Thursday, October 17, 2013

Fair Warning...Blog Transfer

Thanks to everyone who has followed this blog since it's inception (and all-too-infrequent updates).  As part of the formation of SouthWest StageWorks, the WHS Theatre Company, we'll be transferring the news and information from here to the official (SW)2 blog at  Follow us there for all the latest relative to (SW)2 and WHS Theatre.



Monday, October 14, 2013

Boosters Support Opportunities

Attention (SW)2 Supporters -

(from WHS Boosters)

Needs for Concessions Sales:

Tuesday, Oct 15

-Varsity Volleyball 6:15 - 2 people needed

-Varsity Soccer 6:45 - 2 people needed

Thursday, Oct 17th

-JV/JV2 Volleyball 4:15 - 1 person needed

Friday, Oct 18th

-Varsity Football --Shift 1/6:00 - 1 person needed

--Shift 2/Halftime on- 3 people needed

Follow the link below to sign up.

Remember free admission to games when you volunteer!

Any questions contact Melissa Rubin WHS Booster Parent Liaison Coordinator

Thespians/(SW)2 Company Meeting @ Lunch

To all current Wilson students interested in Theater:

This Tuesday at lunch in the Drama Room, we will be having a student meeting where we will discuss certain opportunities, like our Renewed Thespian certification, fundraising, and becoming a member of the Southwest Stageworks theatre company. Anyone who is interested should consider stopping by, and frequently active students are highly encouraged to come.

Hope to see you Tuesday!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Anthology: The Fall OneAct Festival - Directors

And Now: the Directors for the Fall OneActs- Luke Burton & Vincent Hand Shayla Norris-York Daniel Crumrine Ian Sloan Storm Hensinger-Robbins Auditions begin tomorrow (10/3) at 245pm...Actors: See you there! j.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Fall OneActs/Anthology Auditions

While we wait for the official posting of our Fall OneAct shows and directors (the festival is called Anthology), we are pleased to announce the audition date and time for those OneActs: 10/3 during WHS' Tutor Time! Auditions start at 245p and go until they're done, so plan ahead, actors. No monologues, prepared material, or obstacles to giving it your best; just show up and have a great time! For those of you who've wanted to get onstage with (SW)2 and WHS Drama, here's your chance! See you there...

Monday, September 30, 2013

WAAC Wants You!

(from the Wilson Area Arts Council)

Dear Wilson Community -

The Wilson Area Arts Council (WAAC) is a volunteer based, not-for-profit organization in Portland, Oregon. WAAC has been an incredible support to Wilson High School. Through grants and fundraising this organization has helped pay for our beautiful risers, band instruments, bringing back band and drama to Wilson, ect.

We do not want this great non-profit organization to go away. There is still more work to do in the Wilson Cluster to support arts education.

Can you Help?

We are looking for new Board Members and Volunteers to help with our mission. We are regular community members (just like you) who care about keeping arts education in our schools. If you value arts education, join us and let’s make a difference in our schools. Email Liz Garnand, WAAC President for details at: []email.

Follow this link to learn more:

Our Mission

Our mission is to encourage and enhance arts education for all students in the Wilson Cluster. We pursue our mission by: Connecting people who support the arts and education. Raising and allocating funds. Identifying and making available resources. Coordinating, sponsoring, and promoting arts programs in schools. Recognizing and celebrating artistic expression. Advocating that life is enriched by the arts. To learn more about this wonderful organization, please visit

Please join us!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

A Quick Reminder!

(SW)2 Parent/Community Meeting Tonight! Join us for a meeting and talkback session about SouthWest StageWorks and what that means, goals for the year, ways to get involved, and show-specific info for our fall musical 'Into The Woods'. Want to know more? Where: WHS Room 108 Time: 9/26/13 @ 700pm

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

OneAct Submission Date Draws Nigh!

The script submission date for the SouthWest StageWorks OneAct Festival is this Thursday, September 9/26. If, as a student, you’d like to direct your peers, or have a vision you’d love to bring to the stage, get a copy of your script to either Artistic Director Jamie Miller or to any member of the (SW)2 Board for consideration. Scripts will be considered based partially on the Director’s experience, the quality of the script, and the appropriateness of the script to the Festival environment. Any questions? Find us in the WHS Drama Room! j.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Company/Show Meeting for Parents/Community

Parent/Community Meeting: 9/26/13 Join us for a meeting and talkback session with Artistic Director Jamie Miller and other (SW)2 teaching artists about the Company, goals for the year, ways to get involved, and show-specific info for our fall musical 'Into The Woods'. Want to know more? Where: WHS Room 108 Time: 700pm See you there!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

The Next Round Begins...

