We are proud to present three wonderful productions this year and one entertaining showcase of competition scenes. The season begins with Shakespeare’s As You Like It. This Shakespearean comedy will be set in the 1960’s and be presented in the Black Box Theatre. Next, we will be presenting Night on Broadway in the auditorium, a collection of scenes and musical numbers that the Drama Club will be taking to competition. After that, the fizzy and bubbly musical comedy Anything Goes will premiere in the Auditorium. Finally, we end our season on a hilarious note with The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, a small musical about a group of preteen spelling bee participants that features audience participation! Performance dates are as follows:
As You Like It: November 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12
Night on Broadway: February 2 & 3
Anything Goes: February 23, 24, 25, March 2, 3, 4
25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee: May 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27
Check out this audition poster for all the details on how to get involved!
After a season which included a colorful production of Seussical, Three One-Acts, and award-winning musical theatre pieces that were presented at Night on Broadway, Wilsonville High Schools Theatre will present its final production of the school year, the Pulitzer-prize winning, firecracker of a comedy, You Can’t Take it With You, which also happens to contain actual fireworks, opening May 12th at 7pm.
This warm-hearted, hilarious play is about a creatively kooky family, the Sycamores, who simply do what they want to do, and nothing that they don’t want to do. The patriarch of the family, Grandpa Sycamore, spends his time collecting stamps, catching snakes, going to commencements, and dispensing wisdom. He quit the business world thirty-five years prior and never looked back. Surrounding Grandpa is his daughter Penny and her husband Paul, their dance-crazy daughter Essie and her xylophone-playing husband Ed, Irish maid Rheba and her immigrant boyfriend Donald, crazy Russian dance teacher Mr. Kohlenkhov, and other creative characters.
The story revolves around the relationship between Penny and Paul’s more conventional daughter Alice, who falls in love with her Wall Street Banker bosses’ son, Tony. Hilarity and emotional fireworks ensue when Tony’s blueblood parents, Mr. and Mrs. Kirby, come for dinner and unwillingly witness how the other half lives.
Grandpa is played by senior Drew Schwarzer, who is acting in his first lead role in a play. Penny is played by WHS theatre veteran, senior Mikhaila Bishop; Paul is played by senior Brock Taylor; Essie is played by junior Izzy Ochocki; Ed is played by freshman Nate Rasmussen; Alice is played by junior Ashlyn Rose; Tony is played by sophomore Nathan Artman; Mr. Kohlenkhov is played by sophomore Cory Brown; Rheba is played by senior Ally Cumiford; Donald is played by junior Morgan Wiedensmith; Mr. Kirby is played by senior Nathan Dillon; and Mrs. Kirby is being played by sophomore Callie Sahli.
Other cast members include Jack Edwards as Mr. Depinna, a former ice-delivery man who one day delivered the ice and then just “stayed.” Deirdre Fitzgerald as oft-drunk actress Gay Wellington, Anna Carr as Russian Countess Olga Katrina , Kalonni Smith as IRS agent Mr. Henderson, and Alex Baarsch, Joe Young, and Mark Pintar as FBI men.
The play is directed by Drama Program Co-Director Jason Katz, who directed the show at the high school previously in 2008. You Can’t Take it With You is recommended for families with children over the age of 12. Show dates are May 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, and 21 at 7pm in the Wilsonville High School Theatre. There will also be a 2pm matinee on Saturday, May 21st. Tickets are available online at www.wildcatdrama.com and at the door the night of performances. Box office opens at 6:30. For more information, please email Jason Katz at email@example.com.
Only 4 Shows! March 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th at 7pm
All Performances are in the Black Box Theatre – Seating is Limited
Question: How long is this show?
The show runs approximately two hours plus a 15-minute intermission. All the shows begin at 7 pm.
Question: Is this show only for kids?
Those not familiar with Seussical might see the colorful set and costumes and assume this production is mainly for children but this original Broadway musical premiered in 2001 and has been one of the most widely produced musicals since. Seussical will appeal to the whole family from elementary-school children all the way to great-grandparents. While it is true that this would be a great first theatre production for young children, the entire family will enjoy the show.
Question: Why are there no matinees for this show?
With over seventy-five high school students involved in this show and a rigorous two-weekend performance schedule, following eight weeks of rehearsals, the best way to insure our cast, crew and orchestra stay healthy is to give them adequate time to recover between performances. A few years ago, we changed the time of our evening shows from 7:30 pm to 7:00 pm to help accommodate younger members of our audience. Putting on a musical theatre production after school and on weekends is a huge undertaking. Thank you for your understanding.
Question: Why aren’t there any shows on Friday nights?
We reserve the option of adding a Friday night show if we possibly can. The reason we can’t plan on this in advance is because we do not know the playoff schedule for the football team in advance. We also have members of our orchestra who play for the WVHS Pep Band. This causes a delay in our scheduling that cannot be helped. Last year, we were able to add a Friday night for The Sound Of Music and we will try to do the same this year. Please subscribe to our newsletter to stay in the loop or check back here at our website. Thanks again for your understanding!
Question: What is Suessical about?
This fantastical family musical is based on the books of Dr. Seuss, including favorites like “Horton Hears a Who!” “Horton Hatches the Egg,” and “Miss Gertrude McFuzz.”
Story: Horton hears a noise coming from a speck of dust on a clover and commits himself to it and the Whos who live on it; Jojo, a misfit Who who “doesn’t Think normal Thinks,” struggles to find his place in the tiny Who society; Gertrude McFuzz tries to catch the attention of her love – the kind and compassionate Horton. Through mishaps and adventures, these unique characters finally find what they seek – their places in their world.
Wilsonville High School English Teacher and Theatre Director Jason Katz portrays R. F. Simpson, the excitable movie producer in Mask & Mirror’s production of Singin’ In The Rain opening at Tualatin High School on August 14th. Photo by Al Stewart Photography.
Classic Musical: Mask & Mirror Community Theatre presents the classic musical comedy, Singin’ In The Rain. Set in Hollywood in the waning days of the silent screen era, this delightful musical, based on the movie of the same name, focuses on romantic lead Don Lockwood, his sidekick Cosmo Brown, aspiring actress Kathy Selden, and Lockwood’s leading lady Lina Lamont, whose less-than-dulcet vocal tones make her an unlikely candidate for stardom in talking pictures. Performances at Tualatin High School: August 14, 15, 21 & 22 at 7 pm and matinees on August 16 & 23 at 2 pm. Tickets at MaskAndMirror.com or call 503-333-1139.
Announcing… the 2015-16 WHS THEATRE SEASON!
Performances Nov. 4-7, 11-14th
“Night on Broadway”
Thespian Showcase – Large group numbers and small groups, solos, scenes, etc. This will be a preview of what are student actors will be taking to compete at the regional thespian competition the following day.
February 3 — One night only!
Student-Directed One-Act Play Festival
Four performances in March.
Wonderful, funny play about a kooky, artsy family that lives in a big house. The only ‘normal’ person is the daughter who wants to marry a young executive that just happens to be the son of the stuffiest, most conservative banker in NYC.
Performances will be late May.
Tonight, June 3rd, at 7 PM we will be hosting our annual drama awards ceremony. We will look back on the year’s productions and acknowledge the many outstanding and memorable performances from our dedicated and talented actors.
We will be presenting several “ARTYS” (Artistic Recognition Trophies) to winning nominees–as voted by the actors themselves. In addition, the directors will be recognizing several individuals in various categories. In short, this will be a celebration of the amazing and entertaining efforts of the students in our drama department.
Please join us in the fun. Refreshments will be provided.