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Auditions for West Side Story!

Auditions for West Side Story will take place on Tuesday, January 8 and Wednesday, January 9. You must attend one of these two days. If necessary, call backs would be either Thursday, January 10 or Friday, January 11.

Check back later in the week for audition materials.


Call for volunteers!

Kaneland High School's fall play for 2012, "You Can't Take It With You", is coming up November 16-18. It will be a great show and offers a lot of volunteer opportunities! It takes a great cast and a great supporting crew to make a show work. Can you donate a couple of hours to support our kids?? Volunteers see the show for free!

Click the link below to sign up!



Tickets for You Can't Take It with You now available!

Tickets for the upcoming performances of You Can't Take It with You can now be purchased. Please either purchase your tickets online at the KHS webstore or download and fill out a copy of the ticket form attached to this post and return in to the KHS to the attention of April Rames. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Performances are Friday, November 16 at 7 pm. Saturday, November 17 at 7 pm and Sunday, November 18 at 2 pm. Tickets are $5 for students, children and seniors, $10 for adults and $25 for a family pass. The family pass covers all members of a family living in the same household. KHS students and staff can get in free with their KHS id. More »


The Cast List For You Can't Take It with You

...............Thank you to all of the wonderful and talented students who auditioned on Thursday. I was excited to see so many of you interested in theatre. As you know, I was not able to cast everyone who tried out. If you do not see your name on this list, please do not get discouraged and don't let it keep you from auditioning in the future. Anyone interested in becoming a part of the crew, particularly the stage manager, should see me on Tuesday.



................For those of you who have been cast, please see me on Tuesday for a script and to accept your part. There is an activity fee of $60 this year. Our first rehearsal will be Tuesday, September 4. Rehearsals will run from 3 to 5, Monday through Thursday, except for tech week. During tech week, expect to be here for a long time. Rehearsals will start at 5:30 and will go no later than 9.



Penny Sycamore- Vanessa Cook

Essie Carmichael- Kyra Trynoski

Rheba- Lanita VanderSchaaf

Paul Sycamore- Andrew Tobin

Mr. De Pinna- Cory Nordine

Ed Carmichael- Alex Beck

Donald- Mark Dykstra

Grandpa- Mitch Bateman

Alice Sycamore- Kelsey Cotton

Henderson- Alex Willis

Tony Kirby- Beau Ott

Boris Kolenkhov- Austin Doyle

Gay Wellington- Katie Kenkel

Mr. Kirby- Tucker DeBolt

Mrs. Kriby- Bianne Claypool

The Man- Ryan Mitchell

Jim- Dillon Lynn

Mac- Ben Mitchinson

Grand Duchess Olga Katrina- Rachel Miller


Senoir Directed One Acts

Stay tuned for information regarding the Senior Directed One Acts. Performances will be May 12 and 13.


Tickets for Les Miserables Now Only Available At Box Office!

Tickets can now only be purchased in advance at the box office for Kaneland High School’s performance of Les Misérables School Edition. Performances will be Friday, March 16 at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, March 17 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 18 at 2:00 p.m. in the Kaneland High School Auditorium. More »


Les Miserables Tickets Available Online until March 15!

Tickets can still be purchased in advance for Kaneland High School’s performance of Les Misérables School Edition. Performances will be Friday, March 16 at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, March 17 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 18 at 2:00 p.m. in the Kaneland High School Auditorium. More »


Les Miz is cast!

The cast list for Les Miserables has been posted. Please see the document titled CAST LIST. We'd like to thank everyone who auditioned. If you didn't get cast, please consider being invovled in the production in some other way and please don't be discouraged from auditioning in the future. With so many talented students, casting was very tough this year.

The first rehearsal will be Monday, January 9 from 2:45 to 5:00. We'll have a second rehearsal on Tuesday. Due to finals, we won't have any other rehearsals next week. A full rehearsal schedule will be posted soon.


Call Back List for Friday, January 6

We would like to see the following students tomorrow after school. Please be prepared to sing the song or songs after your name. Sound files will be posted on this site excpet for Little Fall of Rain. The file is too big. Sorry.

