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.