Wilsonville High School’s Legally Blonde Delivers Empowering Messages For These Times

Sophomore Kaiya Shivers plays Elle Woods in Wilsonville High School’s production of Legally Blonde, The Musical. Kaiya is holding Piper, who will be playing the role of Bruiser Woods. (PC: Mikaela Ochocki)

Wilsonville High School Performing Arts Department is proud to present Legally Blonde, The Musical. This show puts the spotlight on girlpower and contains relevant reminders for these times, such as young women developing self-esteem, taking intellectual risks, and standing up for female friends. Elle Woods has spent most of her life being Daddy’s little “Button” and boyfriend Warner’s “Pooh Bear,” but when she finds out she’s being jilted for someone who takes herself more seriously, she decides to dig deep, give up her party-girl lifestyle, and apply to Harvard Law School, just like Warner.

Sophomore Kaiya Shivers plays Elle Woods, the only young woman to ever sing, dance and lead a parade that lands her at Harvard Law School. This prestigious Ivy League school is like another planet compared to where Elle grew up in Malibu, California, but she is undaunted, and also a little naïve. No worries because Elle invokes the power of love to help her overcome every hurdle that stands between her and her fantasy of becoming Mrs. Warner Huntington III. Warner is played by junior Noah Hansen.

When she arrives on the East Coast, Elle finds that love may no longer be the magical abracadabra that opens every barred door. Now she actually has to start using her head, and her new friend Emmett Forest, a teaching assistant from the wrong side of Boston Harbor, seems uniquely qualified to help her finally get serious about her studies. Emmett is played by senior Nate Rasmussen, and he’s not Elle’s only ally. She seems to attract new pals with every flip of her long blonde hair.

Elle’s friends include Paulette Bonafonte played by senior Peyton Guenther, who is a stylist at a Boston hair salon. Paulette has also been unlucky in love and the two women team up to try to turn the romantic tables. Elle also has the power of invoking her very own “Greek Chorus” comprised of her best friends from Delta Nu, which now seems like a dream compared the to competitive nightmare of her classmates at Harvard. Margot, Serena, Pilar, and other flighty yet devoted sorority girls, take their sisterhood seriously, literally popping up whenever Elle experiences rejection. Margot is played by Mikaela Ochocki, Serena is played by Samantha Katz, and Pilar is played by Natalya Karnes.

But Elle’s real nemesis is Warner’s old-girlfriend-turned-current-girlfriend Vivienne, who seems to enjoy humiliating Elle, whom she views as a threat to her and Warner’s law career advancement. Vivienne is played by junior Grace Folske.

Elle gets an unexpected opportunity to redeem herself to Professor Callahan, played by junior Kameron Koslowski. When fitness queen Brooke Windham goes on trial for the murder of her husband, Elle makes the cut for the legal intern team helping Callahan defend her. Brooke is played by junior Tenley Lubisich.

Will Elle finally impress Warner with her salon smarts and convince him to dump Vivian so they can be reunited as she originally hoped? Or will Elle finally become as good of a friend to herself as she is to everyone else? Come see Legally Blonde, The Musical at Wilsonville High School to find out.

According to director Jason Katz, “This is a female empowerment story, and I think it is one that is very important in today’s day and age. There are very few musicals like it, where the woman doesn’t just end up with the guy at the end because that is an easy “happily ever after.” In addition, this show is really fun. The characters are well developed and the songs are powerful. I think this is one musical folks won’t want to miss.”

Legally Blonde is a team effort of the performing arts departments at Wilsonville High School. Jason Katz is in his 15th year of directing musicals. Choir director Annie Kubitschek is the vocal director for her third year. Andrew Bray will conduct the pit orchestra for the first time. Choreographing her first show at WVHS is Kate Jahnson.

This is a live theatrical production of the original Broadway show and is recommended for ages 13 and up. There are six performances in the Wilsonville Auditorium and they are all evening shows. The show begins at 7 pm on November 1, 2, 3, 8, 9 and 10. Tickets for Legally Blonde, The Musical are $12 for adults and $10 for students and children. Tickets may be pre-purchased here.

