May 1 & 3: A Night of Scenes

Klein Oak Theatre presents the company of its spring Black Box production A Night of Scenes. Shows are 7 pm May 1 & 3 at 7 pm in the Klein Oak Black Box Theatre. Directed by Christopher Pruett.

Cast:
Lauren Clark/ Betty
Blake Samper/ Bill
Ashley Osorio/ Joe
Roxanne Granat/ Charlie
Ashley Eliot/ Frank
Kendall Phillips/ Swift
Valentina Palomino/ Kafka
Emily Shrode/ Milton
Trevor Payne/ Horace
Grace Nardecchia/ May
Paige Schmidt/ Waitress
Amanda Powell/ Al
Chloe Rhodes/ Mark
Crew:
Kaelin Tilden/ Stage Manager & Sound
Sarah Garland/ Assistant Stage Manager
Jaime Loasby/ Light Board Operator
Meagan Hunter/ Scenery & Properties
Cassidy Seale/ Costume Coordinator

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!

Production Class Auditions for 2014-15

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 3 pm
  • May 30: For incoming freshmen, starting at 4 pm as you arrive from school

Please prepare two contrasting 1-minute monologues. A production class application and audition form will be available here on this webpage later this spring. Download 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 for the fall show will be posted May 30 outside the front of the auditorium/theatre.

Tips

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

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.

KO Theatre Announces 2013-14 Season!

Directors Matthew Robinson and Christopher Pruett announced upcoming show titles for the 2013-14 season –  The Uninvited and Guys and Dolls – at the Sept. 5 theatre meeting.

The 2013-14 season opens with Our Town at 7 pm Sept. 20, 21 and 23. Our Town is a 1938 three-act play by American playwright Thornton Wilder. Set in the fictional American small town of Grover’s Corners, it tells the story of an average town’s citizens in the early 20th century as depicted through their everyday lives over a 12-year period. The play is performed without use of a set or props.

Our second play of the season, The Uninvited is a thriller by Tim Kelly based on the novel by Dorothy Macardle. Seeking to escape the demands of London life, Pam Fitzgerald and her brother Roddy, an aspiring playwright, discover a charming house in the west of England, overlooking the sea. The house, Cliff End, has long been empty. The reason is soon apparent: Fifteen years earlier a murder may or may not have occurred there. Slowly the Fitzgeralds begin to sense the evil spirit that still inhabits the house. As the mystery unfolds, Cliff End is forced to reveal its dark secrets. Show dates for The Uninvited are 7 pm Oct. 30 and Nov. 1 & 2.

The Klein Oak Fine Arts Department 2014 musical is Guys and Dolls. Guys and Dolls is a musical comedy with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows. It’s based on “The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown” and “Blood Pressure” – two short stories by Damon Runyon. Guys and Dolls premiered on Broadway in 1950, ran for 1200 performances and won the Tony Award for Best Musical. The musical has had several Broadway and London revivals, as well as a 1955 film adaptation starring Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra and Vivian Blaine. Show dates for Guys and Dolls are 7 pm Jan. 31, and Feb. 1, 7, 8 & 10, 2014. Auditions for Klein Oak students are the week of Nov. 18-22.

Please join the Klein Oak  Theatre Booster Club to support our students and department throughout the exciting upcoming season. To join, download the registration form.

Join the 2013-14 Klein Oak Theatre Club

Klein Oak Theatre Club students were honored by their peers and directors at the 2012-13 Klein Oak Theatre Banquet in May.

The Klein Oak Theatre Club elected its officers for the 2013-14 school year:
  • Julie Mulkey/ President
  • Alec Ryan
  • Brooke Shaw
  • Carson Robinson
  • Kylee Ward
  • Lizzie Teare
Students interested in joining the Klein Oak Theatre Club may download a registration form from our website, or contact an officer.
At the 2013 banquet, two students were recognized with Director’s Awards, presented by Matthew Robinson and Christopher Pruett :
  • Danielle Gonzalez
  • Cecelia Gonzalez

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

  • Ryne Nardecchia/ Best Actor
  • Morgan Starr/ Best Actress
  • Alec Ryan/ Best Supporting Actor
  • Danielle Gonzalez/ Best Supporting Actress
  • Cecilia Gonzalez/ Best Technician
  • Benton Burnett/ Best Newcomer
Three students were recognized as Honor Thespians in the KO Theatre program:
  • Stefania Bettaglio
  • Lizzie Teare
  • Emily Malo

Sixteen students were inducted as Thespians:

