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Class Act Production continues ‘The Wizard of Oz’ in Season 20

In celebration of its 20th season Class Act, performing troupe for youth, based in The Woodlands opened its extravaganza “The Wizard of Oz,” last week. The musical continues this weekend at Nancy Bock Center for the Performing Arts in The Woodlands.

As expected, praise was lavish and well-deserved for founder Keith Brumfield’s efforts. Young thespians love “Mr. B’s” quiet direction and easy-going nature. He gained respect years ago from enthusiastic parents who realize that his expertise works magic with their children.

Brumfield, and Matthew Peters of The Woodlands High School theatre department who assists him for this show, work with ordinary kids, discern nuggets of talent, and polish many of them into stars. A big part of this success is the total support from parents for their clever offspring and the intrepid leader.

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Jaden Harris portrays the major role of Dorothy

In “The Wizard of Oz,” Jaden Harris portrays the major role of Dorothy who becomes lost in a dream world with her “little dog” Toto. They meet some kindly souls, less amicable witches, a conglomerate series of unbelievable beings, a man of mythical powers (or none at all), and finally make it back home to Kansas.

Jaden is a junior at The Woodlands High School where she participates in all things theatre, including past productions of “Little Shop of Horrors,” and “The Addams Family.” Some other Class Act roles were in “Mary Poppins” and “The Little Mermaid.”

Murphy Baker earned a 10-year history with Class Act. She becomes the Wicked Witch of The West. A fres

h grad of TWHS, Baker was heavily involved there in theatre and choir, and played myriad roles in Class Act’s “Oliver!”, “Crazy for You,” “Mary Poppins,” “Shrek the Musical,” plus a plethora others. She plans to attend Colorado Mesa University to earn a bachelor of fine arts in musical theatre.

Tin Man Jack Whitney graduated from John Cooper School where he performed in “Cinderella,” “The Boyfriend,” and others. His credits with Class Act include “The Sound of Music” and “The Little Mermaid.” He’s enrolling at Williams College this fall.

After 13 years with Class Act that include 38 musicals, soprano Emily Moses graduated from John Cooper School and plans to study vocal performance at Louisiana State University, leading to a career in opera. She performed in Cooper productions as well as with Houston Grand Opera, and currently portrays good witch Glinda.

Brandon Brumfield, son of much-loved Class Act founder, is 21 and aging out of Class Act productions after participating since age 7. He’s the Cowardly Lion in this rendition of “Oz.” “I’

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Brandon Brumfield is the Cowardly Lion in this rendition of Oz.

m an EMT student training to be a firefighter,” Brandon said. “Along with acting I am a drummer and an outdoorsman.”

He also started a film company, Magic Fire Productions, and has won a number of awards for film projects. His Class Act roles were in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat,” as Bill Sikes in “Oliver!”, “The Sound of Music,” and numerous summer stock productions.

“The Wizard of Oz” runs July 14, 15, 16, with some 7 p.m. performances as well as other afternoon matinees. Reserve at www.classactproductions.org or 281-292-6779. Tickets cost $13 t0 $32, depending on seat location.

The Woodlands HS Students, Teachers & Faculty Show off their Improv Chops

The Woodlands High School Theatre Department knows how to get the creative juices flowing. The Improv Troupe held their 3rd Annual “Teacher vs. Student” Improv show & fundraiser Saturday, Dec. 12th, at 7:00pm.

The show raised money for HOPE for Will Herndon Fund for Juvenile Batten Disease Research. All ticket, collection baskets, concession, and apparel funds will go to the HOPE for Will Herndon Fund.

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The show featured teachers and faculty members of The Woodlands High School. They competed in a head to head competition with the students to see which team are the best improvers. The show was held in the TWHS Senior Campus Auditorium.

 

Batten’s disease is a rare, inherited disorder of the nervous system that usually begins in childhood. The Herndon’s are a local family whose son Will was diagnosed in 2009 when he was 6 years old. The Herndon’s have teamed up with the Beyond Batten Disease Foundation to help raise money to find a cure.

DSC04581The Woodlands High School Improv Troupe is comprised of a talented group of 17 students who perform fun, family friendly shows of the comedy genre. Improv games from shows like “Who’s Line is it Anyway?” and “Saturday Night Live”, along with original digital shorts and messy games are what you can expect from a typical show.

Each month a different charity is chosen to donate all funds to. Last month the troupe raised $2,000 for the Panther Creek Inspiration Ranch, a Premiere Accredited Center through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International. For more information please go to the Woodlands High School Theatre website, http://www.twhstheater.com.

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The Woodlands HS theater readies for ‘Spelling Bee’ musical

The Woodlands High School students sing “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” from its namesake musical at rehearsal on Friday at The Woodlands High School Ninth Grade Campus.
The Woodlands High School students sing “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” from its namesake musical at rehearsal on Friday at The Woodlands High School Ninth Grade Campus.

H-I-L-A-R-I-T-Y

The Woodlands High School theatre troupe hopes that eight-letter word ensues at its production of the “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” musical.

“Spelling Bee” is a one-act comedy written by Rachel Sheinkin with music from William Finn. The show is based around the namesake spelling bee and differs from other musicals in that it involves (voluntary) audience interaction.

“Most shows we have our basic theater seating with our stage and it’s more separated,” Rachel Meltzer, the sophomore stage manager, said “But (this stage) we’re really getting to interact with the audience. It will make the audience feel like they are a part of the show.”

The “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” will take place Aug. 27-28 starting at 7 p.m., and Aug. 29 at 2 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. at The Woodlands High School Ninth Grade Campus. For more information on the show, visit the school’s website at http://www.twhstheater.com. click here for complete story

TWHS Improv Troupe to perform on March 31 to help raise funds for community member

The Woodlands High School Improv Troupe will perform on Tuesday, March 31, to help raise funds for Brooklyn Brumfield. Photo courtesy of TWHS Improv Troupe Facebook page
The Woodlands High School Improv Troupe will perform on Tuesday, March 31, to help raise funds for Brooklyn Brumfield. Photo courtesy of TWHS Improv Troupe Facebook page

On Tuesday, March 31, The Woodlands High School Improv Troupe will be using their theatrical talent and comedic wit to entertain the audience, while raising money for a local community member.

Ticket sales and donations raised at the event on Tuesday will benefit Brooklyn Brumfield, a resident who has been diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a very rare genetic disease. The funds raised at the event will go towards her treatments and physical therapy, as well as the modifications needed for the family’s home. For more information about Brooklyn and to view her fundraising page, click here.

The improv show on March 31 will start at 7 pm in the TWHS senior campus theatre, located at 6101 Research Forest Drive. Tickets are $5, but extra donations are always encouraged. click here for complete story