Little Women Cast!

Thank you to everyone who auditioned. Ms. Potter and I saw what we needed to see and there will not be callbacks. If you would like feedback on your audition, please see each of us.

Jo: Emma S / Understudy: Lydia

Marmee: Lydia / Understudy: Diana

Beth: Emily Grace / Understudy: Natalie

Amy: Anna S / Understudy: Allie

Meg: Lauren S / Understudy: Tiffany

Aunt March: Diana / Understudy: Ava

Mrs Kirk: Ava

Female ensemble: Tiffany, Natalie, Allie

Professor Bhaer: Iain / Understudy: Ryan

Laurie: Clay / Understudy: Jack H

Mr. Laurence: Ryan / Understudy: Jack C

John Brooke: Colton / Understudy: Ryan

Male ensemble: Jack C, Jack H



Improv Team

Thank you to everyone who auditioned. A few people have been contacted through school email about callbacks – if your name is not listed below, please check your email. The first rehearsal will be on Tuesday, along with callbacks.

Team members:

Elikai Gella
Sanaa Wright
Riley Campbell
Eddie Griffiths
Luke Wonderly
Meg Sheets
Kylie Dickinson
Jocelyn Shelfo
Clay Lawhead
Jack Choat
Iain Hemmenway
Kalani Gella


One Act Casts

Thank you to everyone who auditioned. If your name is not on either cast list and you would like feedback, please see me. The next auditions will be for Little Women. I will post more information soon.

Student Body – please plan on coming for callbacks tomorrow (Thursday) – I still need to figure out what part everyone will play.




Male understudy: Jack

Female understudy: Hailey

Brothers Grimm Cast – there will be no callbacks, though Josh and Will are still figuring out what parts everyone will play)

Jack H


Rehearsals will start next week – the stage managers will let you know the rehearsal schedule. If you decide you do not or cannot accept a part. please let me know as soon as possible.

Auditioning for the One Acts

FIRST: READ THE SCRIPTS! Here is the script for Student Body (you need to access it from your school account): Edited script     Here is the script for Grimm Brothers: grimm

Auditions are August 14 & 15, from 4-6pm. Callbacks -if necessary – will be August 16 & 17.

Auditioning: you will sign up for an hour long slot along with 10-12 other students.  The slots are 4-5pm and 5-6pm. Please see me in person or email me to let me know which day and time you would like to audition.

Please print and fill out this sheet and bring to the audition. I also have copies of the sheet in the drama room. One Act audition sheet

The first 10 minutes of the audition will involve a few group improv exercises. I will be looking for your commitment to a character and how you interact with the other students. The rest of the audition will involve reading scenes from the two plays. You will be put in  small group and given a short section of one of the plays. You will have about 5 minutes to rehearse the scene, then you will perform it. You may be asked to read multiple scenes.


Reading scenes
When you are reading a scene with a partner, I am looking for two things:

  • Your ability to understand what the scene is about. You should think about what each character is trying to do and trying to say.
  • Your ability to react to your partner. I want to see that you are listening to what your partner is saying and doing.

Take direction!
I may ask you to try performing your scene it in a different way. For instance, “Try the scene as if you were in pain” Or, “try that scene as if you were in love with your partner.” If you need to, take a moment and think about what I’ve asked you to do. I need to know
that you are willing to listen and try things in different ways.

The Fun Act

So you want to direct the fun act!

We have some choices. If we do only one play, the length can be 45-60 minutes. If we have more than one person/pair who want to direct, we could do two or more one acts that are shorter in length.

If you are part of the competition one act, you will not be able to be part on the fun act -rehearsals for both shows will usually be at the same time.

General guidelines for choosing a play:

  • Look for a one act play. It should be 60 minutes or shorter.
  • The larger the cast the better. If we do one play, the cast should be larger than 10 people. If we do more than one play, each should have a cast of more than 6.
  • The play should not deal with a heavy subject. Look for comedies, dramatic comedies, shows for a young audience, and mysteries.
  • Subject matter should be acceptable for a general audience: no swear words, violence or racy material.

Some places to look for plays: Start with Playscripts – they have tons of plays specifically for high schools and they have a good search feature.