Here’s The Cast, Crew & Production Team For Legally Blonde, The Musical At Wilsonville High School

Thanks to everyone who auditioned for Legally Blonde, The Musical. Here’s the list of the cast,  crew and production team, so far. There may be a few more additions to the crew before opening night, and you will find the complete list in our show program. Tickets will be on sale soon. Sign up for our email list to stay in the loop (click the button on the right). Hope to see you at the show!

The Cast

Elle Woods – Kaiya Shivers
Emmett Forest – Nate Rasmussen
Professor Callahan – Kameron Koslowski
Brooke Windham – Tenley Lubisich
Paulette Bonafonté – Peyton Guenther
Warner Huntington III – Noah Hansen
Vivienne Kensington – Grace Folske
Margot – Mikaela Ochocki
Serena – Samantha Katz
Pilar – Natalya Karnes
Kate – Kate Jeffries
Grandmaster Chad / Kyle – Dawson Kennedy
Aaron Schultz /  – Chance Kirk
Sundeep Padamadan / Carlos – Cormac Lister
Enid Hoops – Katie Glavey
Winthrop – Noah Kennedy
Lowell – John Cramer
Pforzheimer – Tate Ericson
Nikos Argitakos – Casey Young
Chutney – Peyton Butler
Whitney / Elle’s Mom / Store Manager – Abi Edwards
Judge – Katie Walter
Elle’s Dad – Ethan Sarin

Tristan Ihlenberg
Natalie Young
Hailey Flick
Shaylee Ochocki
Ava Stenstrom
Claire Ihlenberg
Siona Olson
Lizzie Hall
Sophie Villeneuve
Anna Stanley
Kate Hedgepeth
Chandler Hartenberger
Angela Morris
Jessica Hansen
Hannah Jacobs
Ainsley Mayes
Sydney Jersey
Ron Dederian
Cian Lister
Wyett Butler
Zachary Smith
Jeven Lundberg

Tech Crew

Stage Manager:
Mackenzie Bodyfelt

House Manager:
Meghan Barry

Front of House Tech:
Nila Komp-Mulkey
Natalie Amay
Sarina Kaufman
Shay Moore
Quinn Moody

Costume/Makeup/Hair Assistants:
Honour Colby
Sadie Crystal
Rhiannon Torano
Kara Pugh
Nicola Krause
Ellie Counts
Siona LaForm

Light Board:
Sam Duran

Spot Light Operator:
Garrett Dixon
Vy Frolov

Sound Board operator:
Corbin Walton

Sound Board Assistant:
Michelle Quinn
Donald Nuffer

Backstage Manager:
Briauna Haskins

Stage Hands:
Logan Demarais
Gabrielle Guertin
Kaleigh Murphy
Kaitlyn Graves
Halle Schweigert
Emily Puckett
Maggie Willard

Production Team

Director: Jason Katz
Vocal Director: Annie Kubitschek
Choreographer: Kate Jahnson
Production Coordinator: John Fitzgerald
Band Director: Andrew Bray
Set Design & Construction: Kevin Cameron and Mark Sahli
Scenic Painting & Poster Design: Julie Hansen
Costumes: Heather Nunn
Hair & Makeup: Sarah Tinio
Lighting: Kacy Hughson
Props: Mikaela Ochocki
Website, Publicity & Sponsorship: Christina Katz
Program: Christy Rasmussen
Ticket Sales & Box Office: Allison Kaufman
Concessions & Workday Meals: Jennifer Young
Photography: Greg Artman
Tech Trainer: Matt Whitesell

Here’s The Poster For Wilsonville High School’s 2018-2019 Theatre Season

OMG, Our Fall Musical Is Legally Blonde, The Musical!

This post was updated on August 21, 2018.

Wilsonville High School is proud to present Legally Blonde, The Musical this fall. Please mark your calendars. Show dates are November 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 8th, 9th and 10th.

Students in all grades registered at Wilsonville High School are welcome to audition. Please read the complete audition information before you prepare for your audition.

We are having an Audition Workshop on Friday, August 31st from 3:30 – 6:30 with Music Director Andrew Bray. Anyone interested in theatre at Wilsonville High School is welcome.

Want To Audition For WVHS Legally Blonde

Questions? Contact Jason Katz via the Wilsonville High School Theatre Department Facebook page.

