4 Apr

Shorts 18 Callbacks

Shorts 18 Callback List

Congrats, All!

The following should report to the PAC by 3:30 on Wednesday April 5.

*Please look at the CALLBACK CHART below to see what you have been called back for, room assignments, and slot times. This will also be posted.

Some of you will read the same sides from initial auditions, some of you may cold read new sides, and some of you may do both!

Please keep in mind that if you are not on the following list, it is by no means a measurement of your abilities.

Caden DeWitz

Sonny Kusaka

Evan Khone

Gillian McMahon

Nikki Rudnick (Bring Instrument)

Camden Kennedy

Mary Gilmour

Shannon Bandin

Ashley Alexander

Grant Halverson

Thomas Mohr

Kaelyn Cahill

Emma Fulmer

Brady McDevitt

Matt Lewis

Angela Tinio

Kaiden Randall

Matthew Snyder

Chase Johnson

Emma Kirby

Nick Olson

Giselle Guerra

Brianna Alexander

Sydney Steinburg (Bring Instrument)

Phillip Chan (Bring Instrument)

Kendall Gordon

Griffin Harris

Keaton Straub

Hannah Schwartz

Jay Romero

Nickolay Galtsev

Kierra Koehn


3 Apr

Shorts Auditions Cancelled!

Shorts 18 auditions are cancelled for today due to school being cancelled.

Initial auditions will now be Tuesday, 4/4 from 3.30 – 6.

Callbacks will be Wednesday, by invitation, 4/5 from 3.30-5.30.

Please see the previous post for all other info!


30 Mar


Initial auditions for Shorts 18 will be Monday, April 3 from 3.30-6pm.

Please read through all the play descriptions here:

Shorts 18 Descriptions

Next, choose ONE side (scenes you will audition with). 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 4, you may not necessarily be called back for the role you initially auditioned with.

Here are all the sides:

Lillie_Meant_Murder SIDES (Deanna Plunkett)

Hamlet Reading SIDES (Linda Snyder)

The Man Who Turned into a Stick SIDES (Laurel Sleeper & Ellen Willmarth)

STREUTH SIDES (Michael Jonsson):
Streuth SIDE Inspector and Major
Streuth SIDE Inspector, James, D
Streuth SIDE Inspector, Vicar and Co.

Finally, here is the audition form:

SHORTS Audition Form

Please fill out the form prior to Monday.

If you have any questions, please contact directors via email:
Deanna Plunkett – plunketd@wlhs.wlwv.k12.or.us
Linda Snyder – snyderl@wlhs.wlwv.k12.or.us
Laurel Sleeper & Ellen Willmarth – sleeperl@wlhs.wlwv.k12.or.us, willmare@wlhs.wlwv.k12.or.us
Michael Jonsson – jonssonm@wlhs.wlwv.k12.or.us


26 Feb

The Provoked Wife Opens Friday, Mar 3!

Come and enjoy our raucously riotous, and raggedly riveting Restoration Comedy!

The hitherto virtuous Lady Brute is provoked to find companionship with the caddish, Constant, by her sour, sottish husband. Married in haste – she for money, he for lust – the Brutes are shackled by wedlock but looking for diversions. He goes off for a drunken night on the town and ends up before a magistrate, disguised in his wife’s frock.

Set in the 17th century but infused with the flavor of the 1980s, this Restoration comedy explores how wit and gossip informed relationships and “the chase” of the time period.

Our production has it all – wigs, period costumes, 80s music, sword fighting, and general frivolity! It’s educational theatre at its best and promises to entertain your socks off.

We have an invited dress (donations appreciated) on March 2 at 6pm

We then run March 3,4,9,10,11 all at 7pm.

Tickets can be purchased online at http://blogs.wlhs.wlwv.k12.or.us/Theatre/?page_id=13.


11 Feb

Kids Improv Day 2017!

Register your students for KIDS IMPROV DAY, to be held at the WLHS Performing Arts Center on February 20!

The day is aimed at 1-6 graders, and will include theatre games, collaboration, and a chance to perform on the big stage. The theme is “Magical Kingdoms,” and the entire event will be hosted by members of the WLHS Theatre Department. So, dress up as your favorite “Magical Kingdom” character and come and learn about the wonderful world of theatre arts!

The following is letter detailing the event and a pre-registration form:


Kids Improv Pre-Reg

All proceeds go to the WLHS Thespian Troupe. For more information, contact WLHS Theatre Arts Director, Steven Beckingham on beckings@wlwv.k12.or.us”


5 Jan

The Provoked Wife CAST LIST

E’gads! This was hard, people!

Great work, everyone…truly! You all shined in your own way. It was a lot of fun watching! Alas, I cannot cast you all. The cast is as follows:

SIR JOHN BRUTE – Michael Jonsson
LADY BRUTE – Linda Snyder
BELINDA – Brady McDevitt
CONSTANT – Cade Guerins
LADY FANCYFULL – Deanna Plunkett
MADAMOUSILLE – Ellen Willmarth
RASOR – Nick Olson
JUSTICE – Kaiden Randall
THE QUARTET!! (yes, I’m making it an 80s Baroque-style quartet) – Philip Chan (TREBLE), Maria Tinio (PIPE), Audrey Lipsey, Sonny Kusaka


LORD RAKE – Sonny Kusaka
COLONEL BULLY – Grant Halverston
CONSTABLE – Caleb Richards
TAILOR – Munya Fashu-Kanu
PAGE – Emma Kirby
CORNET – Abby “Mistress” Cakebread
SERVANTS – Hannah Schwartz, Emma Kirby, Grant Halverston

Various ensemble will play THE WATCH, PUBGOERS, and PARK LOOKIELOOS

Tomorrow we will have a read through from 3.30-5.30 in the black box. Please arrive promptly to get your script, so we can get started! If you have a conflict with the read through, please email Maxi, our stage manager, at muessigm@wlhs.wlwv.k12.or.us.


