Friendswood High School Theatre of Friendswood, Texas under the Stage direction of Kathy Powdrell and Technical direction of Amy Thornton has been selected to perform at the International Edinburgh Festival FRINGE, the world’s largest and most prestigious arts festival, as a part of the American High School Theatre Festival at the Fringe August 2019. (AHSTF).
FHS INTERNATIONAL performances of Peer Gynt will be: August 2, August 5, 6 and 7 in Venue 295 Central Hall with a Royal Mile Performance as well.
Friendswood High School Theatre long recognized for excellence in Theatre and Musical Theatre was selected by the AHSTF Board of Advisors, made up of college and regional theatre professionals, to represent our community and the United States as a part of the 2019 AHSTF performances in Edinburgh, Scotland. In 2018 Friendswood High School was recognized by the National Federation of High Schools as the finest Fine Arts program in the United States.
AHSTF runs in conjunction with the Festival Fringe, the world’s largest performing arts festival. Each August, thousands of performers, directors, writers, producers and countless other artisans converge in Edinburgh for the Festival Fringe. AHSTF’s commitment to the performing arts allows the brightest students, from North America and abroad, to experience this event as performers and art enthusiasts. The American High School Theatre Festival (AHSTF) was developed to allow performing arts students and directors to showcase their skills on an international stage. Our festival provides an amazing educational opportunity for participants to travel to Edinburgh, Scotland, and experience, firsthand, the world-renowned Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Peer Gynt Synopsis
The Character Peer Gynt is a dreamer who lives life dreaming, brawling and lives his life as a man who ever colors the truth, for instant power and wealth, evading responsibilities and drowning in his own selfishness. His search for fortune and power and his wishes to be a King, and Emperor or a Kaiser costs him everything. Peer embarks a symbolic series of fantastic adventures. There are stolen brides, a deep void (The Great Boyg) an elf Mountain all representing the inexplicable and formless essence of the central theme: What is it to be Human.
It is not until he meets his FATE through the Button Moulder that Peer Gynt learns the lesson “ To be Oneself.”
Friendswood High School will perform Peer Gynt by Henrik Ibsen. Students will travel to Scotland to perform at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh this August under the direction of Kathy Powdrell and the technical direction of Amy Thornton.
THE Company is lead by 3 FHS THEATRE VETERANS: FHS Senior Eric Jensen will play the title role with graduated Senior, Will Clyburn in the iconic role of the Button Moulder and Senior Gracen McGregor as the antagonist in the characters - Aslak the Smith and Begrinffeld.
Eric as Peer and Will as The Button Moulder received acting awards of Best Actor and All Star Cast honors at each level of this year’s UIL One Act Play season which Friendswood placed as District, Bi District, Area winners and as a Regional Finalist.
FHS THEATRE Company of 20 students, directors, Principal Mark Griffon and chaperones will depart for Great Britain in late July. FHS Peer Gynt at the Fringe first stop will be London where students will participate and study in workshops in London at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Bankside– Lively Action and Backstage tour at the Globe – Bankside: where director Powdrell participated in the summer program of the English Speaking Union: Teaching Shakespeare thru Performance.
Director Powdrell is honored to have the opportunity to return to the Globe with FHS students. FHS Peer Gynt at the Fringe will also tour and workshop at the National Theatre where they will see a performance. In addition to 4 performances at Central Hall in Edinburgh – FHS Students will workshop with: Comedy Improvisation troupe: Baby wants Candy and at the Royal Lyceum Theatre. When not rehearsing, performing or studying FHS will take in the sites from Buckingham Palace, London Bridge, to Stirling Castle, Edinburgh Castle, the Kelpies and many more historical venues. From the South Downs of England to the Scottish Highlands, Lochs and Glens the Fringe Festival trip offers the experience of a lifetime for these Friendswood students, directors, administrator and parents.
The FHS THEATRE International Company of Peer Gynt includes: Eric Jensen, William Clyburn, Gracen McGregon, Joshua Zapt, Thomas Massey, Meg Dodson, Sydney Oller, Dean Galloway, Gaby Weakley, Chase Donovan, Coy White, Robbie Hope, Emma Ferro, Bailey Ferro, Kennedy Freyer, Nelson Thornton, Ashton Whittington, Madison Bourn Hudson, Hayden Hobbs, and James Nelson. Students will be joined by Principal and fellow Thespian Mark Griffon, director Kathy Powdrell and technical director Amy Thornton.
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