  • Mariel Abbott
  • Victoria Bartlett
  • Coulter Brown
  • Layne Browning
  • Yizel Estrada
  • Sam Hinds
  • Jeff Jones
  • Kaylyn King
  • Kelli Lahasky
  • Hannah Laird
  • Jake Maeker
  • Julie Mulkey
  • Ryan Nawrocki
  • Alex Perkowski
  • Brooke Shaw
  • Sarah Wallace
The department also recognized our gratitude to Mrs. Cindy Shultz for her many years of service to the students and directors of Klein Oak Theatre. Cindy has been an invaluable part of our theatre family, helping with all aspects of theatre operations including our annual UIL dinners and costuming for countless musicals and plays. We will miss her and wish her well in her new home in Tyler, TX.
We also recognized the service of Mrs. Kathy Starr, board member for 3 years, who showed her love to the students of the department in countless ways, including making sure they were fed during tech weeks and at Tommy Tune events. Kathy’s daughter Morgan is graduating, but we hope we will continue to be graced by Kathy’s hugs and volunteer help in our department for years to come.
The 2013-14 Theatre Booster Club Board includes:
  • Isis Shrode/ President
  • Margaret Nardecchia
  • Georgia Ryan
  • Rayne Teare
  • Lisa Burnett
  • Paula Maeker
The Klein Oak Theatre Club extends a big thanks to our seniors and outgoing 2012-13 officers, and we wish them the best as they head off to college:
  • Cecilia Gonzalez/ President – Attending Texas A&M University at College Station
  • Ryne Nardecchia – Attending Texas State University at San Marcos, BFA Musical Theatre
  • Alex Shrode – Attending University of Texas at Austin, Cockrell School of Engineering/ Architectural Engineering
  • Morgan Starr – Attending University of Texas at Austin, BFA Actor Training program
  • Justin Spivey – Attending Texas State University at San Marcos
  • Danielle Gonzalez – Attending University of Texas at Austin
Fourteen 2013 graduating seniors were recognized with a video of their reflections on their years in our department. 2012-13 was a great year at Klein Oak Theatre!

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.

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 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.

KO Brings Home 2 Tommy Tunes for Sweeney

The company of Klein Oak’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street brought home 2 Tommy Tune Awards, and Theatre Under the Stars awarded scholarships to 2 Klein Oak seniors for a total amount of $8000 at the 11th annual awards ceremony at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts on April 16.

Klein Oak won the Tommy Tune Award for Best Musical Direction. Ana Martinez and Erica Herrin accepted the award with a speech recognizing the musical leadership of Klein Oak Fine Arts directors.

Klein Oak senior Ryne Nardecchia won Best Leading Actor for  his portrayal of Sweeney Todd. TUTS is sending Nardecchia to New York City to compete at the national level for the Jimmy Award at the National High School Musical Theater Awards July 1. Theatre Under the Stars also awarded Nardecchia a $3000 Tommy Tune scholarship. He will study this fall at Texas State University’s BFA Musical Theatre program under Kaitlin Hopkins. Nardecchia performed a segment from Sweeney Todd’s ”Epiphany” with the nine men in the Best Leading Actor’s medley.

TUTS awarded Morgan Starr the top scholarship of the evening — the $5000 Ruth Denney Scholarship, named in honor of Tommy Tune’s mentor and legendary Lamar High School drama teacher. Starr, a senior in Klein Oak’s IB program and ranked in the top 10 percent of her class, will study at the University of Texas at Austin’s new BFA Actor Training program in the fall, under Dr. Lucien Douglas. Starr was a nominee for Best Leading Actress for her role as Mrs. Lovett and performed a segment from “God, That’s Good!” in the Leading Actress medley.

In both of Klein Oak’s acceptance speeches, the students acknowledged the outstanding mentoring, leadership and collaboration of all the directors in Klein Oak’s Fine Arts program, recognizing Matthew RobinsonMichael GoedeTodd ClearwaterFayla Curry and Christopher Pruett. In his speech, Nardecchia recognized the faculty “for teaching me first to be a genuine and caring human being because that’s a role I will be playing my entire life.”

TUTS posted a backstage interview of Nardecchia following his award as Best Leading Actor.

The evening kicked off with an opening number “Applause, Applause,” featuring the Best Leading and Supporting Actor and Actress nominees, including Klein Oak’s Sarah Holevinski (Best Supporting Actress nominee for her role as Johanna), Starr and Nardecchia.

Klein Oak was nominated for awards in 14 of the 15 categories. Emcee Sarah Pepper wrote the following about Klein Oak’s performance as the eighth nominee to perform a segment of its show in the category of Best Musical“I was left speechless by Klein Oak’s performance from Sweeney Todd.”

In a recap of the event, Broadwayworld.com described Klein Oak’s Tommy Tune performance“This brilliant ensemble sang the final reprise of “The Ballad of Sweeney Todd,” showcasing their ability to create an astonishing and powerfully lush wall of sound. Ranging from the lower bass notes to the highest soprano notes, there was not one pitch that was out of place. Their tuning and blending was impeccably clean and precise.” For the full article, see Broadwayworld.com.

The event closed with a fabulous finale: Two students from each of the 45 eligible schools performed Michael Moricz’s original song “Eyes on the Goal,” including Klein Oak seniors Alex Shrode and Danielle Gonzalez. With big smiles and lively choreography, they were a reminder to keep pursuing our artistic dreams.

Click here for a complete list of award winners.

If you missed this dazzling event, you can watch the 2013 Tommy Tune Awards when it airs on Houston’s ABC 13 on Sunday, June 9, 2013 from noon to 2 pm. Set your DVRs to record!