Travis High School’s (THS) theatre department will perform its UIL one-act play, Unexpected Tenderness, for the community on Friday, May 17, at 7:00 p.m. in the THS auditorium (11111 Harlem Rd., Richmond, 77406). The performance is free to the public, but donations to the theatre department will be accepted. The play has advanced at each level of competition, and the cast and crew will compete at the State contest on May 22 at the Bass Concert Hall in Austin.
Under the direction of Tommy Grubbs and assistant Tiffanie Thomas, the play centers around a dysfunctional Jewish family and its abusive, yet remorseful, father whose demons ultimately drive his family away. Unexpected Tenderness is also a biographical memory play about a son who discusses his decision to end the cycle of abuse. The play, written by Israel Horovitz, is rated PG-13 for its adult themes and situations.
THS will compete against seven other 5A high school theatre groups for the title. Cast members include Jon Rivenburg, Shea Peterson, Carissa Cardy, Taylor Winks, Andrea Rodriguez, Duane Garcia-Facey and Ryan Siller. Crew members include Jose Sabillon, Claire Brady, Jules Iradukunda, Kyrah Schoenberger and Andrea Martinez. Reagan Moore, Tiffany Abreu, Rachel McCall, and Micheal Raby are alternates.
Several Travis students have contributed to the success of the show, including Marjorie Cade, Tejal Thakor, Miles Agee, Sydney Moore, Katlyn Gupton, Manny Soto, Jonathan Blair, Quinn Kobrin, Brandon Willis, Marisa Emiliani, Trey Tobias, Ronel Edipokeya, Chris Uhlig, Ashley Blakeman, Courtney Crews and many others.
The show includes many special and original props made by the technical staff led by Brady and McCall. The lights were designed by Kyrah Schoenberger. Jules Iradukunda worked on selecting vintage costumes and repairing them for stage use, and Andrea Martinez designed the sound. The award-winning technicians are led by outstanding stage manager, Jose Sabillon. THS Principal J.J. Kyle has also been a major contributor to the show’s success.
For more information about the State competition or Travis Theatrical Company news, please visit www.travistheatricalcompany.com.