The Den Improv Troupe 2019

It’s the “Mane” attraction! We ain’t “Lion”! Come and be a part of the The Den Improv Troupe, lead by professional actor and improviser, Eric Nepom. The first workshop will be this Monday, NOVEMBER 18 from 3.30-5.30, in the Black Box Studio Theatre. You can learn the basics of improvisation theatre, gain some confidence, and collaborate and laugh with peers….there may just be some guest performers, including WLHS alumni! After November 18, there will be two rehearsals a week, a tech/dress on December 18, and public shows on December 19 & 20 at 7pm. You can view the calendar by clicking on the calendar tab above. No experience necessary. Come and play!!!   

Tickets on Sale for CHICAGO:HIGH SCHOOL EDITION!!!!

The media likes to spin, murder ain’t a sin, and Billy always wins!

Tickets are now on sale for West Linn High School Performing Arts Department’s production of Chicago: High School Edition. With its famous jazzy songs and in your face characters, Chicago tells the story of the murderesses of Cook County Jail, the media who “covers” them, and the ruthless attorney, Billy Flynn, who magically defends them. Whether 1920 or 2020, whether a typewriter or social media, society still loves to lap up the “big” story….regardless of authenticity. With focuses on media spin and manipulation, and the attractive, but consequential lure of celebrity, the WLHS theatre department starts off the 100th year celebration with a bang!

The production runs November 8, 9, 14, 16 at 7pm, plus November 10 at 3pm. Tickets are $10 (advance), $12 (door) for adults; $8 (advance), $10 (door) for students. Advanced tickets can be purchased at www.wlhstheatre.org. We will also be raffling off prizes during each performance. Raffle tickets can be purchased at the Box Office and from the WLHS Front Office Secretary, Ms. Castañeda. Raffle tickets will be $5 each, 5 for $20, or 10 for $35. The closing night prize will be a signed playbill from the recent Broadway hit, Burn This, which starred Adam Driver, Keri Russell, David Furr, and Brandon Uranowitz.      

Kick-Ball Tourney 2019!!!!

Who’s ready to take on West Linn’s finest in the game of all games…??!!

The Theatre Arts Department, in association with the WLPD and Clackamas Women’s Services, will host a kick-ball tournament fundraiser on one of the Rosemont Ridge athletic fields, SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 29 from 11.00am to 2.30pm. The central purpose of the tournament is to raise money and awareness for both the WLHS Theatre Department and Clackamas Women’s Services (to find out more about CWS, visit https://www.cwsor.org/). We also hope to promote and display community, teamwork, respect, kindness, and some good, clean fun – It’s the West Linn way!!!!

Details are still being finalized, but the round-robin tournament will consist of low inning games between various co-ed teams. Participating teams can be formed from the WLHS ASB, WLHS activities/clubs/other groups, and we hope to have one staff team! The West Linn Police Department will be joining forces with members of Clackamas Woman’s Services, and make a team of their own. Finally, we welcome youngsters who might be siblings or children of adult participants, to join their respective family member’s team.    

To register a team, please fill out this Google Form – https://forms.gle/QdXqYhpc9xSSFQAG9

The registration fee is $5 per person. Please do not exceed 14 players per team (young children will not be counted towards that total). We also ask that your team agree on a shirt color to wear. Teams can just wear random shirts of the same color, or if you want to really go all out, Michaels have these baseball/softball type shirts in different sleeve colors  – https://www.michaels.com/gildan-adult-raglan-tshirt/M10552136.html?dwvar_M10552136_color=Gray%2FRed

Steve will be in touch with each team’s captain just to confirm participation and give further details.

Besides the games themselves, there will also be some “Creative Contests” on the day. For example, there will likely be a couple garbage cans in the outfield. If a player was to kick the ball into one of the garbage cans, their team automatically wins the game! Additionally, community members will have the opportunity to sponsor/challenge someone to take on a “Creative Contest,” donating a monetary amount of $50 or more to WLHS Theatre Arts, CWS, or both, if the “contest” is fulfilled. All “Creative Contests” sponsors will be given 4 complimentary tickets towards any WLHS Theatre season production(s) of their choice. Other tournament highlights may include:

“Celebrity” Umpires

Dance Off’s

Musical Mash-Up

The Candy Toss

…and more!

A website where people can offer donations and/or become a “Creative Contests” sponsors will be set up soon! Check back on this blog for the link.

Hope to see you on the field!!

CHICAGO Cast List

I have been a part of casting productions at WLHS for six years. This is my seventh year, and with complete sincerity, I can say that I am overwhelmed by the talent, positivity, generosity, professionalism, discipline, and passion I have witnessed over these past few days. After reading the cast list below, some of you may endure disappointment….and that is human. But it 100% does not equate to failure. There are so many considerations we have to take into account. This is only a blip within the many meaningful and great things you will do in your lives, whether theatre related or not.

I thank you all for your courage, effort, and tenacity. You make WLHS proud.

Introducing the cast of CHICAGO. . . .

Roxie Hart
PAYTON HENRY

Velma Kelly 
BRIGITTE CHENEVERT

Matron “Mama” Morton
AUDREY LIPSEY

Amos Hart
COLEMAN HENRY

Billy Flynn
XAVIER DAVIDSON

Mary Sunshine
RACHEL DUMAS

Fred Casely 
CLAY BARBEE

Officer Fogarty
CAMPBELL WILSON

Liz
ADDISON WITT

Annie
BRETT MASON

June
KAMERIN VILLAGOMEZ

Hunyak
ANGELA TINIO

Mona
KARAH RHOADES

Kitty
AMY GREGG

Reporter
PATRICK TERVO

Harry
AYDEN NUTTBROCK

Judge
GRANT HALVERSON

Harrison GABE MASSEY

Clerk
ELLIE SEWARD

Third Reporter
ALLIE EVANS

ENSEMBLE
Addison Witt, Phoebe Castañeda, Sydney Robertson, Grace Heaton, Karah Rhoades, Katarina Ragalie, Hailey Cyphers, Mackenzie Smith, Rachel Dumas, Amy Gregg, Angela Tinio, Kamerin Villagomez, Brett Mason, Parrish Noce, Allie Evans, Kierra Koehn, Ellie Seward, Anthony Qiu, Campbell Wilson, Riley J. Schreiber, Clayton Menta, Gabe Massey, Patrick Tervo,
Keith Tyler Revilla, Ayden Nuttbrock, Colin Mason, Aymeric Burthey, Grant Halverson

We will have a read/sing through on Monday 9/9 in the Black Box, 3.30-6.

Please email Steve at beckings@wlwv.k12.or.us saying you “accept” or “decline” your role.

Congratulations, all.

CHICAGO Cast List Posting

Further to what I said at the end of the dance call today, I now plan on posting the cast list tonight. I want to be able to have a chat with Christine before any final decisions are made. I hope to post no later than 11.00 pm. If it’s not up by then, go to bed….and it will be posted at 4.00pm tomorrow.

Thank you for your patience, and on behalf of myself and the entire creative team, really, really wonderful work!

Additional Callback Notes

Today (9/4), the callback order will proceed as follows:

ROUND 1: Vocals – Female Leads

ROUND 2: Vocals – Female Ensemble (Cell Block Tango parts)

ROUND 3: Vocals – Male Leads

ROUND 4: Acting – Monologues and Scenes

Please note, ALL female auditionees will learn Cell Block Tango with Ms. P during the second round of vocal callbacks.