Theatre News Articles!

I am posting the complete articles of all the Plays that I have been in.

The Importance of Being Earnest!

From: The Couer D’ Alene Press.

A Comedy of Manners
The Couer D’ Alene High School theatre department will take on a literary classic when “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde opens Thursday in the school’s auditorium.
“It’s been fun”, said director Pat Caloca. “I like to do something that isn’t mindless-a classic now and then.”
The play will be presented in three acts. Wile had written the play to be performed in either three or four acts. Caloca’s cast of 10 has brushed up on its best English Victorian manners and accents for the fare written in 1890. Caloca said Wilde delighted in poking fun at proper Victorian life.
“Wilde satirized many of the aspects of Victorian life, even mariage” she said. “He thought the servant class would do well to teach the upper class to live properly.”
The Plot involves Algernon, played by Bryant Larsen, a wealty young Londoner who pretends to have a friend in the country named Bunbury who is in bad health. Whenever Algeron wants to avoid an unwelcome social obligation or just get away for the weekend, he uses the excuse of having to go visit his sick friend. He calls this practice, “Bunburying”.
Algeronon’s best friends, who lives in the country but makes frequent visits to London, is named Earnest-or so Algeron thinks. Earnest is really Jack, portrayed by freshamn Casey Shellman. Jack discloses his double life to Algernon. His double life and visits to the city as Earnest are his examples of “Bunburying” much to Algernon’s delight.
Both Jack and Algernon masquerade as a gentelman named Earnest because the girls believe that’s the only proper name to marry. Jack wishes to marry Gwendolyn. Algernon’s cousin, played by Lizzy French. Gwendolyn’s mother, Lady Bracknell is not pleased with Jack as a suitor for her daughter, because as a baby Jack was found in a railway station in a handbag-far below the standards she has set for Gwendolyn.
Senior Lindsay Teter as Lady Bracknell, has been in over 30 plays. She has worked in theatre in Flordia, with the Lake City Playhouse, and CHS. She plans to attend the Los Angeles Film School after she gets her assoiciate’s degree at North Idaho College.
Algeronon’s love interest is Cecily, played by freshman Kellie Washko. Cecily is Jack’s ward.
“Everybody ends up with somebody in the end”, Caloca said.
The cast is rounded out with Charlie Kindsey-who played Danny in Grease-as Doctor Chausible; Hailee Maus as Miss Prism, cecily’s governess; Jesse Florence as Lane; Jake Van Doren as Merriman and Chris Podsaid as Mr. Grisby.
The period costumes with elaborate hats for the girls were created by Kim Washko, Kellie’s mother. Kim and her husband Jim Washko created the set that turns around to go from garden to city scene.
“I did a lot of re-creating and embellishing”, sad Kim Washko of the costumes.
Caloca said she plans to invite all of the English classes to come and watch the play, because it is such an important literary work.

I will post the others later. So look out for; Biloxi Blues, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Treasure Island, Hound of the Baskervilles, Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe.


Class Act.

I recently joined an acting class at the Lake City Playhouse, called Class Act, the class is an advanced acting class for ages 13-18. The class consists of 8 classes on saturdays over a course of 8 weeks. During those classes we get to work with proffesional in the areas of, acting, directing, voice, dance, lighting, costuming, stage managing, and stage combat. Then when the course comes to an end we will be presenting a major showcase that consists of; large musical numbers, smaller musical numbers, dance, movement, monolouges, contemporary scenes, shakespeare scenes, and possibly pantomime. Then when the showcase is over the members of the class(there is 15) become and acting troupe for the Lake City Playhouse. As an acting troupe we would travel around with minature sets and costumes and our own lighting and present shows at festivals and other events. One show they all ready know we will be doing a traveling production of is, “As You Like It” by William Shakespeare. Then it will be our job as the students to become the theachers, and take the skills we have learned and start educating a new group of people for the acting company as the older kids leave. Right now we have 15 talented people, all ranging in diffrent areas. The director in charge is named Brian Doig, he is the Executive Director at the Lake City Playhouse. Also helping is Todd Jasmin, he is the Artistic Director at the Playhouse, and Lauran Hamilton, she is a dance coach at North Idaho College. During each class a proffesional in some area comes in as a guest speaker so far we have had; Joe Jacoby, he is the Director of Theatre at North Idaho College(big HIPPIE), and Rebecca Monitz, who is the choir teacher at Couer D’ Alene High School(she is the teacher for my Musical Theatre class I have). Next week we are meeting with John Galgodos or “Goose”, the Lighting man at North Idaho College, and Jackie a local stage manager about costuming. It has really been a blast, and I can’t wait for more.

In other News: Its getting warmer slowly up here, and not a bad thing either. Its been around 50-60 degrees for some time now. The grass is slowly turning a rich green, or in the case at our house a mushy muck-do to the snow mold that developed over the long winter. Little flowers are starting to pop out of the ground and its starting to get really beautifull up here.