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Archival videos of performances from 2006 on are available via WSHS Drama Alum, Chad Bystrom at Bystrom Video.
2016 Fall Production
In 1930s Berlin, a group of left-leaning friends struggle to understand the world around them as Hitler rises to power. However, while they claim to have lofty ideals, they do not partake in active resistance against Hitler. The main character, Agnes, is mainly concerned about keeping her rent-controlled apartment. Meanwhile, these events are contrasted with a parallel presentation of events in America in the present day by a modern day activist, Zillah, who insists on taking action to fight repression and authoritarianism.
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Zillah Katz: Maddy Wyse
Agnes Eggling: Linda Cardona-Rigor
Paulinka Erdnuss: Tris Heiden-Lundberg
Vealtnic Husz: Maximilian Czerwinski
Annabella Gotchling: Kim Le
Gregor Bazwald: Maxwell Lemke
Gottfried Swetts: Ryan Dean
Emil Traum: Jahlil Kirby
Die Alte: Katie Savage
Rosa Malek: Zoe Harper
2016 Spring Production
That lovable family of creepy kooks is alive and well and living in their super-spooky mansion in Central Park. The Addams family, led by the elegantly gaunt and seemingly undead Morticia and her ever-devoted husband Gomez, is in turmoil. Their daughter Wednesday, now 18, finds herself falling in love—a sensation that is unsettling for both her and her family of endearing misfits. When the teen invites her new boyfriend, Lucas Beineke, over with his “normal” family to get better acquainted with the Addams household, comic chaos (including everything from an amorous giant squid to mixed-up potions to a scorching tango) ensues.
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Gomez Addams: Meir Parent
Morticia Addams: Delia Finney
Wednesday Addams: Kate Williams
Pugsley Addams: Carli Evanson
Fester Addams: Andrew Nesheim
Grandma Addams: Asia Hemmerling
Lurch: Henry Hossner
Malcolm Beineke: Max Czerwinski
Alice Beineke: Maddy Wyse
Lucas Beineke: Brandon Weglin
2015 Fall Production
The Dead Guy
by Eric Coble
The Pitch: You get one million dollars to spend over the next seven days. A camera crew follows your every move and broadcasts your adventures on national television. The Hook: At the end of the week…you die. The Best Part: The viewing audience gets to vote on the method of your death! For hard-luck Eldon Phelps, the deal is irresistible. But does America have the stomach for this much reality? What would you do if you had one week until you became…"The Dead Guy"? Stay tuned…
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Gina Yaweth: Delia Finney
Eldon Phelps: Mic Parent
Dougie: Peter Bryson
Intern Cabel Puller: Grace Evanson
Roberta Phelps: Linda Cardona-Rigor
Virgil Phelps: Wilder Law
Christy Moline: Tris Heiden-Lundberg
Woman #1: Elizabeth Luchino
Woman #2: Katie Savage
Security Guard: Max Czerwinski
Nancy: Lucy Wickersham
Leon: Andrew Haggerty
Sheila: Julia Shexnayder
2014 Winter Production
The fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm are turned on their heads in this fast-paced, rollicking ride as two narrators and several actors attempt to combine all 209 stories ranging from classics like
Snow White, Cinderella, and Hansel and Gretel to more bizarre, obscure stories like The Devil's Grandmother andThe Girl Without Hands. A wild, free-form comedy with lots of audience participation and madcap fun.
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2013 Fall Production
The Diary of Anne Frank ~ The story of a Jewish family hiding from the German occupying forces in war-torn Amsterdam. To escape the horrors of Nazi persecution, Otto Frank hides with his wife and two daughters in attic rooms above an Amsterdam warehouse for two years. Also hiding with the Franks are four other people - the Van Daans, their son Peter, and a dentist, Mr Dussel. In her diary Anne recorded an account of the trials and tribulations of the people around her, alltrying to live a normal life in cramped attic accommodation, whilst under the constant threat of discovery by the Gestapo. This is a story made all the more dramatic because it is based on a true account, and concerns the lives of real people who lived at a time of unspeakable horror for the Jewish population in many European countries.
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THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE is a hilarious tale of overachievers' angst chronicling the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. The show's Tony Award winning creative team has created the unlikeliest of hit musicals about the unlikeliest of heroes: a quirky yet charming cast of outsiders for whom a spelling bee is the one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time.
2013 Spring Production
Vice Principal Douglas Panch ~ Stephen Mansfield
2012 Fall Production
In this classic farce, its a historic night at the Cleveland Opera Company, world-famous tenor Tito Merelli is to perform in Otello. Through a series of mishaps, Tito receives a double dose of tranquilizers, causing the house manager to believe he is dead and setting off a chain reaction of slapstick and mistaken identity.
2012 Spring Production
BYE BYE BIRDIE is one of the most captivating musical shows of our time. It is a satire done with the fondest affection, and tells the story of a rock and roll singer who is about to be inducted into the army. An English Teacher, What Did I Ever See in Him?, Put on a Happy Face, One Boy, A Lot of Livin' to Do, Kids, Rosie and Spanish Rose are musical theatre classics. This is the tops in imagination and good old fashion fun.
