Cast List 2014
Aladdin: Nick Greendyke
Jasmine: Grace Bruins
Genie: Taliah Young
Jafar: Joshua Posthuma
Iago: Liam Boone
Narrator 1: Madison Wollenzier
Narrator 2: Taryn Johnson
Narrator 3: Jayla VanMaurick
Razoul: Jose Medina
Magic Carpet: Jolie LaBarge
Hannah Lindstrom Joel Scheneman
Natalie Dunn George Iles
Jennavieve Gilliam Connor Short
Mariah Vongphachanh David Dannels
Megan McCormick Connor Hotary
Hannah Otteren Jared Cole
Annie Snoap Benny Rathana
Julia Buzzinotti Gianni Gamez
Makayla Smith Max Gibson
Miranda Singletary Roman Anderson
Denisse Gonzalez Tyler Zoerhoff
Jessie George Ben Hoey
Sydney Kloosterman Jaelan Williams
Makenna Schuiling Seth Gibson
Susan Smith Owen Gibson
Caitlin Walsh Jonathan Malnar
Cella VanHeest Rodrigo Riquelme
FIRST REHEARSAL IS THIS FRIDAY, MARCH 7
To those students who did not get cast
First of all, thank you so much for trying out for Aladdin. I know that you are very disappointed and I’m really sorry that we couldn’t use ALL of you in the show. Around 180 kids tried out. We simply couldn’t use everyone.
So why didn’t I get cast?
Below are some of the reasons that students didn’t get picked for this year's show:
Not Prepared – Some students did not attend the workshop or contact Ms. Stier about what was expected. Some students did not learn the song or appear to practice their scene before auditioning.
Not enough volume – Although everyone had a nice singing voice, some students sang very softly. The Performing Arts Center is very large and it is important to have students who can sing out. Some of you just have young voices. You will have more power next year!
Difficult time learning the dance – Since this show has a lot of dancing in it, we were looking for students who had a good sense of rhythm and could learn movement quickly. Some students had a difficult time with this part of the audition.
Listening and following directions – As we mentioned at the audition workshop, you were constantly auditioning. Students who were disrespectful, did not listen when directions were given or tended to be OVERLY needy were not considered for this year’s show.
Expression – Some students had a hard time smiling and looking like they were having fun (I know you were scared). We were looking for students who looked like confident and acted like they were having a good time. That’s what the audience wants to see.
Memorization – Although memorization was not essential, you each had 5 days to work on your audition. Some of you read straight from the paper, seldom looked up, and did not seem to know what you were reading. We needed to see that you wanted it bad enough to work on your audition.
Conflicts – Some students had too many conflicts close to the performance dates.
Please, DO NOT get discouraged. There are some students who have tried out 3 years in a row and finally got a part!
If you would like to know what to do next time to make your audition better, feel free to stop by and talk to Mr. Huber or Ms. Stier. You can also e-mail Ms. Stier at firstname.lastname@example.org about your audition.
I AM A THEATRE KID.
I believe that I have done something today to make me feel proud. I believe that I gotta go to a restaurant after the show no matter how late it is. I believe all theatre kids love helium, or at least listening to their friends on helium. I believe that Jones Soda is the answer to all life's problems. I believe that someone else's hat is the ultimate accessory.
believe that West Ottawa Theatre is the best choice out of all theatre
programs. I believe Diva's room is the best place to be when you're feeling
down. I believe that Harvey is the coolest 6 foot 2 inch
tall invisible Rabbit ever. I believe that all the talented people that always
get leads in the plays are going somewhere big and fast, and yet I will never
forget it all started with each of us standing in the dark onstage.
I believe in the Golden Age of Chocolate. I believe in the Vocalaires’ birthday song. I believe that Nathan is in Pittsburgh with a rare tropical aunt. I believe Aunt Polly deserves her cookies. I believe no one really knows how we manage to pull off an amazing show. I believe in the dog from Annie Jr. I believe in wearing the shirt for the play the day after you get it and the day before opening night. I believe that the world should randomly burst into song and dance because that would be really cool.
I believe in fishing in the Mississippi River. I believe water is an element. I believe the best memories are the ones you can't explain; you just had to be there. I believe that every time someone sneezes we all yell bless you. I believe that the farmers and the cowboys can be friends. I believe in break-a-leg-buddies. I believe in an experience so amazing you'll want to be part of it forever. I believe in not only the cast, but the hard working crew and adults. I believe your work is our play. I believe in craps.
I believe in checking the drama club and the school play's Facebook pages throughout the day. I believe it's never too late to be brand new. I believe I less than three all the people involved in WO theatre. I believe that our versions of the songs are better than the originals. I believe in sitting down because you're rocking the boat. I believe in the rainbow car. I believe that awkward theatre hugs are awkward.
I believe in laughing to myself whenever
someone says "Lying is a Sin" and I believe there is nothing wrong
with getting strange looks. I believe that we can kill the pig. I believe that
Robin Hood oughta be in the Bible. I believe in going into the woods. I believe
that we make magic. I believe you're never fully dressed without a smile. I
believe that theatre people applaud because that's just what theatre people do.
I believe that it is a beautiful morning and a beautiful day. I believe that
Emma is backstage God.
I believe that happiness is as simple as sitting in the
choir room, Diva's room, or the makeup room with your friends and watching the
play on a tiny TV. I believe there is nothing wrong with being obsessed with
something, especially if that something is so amazingly fun. I believe that as
far as Lord Of The Flies goes it's about the journey and experience
whether our show is actually good or not, although I believe in us and think it
will be fun to perform and to see. I believe in a community of dorky, fun,
carefree teens that attend West Ottawa High School and share the love of drama.
I believe in my theatre family. I believe that even though we sometimes look like fools, we have the most fun. I believe that theatre is the island of misfit toys. I believe that this must be what it feels like to have a home. I believe that we do for fun what others fear more than death. I believe that I am not alone. I believe I can do anything (or be anyone) because I have these awesome people backing me up. I believe in myself. I believe in West Ottawa Theatre.
-Paige Trujillo (2012)