Ingraham Theatre

June 2020 Production

Big Fish

Music & lyrics by Andrew Lippa, Book by John August 

Ingraham musical theatre actors and musicians have been hard at work in quarantine to create a “radio play” version of our spring musical Big Fish!  Recorded while socially distanced in their homes, the actors and musicians recorded their tracks on smart phone voice memo recorders and we have compiled and edited everything together to sound as if we are all together so that we can share this beautiful story with our community!  We hope you can join us for the streaming events.

Streaming on Facebook and Youtube this weekend.  

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Friday June 5th @ 7:00 pm  – (with Julian Collins as Will) 

Saturday June 6th @ 2:00 Replay

Saturday June 6th @ 7:00 pm –(with Aiden Knowles as Will)

Sunday June 7th @ 2:00 Replay

Please tune in! 

Big Fish, by Andrew Lippa and John August, debuted on Broadway in 2013. Based on Daniel Wallace’s book “Big Fish: A Novel of Written Proportions” and Tim Burton’s 2003 movie adaptation, this musical plays out in several eras at once. In the present day, Will is preparing for the birth of his child, and to that end he returns home and attempts to reconnect with his own father, Edward. This storyline is interspersed with the story of Edward in the days of his youth, as told by the severely unreliable narrator of himself some 40 years later. As we see Edward encounter fantastical creatures of all sorts, Will’s search for truth strains his relationship with his father to the limit.

    Will and Edward are joined by a vibrant cast of characters, including giants, werewolves, circus managers, and more. It handles themes of fatherhood, family, patriotism, and truth. Through a dynamic combination of text and music, the audience is led through a hectic and, at times, contradictory web of fables. Classic country music infuses the score with a nostalgic sense of times long gone, and did we mention there’s a huge fish? What’s not to love?

Directed by Heidi Oveson, Assistant Direction by Izzie Cooper and Tommy Palmer

Music Direction by Katie Wood and Anna Gorham

Used and Performed by permission of Samuel French Inc.

January 2020 Productions

The Wolves – by Sarah DeLappe 

Pulitzer Prize finalist The Wolves is the debut play of up-and-coming playwright Sarah DeLappe. Featuring an all-female cast (comprised of nine adolescents and one briefly-seen adult), The Wolves chronicles six Saturday mornings in the lives of a soccer team somewhere in suburban America as they prepare for their games. The girls discuss everything from genocide to menstrual cycles to drugs to boys to literature to each other, and a group of girls whom at first seem indistinguishable as each is referred to by only her number and all are clad in the same jersey only bearing her number quickly become identifiable and different. In the course of six short weeks, the Wolves deal with love, loss, and identity in ways that real teenagers do.  The play is written in a way that feels and sounds like the ways that teenage girls talk to each other when the adults aren’t around.  The worst facets of humanity are discussed by the girls as they continue to experience and talk about the challenges of being a teenage girl. The Wolves are vicious and will tear each other apart but they depend on the pack for their survival.    

This show has strong language and mature content.  Not recommended for young audiences.  It runs for about 75 minutes with no intermission.

Ingraham High School Auditorium

January 9, 10, 11 at 7:00 pm
January 17, 18 at 7:00 pm

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Silent Sky – by Lauren Gunderson 

When Henrietta Leavitt begins work at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, she isn’t allowed to touch a telescope or express an original idea. Instead, she joins a group of women “computers,” charting the stars for a renowned astronomer who calculates projects in “girl hours” and has no time for the women’s probing theories. As Henrietta, in her free time, attempts to measure the light and distance of stars, she must also take measure of her life on Earth, trying to balance her dedication to science with family obligations and the possibility of love. The true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt explores a woman’s place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries, when women’s ideas were dismissed until men claimed credit for them. Social progress, like scientific progress, can be hard to see when one is trapped among earthly complications; Henrietta Leavitt and her female peers believe in both, and their dedication changed the way we understand both the heavens and Earth. 

The play runs about 90 minutes and has a brief intermission. 

Ingraham High School Little Theatre

January 16, 17, 18 at 7:30 pm
January 24, 25 at 7:30 pm

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Ingraham Theatre is a student-centered program that provides a comprehensive theatre experience, with hands-on opportunities for learning in many aspects of production, both onstage and backstage, including: acting, scenic design, set, prop, and costume construction, stage management, lighting design and engineering, sound design and engineering, directing, producing and fundraising.

Students in Ingraham Theatre classes work together to produce two plays (fall and winter) and a musical every year.  Each production has a student assistant director, stage manager, student lighting and sound designers, and costume managers. Once the a production is underway, with roles cast and the backstage team in place, students drive the course of the production. Some students only audition for roles; others never do. Some students try both. 

The hallmarks of Ingraham Theatre are creativity, collaboration and community.

​The Theatre program also offers Theatre I (Intro to Acting) for those students looking to improve their skills on stage. There are other opportunities for students to perform outside the main stage productions through dRAMaRAMa: The Student Directed One-Act Festival, Improv Club, and the Musical Theatre Cabaret.


Theatre Beginning

This introductory course is for all students looking to develop skills in acting and performing in front of others.  Public speaking, creative problem solving, and collaboration are explored through creative activities, voice and movement exercises, improvisation, story structure, creating character, and scene study. 

All are welcome, no prior experience is required. 

Technical Theatre – Beginning

This production-oriented course provides a foundation to stagecraft skills and safety procedures preparing students for industry and college study of technical theatre. Students receive an introduction to theatre terminology, scenic design and construction, lighting, sound, properties, costumes, make-up, special effects, theatre management and stage management.  

Technical Theatre – Advanced

In this advanced level course students continue to develop their skills in the areas of Technical Theatre and Design. Students in this course are expected to understand, apply, analyze and assist in the creation of a unifying concept for a production in one or more of the following disciplines: lighting, sound, properties, set construction, special effects, costumes, make-up, theatre management or stage management. Students may choose a technical theatre focus, assist, and then lead the design process for a main stage production including development of a design portfolio. 

Play Production

This course prepares students to use the skills and techniques of acting and performance in one or more plays produced for a public audience.  This course mirrors professional theater standards, culminating with a full-scale production of a play.  Students enrolled in the course may also have opportunities to work in areas of theatre production including directing, scenic design and construction, costuming, properties, stage management, promotions and publicity. 

Students audition for a role in either the fall or winter plays in order to enroll in the class.

Musical Production

This course prepares students to synthesize the skills and techniques of acting, singing, dancing and performance into a musical theatre production for a public audience. Throughout this process students develop community by working as an ensemble. This course mirrors professional theater standards, culminating in a full-scale production of a musical.  

Students audition for roles in the musical in order to enroll in the course.

Heidi Oveson has been teaching at Ingraham High School since 2000.  She has a degree in K-12 Music Education with a secondary instrumental emphasis from WWU in Bellingham, WA and a Masters in Theatre Production and Design from Southern Oregon University in Ashland, OR.  Since starting her career at Ingraham High School, the orchestra program has grown from 8 students to three full orchestra classes including Concert Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra. Ingraham Orchestras regularly receive Superior and Gold Level awards from regional orchestra festivals and competitions. As the theatre teacher Ms. Oveson directs and produces at least two plays and a musical every year with the students at Ingraham. Heidi was awarded the Golden Acorn from the Washington Parent Teacher Association and in 2016 was awarded the Outstanding Educator Award from the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle.

When not at Ingraham Heidi performs as the principal violist with the Lake Union Civic Orchestra.  Heidi lives in Shoreline with her husband Paul and son Henry Forrest.

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