“Teenhood” Stage Reading Tonight

Join the WLHS playwriting class, and a cast of dedicated Thespians, as they present a semi-staged reading of Teenhood: The Tale of Bobby Dink & Sal. Devised over the last few month by members of the playwriting class, Teenhood explores the challenges and prejudice a high school student might face just for being “different.” Come and celebrate the accomplishments of these students! The play is recommended for ages ten and above. Entrance is free. Run time is approximately 40 minutes.

SHORTS 22 OPENS TONIGHT!

The WLHS Theatre Department presents SHORTS 22 on May 11, 12, & 13. The production will comprise two short plays and a short film, both directed and produced by students. The one-act plays are comical “whodunnits”: Murder in Little Grimley by David Tristram, directed by Ainslie O’Connor; and Any Body for Tea? by C.B. Gilford, directed by Rachel Dumas. The short film, “Is This Brownsville?”, is directed and co-written by Grace Furrow. The quirky film tells the story through the different perspectives of three small town reporters. They are tasked by their hard-nosed editor with getting the scoop on a local Beanie Baby club who have come into possession of a very rare and expensive plush toy. Each performance begins 7pm and tickets are $8. Tickets are general admission and can be purchased at the door or online (click the ticket link above).

Poster design by Addison Sobotta

Shorts 22 Cast List!

Hello everybody! We really appreciate everyone taking the time to come out and audition. You all did phenomenal and we are proud of each and every one of you. This was a hard production to cast. If you are not on the cast list, please continue to audition! Thank you all again, and good night!

ANY BODY FOR TEA?

C. Williams: Nico Vick Beaudin

O’Finn: Ian Krubel

Hildegarde: Emerson Parker

Birdie: Elizabeth Meyers 

Amantha: Natalie Glausi

Lucy: Sophia Burden

Elizabeth: Mashayla Scott

Kramer: Micah Goodman

Nettie: Ellie Seward

MURDER IN LITTLE GRIMLEY

Gordon: Patrick Tervo

Bernard: Thomas Greyerbiehl

Joyce: Lainey Shevlin

Margaret: Maude Lundberg

Detective: Mira Jansen

IS THIS BROWNSVILLE?

I: Patrick Tervo

R: Thomas Greyerbiehl

S: Rowan Sechrist

ME: Ellie Seward

EDITOR: Malaika Ruirie

Beanie Baby Club Members & Other Characters TBD

– Aether Meyers

– Sophia Burden

– Evan McCreary

– Max Halverson

– Garrett Seidel

– Maggie MacKenzie

– Kenna Elysia-Jones

– Natalie Glausi

– Maude Lundberg

Please reach out to Shorts advisor, Jon Ares with any questions or concerns – aresj@wlwv.k12.or.us.

Stage Management will be in touch about schedules and such.

Congrats!!!

SHORTS 22 Callback List

Hello everyone! Wow! We are THRILLED to see so many new and familiar faces come to audition. Thank you for all of your hard work. You all did amazing throughout this process. We loved seeing all of the individual choices you made with these characters. If you were not called back, this does not necessarily mean you will not be cast. Please check back for the cast lists tomorrow night. 

*NOTE – Please look at times closely. Some people are called for more than one show. We strongly advise that EVERYONE called back, remain in or around the PAC for the entire callback process.

Callbacks for Any Body For Tea will be held in the Black Box. Please see the previous post for the scripts. We will have hard copies printed. 

Time: 3:45-4:10

Hildegarde: Ellie Seward

Nettie: Malaika Ruirie

Amantha: Jesika Conner 

Lucy: Mira Jansen

Birdie: Mashayla Scott

O’Finn: Ian Krubel 

Start Page 10 “Mr. O’Finn?” 

end at “This is Elizabeth”

Time: 4:10-4:35

Kramer: Micah Goodman, Matthew Tence 

O’Finn: Evan McCreary, Patrick Tervo

Page 15

Time: 4:35-5:00

Birdie: Elizabeth Meyers

Lucy: Ellie Seward

Amantha: Natalie Glausi 

Hildegarde: Emerson Parker

Page 18, end at “the front stairs”

Time: 5:00-5:25

O’Finn: Evan McCreary

Williams: Nico V.B., Cadence Tillman

Scene 1 page 5-Start at “O’Finn what do you want?” 

End at “Peeping Toms, that they were Captain”

Time: 5:25-5:50

Birdie: Mashayla Scott

Lucy: Emerson Parker

Amantha:  Malaika Ruirie

Hildegarde: Elizabeth Meyers

Page 18, end at “the front stairs.”