Your Guide To Which Students Are Performing In Out Of The Frying Pan

Show Schedule

Weekend One:

Thursday, May 17 @ 7 pm — Capra Cast (Nathan Artman plays Tony in this show)

Friday , May 18 @ 7 pm — Hawks Cast

Saturday, May 19 @ 2 pm — Hawks Cast

Saturday, May 19 @ 7 pm — Capra Cast

Weekend Two:

Thursday, May 24 @ 7 pm — Hawks Cast

Friday , May 25 @ 7 pm — Capra Cast

Saturday, May 26 @ 2 pm — Capra Cast

Saturday, May 26 @ 7 pm — Hawks Cast

Hawks Cast:         Capra Cast:
Norman – Noah Kennedy
Tony – Nathan Artman
George – Cormac Lister
Dottie – Natalie Young
Kate – Katie Glavey
Marge – Tenley Lubisich
Muriel – Kyra Alberts
Mrs. Garnet – Peyton Butler
Kenny – Kameron Koslowski
Coburn – Nate Rasmussen
Cop 1 – John Cramer
Cop 2 – Jaxson Alberts
Norman – Casey Young
Tony – Ari Lauthner
George – Garrett Dixon
Dottie – Samantha Katz
Kate – Katie Walter
Marge – Grace Folske
Muriel – Abi Edwards
Mrs. Garnet – Peyton Guenther
Kenny – Kameron Koslowski
Coburn – Nate Rasmussen
Cop 1 – Briauna Haskins
Cop 2 – Keyera Haskins

The Spring Show Is Out Of The Frying Pan By Francis Swann & It Has Been Double-Cast

Tickets Are On Sale Now!

Imagine a 1940’s version of the hit TV show Friends, and you have Wilsonville High School’s Out Of The Frying Pan

The spring play at Wilsonville High School is Out Of The Frying Pan by Francis Swann. This hidden gem of a comedy was first produced in 1941 on Broadway.

The play is about six young people — three guys and three girls — who share an apartment in New York City in 1941. They are all struggling actors, who live above a Broadway producer and sometimes spy on him through a hole in the floor. One of the girls, Dottie, comes from a wealthy, uptight family in Boston. Her family would be appalled at her lifestyle, especially since three guys live in the apartment. Hilarity ensues when her father, Mr. Coburn, who pays for the apartment, unexpectedly shows up and they all have to improvise.

Other funny situations crop up when they try to coax the Broadway producer into their apartment so they can act out their play for him.

This production could probably be best described as a combination of the hit TV show Friends (six friends – three girls and three guys — living together in an apartment in New York City) mixed with the classic comedic play You Can’t Take It With You (wacky artistic types living together under the same roof).

Out Of The Frying Pan is directed by Jason Katz and will be performed four times by two casts for a total of eight performances. Shows will be in the WVHS auditorium May 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26 at 7 p.m. There will also be matinees on May 19 and 26 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 each and are on sale now. This show is recommended for ages 12 and up.

“The situations that occur in the play are very much like the comedy in a television sitcom. I am expecting to hear a lot of laughter because this play is really funny,” says director Jason Katz.

Katz has split the cast into two groups: the “Hawkes” cast and the “Capra” cast. Both are named after famous comedy directors of the 1930’s and 40’s, Howard Hawkes (Bringing Up BabyHis Girl Friday, and many others) and Frank Capra (It Happened One NightYou Can’t Take it With You, and many others).

Hawkes Cast:

Norman – Noah Kennedy
Tony – Nathan Artman
George – Cormac Lister
Dottie – Natalie Young
Kate – Katie Glavey
Marge – Tenley Lubisich
Muriel – Kyra Alberts
Mrs. Garnet – Peyton Butler
Kenny – Kameron Koslowski
Coburn – Nate Rasmussen
Cop 1 – John Cramer
Cop 2 – Jaxson Alberts

Capra Cast:

Norman – Casey Young
Tony – Ari Lauthner
George – Garrett Dixon
Dottie – Samantha Katz
Kate – Katie Walter
Marge – Grace Folske
Muriel – Abi Edwards
Mrs. Garnet – Peyton Guenther
Kenny – Kameron Koslowski
Coburn – Nate Rasmussen
Cop 1 – Briauna Haskins
Cop 2 – Keyera Haskins

We hope you are as excited as we are about discovering this hilarious, seldom-performed play!

