Wilsonville High School Thespians Win & Place At 2018 Regional Thespian Competition

20 Wilsonville High School students scored in the top 20% in their categories at the Regional Thespian Competition in Canby, Oregon on Saturday, February 3rd. The department sent 42 students to the competition with a total of 41 entries, not including a couple of technical theatre entries, which were submitted in that category for the first time.

Jason Katz and John Fitzgerald directed the students, who performed two Night On Broadway showcases in the auditorium in preparation for the competition. The state competition is in Salem, Oregon on April 5-7th.

Students in the top 10% with acts or numbers moving on to compete at the state level include: seniors: Chance Hansen, Katie Glavey and Hyrum Worth; juniors: Noah Kennedy, Peyton Guenther, Nate Rasmussen, and Garret Dixon; sophomores: Noah Hansen, Averyl Hartje, Katie Walter, Kameron Koslowski, Sam Duran, and Ari Lauthner; and freshman: Cormac Lister.

Students with two acts/numbers going to State include: Chance Hansen, Noah Hansen and Kameron Koslowski.

Students who made the top 20% are Regional Finalists and were awarded a ribbon at the event. These students were: seniors: Callie Sahli and Kalonni Smith; sophomores: Katie Walter and Mikaela Ochocki; and freshman: Kaiya Shivers.

Mikaela Ochocki had two acts/numbers place in the top 20% as Regional Finalists.

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Wilsonville High School Regional Thespian Competition 2018 Results

Program Directors: Jason Katz & John Fitzgerald

Top 10% experienced going to state

Duet Acting Dramatic – Experienced:

True West by Sam Shepard
Chance Hansen & Noah Hansen

Agnes Of God by John Pielmeier
Averyl Hartje & Katie Walter

Duet Acting Comic – Experienced:

The Marriage Counselor  by Joey Oullette
Katie Glavey & Kameron Koslowski

Beyond Therapy by Chistopher Durang
Peyton Guenther Nate Rasmussen

Original Pantomime:

Noah Kennedy & Kameron Koslowski

Small Group Musical:

“There Is Nothing Like A Dame” from South Pacific
Music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein, book by Joshua Logan
Garrett Dixon, Sam Duran, Chance Hansen, Noah Hansen, Ari Lauthner, Cormac Lister, Hyrum Worth

Top 20% are regional finalists

Solo Acting – Experienced:

From Alex, A Conversation About Nothing & Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
Katie Walter

From Ohio by Nick Zagone & Reasons To Be Pretty by Neil Labute
Callie Sahli

Duet Acting Dramatic – Experienced:

Teach Me How To Cry by Patricia Joudry
Mikaela Ochocki & Kaiya Shivers

Duet Acting Comedic – Novice:

Blind Date by Horton Foote
Grace Folske & Tenley Lubisich

Duet Musical Theatre:

“Therapy” from Tick, Tick, Boom!
Music and lyrics by Johnathan Larson
Mikaela Ochocki & Kalonni L. Smith

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

The Drama Club is hosting a book drive along with this event. Please bring new or gently used books for pre-K through elementary school students. The club that collects the most books for charity earns preferred seating at the state competition in April. Your book donations ensure our school does not end up in the balcony. Thanks for participating!

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.

The Little Mermaid At Wilsonville High School Is Completely Sold Out

The Little Mermaid at Wilsonville High School is completely sold out.

However, if you would still like to see the show, you can come to the box office 45 minutes prior to show time and get on a waiting list.

We cannot promise that you will get in or that wait list seats will be together, but ticket holders sometimes do not show and people often turn in extra tickets. So why not give it a try?

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The Little Mermaid At Wilsonville High School Press Release

The Little Mermaid’s At Wilsonville High School Has Hopeful Reminders For These Times

Wilsonville High School Performing Arts Department is proud to present Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Join us in celebrating this colorful classic, which contains relevant reminders for these times, such as learning to trust one’s intuition and overcoming unfounded fears about others. Ariel is no mere Disney Princess, she also reminds us how to bridge the divide between two worlds.

The Little Mermaid begins with sophomore Annabelle McClelland, who plays Ariel, singing “The World Above,” in which she expresses her longing to experience a culture different from the one she was raised in. Meanwhile, sophomore Noah Hansen, who plays Prince Eric, sings his first song of the show, “In Fathom’s Below” describing how he feels more at home out on the ocean than playing the role of a prince destined to become king.

