This year marks Cy-Ranch High School’s 7th production year as a theatrical company. We are widely known in the Cy-Fair School District,Cypress community,throughout Texas and even nationally as we have set a reputation of excellence in national contests and have sent students with scholarships to colleges and universities throughout the country. We are under the artistic leadership of Cheryl Bradford (department head),Jane Bankston,Charles Page and Nathan Stanaland.
Over the past 5 years,our students have performed to sold-out audiences for musical productions including Hairspray,Anything Goes,Legally Blonde,SHREK and most recently Addams Family:The New Musical. In addition to mainstage musicals,UIL competition,Fresh Faces,Comedy Sportz and various other workshops and performances throughout the year,our students annually attend our state’s Thespian festival. This past year,28 students advanced to the National level and 8 of our students brought home 1st place honors. Needless to say,Cy-Ranch talent is exceptional and our team of directors have challenged our students to have the high bar of professionalism and passion to be and present their very best!
On February 6,2015,the Cy-Ranch High School Supporting Theatre at Ranch (S.T.A.R.) Booster Club will host our Second Annual Mardi Gras Magic Auction &Gala Fundraiser. This large fundraiser will allow us to go above and beyond our basic operating expenses to help to ensure that we will continue to provide quality opportunities for our students,and exceptional productions for our community.
The generous support of businesses in our community play a key role in the success of our program. Donations of merchandise and gift certificates are needed for our Silent and Live Auctions,as well as cash underwriting. Funds raised through Mardi Gras Magic 2015 will be used to help offset the expenses needed to send students to competitions,provide much needed technical equipment upgrades for our theatre and classrooms,and allow us to bring in guest teachers for the continued growth of our program. We are actively seeking partners for this endeavor. Please consider how you can help.
Online Registration for the Cypress Ranch Theatre Mardi Gras Gala is now OPEN!
The evening will include a catered dinner and dessert,admission to our Silent and Live Auctions,as well as an incredible evening of entertainment provided by our multi-talented students. Our Gala co-chairs are also happy to answer questions and provide additional information:For more information,please contact:
S.T.A.R. is recognized by the Federal government as an organization of the type described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to our organization are deductible under section 170 of the Code.
Attention Cypress Ranch Theatre Students:
The FINAL CALLBACKS for James and the Giant Peach are FRIDAY,Jan 30th, in the Green Room at 2:30pm (tomorrow):
Attention Cypress Ranch Theatre Students:
Open auditions are being held for Cypress Ranch Theatre students for James and the Giant Peach on Monday,January 26 at 3:15 in the Green Room!
Anyone who made 1st callbacks for R &J has automatically made 1st callbacks for James and the Giant Peach.
R&J Callback list below:
Sent from Mrs. Bankston and Coach Bradford.
We would like to thank ALL the students that tried out for the 2015 UIL One Act Play – Blue Stockings! The talent level of the students continues to increase year over year, making this an even more difficult task every time we cast a show! We can’t begin to tell you how impressed we are with each and every one of you! PLEASE NOTE: You MUST explicitly ACCEPT or DECLINE the role you have been cast in. Please follow the instructions at the bottom of this notice!!! THANK YOU TO ALL!!
The Girton Girls:
Tess Moffat…………..Rebekah Stanley
Celia Willbond……….Amber Grant
Carolyn Addison……..Kerensa McMurphy
Maeve Sullivan……….Asia Kreitz
Ralph Mayhew………..Caleb Wyrick
Will Bennett…………….Josh Edwards
Elizabeth Welsh……….Meghan Gwinn
Dr. Maudsley………….Mark Waddell
Mr. Banks………………Tyler Hardin
Miss Blake……………..Taylor Needham
Miss Bott………………Carly Hoch
Other Roles to be announced within the company:
Also a Librarian,additional Male Students,a Lady and her Husband in the cafe
Sarah Bartholomew Cole Andrews – Sound
Dani Dinderman Blake Dalton –Lights
Jazzlyn Gonzales Jose Mogollon –Dramaturgy
Kaylie Hidalgo John Schmidt – A/V Specialists
Chance Jarvis Cole Yates – Stage Manager
INSTRUCTIONS for ACCEPTING or DECLINING the role that you are cast in:
You MUST email the following:Jane.Bankston@cfisd.net and Productions@CyRanchTheatre.org stating the STUDENTS NAME,the ROLE and that you are ACCEPTING or DECLINING your role. NOTE:You MUST ACCEPT or DECLINE your role NO LATER THAN MONDAY,JANUARY 26th by 5:00pm local Houston time.
Side Note:You MUST do this acceptance via email!! So that it can be tracked correctly! DO NOT do a verbal in the hall,classroom,etc. or if you run into the directors at Chick-Fil-A or Target over the weekend…!
Mardi Gras Magic Gala and Auction Items Needed
Although we have lots of great items being donated by local businesses,we still need more items in order to create the best auction ever! Please consider how you can help. We still need the following items:
Beach House /Time Share– if you know anyone who has a beach house,time share,or vacation home and would be willing to donate a weekend stay,please let us know!