Into The Woods - Call Backs 9/12/13 Calvin Porterfield Camille Cote Connor French Daniel Crumrine Daniel Nyounai-Herrera Emma Barger Emma Iverson Erin Magill Henry Hakanson Jenna Hillenbrand Lauren Lamont Lindsay Spear Olivia Balkam Olivia Patton Sarah Fiona Murphy Shayla Norris-York Sofia Vilches Sydney Yeargers Torvald Paasche Vincent Hand Vivian Lane Zoe Stuckless

An Opportunity...

WHS Drama/SouthWest StageWorks Friends and Families: Consider the following request from our friends in WHS Boosters! Our contributions of time and energy to Boosters initiatives helped earn us a $1500 grant last year...the more we help, the more they help. Do you have some time to spare? ---------------------- We are in need of Concession Stand volunteers for Thursday, September 12th freshman & JV football games. And there are several opportunities next week at Back to School Pizza Sales and football games. Please sign up using the super EASY Volunteer Spot Please sign up for Trojan Wilson Boosters-Concessions Opportunities - here's how to sign up in 3 easy steps: 1. Click the button above to go to our invitation page at : 2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot) 3. Sign up! Choose your spots - VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy! Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact Trojan Wilson Booster Club and you can be signed up manually. Contact: For more information about Trojan Wilson Booster Club, you can check them out at:

Monday, September 9, 2013

Into The Woods Auditions

The first show of the SouthWest StageWorks era is under way! Auditions begin today at 630pm. Sign up on the Callboard @ Rm 108. Audition packets available in Rm. 108.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Season Kickoff Potluck 2013/2014

Today is the official kickoff for the 2013/2014 season! Join Mr. Miller, Ms. McFadden, your Thespian Board, this season's directors, and all of your friends as we welcome in the new year with food, friends, and info. See you in the Drama Room at 330pm! j.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Introductory letter from Chelsie Thomas, student teacher

   Hello! My name is Chelsie Thomas, and I am Mr. Miller's student teacher until May, 4.  I am currently finishing up my MAT degree from Concordia University, and hold a BA in acting from Southern Oregon University.   I am also a local actor here in town.
     I have very much enjoyed my time here over the past six weeks, and am looking forward to teaching my work sample to the Advanced Acting students.  We will be working on a film acting unit.  Over the course of the next few weeks, the students will learn about the differences in technique between stage and film acting, how to create a character for film, a basic understanding of camera angles/shots, as well as the importance of consistency for film.  The students will have time in class to  work on their scenes; creating characters, marking scripts for consistency, filming, as well as editing through imovie.
     I look forward to seeing what the students create over the next few weeks!


Chelsie Thomas

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Auditions: TeenWest Festival

Just a reminder, Trojan actors, auditions for this spring's collaboration with local group Playwrights West...the TeenWest Festival!

Auditions commence tomorrow at 330pm, and are by appointment. Remember to sign up on the callboard outside the Drama Room, and bring your signed audition form and headshot with you.

More information, copies of the draft scripts, audition packets, and forms are available at the show blog:  Come prepared, come strong, and have a great time!


Friday, March 8, 2013

Acting 5/6 for 13/14

It is my honor to announce and congratulate the students who, by virtue of their auditions before the Panel and the combined scores of the professional theatre artists evaluating their efforts, have earned their way into the Acting 5/6 class…

…but first, a word to both the students who auditioned and made the group and the students who auditioned and did not make the group.  This year is an unusual one.  In a typical year, half of the students in the top-level acting class would be Seniors, many of whom had seen significant casting success in the afterschool shows, had directed OneActs, and assumed some level of leadership among their peers.  Given the strength and numbers of the current Senior class, these opportunities have been few for the underclassmen below them.  In addition, it is usually the case that even the underclassmen who earn their way into Acting 5/6 have served substantially in the afterschool shows as well; they know the work and self-discipline it takes to work a role through casting to performance in that environment.  This year, though the talent is equal, that overall experience is much less.

