Audition Packet Posted for A Clockwork Tempest

Tempest illustrationAuditions for Klein Oak Theatre’s second play of the season, A Clockwork Tempest, will take place Thursday, Sept. 25 after school, with callbacks the next day. The cast list will be posted over the weekend, and first read-through will take place  Monday, Sept. 29.

Students should download and review the Audition Packet, and prepare a monologue for your audition. A few monologues are provided in the packet, but you are free to choose a monologue that you may already have prepared if you feel it shows your skills better. It does not have to be memorized. Extra work is always viewed favorably, but if those details get in the way of performance then they could hurt more than help.

A Clockwork Tempest is a steampunk-stylized adaptation of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, directed by Christopher Pruett. Show dates are 7 pm Nov. 7, 8 & 10.

Buy Seats to Lend Me a Tenor: Sept. 19, 20 & 22

lendmeKlein Oak Theatre presents our first play of the 2014-15 school year Lend Me a Tenor at 7 pm Sept. 19, 20 & 22 at the Klein Oak High School Theatre. Reserved seats are $5 and available now through our online ticketing system and at the box office the evening of the performance.

Click the Buy Tickets Now button below to reserve your seats.

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 Call Board to view the company of Lend Me a Tenor.

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 Theatre Booster Club Registration Form 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.

KOBooster1415aThe 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 here to download a Powerpoint about the Klein Oak Theatre Booster Club. For more information, see our Booster Club web page to contact a Booster Club officer, or email info@kleinoaktheatre.org.

Theatre Parent Meeting Sept. 4

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.

2014-15 Klein Oak Theatre Club Officers Named, Students Honored

Klein Oak Theatre Club students were honored by their peers and directors at the 2014 Klein Oak Theatre Banquet on May 31.

IMG_9698The Klein Oak Theatre Club elected its officers for the 2014-15 school year:
  • Alec Michael Ryan/ President
  • Benton Burnett
  • Kelli Lahasky
  • Julie Mulkey
  • Carson Robinson
  • Sarah Wallace

Students interested in joining the 2014-15 Klein Oak Theatre Club may download a registration form from our website, or contact an officer in the fall.

At the 2014 banquet, two students were recognized with Director’s Awards, presented by Matthew Robinson and Christopher Pruett :
  • Yizel Estrada
  • Sam Hinds

Seven students were recognized for their achievements by their KO Theatre Club peers:

  • Travis Jackson Pounds/ Best Actor
  • Alec Michael Ryan/ Best Actor
  • Carson Robinson/ Best Actress
  • Brooke Shaw/ Best Actress
  • Sam Hinds/ Best Technician
  • Alex Perkowski/ Best Technician
  • Chloe Rhodes/ Best Newcomer
IMG_9695Three students were recognized as Honor Thespians in the KO Theatre program:
  • Sam Hinds
  • Julie Mulkey
  • Carson Robinson
  • Alec Michael Ryan
  • Kylee Ward

Ten students were inducted in May 2014 as Thespians:

  • Ariana Azimi
  • Brittany Betik
  • Benton Burnett
  • Sophia Clarke
  • Julia Kelso
  • Ashley Osorio
  • Travis Jackson Pounds
  • Chloe Rhodes
  • Emily Shrode
  • Kaelin Tilden

IMG_9691The following 7 rising seniors were inducted as Thespians in 2013:

  • Coulter Brown
  • Layne Browning
  • Hannah Laird
  • Kelli Lahasky
  • Jake Maeker
  • Ryan Nawrocki
  • Sarah Wallace
The department also recognized our gratitude to Associate Principal Joyce Wells for her many years of service and support as an advocate to the students, directors and artistic work of Klein Oak Theatre.
The Klein Oak Theatre Club extends a big thanks to our seniors and outgoing 2013-14 officers, and we wish them the best as they head off to college:

  • Brooke Shaw – Attending Tarleton State University, Stephenville, TX
  • Elizabeth Teare - Attending University of Texas at Austin
  • Kylee Ward - Attending University of Texas at Austin
The 2014-15 Theatre Booster Club Board includes:
  • Isis Shrode/ President
  • Lisa Burnett
  • Paula Maeker
  • Margaret Nardecchia
  • Susan Payne
  • Georgia Ryan
2014 graduating seniors were recognized with a video of their reflections on their years in our department. 2013-14 was a great year at Klein Oak Theatre!