Brian Edwards (Stars, Innkeeper's Song)

Eric Eichelberger (Stars, Innkeeper's Song)

Alec Kovach (Cafe Song)

Jake Rosko (Stars, Cafe Song)

Kathryn Lanute (I Dreamed a Dream, Innkeeper's Song, Little Fall of Rain)

Maggie Wallace (I Dreamed a Dream,)

Jordyn Withey (Little Fall of Rain)

Kaylee McPhee (Innkeeper's Song)

Katie Kenkel (Little Fall of Rain)

Kayla Hedgren (Little Fall of Rain)

The cast list will be posted tomorrow evening. Remember, if your name is not on this list it does not mean you have not or will not be cast.


Les Miserables Auditions!

Auditions for Les Miserables will be on Wednesday, January 4 and Thursday, January 5. If needed, call backs will be Friday, January 6.

Each audition day will be split into two parts. During the first part, students will be split into three groups. Each group will rotate between Mr. Kunstman, Mrs. Rames and Ms. Franz. Mr. Kunstman will test vocal ranges, Mrs. Rames will do cold readings and Ms. Franz will teach a small section of choreography. After each group has been seen by all three directors, the directors will meet to see the groups dance and listen to individual singers sing the audition songs. Even if you are not trying for a lead role, you must learn and sing the audition songs.

Audition materials are available under Documents on this page. If you are unable to print the needed materials, see Mrs. Rames or Mr. Kunstman. Please be honest, specific and thorough when filling out the conflict sheet.


Tickets Now Available for A Midsummer Night's Dream

Tickets for A Midusmmer Night's Dream are now available. Download the orderform from this site and send it with your payment back to April Rames at 47W326 Keslinger Road, Maple Park, IL. 60151. Orders must be recieved by November 4. After that, tickets may be purchased at the box office prior to performances. More »


A Midsummer Night's Dream Cast List

Ms. Montalto and I would like to thank everyone for auditioning yesterday. It was wonderful to see so many old and new faces and we were really pleased to see all of the talent we have here at KHS. If you didn’t get the part you wanted please remember that there will always be more opportunities. We look forward to working with all of you.

To accept the offered role, you need to print and sign the cast member contract, which can be found on the KHS Theatre website. Bring that to me sometime before the end of school on Friday. You’ll need to pick up a script and a rehearsal schedule. The first rehearsal will be on Tuesday, September 6.

Hermia- Kathryn Lanute

Lysander- Beau Ott

Helena- Kyra Trynoski

Demetrius- Austin Doyle

Theseus- Eric Wolf

Hippolyta- Brianne Claypool

Egeus- Quinn Walper

Philostrate- Alex Willis

Bottom- Mitch Bateman

Quince- April Arno

Flute- Elliot Witt

Snout- Cory Nordine

Snug- Cameron Carlson

Starveling- Sabrina Pilkington

Oberon- Eric Eichelberger

Titania- Kelsey Cotton

Puck- Liz Such

Fairy- Vanessa Cook

Peaseblossom- Katie Shipley

Cobweb- Rachel Miller

Mote- Emily Grams

Mustardseed- Maggie Wallace

Fairy Attendants/ Lords/ Ladies- Amy Croft, Mark Dykstra, Chrys Ferrerra, Kelsey Gould, Liz Howie, Denitza Koleva, Ashley Larsen, Brittany Larsen, Dillon Lynn, Anna Piazza, Jordan Withey


A Midsummer Night's Dream Audition Update!

Auditions will be held on Tuesday, August 30 after school in the Black Box Theatre. For those of you who don't know where that is, it's the big, black room at the end of the F wing. If needed, call backs will be on Wednesday, August 31. Audition scenes and forms have been posted and should be available to the right of the screen. I'll make every effort to make sure documents are readable and printable from both Macs an PCs, but since I'll be posting from a Mac, there might a a few minor technical snags. If you can't open a document, send me an email at april.rames@kaneland.org

If you are unfamiliar with the play it would be a good idea to watch or read it before auditions. If you'd prefer to watch it, I'd suggest the 1999 version starting Kevin Kline. It is rated PG-13 because of some very brief rear nudity but is otherwise family friendly.

