Next Production: A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare
Woodinville High School Theatre Company is excited to present a pirate-themed adaptation of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This most beloved of Shakespeare’s comedies tells a tale of lovers, mechanicals, royals and magical mayhem - this time with pirates rather than fairies. Performances are October 18 - 21 at 7:00 pm in the Woodinville High School Theater. A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a story of order and disorder, reality and appearance, and proves that the course of love never does run smooth. It is filled with magic, fools in love, and bumbling buffoons, making this dream exceptionally enjoyable for all ages.
With a royal wedding near, and the threat of an arranged marriage looming, four lovers flee into a dark and eerie cove. There they become pawns in the impassioned battle between Oberon and Titania, the king and queen of the pirates. What ensues is sorcery, explosive passion, fights, fickle infatuation, shape-shifting and madcap antics and a hilarious play within a play - all of which provide a magical, and often humorous, exploration of romance, lust and marriage.
The cast is comprised of 24 of Woodinville High School’s Advanced Acting and Play Production students, including seniors Torquil Carmichael, Kira Fontana, Paige Henderson, Rebekah Kamer, Kathryn Lampe, Caitlyn Lee, Sonja Marcus, Leah Matthews, Derek Mulkins, Kate Sapek, Kayin Thompson and Ethan Yee, and juniors Vivian Balasu, Lily Benson, Hans Blomberg, Aaron Leatherman, Grace Lewis, Gerry Noy, Cole Parker, Luke Preston, Nolan Spencer, Alexcia Straw, Preston Ventrella, and Mesgana Yosief.
The set incorporates a thrust stage, making the setting more intimate and drawing the audience into the story. Crews of students from the WHS Technical Theatre program handle the technical aspects of the show, from set building and lighting to publicity. Senior technical theatre students include: Alec Savoye (Stage Manager), Torquil Carmichael and Courtney Holleman (Paint), Courtney Holleman and Rebekah Kamer (Costumes), Paige Henderson (Props), and Sonja Marcus (House Manager).
The show is directed, designed and produced by Josh Butchart, with support from Alex Clark (Sound and Lights), Marsha Stueckle (Costumes) and Katharina Muller (Producer) and the Woodinville Drama Boosters, led by Susan Lampe.
- October 18-21 at 7:00 p.m
Woodinville High School Theater
- Address: 19819 136th Ave NE Woodinville, WA 98072
- Phone Number: (425) 408-7400
- Tickets: General Admission $10, Seniors & Students w/ASB $5. You can also order tickets online here.
Hope to see you there!
Open WHSTC Booster board positions
As the year comes to a close, we would like to thank all of you who helped the Drama Boosters this year. Whether it was donating concessions & rehearsal snacks, serving at the dinner, washing cars at the Car Wash in the fall or donating items for our auctions, we couldn’t have done it without you!
In order for the Boosters to continue to be as successful next year, we need your help. Many of next year’s board positions need to be filled ASAP as our current board is primarily made up of senior parents.
In case you are not familiar with what we do, we provide funds and support to the theatre department by raising money for field trips like the State IE Festival, costumes, pizza for everyone on Build days, guest speakers for the students, and much, much more. We meet once a month in the black Box with Mr. Butchart for about an hour.
Please contact us if you have any questions or an interest in being part of our wonderful group who are here to help YOUR student and YOUR drama program continue to be successful. These are the open positions for next year:
- Programs: Solicit and receive program ads from local businesses – seeking ad sales from parents is strongly encouraged. Interface with teacher and student publicity heads to create and proof program. Pick up program from Graphics Center.
Please feel free to forward
this information to anyone you know whose student is coming to WHS in the fall and will be taking Drama! Any interested in a board position should contact
current Booster Club Co-Presidents, Stephanie Penoyer (firstname.lastname@example.org) and
Jenny Sullivan (Jennys@msn.com), or our incoming Booster President, Susan Lampe (email@example.com).
Woodinville Drama Booster Kickoff on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 @ 6PM
All parents and students of WHS theatre and tech theatre for 2017-18 are invited to attend the annual Woodinville Drama Booster Kickoff. This invitation also includes
students tentatively registered for any drama classes at WHS -- a special welcome to new students to the program, including all 10th graders and the
inaugural class of 9th graders at Woodinville High School!
This booster club activity will be a casual potluck get-together where the parents will be discussing the upcoming year of drama activities while the kids enjoy ice breakers, swimming, games and improv.
We will have a brief meeting where Susan Lampe, President of the WHS Drama Boosters Club, will introduce the Booster Club and opportunities for fundraising and volunteer, and Josh Butchart, WHS Drama Director (Drama Teacher), will give an overview of the WHS Drama Department and the productions and activities that are planned for the 2017-18 school year.
The Kickoff will be held in the Cottage Lake Beach Club cabana (18808 NE 168th St., Woodinville, WA 98072) on the southeast shore of Cottage Lake. Bring your suit and a towel for swimming in the lake (there's even a convenient shower there for
washing off)! The covered cabana will be reserved exclusively for our group.
Families are requested to bring the following for the potluck:
- 9th graders (class of 2021): drinks (2-liter soda or juice)
- 10th graders (class of 2020): side dish
- 11th graders (class of 2019): dessert
- 12th graders (class of 2018): heavy appetizers
Please e-mail Susan Lampe (or phone (425) 417-9754) with any questions. Hope to see you there!
We are looking ahead to Dramafest 2017 on Saturday, June 2 @ 7:00 pm!
Our Theatre students will perform one last time for you this year.
Our annual Dramafest is an evening of senior-directed one-act plays, small scenes and songs.
It's a variety show that you are sure to love, and the last time you will be able to see this year's fabulous seniors perform at WHS.
Entry to the show is free, and the fun will start at 7:00 pm. We hope you will come out and let us entertain you one last time this year!
