12 Angry Jurors: Company

Klein Oak Theatre presents the company of our first play of the 2015-16 school year 12 Angry Jurors at 7 pm Sept. 18, 19 & 21 at the Klein Oak High School Theatre. Reserved seats are $5 and available in September through our online ticketing system and at the box office the evening of the performance.

Cami Sterns/ Foreman
Jamie Loasby/ Juror 2
Roxanne Granat/ Juror 3
Trevor Payne/ Juror 4
Kaylee Brown/ Juror 5
Karoline Thomas/ Juror 6
Emily Shrode/ Juror 7
Benton Burnett/ Juror 8
Lauren Clark/ Juror 9
Blake Samper/ Juror 10
Guinevere Govea/ Juror 11
Jacqueline Schiffer/ Juror 12
Gabe Goodman/ Guard

Ashley Osorio/ Stage Manager
Sarah Garland/ Assistant Stage Manager
Meagan Hunter/ Set Head
Logan Luther/ Set Assistant Head
Kaelin Tilden/ Properties Head
Alyssa Hughes/ Properties Assistant Head
Hailey Thomas/ Costumes Head
Alexis Brown/ Costumes Assistant Head
Cassidy Seale/ Sound Head
Paige Schmidt/ Lights Head
Kate Colston/ Lights Assistant Head
Alyssa Hiarker/ Publicity Head
Kendall Phillips/ Publicity Assistant Head

Newsies Dance Class May 20

You’re invited to a NEWSIES Master Class this Wednesday, May 20 2-4 pm at Klein Oak Studio 414, hosted by KO Dance. Our teacher is NEWSIES cast member Chaz Wolcott, a grad of OCU! The class is open to anyone , and men are very much welcome and encouraged to attend . Cost of class : Donation of $5-10 per dancer.

To attend, it’s required that students RSVP to Mrs. Curry at [email protected] . Mrs. Curry will provide Klein Oak students with a pass to leave  7 th period a little bit early that day.

Here’s a link to one of the more popular pieces of the show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_Sz7_7T50Q

We hope to see you Wednesday at the NEWSIES dance class at Klein Oak!

Auditions for 2015-16 Production Class in May

Auditions for Klein Oak Theatre Production classes for the 2015-16 school year are May 28-29 in Klein Oak’s Auditorium (the theatre).  Time slots are first-come, first-serve. Everyone will be able to audition.

  • May 28 : For all Klein Oak rising sophomores through seniors, starting at 2:45 pm
  • May 29 : For incoming freshmen, starting at 4 pm as you arrive from school. Do not leave school early .

Please prepare two contrasting 1-minute monologues. . Print it, complete it and bring to your audition.

This audition will serve as both your audition for a production-level theatre class, as well as for the first show of the 2015-16 school year.

Callbacks (if needed) for the fall play will be posted June 1 on the window outside the front of the auditorium/theatre. Callbacks (if needed) will be held June 2. The cast list for the fall play will be posted June 8.

Students selected for production-level theatre classes will be notified by letter in late June, mailed to your home address. Please make sure the address on your application is correct . This letter includes information about work week for production class students August 10-14 9 am to 4 pm. Your class placement schedule will be adjusted by the theatre director.


  • Make sure your monologues are 1 minute or less
  • Be professional and respectful
  • Relax, and have fun!

KO’s Ryan Brings Home Tommy Tune for Best Leading Actor

Klein Oak Fine Arts brought home a Tommy Tune Award April 21 at the 13th annual awards ceremony at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. Klein Oak senior Alec Ryan won Best Leading Actor for his portrayal of Lawrence Jamieson in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels . Klein Oak was nominated for awards in 7 categories .

TUTS is sending Ryan to New York City to compete at the national level for the Jimmy Award at the National High School Musical Theater Awards June 29. He will study this fall at Elon University’s BFA Musical Theatre program.

In his acceptance speech, Ryan acknowledged the outstanding mentoring, leadership and collaboration of all the directors in Klein Oak’s Fine Arts program, recognizing Matthew Robinson, Michael Goede, Todd Clearwater, Fayla Curry and Christopher Pruett.

The evening, hosted by Tommy Tune, kicked off with an opening number featuring the Best Leading and Supporting Actor and Actress nominees, including Ryan. Klein Oak was the 2nd school to perform a segment from its show as one of the eight Best Musical nominees. The Dirty Rotten Scoundrels cast performed “The More We Dance.”

The event closed with two students from each of the 45 eligible schools performing Michael Moricz’s original song “Eyes on the Goal,” including Klein Oak seniors Hannah Laird and Coulter Brown. With big smiles and lively choreography, they were a reminder to keep pursuing our artistic dreams.

If you missed this  event, you can watch the 2015 when it airs on Houston’s ABC 13 on Sunday, June 21 at noon.