2011 Fall Production
The Desperate Hours
The story of a home invaded by three escaped criminals and of civilized people being driven to violence. The Hilliards are a typical family living on the outskirts of Indianapolis. Suddenly, their pleasant home becomes a pressure cooker of cunning and violence.*
Melvin Aguda ~ Chuck Wright
Matthew Bohl ~ Glenn Griffin
Jo Clark ~ Ralphie Hilliard
Travis Duell ~ Jesse Bard
Ryan Gluckman ~ Samuel Robish
Griffen Hagenson ~ Hank Griffin
Myka Kielbon ~ Eleanor Hilliard
Johnny Le ~ Lt. Carl Fredericks
Mary MacDonald ~ Miss Swift
Maddison Newell ~ Cindy Hilliard
Peter Nguyen ~ Dutch/Mr. Patterson
Lindsay Rogan ~ Agent Harriet Carson
Taryn Smith ~ Tammy Winston
Max Zimmerman ~ Dan Hilliard
2011 Spring Musical
Rodgers & Hammerstein's first collaboration remains, in many ways, their most innovative, having set the standards and established the rules of musical theatre still being followed today.
Set in a Western Indian territory just after the turn of the century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story. Although the road to true love never runs smooth, with these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, love's journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road. That they will succeed in making a new life together we have no doubt, and that this new life will begin in a brand-new state provides the ultimate climax to the triumphant OKLAHOMA!
The music and lyrics have proven to be some of the best in musical theatre with songs that include "Oh What a Beautiful Morning", "The Surrey with the Fringe on Top", People Will Say We're in Love, "I Can't Say No", "Oklahoma! and many more, making this a musical treat for the whole family.
2011 Student Directed Production
A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody
It’s New Year’s Eve at the Perry mansion. Julia and Matthew Perry seem to have it all. Still, Matthew wants something more -- to be rid of his wife, Julia, so he can have some real fun! He resolves to murder Julia by the end of the year, and tells her so. She vows to stay alive, and tells him so. And so the game begins and of course hilarity ensues.
Julia cleverly dodges Matthew’s devious murder attempts, the Perry
friends and staff are dying off mysteriously. It seems Matthew is
successful in murdering everyone but Julia. As the bodies are falling,
dim-witted daughter Bunny contemplates calling off her wedding to
unwitting Donald since all the intended gift-bearing guests are dying.
Enter Detective Plotnik -- a Sam Spade reincarnation who suspects
everyone, but hasn’t a clue. That is, not until Donald stumbles upon
Julia and gentlemanly butler Buttram in what Donald mistakenly perceives
as a compromising situation. Donald jumps to the conclusion that Julia
is the murderer -- trying to murder Matthew!
2010 Fall Production
12 Angry People
12 Angry Men (1957) is the gripping, penetrating, and engrossing examination of a diverse group of twelve jurors who are uncomfortably brought together
to deliberate after hearing the 'facts' in a seemingly open-and-shut murder trial case. They retire to a jury room to do their civic duty and serve up a just verdict for the indigent minority defendant (with a criminal record) whose life is in the balance. The film is a powerful indictment, denouncement and expose of the trial by jury system
. The frightened, teenaged defendant is on trial, as well as the jury and the American judicial system with its purported sense of infallibility, fairness and lack of bias. Alternatively, the film could also be viewed as commentary on McCarthyism, Fascism, or Communism (threatening forces in the 50s). One of the film's posters described how the workings of the judicial process can be disastrous: "LIFE IS IN THEIR HANDS - DEATH IS ON THEIR MINDS! It EXPLODES Like 12 Sticks of Dynamite."
FOREMAN: Taylor Schueler
JUROR NO. 2: Matthew Carlson
JUROR NO. 3: David Ramirez
JUROR NO. 4: Flannery Denison
JUROR NO. 5: Nanna Darden
JUROR NO. 6: Matt Bohl
JUROR NO. 7: Johnny Le
JUROR NO. 8: Kayla Swedlow
JUROR NO. 9: Kaily Irons-Fuda
JUROR NO. 10: Sterling Espinoza
JUROR NO. 11: Biruktawit Mengistu
JUROR NO. 12: Mackenzie Jennings
BAILIFF: Margie Alamario
More info here: http://www.filmsite.org/twelve.html
2010 Spring ProductionOnce Upon a Mattress
A love-sick nobleman seeking to marry his sweetheart does his best to find his ruling prince a suitable bride so that he himself may wed. No one in Prince Dauntless’s kingdom is permitted to marry until the prince himself exchanges vows — a problem hindered by the fact that the prince’s overprotective mother, Queen Aggravain, has thus far thwarted all efforts to marry her son. This does not sit well with the honorable Sir Harry, a man whose heart longs to wed the fair Lady Larkin, and after a long and arduous journey specifically designed to find the prince a bride, Sir Harry returns to his kingdom to present Princess Winnifred of the swamps. Immediately smitten by the princess, Prince Dauntless sets into motion plans for a lavish wedding as his scheming mother cooks up a test that’s sure to send his marital plans awry.