• The award-winning Woodinville High School Theatre Company is excited to present its upcoming winter play, William Shakespeare’s masterpiece The Tragedy of Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark. The show runs January 31, February 1, 7 and 8 at 7:00 p.m., in the Woodinville High School Theater.

    Written around 1599, Hamlet tells the story of the ghost of the King of Denmark who tells his son Hamlet to avenge his death by killing his uncle, the new King of Denmark. Hamlet feigns madness, contemplates life and death and then seeks revenge. So, how do you make a dense, lengthy, and archaic text that has been performed thousands of times - and read begrudgingly by most high school seniors for the past century - accessible and engaging to a modern audience?

    The WHS Theatre Company has adapted the play in such a way as to move the action forward at a contemporary pace, reset the show with the audiences seated on stage - thus closer to the action - and set the story in a modern context. By cross-casting several key players and splitting the role of Hamlet into his id, ego and superego, yet retaining the language, structure and spirit of Shakespeare’s tragedy, the play is presented as a psychological thriller that affords us a look inside the mind of Hamlet. Come out and see this classic in a new light.

    The cast is comprised of 22 of Woodinville High School Theatre Company’s students, including seniors Sidney Braden, Emerson Cobbley, Chris Dembo, Garrett Fisher, Henry Goss-Grubbs, Mailene Gross, Tess Halbert, Wesley Hesselgrave, Nicole McMillan, Ben Nickerson, Gennifer Noy, Larke Parsons-Keir and Neil Ziemba, as well as juniors Jenna Byers, Austin Glenn, Anna Jackson, Carmen Katsaros, Anna Lokken, Carson Parker, Jack Preston, Jordan Ransom and Kaley Roughton.

    Many of the technical aspects of the show, everything from set building and sound to publicity, are handled by crews of students from the WHS Technical Theatre program. Technical theatre students include: Lauren Prescott (Stage Manager), Audrey Szot (Assistant Stage Manager/Paint Head), Grace Henrich (Sound Designer/Technical Director/Paint Head), Jessica Clark (Lighting Designer/Technical Director), Quinn Congrove (Lighting Designer), Julie Rios and Freja Crouch (Costumers), Matthew Armstrong and Joey Roberts (Master Carpenters), Aaliyah Price (Props Head), Edie Ventrella and Madi Riley (Hair and Makeup), and Anya Egts (House Manager).

    The show is adapted, directed and designed by Josh Butchart; with support from Katharina Bomers-Muller (Producer), Stephanie Penoyer (Assistant Producer), Steve Cooper (Lights), Nathaniel Gibbs (Sound), Marsha Stueckle (Costumes), and the Woodinville Drama Boosters, led by Kelly Locke and Emily Mus.

  • Woodinville High School Theatre Company Boosters Scholarships, 2020

    Woodinville High School Theatre Company (WHSTC) Boosters Scholarships are awarded to graduating students who have demonstrated outstanding aptitude in the study and practice of acting and theater tech. A minimum of four scholarships in the amount of $200 or greater will be awarded in both the area of Acting and the area of Theater Tech.

    The minimum criteria for consideration for the WHTSC Booster Scholarships are:

    • Graduating senior from Woodinville High School (WHS)
    • Participation (for acting or tech, as appropriate) in at least one of the three major performance runs (Fall Show, Winter Show, or Spring Musical) during their senior school year.
    • Enough accumulated participation hours in their high school career to meet the qualifications for the International Thespian Society by May 31st, 2020.

    The above criteria, along with the acting vs. tech theater affinity, will be assessed from faculty records; applying students do not need to include this information in their application for the scholarships.

    Additionally, the following criterion must be met as well:

    • Acceptance and enrollment in an accredited institution for higher learning (such as a college, university, trade school, or military academy)

    The WHSTC Boosters recognize that the usefulness and applicability of the skills acquired in studying acting or theater tech at WHS is not limited to a career on the stage, and so there is no requirement that an awardee should intend to major in the fine arts.

    The final awardees will be chosen by the WHSTC Booster Scholarship Committee, in consultation with WHS faculty with consideration of individual excellence in acting or tech; character; leadership; participation; demeanor. The names of the awardees will be announced in early June, with awards disbursed thereafter.

    Students wishing to be considered for an award should submit the following information to president@whstc.org and jbutchart@nsd.org by May 31st, 2020:

    Subject: WHSTC Booster 2020 scholarship application for (insert name here)

    • Full name:
    • Home address:
    • Phone number:
    • Higher learning institution enrolled in:
  • Join the WHSTC parents list!

    Do you have a student in theatre at Woodinville High School? Would you like to be added to the email list? If so, email dramaboosterpresident@whstc.org to be added. By joining the list, you'll get advance news about WHSTC events as well as information about how you can help the program. We hope to hear from you!