Cy Creek to perform at summer theater festival
The drama department at Cypress Creek High School won't be able to take a break this summer until after they attend the Educational Theater Association's Thespian Festival 2010 June 21-26 in Lincoln, Neb.
The school's troupe of 34 youths is one of eight selected nationally to perform on a Main Stage production at the event. They will perform the musical Pippin.
Nine students will compete in individual events.
The festival will host more than 2,000 students and is considered to be one largest of its kind in the world.
The schools were chosen by state judge recommendations out of 50 productions submitted to perform.
Cypress Creek High School is the only school from Houston chosen.
Marilyn Miller, head of the theater department at Cypress Creek High School, said this is their first time to be selected for a Main Stage show.
During the past 12 years, the students have competed at the state level and six national championships in various individual events she said.
Miller chose the production.
This [Pippin] has always been a favorite of mine. It takes a lot of male singers. We have several students that are in theater and choir. All of these kids are extraordinarily talented. This will bring recognition to the school and the area," Miller said.
The group will have to take all their costumes, sets, makeup and musicians for the performance.
Lauren Harsany, a 17-year-old senior, will portray Catherine. She won first place for the past two years at this festival in the duet musical category.
I have fallen in love with the character. It will be fun to do something different. We've worked so hard. It will be great getting to share with the other people there," Harsany said.
Jon Cozart has been with the theater department since he was a freshman. He said being chosen to perform on the Main Stage is a pretty big deal."
"I'm excited to see how the audience receives the show since they're theater kids," Cozart said. "It's incredible we were picked out of all the shows."
For more information, visit www.edta.org/educational_events/festival.
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