By KAROLYN GEPHART
This is a special year for the Friendswood High School theatre program: it’s their 50th anniversary.
To showcase the event, the department has announced that “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” will be their 50th musical production, according to Principal Mark Griffin who announced the title recently on campus.
The musical will serve as the backdrop for the 50th anniversary celebration of FHS musical history. It will be the 25th title in the 50 year history of musicals.
FHS is proud to be the site for the first Texas High School premiere of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” on stage in the Dr. Myrlene Kennedy Auditorium Feb. 2-4 and 9-11.
“The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” adapted from Victor Hugo’s epic tale of hope, love, and passion, with book by Peter Parnell (and music by composer Alan Menken (“Newsies”) and lyricist Stephen Schwartz (“Wicked”), soars to life in this retelling of the celebrated classic.
“The Hunchback of Notre Dame” is a love story of the beautiful gypsy girl Esmeralda, the scorned bell-ringer Quasimodo and the dashing Captain Phoebus.
“We started the selection process in April 2017. Dr. Kennedy’s tradition was to make careful title choices and then to keep it a secret until the Principal announced during a school day. It is always an anticipated reveal,” Director Kathy Powdrell said. “‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ is a powerful rendition of the timeless tale and the perfect musical to celebrate the power of FHS Musical in our students’ lives, the Friendswood High School tradition and an exciting new show to celebrate Dr. Myrlene Kennedy’s legacy here at FHS Musical.”
It was Kennedy who started the musicals in 1968.
The production team is led by Kathy Powdrell, director; Michael Tyer, choral; Julio Sanchez, pit band; Alyssa Goza, Choreography; Cale Borne, set construction; Amy Thornton, production manager and Pepper Smith, tickets.
An FHS 50th Musical Celebration for alumni is in the works with many ways to remember and honor the outstanding Fine Arts Tradition at the campus.