Sunday, March 8, 2015

Audtions for "Miss Nelson is Missing"

The Wilsonville Theater Company is holding auditions for Miss Nelson is Missing

The hellions in room 207 are a teacher’s nightmare. Wads of paper zooming about the room, crafted airplanes soaring hither and yon while mischievous whippersnappers send the sweet-tempered and burned out Miss Nelson to the brink. The kiddos are in for a rude awakening, when Miss Nelson mysteriously disappears and in her stead enters Viola Swamp, the substitute from hell, where homework is torture, and lawlessness is swiftly eradicated. Out of sheer distress, the kids set out on a journey to find Miss Nelson...Will they succeed?
Directors Kate Laney and Michael Gibson are looking for a fun loving animated cast who are not afraid to sing and play as if they are back in elementary school. Must be energetic, affable, kind, and considerate, (just the opposite of most of their stage roles).

This adaptation has a few songs (mostly choral type) so prepare a fun and lively song (a capella, 16 measures).

The comedic play, adapted for the stage by Jeffrey Hatcher, is based on the children's book by Harry Allard and James Marshall. Audition will consist of readings from the play. 

Call for Auditions

Kate and Michael will be conducting the auditions by appointment only on the following dates and time:

  • March 27th - 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • March 28th - 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm

To schedule an appointment, complete the audition form and send email to schedule an audition appointment. 

Auditions will be held at the Frog Pond Grange, 27350 SW Stafford Road, Wilsonville.  

We will arrange individual auditions if need be. Rehearsals begin April 2nd. Show opens with a matinee performance for a local elementary school on Thursday, May 28th and runs for three weekends at the Frog Pond Grange.


Cast Breakdown

Please note that this an all-volunteer cast. All roles open. Actors' ages range from 13 (high school) to adult.

The Adults

  • Female dual adult role - Miss Nelson /Miss Viola Swamp, teacher, mousey, soft-spoken, nice, a bit of a pushover and Miss Viola Swamp, role-substitute teacher, strict, scary, drill sergeant, a truly horrible woman, describes as a "witch on wheels".
  • Principal Humleker - Adult role- anxious hand wringing, uptight, a bit of a whiner, kind of clueless.
  • Detective McSmogg - Adult role- doughnut loving, not very efficient, goofy, not the smartest card in the deck.

The Kids (Age 13 thru High School)

  • Raymond- A heavy-set little figure.
  • Phoebe- A shy, nerdy girl.
  • George Jorgenson, Jr. – A jock.
  • Lavita- A little spitfire girl.
  • Morris, aka "Mouse" - Tough little kid.
  • Kimberly - A perfect, popular girl, with great hair.
  • Elvis - Hair slicked-back, who talks like "The King".

Other Positions

  • Producer – Coordinates between WTC Board and the Director.
  • Stage Manager – Responsible for overseeing set design and construction as well as other production elements.
Please note that we are not attached to these archetypes and will cast who we feel meets the show's needs. We will do our best to honor your time constraints. Please bring an 8x10 photo and a resume with you.


Fantastic crowd for closing night! Thanks to all of you who attended our production of "Bus Stop".

Thanks also to the hard-working cast! We couldn't have done it without any of you.

We look forward to seeing you at "Miss Nelson is Missing" in the spring!!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015


Meet the cast:  Kendall Auel as "Sheriff Will Masters."

It is a pleasure to welcome back  veteran Wilsonville Theater Company actor Kendall Auel. After a four- year hiatus, Kendall returns to the Frog Pond Grange in the role of "Sheriff Will Masters" in William Inge's Bus Stop.  His first experience with WTC was back in 2007 when he started out working the light board, then appearing on stage in the role of "Harry Pepper" in Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park that same year.
Kendall went on performing in Arsenic and Old Lace at Boring, Oregon's Nutz-n-Boltz Theater in 2008; then acted in 2009 in Slue-Foot Sue & Pecos Bill for the Central Beaverton NAC. That same year Kendall returned to WTC in the role of "Charles Wilson" in A Ferry Tale of Wilsonville, then again in 2009 he was the Foley Artist in It’s a Wonderful Life: A live Radio Play at Beaverton Civic Theater.

Kendall Auel as "Will Masters". Photo: David F. DeHart
Obviously, now smitten with acting, Kendall  was in three plays in 2010: in Beaverton Civic Theater's The Nerd; and in A Christmas Carol. That same year he returned to WTC for Who's On First. For his fourth play at Beaverton Civic Theater, in 2011, Kendall was cast as "Larramore Mandrake" in Three Murders and Its Only Monday.  Last year, he was "Rocky" in the Fertile Ground Festival's production of Zombiella-The Musical.
Kendall has also contributed significant technical support for productions at WTC, as Technical Director, Sound FX Designer, Lighting Tech and Lighting Designer. Striving to learn and improve his art, he started out in 2006 attending a workshop at Portland Center Stage, followed by training at The Brody Theater, The Liberators Improv Comedy, and Curious Comedy Theater. In the summer of 2010, Kendall had the good fortune to study acting for film and television under renowned actor/director/playwright, Shelly Lipkin.

In his role as "Will Masters" in WTC's production of Bus Stop, Kendall portrays a tough yet good-hearted Kansas sheriff. This role called for both physical and emotional challenges, both of which Kendall carried off as a veteran actor.