Disney's Beauty and the Beast
Woodinville High School Theatre Company is excited to present a tale as old as time, Disney's Beauty and the Beast. The show runs April 27 - 29 and May 4 - 6 at 7:00 pm in the Woodinville High School Theater. Following the resounding success of their recent productions of Chicago and Fiddler on the Roof, WHS Theatre Company takes on something a bit lighter and more family friendly!
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast takes place in a small provincial town in France. The local prince is transformed into a hideous beast by an enchantress as punishment for his cruel and selfish ways. When Maurice, the town’s eccentric inventor, gets lost in the woods on the way to the fair to show off his latest invention, he seeks shelter in an old castle only to find its master to be a horrible beast that takes him captive. The inventor’s daughter, an adventurous young woman named Belle, takes her father’s place when she finds him in the castle. She soon discovers enchanted objects that serve the beast, and who try to make her new life easier. In order to become human again, the Beast must earn Belle’s love before it’s too late.
This classical musical love story is a tale that comes to life with unforgettable characters, astonishing sets and costumes, and a stunning score including, "Be Our Guest," "Gaston," "Human Again," and the Tony-winning title song, "Beauty and the Beast."
Beauty and the Beast’s cast is comprised of more than 60 Woodinville High School students, from a wide variety of backgrounds – from theatre, to choir, to band, to wrestling and football. The show is the final stage performance for seniors Aidan Gertz (Lumiere), Ben Hall (Cogsworth), Meghan Johnson (Mrs. Potts), Jacob Kishline (Maurice), Payton Kohls (Chip), Leah Sainz Jones (Wardrobe), Max Tammen (Gaston), and Marina Clever, Julia Hughes and Eva Sullivan (Silly Girls) as well as senior ensemble members Carl Bryden, Connor Byers, Jackson Cutogno, Connor Hudson, Evan Davies, Jarod Ehlort, Parker Hicks, Drayson Keo, Madison Kipp, Anael Kuperwajs, Jackie Machioro, Demi Oliva, Emily Oomen, James Pitts, RanDair Porter, and Emma Pulse.
The cast is supported by a pit orchestra from the WHS music department, and the technical aspects of the show, from set building and lighting to publicity, are handled by crews of students from the WHS technical theatre program.
Senior technical theatre students include: Madison Penoyer (Stage Manager), Alex (Scotty) Clark (Lights/Technical Director), James Pitts (Head Carpenter), Jordan Janshen (Director's Secretary), Nathaniel Gibbs (Sound/Technical Director), Ethan Pope (Sound/Technical Director), Alice Cloney (Costumes), Meghan Johnson (Hair and Makeup), Eva Sullivan (Props), and Parker Hicks and Sonja Marcus (House Manager).
The show is directed, produced and designed by Josh Butchart; Mason Cole is the Music Director; Darren Meucci is Pit Director; Eva Stone is Choreographer; Katharina Muller is Producer. Costumes by Marsha Stueckle; sound design by Brian Tanksley; lighting design by Steve Cooper.
Tickets can be purchased online at schoolsales.nsd.org, or at the box office on the night of each performance. VIP admission is $25 (center section first 10 rows); general admission is $15; students with ASB card is $10; senior citizens (65+) is $10.
Ad spots for Beauty and the Beast for sale!
Do you own a business or know someone who is interested in placing an ad in our program for Beauty and the Beast?
This little program will be seen by over 1500 people and will support the Performing Arts Department at Woodinville High School.
Prices range from $30 for a business card sized ad to $60 for a whole page. You can also buy a 1-2 line shout-out
to your favorite cast, orchestra or crew member for just $10. Please see this form for details. The show
runs April 27-29 and May 4-6 at 7:00 pm.
Beauty and the Beast Newsletter #2
Dear Cast, Crew and Orchestra Pit Parents,
Here’s the latest updates on:
- Set Build:Our next set build will be on Saturday, April 1st from 10am to 3pm.
- Program Sponsorship:If you would like to purchase an advertisement for your business or a shout-out to your student in the show, please check out this Program Sponsorship Form. Ads run $10 for a one or two sentence message to $60 for a full page spread.
- Spring Auction – This is our main fundraiser for the year and all the proceeds go towards the Drama Program! There are six show nights and we need approximately 90 auction items. If every family donated one thing we could make this a huge success!!! We are a 501C3 organization so your donations are tax deductible. Here are some ideas:
- Put together a basket:
- His or Her off to college basket
- Movie Night
- Xbox games
- Seahawks basket
- Gardening basket
- Coffee Break
- Spa basket
- Birthday Basket
- Experience Woodinville
- Family Game Night
- Outside Play
- Cooking- Italian/ Chinese/ Thai/ Indian or your family favorite dinner with the recipe
- Baking- do you have a family favorite? Share your recipe and the utensils to make it
- Books- collection of books with a reading light and a book mark
- Moscow Mule basket- no alcohol is allowed on school property, so maybe a gift card for the alcohol portion?
- Are you crafty? Share something homemade or share your knowledge:
- How about a knitted hat and scarf or a knitting lesson?
- How about a beaded necklace and earring set or a beading lesson?
- How about a framed print or a photography lesson?
- How about a homemade bird house or a lesson on how to make one?
- How about a cooking lesson?
- How about a sewing lesson?
- Welding, wood working?
- De-clutter/ organize session?
- Give an experience:
- Tickets to the Seahawks, Sounders, EMP, SAM, 5th AVE, Paramount, I FLY, Seattle Rep, Aquarium
- Dinner gift certificate at your favorite restaurant
- Bowling Party, Skate Party
- Putt Putt Golf
- Props & Costumes – Buttons! Do you have any metal buttons between ½ and 1 inch in size? Maybe you have some in your sewing kits?
They don’t need to match and you can just send them in with your student. There’s a picture of what we’re looking for here.