Things to keep in mind as you prepare for your audition:

1. BE HONEST ABOUT CONFLICTS. We will need to maximize our rehearsal time for this production. This means you need to be available when you say you are available. Of course I understand that emergencies and illnesses pop up. I certainly don't want you coming to rehearsal while vomiting. However, if you have committed yourself to a sport, club, job, family vacation or whatever, you need to let me know that ahead of time. Claiming to be completely free at auditions and then admitting you can only make one rehearsal a week will not endear you to the heart of your director or those of your fellow cast members.

2. DO NOT MEMORIZE THE SCENES. I do not expect you to do cold readings of Shakespeare. However, this does not mean you should memorize the scenes which will be posted shortly. Even if you have your heart set on auditioning for a certain character, that might not be the character I ask you to read. You should read through all of the posted scenes so that you are familiar and comfortable with them. Be prepared to read any role but don't waste time memorizing any of them.

3. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A WAY HOME. Unfortunately, I can't give you an estimate of how long auditions will run until I have a better idea of how many people will be auditioning. If things start to run a bit too long, there is a very good chance we'll have call backs on Wednesday, August 31. I will try to let you know about 30 minutes before we'll be done so rides can be called.

4. IF YOU ARE NOT CALLED BACK FOR WEDNESDAY'S AUDITION THAT DOES NOT MEAN YOU WEREN'T CAST. If the need arrises, call backs will be on Wednesday, August 31. If your name is not on the call back list it does not mean you absolutely were not cast. It just means I don't need to see you again. Some characters will definitely be cast Tuesday night and I won't need to see those actors on Wednesday. If we have call backs, the full cast list will be posted on THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1. If we don't have call backs, the full cast list will be posted on WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31.

5. TAKE YOUR CONTRACT SERIOUSLY. You will held responsible for everything listed on your contract. Failing to fulfill it can result in recasting or loss of future theatre opportunities.


Kaneland Theatre 2011-2012 Season!

The Kaneland Theatre Department is proud to announce its 2011-2012 season.

This year's fall play will be William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Auditions will be the second week of school. Performances will be November 11, 12 and 13.

Be sure to buy your tickets early for this year's musical Les Miserables. Auditions will be the week school resumes after winter break. Performances will be March 16, 17 and 18.

Students interested in auditioning for A Midsummer Night's Dream should check back here during the summer for audition materials. Student's interested in working crew are awesome and should contact Mrs. Rames or Ms. Montalto either over the summer or as soon as school starts. Parents who are interested in volunteering are also awesome and should also contact Mrs. Rames or Ms. Montalto.


The Cast List for The Pirates of Penzance!

Thank you to everyone who tried out this year. We were impressed by all the talent at Kaneland High School. The first rehearsal will be Monday, January 10 right after school. We'll be watching the movie and eating tasty things. The real work will begin on Tuesday! Remember to bring a blank CD to rehearsal on Monday so we can record practice music for you.

Fredrick- Jake Rosko

Pirate King- Eric Eichelberger

Major General Stanley- Kendall Renaud

Samuel- Tucker DeBolt

Sergeant- Brock Feece

Mabel- Anna Novotny

Ruth- Kathryn Lanute

Kate- Samantha Vasquez

Edith- Vanessa Cook

Isabel- Jordyn Withey

Male Chorus (Pirates and police) and Female Chorus (daughters, pirates, police)

Matt Alfey

April Arno

Mitch Bateman

Erika Carlson

John Briggs

Ashley Castellanos

Austin Doyle

Kelsey Cotton

Cory Nordine

Caroline Eichelberger

Beau Ott

Kayla Hedgren

Andrew Tobin

Jayme Kufer

Quinn Walper

Emily Laudont

Sydney Luse

Stephanie Maras

Carissa Miller

Julianne Miller

Teri Ruffolo

Christina Schrems

Marissa Villafuerte

Maggie Wallace


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