Theatre Updates from the GW Patriot Players
Friday, April 26 was the 35th Annual DPS Shakespeare Festival. This event has always been a huge success for our Patriots.This year enormously so. Students from Mr. Hasbrouck’s Advanced Acting class took seven scenes and monologues to perform on the Merry Monk stage housed inside the Jones Theatre at the DCPA. Our students scored Exceeds Expectations, the highest possible score, in every category for every performance. Performers were mostly sophomores, including Rachel Sanchez, Amber Mack, Ashley Stringer, Kai Taylor, Finn Finnegan, Astra Megyesi, Spencer Gordon, Hannah-Daisy Vagi, and Berto Velez.
In addition to performing, GW students provided more than half the stage management needs for the entire festival. With 17 stages, we had nearly 70 students from 6 schools working all day. Around 40 of those stage managers were GW students. Mr. Hasbrouck has coordinated this effort for the last 5 years, as did his predecessor, Ms. O’Clare for years before that. Check out pictures of the performances on the Patriot Players’ Facebook page HERE, and stay tuned for more updates on future performances!
Every year, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts sponsors the Bobby G Awards, a sort of Tony Awards for high school musicals across Colorado. The awards are named for philanthropist and local theatre support Robert Garner. Recipients of these awards in the category of leading actors will attend a national celebration in NYC. The Patriot Players production of Chicago has received two nominations this year. The first is for outstanding scenic design; sophomore Astra Megyesi designed the set for Chicago (in addition to playing the lead role of Velma Kelly). Our musicians in the pit were also nominated for the second year in a row for an outstanding performance by an orchestra.
Thanks to all of you who continuously support theatre and all the arts at GW.