We are still looking for a musket, pitchforks, antlers to decorate the walls, any kind of old kitchen tools such as whisks, spatulas, etc., white tablecloths and old prom dresses that can be cut up. We’re also looking for someone with mask making and/or special effects makeup experience.
- Volunteers – We will need people each of the show nights to help set-up the auction tables, keep an eye on things during the show, distribute auction items and collect money, and put everything up for the night. Please contact Bonnie Hicks (BHicks@carhartt.com) or Molly Seaburg (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in volunteering in this capacity.
- Dressers – We will need two people per show to help with costume changes. These volunteers will need to attend the April 25th Dress Rehearsal to get trained. If you are interested – please contact Stephanie Penoyer (email@example.com) or Jenny Sullivan (firstname.lastname@example.org), Drama Booster Co-Presidents.
Beauty and the Beast Newsletter #1
Dear Cast, Crew and Orchestra Pit Parents,
We will be sending out these newsletters periodically to let you know what’s coming up with the production and the many opportunities to help. This is a huge show and we can’t make it a success without your support!
- First up – this Saturday, March 11th there will be a small set-build from 10am to 2pm. If you have experience with carpentry or sewing we would love your help! We will have another set build on Saturday, April 1st and anyone who can hold a paintbrush is welcome to come. We have a lot of fun, get a lot of work done and pizza is provided.
- Spring Auction – This is the Drama Boosters main fundraiser of the year and it is held all six show nights. In order for the auction to be successful we would like each family to participate by donating an auction item and/or volunteering to help. If you are interested in being on the Auction Committee,
please contact Bonnie Hicks (BHicks@carhartt.com) or Molly Seaburg (email@example.com), our fantastic Fundraising Chairs. You would be helping to procure items, organize donations, fill out bid sheets, etc.
- Volunteers – We will need people each of the show nights to help set-up the auction tables, keep an eye on things during the show, distribute auction items and collect money, and put everything up for the night. Again, please contact Bonnie or Molly if you are interested in volunteering in this capacity.
- Dressers – We will need two people per show to help with costume changes. These volunteers will need to attend the April 25th Dress Rehearsal to get trained. If you are interested – please contact Stephanie Penoyer (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jenny Sullivan (email@example.com), Drama Booster Co-Presidents.
- Props & Costumes – Mr. Butchart is looking for a musket, pitchforks, antlers to decorate the walls, any kind of old kitchen tools such as whisks, spatulas, etc., white tablecloths and old prom dresses that can be cut up. He is also looking for someone with mask making and/or special effects makeup experience.
- Last but not least! Seven of our twelve Drama Booster board members have graduating seniors. If you are interested in learning about what we do and how vital it is to the Theatre program here at WHS, please come to our next meeting in the Black Box (drama classroom) at 6pm on Tuesday, April 4th.
Timbercrest Junior High production of The Music Man! by Meredith Wilson
The Timbercrest Theatre Company is proud to present the Winter Production of The Music Man.
Performances are March 3, 4, 9, 10, and 11th, 7pm at the Leota Theatre. There is an additional matinee on the 11th at 2pm.
Tickets are $10 and are available online at schoolsales.nsd.org and at the door.
Students can use their ASB to purchase a discounted ticket in the TJH Main Office.
The Music Man is a beloved musical by Meredith Willson. In July of 1912, con man Harold Hill arrives in River City, posing as a boys' band organizer
and sells instruments, uniforms, and lessons to the naive Iowa townsfolk. But Harold is no musician and plans to skip town with their money.
Prim librarian and piano teacher Marian sees through him, but when Harold helps her younger brother overcome his lisp and social awkwardness,
Marian begins to fall in love. Will love prevail? Or will Harold escape with a barrelful of cash?
“It’s just a bang-beat, bell-ringin’, big-haul, great-go, neck-or-nothin’, rip-roarin’, ever’-time-a bull’s-eye show!!!”
Another great year for the WHS Improv team!
Although they didn't quite score enough points to make it to the finals, the WHS Improv team showed its
mettle by handily defeating both of their opponents in this year's matches. Congratulations to the team!
The Crucible by Arthur Miller
Woodinville High School Theatre Company is excited to present Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, the classic tale of human struggle set during the
Salem witch trials. The Crucible is the story of a community
galvanized by fear and suspicion, the power of hysteria, and the delusional force of righteousness, jealousy and covetousness. Arthur Miller’s
resonant script grapples with the destructiveness of socially sanctioned violence, the blindness of zealots, and the struggle to find personal
goodness in the face of communal damnation.
The play takes place in the tight-knit, Puritan town of Salem, where a group of girls are discovered dancing in the woods and then immediately
fall ill. When no earthly cause can be identified, fear and suspicion begin to spread in the small, isolated community - with the implication
that something more sinister and other-worldly may be the root of the troubles. Buried secrets and resentments are brought to light, and attempts
to root out evil lead to finger-pointing, treachery, and betrayal. The Crucible debuted on Broadway in January 1953, winning the Tony Award
for "Best Play."
The cast is comprised of 26 of Woodinville High School’s Advanced Acting and Play Production students, including seniors Carl Bryden, Marina Clever,
Evan Davis, Aidan Gertz, Ben Hall, Parker Hicks, Meghan Johnson, Jacob Kishline, Gillian McMichael,
Emily Oomen, James Pitts, RanDair Porter, Emma Pulse, Leah Sainz Jones, Eva Sullivan, Max Tammen, and Cooper Tomlinson, and juniors Torquil
Carmichael, Sophia Hall, Paige Henderson,
Kathryn Lampe, Caitlyn Lee, Sonja Marcus, Leah Matthews, Derek Mulkins, Kate Sapek, and Kayin Thompson.
