Feb 03, 2016 Leticia Fehling Carver HS, Central Area, Davis HS, Eisenhower Area, Eisenhower HS, MacArthur Area, MacArthur HS, Nimitz Area, Nimitz HS, School News, Shotwell Middle, Victory Early College HS 0
The cast has been selected. Now, these lucky students countdown the months before their New York adventure this summer. The thespians will perform in an Off-Broadway play and tour the city.
The students will perform in the two-act play Twisted Olympus written by Adam Brandner. He is the drama teacher at Shotwell Middle School. Brandner will direct the show in August.
Twisted Olympus is a fast-paced saga about four gods that dwell on Mount Olympus. They get sent to Earth where they find themselves trapped in Hollywood 1965. Stuck in time, the gods open their minds to teamwork, social injustice and mortal happiness. Brandner stated his comedy bursts with over top personalities. Theatergoers will enjoy meeting the twisted characters that are bound to entertain.
Brandner used his New York contacts to secure a summer slot at one of the Off-Broadway theaters owned by Roy Arias Studios.
The play was cast in September 2015 and will begin rehearsals in June 2016. Students from several AISD high schools and from Shotwell Middle School comprise the cast.
Antonio Leos Jr.
Victory Early College HS
Jocelyn Tovar (Shotwell MS alumna)
The trip will take place Aug. 8-12. The students will perform at 777 Theatre. Opening night is Aug. 10.
While in New York, the AISD students will take a college tour and will take in a few sights. They will also have the opportunity to see a Broadway musical or two.
“The students’ excitement is high,” said Brandner. “They can’t wait to get started this summer.”
Brandner and the students are working to raise the funds necessary to cover the cost of the flight, stay and basic necessities. The students have been selling candy. At a recent Saturday fundraising event, the students raised $600. Brandner is also applying for grants. The actors are all positive and determined to make the the experience happen. One of those thespians is eighth grade student Anthony Christopher.
“Honestly, I’m ecstatic to have the chance to go to New York City,” said Anthony. “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that I’m glad to be a part of. The entire cast is incredible and Mr. Brandner’s play is out of this world!
“I’ve never had the chance to leave Texas so going to New York is one of the most exciting things to ever happen to me. I want to attend The Juilliard School when I’m older. This show will look great on my college application. I can’t wait to show the professional Broadway community what we can do!“
Individuals interested in helping the AISD students get to Broadway can contact Stacey Smith at (281) 985-7554. Smith is the program director of resource development.
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