We have in the list below an exciting and energized group of actors, but one relatively unproven…and a sizable number of equally exciting actors who just missed the cut.  Some of the students in the list below have not taken upon themselves the mantle of leadership our current Seniors need to be able to hand off; that time is now.  Some of the students in the list below have not yet demonstrated the work ethic I expect from our best performers, but have delivered strong work; that time is now.  In many ways the list below is unproven versus the groups who have come before them, and presents for me some level of risk, placing them in a class where a significant amount of desire, dedication, self-discipline, and leadership are keys to success….

…but I believe.  So my final words are these: The following students are admitted into the Acting 5/6 class, but on a provisional basis.  Should the students on this list not finish this year as befits our highest level of actors, I reserve the right to open up their slot to audition in the upcoming school year.  I want these young men and women to stand up and step into the roles and expectations of our strongest acting students.  Participation, focus, and engagement in the work we do needs to stay at, or in some cases rise to, the level befitting this recognition.  So, congratulations on your fine work this week!  Now the real work begins…  

For those of you who did not make the group, many of you were very close, and it was in most cases that last bit of experience and work ethic that made the difference this time.  Keep working, build that experience, and know that there is another shot at the beginning of next year.  Congratulations to you as well…this was a very tough process, you’ve also earned recognition.


Acting 5/6 Students for 13/14:

Aidan McCutchen
Alyssa Bell-Padgett
Calvin Porterfield
Camille Cote
Connor French
Daniel Crumrine
Grace Dills
Ian Sloan
Jack Dixon
Jenna Hillenbrand
Jessica O’Loughlin
Katie Winkleman
Kristina Peterson
Lindsay Spear
Luke Burton
Mattie Richardson
Michel Castillo
Noah Crumrine
Olivia Falls-Kulak
Sarah Murphy
Shayla Norris-York
Sommer Seeley
Sydney Yeargers
Zachary Johnsen
Zoe Stuckless

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Going to State!

A huge congratulations to the members of the WHS Acting 5-6 class who, earlier this month, competed at the Oregon Thespians Regional Acting Competition.  We took 22 members of the class entered in categories ranging from Solo Musical to Group Acting, and beyond.

Five members of the class earned their way into the Oregon Thespians State Showcase Auditions, representing the best of what the State of Oregon has to offer in acting talent:
-Olivia Patton and Alyssa Bell-Padgett: Duet Musical
-Joseph Frontino, Stephanie Grenfell, & Francesca Fontana: Group Acting
They'll have the opportunity to perform their work for judges at the State Theatre Conference, where the top acts will then take their work to the mainstage for performance before the entire statewide conference!

Additionally, the following students were ranked as Regional Finalists, representing the top 20% of performers in each category:
-Alex Diaz-Hui: Solo Acting (Novice)
-Nathan Palmrose: Solo Musical
-Jenna Hillenbrand: Solo Acting (Novice)
-Joseph Frontino: Solo Acting (Experienced)
-Sarah Murphy: Solo Acting (Experienced)

Congrats, Actors!


Friday, November 30, 2012

Boosters Christmas Tree Sale

We are partnering this year with the WHS Booster Club to raise money with the annual Christmas Tree Sale.  Boosters' biggest fundraiser of the year, the sale fills the coffers of this hard-working organization that supports so many of the sports and activities, us very much included, here on the WHS Campus.

Can you help?

We have four blocks of time where we've been asked to provide student AND adult support:
-12/1 from 245p-500p
-12/8 from 245p-500p and 500p-830p
-12/15 from 245p-500p (sensing a theme here?)

Please contact Maureen Berrie-Lawson ( for sign-ups and more information!

See you there...


Monday, November 26, 2012

Winter Show Info!

Good afternoon all!

Here we are, not even one class-week removed from closing a great run of 'On The Town'...and we're ready to start on our winter show! 

For those of you who didn't already know, we're doing Robin Hood, to be performed in February.  Auditions begin this Wednesday, Nov. 28th, prior to 8th Grade Family Night.  No monologues, no songs, nothing to prepare...just show up ready to experiment and work to your fullest, and above all have fun!

We'll see you at 330pm in the Drama Room (Rm. 108)!


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Proficiency Based Grading Outline

As WHS Theatre classes enter the world of proficiency-based grading, that is grading based solely on the skills demonstrated in class, I wanted to lay out a primer to how things will work, given how very different grading is in this format than what everyone is used to.