4 Jan

The Provoked Wife Callbacks

Thank you to all who auditioned! How exciting (and frustrating (: ) to have so much talent to choose from!

Callbacks will begin at 3.30 on 1/5. New sides will be handed out at auditions (so you will be cold reading). You will be paired with people at the callback and will be given time to read through the scenes before going in.

People called back for Treble/Pipe, I will teach you something to sing on the day.

People called back for ENSEMBLE, you will be doing some improv!

CONSTANT –  Michael Jonsson, Cade Guerins, Calvin Hidde
HEARTFREE – Calvin Hidde, Sonny Kusaka, Zebe Loun
SIR JOHN – Kaiden Randall, Michael Jonsson
JUSTICE – Kaiden Randall, Sonny Kusaka, Munya F-K
LADY FANCYFULL – Mary Gilmour, Brady McDevitt, Deanna Plunkett
MADAMOUSILLE – Ellen Willmarth, Kamerin Villagomez, Emma Kirby
TREBLE/PIPE – Philip Chan, Audrey Lipsey, Maria Tinio, Sonny Kusaka
LADY BRUTE – Linda Snyder, Emma Fulmer, Keaton Straub
BELINDA – Maria Tinio, Emma Kirby, Zyla Zody, Deanna Plunkett, Brady McDevitt
RASOR – Nick Olson, Kaiden Randall
ENSEMBLE – Hannah Schwartz, Grant Halverson, Kendall Gordon, Sarah Heiden, Caleb Richards, Abigail Cakebread, Angela Tinio

Thank you!!!

29 Dec

The Provoked Wife Auditions!!

Happy new year everyone!

Wednesday, January 4 at 3.30 in the black box there will be auditions for our spring play, The Provoked Wife. This is a Restoration Comedy that, although very funny, was written during a time when social deportment (manners, behavior, style, etc.) was of extreme importance. The plays mirror that of the people who lived in and around the aristocratic court of Charles II; including servants, tradesman, entertainers, etc. The main point is that there were rules of etiquette that were quite complex. These “code of manners” dictated such particulars as how to use a fan/walking stick, bow, curtsy, sit, stand, walk, stroll in the park, and drink coffee and chocolate. The lower class might occasionally aspire to or attempt these particulars, but generally leave the “code” to the upper class. The restoration of Charles II brought with it a society of fashion, gluttony, and the pursuit of idle pleasures, witty language, the necessity of marriage, and the proper execution of the code of manners.

Although this play was performed in 1697, I would still like to keep with the early Restoration period, when Charles II was on the throne. We will discuss dialect later, but please do not worry about auditioning with a dialect. The only dialect I may ask to hear at initial auditions is that of Madamoiselle.

For auditions…I am not concerned with accuracy in terms of the code of manners of the Restoration period. That will come later during rehearsals. However, I would like to see people come up with their own version of consistent stylistic choices in terms of physicality, voice, and social interaction. The only thing to keep in mind is that it has to be far, far away from anything we might do in 2017!


SIR JOHN – the brutish, gambling, drunken husband who married for lust.
LADY BRUTE – the charming, witty, mature, but self-preserving wife who married for money.
LADY FANCYFULL – typical Restoration character, a female fop, selfish and ridiculous.
CONSTANT – the unrepentant bachelor, Lady Brute’s temptation, a rake, a cad.
HEARTFREE – sensitive, afraid to love, the moral spokesman.
BELINDA – the reliable companion of Lady Brute, offers the solution, has the happiest end.
MADAMOISELLE – Fancyfull’s French maid, witty, ambitious, sarcastic, but loves her job as she gets to taunt men and manipulate Lady F. (must perform with a French accent)
RASOR – Sir John’s valet, falls for Mademoiselle.

I would like to cast TREBLE and PIPE with a male and a female comfortable with singing. Being able to play an instrument is a plus!

I would like a small male/female ensemble to play ALL other roles.

Here is the audition form (you will be seen sooner if you prepare ahead of time):


SIDES – Choose one side based on who you want to audition for. If you want to audition for m/f ensemble or TREBLE or PIPE, prepare the “male ensemble” and “female ensemble” sides.

Additionally, if you are auditioning for TREBLE or PIPE, be prepared to sing “Happy Birthday” in a classical style. If you want to go a step further, prepare a short chorus of a 1980s love song…but in a Baroque/Classical style. You can accompany yourself if you want, but acapella is fine.






You can email me with any questions – beckings@wlwv.k12.or.us


15 Dec

The Provoked Wife Script

Auditions for The Provoked Wife will be on Jan 4. Sides and other info will be posted here over break.

For now, here is the script we will be using:


Have a read in order to get to know the piece! I have yet to decide whether or not the cast will perform with British dialects.