The set incorporates a thrust stage, making the setting more intimate and drawing the audience into the story. Crews of students from the WHS
Technical Theatre program handle the technical aspects of the show, from set building and lighting to publicity. Senior technical theatre students
include: Alec Savoye (Stage Manager), Madison Penoyer (Assistant Stage Manager) Alex “Scotty” Clark and Nathaniel Gibbs (Technical Directors),
James Pitts (Master Carpenter), Jordyn Janshen (Paint), Ethan Pope (Sound), Alex “Scotty” Clark (Lights), Alice Cloney (Costumes), Meghan Johnson
and Marina Clever (Hair and Makeup), Eva Sullivan (Props), and Parker Hicks and Sonja Marcus (House Manager).
The show is directed, designed, and produced by Josh Butchart, with support from Carl Bryden (Assistant Director), Steve Cooper (Lights), Marsha
Stueckle (Costumes), Katharina Muller (Producer), and the Woodinville Drama Boosters, led by co-presidents Stephanie Penoyer and Jennifer Sullivan.
The Crucible will be performed January 25 – 28, 2017 @ 7:00 pm in the WHS Theater.
Tickets will be $10 General Admission and $5 for ASB/Senior available at the box office or
online at Touchbase a week prior to opening night.
Hogan Cup news
The finals for this year's Hogan Cup will be at the Market Theatre at
Pike Place Market on Monday, November 21st.
Last year, the WHSTC Improv team took first place... here's hoping for a repeat! The schedule is as follows:
- 11/7 Meadowdale at Kamiak
- 11/9 Bothell at Woodinville
- 11/13 Kamiak at TBA
- 11/14 Inglemoor at Everett
- 11/15 TBA at Holy Names
- 11/16 Everett at Bothell
- 11/17 Woodinville at Meadowdale
- 11/18 Holy Names at Inglemoor
- 11/21 Final at Market Theater 7 PM
Oregon Shakespeare Festival reservations still open
We are still accepting reservation forms and deposit checks for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
If your student is interested, it’s not too late, but please get the paperwork in as soon as possible.
We only need a few more students to make the charter bus option feasible.
For those already signed
up – you can now make payments through the school’s payment portal for the trip.
If you have any questions please contact Jenny Sullivan.
Coming soon: Junior High drama news!
We're working hard on getting our amazing junior high feeder programs some well-deserved attention as well on this website -- stay tuned
for links to those programs soon!
Ad purchases for the fall plays
If you would like to purchase an ad for your business or a little shout out to a student in one
of the shows, we need to have the art/blurbs by noon on Tuesday, October 18th. A one or two line
blurb for your student runs for $10. You can find the ad procurement form
The Game’s Afoot by Ken Ludwig and Murder Inn by Howard Voland and Keith McGregor
Getting into the spirit of Halloween, Woodinville High School Theatre Company is excited to present two murder mysteries as their fall production: Ken Ludwig’s The Game’s Afoot and Murder Inn
Howard Voland and Keith McGregor.
In The Game’s Afoot, be prepared for non-stop hilarity, mystery and danger. Broadway star William Gillette, famous for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast members for a weekend of revelry to his mansion in Connecticut. When a murder happens during the weekend, Gillette puts his Sherlock Holmes skills to good use in an attempt to solve the mystery, before the killer can strike again. In the style of classic “whodunit” mysteries, the plot of this story takes many twists and turns, including a slew of references to other murder mysteries and a classic reveal.
Murder Inn is set in New England, at the Barnsley Inn, a dilapidated 18th century inn, supposedly haunted by the ghost of Martin, a deceased British soldier, with a penchant for knife-throwing. When a group of tourists is forced to spend the night there due to an unforeseen storm, it soon turns into a night of mayhem and madness, as knives begin to pop up in the most unexpected places. As the body count rises, the kooky cast of characters don’t just try to figure out who done it, but also who is likely to be next on the list.
The plays will feature two distinct casts, performing three shows each. The casts are comprised of 18 of Woodinville High School’s Advanced Acting and Play Production students, including seniors Carl Bryden, Marina Clever, Evan Davis, Aidan Gertz, Ben Hall, Julia Hughes, Meghan Johnson, Gillian McMichael, Emma Pulse, Leah Sainz Jones, Eva Sullivan and Max Tammen, and juniors, Kristie Carter, Kira Fontana, Rebekah Kamer, Kathryn Lampe, Leah Matthews, Derek Mulkins, Kayin Thompson and Ethan Yee.
The set – used with minor adjustments for both shows, depicts the main sitting room in either the mansion or the Inn, and features a multitude of entrances that provide fast-paced, over-the-top, and often witty humor. Crews of students from the WHS Technical Theatre program handle the technical aspects of the show, from set building and lighting to publicity. Senior technical theatre students include: Madison Penoyer (Stage Manager), Alex “Scotty” Clark and Nathaniel Gibbs (Technical Directors),
James Pitts (Master Carpenter), Jordyn Janshen (Paint), Ethan Pope (Sound), Alex “Scotty” Clark (Lights), Alice Cloney (Costumes), Meghan Johnson and Marina Clever (Hair and Makeup), Eva Sullivan (Props), and Parker Hicks and Sonja Marcus (House Manager).
The show is directed, designed and produced by Josh Butchart, with support from Katharina Muller (Assistant Director/Producer) and the Woodinville Drama Boosters, led by president Stephanie Penoyer and Jennifer Sullivan.
The shows will play in repertory in the Woodinville High School Theatre. Murder Inn will play Oct. 26 and Oct. 28th @ 7pm both nights and also Nov. 5th @ 3pm. The Game’s Afoot will play Oct. 27th and Nov. 5th at 7pm, plus will have a matinee showing on Oct. 29th @1pm. (Please note the changed times!) Tickets are $10
($5 for senior citizens and students with an ASB card) and can be purchased here. Please note that online sales close the night before any given performance. See you there!
3rd Annual Mattress Fundraiser on October 1st!
