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West Linn High School Performing Arts Dept. Set and Lighting Design THE PROVOKED WIFE by John Vanbrugh March 2017 Directed by Steven Beckingham. Costume Design by Jessica Carr. Steven wanted to give the students an opportunity to perform in a Period piece, replete with period costume (although he couldn’t help […]

The Provoked Wife


Addams Family Opening
West Linn High School Performing Arts Dept. Set and Lighting Design THE ADDAMS FAMILY – West Linn High School Performing Arts – November 2016 Directed by Annie Kaiser. Vocal Direction by Barbara Fontana, Music Direction by Kevin Egan, Choreography by Christine GreenHalgh, Costume Design by Grace O’Malley. A fresh and […]

The Addams Family


West Linn High School Performing Arts Dept. Set and Lighting Design THE MUSIC MAN – by Meredith Willson – December 2015 Directed by Steven Beckingham. Vocal Direction by Barbara Fontana, Music Direction by Kevin Egan, Choreography by Christine GreenHalgh, Costume Design by Grace O’Malley. One of America’s favorite musical chestnuts!

The Music Man


West Linn High School Performing Arts Dept. Set and Lighting Design (and Direction) THE REAL INSPECTOR HOUND by Tom Stoppard BLACK COMEDY by Peter Shaffer  – March 2016 Directed by Jon Ares. Costume Design by Grace O’Malley. Played as a double-bill, these two shows were terrific together… Act One of the evening was […]

The Real Inspector Hound/Black Comedy



West Linn High School Performing Arts Dept. Set and Lighting Design OKLAHOMA! by Rodgers & Hammerstein – Fall 2014 Directed by Steven Beckingham. Vocal Direction by Barbara Fontana, Music Direction by Kevin Egan, Choreography by Christine GreenHalgh, Costume Design by Grace O’Malley. Kicking off the 2014-15 WLHS Performing Arts season was […]

Oklahoma!


West Linn High School Performing Arts Dept. Set and Lighting Design CAESAR by William Shakespeare, adapted by Steven Beckingham – March 2015 Directed by Steven Beckingham. Costume Design by Grace O’Malley. The director’s vision was an environment of urban dystopia, in the late 1970’s, a la the cult film “The Warriors.” The […]

Caesar


West Linn High School Performing Arts Dept. Set and Lighting Design AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE by Henrik Ibsen – Winter 2014 Directed by Annie Kaiser. Costume Design by Grace O’Malley. The director for this show (staged in our Black Box Studio Theatre) wanted the 5 acts to flow as […]

An Enemy of the People


West Linn High School Performing Arts Dept. Set and Lighting Design THE LOVE OF THREE ORANGES by Hillary DePiano – Winter 2014 Directed by Steven Beckingham. Costume Design by Grace O’Malley. A show with much, much silliness, the director and I saw a lot of opportunity to fill this show […]

The Love of Three Oranges



West Linn High School Performing Arts Program Set and Lighting Design INTO THE WOODS by Lapine and Sondheim – Fall 2013 Directed and designed by Jon Ares. Choreography by Robert Head. Costume Design by Grace O’Malley. Sound Design by Corbin Wescott. Vocal Direction by Kaeli Porter, Orchestra Directed by Kevin […]

Into The Woods


West Linn High School Performing Arts Dept. Set and Lighting Design KISS ME, KATE by Porter, Spewack and Spewack – Fall 2012 Directed and choreographed by Jessica Middleton Murray. Costume Design by Annie Kaiser. Vocal Direction by Barbara Fontana, Orchestra Directed by Kevin Egan. Sound Design by Corbin Wescott. This […]

Kiss Me, Kate


West Linn Performing Arts Dept. Set and Lighting Design LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS by Ashman and Menken – Winter 2012 Directed and choreographed by Jessica Middleton Murray. Costume Design by Annie Kaiser. Vocal Direction by Jennifer Davies, Orchestra Directed by Kevin Egan. Sound Design by Corbin Wescott. I referred to […]

Little Shop of Horrors


West Linn High School Performing Arts Dept. Set, LIghting and Projection Design (and Direction) DISTRACTED by Lisa Loomer – Spring 2012 Directed by Jon Ares. Costume Design by Annie Kaiser. Sound Design by Corbin Wescott. Performed in our cozy Black Box Studio Theatre, “Distracted” was a monster of a small […]

Distracted



West Linn High School Performing Arts Dept. Set Design A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM by William Shakespeare – FALL 2011 Directed by Jessica Middleton Murray. Costume Design by Annie Kaiser. Lighting Design by Cole Fiala. Sound Design by Ailish Duff. Performed in our cozy Black Box Studio Theatre, “Midsummer” takes on […]

