FHS Students Compete in State UIL Theatrical Design Contest

Sumer MartinezCongratulations to the seven Frenship High School theatre students who advanced to the 2017 State UIL Theatrical Design Contest held April 11-14 at the Raymond E. Hartfield Performing Arts Center in Round Rock.

This year’s Theatrical Design competitions challenged students with the amazing task of making Sondheim’s loved musical “Into the Woods” appeal to millennial audiences. Students could compete in one of four different categories including Set Design, Costuming, Hair and Makeup as well as Marketing.

State qualifiers from FHS include:

Group State Qualifiers

Stephanie Locke: Set Design

Cydnee Augesen: Costuming

Rachel McCumber: Hair and Makeup

Isaiah Johnson: Marketing

Lexi Voorhees

Individual State Finalists

Christopher Jerabek: Set Design (6th place)

Sumer Martinez: Costuming

Lexi Voorhees: Hair and Makeup

“I am amazed by the endless hours of effort given and unstoppable force of creativity that my students possess,” said April Langehennig. “I always look forward to seeing what they come up with next.”

“Into the Woods” presented the students with numerous production challenges to address. Students had to show the judges what they would want the production to look like, and they were asked to problem-solve how to make their designs function.

Set Designers designed a single set for “the woods” and showed the Three Houses – Cinderella’s Tree, Rapunzel’s Tower, and Little Red Riding Hood’s Grandma’s house – and how they would change within the production.

Christopher JerabekCostume Designers along with Hair and Makeup Designers created new looks for the witch as one of their three characters and illustrated how her magical transformation would occur.

Marketing Designers included a social media/technology element to their campaign as part of targeting a millennial audience.