Presenting The Cast Of Much Ado About Nothing, Our Winter Show!

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The highly entertaining 1993 movie version of Much Ado About Nothing with an all-star cast.

We are thrilled to announce the cast of our second show this year, Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare. We are placing this hilarious romantic comedy, directed by John Fitzgerald, just after World War I in England. The play will be presented in the auditorium on February 21, 22, 23, 28 and March 1 and 2 at 7 pm. Tickets will be on sale soon!

Cast

Don Pedro, The Prince – Noah Hansen
Leonato – Joseph Wilde
Antonia – Abi Edwards
Don John – Garrett Dixon
Conrade – Tenley Lubisich
Borachio – Cormac Lister
Benedick – Nate Rasmussen
Claudio – Casey Young
Balthasar – Kaiya Shivers
Dogberry – Kameron Koslowski
Verges – Cian Lister
Hugh Oatcake – Jeremy Katz
George Seacoal – Ethan Sarin
Sexton – Peyton Butler
Friar – Chance Kirk
Hero – Samantha Katz
Beatrice – Averyl Hartje
Margaret – Natalie Debra
Ursula – Mikaela Ochocki
Don Pedro’s messenger – Jeven Lundberg
Ensemble (messengers, dancers, watchmen, wedding guests) – Logan Demarais, Lizzie Hall, Jessica Hansen, Chandler Hartenberger, Siona Olson

Production Team

Production Coordinator – Jason Katz

Assistant Director: Katie Walter

Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing is a sublime battle of wits and wills. Beatrice and Benedick would rather exchange scorching insults than sweet nothings. However, the pugnacious pair is forced to forge a partnership in order to defend house and honor, and attempt to salvage the true love of Hero and Claudio after deceptions destroy the lovers’ wedding day. Will the earnest endeavor to restore a young romance elicit an unexpected change of heart for the effort’s unlikely collaborators as well? Come see the play to find out!

William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in April 1564, and his birth is traditionally celebrated on April 23. The facts of his life, known from surviving documents, are sparse. He was one of eight children born to John Shakespeare, a merchant of some standing in his community. In November 1582, at the age of eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway, eight years his senior, who was pregnant with their first child, Susanna. She was born on May 26, 1583. Twins, a boy, Hamnet ( who would die at age eleven), and a girl, Judith, were born in 1585. By 1592 Shakespeare had gone to London working as an actor and already known as a playwright. A rival dramatist, Robert Greene, referred to him as “an upstart crow, beautified with our feathers.” Shakespeare became a principal shareholder and playwright of the successful acting troupe, the Lord Chamberlain’s Men (later under James I, called the King’s Men). In 1599 the Lord Chamberlain’s Men built and occupied the Globe Theater in Southwark near the Thames River. Here many of Shakespeare’s plays were performed by the most famous actors of his time, including Richard Burbage, Will Kempe, and Robert Armin. In addition to his 37 plays, Shakespeare had a hand in others, including Sir Thomas More and The Two Noble Kinsmen, and he wrote poems, including Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece. His 154 sonnets were published, probably without his authorization, in 1609. In 1611 or 1612 he gave up his lodgings in London and devoted more and more time to retirement in Stratford, though he continued writing such plays as The Tempest and Henry VII until about 1613. He died on April 23 1616, and was buried in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford. No collected edition of his plays was published during his lifetime, but in 1623 two members of his acting company, John Heminges and Henry Condell, put together the great collection now called the First Folio.

Stay tuned. More team members will be announced soon! Please sign up for our email list to for friendly show reminders in your inbox.

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.