A Midsummer Night’s Dream


West Linn High School Performing Arts Dept. Lighting & Set Design THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE by Tesori, Scanlan and Morris – Fall 2010 Directed and choreographed by Jessica Middleton Murray. Costume Design by Annie Kaiser. Vocal Direction by Barb Fontana. Orchestra conducted by Kevin Eagan. Sound Design by Corbin Wescott and […]

Thoroughly Modern Millie


West Linn High School Fine & Performing Arts Dept. Lighting & Set Design THE SOUND OF MUSIC by Rodgers & Hammerstein – November 2009 Directed and choreographed by Jessica Middleton Murray. Costume Design by Annie Kaiser, Orchestra conducted by Kevin Egan, Vocal Direction by Barb Fontana, Sound Design by Corbin […]

The Sound of Music


West Linn High School Fine & Performing Arts Dept. Lighting & Set Design WAITING FOR GODOT by Samuel Beckett- December 2009 Directed by Colin Murray. Costume Design by Annie Kaiser, Sound Design by Ailish Duff. What a fun and limitless show…. really, the challenge is just trying to figure out […]

Waiting for Godot



West Linn Fine & Performing Arts Dept. Lighting & Set Design ROMEO & JULIET by William Shakespeare – Feb/March 2010 Directed byJessica Middleton Murray. Costume Design by Shana Targosz, Sound Design by Jessica Middleton Murray. Jessica conceived a production where adults played adults, and kids played kids. She utilized professional […]

Romeo & Juliet


West Linn High School Fine & Performing Arts Dept. Lighting & Set Design PICASSO AT THE LAPINE AGILE by Steve Martin – October 2008 Directed by Jessica Middleton Murray, Costume Design by Annie Kaiser, Sound Design by Corbin Wescott. I was really excited to be doing “Picasso.” I think Steve […]

Picasso at the Lapine Agile


West Linn High School Fine & Performing Arts Dept. Lighting & Set Design DANCING AT LUGHNASA by Brian Friel- December 2008 Directed and Costume Design by Annie Kaiser, Sound Design by Corbin Wescott. “Dancing at Lughnasa” was such a beautiful show… and staging it in the WLHS Black Box Studio […]

Dancing at Lughnasa


West Linn High School Fine & Performing Arts Dept. Lighting & Set Design URINETOWN – THE MUSICAL by Kotis and Hollmann – Feb/March 2009 Directed by Jon Ares, Choreography by Jessica Middleton Murray, Costume Design by Annie Kaiser. I wanted to place “Urinetown” in an environment reminiscent of Gotham City, […]

Urinetown – The Musical



West Linn High School Fine & Performing Arts Dept. Lighting & Set Design ONCE UPON A MATTRESS – November 2007 In this production, pretty much everything played out in a ‘Great Hall’ of the castle. The paneling stage right would open to reveal the wizard’s basement chamber, and the paneling […]

Once Upon a Mattress


West Linn High School Fine & Performing Arts Dept. Lighting & Set Design (and Direction) THE IMAGINARY INVALID – February 2008 Set and Lighting Design (and Direction) by Jon Ares. Costume Design by Annie Kaiser. Sound Design by Corbin Wescott. James Magruder’s new translation had a fresh turn on the […]

The Imaginary Invalid


West Linn High School Fine & Performing Arts Dept. Lighting & Set Design THE DIVINERS – March 2008 Directed by Jessica Middleton Murray. Set and Lighting Design by Jon Ares, Costume Design by Barbara Murray. Placed in Indiana farmland in the summer of 1932, my set echoed some of the […]

The Diviners


West Linn High School Fine & Performing Arts Dept. Lighting & Set Design RECKLESS – December 2006 Directed by Annie Kaiser, Costume Design by Cheryl Cantwell, Sound Design by Corbin Wescott. Inaugurating our new black box Studio Theatre, this ‘cheery’ holiday play was a lot of fun. The set was […]

Reckless



West Linn High School Fine & Performing Arts Dept. Lighting & Set Design ON THE VERGE by Eric Overmyer – March 2007 Directed by Jessica Middleton Murray, Costume Design by Lori Sue Hoffman, Sound Design by Corbin Wescott. For our first “straight play” in the new auditorium, we wanted to […]

On The Verge


West Linn High School Fine & Performing Arts Dept. Lighting & Set Design AS YOU LIKE IT by William Shakespeare – March 2006 Directed by Jessica Middleton Murray, Costume Design by Cheryl Cantwell. As we were still without our own theatre spaces for a few more months, we performed this production […]

