Night On Broadway Showcase Is $5 At The Door On February 1st & 2nd

41 students will perform in the Night On Broadway Thespian Showcase on February 1st and 2nd in the Wilsonville High School Auditorium.

Last April, the Wildcat Drama Club, also known as Thespian Troupe 5452, accomplished a big goal: one of their duo acting scenes showcased at the 2017 State Thespian Competition. That means they won state in that category. This year the troupe has prepared over thirty acting and musical theater pieces they plan to take to the Regional Thespian Competition on February 3rd. The troupe hopes that each will qualify for this year’s state competition, which will take place in Salem this April.

All of these prepared scenes, from large group musical numbers to solo acting pieces, will be performed for the public on the two nights before they are taken to competition. 41 students will perform in the Night On Broadway Thespian Showcase on February 1st and 2nd in the Wilsonville High School Auditorium.

“I think everyone who came to the showcase last year was really impressed with the professionalism of the actors,” says Jason Katz. “But I think this year’s show is going to be even more impressive than last year.”

Jason Katz and John Fitzgerald direct the musical and acting scenes, with a few musical numbers choreographed by Kody Jauron a company dancer and dance instructor from the Northwest Dance Project in Portland. Music direction of the musical numbers is by Andrew Bray, a professional music director who works with many Portland professional theatres.

“Andrew is not afraid to push the kids to get their best effort,” says Katz. “He can say things like, “I’m here, so don’t waste my time,” in just a serious enough tone to get them to focus and work harder. These are challenging musical numbers – large groups, small groups, duos and solos – that have to be mastered in less than a month, so the students need someone pushing them to do their best.”

Some of the selections in the Night On Broadway showcase include musical numbers from Dogfight, Bonnie & Clyde, Pippin, Violet, The Addams Family, and South Pacific. On the non-musical front, audiences will enjoy comedic scenes from Crimes Of The Heart, Beyond Therapy, and Lend Me A Tenor and dramatic scenes from the plays Night, Mother, Agnes of God, The Graduate, and several others.

According to the director of the winning scene last year from the play Enter Laughing, John Fitzgerald, this moment was a win for the entire troupe and all the students who had competed leading up to last year. “We do this together. The spotlight may focus on an individual for a moment, but we are all about the team,” says Fitzgerald.

The Night On Broadway showcase runs for two nights in the Wilsonville High School Auditorium and having a large audience will help the students understand what it will take to give a winning performance. Tickets are available for $5 at the door before the events. Attendees are welcome to bring an elementary school age book (new or lightly used) for their inter-troupe book drive competition. This showcase contains some mature themes, so is recommended for ages 12 and up.

Announcing Participants In Our Night On Broadway Thespian Competition Showcase

MUSICAL NUMBERS

Large Group 1:

Kalonni Smith
Callie Sahli
Tenley Lubisich
Mikaela Ochocki
Kaiya Shivers
Cormac Lister
Kameron Koslowski
Shaylee Ochocki
John Cramer
Natalie Young
Siona LaForm
Casey Young
Noah Kennedy
Grace Folske
Chance Hansen

Large Group 2:

Cami Saunders
Kate Jeffries
Dawson Kennedy
Nate Rasmussen
Peyton Guenther
Noah Hansen
Averyl Hartje
Lauren Dean
Abi Edwards
Garrett Dixon
Sam Duran
Katie Glavey
Peyton Butler
Siona Olson
Katie Walter
Morgan Schwenke

Small Group 1:

Garrett Dixon
Hyrum Worth
Sam Duran
Noah Hansen
Chance Hansen
Cormac Lister
Ari Lauthner

Small Group 2:

Samantha Katz
Nate Rasmussen
Katie Glavey
Emma Weatherly
Grace Folske

Duos:

Kalonni Smith & Mikaela Ochocki
Hyrum Worth & Callie Sahli
Dawson Kennedy & Samantha Katz
Ari Lauthner & Kaiya Shivers

Solos:

Lauren Dean
Abi Edwards
Emma Weatherly
Cami Saunders
Tenley Lubisich
Shaylee Ochocki
Kate Jeffries

ACTING SCENES

Solo Novice:
Willow Moss
Bella Glastra Van Loon

Solo Experienced:

Averyl Hartje
Callie Sahli
Katie Walter
Peyton Guenther

Pantomime Duos:

Kameron Koslowksi
Noah Kennedy

Morgan Schwenke
Natalie Young

Jaxson Alberts
Jeremy Katz

Peyton Butler
Siona Laform

John Cramer
Casey Young

Duo Dramatic or Comedic Novice:

Jeremy Katz & John Cramer
Willow Moss & Jaxson Alberts
Tenley Lubisich & Grace Folske
Noah Kennedy & Morgan Schwenke
Bella Glastra Van Loon & Maggie Willard

Duo Dramatic or Comedic Experienced:

Averyl Hartje & Katie Walter
Natalie Young & Siona Laform
Kameron Koslowski & Katie Glavey
Nate Rasmussen & Peyton Guenther
Noah Hansen & Chance Hansen
Mikaela Ochocki & Kaiya Shivers
Sam Duran & Cormac Lister
Ari Lauthner & Abi Edwards
Kate Jeffries & Casey Young