massey, Brady McDevitt
MINSTREL – Amy Gregg, Parrish Noce, Angela Tinio, Philip Chan, Abby Holland, Sydney Steinberg
HERBERT’S DAD – Nick Olson, Kaiden Randall, Gabe Massey