Woodinville Performing Arts Parents, Families & Friends -- we are excited to be hosting our 3rd Annual Mattress Fundraiser on Saturday, October 1st,
at Woodinville High School from 10am - 5pm.
This event has been very successful for us over the past couple of years, and we are hoping to make this a fantastic year as well. On display will be
new name-brand mattresses (in 25 styles), adjustable bed frames, luxury "Z" pillows (10 varieties), and mattress protectors.
Please do your part and watch this video to learn more, and then share this information with everyone that you know!
Saturday, October 1st, 2016; 10am - 5pm
Thanks in advance for your support!
Announcing our annual Fall Drama Boosters Car Wash Fundraiser on September 24th!
Get ready for some good, clean fun for a great cause ... get signed up to help!
- Where: The Arco/AM-PM on Woodinville-Duvall Rd. and 156th Ave. NE
- When: Saturday, September 24th from 10 am - 2 pm
Parents, we especially need your help! Please sign up for a shift at Curriculum Night on Sept. 15, or let our
Fundraising Chairs Bonnie or Molly know.
(Student volunteers can sign up at school for a shift: 9:30am-noon or 12noon-2:30pm.)
All donations collected by the Boosters directly enhances this fabulous theatre program! Help us spread the word. Thanks in advance for your help!
WHS Theatre Potluck!
For all current WHS Theatre students & parents, including incoming sophomores!
We look forward to meeting everyone new, re-connecting with the veteran thespians, and getting ramped up for the upcoming season!
Please join us on August 23rd @ 6:00 pm at the Muller Home (18804 NE 150th Ct, Woodinville, WA 98072) for food, friends & frolicking!
Please bring an item to share, according to your grade:
- Seniors - main dish
- Juniors - appetizers/salads
- Sophomores - dessert
For questions, please contact Booster Club Co-Presidents, Stephanie Penoyer: firstname.lastname@example.org
or Jenny Sullivan: Jennys@msn.com. See you there!
WHSTC brings home two 5th Avenue Awards!
Congratulations to the WHSTC program for bringing home two 5th Avenue Awards (Outstanding Orchestra & Outstanding Choreography)
for their production of Chicago!
WHSTC was nominated for seven of the coveted awards, including
Outstanding Music Direction, Outstanding Choreography, Outstanding Orchestra, Outstanding Performance by an Actor
in a Lead Role (Robert Kinsfather), Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Featured Ensemble Role (Max Tammen), Outstanding
Performance by a Chorus, and Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Group ("The Cell Block Girls"). Additionally, WHSTC
received two Honorable Mentions, including Outstanding Overall Musical and Outstanding Direction (Josh Butchart). Great job, WHSTC!
The list of all winners can be found here.
This year's Dramafest will be held the 3rd of June at 7pm. We are changing things up a bit this year!
In lieu of the one acts, students from each of the grades will perform songs, monologues, and scenes.
This student-run student-directed show will run under 2 hours, with a 20-minute intermission where the
improv team will be performing.
P.S. The show is free!
Tickets for Chicago are available online!
Can't wait for Chicago? Pre-order your tickets to secure your seats for the hottest show in town! Here's how you do it:
- Click here: https://schoolsales.nsd.org/signin.aspx
- Use your user name & password, or create a guest login if you don't have an account yet (it just takes a minute!)
- Under "Shop" - select "Items at all schools"
- Select "High School"
- Select "Woodinville High School"
- Select "Theater Tickets"
- Select "Spring Musical"
- Select which day/type of ticket
- Select quantity & click "buy" - this is added to your cart - you may add other types of tickets to your cart as well before finally...
- Clicking on "Check out" - add your card info and click "Pay now"
That's it; you're done -- see you at the show!
Looking for Silent Auction items for each performance of Chicago
Drama parents (and other community supporters): We are in need of help gathering items for the silent auction
held during each performance of Chicago. The goal for procuring items is April 22nd. To donate, please see this
form or contact Mel Clark at email@example.com.
Place your advertisement in the Chicago program!
The annual WHSTC musical is always a huge hit in the community, regularly gaining sellout crowds. You can get plenty of eyes
on your business, all while contributing to a great cause, by placing your custom advertisement into the program for the WHSTC 2016 musical Chicago! Full page, half page, and
business-card size advertisement spaces are all available; see this form
for more details.
WHS Improv wins the Hogan Cup!
The WHS Improv won the Hogan Cup, the finals of which were held at the Market Theater in Seattle on November 23rd! Congratulations to the team for collecting the first
WHS Hogan Cup win since 2005! WHS scored a 34, which beat Inglemoor (33), Holy Names (32), and Bothell (32). Great job, WHS Improv team!
Our award-winning WHS Improv team consists of Andrea Derrick (captain), Robert Kinsfather,
Chris Lokken, Connor Gilbert, Aidan Gertz, Max Tammen, Eva Sullivan, and Gillian McMichael. Several photos of them have been posted on the Gallery page -- check 'em out!
Chicago by John Kander (music), Fred Ebb (lyrics), Fred Ebb/Bob Fosse (book)
Woodinville High School Theatre Company is excited to present the upcoming spring musical Chicago. The show runs April 29, 30 and May 5,6 and 7 at 7:00 p.m., in the Woodinville High School Theater.
The long-running hit musical Chicago has been presented on Broadway for over 6,300 performances since opening in 1996. It won six Tony Awards,
including Best Revival of a Musical. The original production, directed and choreographed by the legendary Bob Fosse, opened in 1975 and was
nominated for 9 Tony Awards. Billed as “a musical vaudeville", it is based on a play by the same name written in 1926 by Maurine Dallas Watkins.
It follows the story of Roxy Hart who finds herself in jail after shooting her lover. Smooth talking attorney Billy Flynn agrees to take on her
case and manipulates the Chicago press to make Roxy a celebrity while rival murderess Velma does her best to regain the spotlight she used to own.
Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, Chicago is the sassy and vicious tale of a dark and corruptive society set to extraordinary
music that underscores the rhythm of murder and corruption. One of the most famous shows of all time, it features music by John Kander and Lyrics
by Fred Ebb including showstoppers “All That Jazz,” “Razzle Dazzle,” and “Cell Block Tango.”
Chicago’s cast is comprised of 45 Woodinville High School students, from a wide variety of backgrounds – from theatre, to choir, to band, to
wrestling and football. The show is the final stage performance for seniors Madeline Hanson (Roxy Hart), Robert Kinsfather (Billy Flynn),
Shailey Harris (Mama), Abby Freid (Mary Sunshine), and senior ensemble members Hannah Berg, Maddie Davis, Jessica Ege, Jesika Smith, Alison
Siemering, Willow Wilson, Duke Clinch, Connor Gilbert, Ezra Sarmiento, Chris Lokken, and Hans Wampler. The cast is supported by a pit orchestra
from the WHS music department, and the technical aspects of the show, from set building and lighting to publicity, are handled by crews of
students from the WHS technical theatre program. Senior technical theatre students include: Alec Dietz (Stage Manager), Ty Swartz, Mercer
Peterson, and Cole Tobiason (Master Carpenter), Tim Lopez (Technical Director), Zach Luck (Sound), Allison MacCaul (Costumes), Jesika Smith
(Hair and Makeup), Hannah Berg and Andrea Derrick (Props), and Sarah Hawley, Kristan Lund and Alison Siemering (House Manager).
The show is directed, produced and designed by Josh Butchart; Kyra Rengstorf is the Music Director;
Nathan Rengstorf is Pit Director; Eva Stone is Choreographer assisted by Emilee Putsche.
Admission is $25 for VIP seating, $15 for general admission, and $10 for ASB or Senior admission. Tickets can be purchased at the WHS Theater box office before each performance, or can be purchased online
(See the relevant news item below if you are new to purchasing tickets online for WHSTC performances!)
Wine tasting fundraiser!
The WHS Drama Boosters will be sponsoring a wine tasting experience Sunday, March 13, from 5:00-7:00 PM. In addition to
sampling the various wines, winemaker Brad Sherman will give an informative tour of his facility and discuss winemaking. Details:
Please invite a friend or two! We are also looking for people to bring an appetizer or dessert to share --
sign up here if you can help.
This will be a fun evening -- we hope to see you there!
Put your advertisement in the Macbeth program!
Recent WHSTC productions have had sellout crowds, and Macbeth is certain to be no exception. You can get plenty of eyes
on your business, all while contributing to a great cause, by placing your custom advertisement into the program! Full page, half page, and
business-card size advertisement spaces are all available; see this form
for more details!
WHS Drama Booster Clothing Drive at All Macbeth Performances!
During the run of Macbeth, the WHS Drama Boosters Club will be collecting soft goods (clothing and other soft materials)
that we will take to Value Village, with proceeds going to our Enrichment Program. That program includes Equipment (new lighting),
Experience (outside instructors), and Excursion (the annual HSHTC trip to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival).
So, scour your closets, and take advantage of all the new clothes your family received over the holidays to bag-up your old clothes
and soft goods for donation. We will have a donation station near the box office every evening there is a performance. We hope
to see you (and your old clothes) there!
Macbeth by William Shakespeare
A drum! A drum!
Macbeth doth come!
Woodinville High School Theatre Company is excited to present its upcoming winter play, William Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
The show runs January 27-30 at 7:00 p.m. in the Woodinville High School Theater. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students
and seniors, and can be purchased ahead of time at https://schoolsales.nsd.org/,
or at the box office before each performance.
Everyone has heard of the “The Scottish Play;” maybe you have even seen the newest movie version that hit theaters this December.
It is the classic tale about the lust for power, guilt, and destiny; a story of a prophecy and unchecked greed that
lead to a couple’s downfall; the Bard’s timeless tale of absolute power that corrupts absolutely. The WHS Theatre Company has
adapted the play in such a way as to move the action forward at a contemporary pace, placing the show in a setting where the audience
will be close to the action on stage, yet which retains the language, structure, and spirit of Shakespeare’s tragedy.
Come out and see this classic in a new light!
The cast is comprised of 25 of Woodinville High School’s Advanced Acting and Play Productions students, including seniors Hannah Berg,
Aidan Burr, Alec Dietz, Connor Gilbert, Madeline Hanson, Robert Kinsfather, Kristan Lund, Mercer Peterson, Alison Siemering, Jesika Smith,
Alex Sohn and Willow Wilson, and juniors Carl Bryden, Evan Davies, Aidan Gertz, Julia Hughes, Meghan Johnson, Chris Lokken, Gillian McMichael,
Emma Pulse, Evan Sullivan, Max Tammen, and Cooper Tomlinson, and sophomores Derek Mulkins and Ethan Yee.
Students also handle the technical aspects of the show. Everything from set building and sound to publicity are handled by a crew of
students from the WHS Technical Theatre program. Senior technical theatre students include: Alec Dietz (Stage Manager), Tim Lopez and
Alex Clark (Technical Directors), Ty Swartz (Master Carpenter), Hannah Smith and Julia Hughes (Paint Head), Zach Luck and
Nathaniel Gibbs (Sound), Alice Cloney and Allison MacCaul (Costumes), Jesika Smith (Hair and Makeup), Hannah Berg and Andrea Derrick (Props),
and Sarah Hawley, Kristan Lund and Alison Siemering (House Manager).
The show is adapted, directed and produced by Josh Butchart, WHS’ theatre arts educator.
WHSTC is pleased to announce its lineup for the 2015-2015 season! In addition to the fall performance of Moon Over Buffalo and holiday
performance of Inspecting Carol, the WHSTC will be performing William Shakespeare's Macbeth January 27-30, and Kander & Ebb's musical Chicago
April 28-30 and May 5-7. Mark your calendars!