Bus Stop will continue performances at the Frog Pond Grange in Wilsonville on February 27, 28 and March 6 and 7 at 7:30 P.M. A matinee will be held on March 7 at 2:30. Tickets may be purchased online at, or at the door. Bus Stop is not rated, but would probably be PG-13 based on some adult situations.
Dave DeHart
                                                                        Wilsonville Theater Company


Monday, February 16, 2015

Meet the cast:  Mark Putnam (Dr. Gerald Lyman)
In our ongoing introductions to the cast of Bus Stop, we come to "Doctor/Professor Lyman," a very complex, and one might say peculiar, individual. The role requires the actor to portray a variety of emotions: sad, lonely, depressed, intoxicated and happy. William Inge created this character to express not only the wide range of mental anxieties a person such as Lyman must go through, but to show that regardless of his quirky character, he is able to achieve that final satisfying resolution.  Obviously, this role requires extraordinary talent. Director Matt Russell has found that in Mark Putnam.
Dave:  Mark tell me a bit about your background. Where were you born and raised?
Mark:  In Orange County, California. I graduated from Fountain Valley High School, (Go Barons!) then I attended both Orange Coast College and Golden West College, two community colleges.
Dave:  Are you married? Have any children?
Mark:  Yes I am married and I have four children, two boys and two girls. In fact, one of my sons, Spencer, is the Sound Technician for this production.
Dave:  When did you became involved in theater?
Mark: While in high school. My first play was M.A.S.H. I performed the role of "Spear Chucker Jones" which was a little strange with a Caucasian playing the character who is African-American. But we managed to pull it off.  I was actively involved in plays in both my junior and senior years of high school, and took theater classes as an extracurricular activity.
Dave:  What was one of your more memorable plays?
Mark:  One was called Bashing the Bard. It was a play wherein they took several famous parts from Shakespeare's plays and looped them together in a non-traditional way. For example, we did 15 Minute Hamlet where we took a two-and-a-half, or three-hour-long play and compressed it to fifteen minutes, using all the memorable quotes. I also really enjoyed when I played two roles in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Oberon and Theseus.
Dave:  I assume you continued your interest in theater in college.
Mark:  Yes.  I took four semesters of drama classes at Orange Coast College, and three semesters of theater at Golden West College. Later I had a semester of professional acting school at South Coast Repertory Theatre. It was around this time I was involved in a serious motorcycle accident and spent three months in the hospital. This kind of curtailed my acting for a while.  I received my Associates Degree in Speech Communication and Theater. I later went to California State College-Northridge where I received a BA in English Education with an emphasis in Literature.
Dave: What brought you to Oregon?
Mark:  I worked for a company in Orange County who had an opportunity opening up in Oregon.
Dave:  What did this company do?
Mark: They processed medical claims and wanted to begin handling auto claims. A position opened up in Oregon and I interviewed for it and got the job. So that's what brought me and my family up here. We reviewed medical claims bills that came in to make sure they were actually supported and documented by the doctors.  I've been doing this for more than 15 years. That is sort of what I do now, except I also teach doctors how to code and support their surgeries and prepare the proper documentation.
Mark Putnam (L) Angela Van Epps (R)
Photo: David DeHart
Dave:  Let's move on to recent theater productions. I saw you in White Christmas at the HART Theater. I see on your resume that you have been in several plays since moving up here. Tell me about that.
Mark:  Yes, I've been in plays both at the HART Theater in Hillsboro as well as at the Theater In the Grove in Forest Grove. I played "Oliver du Boys" in As You Like It, and "Liver Lips Louie" in Guys and Dolls, and "Gandalf the Gray" in The Hobbit at Theater in the Grove. In addition to White Christmas, I played "Dr. Pain" in Crazy Old Man, at the HART Theater. I also performed multiple roles in All In the Timing at Portland Community College, Rock Creek Campus, mostly "Trotsky" in Variations on the Death of Trotsky.
Dave:  How did you restart your acting interests after moving to Portland?
Mark:  I wanted to get back into theater. I auditioned for a part in Midsummer Night’s Dream at the HART Theater. I didn't get the role, so I figured I better brush-up on my acting skills and enrolled in classes at PCC Theater Arts program. I then got a role in All In The Timing at PCC. That was my first play in Portland. It was a spoof sort of thing, about the variations in how Trotsky died. I played Trotsky and died eight times on stage!
Dave:  I assume your association with HART Theater was how you came to get a role in Matt Russell's White Christmas.
Mark:  Yes. Then I got a part in this play, Bus Stop. For the role of "Dr. Lyman."  Angela Van Epps, Lindsay Bruno and I, as well as my son, Spencer, were all in White Christmas.
Dave: What do you think William Inge was attempting to do when he wrote this play, Bus Stop?
Mark:  I think it's really a statement about love. How different people interpret love in different ways. For some people it's manufactured, for others they think it's true love, for some they don't know what love is and continue searching for the meaning. One of my favorite Dr. Lyman lines is “[Love] sometimes they keep it locked in their bosom forever, where it withers and dies.  Then they never know love, only its facsimiles which they seek over and over again, in meaningless repetition." Obviously love didn't work out for him. Three marriages, all failed, became a drunk, depressed, trying to pick up young girls. Love is more of a concept to him than an emotion. I think the play is really a statement about love and life and how they find that piece of love and cherish it.
Angela Van Epps (L) Mark Putnam (C) Lindsay Bruno (R)
Photo: David DeHart
Dave:   What is it about the role of Dr. Lyman that intrigues you?
Mark:  Obviously, he's different that myself, I hope! I think he is a very dynamic character. He goes through jolly, happy, depressed, despondent, child-like, adult-like, and professor-like. He has these wide ranges of emotions and fears. All of which he goes through in a very short period of time.   A character with all of those dimensions is challenging, but a lot of fun to play. It's a great range.
Dave: One last question. Why should people come to see this play?
Mark:  They will love to see all of the aspects you'd want to see in a play:  drama, romance, comedy, the dark side of life. It has so many of the things people look for in a play:  action, comedy, drama. And, it is a great cast.
Dave:  Thank you Mark. I see that Director Russell is ready for you to start rehearsal.
 Dave DeHart
Wilsonville Theater Company.