Other publishers to check out (in decreasing likelihood of finding something appropriate):\

I also have quite a few scripts in my office that would work.

If you are interested in directing, please let me know. I have already heard from one pair of students.

Dates for 2018-2019

The Fine Arts teachers met with Principal Lane today and came up with the schedule for the year. Here are the drama dates:

One Act Auditions: August 15 & 16, callbacks August 17 (more info coming soon)

Little Women Auditions: September 10 & 11, scenes and callbacks, Sept. 13 & 14 (more info coming soon)

Competition One Act: October 18 & 20 (This should be Student Body, but I need to run the cuts by the playwright before making it official)

Fun Act: October 23 & 25 (if you are interested in directing, please let me know)

One Act Competition: October 27 at Whitewater

Advanced Drama Play: December 4

Little Women: February 1 & 2 (on the 2nd, there will be a matinee and an evening performance)

Advanced Drama Performance: February 28

Drama Showcase (For Drama I classes): April 18

Advanced Drama Performance: May 2

Shuler Nominations!

Congratulations to senior Wylie Watlington for her Shuler nomination for Best Choreography and to the entire cast for being nominated for Best Ensemble! Also, Ms. Potter and the band received an Honorable Mention for Best Orchestra, and senior Cullen Finnerty received an Honorable Mention for Lighting Design.

Both Ms. Potter and I are so proud of what this cast and crew accomplished!

Our Town Cast

Cast members should drop by the chorus room during lunch to pick up your script. Sydney will be there during all lunches.
Stage Manager: Sam Ellis
Dr. Gibbs: Ryan Robertson
Joe Crowell: Clay Lawhead
Howie “Hallie” Newsome: Kaitlyn Rodriguez
Mrs. Gibbs: Jawahir Ahmed
Mrs. Webb: Ava Whiteley
George Gibbs: Jack Choat
Rebecca Gibbs: Katherine Hoyos
Wally Webb: Hayden Tatum
Emily Webb: Lydia Campbell
Professor Willard: Kalani Gella
Mr. Webb: Josh Keaton
Simon Stimson: Clay Lawhead
Mrs. Soames: Samantha Hutchinson
Constable Warren: Gavin Bryant
Si Crowell: Will Fincher
Sam Craig: Will Fincher
Joe Stoddard: Kalani Gella
Owen Henahan
Josh Stallins
Devon Stock
Anna Seville
Courtney Taliercio
 Luke Wonderley

ThesCon for parents

Students should arrive in the drama room at 8am on Thursday. We plan on leaving by 9am. We will stop for lunch at Golden Corral in Columbus (this is included in the $250 you have paid).  We are staying at the Courtyard Marriott, at 3501 Courtyard Way, (706) 323-2323. We stayed at the same hotel last year, and all of the rooms open into an indoor hallway.

The activities start at 9:30 each morning and will go until 10:45pm. We will have a bus driver with us, and we will all go together to the convention center. No student will be allowed to stay at the hotel during the day. While at the conference, students will check in with me during lunch and dinner. They will be allowed to go by themselves to the shows and workshops, which are all within three blocks. There are over 5000 students and adults at the conference and there has always been a prominent police presence, so there should not be a single moment when students are alone.  When we get back to the hotel at night, I may allow 15 minutes of socializing time, but then students will be expected to go to their rooms and stay there for the rest of the night and not come out until me or a chaperone comes around in the morning. And yes, after bedtime, I will be walking around making sure everybody is in their rooms.

Students will have my cell number, and I will have theirs. We have five parents going as chaperones and students will also have their numbers. A few parents are driving their own cars, in case a student is not feeling well and needs to go back to the hotel (and a parent will stay with them if that is the case). If you would like my cell number, please email me or ask your child to share it with you.

I have made it very clear to the students that this is a school activity and school rules apply the entire time. If there is a problem with behavior, I will call Principal Fine first, then the parents.

As for money, students don’t necessarily need to bring any. All meals are covered. There will be stands selling buttons, shirts and scripts, and usually on Saturday for lunch I allow students to walk a few blocks to where there is a row of restaurants, but this is optional.

We should be back by 5pm on Saturday.

For more information on the conference, please visit the conference website.

If you have any concerns, please email me.