Shorts 24 Cast Lists

Congrats to all! Prepare for an intense, but satisfying adventure! “Hotel L’Albergo” cast, please double check that you have availability the weekend of April 4-6, as the play will be presented at the Oregon Thespian State Festival (we are still awaiting the exact day/time). ALL cast members, the directors would like to have a read-through next week sometime. It might not fall on the same day for each cast, so please look out for an email from Directors/ASMs.


Hotel L’AlbergoHatchDirty LaundryLet’s Pretend This Never Happened
Sophia Burden – KATRINAAva Neudeck – AIOLily McCarthy – CYNTHIAHolden Peterson – OLIVER
Vada Mullen – ANNELeo Wilson – HACTHUMFerret Kramer – GEORGELucia LaViolette – EMMA
Jack Deason – KEVINSophie Vervais – HATCHOOIan Krubel – SIDNEYJosh Caveney – ANDREW
Ella Myers – THERESAEdd Larson – HATCHATATy Schultz-Reynolds – MONAJohn Avery – LUKE
Ace Isensee – IANAlivia Marshall – HATCHERAddison O’Neil – ABBY
Lea Blaskower – ALESSIAHanna Schwier – BERNIEEmerson Parker – EMMA’S MOM
Elizabeth Meyers – JOHANNAMatthew Tence – SLOANETaran Keppeler – STUDENT 1
Jake Williams – HATCHIEIan Krubel – SENIOR BOY
Grayson Weichert – KAIJames Poor, Leo Wilson – CRONIES
Taran Keppeler – ROBINJori Brady, Kiera Kuehn, Elliot Sherman – FEATURED EXTRAS

Shorts 24 Callbacks

What a turn out tonight! We saw a lot of great choices and energy. Bravo! We cannot stress enough that IF you are not on the callback schedule, that does not necessarily mean you will NOT be cast. Callbacks will be 3:25pm-6:05pm, Friday 3/15. All callbacks will be located on Porch E1. You will be told what room to go to.

  1. Here is the callback schedule – Shorts 24 Callback Schedule. Please read through carefully.
  2. Please revisit the audition materials folder – Audition Material. You do not have to be memorized, but as much as you can look up from the page, the better.
  3. Please prepare to stay the whole time.
  4. Please direct any specific questions regarding character/plot to the directors:

“Dirty Laundry” – Mira Jansen

“Hatch” – Sofia Gomez, Gracie Faust

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened – Rowan Sechrist

“Hotel L’Albergo” – Marina Vadnais, Annie Kaiser

For other questions, please contact the Production Stage Manager, Olive Dotson

Break Legs!!

Shorts 24 Auditions!

This year for Shorts 24, we have three plays and one short film. They are as follows:

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened; a short film written and directed by Rowan Sechrist

“Dirty Laundry” by Dailyn Rodriguez; Directed by Mira Jansen

“Hatch” by C. Quintana; Directed by Gracie Faust & Sofia Gomez

“Hotel L’Albergo” by Marina Vadnais; Directed by Annie Kaiser & Marina Vadnais

Initial Auditions will be Thursday March 14 in the Black Box from 3:20-6 (first come, first serve. Once you audition, you can leave). Please fill out the AUDITION FORM prior to auditioning. You must be logged in with School Google account. Callbacks will be by invitation (check back here) on Friday, March 15.

Please prepare a monologue/side of your choice. You do not have to be memorized. Please note that, if auditioning for “Hatch” of “Hotel L’ Albergo,” you will be asked to engage in some improvised scene work. You must be logged in with School Google account.

Shorts 24 Audition Details

Please email production stage manager, Olive Dotson with any questions –

Break legs!!!!

“Exit the King” Opens March 1!

A Royal Fall, From Grace to Madness: “Exit the King” Explores Mortality and Absurdity

Prepare to be swept away by a darkly comedic journey as West Linn High School Theatre Arts presents Eugene Ionesco’s iconic absurdist masterpiece, Exit the King. Opening March 1 and running through March 9, 2024, this poignant and hilarious production delves into the human condition and our inevitable confrontation with mortality.

King Berenger, once a powerful ruler, finds his kingdom fading along with his own life force. Confined to his crumbling throne room, he clings desperately to power and refuses to acknowledge his impending demise. Surrounded by his loyal yet exasperated attendants, including his multiple wives and a sardonic doctor, Berenger embarks on a hilarious and heartbreaking struggle to retain control over his dwindling world.

Ionesco’s masterpiece, masterfully translated by Neil Armfield and Geoffrey Rush, uses witty dialogue, nonsensical situations, and theatrical metaphors to create a timeless exploration of power, denial, and the absurdity of existence. This production, directed by Jon Ares, promises a dynamic and thought-provoking experience that will resonate deeply with audiences.

Exit the King by Eugene Ionesco
Translated by Neil Armfield and Geoffrey Rush
March 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 2024

7:00 PM Curtain

Click “Tickets” above.

Direction, Set and Lighting Design by Jon Ares

Costume Design by Sarah Gahagan

Sound Design by Kaiden Christman, Grant Hawkins, & Steven Beckingham

Exit the King – Cast!

Thank you everyone who auditioned! So much great talent and creativity was exhibited! It was a lot of fun – I hope y’all had fun, too. Thank you for taking chances!