Time: 5:50-6:15

Hildegarde: Ellie Seward

Nettie: Emerson Parker

Amantha: Sophia Burden 

Lucy: Cadence Tillman

Birdie: Malaika Ruirie 

O’Finn: Patrick Tervo

Page 10 “Mr. O’Finn?” 

End at page 12 “This is Elizabeth.”

Callbacks for Murder in Little Grimley will be held in the Choir Room

Time: 3:45-4:10

“Joyce! What’s up?” -page 1-3″Good luck, Bernard”

J- Lainey Shevlin

G- Thomas Greyerbiehl

B- Matthew Tence

Time: 4:10-4:35

“I haven’t had one…” – page 8 “At last…”

B- Nico VB

M- Rowan Sechrist

G- Ian Krubel

Time: 4:35-5:00

Page 13 “Am I allowed..” – page 16 ” theatrical triumph”

G- Patrick Tervo

B- Matthew Tence

M- Mira Jansen

J- Lainey Shevlin

Time: 5:00-5:25

Page 13 “Am I allowed..” – page 16 ” theatrical triumph”

G- Thomas Greyerbiehl

B- Matthew Tence

M- Maude Lundburg

J- Lainey Shevlin

Detective – Maggie MacKenzie

Time: 5:25-5:50

page 18 “Sorry – who are you?” – page 22 “So let’s leave..”

G- Thomas Greyerbiehl

Detective- Mira Jansen

M- Rowan Sechrist

J- Lainey Shevlin

B- Matthew Tence

Time: 5:50-6:15

page 18 “Sorry – who are you?” – page 22 “So let’s leave..” 

G- Thomas Greyerbiehl

Detective- Maude Lundburg

M- Rowan Sechrist

J- Lainey Shevlin

B- Mathew Tence

Callbacks for short film, Is this Brownsville? will be held in the Makeup Room. The director may group some of you together to read with the “Editors.” Please note that, at this point, there are no specific genders associated with the characters.

* Those called back for “ME” will improvise with the director. 

3:45- Evan McCreary (ME, “Editor”)

3:55- Patrick Tervo (I, “Editor”)

4:10 Ellie Seward (ME)

4:20 Thomas Greyerbiehl (R, “Editor”)

4:35 Malaika Ruirie (I, R, “Editor”)

5:00 Sophia Burden (S)

5:17 Elizabeth Meyers (S)

5:25 Maude Lundburg (R)

5:35 Garrett Scidel (S, I)

5:45 Rowan Sechrist (Editor, S, I)

Here are the sides:

Shorts 22 Auditions!

This year, our student-directed one-acts will include two short plays and a short film. It is possible some actors will be cast in both a play and the film. Please see the audition form below for details.

AUDITION DETAILS

Please fill out an audition form prior to auditions

Auditions will be held in the black box on MARCH 29, 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. *There are no sides for the short film for initial auditions, so choose from the play sides.

A callback list will be posted here the evening of MARCH 29. Callbacks will be on MARCH 30.

The cast will be posted the evening of MARCH 30. 

THE PLAYS

Here are the full plays:

Any Body For Tea? will be directed by Rachel Dumas, and Murder in Little Grimley will be directed by Ainslie O’Connor. Below are audition details from the directors:

*More details on the short film, which will be directed by Grace Furrow, will be published on the callback list.

Please direct questions to the SHORTS 22 advisor, Jon Ares – aresj@wlwv.k12.or.us

“This Random World” Opens This Week!

Poster Design by Sierra Wilbur

West Linn High School Theatre Arts Department presents This Random World by Steven Dietz.

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 our own.

Opening night is March 4, and the show runs March 5, 10, 11, and 12. Held in the Black Box Studio Theatre, curtain for each performance is 7pm. The production is recommended for ages 12 and up. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students, and can be purchased online at www.wlhstheatre.org. Tickets can also be purchased at the door, but will be limited due to keeping a safe capacity in the black box.

CAST:

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

PRODUCTION:

Production Stage Manager             Catherine Berry

Assistant Stage Manager                Hadley Smith

Sound Design                                     Sebastian Handegard

Property Design                                 Gracie Faust & Maggie MacKenzie

Stagehand                                           Chelsea Duncan

Costume and Makeup Design       Annie Kaiser, Max Chenier, & Hailey Cyphers

Set and Lighting Design                  Jon Ares

Direction                                             Steven Beckingham

“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

Bernadette

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

Rhonda

Grace Furrow, Malaika Ruirie, Elizabeth Meyers

Claire

Ellie Seward, Max Chenier

Gary

Hunter Turney, Evan McCreary

CALLBACK SIDES:

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.”

SYNOPSIS:

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.

CHARACTERS:

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.

DATES:

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).

AUDITION DETAILS

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. 

SIDES

(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.”