“This Random World” Cast List

This one was a hard, hard, hard one to cast. Well done and congrats to all.

The following people, please meet at 3:30 on Monday Jan 10 for a read through/table work. We will go until 6. Production Stage Manager, Cate Berry, will eventually email about scheduling and calendar access.

Scottie Ward               GRACE FURROW                                                       

Tim Ward                    IAN KRUBEL                                                   

Beth Ward                  RACHEL DUMAS                                                         

Bernadette                  AINSLIE O’CONNOR                                

Rhonda                        LAINEY SHEVLIN              

Claire                           ELLIE SEWARD

Gary                            EVAN McCREARY

“This Random World” Callbacks

Thank you to all who took the leap and auditioned! I saw/heard some really wonderful stuff. If you are not on the following callback list, please do not feel discouraged…We hope to see you at SHORTS 22 auditions at the end of March. The following people, please arrive at the black box tomorrow, Jan 6, at 3:30. Callbacks will go until 6pm (see below for callback sides).

Scottie Ward

Grace Furrow, Max Chenier, Ainslie O’Connor

Tim Ward/Man

Jesse Kohler, Evan McCreary

Beth Ward

Rachel Dumas, Lainey Shevlin


Sofia Gomez, Lainey Shevlin, Malaika Ruirie, Ainslie O’Connor, Hailey Cyphers


Grace Furrow, Malaika Ruirie, Elizabeth Meyers


Ellie Seward, Max Chenier


Hunter Turney, Evan McCreary


Please look over and familiarize yourselves. You will be paired up with multiple people. You will likely not read the entire scene during the audition.

Scottie & Bernadette – pgs 16-18

Claire & Gary – pgs. 18-21

Rhonda & Scottie – pgs. 35-37

Tim & Beth – pg. 12 from Beth’s “You should have tissues” to end of pg 13.

“This Random World” Auditions

This Random World

By Steven Dietz 

“l want to be just beside my life. Because maybe right beside my life everything makes sense. Maybe there … everything connects.”


We want to believe that serendipity brings us together; but is that Just a myth? Mining the comedy of missed connections, THIS RANDOM WORLD asks the serious question of how often we travel parallel paths throughout the world without noticing. From an ailing woman who plans one final trip, to her daughter planning one great escape and her son falling prey to a prank gone wrong, this funny, intimate, and heartbreaking play explores the lives that may be happening just out of reach of ow· own.


Scottie Ward – a woman in her 70s, she is private, quite withheld, intelligent, dry-witted, formal, but not a classic matriarch; she is sassy, feisty, enjoys a full, enriched world beyond the knowledge of her children.

Tim Ward/Man – a man in his late 20s, brother to Beth, son to Scottie; his girlfriend has broken up with him, his work is not going well, he is trying to figure things out. At his sister’s suggestion, he puts a fake obituary into the paper and then can’t seem to take it back; he is sweet, a bit of a loser, still struggling to find himself, but it’s time he grew up.

Beth Ward – a woman in her late 30s, sister to Tim, daughter to Scottie; generally obsessed with controlling her life, and her death, she is about to travel to Nepal…to go off radar and (maybe) to let go of the control; her defense is her best offense, she is appealing, likeable, but loud and sometimes overbearing.

Bernadette – Scottie’s aide, 30s, she is competent, reserved, but has energy and determination; starts to turn it loose when she can’t contact Scottie’s kids.

Rhonda – Bernadette’s younger sister, late 20s, she has become mystical since her mother’s passing, wants to believe in more than just this life, misses her mother.

Claire – late 20s, Tim’s ex-girlfriend, she never quite moved on after they ended their high school romance, which was the practical thing to do. She is a strong and confident, not a fragile flower but has a bit of guile; hides the noise around her. Slightly haunting quality.

Gary – 30s, Claire’s ex-boyfriend, he breaks up with her because she cannot live in the present; he takes a trip to Nepal in order to find excitement, but it doesn’t work out well for him.


Tech week begins March 1. Opening night is March 4, then March 5, 10, 11, 12. Rehearsal will be 4 days a week beginning Jan 10 (read through and table work).


Please fill out an audition form prior to auditions

Auditions will be held in the black box on January 5, 2022 from 3:30pm – 6pm. You can leave once you have auditioned.

Please prepare one chosen side. It does not have to be memorized, but please familiarize yourself with it the best you can. 

A callback list will be posted here the evening of Jan 5. Callbacks will be on Jan 6.

The cast will be posted the evening of Jan 6. 


(a member of stage management will read other characters)

Tim & Beth: pgs 9-12, begin with Tim’s “Beth, you are not dying!” End with Beth’s “I told you this, I sent you a link”

Scottie & Bernadette: pgs. 16-18

Claire: pgs. 27-28 (monologue)

Gary: pgs. 29-31 end with Gary’s “I can feel my toes, most of them.”

Rhonda: pgs. 22-23, end with Tim’s “I didn’t come to see you Rhonda.”

The Den Improv Night!

Live improv (not improve) is back at West Linn High School, Friday 12/17 and Saturday 12/18. Eric Nepom, esteemed lion tamer, has been working with theatre students on characterization, collaboration, and on-the-spot storytelling. With lights, sound, pantomimed horse riding, and even a very abridged improvised version of A Christmas Carol, you are sure to find at least one moment to laugh at. Tickets are $7 and must be purchased in advance. Go to http://www.wlhstheatre.org/show-one/tickets/ .

First Improv Meeting Tomorrow!!

The first The Den Improv Troupe meeting will take place Tuesday November 30 from 3:30-5 in the Black Box. The second meeting is the following day, Wednesday December 1 (early release) from 1:30-3:30. To be a performer within the troupe, you must attend the majority of the rehearsals. All rehearsals, the dress, and performances are on the calendar: https://www.wlhstheatre.org/all-events-calendar/

If you have a conflict, let us know.

See you there!!!!

Tickets for The Pirates of Penzance!

Tickets for our fall musical, “The Pirates of Penzance” go on sale this Halloween Sunday, 10/31! Purchase online at https://www.tix.com/ticket-sales/wlhs/1101. You can also call the box office for hours – 503.673.7939.


Presenting the rollicking classic operetta……but set in the 1950s! Think, “The Outsiders” meets Annette and Frankie’s “Beach Party.” Frederic, a junior “pirate”, has fulfilled his indenture, and leaves his rebellious gang. But instead of sticking with Ruth, his nurse-maid, he falls for the beatnik beauty, Mabel. Amid Fred and Mabel’s courtship, the “pirate” gang return to confront Fred, Mabel, Mabel’s sisters, and their father, “Major” General Stanley. A goofy gaggle of Lifeguard Police, and their Sergeant, arrive on the scene, attempting to save the day. Accompanied by the WLHS Symphonic Choir and members of the WLHS Orchestra and Symphonic Band, the production promises to be an energetic and humorous dive back into live theatre. We cordially invite you to safely join the party November 12, 13, 18, 19, or 20 at 7pm.

We appreciate you following these WLWV District guidelines when you attend:

  • 1) Masks must be worn at all times (5 yrs and older) in the lobby and seating area.
  • 2) No food or drink, including water, may be consumed in the seating area or lobby (with exception of the drinking fountains.)
  • 3) Please distance family groups/households from each other.  The seating chart for each performance will be designed with empty seats between groups.  If you are not able to accommodate your party in available seats, please contact Annie Kaiser at kaisera@wlwv.k12.or.us