Presenting the cast of “Exit The King:”

King Berenger: Jack Deason
Queen Marguerite: Mira Jansen
Queen Marie: Nobie Zur
Doctor: Reed Jordan
Juliette: Hallie Jones
Guard: Ethan Chenevert

Our first rehearsal will be Monday, January 8 in the Black Box at 3:20. Please be on time as we have a lot to discuss, and you will also be meeting our Costume Designer, before we get into a read-thru.

See you then! – Jon

Exit the King – Callbacks!

Excellent work from everyone who auditioned! So much amazing talent! Tomorrow (Friday) we will need to call back a few folks to read a bit more. Here’s who should come back to the black box tomorrow after school (we will try to keep the callbacks as brief as possible!)

King: Jack Deason, Josh Caveney
Marguerite: Mira Jansen, Lucia LaViolette
Marie: Nobie Zur, Hallie Jones, Lucy Lorenzen
Doctor: Reed Jordan, Jack Walters
Juliette:* Portland Stock Cleaver, Luci LaViolette
*There will be a new scene to read between Juliette and The King – it’s basically Juliette’s monologue from the initial auditions, but with the King’s dialog restored. We’ll have copies of it for you all tomorrow.

Please look over the Callback scenes to familiarize them, but we will provide a list of who will read with whom. We shall all gather in the Black Box and discuss the process, then give groups time to prepare, then read.

If you don’t see your name listed in the callbacks above, remember to check back to look at the cast list Friday night or Saturday – not all roles are being called back.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Jon Ares, the director –

We are really looking forward to tomorrow! Thank you, everyone!


Exit the King

Directed by Jon Ares

Gracie Faust, Production Stage Manager

Performances: March 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 2024

Performed in the Black Box Studio Theatre

  • Initial Auditions: Thursday, January 4, 3:30 (Black Box)
  • Callbacks: Friday, January 5, 3:30 (Black Box)
  • 1st Rehearsal: Monday, January 8, 3:20 (Black Box)

Rehearsals after school, M-F (to be determined) 3:20 to 5:30

Theater of the absurd:

“Theater that seeks to represent the absurdity of human existence in a meaningless universe by bizarre or fantastic means.”

What is this show about?

Exit the King takes place on King Berenger’s dying day, also, not coincidentally, the last day of the universe. The older queen, Marguerite, and the Doctor tell the king that everything is falling apart – from the walls of the palace to the workings of the solar system – and that he is dying. The younger queen, Marie, exhorts him to live in the moment and not give in to death. King Berenger does not want to die, but his commands to restore order go unheeded. In the end, he concedes that he is dying, and he fades into the ether. The play shows that the human desire to live, and, by extension, to control our universe, is pointless in the end.

In King, This absurdist exploration of ego and mortality is set in the crumbling throne-room of the palace in an unnamed country where King Berenger the First has only the duration of the play to live.

The Theatre of the Absurd finds its roots in Existentialism, a form of philosophical thought that posits human beings do not have any intrinsic purpose other than what they make for themselves. 

In 1942, the French-Algerian philosopher Albert Camus published his work “The Myth of Sisyphus,” examining humanity’s desire for rationality and purpose in the face of the inherent irrationality and emptiness of the universe. From this, Camus developed his Theory of the Absurd: that this juxtaposition is something that all free-thinking and honest people must eventually come to accept. According to Camus, human beings should not strive to find purpose where there is none, and that true contentment can only be felt once this is acknowledged. Queen Marguerite tries valiantly to bring King Berenger to this acknowledgement, so he can “move on” to accept the fate before him.

Even with all this “pointlessness,” this play IS a comedy – and a very physical one, at that. Please be aware though, that there is a very heavy line load, particularly for the roles of King Berenger and Queen Marguerite.


Berenger the First, the King. Flippant. Comically egotistical. Completely in denial.

Queen Marguerite, the First Wife. Mature. A realist, and a practical leader.

Queen Marie, the Second Wife. Younger, and clings to fairy tale happy endings.

The Doctor, who is also the Surgeon, Executioner, Bacteriologist and Astrologist.

Juliette, Domestic Help and Registered Nurse. Quite the rough character. Perhaps a Cockney accent?

The Guard, longtime herald and protector of The King. Dutiful. A true follower and champion of the King, his hero.

Preparing for auditions:

For the initial audition, please fill out the audition form, and please prepare one of the monologues* below (memorization is not required.) *If you are reading for Queen Marguerite, you will need to prepare one of the scenes with either Queen Marie or Juliette. You can audition with someone else who is auditioning for Marie or Juliette, or we will provide someone to read with you. **You will need to log in with your school Google account to access these materials.




For Callbacks, please review the pieces below (memorization is not required). At Callbacks, you may be instructed on which pieces to read, and with whom (if anyone). Note that not all roles may be called back, so if you are not called back, that doesn’t automatically mean you are not cast.


Please contact the director, Jon Ares, with any questions!

The Den Improv is back!!

Initial workshop with professional improviser, Eric Nepom, will be next Tuesday (11/14 in the black box from 3:30-5. Showing up to this is not a full commitment to doing the performances, but rehearsal dates and all details shall be discussed. Then, Friday (11/17), there will be another workshop just before leaving for break. ALL West Linn High School students are welcome. There is no audition process for this. Direct any questions to Mr. B –