On Thursday, August 6, the Friendswood High School Theatre Thespian Troupe 1084 hosted a drive by 2020 Senior Farewell and presented Thespian Awards for the year 2019–2020. Senior Thespian President for 2020–2021, Ashton Whittington said: “It’s interesting times we live in and I am glad we found a way to give our 2020 Seniors some type of send–off.” 2020–2021 Thespian Officers hosting were, Kennedy Freyer Vice President, Balint Kidd, Scribe, Dean Galloway, Treasurer, Maris Morgan and Nelson Thornton Troupe Historians.
FHS Thespian Troupe 1084 presented the following awards:
Best Actor went to Eric Jensen for his work in White Noise and Matilda. As you may remember, Eric was also named Best Actor by the Tommy Tune Awards. Taylor Greny was named best Actress for her work in White Noise and as Matilda in Matilda. Best Supporting Actor went to Gracen McGregor for his work in White Noise and Thomas Massey for his work in Matilda and White Noise. Best Supporting Actress went to Taylor Campbell for her work in White Noise and Matilda. Ethan Evans was named Outstanding Technical Student for his work in set construction and light board operations.
Students were named to the Al-Star Cast based upon their exceptional performances in last season’s productions of White Noise, The Bucket Play and Matilda. Those students are Balint Kidd, Robbie Hope, Emma Ferro, Kennedy Freyer, Brittany Harris, Haley Permenter and Dean Galloway. All-Star Technical Crew were named for their exceptional work in the areas of technical theatre work in productions. Those students are: Margaret Otto, Jana Ryan, Gabby Weakley, Keana Jazdyk, Meg Dodson, James Nelson and Soleil Gignac.
Due to COVID, the annual end of year banquet was postponed. FHS Theatre and Thespian Troupe 1084 were happy to be able to present these awards.
FHS Theatre looks forward to an amazing school year for 2020 – 2021 and begin its season with a production of Cinderella. Director, Kathy Powdrell says that production plans are in the works and we will be able to land on a date, time, place and performance platform, as soon as it is safe to do so. Of note, there are 26,000 K-12 school-based theatre programs throughout the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Education. All Educational Theatre programs are on standby. FHS Theatre is ready in the wings. We believe that by participating in theatre, our students learn communication, collaboration, critical thinking and experience creativity. COVID may challenge that but it does not change that. We will rely heavily on student collaboration, as we navigate this year not only with our students but with our Administration. FHS Theatre is eager to provide the same type performance opportunities to our student actors and technical theatre design students and engineers.