Production Class Auditions for 2014-15: May 29-30

finaleAuditions for Klein Oak Theatre Production classes for the 2014-15 school year are May 29-30 in Klein Oak’s Auditorium (the theatre).  Time slots are first-come, first-serve. Everyone will be able to audition.

  • May 29: For all Klein Oak rising sophomores through seniors, starting at 2:45 pm
  • May 30: For incoming freshmen, starting at 4 pm as you arrive from school

Please prepare two contrasting 1-minute monologues. Click here to download a production class application and audition form. 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 2014-15 school year.

Callbacks (if needed) for the fall play will be posted May 30 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 6.

Tips

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

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.

10014706_10152383379768566_5874671697353267463_nKylee 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.

10167951_10152385057338566_506827921078702445_nIn 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.

1551479_10152385057638566_2189206597543984132_n“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!

Scapino! Cast Earns Zone 2B UIL Awards

Congratulations to the company of Scapino! who received awards March 21 at UIL One Act Play District 13-Zone 2B competition in the LoneStar College-Tomball Performing Arts Center.

Klein Oak Theatre awards included:

  • Sam Hinds, Sarah Wallace, Yizel Estrada, Alex Perkowski, Julie Mulkey/ Best Crew
  • Sam Hinds/ Best Technician
  • Alec Michael Ryan (Giacinta)/ Best Actor
  • Sophia Clark (Leandro)/ All Star Cast
  • Kylee Ward (Sylvestro)/ Honorable Mention
  • Carson Robinson (Scapino)/ Honorable Mention

Advancing schools are Klein and Westfield.

Guys & Dolls Earns 16 Tommy Tune Nominations

tommy tunesThe Klein Oak Fine Arts Department received 16 Tommy Tune Award nominations for our 2014 musical Guys & Dolls.

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 nine county metropolitan area. Forty-five area high schools participated in the 2014 competition.

Klein Oak High School received 16 nominations in 14 categories:

  • Best Musical
  • Best Direction
  • Best Choreography
  • Best Musical Direction
  • Best Orchestra
  • Best Scenic Design
  • Best Costume Design
  • Best Lighting Design
  • Best Crew and Technical Execution
  • Best Ensemble/Chorus
  • Best Leading Actor – Jake Maeker / Nathan Detroit
  • Best Leading Actor – Alec Michael Ryan / Sky Masterson
  • Best Leading Actress – Sarah Holevinski / Sarah Brown
  • Best Leading Actress – Brooke Shaw / Miss Adelaide
  • Best Supporting Actor – Michael DeBose / Nicely Nicely Johnson
  • Best Featured Performer – Travis Jackson Pounds / Big Jule
Click here for a complete list of the nominations from 45 schools in 15 categories.
Klein Oak will participate in the Tommy Tune Awards show at 7 pm April 16 at The Hobby Center. The televised event will feature Klein Oak students in the Best Musical category and in the medleys for best leading actor and leading actress, as well as in the opening and closing numbers. Tickets to the Tommy Tune show go on sale to the general public April 2. 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 Guys and Dolls!

How to Reserve Seats Using the KISD Senior Gold Card

Tickets for Klein Oak musicals are $10, and plays are $5. Tickets may be purchased online or at the box office the evening of performances. Musical performances usually sell out, so we suggest you buy your seats in advance — or reserve them if using a KISD Senior Citizen Gold Card.

Klein Oak High School does not offer ticket discounts for senior citizens, but we do honor the KISD Senior Citizen Gold Card, available to all KISD resident/taxpayers over age 60. The KISD Senior Citizen Gold Card provides two free general admission tickets to a theatre performance of your choice.

The Gold Card may only be redeemed for tickets at the box office on the evening of the performance. We cannot guarantee we will have available seating unless you reserve Gold Card seats in advance using a Gold Card ticket request form available at the Klein Oak High School front office, or purchase seats in advance through the website.

To reserve Senior Citizen Gold Card seats, you may come to the Klein Oak High School front office during school hours and complete a Gold Card ticket request form with your information (name, Gold Card number, number of seats, night you are requesting to see the show), and we will hold your seats for you. After completing this form, you would present your Gold Card at Will Call the evening of the show to pick up your tickets.

If you are unable to come to the school office to reserve your Gold Card seats in advance of the show, we suggest you arrive at the theatre early on the evening of the show, but we cannot guarantee seats will be available.

For more information about the KISD Senior Citizen Gold Card, or to apply, see the KISD website for more information.

Thank you for your support of the Klein Oak Theatre program, and we hope to see you at our performances.