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.)
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
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
We are proud of every single student who competed in Regionals because they achieved our department goal of practicing and growing acting skills. To summarize, over 35% of the numbers we brought to Regionals placed in the top 20% and over 13% of our numbers placed in the top 10%. Everyone worked hard in a limited number of weeks, and every student showcased their accomplishments at our Night On Broadway performances. Congratulations to the 18 WVHS students who made the top 20%!
Competing At State: Top 10% In Our Region
Small Group Musical: “All Girl Band” from A…My Name Is Alice with Abi Edwards, Grace Folske, Kate Jeffries, Natalya Karnes, Quinn Moody, Siona Olson
Duet Musical: “We’re The Man” from Calvin Berger with Noah Hansen and Kameron Koslowski
Duet Musical: “Single Man Drought” from I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change with Averyl Hartje and Peyton Guenther
Solo Musical: “Confrontation” with Joseph Wilde
Duet Acting Dramatic:Isn’t It Romantic with Katie Walter and Peyton Guenther
Regional Finalist Ribbon Recipients: Top 20% In Our Region
Small Group Musical: “The Musketeer Sketch” from My Favorite Year with John Cramer, Peyton Guenther, Tristan Ihlenburg, Kameron Koslowski, Cian Lister, Casey Young
Duet Musical: “Three Bedroom House” from Batboy, The Musical with Kaiya Shivers and Samantha Katz
Duet Musical: “Think Big” from John and Jen with Katie Walter and Cormac Lister
Solo Musical: “One Perfect Moment” from Bring It On, The Musical with Kaiya Shivers
Group Acting:Rumors with Kyra Alberts, Abi Edwards, Katie Glavey, Noah Kennedy, Kameron Koslowski, Nate Rasmussen, Casey Young, and Natalie Young
Duet Acting Comedic, Experienced: Apparition with Noah Kennedy and Cian Lister
Duet Acting Comedic, Experienced:The 39 Steps with Nate Rasmussen and Samantha Katz
Duet Acting Dramatic, Novice:Crush with Logan Demarais and Bella Frank
Solo Acting, Novice: Twelfth Night & Enrichment with Bella Frank
Drama Club Treasurer Mikaela Ochocki represented Wilsonville High School as Vice-chair of the Oregon Student Thespian Officers. At Regionals this year she participated in leading two state-wide initiatives: the Feminine Hygiene Drive for women’s shelters and the Minute To Give for California school districts affected by wildfires.
Mikaela lead Thespian Troupe #5452 to bring 10,000 out of 18,000 Feminine Hygiene Products to the State Thespian Drive, making WVHS the winner for the Northeast Region. She also helped organize our region to raise over $450 during the Minute To Give drive, the largest amount raised by any region in the state.
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!
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 are on sale now!
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
Stage Manager – Mackenzie Bodyfelt
Light Board Operator – Sam Duran Sound Board Operator – Vy Frolov Sound Board Assistant – Anna Stanley
Backstage Managers – Meghan Barry & Briauna Haskins
House Manager – Sarina Kaufman Front of House Tech – John Cramer Front of House Tech – Maddie Diehl Front of House Tech – Hayley Jablonowski Front of House Tech – Ainsley Mayes Front of House Tech – Cami Saunders Front of House Tech – Marisa Stucki
Director – John Fitzgerald Student Director – Katie Walter
Production Coordinator – Jason Katz Set Design & Construction – Kevin Cameron Set Design & Construction – Mark Sahli Scenic Artist – Julie Hansen Lighting Designer – Kacy Hughson Music Director & Accompanist- Cami Saunders
Choreographers – Samanatha Katz & Mikaela Ochocki
Costume Designer – Peyton Butler & Heather Nunn
Costume Assistant – Kelly McMichael
Sponsorship, Publicity & Webmaster – Christina Katz
Ticket Sales – Allison Kaufman Program Design – Christy Rasmussen
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.
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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
Front of House Tech:
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!