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!!

12 Sep

Saturday work parties are a-startin’!

Hey folks… Saturday set construction work parties are starting this weekend (Saturday, Sept. 12)! Hours are 10AM to 4PM…. I encourage you to come either 10-12:30, or 1 PM to 4 PM (or BOTH!)  We usually break for lunch about 12:30.

As we get started, it’s mostly cutting and building (not much painting to be done, until we have something to paint) – and a LOT of using a jigsaw on this show!

PLEASE WEAR CLOSE-TOED SHOES… I know it still feels like summer, but flip-flops are not allowed while working with tools and splintery wood.

Bring a friend!  (Most projects are best with two people.) Work parties are eligible for Thespian points, OR NHS service hours.

– Jon

11 Sep

The Music Man Cast List 2015!

Congratulations all!

Nick Olson, Evan Kohne, Nicholas Bergerson, Jay Cannon, Ryan Greger, Cade Guerins, Brandon Arrigotti, Robert Czokajlo


MRS PAROO: Taylor Bosson

MARIAN: Abbie Stout


ZANETTA SHINN: Brittany Williams

GRACIE SHINN: Brady McDevitt

MARCELLUS: Matthew Snyder

TOMMY: Matthew Lewis

AMARYLLIS: Mackenzie Bezio

WINTHROP: Ellen Willmarth




EULALIE SHINN: Ruth Johnstone

ALMA HIX: Riley Knowles

MAUD DUNLOP: Linda Snyder


MRS. SQUIRES: Deanna Plunkett




EWART DUNLOP: Brandon Arrigotti

OLIVER HIX: Ryan Greger

OLIN BRITT: Robert Czokajlo


Brice Brown, Nick Olson, Kendall Gordon, Maria Tinio, Evan Kohne, Nicholas Bergerson, Giselle Guerra, Bella Montgomery, Emma Harris, Emily Hamel, Sarah Tinio, Maia McNamara, Cassidy Paasch, Caitlin Schaeffer, Sarah Heiden, Sonny Kusaka.


We will have a FULL CAST read through Monday, Sept 14, from 3.30-5.30 in the black box. Then there will be a parent/guardian meeting form 5.30-6.15 in the choir room.

PLEASE EMAIL ME at beckings@wlwv.k12.or.us saying you “accept” or “decline” the role. AND PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR PARENT/GUARDIAN’S EMAIL!

Finally, the production contract (below) needs to be read, signed, and handed to Liv (PSM) or Dara (ASM) on Monday, Sept 14 (at the read through!). If you do not hand in a signed production contract, you will not rehearse on Tuesday.

Production Contract

Thanks you for your great auditions, and now lets get to work!!

28 Apr

Shorts 16!

Shorts 16 runs May 7-9 at 7pm in the PAC auditorium. These student designed and directed plays include crazy therapists, fashion-conscious cat burglars, human bath toys, and an office space for an afterlife….and a lot of pillows! Come and support this great WLHS theatre arts tradition! Tickets are $5 for students, $8 for adults, and can be purchased at the door, or online at www.wlhstheatre.org.

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