Friday, August 22, 2014

Cast Interview:  Kevin Singletary (Algernon Moncrieff)           

I had the opportunity last week to chat with Kevin during rehearsal. My take on him, as cast in the role of Algernon Moncrieff, the flamboyant, bon vivant Londoner, is that Kevin is spot-on. His youthful exuberance and  rapid delivery are perfect for the character. It is as if Oscar Wilde had Kevin in mind when he wrote this play, characterized by Wilde as "A trivial comedy for serious people."

Dave:  Kevin, welcome to the Wilsonville Theater Company.  Where were you
born and raised?

Kevin:  I'm a native Oregonian, born in Portland., raised in Canby.

Dave:  What high school did you attend ?

Kevin:  I recently graduated from Canby High School.

Dave:  I note by your resume' that you were active in theater in               high school. What plays were you in?

Kevin:  Many plays, such as  in high school, Secret Garden, Our Town, Once Upon a Mattress,  and Guys and Dolls.

Dave:  You have also been involved with Canby Community Theater. What roles have you performed with that theater company?

Kevin:  I played Steward in Anything Goes in the summer of 2013, and the role of Sasha in Fiddler on the Roof, this past July.

Dave:  You've had a nice start in acting thus far. What are your plans for the future?

Kevin:  I have enrolled in Clackamas Community College for now. I plan to eventually go to Southern Oregon University in Ashland. Theater arts major.

Dave:  It sounds like a good plan. Changing the subject , what do you think of Oscar Wilde's writing?

Kevin:  He's out there. A quirky genius.

Dave:  And what do you like best about your role of Algie in The Importance of  Being Earnest?

Kevin:  Eating cucumber sandwiches and muffins. He eats when he's stressed. Kind of like me.

Dave:  (Laughter) Yes, there's always that.  What do you see as the most difficult thing in your role?

Kevin:  Having to learn so many lines.

Dave:  I've seen this play in a couple of motion pictures, on television, and even a "radio" version,  produced by a Los Angeles performance group. A reading in front of a live audience. From what I've seen so far in rehearsals,  your speedy delivery  and voice is  remarkably similar to the Algernon performed by those pros.
Kevin:  Thank you.

Dave:  One last thing; why should people come to see this play at WTC?
Kevin:  I think because of the way Director Kate Laney wants it performed. Loose and fun, not stiff  and proper as it has been before.

 Dave:  Thanks Kevin. I'll let you get back to rehearsal.

Blog readers, once again, WTC's performance of The Importance of Being Earnest  will be on stage at the Frog Pond Grange in Wilsonville on October 16, 17, 18, 23,24,25, with matinee on the 25th. More information available at

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Calendar of Events

Dates to remember for "The Importance of Being Earnest:"

September 12, 6:00 PM. Open rehearsal at the Frog Pond Grange.
September 13, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Open rehearsal at the Wilsonville Library (Oak Room).
October 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25 - Performances. Curtain at 7:00 PM.
October 25, Matinee performance. Curtain at 2:00 PM .

Sunday, August 3, 2014

We Have a Cast for The Importance of Being Earnest

August 4, 2014
Hooray! We have a full cast now. Director Kate Laney heard two auditions for the role of "John/Jack/Earnest Worthing" this past Saturday, and found an excellent actor to fill the part. This means WTC is ready for the next step, rehearsals.

The cast for WTC's October 2014 performance of The Importance of Being Earnest is as follows:
John Worthing:  Stephen Radley

Algernon Moncrieff:  Kevin Singletary

Rev. Canon Chasuble: David DeHart

Merriman/Lane:  Clyde List
Lady Augusta Bracknell: Valerie Brooks
Hon. Gwendolen Fairfax:  Lindzay Irving

Cecily Cardew:  Allison Andresen

Miss Prism:  Jani Van Pelt

Tomorrow evening the cast will go through a reading of the entire play, setting the stage (pun intended) for the long, arduous rehearsal schedule. Prior to opening on October 16, 2014, two events will be held to promote the play, and give the prospective audience an opportunity to watch a rehearsal. The first will be an "open rehearsal" at the Frog Pond Grange on Stafford Road in Wilsonville on September 12 at 6:00 PM; then the next day, September 13 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, another open rehearsal will be held at the Wilsonville Public Library. More on these two events later.

Work has already started on the stage at the Grange Hall. The set for our last performance, "On Golden Pond," has been struck, and the stage is now a black box awaiting Kate's designer to finalize the set design.

Excitement is building! The creation of a play is a complex task, much more difficult than, "Hey! Let’s paint the barn and put on a show!"  I am old enough to have heard Mickey Rooney say that to Judy Garland in "Babes in Arms." Set building in the Frog Pond Grange Hall is not too far off that scenario. Small stage with no wings or dressing rooms, demands creative insight. But, the WTC seems to be up to the task over the years. The feeling of accomplishing something magical on opening night makes that labor of love worthwhile.

If you have a hankering to be a part of that creativity, drop us a line at: and let us know what you can bring to the show.

Dave DeHart
August 4, 2014



Sunday, July 27, 2014

"The Importance of Being Earnest" Audition Wrapup

Thanks to all those who attended the auditions last Friday and Saturday. We enjoyed seeing new and impressive talent!

Once again, thanks!