FHS One Act Play Golden Boy advances to Area competition

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By Karolyn Gephart

Friendswood High School’s UIL One Act Play, Golden Boy by Clifford Odets, is advancing to Area competition after competing at Bi-District Saturday, March 25 at Dawson High School in Pearland.

At Bi-District, Katie Sharp was named Best Actress. Kyle Dickens and Alex Rudd were awarded Honorable Mention and Cade Tucker and Max Morgan were named to the All Star Cast.

To get to Bi-District, the One Act Play had to win at the District level. At the District meet at Friendswood High School, Golden Boy placed first among the eight area performing schools.

Max Morgan was named to the All Star Cast and received a medal.

All Star Cast Honorable Mention medal was awarded to Katie Sharp and Joseph LeBlanc received the Tech Award.

The play now advances to Area which will be April 3 at San Jacinto College Central Campus. Area wins will advance to Regional competition April 8 at the same location and then State competition April 24-26 at Bass Concert Hall in Austin.

Golden Boy is Clifford Odets’ timeless drama that tells the story of a young Italian New Yorker in the late 1930s who pursues the American dream of fame and fortune and, by doing so, loses everything he worked for including a career as the best violinist in New York.

“This play premiered in New York with the Group Theatre in 1937 to and now more than 75 years later the play still resonates as a story about the American dream with boxing as the backdrop,” Director Kathy Powdrell said.

Powdrell, who has an Italian heritage, feels that Golden Boy is a small way to honor that heritage and the struggles all early immigrants found in America.

“They found the streets of America were not always paved with gold. Trombatore (Powdrell’s maiden name) equals hard-working in Italian grocery stores and music, theatre, good educations and a new American way of life for their children,” Powdrell said. “I know my parents would be proud.”