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LOHS and Lakeridge students putting on musicals this week

by: REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - LOHS students wrote the musical comedy UH-OH! for their Musical Theater Workshop class. A host of students rehearsed last week, including, from left: back row: Hayley Sims, Ellie Ulrich, Tizoc Gutierrez, PJ Harris, Austin Ellerbruch; and front row: Reilly Quinn and Elena Gomes.“UH-OH!” you haven’t seen a play in “The Last Five Years”?

Students at Lakeridge and Lake Oswego high schools can help redress a dearth of theater in your life. Musicals are on tap at both schools this week: at Lakeridge, a student-directed drama called “The Last Five Years,” and at LOHS, a student-written comedy called “UH-OH!”

Lake Oswego High

LOHS teacher Bob McGranahan’s Musical Theater Workshop students hatched “UH-OH!” and, in keeping with the class curriculum, also cast it and will perform it.

“UH-OH!” “is about what happens when the actors don’t show up and the tech people have to do the show,” McGranahan said.

The teens not only developed the concept and penned the script but also handled the choreography and selected 18 musical numbers to shape the story.by: REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Lake Oswego High School students this week are putting on a musical, student-invented comedy: UH-OH! Students involved in the play include, from left, PJ Harris, Austin Ellerbruch, Thomas Curran and Lauren Olson.

Six students shared the show’s significance to them and discussed their roles:

n Senior Lauren Olson said putting on a show takes hours of intense practice: “It’s definitely worth it. It’s a lot of fun. In the end we put on a show we’re really proud of.”

n Ellie Ulrich, a senior, said: “I don’t think people realize how much we put into this show. We put our hearts and souls into it.”

n Senior Elena Gomes, who plays the stage manager, said she’s accustomed to taking charge: “As the youngest in my family, I have to speak up to be heard, so I’ve just become very commanding. My mom said when I was 4, I could speak up and take over the entire room.”

n Sophomore Jackson Reinhardt said: “My mom was a theater director in Seattle. The theater lifestyle — I’m fascinated with it. I’m relishing my role.”

n Clad in a vibrant shirt, Senior Noah Fitterer said: “Techies normally wear black. I’d wear this Hawaiian shirt, but all black is what everyone will be wearing.”

How to attend

When: 7 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday

Where: LOHS Auditorium, 2501 Country Club Road

Cost: Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors

To buy advance tickets, visit lodrama.org.

by: REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Lakeridge seniors Juliana DeBruyn, left, and Daniel Barber prepare for a performance of The Last Five Years, scheduled to run this week.

Lakeridge High

Three Lakeridge seniors are producing their version of “The Last Five Years,” a dramatic musical about a failed marriage. The show’s also scheduled to shine on the silver screen later this year, starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan.

Isaac Lee directs the Lakeridge version of the relationship implosion of Jamie (Daniel Barber), a novelist, and Cathy (Juliana DeBruyn), an actress.

“You learn a lot about yourself when you’re taking on a very emotional role and learning what these situations mean to you,” Barber said.by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: MEGHANN STREET - Lakeridge senior Isaac Lee is directing The Last Five Years, a musical drama.

Lee said Barber and DeBruyn “have put in a tremendous amount of work, a ridiculous amount of work.”

To which Barber responded: “And, he’s done more.”

DeBruyn added that Lee’s deft instruction has proved productive.

“A director who ordered their actors around wouldn’t be effective because so much of what makes acting good is for it to be genuine,” she said. “A director should help an actor find the honesty, find the performance in them, rather than dictate what it should be.”

To prep for his leadership role, Lee said he read about directing in “A Sense of Direction,” and he already had witnessed top-tier talent in action while at the Columbia Gorge School of Theatre. With Lakeridge’s theater program cut back to help address a school district budget gap, Lee said the program needs the community’s support more than ever.

“Part of the reason it’s important to see the show is it is a good way for there to be more shows,” he said.

The story is told through music. A pianist, violinist and other players bolster the actors’ voices, with Cathy’s songs wending from the end of the marriage to the beginning and Jamie’s songs moving from start to finish. The timelines intersect at the center, when Jamie proposes.

“They work toward each other and then away from each other,” Lee said.

How to attend

When: 7 p.m. Friday, 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Sunday

Where: Lakeridge High black box theater, 1235 Overlook Drive

Cost: $5 per person

Jillian Daley can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 503-636-1281, ext. 109. Follow her on Twitter, @jilliandaley.

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