1) Not every proficiency category will be filled in.  Until I have evidence in hand as to a student's capabilities in each one, I won't enter a relative score. 
2) No category at anything less than full points is final.  Students will have many opportunities to demonstrate their abilities to achieve full proficiency in any category, and only once they've achieved it, will grades be finalized (save at the end of a grading period, for progress documentation).
3) Aid in understanding what the categories mean can be found in the document downloadable at left.  The students were introduced to this document in early October, and we've been easing into its usage.
4) Quarter grades are a glorified progress report.  As quarter grades do not register on a student's permanent transcript, I treat them as an additional progress report.  All grades can grow as students demonstrate greater skills in any proficiency, including the key components of Leadership and Professionalism...but likewise can any grade decrease as students demonstrate a lack of consistency.
5) But wait...didn't I say a full proficiency is locked into place once achieved?  Yes, save Leadership and Professionalism, as part of their assessment is, by nature, consistency over time.

This is a whole new world vs. other classes, so I anticipate some growing pains as we settle into it.  Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments!


Thursday, November 8, 2012

It's Time To Light The Lights (and Sell The Tickets)

It's finally here!  Our first show of the year, Leonard Bernstein's classic romp through New York City in the 1940's, On The Town, opens tomorrow night.  We couldn't have gotten here without the contributions of time and materials from too many people to mention...but from all of us at Wilson Drama, thank you!

Tickets are now on sale at and at the door.  Also available at the door, as some of you already know, are our Season Tickets!  Season Tickets are an easy way to plan ahead for the year's performances, and offer not only an efficient way to get tickets to our shows online, but also preferential seating...and the knowledge that you're supporting the work of these amazing students.

Season Tickets come in two forms: Standard, entitling you to one admission to each of our three shows this year; or Unlimited, entitling you to a single admission to as many performances of our three shows as you like (great for parents who know they're coming more than once!).  Prices are $35/$100 for adults (depending on whether you want a Standard or an Unlimited pass) or $25/$75 for students and educators, and we'll be selling Season Tickets at the door for On The Town through the end of the production. 

See you at the show!


Monday, October 29, 2012

Welcome Veterans!

As part of our run of 'On The Town', this year's fall musical, we are giving back to the men and women in uniform who have served our country in its collective times of need.  The Matinee performance on Veterans' Day, Nov. 11th, will be free to all current and former service members!  Just join us on the day of performance and let the person at the box office know that you are a veteran (or currently serving) and we'll get you a pass to the show for the Matinee performance.  We are also finalizing details with a local veterans' service organization for awareness and donations at the performance...we hope to provide details very soon!

Regrettably, we don't have a mechanism through our online ticket seller for the free tickets, so they are strictly available at the door.  We have a very large auditorium, though, so seating shouldn't be a problem.  Please try to arrive early, as we anticipate a big response on this fun, classic musical, and we'd like to be able to serve each and every person through the door, Veteran or no, as best we can.

Thanks so much for your support of Wilson Drama, and we hope you have a wonderful time at the show!


Friday, October 19, 2012

Ticket Sales Coming Soon!

For those of you who have seen our posters or the announcements in various Wilson HS publications, keep your browser turned here for advanced sale tickets for On The Town, our fall musical opening November 9th.  We'll have a link up a week out (Nov. 2nd) where you can get your tickets for this exciting American classic!  See you then...


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Desperately Seeking Instrumentalists:

Wilson Drama is already hard at work on this season’s musical offering, Leonard Bernstein’s On The Town.  We’ve got the cast, we’ve got the crew, what we don’t have are the talented instrumentalists to bring it home.

Do you play?  If so, we want you!  We’re looking for people to fill the following roles in our orchestra:

-Oboe (1)
-Clarinets (3)
-French Horns (2)
-Trumpets (3)
-Violins (2)
-Viola (1)
-Cello (1)
-Upright Bass (1)

Please contact WHS Band Director Nick Caldwell for more information! (



Thursday, September 20, 2012

Back to School Night

Tonight is Back to School Night!  This is your chance parents, guardians, and families, to touch base with all of here at Wilson about your student(s), a chance for us as teachers and coaches to put faces to names, and to generally connect.  I sincerely hope to see you all tonight.  Please got to the WHS website for more information.