Inspecting Carol by Daniel J. Sullivan
Can't get enough of the WHSTC? We're excited to announce that, this year, we've added a holiday play:
Inspecting Carol by Daniel J. Sullivan. We welcome back Hjalmer Anderson, the originator
of the Woodinville High School Theatre Company, as our
guest director for this production.
Inspecting Carol was adapted from from Nikolai Gogol's The Inspector General, and was originally performed by the Seattle Repertory theatre. Can our heroes put on the perfect performance of "A Christmas Carol" and win the grant they need to stay in business? Join us in the Woodinville High School
theater to find out!
Performances: Saturday, December 5th @7pm, Friday, December 11th @7pm, Saturday, December 12th @2pm (matinee), and Saturday, December 12th @7pm.
Tickets will be available at the box office at each performance. We look forward to seeing you there!
WHS Improv team advances to the Hogan Cup finals!
Despite a delay incurred by the November 17th windstorm (which furthermore made both matches "away games"), the WHS Improv team
impressively defeated both Meadowdale (58-52, 11/19/2015) and Holy Names (54-53, 11/21/2015) to move into the Hogan Cup
finals. Their next meet is at the Market Theater in Seattle (near the newly-cleansed Gum Wall) at 7pm, Monday November 23rd.
Tickets are now available online at http://www.unexpectedproductions.org for $11.49 per ticket. Here's hoping they break a leg!
Moon Over Buffalo by Ken Ludwig
WHSTC's first performance of the year will be Moon Over Buffalo, the hilariously comic play by Ken Ludwig about George
and Charlotte Hay, two traveling actors in a small theater in Buffalo, New York with different ideas about what it means to be a success
in their chosen career.
Featuring not just one but two casts, the play will be performed November 5-7 and 12-14 at 7:00 PM in the Woodinville High
School's Black Box Theater. Tickets are available at the box office on each performance day -- $10 for adults, $5 for students
w/ASB cards and senior citizens. You can also find tickets at http://schoolsales.nsd.org.
Update: Due to the home football playoff game, the Friday the 13th performance of Moon Over Buffalo has been rescheduled for Saturday the 14th
at 2:00PM. Tickets purchased for the 13th will be honored at either performance on Saturday. Spread the word!
We look forward to seeing you there!
Place your advertisement into the program for the upcoming production of Moon Over Buffalo
The WHSTC production of Moon Over Buffalo is going to be fantastic, and we anticipate having a great audience! Here's your chance to get eyeballs on your business by purchasing an advertisement in the program. For details, please see the the order formhere(PDF).
Oregon Shakespeare Festival Trip!
WHS Theatre Parents: many thanks to those who were able to attend our Oregon Shakespeare Festival trip meeting last evening.
Our plans are shaping up nicely! For those of you who were unable to attend, you will find a brief information sheet and the
required Reservation Form here (Word DOCX).
If your family discerns that your student would like to commit to attending this adventure this coming summer,
please complete the reservation form and return it to Mr. B at school by Thursday, October 22. If you have further questions,
please contact our trip coordinator, Susan Berg at firstname.lastname@example.org or 509-595-5494.
Fundraiser: 2nd Annual Mattress Sale to Support Woodinville Performing Arts on October 3rd
Get ready for the 2nd Annual Mattress Sale! This event proved to be incredibly popular last year. We know there's a lot of you
out there who aren't getting enough good sleep each night -- so why not solve the problem, save money, and support
a great cause (well, two causes -- the Woodinville Drama Boosters and Woodinville Music Boosters) all at once! Stop by the Woodinville High Commons on Saturday, October 3rd, 10am - 5pm, and check out all of
the great deals -- up to 50% off retail!
For more information, check out this flyer(PDF, 765KB). See you there!
Fundraiser: Drama Boosters Car Wash on September 12th!
Get ready for some good, clean fun at the Drama Boosters Car Wash Fundraiser!
The Car Wash will be held at the Arco/am-pm at the corner of Woodinville-Duvall Rd. and 156th Ave. NE
(15520 Ne Woodinville-Duvall Rd.) on Saturday, September 12th from 10am until 2pm.
Stop by and get your car washed by our highly-skilled Boosters while donating to a great cause. Hope to see you there!
Drama potluck for all current WHS Theatre Students & Parents!
We look forward to meeting everyone new, re-connecting with the veteran thespians, and getting ramped up for the upcoming season! Join us at the Derrick Home for food, friends & frolicking!
Please bring an item to share, according to your last name:
- A-E – appetizer
- F-J – main dish
- K-O – dessert
- P-T – beverage
- U-Z – salad
For questions, please contact potluck host & Booster Club President, Bill Derrick: 206-200-8581 or email@example.com
WHSTC honored at the annual 5th Avenue Awards!
We are excited to annouce that the WHSTC presentation of Fiddler on the Roof received six nominations for the 5th Avenue Awards:
WHSTC also received six honorable mentions:
- Outstanding Direction (Josh Butchart)
- Outstanding Music Direction (Nathan Rengstorf)
- Outstanding Orchestra
- Outstanding Scenic Design
- Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Brandon Gertz as "Tevye")
- Outstanding Performance by a Chorus
More information can be found here. Congratulations to our WHSTC honorees!
- Choreography (Eva Stone)
- Lighting Design (Steve Cooper)
- Costume Design (Marsha Stueckle)
- Lobby Display
- Outstanding Performance by an actor in a non-singing role (Elling Payne as "The Fiddler")
- Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble (Whitney Ahlstrom, Valerie Ljunghammer, and Meghan Fay as "Tevye's Daughters")
Dramafest 2015 will be held at 7:00 PM on June 5th and 6th at the WHS Theatre. This "grand finale" for the 2014-2015 production year gives
our seniors a chance to showcase their directorial abilities. Nine of the graduating seniors of the Class of 2015 will bring eight different
skits to life over the course of the two evenings (so be sure to make plans
to attend both nights!), directing their fellow WHSTC players through drama, tragedy, mirth, and mayhem!
