William B. Travis High School
1111 Harlem Road, Richmond Texas 77469
Phone 281-634-7138

TRAVIS THEATRICAL CO.
Travis High School Department of Fine Arts
Theatre Arts Program


Present

GODSPELL

January 24, 25, 26 and 27, 2008

Conceived and Originally Directed by John-Michael Tebellak

Music and New Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
 

 
  (Forefront) JESSICA TRAN does a tantalizing performance of Turn Back, O Man in Travis High School's production of GODSPELL.

 

Interview with Kyle Martin
Director of Theatre, Travis High School

By Theresa Pisula
HoustonTheatre.com
theresa@houstontheatre.com

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Kyle Martin is the new director at Travis Theatrical Company.  He comes from Sterling High School in Baytown where he served as Technical Director and Thespian Sponsor for the last 3 years.  Before that, Mr. Martin was the assistant director at Channelview High School.  He has been involved in theatre his entire life including the UIL One Act Play competition for 2 years in high school.  Mr. Martin went on to Abilene Christian University where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre.  After college, he tried his hand in the professional world, working with theatres in Dallas before becoming a certified teacher and moving to the Houston area. 

Since his return he has directed many shows, including Wait Until Dark, The Fantasticks, Holes, based on the book by Louis Sachar, and Grease.  As an actor some of Mr. Martinís favorite roles include Snout in Midsummer Nightís Dream, Chebutykin in Three Sisters, Ed in You Canít Take it With You, and Jesus in Godspell.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors at the Baytown Little Theater.  Mr. Martin lives with his wife Amanda, who teaches second grade and two cats.

Theresa:  Iím sorry Josephine (Tran) couldnít be here today to be interviewed.  I really wanted to talk to her, she did such a great performance. 

Kyle:  Josephine is not even in my theatre class.

Theresa:  Oh, sheís not?  What about Jessica Reis?  I remember them both as Sally and Lucy from the Charlie Brown production last year. 

Kyle:  She stayed home today.  Jessica is in this class.  But sheís not here today.  This whole cast has so many little mishapsÖ

Theresa:  Well you do have a lot of people in the cast. 

Kyle:  I donít know if you saw her after the show but Jessica was on crutches.  Sheís been walking on crutches for the last week.  Except for when sheís onstage.  But her foot has been bothering her and she didnít want to make it worse. 

Theresa:  But on this show, she was break dancing!  And I couldnít wait to ask her about that.  Sheís so talented.  But all the kids are talented.  They were all great!

Kyle: Itís an ensemble cast.  Obviously, Jesus is the lead but itís such an ensemble. 


  Travis High School's production of GODSPELL.

 

 

Theresa:  What inspired you to do Godspell?

Kyle:  I wanted to choose something that I was familiar with.  I wanted to choose something that the music wasnít too terribly hard.  And then I wanted to choose something that had a little bigger cast than what they did last year but, I didnít think they were ready for a 30-40 person musical yetÖ

Theresa:  How many is in the cast of this musical?

Kyle:  15.  And actually supposed to be only 10, but I added 5 to pull out the cast, to fill up the voices.  We had some really great actors who werenít necessarily singers and then we had some really great singers who werenít as strong in acting.  And so, I just kinda mixed and matched. 

Theresa:  What was your experience with Godspell previously?

Kyle:  I was in it.  I played Jesus a couple of years ago at a Community theatre in Baytown.  In High School, I had heard of the show but I didnít know anything about it until I was already out of college and a teacher.  By then, I knew about it and Iíve never seen it or heard the music.  When I was a teacher I saw a production of it.

Theresa:  Neither have I until I saw this show.  Itís good!!!

Kyle:  I really like the musical a lot.  Itís really upbeat.  Itís poppy but itís not bland.  Itís got a lot of musicality.

Theresa:  Itís almost like Jesus Christ Superstar.

Kyle:  Yeah.  Itís like Jesus Christ Superstar but without the edge.  I can get away with doing Godspell.  But I donít know (laughs) if I can get away with Jesus Christ Superstar.  I wish (laughs).


 Travis High School Theatre Director KYLE MARTIN

Theresa:  The cast was amazing and all the kids were really good.  When did you start here at Travis high school?

Kyle:  This is my first year.  I came here from Sterling High School in Baytown.  I was there for 3 years as a technical director.  I also directed plays.

Theresa:  Itís a bigger high school than this one, right?

Kyle:  Well, here we only have up to juniors.  They have seniors.  Itís a 5A school.  Yeah, even by next year, when we have seniors here at Travis, Iím sure Sterling will still be bigger.  In fact itís overcrowded now and theyíre planning to open up a new high school next year.

Theresa:  What was like starting here at Travis High School?

Kyle:  Well, itís different.  The culture is different.

Theresa:  How so?

Kyle:  The kids are very different.  Theyíre different in a lot of ways and in a lot of ways theyíre still the same. 

Theresa:  Theyíre more city kids as opposed to Baytown which is the outskirts of the City of Houston?

Kyle:  Theyíre different in the socio-economic sense that there is more white-collar here.  As opposed to Baytown, where there are refineries and all the parents work.  Here, the mom gets to stay home.  Here, I have some moms who fortunately have time to help out a lot more.  And thatís really nice.  Also, thereís a difference when there are no seniors on campus.

Theresa:  The fact that there are no seniors on campus, is there less of a talent pool?

Kyle:  No, no, no.  Itís actually not that at all.  Itís not the talent pool at all.  In a lot of ways seniors kinda bring a sense of jadedness to school sometimes.  A sense of like, ďWeíre done with this almost.Ē  Then having your main leaders as juniors, I think helps out a lot because theyíre still pretty fresh and theyíre still excited.  I donít have any kids that are ready to be done with it. 

