13 Mar


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


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

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

5 Dec

Presenting the Cast of “The Trial!”

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
Priest Matthew Snyder

Thank you, everyone! See you in the Black Box on Wednesday, December 6 at 3:30! Scripts will be provided!

4 Dec

Callbacks for “The Trial”

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:

Hannah Drake
Lorelei Eddy
Kaelyn Cahill
Aaron Dawson
Gabe Massey
Izzy Englund
Savanna Pfalzgraff
Philip Chan
Ashley Yablonsky
Maria Tinio
Grant Halverson
Nick Olson
Chase Johnson
Gwyneth Seward
Jonathan Tence
Zach Socherman
Erin O’Connor
Ethan Arterberry
Angela Tinio
Kain Ashford
Aidan Erdahl
Thomas Mor
Emma Kirby
Matthew Snyder

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!

28 Nov

“The Trial” Audition Materials!

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

17 Nov

“The Trial” Audition Dates Moved

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


25 Oct

Monty Python’s SPAMALOT!!!

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.

7 Sep


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

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*
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*
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 beckings@wlwv.k12.or.us

6 Sep


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.

Matthew Lewis
Cameron Massey
Claire Newrones
Hannah Schwartz
Sydney Steinberg
Brady McDevitt
Abby Holland
James Rowan
Matthew Snyder
Nicholas Bergerson
Anthony Qiu
Emily Nielson
Kendall Gordon
Susannah Walters
Keaton Straub
Nick Olson
Kaiden Randall
Philip Chan
Angela Tinio
Haden Misra
Xavier Davidson
Gabe Massey
Amy Gregg
Parrish Noce
Erin O’connor
Giselle Guerra
Mack Castañeda
Brigitte Chenevert
Aymeric Burthey
Brett Mason
Aaron Dawson
Kate Hedgepeth
Mary Gilmour
Alex Bernasconi
Kierra Koehn
Grace Heaton
Miranda Wiler
Maria Tinio
Grant Halverson
Emma Fulmer