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Our History: Myrlene Kennedy, PhD

The first two shows, 1969 Brigadoon and 1970 The Music Man were presented in the auditorium at the present FISD Annex. However, before we go on let’s go back to 1967 when the idea of a musical was born.

In the spring of ’67, a program written and directed by Dale Swanson called Hysterical History, was presented in the high school auditorium. During a rehearsal, standing under the covered walkway behind the auditorium, I was talking with Bette Hopper, Nyda Williams, Sue Evans, and others whose names slip my mind, when the musical topic came up. The conversation went something like this. Nyda: “Why don’t we do a musical?” Myrlene Kennedy: “I’ve always wanted to do Brigadoon. I love the music, but I’m not sure we could do it.” Bette: “Why not?” The subject was dropped for the time being, but the words “Why not?” would become the legacy of the Friendswood High School musical.

So This is Paris, 1968 – In 1968 Jerry Sedatole was hired as the band and choir director. During the ’68 year, a musical was discussed by Mr. Sedatole and James Feuge. The script for So This Is Paris was ordered; however, the show was never completed. In May, Jerry came to me and asked if I would work with him the following year on a musical. I didn’t answer at that time, so in the fall he asked again, and this time I told him we would see. He was persistent, I eventually said yes. The FHS musical was born.

Brigadoon, 1969
The first show Brigadoon, with a cast of 53, played on a Thursday and Friday night in late March, to standing room only crowds. Remember, the auditorium only seated about 275. Due to demand, we added a performance on Monday night. Bette Hopper was the accompanist; the parents built the sets made of 1×4’s and cardboard boxes, and the art teacher, Glenna Colopy, and her students helped paint sets.We did not have dressing rooms inside the auditorium, so the students had to dash out to the home economics building for changes.