WVHS Shines At State Thespian Competition

All of our state qualifiers, who competed this past weekend from back row to front row: Hyrum Worth, Ari Lauthner, Garret Dixon, Noah Hansen, Nate Rasmussen, Peyton Guenther, Sam Duran, Katie Glavey, Peyton Butler, Cormac Lister, Averyl Hartje, Katie Walter, Chance Hansen, Noah Kennedy, and Kameron Koslowski.
Mikaela Ochocki, Board Vice-Chair, State Thespian Officer 2018-2019

We are proud of all of our performers and techs, who participated in Night On Broadway, Regionals, and State! Here’s a few results from our three days in Salem, Oregon for the State Thespian Competition. Mikaela Ochocki (pictured, right) was selected as Vice-Chair to serve as an Oregon State Thespian Officer. Kameron Koslowski and Noah Kennedy were one of the top two Original Pantomime Scenes, so they showcased at the event. Our State Finalists, in the top four competitors out of sixteen at state, were: Peyton Guenther and Nate Rasmussen for their Duet Acting Comic – Experienced scene, Beyond Therapy by Christopher Durang & Katie Walter and Averyl Hartje for their Duet Acting Dramatic – Experienced scene Agnes Of God. Our one-act, Post It’s (Notes On A Marriage) by Paul Dooley was directed by Peyton Guenther and received a superior rating.

Big thanks to Jason Katz and John Fitzgerald for all of their late nights and extra hours at school helping students prepare for Night On Broadway, Regionals, and State. We appreciate all the district, parent and community support for theatre education!

The whole State 2018 crew.

Audience Will Sit On WVHS Stage For The First Time To Watch The Importance Of Being Earnest

For the first time ever, audience members who attend The Importance Of Being Earnest at Wilsonville High School will join the actors behind the stage curtain.

Director John Fitzgerald is creating a black box experience by constructing a simple set, arranging seating on three sides, curtaining in the stage, and inviting audience members inside for a more intimate experience watching the show.

Fitzgerald says audience members will feel like they are part of the show because they will be so close to the action. Adjustments to the script occasionally have to made as a result. For example, Gwendolyn has a line about how blue Earnest’s eyes are, which has been changed because the audience will be close enough to see that his eyes are brown.

Close quarters onstage, a Victorian time period, and lots of realistic moments throughout the show mean the cast will have to go above and beyond to suspend disbelief for the audience. Fitzgerald says, “The cast is working incredibly hard to make every moment on stage shine. I am honored to collaborate with amazingly talented artists who are pouring so much energy, creativity, and life into their roles.”

As for the show itself, The Importance Of Being Earnest is a farcical comedy that pokes fun at the upper class British of late Victorian London. The subtitle of the play by Oscar Wilde is A Trivial Comedy For Serious People. Audiences will enjoy the silly, witty banter of men trying to get away with double lives and the women who won’t let them. Duplicity is made hilarious as the female characters try to reconcile their fantasies of the perfect man with the very real and imperfect men they think they admire.

This is a compact show with a cast of nine performers. Jack Worthing (also known as Earnest) will be played by junior Nate Rasmussen. Gwendolyn Fairfax will be played sophomore Samantha Katz. Algernon Moncrieff will be played by senior Chance Hansen. Cecily Cardew will be played by sophomore Averyl Hartje. Lady Bracknell will be played by senior Callie Sahli. Dr. Chasuble will be played by sophomore Kameron Koslowski. Miss Prism will be played by junior Peyton Butler. Butlers Merriman and Lane will be played by Casey Young and Ari Lauthner respectively.

In 1895, Wilde made fun of upper class society and invited them to laugh at themselves in spite of themselves. In an age when we can take opinions too seriously and imagine that online flame wars are the most important things in the world, The Importance Of Being Earnest still reminds us of the folly of being human and encourages us to find humor in our everyday absurdities.

The show boasts a unique set design by WVHS’s longtime set designer Kevin Cameron and lush costumes arranged by former Thespian Kelly McMichael. McMichael has fond memories of participating in this show when she was in college.

The Importance Of Being Earnest runs February 22nd – 24th and March 1st – 3rd at 7pm in the Wilsonville High School Auditorium. Tickets are available online at www.wildcatdrama.com. Prices are $10 for adults and $8 for students. The show is recommended for ages twelve and up.

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.