Friendswood High School to produce Romeo and Juliet

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by Kathy Powdrell

Saturday Night, October 14, 2017 at 7 pm  FHS FINE ARTS Department will receive the selected as the NFHS National Performing Arts School of ExcellenceWith the assistance of the Texas UIL, your school has been selected for its exemplary diverse and award-winning programs. This recognition is awarded to one high school each fall during the National Performing Arts Week for the NFHS, which is the week of October 10-14.

Friendswood High School is set to produce Romeo and Juliet, arguably western literature’s most famous love story, was written early in Shakespeare’s career and, along with Hamlet, remains his most frequently performed play. It has inspired art in every media, including Franco Zefferelli’s 1968 film version and Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 film Rome Plus Juliet.

Written around 1594, “Romeo and Juliet” has played continuously for  audiences for over 400 years. As star crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet find their love trapped in a world of civil brawls, ancient grudge, civil mutiny.

As their families unite, finally, in sorrow, the sacrifice of the lovers is a haunting reminder of the powerful force of love. The play has inspired over 20 film adaptations, two operas, a Broadway musical, and countless dance interpretations, each finding new ways to interpret the classic tale.

FHS Theatre presents William Shakespeare’s first great tragedy and one of his most beloved works, “Romeo and Juliet.” A tale of young love thwarted by circumstance, “Romeo and Juliet” plays at Friendswood High School Thursday, October 12, Saturday, October 14 at 7:00 pm and Sunday 15 at 2:30 pm.

Tickets are $10.00 and sold only at the door.  FHS accepts cash there is an ATM on site.

Leading the cast is senior Garrett McGregor as Romeo and sophomore Isabella Morrison as Juliet.  The cast features senior Andrea Beasley Juliet’s nurse,  senior J. C. Mills as Mercutio, Tyler Pittman as Paris, Garrett Morris as the Friar and Jacob Vegas as Benvolio.  Others in the cast are Jacob Johnstone, Jacquelin Kutz, Rory Sims, Trevor Wilson, Sydney Antil, John Murray, Mckenzie Weddel, Jake Henkels, Victoria Robles, Mitchell Bauer , and Lauren Goolsby.

Senior Garret Morris has choreographed Juliet’s Party and Tayor Greny, Presley Wilson as dance captains.

Set construction is under the guidance of Technical Director Amy Thornton and Technical Theatre classes I, II, III and IV.  Senior Meredith Fraga is designing the lights.  Tech students include:  Jacob Jaime, Jordyn Wescott, Nancy Otto, Jana Ryan, Emily King, Jordan Anderson, Ethan Evans, Brandon Lantau, Trey Hahn.

FHS THEATRE has collaborated with College of the Mainland’s Theatre Department chairman and director,  H. Russ Brow,  for fight choreography, training and safety. Mr. H. Russ Brown is a nationally recognized and award-winning theatre artist/educator who has worked at theatres, colleges and universities across the country for the past 30 years. He holds an M.F.A. degree in acting from Western Illinois University and is a Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors. Alumni Tommy Stuart, recent graduate of University of Oklahoma’s Department of Theatre  has worked as a vocal coach and assisted director Kathy Powdrell with staging. Tommy Stuart is a former actor at Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park, Great River Shakespeare Festival and many productions as he earned his BFA Acting at The University of Oklahoma

Students were visited by alumni Troy Beckman, senior at The University of Houston Department of Theatre whose credits include Richard the Third, Houston Shakespeare Festival 2017 and currently on stage at Main Street Theatre is also certified by the American Fight Director.

Producer/Director Kathy Powdrell states that even post Harvey this has been an exciting time at FHS theatre.  So much collaboration with alumni and theatre professionals such as H. Russ Brown and College of the Mainland.

Romeo, Garrett Morris says “We have put in a great deal of hard work this month on text, staging, and combat scenes amd training.  The stunning fight scenes and the intense passion will keep you on the edge of your seat.”

Isabella Morrison who plays Juliet says,” Being able to be apart of such an iconic play has been an amazing experience.  We have been working endlessly to create a beautiful, emotional and action filled scenes you will not want to miss.”

Senior John Murray who plays Romeo’s man says: ” I went to Verona, Italy two summers ago and it has been an honor to bring this beautiful show to life on the stage.”

Andrea Beasley, Thespian/Theatre president says:  ” Saturday night we will dedicate the performance to Dickinson High School’s UIL One Act Play team.  We have been gathering gift cards to share with our friends down in Dickinson who have been so hard hit after Harvey.”

Saturday Night, October 14, 2017 at 7pm  FHS FINE ARTS Department will receive the selected as the NFHS National Performing Arts School of ExcellenceWith the assistance of the Texas UIL, your school has been selected for its exemplary diverse and award-winning programs. This recognition is awarded to one high school each fall during the National Performing Arts Week for the NFHS, which is the week of October 10-14.