Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella At Wilsonville High School Press Release

WVHS’s Updated Broadway-version of Cinderella Is A Tale Of Creative Collaboration And Personal Empowerment

Wilsonville High School Performing Arts Department is proud to present Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella. While there are many versions of this classic fairy tale, WVHS will perform the recently updated Broadway version, which premiered in 2013 with Laura Osnes as Cinderella and Santino Fontano as Prince Topher.

Senior Samantha Katz plays Ella, dubbed ‘Cinderella’ by her less than supportive step-mother, Madame, played by senior Katie Walter. Prince Topher is played by senior Ari Lauthner. Like Ella, he has challenges with the older generation, mostly springing from a manipulative guardian named Sebastian, played by senior Casey Young.

Topher should be happy, after all, he is the prince. But despite being an above-average slayer of dragons, giants and ogres, he doesn’t know who he is. On the other side of the forest, Ella lives in a cottage with her step-mother and spoiled step-sisters, Gabriella, played by senior Mikaela Ochocki, and Charlotte played by senior Averyl Hartje. Ella has settled into her lot in life and has learned to tolerate poor treatment from her step-sisters and their doting mother. She is content to live in a fantasy world until she is lured beyond her own little corner of the house when she hears that the prince is giving a ball.

Bringing the magic and possibilities is ‘crazy’ Marie, played by junior Kaiya Shivers, an elderly women, who turns out to be not quite as cuckoo as everyone thinks. Once she transforms into Ella’s fairy godmother the entire production takes a turn towards the magical.

This version of the fairy tale has a new character, a political activist in Renaissance times, Jean Michele, played by junior Cormac Lister, who longs to romance step-sister Gabriella. Another new addition to this version of the story is Lord Pinkleton, comedic town crier for the crown played by sophomore Cian Lister.

This show puts the spotlight on contemporary themes: choosing kindness over cruelty, activating personal power, transforming unfortunate circumstances, taking risks, standing up to difficult others, and blossoming into a person who can forgive those who have made mistakes.

By the end of the show, Ella reminds us that with the help of a few friends, anyone can access enough personal power to trust themselves, make a difference and become the change needed in the world.

According to director Jason Katz, “Initially, I was looking for a show with enough female parts for all the students we have who want to participate. With all of the ballroom dances, village scenes and even a chase scene, Cinderella fits that bill. But this version of the fairy tale is really an empowerment story about two young people, who don’t feel like they have a voice in their own lives. By connecting with like-minded others, they get and give the help they need to become more clear and assertive, and ultimately that’s what creates the happy ending for Ella and Topher.”

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella is a team effort of the performing arts departments at Wilsonville High School. Jason Katz is in his sixteenth year of directing musicals. Choir director Annie Kubitschek is the vocal director for her fourth year. Chad Davies will conduct the pit orchestra for the eighth time. Choreographing her second show at WVHS is Kate Jahnson. John Fitzgerald is tech director for his eleventh year.

This is a live theatrical production of the original Broadway show and is therefore recommended for ages 5 and up. There are six performances in the Wilsonville Auditorium and they are all evening shows. The show begins at 7 pm on November 7, 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16. Tickets for Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella are $12 for adults and $10 for students and children. Tickets may be pre-purchased at www.wildcatdrama.com.

Wilsonville High School’s 2019-2020 Theatre Season Poster (Please Note Cinderella Schedule Change)

SCHEDULE CHANGE: Although we originally announced a matinée for Cinderella, due to scheduling conflicts beyond our control, we will no longer be able to offer a matinée. All shows begin at 7 pm. Cinderella is for ages five and up.

Wilsonville High School Theatre 2019-2020 Season

Presenting The Cast & Crew Of Our Spring Show: She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen

She Kills Monsters at Wilsonville High School May 2019
Junior Samantha Katz plays Tilly, sophomore Kaiya Shivers plays Kaliope the elf, and junior Natalie Young plays Lilith the demon in Wilsonville High School’s spring play, “She Kills Monsters.”

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!

(This list is updated on an ongoing basis. Please let us know if you spy an oversight.)

