Paws Pod Episode #1!!

Hey Hey….Happy Friday!

Episode #1, Futures Past, of the Paws for Thought Podcast is now available. You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, and Spotify. You can also listen here:

We have a great chat with former co-presidents Ella Johansen, Grant Halverson, and Angela Tinio.

Episode #2 will be an interview with my dear friend, Jon Jordan, an Emmy winning Wig Designer/Hair Stylist. He lives in NYC and is currently navigating his way through COVID and its effect on the arts industry. Some of Jon’s credits include:

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Broadway Tour)
The Lion King (Broadway)
End of the Rainbow (Broadway)
On the Twentieth Century (Broadway)
The Trial of the Chicago Seven (Film)
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (TV, Emmy Winner)
Fosse/Verdon (TV)
Annie (Film)
Men in Black 3 (Film)

Tune in!!

First Virtual Thespian Meeting of 2020/21!!

Hallo Hallo….

I hope classes are going well and people are healthy.

TOMORROW 9/17 from 12.05-12.20 we will have our first Virtual Thespian Meeting. It will be a brief one just to say hi and check in. Brigitte and Miranda will share some updates on what the heck the theatre department will look like, and what we might be doing!

Please email Steve at for the Zoom info.

Introducing The PAWS POD!

As our live audience theatre experiences have been temporarily halted, I thought it might be nice to “keep the ball in the air” with a WLHS Theatre Podcast. Our 2020/21 Thespian Troupe 1915 co-presidents, Miranda Wiler and Brigitte Chenevert, along with myself, will host episodes containing a variety of content: interviews with theatre practitioners and other Oregon theatre students , improv, radio plays, and general philosophy and hilarity.

Podcast Art by WLHS alum, Kirsten Driggers (2017)

You can listen to episodes via the website:

…or subscribe through Stitcher: or Spotify:

(Google Podcasts and Apple Podcasts will be available soon!)

Thanks for listening and spread the word. Wishing everyone a happy virtual/hybrid learning experience….until we meet (in person) again!

Virtual Shorts 21

It’s happening! We have three plays which will be performed as virtual stage readings. The performance of all three plays will be uploaded at 7pm on MAY 26 on the WLHS ASB YouTube page –


Lafayette No. 1 by Mandy Conner

directed by Grant Halverson – Miranda Wiler, ASM


Lizzy Landry – Allie Evans
Anna Landry – Briana Alexander
Julien Poydras – Coleman Henry
Margaret Haughrey – Kaelin Kehm
Constable – Gabe Massey
Harris Carrol – Izzy Englund
William Limon (Moab) – Keith Tyler Revilla
Maggie McCarthy – Zoe Barnett
Marie Wagner – Grace Heaton
Margarette Wagner – Sarah Tenison
Geo Jackson – Isabel Preligara
Peter Hatcher – Zach Socherman
Felix “Fink” Zallesky – Karah Rhoades
Hannah Meyers – Kierra Koehn
Catherine Blake – Ainslie O’Conno

The Celebration by Anton Chekhov

directed by Ashley Yablonsky – Marshall Knowles, ASM


Tatiana – Brigitte Chenevert
Hirin – Zach Socherman
Andre – Clay Barbee
Natasia – Rachel Dumas
Board Rep – Ainslie O’Connor

The League of Semi-Superheroes by Val Smith & Michael Bigelow Dixon

directed by Susie Walters


Carol – Brett Mason
El Grande De Sayer De Nay – Ashley Alexander
Master of the Obvious – Xavier Davidson
Pushy Bob – Gabe Massey
Wabbit Woman – Parrish Noce
The Human Puddle – Gwen Jeuris


PSM – Ella Johansen

Sound Design – Grace McGovern & Steven Beckingham

Virtual Shorts 21 Auditions!

Yes, that’s right, we are going virtual with SHORTS! If you are interested in auditioning, please email Mr. Beckingham ( for the Thespian Troupe 1915 Google Classroom code (you do not need to be an inducted thespian to join the classroom). Any WLHS student is welcome to audition (note, it will be a Zoom conference audition).

More info on the performance itself to follow!

A Number & These Shining Lives open next week!

The WLHS Theatre Arts Department presents a double bill on stage – A Number by Cary Churchill, and These Shining Lives, by Melanie Marnich. A Number is a compelling meditation on human cloning, personal identity, and the conflicting claims of nature versus nurture. These Shining Lives chronicles the strength and determination of women in the 1920s who worked in a watch factory painting watch faces with glowing, radium-rich paint. The play is based on the true story of the “Radium Girls,” and the toxic and deadly levels of radium poisoning they encountered. Their strength and determination helped shape today’s rules and regulations within the workplace. The plays run March 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14. Curtain is 7pm. Tickets are $8 for students, $10 for adults, and can be purchased at the door or online at