Real Inspector Hound Cast Earns District 15 UIL Awards

Congratulations to the company of The Real Inspector Hound who received awards April 2 at UIL One Act Play District 15 6A competition in the LoneStar College-Tomball Performing Arts Center.

Klein Oak Theatre awards included:

  • Kelli Lahasky/ Best Technician
  • Alec Michael Ryan (Birdboot)/ All-Star Cast
  • Carson Robinson (Cynthia Muldoon)/ Honorable Mention

Advancing schools are Montgomery, Spring and Klein. Eight schools competed, and Klein Oak placed as the alternate.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Receives 7 Tommy Tune Nominations

tommy tunes The Klein Oak Fine Arts Department received 7 Tommy Tune Award nominations for our 2015 musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels .

Since its inception in 2002 the Tommy Tune Awards has grown to be the largest celebration of High School Musical Theatre in Houston. The annual awards ceremony sponsored by Theatre Under the Stars recognizes excellence by high school students and teachers throughout the 9 county metropolitan area. Forty-five Houston area high schools participated in the 2015 competition.

Klein Oak High School’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels received 7 nominations in 15 categories:

  • Best Musical
  • Best Direction
  • Best Choreography
  • Best Musical Direction
  • Best Orchestra
  • Best Leading Actor – Alec Michael Ryan/ Lawrence
  • Best Featured Performer – Sophia Clarke/ Jolene
Klein Oak will participate in the Tommy Tune Awards show at 7:30 pm April 21 at The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. The televised event will feature Klein Oak students in the Best Musical category and in the medley for best leading actor, as well as in the opening and closing numbers. Tickets to the Tommy Tune Awards go on sale to the general public on Monday April 13. For more information, visit the TUTS site .
The Tommy Tune Awards are a founding member of the National High School Musical Theatre Awards , known as The Jimmy™ Awards, celebrated annually in June in NYC. The winner in the Leading Actor and Leading Actress categories will represent Houston musical theatre programs at the Jimmys.

Congrats to the Company of Klein Oak’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels !

Klein Oak Theatre Announces 2014-15 Season

Klein Oak Theatre Directors Matthew Robinson,  Christopher Pruett and Leigh Harrison announced upcoming show titles for the 2014-15 season – A Clockwork Tempest and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Sept. 4 theatre parent meeting.

The 2014-15 season opens with Lend Me a Tenor at 7 pm Sept. 19, 20 & 22. Lend Me a Tenor , a comedy by Ken Ludwig, is directed by Matthew Robinson. The play was produced on both the West End (1986) and Broadway (1989). It received nine Tony Award nominations. A Broadway revival opened in 2010. On a historic night at the Cleveland Opera Company, world-famous tenor Tito Morelli is to perform in Otello . Through a series of mishaps, Tito receives a double dose of tranquilizers, causing the house manager to believe he is dead and setting off a chain reaction of slapstick and mistaken identity. Refer to the to view the company of Lend Me a Tenor .

Coming up in November, our second play of the season, A Clockwork Tempest is a steampunk-stylized adaptation of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest , written and directed by Christopher Pruett. Shakespeare is believed to have written The Tempest in 1610–11, and it was thought by many critics to be the last play he wrote alone. In the mid-19th century, theatre productions began to reinstate the original Shakespearean text, and in the 20th century, critics and scholars undertook a significant re-appraisal of the play’s value, to the extent that it is now considered to be one of Shakespeare’s greatest works. It has been adapted numerous times in a variety of styles and formats: in at least 46 operas, orchestral works and songs and in literature, paintings and in film. Show dates for A Clockwork Tempest are 7 pm Nov. 7, 8 & 10. Refer to the Call Board to view the company of A Clockwork Tempest .

The Klein Oak Fine Arts Department 2015 musical is Dirty Rotten Scoundrels . Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a 2004 comedy musical, with music and lyrics by David Yazbek and book by Jeffrey Lane; it’s based on the 1988 film of the same name. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels centers on two competing con men living on the French Riviera. At first, the suave and experienced Lawrence Jameson takes the rookie con man, Freddy, under his wing. But soon, Freddy tries to compete directly with Lawrence. The competition comes to a peak when they agree that the first con man to extract $50,000 from the female heiress, Christine Colgate, wins and the other must leave town forever. The musical premiered on Broadway in 2005 and ran for 626 performances despite mixed reviews. It has since received tours and international productions. Show dates for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels are 7 pm Jan. 30 & 31 and Feb. 6, 7 & 9, 2015. Auditions for Klein Oak students are the week of Nov. 17-21.

Please join the Klein Oak  Theatre Booster Club to support our students and department throughout the exciting upcoming season. Your volunteer and financial support enables their success. To join, download the .

