We are pleased to announce our cast for She Kills Monsters. We will announce the rest of the team closer to opening night. Tickets go on sale shortly after Spring Break. This show runs May 16-18 & May 23-25 at 7 pm in the Wilsonville High School Auditorium. This play is recommended for ages 13 and up. Hope to see you there!
Agnes – Abi Edwards
Tilly – Samantha Katz
Kaliope – Kaiya Shivers
Lilith – Natalie Young
Orcus – Noah Hansen
Miles – Nate Rasmussen
Chuck – Kameron Koslowski
Steve – Cian Lister
Evil Tina – Mikaela Ochocki
Evil Gabbi – Kate Hedgepeth
Farrah the Faerie – Hannah Jacobs
Vera – Katie Walter
Our Night On Broadway Thespian Showcase will be held two nights only on January 31 & February 1 at 7 pm in the Wilsonville High School Auditorium. The suggested donation is $5. Come support Thespian Troupe #5452 as we present our competitive drama pieces to the public for the first time. Performances include group musical numbers, short acting scenes, and monologues. Hope to see you there!
Throughout January and culminating at these performances, we are accepting donations of feminine hygiene products to bring to the competition for women’s shelters. Please bring new, unopened toilet paper, feminine pads, diapers, diaper wipes, toiletries like toothpaste & deodorant, and nail polish. These items will be delivered to women’s shelters after the competition. Thank you in advance for your support!
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.
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!
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
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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 Baby, His Girl Friday, and many others) and Frank Capra (It Happened One Night, You Can’t Take it With You, and many others).
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
We hope you are as excited as we are about discovering this hilarious, seldom-performed play!
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.
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’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.