Tickets ($5/person) will be available both nights at the WHS Theatre box office. Here's what our senior class directors have in store:
Friday, June 5th
- Check Please (Director: Natalie Knoles)
- Bronx in the Darkness (Director: Luis Rodriguez)
- Single and Proud (Director: Katie Bossio)
- She Married Well (Director: Rachyl LeVee)
- Sure Thing (Director: Aiken Muller)
Saturday, June 6th
- The Man Who Couldn't Dance (Directors: Sonora Carroll and Lauren Stoneberg)
- The News from St. Petersburg (Director: Austin Townshend)
- 13 Ways to Screw Up Your College Interview (Director: Samy Habib)
- Red Carnations (Director: Megan Eggas)
This will be a show to remember -- we look forward to seeing you there both nights!
Woodinville Repertory Theatre seeks Stage Manager
The Woodinville Repertory Theatre is looking for a Stage Manager for their upcoming production of Leaving Iowa. Rehearsals begin on April 20th.
The show opens on June 12 and runs every weekend until June 28. There will be a small stipend for compensation. If you or someone you know would be interested
in this position, please leave a message on the WRT web site.
Fiddler on the Roof, with music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and book by Joseph Stein
One of the world’s most beloved musicals returns to Woodinville High School, as the WHS Performing Arts Department presents: Fiddler on the Roof. The amazing student actors, musicians and technical theatre students at WHS take on this Tony award winner for Best Musical, Book, Score, Direction and Choreography as this year’s spring musical.
WHS has a proud heritage of large-scale, classic stage productions, and Fiddler continues this tradition with an extraordinary company of over 100 students, including a fifty-member cast, and a large, virtually all-student, orchestra. Students are deeply involved in every aspect of WHS’s Fiddler, from playing in the pit, to dancing on stage, to designing and building the sets, creating costumes, and overseeing the technical aspects of the show. The show is directed by Josh Butchart, with musical direction by Kyra Rengstorf, and pit orchestra direction by Nathan Rengstorf.
Based on Sholem Aleichem’s "Tevye and his Daughters," Fiddler on the Roof, by Sheldon Harnick and Joseph Stein, is a passionate, touching, and very human window into Jewish life in a small Russian village. It features some of the most recognized music of the genre, including “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Tradition,” and “Matchmaker.” Fiddler has had 4 Broadway revivals, and has been performed over 4,500 times on Broadway. This is Woodinville’s 2nd production of Fiddler, the previous version directed in 1991 by the legendary Hjalmer Anderson. This production continues WHS’s rich tradition of high quality, family-friendly shows.
Fiddler on the Roof runs May 1, 2, 7, 8, and 9, at 7:00PM, in the Woodinville High School theater. Ticket prices $15.00 for adults, $10.00 for students, and $25.00 for “VIP” seats in the front-center section. Seating will be determined on a first-come, first-served basis.
Help need for encore performance!
Drama parents: We need help for our encore performance of Romeo and Juliet on February 6th (see highlighted area above).
Please: spread the word that there's an additional performance. We may also need help for tickets and concessions (contact Liz
if you'd like to volunteer proactively). Thanks in advance for your help!
Drama parents: please sign up for Romeo and Juliet snack nights!
The WHS Drama Boosters need parents to sign up to provide snacks for the final rehearsals & performances! Please follow this
link to volunteer: http://www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0C4EADA922ABFA7-romeo. Thank you!
Romeo & Juliet (January/February 2015)
Shakespeare's timeless tragedy of love found and love lost comes to life on the stage of the Woodinville High School black box theatre. The cast for Romeo and Juliet includes Aiken Muller as "Romeo," Hannah Berg as "Juliet," Brandon Gertz as "The Friar," Katie Bossio as "Mercutio," Natalie Knoles as "Benvolio," and Sonora Carroll as "The Nurse." The production is directed by WHS drama teacher Josh Butchart.
Set in a shadow of Verona which is at once both old and yet timeless, Romeo and Juliet explores such themes as tragic love, the role of fate, and a duality wherein light and dark become mere reflections of each other. It is a play of opposites, where the alter is also the identical. Over the centuries, Romeo and Juliet has inspired composers, artists, and muscians to produce many wonderful and lasting works of art in tribute to the Bard's opus.
Tickets for Romeo and Juliet can be purchased at the WHS Box Office on any performance day. We look forward to seeing you there!
Fundraiser at Value Village on Saturday, Jan. 24th!
Help the Woodinville High School Drama Booster Club raise funds! Donate your clothes, shoes, belts, coats, blankets,
and any other soft item you have around the house and we will receive $$$ for each pound! Bring your donations to the
Community Donation Center located at the Woodinville High School Staff Parking Lot, Saturday January 24th, 2015, from 10am to 3pm.
We hope to see you there!
Congratulation to the WHSTC Improv Team!
The WHSTC Improv Team won both of their matches this year, competing against Inglemoor and Mountlake Terrace in November.
The team is looking into both expanding the team and its events. Students interested in the Improv team expansion should contact
The 2014-2015 Season
The WHS Theatre Company is excited to announce the lineup for its 2014-2015 season!
The season got off to a fantastic start with a comedic take on the classic suspense story The 39 Steps earlier this fall (October 22-25).
In the winter, the Company delved into Shakespeare's classic tale of romance and tragedy, Romeo and Juliet (January 28-21).
The Company will then wrap up in the spring with the award-winning musical Fiddler on the Roof (May 1-2 and 7-9).
It's been a great season, and we look forward to seeing you at Fiddler!