Devised Theatre Project – “Youth’s a Stuff”

We want to chronicle WLHS teenager’s experiences during a tumultuous and strange time. Whether it is directly related to the pandemic, civil rights protests, an ice storm, or anything else since the on set of COVID-19 and distance (now hybrid) learning, we want to hear your stories. Utilizing the words of many student voices, we will devise a play comprised of monologues, small scenes, art, and music. The piece will be filmed and uploaded onto our WLHS theatre You Tube channel.

If you are interested in being a participant within this impactful work, please fill in this Google Form: https://forms.gle/MWPKUq8JazDKCeio6. if you have questions, feel free to contact our Stage Manager, Miranda Wiler – wilerm@wlhs.wlwv.k12.or.us. As a participant, you will set up a time to have a conversation with one of our interviewers. Your words and experiences might just end up in the play! We are happy to keep you completely anonymous if you desire.

Student’s voices will be the main creative force behind this work. Be a part of something important and valuable.

You can read more detailed information about the project here: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1zEgKgs7T5Gxk6PMo6D7tbRGUoN7jEuFYOHPe9m-b6VA/edit?usp=sharing

We hope to hear from you!

Lakewood Theatre Scholarship & Auditions

Do you plan on pursuing the performing arts in college? Apply to potentially receive some money!

The deadline for the scholarship is THIS Thursday (April 1)!

ALSO, Here is audition info for virtual shows specifically for high school students. This would be a great experience, and look good on the old resume!

Please read through everything carefully before asking questions. Contact Steve if you need any audition tips and tools!

Virtual State Festival 2021

The Oregon Thespians State Festival is VIRTUAL this year, and we must be registered by this Thursday, March 11!!

This year’s theme is “Out of This World”! The Festival will be comprised of workshops, virtual productions, virtual one-act entries, Showcase entries, opportunities to visit with representatives from colleges and professional programs, socializing, dance parties, and other theatre nerd shenanigans. There are a lot of people working very hard to ensure that this year’s Festival will be both educational and entertaining.

WE don’t have many details yet, but I do know:
-The festival starts on the afternoon/evening of Friday, April 9, and continues/concludes on Saturday, April 10.
-The cost is $35.00 if you are an inducted Thespian, $40 for all other participants
-You will get a t-shirt!

If you want to attend Virtual State this year, you must:
-Commit to attending by informing Annie Kaiser – kaisera@wlwv.k12.or.us
-Drop off a check for the fee of $35/$40 at the WLHS office no later than 3:30 pm on Thursday, March 11. Please make the check out to “West Linn High School” and put it an envelope that says “Annie Kaiser – State Fee” on it.

YOU WILL NOT BE REGISTERED YOU IF MONEY IS NOT RECEIVED BY 3:30 PM ON 3/11 AND YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO ATTEND STATE.

It’s going to be OUT OF THIS WORLD!!

2021 Virtual Regionals Results

Amid an ice storm, and just before mass power outages, many of our Thespians “powered” through submitting performance videos for the 2021 Virtual Regional Acting Competition. Coaching students on their pieces via Zoom, Annie and I found great joy and pride seeing these students engage in something they are passionate about. The results of the competition were announced on 2/23. We could not be more proud. Here they are:

Solo Musical Novice, Regional finalist – Alexandria Evans

Solo Musical Novice, State Qualifiers – Sofia Gomez, Ellie Seward

Solo Musical Experienced, State Qualifiers – Brigitte Chenevert, Karah Rhoades, Parrish Noce, Brett Mason

Duo Musical, State Qualifiers – Brett Mason, Aymeric Burthey

Solo Acting Novice, Regional Finalist – Ainslie O’Connor

Solo Acting Experienced, State Qualifiers – Karah Rhoades, Rachel Dumas

Pantomime, Regional Finalist – Evan McCreary

Pantomime, State Qualifiers – Brigitte Chenevert, Coleman Henry

Regionals 2021 & Devised Project

The 2021 Regionals Acting Competition is going forward as an online competition. Participants will record and submit pieces. The categories are limited this year for obvious reasons, but we encourage students to participate.

Here are important dates:

Feb. 6 SUBMISSION WINDOW OPENS
Feb. 12 SUBMISSION WINDOW CLOSES
Feb. 14 JUDGES ACCESS ENTRIES
Feb. 21 ADJUDICATION ACCESS ENDS
Feb. 23 FEEDBACK AND RESULTS POSTED

Here is a link to the SOP (Standard Operating Procedures) detailing all information: https://docs.google.com/document/d/17d40SuqfE8fPov_e2WnEnQG5iT__m3CXoGHb9iHmopw/edit

Please contact Mr. B or Ms. Kaiser with any questions.

Next, a new theatre project will soon take shape! There will be no auditions or posted cast lists……all students who are interested may participate. The project is entitled, YOUTH’S A STUFF, and it will be a devised piece that looks to artistically chronicle the thoughts and experiences of high school students during 2020/21. Here is a Power Point PDF breakdown of the project:

If you are interested in being a part of this project, sign up here:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1mC7J3SwfBqtZNqEdVSplBDrD0mnMBImntQHwP9rTTQQ/edit?usp=sharing

Please contact Mr. B with any questions.

Improv Night 2020: “This Time it’s Virtual”

People are raving about The Den Improv Troupe…..

“The Den?…As in a wild animal’s lair?”

“Do I know anyone in it?…..Eric who?”

“Yeah, I’d like to improve a lot of things in my life.”

Back by slight demand, and featuring actual humans, we present The Den Improv Night 2020: “This Time it’s Virtual.” Directed by the inconsolable vagrant, Eric Nepom, this live stream event will have you itching….

Join us, courtesy of WLHS ASB and their YouTube channel (suckers!) this Friday, Dec 18, at 7pm.

Here is the stream link: https://youtu.be/pRmBNeXu90U

This event is free, but we ask that before you tune in, please consider donating $5 through this link: https://www.schoolpay.com/pay/for/Support-the-West-Linn-HS-Theatre-Arts-Pr/SbkpaO7

Come and support our students and the arts during these challenging times!

Virtual Improv!!

Join professional actor and improviser, Eric Nepom, for a Zoom meet and greet/Q & A (with games!), this Friday (11/20) at 12:30pm. It will go for about an hour. The Den Improv Night is one of out most popular department events….and ALL STUDENTS are welcome…no experience necessary! There will be a few Zoom rehearsals stating in December, then a live streamed performance on December 18 at 7pm.

Email Mr. B at beckings@wlwv.k12.or.us for the Zoom meeting details.

Don’t miss this opportunity to work with a pro……and be a part of history (as we have never done a Zoom Imporv Night before 🙂