As the story unfolds, Ariel and Eric will strain the royal ties that bind them and venture beyond everything they know, reminding us all to follow our inner calling, take risks, and tune out the status quo. Often, as Eric and Ariel discover, the things they are seeking are also seeking them.

Both young royals have friends who help bring Ariel and Eric together like Flounder, played by freshman Kate Jeffries, Scuttle the seagull, played by senior Nathan Artman, and Sebastian the crab, played by senior Kalonni Smith. Standing in their way is Ariel’s father, King Triton, played by junior Nate Rasmussen, Ursula The Sea Witch played by junior Peyton Guenther, and two slithery eels, played by senior Callie Sahli and junior Dawson Kennedy.

This is a live theatrical production of the original Broadway show and is recommended for ages five and up. We have seven performances in the Wilsonville Auditorium including one matinee. The show begins at 7 pm on November 2, 3, 4, 8, 9 & 10. The matinee begins at 2 pm on November 11. Tickets for The Little Mermaid are $12 for adults and $10 for students and children. Tickets may be pre-purchased at www.wildcatdrama.com. Shows are expected to sell out.

For toddlers and preschoolers, the department is hosting a special Little Mermaid Character Tea. If your children wish to interact with the characters, sing along with them and get photos taken, bring them to the high school on Saturday afternoon, November 4th at 3 pm. The cost of the tea is $5 per child at the door with a $10 family maximum. LEARN MORE

The Little Mermaid is a team effort of the performing arts departments at Wilsonville High School. Jason Katz is in his 14th year of directing musicals. Band director Chad Davies will conduct the pit orchestra for the fifth year in a row and choir teacher Annie Kubitschek is the vocal director for her second year. Returning to choreograph the whole show is the multi-talented Maddie Brockman.

Announcing Wilsonville High School’s The Little Mermaid Character Tea

Wilsonville High School Performing Arts Department is proud to present Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Join us in celebrating this colorful classic, which contains relevant reminders for these times. Ariel is not merely a Disney Princess, she also shows us how to bridge a culture gap no matter how wide and demonstrates how to appreciate differences without resorting to fear and hate.

This is a live theatrical production of the original Broadway show and is not recommended for ages four and younger. For toddlers and preschoolers, the department is hosting a special Little Mermaid Character Tea. If your kids wish to interact with the characters, sing along with them and get photos taken, bring them to the high school on Saturday afternoon, November 4th at 3 pm. The cost of the tea is $5 per child with a $10 family maximum at the door.

We have seven performances including one matinee in the WVHS Auditorium. The show begins at 7 pm on November 2, 3, 4, 8, 9 & 10. The matinee begins at 2 pm on November 11. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and children ages five and up. Tickets may be pre-purchased at wildcatdrama.com. Shows are expected to sell out.

We look forward to seeing your little ones at the Character Tea and your elementary school-aged children at the show!

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The Little Mermaid Opens On November 2nd! Tickets Now On Sale…

Tickets for The Little Mermaid at Wilsonville High School are now on sale!

Please note, this show is not appropriate for babies or toddlers. This is a live theatre production recommended for ages 5 and up.

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Welcome To Wilsonville High School Theatre’s New Website!

This is the place to find tickets for upcoming theater performances at Wilsonville High School!

Here’s a list of shows we are mounting during the 2017-2018 academic year:

  • The Little Mermaid, the Disney musical
  • Night On Broadway, Thespian numbers showcase
  • The Importance Of Being Earnest, the classic play
  • The Game’s Afoot, A Sherlock Holmes Christmas Story, a humorous whodunit

Here is a list of show dates, if you would like to get them on your calendar:

The Little Mermaid, the Disney musical

November 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 8th, 9th, 10th at 7 pm with a matinee on the 11th at 2 pm

Night On Broadway, Thespian numbers showcase

February 1st and 2nd at 7 pm

The Importance Of Being Earnest, the classic play

February 22nd, 23rd, 24th and March 1st, 2nd, & 3rd at 7 pm

The Game’s Afoot, A Sherlock Holmes Christmas Story, a humorous whodunit

May 17th, 18th, 19th, 24th, 25th & 26th at 7 pm