Cast List:
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

Creatures/puppeteers:
Wyett Butler
John Cramer
Jillian Dauth
Alexis Gessler
Jessica Hansen
Laura Jeffrey
Lizzie Hall
Cormac Lister
Blake Sandall
Marisa Stukey
Casey Young

Crew/Team:
Stage Manager: Mackenzie Bodyfelt
Student Director: Katie Glavey
Assistant Stage Manager: Meghan Barry
Weapons Master: Nicola Krause
Light Board Operator: Sam Duran
Sound Board Operator: Vy Frolov
Sound Board Assistant: Ethan Sarin
House Manager: Sarina Kaufman
House Manager: Briauna Haskins
Front of House Tech: Rhiannon Torango
Front of House Tech: Grace Wilhelm
Front of House Tech: Dawn Quintero
Front of House Tech: Payton Bell
Front of House Tech: Jeremy Katz
Backstage Manager: Andrew Kaleigh Murphy
Stage Hand: Kaitlyn Graves
Stage Hand: Esmé Krause
Stage Hand: Ashton West
Stage Hand: Kylee Benge
Costume/Makeup/Hair Manager: Tenley Lubisich
Costume/Makeup/Hair Assistant: Halle Jones
Costume/Makeup/Hair Assistant: Anna Stanley
Costume/Makeup/Hair Assistant: Logan Demarais
Costume/Makeup/Hair Assistant: Ainsley Mayes
Costume/Makeup/Hair Assistant: Chance Kirk

Announcing Our Thespian / Night On Broadway 2019 Participants!

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!

MUSICAL NUMBERS

Large Group Musical Number

Garrett Dixon

Nate Rasmussen

Noah Hansen

Chance Kirk

Casey Young

Dawson Kennedy

Cormac Lister

Katie Walter

Grace Folske

Tristan Ihlenburg

Kate Hedgepeth

Katie Glavey

Samantha Katz

Mikaela Ochocki

Tenley Lubisich

Sophie Villenueve

 

Small Group Musical Number #1

Natalya Karnes

Siona Olson

Abi Edwards

Grace Folske

Quinn Moody

Kate Jeffries

 

Small Group Musical Number #2

Cian Lister

Peyton Guenther

Tristan Ihlenburg

Casey Young

Kameron Koslowski

John Cramer

 

Duet Musical Numbers

Samantha Katz & Kaiya Shivers

Noah Hansen & Kameron Koslowski

Katie Walter & Cormac Lister

Averyl Hartje & Peyton Guenther

 

Solo Musical Numbers

Jessica Hansen

Kate Hedgepeth

Mikaela Ochocki

Lily Saunders

Morgan Schwenke

Kaiya Shivers

Sophie Villenueve

Joseph Wilde

 

ACTING SCENES (NON-MUSICAL)

Duo Dramatic Novice

Bella Franklin & Logan Demarais

Olyvia Neal & Jeven Lundbergh

Ian Garcia & Thomas Johnson

 

Duo Dramatic Experienced

Averyl Hartje & Kaiya Shivers

Katie Glavey & Mikaela Ochocki

Natalie Young & Kyra Alberts

Peyton Guenther & Katie Walter

Sam Duran & Noah Hansen

Peyton Butler & Cormac Lister

 

Duo Comedic Novice

Ainsley Mayes & Lizzie Hall

Claire Ihlenburg & Rhiannon Torango

Hannah Jacobs & Colby Guenther

 

Duo Comedic Experienced

Abi Edwards & Grace Folske

Noah Kennedy & Cian Lister

Wyett Butler & John Cramer

Nate Rasmussen & Samantha Katz

 

Solo Acting Novice

Bella Franklin

Lizzie Hall

Hannah Jacobs

Olyvia Neal

 

Solo Acting Experienced

Peyton Butler

Averyl Hartje

 

Group Acting Scene #1

Nate Rasmussen

Noah Kennedy

Casey Young

Kameron Koslowski

Katie Glavey

Abi Edwards

Natalie Young

Kyra Alberts

 

Group Acting Scene #2

Wyett Butler

Morgan Schwenke

Kate Jeffries

Logan Demarais

Rhiannon Torango

Jeven Lundbergh

Tristan Ihlenburg

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

Ensemble:
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

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!

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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