As You Like It


West Linn High School Performing Arts Dept. Lighting & Set Design DEAR CHARLOTTE, by Joy Gregory, April 2005. Directed by Gabrielle Brewer-Wallin. Set & Lighting Design by Jon Ares, Costume Design by Cheryl Cantwell. Sound Design by Rodolfo Ortega. A terrific script about Charlotte Bronte, told through narrative and Bronte’s own writings, […]

Dear Charlotte


West Linn High School Fine & Performing Arts Dept. THE WORLD GOES ‘ROUND – The Songs of Kander & Ebb – Fall 2005 Directed by Jessica Middleton-Murray and Cheryl Cantwell.  Costume Design by Cheryl Cantwell. Set & Lighting Design by Jon Ares. As we were still ‘homeless’ while our new […]

The World Goes ‘Round



Reynolds High School Performing Arts Dept. Lighting & Set Design DISNEY’S BEAUTY & THE BEAST – Fall 2004 Directed by Laurie Martin-Cohn. Set and Lights by Jon Ares. Scenic Painting by Mark Loring. Other than renting the village drop from Tobins Lake Studios, everything else was built onsite. Mark Loring, […]

Disney’s Beauty & The Beast


West Linn High School Fine & Performing Arts Dept. Lighting & Set Design THE BOY FRIEND by Sandy Wilson – Fall 2004 Directed by Cheryl Cantwell and Alan H. King. Choreography by John Szerszen, orchestra conducted by Jeff Cumpston. Set/Lighting Design by Jon Ares. Costume Design by Cheryl Cantwell. This […]

The Boy Friend


West Linn High School Performing Arts Dept. Set and Lighting Design CINDERELLA by Rodgers & Hammerstein Directed by Cheryl Cantwell (as well as Costume Design). Set & Lighting Design by Jon Ares, Choreography by John Szerszen. Orchestra conducted by Jeff Cumpston, and Scenic Painting by the incomparable Elesa Douglas. Cheryl conceived […]

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella


West Linn High School Performing Arts Dept. Set and Lighting Design (and Direction) THE GREAT COARSE ACTING SHOW by by Michael Green – Fall 2003. Directed and sets/lights by Jon Ares, with Costume Design by Cheryl Cantwell, and Sound Design by Rodolfo Ortega. The Coarse Actor is one who tries admirably, […]

The Great Coarse Acting Show



West Linn High School Performing Arts Dept. Set and Lighting Design SIX CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF AN AUTHOR by Pirandello – Fall 2003 Directed by Cheryl Cantwell, with Gabrielle Brewer-Wallin, Dramaturg. Set and Lights by Jon Ares, Costumes by Cheryl Cantwell, Sound Design by Rodolfo Ortega. Cheryl opted to place the locale […]

Six Characters In Search of an Author


West Linn High School Performing Arts Dept. Set and Lighting Design (and Direction) THE COMEDY OF ERRORS by William Shakespeare – February 2003 Directed by Jon Ares.  Costume Design by Cheryl Cantwell. Scenic Painting by Elesa Douglas. Performed in the physical style of Commedia del’Arte — and physical it was! Scenically, it […]

The Comedy of Errors


West Linn High School Performing Arts Dept. Set and Lighting Design THE LIFE OF HENRY THE FIFTH by William Shakespeare – Adapted by Gabrielle Brewer-Wallin – Winter 2003 Directed by Gabrielle Brewer-Wallin.  Costume Design by Cheryl Cantwell. Performed as an ensemble piece, with 10 actors playing all roles (and sharing the role […]

Henry The Fifth


West Linn High School Performing Arts Dept. Set and Lighting Design HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING by Loesser, Burrows, Weinstock, Gilbert – Fall 2002. Directed by Cheryl Cantwell and Alan H. King.  Costume Design by Cheryl Cantwell, Choreography by John Szerszen, Set & Lights by Jon Ares. Vivid 60’s colours […]

How To Succeed In Business….