Parents: Support the KO Theatre Booster Club

Klein Oak Theatre Booster Club is a parent/teacher organization supporting all aspects of Klein Oak theatre productions and the Theatre Club. All volunteers are welcome, regardless of whether your student is enrolled in a theatre class or participating in a production.

Booster Club membership is $50 annually . To join, please print the and send cash or check (payable to Klein Oak Theatre Booster Club ) to school with your student and give to Mr. Robinson in the Theatre Department. Donations and volunteer help are also appreciated.

The Booster Club sponsors several Theatre Club activities during the school year, including a Halloween party, winter holiday party and other outings. We provide concessions for shows, volunteer, organize and serve meals to cast and crew during rehearsals, donate supplies and purchase equipment for the department, and raise funds to support the program. We assure that every student in the theatre program benefits from our efforts. Please consider joining the Klein Oak Theatre Booster Club!

The Klein Oak Theatre Booster Club offers merchandise for sale. If you’re interested in purchasing one of these items, please send cash or check (payable to Klein Oak Theatre Booster Club ) to school with your student and give to Mr. Robinson in the Theatre Department. All proceeds directly benefit the Klein Oak Theatre program.

Click about the Klein Oak Theatre Booster Club. For more information, see our Booster Club web page to contact a Booster Club officer, or email [email protected] .

Theatre Production students and their parents will meet at 7 pm Thursday, Sept. 4 in the Klein Oak auditorium to receive information about what is expected as part of the theatre production classes at Klein Oak.

We request that at least one parent or guardian attend.

Guys & Dolls Wins 2014 Tommy Tune for Best Costume Design

The company of Klein Oak’s Guys & Dolls brought home a Tommy Tune Award for Best Costume Design at the 12th annual awards ceremony at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts on April 16.

Kylee Ward (Costume Crew Head) and Ashley Osorio (Costume Assistant Head) accepted the award with a speech recognizing the leadership of Klein Oak Theatre Booster Club parents who supported their creative process throughout design and execution. Ward acknowledged the outstanding mentoring, support and collaboration of all the directors in Klein Oak’s Fine Arts program. The Guys & Dolls Costume Crew consisted of Ward, Osorio and Trinity Ellison (Costume Assistant Head).

Klein Oak was nominated for 16 awards in the 15 categories .

In addition to the Tony-awards-style ceremony, the evening featured many noteworthy performances. Tommy Tune kicked off the show with a new arrangement of “We’ll Raise A Glass Together” from his hit show Grand Hotel. Mr. Tune was joined on-stage with all the nominees for Best Leading Actor and Actress as well as Best Supporting Actor and Actress. Representing Klein Oak High School were Best Leading Actor nominees Jake Maeker (Nathan Detroit) and Alec Michael Ryan (Sky Masterson), Best Leading Actress nominees Brooke Shaw (Miss Adelaide) and Sarah Holevinski (Sarah Brown), and Best Supporting Actor nominee Michael DeBose (Nicely Nicely Johnson).

Other memorable acts included performances from each of the eight nominees in the Best Musical category, musical medleys with each of this year’s Best Leading Actor and Best Leading Actress nominees, and a grand finale including two students from each participating school. Benton Burnett and Elizabeth Teare represented Klein Oak High School in the finale.

Maeker performed “The Oldest Established” with the eight men in the Best Leading Actor’s medley, and Ryan performed “I’ve Never Been in Love Before.” Shaw and Holevinski performed their duet “Marry the Man Today” with the eight women in the Best Leading Actress medley.

In a recap of the event, Broadwayworld.com described Klein Oak’s Tommy Tune performance : “The Best Musical Nominee cast of Klein Oak High School’s production of Guys & Dolls performed a charismatic rendition of “Sit Down You’re Rocking the Boat.” This huge ensemble blended their voices well and sold the number by having a blast performing it.” For the full article, see Broadwayworld.com .

“Each year the level of talent we see in the local high schools just gets better and better. The students from across our city are producing some truly amazing pieces of theatre, and TUTS could not be more proud to host this awards program to give a platform for these students and their work,” said John Breckenridge, TUTS President and CEO.

The 2014 Tommy Tune Awards closed with a marvelous rendition of Michael Moricz’s original song “Eyes on the Goal.” Two joyful students from each of the 45 award-eligible schools performed, including Burnett and Teare from Klein Oak, and reminded everyone to follow their dreams.

For the 2014 Tommy Tune Awards, a panel of 29 Houston-based theatre professionals carefully reviewed and evaluated the 45 participating Houston-area high school productions during the 2013-14 school year. Collectively, they made 151 nominations in 15 categories.

Click here for a complete list of award winners .

If you missed this dazzling event, you can watch the 2014 Tommy Tune Awards when it airs on Houston’s ABC 13 on June 28, 2014. Set your DVRs to record!