Gift Cards –any denomination is greatly appreciated!
***RESTAURANTS * STORES* GAS CARDS * HOTELS * VISA/MC * SPA – NAIL OR HAIR SALONS ***
Tool Basket(s):hammer,screw driver,drill,tape measure,wrench,Home Depot or Lowes gift cards,etc.
Movie Basket(s):DVDs,Movie Theater boxed candy,popcorn,soda glasses,etc.
Valentine’s Day Package(s):candy,jewelry,cosmetics,etc.
Barbeque Package(s):spices,sauces,outdoor kitchen items,apron,barbeque tools,etc.
Home Décor Package(s): candles,picture frames,vases,wall décor,etc.
Sunscreen,insect repellant,beach towels,tube socks,gardening tools,playing cards,poker chips,family board games,fishing pole,fishing gear,flashlight,small cooler (6 pack)
IF YOU RECEIVED ANY CHRISTMAS GIFTS THAT YOU CANNOT USE…….WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THEM!!!!!!
Please place your items in Ms. Bankston’s classroom. While we will gratefully accept donations up until the time of the event,it would be extremely helpful to have the items by Friday 1/16/15.
Thank you for your help!
Please contact Beth Deragon with questions. email@example.com (281) 248-7474
Early bird ticket special runs through 1/17/2015. Please purchase your tickets early!
Below is a link to the form to order our Theatre Apparel Items showcasing our new Cypress Ranch Theatre Logo!
Please make your checks out to STAR and have your student place their form with their check in the safe by January 30. Orders will not be placed without payment.
Please contact Holly if you have any questions –firstname.lastname@example.org
Apparel Order Form 1-15
CY-FAIR ISD BOARD MEETING RECOGNIZING NATIONAL QUALIFIERS AND TEXAS TECH CHALLENGE THIS COMING MONDAY, DEC. 15, 2014
Students that need to attend have been informed and a flyer will be coming home. Please check with your student.
Arrive at CFISD Instructional Support Center at 10300 Jones Road by 5:40p.m. check in.
Board meeting begins at 6:00p.m.
Note: We realize with Final Exams this isn’t the best of timing for this board meeting, however Tim Estelle, District Theatre Coordinator, wanted our kiddos to be recognized prior to the May Spring Board Recognition, so we are able to get funding for Nationals. (They only have 2 board meetings a year for student National Qualifier recognitions).
The Board Meeting to honor the National Qualifiers for their success at the Texas Thespian Festival is Monday, December 15. We need all National Qualifiers in attendance, as not only are you being recognized but $$$ is at stake. It will be short and sweet. It is nice they recognize us each year and with that award half of the room and board paid through the district for Nationals. So, yes we do need for everyone to attend. They also honor the parents, so if we can get as many folks as possible there that would be great.
The honoree(s) should report to me in the lobby of the Instructional Support Center, 10300 Jones Road, at the entrance below the bell tower, by 5:45p.m. I would greatly appreciate your help with checking in your students. Once the honoree(s) has checked in, please direct him/her to the reserved seating. After the recognitions there will be a break so students and parents can leave the meeting.
Note: Student Attire: guys – slacks and button down or jacket; girls – skirt or slacks and blouse).
Cheryl Bradford, Jane Bankston, Charles Page and Nathan Stanaland,
Cypress Ranch Theatre Directors
Cypress Ranch High School theatre students celebrate their NATIONALS Qualification,which they recieved at the Texas Thespian Festival,held Nov. 20-22 in Dallas.
Seventy-five CFISD high school theatre arts students received first- and second-place rankings at the Texas Thespian Festival,held Nov. 20-22 in Dallas.
Students receiving these designations have qualified for the national competition,sponsored by the Educational Theatre Association,scheduled for June 20-27 at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln,Neb.
“The number of students that attended the conference from CFISD is a direct result of the individualized and impactful instruction going on in our theatre arts classrooms,as well as in our extracurricular programs across the district,” said Tim Estelle,coordinator of secondary fine arts. “Through the outcome of this conference,our students have once again demonstrated how strong our arts programs are in our district,and it will be a privilege to honor each of our campuses’ national qualifiers at the School Board meeting on Dec. 15. I respect and appreciate the work that our teachers are doing to prepare our district’s students for contests such as the Texas Thespian Festival;which challenges students to broaden and expand their theatre experience both on the competitive,as well as on the academic levels.”
The following students earned awards at the competition:
- Cat Reynolds,Cypress Ranch – MusicalWorks Contest;
- Taylor Needham,Cypress Ranch – Monologue;
- Rebecca Stanley,Cypress Ranch – Solo Musical;
- Max Foster,Tyler Hardin,Chance Jarvis, Corey Jennings,Carson Leonard,Liam McGarity,José Mogollon,Brendan Morrow,Michael Pham and Ryan Simon,Cypress Ranch – Group Musical;
- Rachel Stewart,Cypress Ranch – Costume Design;
- Ashton Croft,Cypress Woods – Costume Construction;
- Serena Bunn,Cypress Woods – Costume Design;
- Alyssa Tilley,Cypress Woods – Lighting Design;and
- Brett Rose,Cypress Woods – Scenic Design.