West Linn High School Performing Arts Dept. Set and Lighting Design (and Direction) LOOT by Joe Orton – Spring 2002 Directed by Jon Ares.  Costume Design by Cheryl Cantwell. LOOT may have shocked the British sensibility in 1966/7, but the issues are comparatively tame today. But no matter — it’s still a […]

LOOT


West Linn High School Performing Arts Dept. Set and Lighting Design (and Direction) ON THE RAZZLE by Tom Stoppard – February 2001 Directed by Jon Ares.  Costume Design by Cheryl Cantwell. Scenic Artist was Ben Cosloy. When you have next to no budget, it’s tough to do a farce with tons of locations. […]

On The Razzle


Lincoln High School Performing Arts Dept. Set and Lighting Design ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD by Tom Stoppard – 2001 Directed by Carmela Lanza-Weil, Set & Lights by Jon Ares. Nat Bartos, Technical Director. My original plan for this set was to do a highly-realistic, textured arrangement of the three columns in […]

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead


West Linn High School Performing Arts Dept. Set and Lighting Design RADIO KLINn ON THE AIR by Alan H. King – November 2001 Written & Directed by Alan H. King. Costume Design by Cheryl Cantwell. Set & Light Design by Jon Ares. Radio KLINn — On The Air was conceived to give […]

Radio KLINn – On The Air



West Linn High School Performing Arts Dept. Set and Lighting Design TWELFTH NIGHT by William Shakespeare – Music by George & Ira Gershwin – Adapted by Cheryl Cantwell – Winter 2000 Adapted and directed by Cheryl Cantwell, with Choreography by John Szerszen.  Costumes by Cheryl Cantwell. Cheryl had a great idea to […]

Twelfth Night


Mocks Crest Productions at University of Portland. Set Design THE GONDOLIERS by Gilbert & Sullivan – June 2000 Directed by Stan Foote, costumed by Margaret Louise Hetherington, and lit by Nathanael Bartos.  Choreography by Cherie Price. Stan’s feeling was that “The Gondoliers” was a fun and predictable as a 1960’s Frankie and […]

The Gondoliers


Capital Playhouse, at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, Olympia, Washington Set Design WILL ROGERS FOLLIES by Stone, Comden/Green & Coleman – Summer 2000 Will Rogers Follies Directed by Troy Arnold Fisher, and featuring Jeff Kingsbury as Will Rogers.  Choreography by Amanda Blair Ellis. The set was basically reminiscent of Florenz Ziegfeld’s […]

Will Rogers Follies


Lincoln High School Performing Arts Dept. Set and Lighting Design THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER by Kaufman & Hart – Fall 2000 Directed by Jim Peerenboom.  Set and Lighting Design by Jon Ares. The stage at Lincoln is very narrow (about 28 feet at the proscenium) so it’s always a challenge to fit all […]

The Man Who Came to Dinner



West Linn High School Performing Arts Dept. Set and Lighting Design FIDDLER ON THE  ROOF by Stein/Harnick/Bock – Winter 2000 Directed & Choreographed by Nicki Hudson. Set and Lighting Design by Jon Ares. Costume Design by Cheryl Cantwell. The set and lighting was based on imagery of Marc Chagall.  Though certainly not a […]

Fiddler on the Roof


Capital Playhouse, Olympia, Washington. Set Design (and Direction) SWEENEY TODD – THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET by Stephen Sondheim & Hugh Wheeler – Fall 2000. These are the computer-rendered images of the set as-designed.  At this time I have no pictures of the realized set, partly because it was not fully-realized, as […]

Sweeney Todd


West Linn High School Performing Arts Dept. Set and Lighting Design AMADEUS by Peter Shaffer – Winter 2000 Directed by Karen Mitchell, assisted by Cheryl Cantwell. In the early design meetings with the three of us, the words “Fragments of Salieri’s mind” kept coming up, and thus the set became as […]

Amadeus


Lincoln High School Performing Arts Dept. Set and Lighting Design THE CRUCIBLE by Arthur Miller – February 1999. Directed by Jim Peerenboom. The set was a look of Puritan simplicity — wood planking and square edges.  The planking was actually 1/8″ lauan for the walls, and 1/4″ lauan for the flooring. […]

The Crucible



West Linn High School Performing Arts Dept. Set and Lighting Design (and co-direction) PIPPIN by Hirson/Schwartz – Spring 1999 The set was co-designed with my co-director, Cheryl Cantwell, with Costume Design by Cheryl Cantwell.  It featured a raked stage, timbered beams, and downstage left and right were two “turrets” as additional performance areas.  […]

Pippin


Lincoln High School Performing Arts Dept. Set and Lighting Design GODSPELL by Stephen Schwartz – Fall 1998. Directed by Jim Peerenboom. The overall concept for this production was innocence.  The opening moments (Prologue/”Tower of Babel”) had scenery of chain-link fence, graffiti-covered sheet metal, and basic dirt and grime.  Pretty much how most concepts for […]

Godspell