Friendswood High School Theatre Department will present “Golden Boy” as their entry in the University Interscholastic League (UIL) One Act Play competition.
It will be presented March 22, in the District 24-6A contest which begins at noon and in which eight school districts will have entries. FHS’ entry will be presented at Play #7 at approximately 6 p.m.
The community is invited and tickets are $5 per person.
“Golden Boy” is a drama by Clifford Odets. The play was initially produced on Broadway by The Group Theatre in 1937. It was made into a 1939 film of the same name, starring William Holden in his breakthrough role. The film also served as the basis for a 1964 musical with Sammy Davis, Jr.
The play is set in 1930s New York. It focuses on Joe Bonaparte, whose dream of becoming a violinist could become a reality when prizefight promoter Roxy Gottlieb offers to sponsor him as a boxer. He finds himself torn between the lure of big money and the distinct possibility of injuring his hands, thereby destroying his musical career. Among those offering him advice are his Italian immigrant father, his manager Tom Moody, and Tom’s girlfriend Lorna Moon, with whom Joe falls in love.
Joe Bonaparte is portrayed by FHS actor Max Morgan. Roxy Gottlieb’s part will be performed by Kyle Dickens, the dad by Jacob Goodin, the manager Tom Moody by Cade Tucker and girlfriend Lorna Moon by Katie Sharp.
Other FHS actors include Alex Rudd, Garrett Morris, JC Mills, Elaina Roher, Jacob Johnstone, Nate Hejtmancik, Andrea Beasley, Jacob Vegas, Garrett McGregor and Tyler Pitman.
Crew members include Joseph LeBlanc, Meredith Fraga, Emily King, Jacob Jaime, and Sydney Antill.
Alternates for roles include Jana Ryan, Trey Hah, Rory Sims, and Jacquelin Kutz.
Director is Kathy Powdrell.
Story by Karolyn Gephart