Theatre students begin College Auditions

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A great week for FHS Theatre Students who began their Theatrical College Auditions.

Pictured are Meredith Fraga and Jacob Jaime who spent the day with College of the Mainland’s Theatre Head, H. Russ Brown and Technical Theatre Director, Cury Meyers. The two seniors are interested in majoring in technical theatre and the Program at College of the Mainland Theatre offers the expertise of a hands on training with state of the art lighting and design equipment partnered with a strong faculty. This program offers pre-professional training close to home.  Both Meredith and Jacob are veterans of the UIL One Act Play.  

The picture at the right features senior and Thespian President Andrea Beasley with University of Oklahoma Theatre Department Head, Tom Orr after her audition for the Greater Houston Auditions.

Andrea received 24 call backs from 40 of the attending schools. A record high for an FHS Student.

According to Kathy Powdrell, FHS Theatre Director, “Generally our students come away with 17 to 22 call backs but there is no surprise here.  Andrea worked with FHS and Oklahoma alumni Tommy Stuart.  Tommy has been working with our students on vocal coaching and has been a tremendous asset. Tommy graduated in 2013. Here at FHS he played George in Of Mice and Men, Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls and the lead in The Pajama Game.  Tommy is under contract with Houston’s Alley Theatre and has been on a hiatus due to Hurricane Harvey.  We are always thrilled to have former students build a legacy of excellence by sharing their University and professional expertise.”

Senior Emily King was off on college visits and received a scholarship offer from Simpson College based upon her theatre portfolio.  Emily was a member of the UIL One Act play crew and went to UIL State in Theatrical Design in 2017.  All Advanced Theatre students use a portfolio system as a working example of their theatrical resume.

Senior Tyler Pittman received six call backs including one from the prestigious Webster University Conservatory.

Garret Morris also received call backs from excellent programs such as Webster University and The University of Oklahoma.

“This is just the beginning of their search to find the perfect fit. I am so proud of our students. We will play “Jerry McGiver” as their offers come in Powdrell states tongue in cheek.  In the end it is the right fit for our senior, their family and the best Dollar Value for their education.  I am so honored to be a small part of their journey,” Powdrell said.