Friday, October 31, 2014

What's Next On Stage at WTC?
Now that "Jack" Worthing has finally discovered the importance of being Earnest  by the way, Jack thanks you for the excellent turn out what's next at the Frog Pond Grange? 
I was thinking since the next play in the 2014-2015 season will be in mid-February,  a time when Oregonians experience that annually anticipated surprise snowstorm wait a second, what's wrong with that sentence?  Never mind. Anyway, since it may be a snowy time of year, how about a play like this? Let's say passengers  on a bus in Kansas, about 25 miles west of Kansas City, Missouri to be precise,  must take shelter in a rural diner during a snowstorm. And, what if a pretty, naïve, young woman from the "hill country" is romantically pursued by an equally naïve but pushy cowboy? Throw in a fortyish woman who owns the diner, and who still seeks those wild oats that may be thrown her way. Then there's the bus driver who has the hots for the lady, as well as the oats. Of course there's a sheriff, and an older cowboy who does his best to keep the young stud corralled. Oh yeah, I  left out a pretty young waitress, as well as a college professor who likes pretty girls and booze, not necessarily in that order.
You know, now that I think about it, there's a play, written by William Inge, back in 1955, called Bus Stop.
What? That's already on the schedule for February 2015? Seems like great minds think alike. Strange coincidence, eh? The man who wishes to direct Bus Stop, Matthew Russell, has scheduled auditions for all of those wonderful parts. So, pay close attention. I'll only be repeating this info four or five times between now and December.
Auditions for Bus Stop will be held by appointment only on Wednesday, December 3rd and on Thursday, December 4th from 6 to 9 PM at the Frog Pond Grange on SW Stafford Road in Wilsonville. Appointments may be made by emailing: or by calling Matt at 971-269-4032. The auditions will consist of a 2-minute contemporary monologue.  Bring a head-shot and resume please. Call-backs will be on Saturday, December 6 from noon to 3:00 PM, wherein cold readings from the script will be held.
The play will be cast on December 7 (Pearl Harbor Day). Hopefully, it will not be "A day that lives in infamy!"
This is your wake-up call! If you see your next role as being a part of Bus Stop, audition and get on board.
Dave DeHart
Wilsonville Theater Company

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Thanks to All of You!

Fantastic crowd for closing night! Thanks to all of you who attended our production of "The Importance of Being Earnest".
Thanks also to the hard-working fun cast! We couldn't have done it without you.
We look forward to seeing you at Bus Stop in early 2015!!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Meet the Cast: David DeHart as “Dr. Frederick Chasuble”

The Importance of Being Earnest

Meet the Cast: David DeHart as “Dr. Frederick Chasuble”

David returns to the stage with Wilsonville Theater Company as the lovable yet tiresome Dr. Chasuble. In his public life, David is the company’s set design and construction ombudsman, cranking out acting space with an ease that would even leave Tennessee Williams amazed. David is currently retired and, in his working life, had run an insurance business as well as serving in the United States Army for 20-plus years doing super-secret stuff.

As Dr. Chasuble, David uses his mastery of boring subjects to really “get into” the role. David’s previous work with the Wilsonville Theater Company includes “The Bird Watchers,” which he wrote and played the leading role, and "The Canterville Ghost.” David also worked behind the scenes on last year’s “Miracle on South Division Street.”

An accomplished novelist, David has five novels to his name including the Dan Dailey and Bull spy series. Check him out at

Performances of "The Importance of Being Earnest" are in there final week and continue tonight (October 23rd) as well as the 24th and 25th. All performances are at 7:00PM at the Frog Pond Grange Hall on Stafford Road in Wilsonville. On Saturday, October 25, there will be a matinee at 2:00PM. Tickets are available online or you can buy them at the door.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Importance of Being Earnest

Crew Background:  Matthew Laney – Technical Director Lights/Sound
Matt Laney, AKA: "Mike Dunsel," AKA: "P.D. Kew," is the epitome of the renaissance man. He's a poet, novelist, former US  Air Force spook,  humorist, photographer, loving husband, doting father, everyone's friend,  and most importantly, always ready to pitch in when needed to support the Wilsonville Theater Company. On several occasions, Matt has stepped up to take on the role of Technical Director when that important element of a stage production needed to be filled, often at the last minute.

As "Lady Bracknell" in Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest said, "Ah yes, a life crowded with incidents." Matt was raised in a family that traveled often and far afield. His father was a geologist for the government, taking Matt and his siblings from one end of the country to the other searching for minerals. Some of that wanderlust must have rubbed off on Matt. As a member of the US Air Force, he served in a secret technical capacity, doing secret things, in countries whose names  shall be secret. This was his introduction into the  fascinating world of high technology.

It's no secret that he and Kate (the director of this production) live in Wilsonville with their two children, a daughter now in high school, and a son in college. He heads up a technical writing group for a large, worldwide technology company.

In 2012, Matt and a writing partner, Rick Mallery,  wrote a sci-fi thriller under the pen name: "P.D. Kew."   The Time Walker Chronicles-Filling the Void,  is available on Amazon (

It is a fun, intriguing read, that relates the adventures of "Mitch" a time traveler as he desperately strives to reach a specific "jump off point" to forestall a cataclysmic event. The irony in this is that "Mitch" consistently states, "I'm not tech."  But its creators, Matt and Rick are 150% totally tech!
Enough of the free plugs for now. Let's talk about the challenges in setting lights and sound to The Importance of Being Earnest. The Frog Pond Grange Hall, on SW Stafford Road in Wilsonville, is one of the oldest granges west of the Mississippi River. The ceilings in the hall are low, with hanging lights and fans, all of which create a blockade for light reaching the stage without casting shadows everywhere. Add to that a raised stage with even less headroom, limited depth, and  you have a truly problematic situation for stage lighting. Matt, mustering all that "tech" knowledge, has managed to minimize this difficulty to a great degree. For this production, where a garden scene is important, we have created two sets, the on-stage set for the manor house scenes, and a lower, floor-level garden scene. Adjusting lights for the garden was a challenge;  however, Matt not only overcame the obstacles, but added a projected cloud-filled sky image to the ceiling.

So, click on "Tickets" at the upper right of this page, and buy your tickets to see "The Importance of Being Earnest" this coming Thursday, October 23 at 7:00 pm. Remaining performances are on Oct 24 and 25, with a matinee at 2:00 PM and an evening show at 7:00 PM on Saturday the 25th. Tickets may also be purchased at the door with cash or credit card. I hope to see you there.

P.S. At intermission, step to the rear of the hall and meet Matt Laney. He's the Teddy bear looking dude hovering over the light and sound controls.
Dave DeHart
Wilsonville Theater Company