- Hannah Huffman and Emily White,Cy-Fair – Duet Acting;
- Stephen Ortego and Peyton Tavares,Cy-Fair – Duet Acting;
- April Palm,Cypress Creek – Solo Musical;
- Ally Fleischhauer and Courtlin Parisher,Cypress Creek – Duet Musical;
- Kayli Hamilton,Cypress Creek – Set Design;
- Travis Hilton,Cypress Creek – Sound Design;
- Samantha Sandacz,Cypress Creek – Stage Management;
- Mitchell Jackson,Cypress Falls – Monologue;
- Jason Wright,Cypress Falls – Solo Musical;
- Morgan Mayer,Cyrpess Falls – Solo Musical;
- Fatima Sheikh and Dan Voinis,Cypress Falls – Duet Acting;
- Adriana Cooke and Jackson Blunt,Cypress Falls – Duet Musical;
- Majestie Hall,Cypress Falls – Costume Design;
- Victoria Hernandez,Cypress Falls – Costume Design;
- Andressa Lessa,Cypress Lakes – Monologue;
- Lucas Hale,Cypress Lakes – Solo Musical;
- Andrew Gibson and Dyana Moquette,Cypress Lakes – Duet Acting;
- Emily Deragon,Cypress Ranch – Duet Musical;
- Abby Weeks,Cypress Ranch – Duet Musical;
- Sarah Bartholomew,Dani Dinderman,Mallory Fondren,Kelsey Giallanza,Christina Gibson,Meghan Gwinn,Kaylie Hidalgo,Kerensa McMurphy,Cat Reynolds,Kylie Snyder and Grace Whaley,Cypress Ranch – Group Musical;
- Cole Yates and Cole Andrews,Cypress Ranch – Sound Design;
- Micah Smith,Cypress Springs – Monologue;
- Cameron Hill,Cypress Woods – Monologue;
- Ashlyn Maddox,Cypress Woods – Solo Musical;
- Talor Arnett and Robbie Littlefield,Cypress Woods – Duet Musical;
- Kaylyn Atkinson,Emily Chang,Blake Elliott,Angela Peace,Jubril Sanyaolu and Stone Sherrod,Cypress Woods – Group Musical;
- Abbie Cotton,Cypress Woods – Costume Construction;
- Megan Tupa,Cypress Woods – Theatre Marketing;
- Mariah Goodie,Jersey Village – Monologue;
- Alissa Cecala,Langham Creek – Solo Musical;
- Brooke Lauren Cunningham,Langham Creek – Solo Musical;
- Danielle Kane and Oleode Oshotse,Langham Creek – Duet Musical;and
- Skylar Jones,Langham Creek – Stage Management.
In addition to first- and second-place winners,the following students / campuses received additional recognitions from the organization:
Acting Scholarship Recipients (in the amount of $1,000):
- Grecia Gonzales,Cypress Ridge;and
- Rafael Guevara,Cypress Ridge.
Musical Theatre Scholarship Recipient (in the amount of $1,000):
- Talor Arnett,Cypress Woods.
Technical Theatre Scholarship Recipient (in the amount of $1,000):
- Alyssa Tilley,Cypress Woods.
The Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) is a national nonprofit organization with approximately 90,000 student and professional members. EdTA’s mission is shaping lives through theatre education by honoring student achievement in theatre and enriching their theatre education experience.
Cypress Ranch High School senior Cat Reynolds has been named the winner of the 2014 Texas Thespians Musicalworks competition,which promotes original musical writing by high school students and is open to members of the International Thespian Society.
Reynolds’ winning selection is entitled “More,” from her original musical,The Sessions. The original musical deals with mental illnesses such as depression,anxiety,and eating disorders among teenagers.
Reynolds staged her winning creation with professionals and student musical theatre actors at the Texas Thespians State Festival,held Nov. 20-22 in Dallas.
“I was so incredibly humbled to win this award,and by the wonderful response my piece received from so many kind people,” Reynolds said. “More importantly,I was honored to give a voice to such an important topic,and to share my passion with so many people. I cannot thank everyone enough for their overwhelming support,it is so wonderful to write and to know people will listen.”
Reynolds began writing musicals at the age of 13. Her first musical,Oh,Operator!,was produced in January 2014 at Applause Theatrical School and Theatre Company. Since then,she has had various shows and readings of her original scripts and music,and released her debut album,Favorite Words,in October. She recently won the VSA National Playwright Discovery Competition and had her play work shopped at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.,and is currently in rehearsals on her next musical at Christian Youth Theatre,The Good Company. She hopes to continue to pursue writing as a career after she graduates,and plans to attend Belmont University.
It’s with a heavy heart and our deepest condolences that the S.T.A.R. Theatre Booster club acknowledge the passing of a dear friend of our theatre and the mother of one of our own theatre program alumni.
Suzanne Renee Wilganowski passed away on Tuesday this of this week after a long battle with cancer.
More information on the services can be found with the full obituary below.
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