FHS presents ‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead’

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Friendswood High School Theatre presents Tom Stoppard’s “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” Nov. 30, Dec. 1-2 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 3 at 2:30 p.m. in the Friendswood High School Studio Theatre.

In 2004 FHS won the UIL One Act Play State Championship with this Title.

“You have to have three exceptional young actors for the roles of Rosencrantz, Guildenstern, and the Player, and this year we do,” said Director Kathy Powdrell. “This year FHS Theatre seems to have just the right trio.”

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern will be played by seniors, J.C. Mills and Garrett McGregor. Senior Andrea Beasley will be playing the iconic role of the Player.

Tickets are $10.00 at the door. FHS Thespians complete the cast: Alfred will be played by Cole Kirkpatrick. Tragedians will be played by Sydney Antill. Other cast members are Tyler Pittman, Eric Jensen, Fedor Aglyamov, John Murray, Isabella Morrison, Jacob Vegas and Kenzie Weddel. Hamlet Rory Sims; Ophelia Taylor Greny; Claudius Garret Morris; Gertrude Jacquelin Kutz and Polonius Jacob Johnstone.

“R and G” was Playwright Tom Stoppard’s first big hit starred two unlikely heroes —a pair of insignificant characters lifted from “Hamlet.” “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” tells the absurdist story of the Danish Prince’s childhood friends, who are sent to spy on Hamlet and end up as confused courtiers navigating the shark-infested waters of the royal court. As the title suggests, the play ends poorly for the pair. But it didn’t for Stoppard: It won the best play Tony Award in 1968 and was turned into a film starring Gary Oldman and Tim Roth.

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