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.

5 Dec

KIMBERLY AKIMBO in the Black Box Studio Theatre

Set in the wilds of suburban New Jersey, KIMBERLY AKIMBO is a hilarious and heartrending play about a teenager with a rare condition causing her body to age faster than it should. When she and her family flee Secaucus under dubious circumstances, Kimberly is forced to reevaluate her life while contending with a hypochondriac mother, a rarely sober father, a scam-artist aunt, her own mortality and, most terrifying of all, the possibility of first love.


Ellen Willmarth, Kirsten Driggers, Dylan Emerick, Philip Chan, and Mary Gilmour

Directed by WLHS alum, Eric Nepom

No recommended for children under 12 years.

Tickets can be purchased online here: http://wlhs.tix.com/Schedule.aspx?OrgNum=1101

Tickets can also be bought during box office hours and at the door just before a performance.


2 Nov

The Addams Family!!

Duh, duh, duh, dum! Snap! Snap!

Come and enjoy the outrageous fun that is…


THE ADDAMS FAMILY features an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents.

28 Sep

Kimberly Akimbo Cast List!

Excellent work today, everyone. Unfortunately, there are only five on-stage roles.

Congratulations to the following cast of Kimberly Akimbo:

KIM – Ellen Willmarth
JEFF – Philip Chan
BUDDY – Dylan Emerick
PATTIE – Kirsten Driggers
DEBRA – Mary Gilmour

You will receive an email soon with further details regarding a read through and rehearsal schedule.

Everyone else, congratulations on taking the leap and auditioning for a high school show. Don’t make this your last….keep on coming to auditions, and continue to be a part of the WLHS Thespian Troupe and/or WLHS Theatre in general!

Thank you!


27 Sep

Kimberly Akimbo Callback List

Thanks to all who auditioned today! We were incredibly impressed with everyone’s “go for it” attitude! If you are on the list below, please arrive at the black box by 3.30 tomorrow, September 28 (It is early release, but we still have to begin at 3.30). We should be done by 5.

If you are not on the list, please believe us when we say, it is not for lack of talent or effort, but because you are not quite right for this project. Please, please, keep auditioning!


Keaton Straub
Savannah Pfalzgraff
Dylan Emerick
Ellen Willmarth
Emma Kirby
Thomas Mor
Millie Harpel
Ella Johansen
Hannah Drake
Caitie Steinke
Brice Brown
Philip Chun
Kamerin Villagomez
Zyla Zody
Maria Tinio
Mary Gilmour
Skyler Reed
Kirsten Driggers
Emily Nielson

Some of you will be called back for more than one role. Tomorrow you will all be doing cold reads…in other words, you will not know what side you will be asked to perform until you get there.

Break a leg and have fun!