Theresa:  What made you choose Richard Gomez for Jesus Christ?

Kyle:  That character has to be really dynamic.  He also has the hardest song of the play.  He has the most singing in the play.  But mainly his personality is very dynamic.  Heís such a leader and such a positive person that he fit the character really well. 

Theresa:  He was really good.  And you played the part of Jesus as well.

Kyle:  Yeah, I played that part about 3 years ago.  I was out of college.  I was already teaching by then.  It was the Baytown Little Theatre, a college community theatre I am still a part of.  Now itís a little bit more difficult with teaching this far away.  Iím actually directing the summer musical which wonít be difficult at all since weíre out of school. 

Theresa:  So did you grow up in Baytown?

Kyle:  Yes I grew up in Baytown.  I was born there.  I went to Baytown Sterling, which I ended up teaching, which was interesting.  I went to college at Abilene Christian University and then I got a job at the Dallas Theatre Center.  That was my first job out of college.  I worked there for a little while and I enjoyed it.  It was more on the production side and I wanted to get into Directing.  After a year doing that, I got married, still waiting tables, still trying to be an actor.  I finally then decided to go into teaching and the next year, I got my first teaching job at Channelview.  And then the next year I went to Sterling. 

Theresa:  What is it about Theatre that attracted you the most?

Kyle:  Iíve always done it.  My dad Kim Martin is a theatre teacher.  He is an actor and a director.  He teaches theatre.  Well actually when I was real young, he did.  But for the most part when I was growing up he didnít teach theatre.  He would just direct and act in community theatre.  But he was really involved.  He was more involved in community theatre.  And a few years ago, he went back to teaching. 

Theresa:  Did he come to see the show last Friday?

Kyle:  No, no.  My grandmother and my granddad were here Friday.  My dad came on Wednesday afternoon.  (Laughs) we scheduled this at a bad time.  TETA, which is the Texas Educational Theatre Association had a big conference in Dallas this past weekend and I couldnít go but my dad was there.  So, he had to come a little early and watch.

Theresa:  I met your grandmother last Friday and she is just so proud.  Itís great to see sheís here to support you.  Is your whole family in theatre?

Kyle:  My granddad Kelly Martin is in theatre.  My grandmother is a writer.  Sheís acted before, but she writes childrenís book.  She was an elementary teacher for years and years.  And when she retired she started writing really heavily.  And sheís had a couple of books published.  Sheís a childrenís writer, Jo Ann Martin. 

My granddad was a teacher for a long time.  But heís the one that got us into performing.  He was a performer in high school and college.  And then he became a high school teacher, then an elementary school math teacher, then eventually a principal of elementary school.  He eventually went back to teaching math, which was when I was growing up he was always the math teacher. 

Then, of course my dad got into it and he then passed it along to me.  Both my brothers are in theatre as well.  My older brother Jason Martin was actually at the show Friday night.  He does it as a hobby now.  My younger brother Ryan though, he is an actor.  Heís actually living in New Mexico for a year to start a theatre, which is really cool for him and his wife.  Ryanís got his degree in theatre, just like I do.  As far as my dadís side of the family, my family has in some point been involved in theatre and acting in the community or college and high school.  And they are also teachers.  There are a lot of educators in my family too.  My aunt is a teacher here in Houston.  My grandparents are both teachers like my uncles.  My whole family is into education. 

Theresa:  Tell me something about the show.  Everybody was amazing.  How were you able to work with the kids here at Travis High school?

Kyle:  The kids are great to begin with.  I basically cast them mainly on who could sing the songs.  Really, the play is Jesus, and there also is John the Baptist.  Thereís a dual role there.  Everybody else is the ensemble.  And in the play they have names in the script but generally we when you do this musical, each character goes by their own name.  Itís the tradition that most people follow. 

Theresa:  What were the challenges that you encountered?

Kyle:  Probably getting them to work as a group I really emphasized the idea of this play being about the ensemble, about everybody just as important as the next person.  I talk to them about blessing the audience with the energy and spirit of the play.  I just really try to emphasize that with the kids and talk to them about how important each person is.  But we got a lot of people get sick on the show (laughs).  Itís the flu season.  But we do have some people sick almost every day. 

Theresa:  Despite all that, they were all brilliant.  I mean, they were incredible.

Kyle:  By the end they really came together and I kinda had to settle down at one point and say, ďListen guys if youíre gonna make somebody else sick, then donít come.Ē  If youíre gonna hurt yourself further, then donít come.  But other than that, I kinda need you to get tough because we were kinda behind schedule.  By the time we came back from Christmas, we were behind schedule.  But then once I made that challenge to them, its calm, itís serious, make this a priority, come together as a group.  They really made it happen.  Since we came back from Christmas, all kinds of magic happened.  A lot of the times itís just putting the challenge in front of the students and they pulled it through.

Theresa:  When did you start rehearsals?

Kyle:  Beginning of November.  I cast it the week before November began and by the first week of November we started rehearsing. 

Theresa:  And by that time, you already who knew who you were working with as far as the students are concerned.

Kyle:  Yeah, a little bit better.  Of course, the first show we did was a Midsummer Nightís Dream and thereís no singing in that.  I knew some of the talent, some of the kids I could really depend on.  But I didnít really know if they could sing or not. 

Theresa:  But they were all great singers.  They really pulled it off.

Kyle:  They really did. 

Theresa:  How did you know they had such talent?  As far as the dancing and singing, it was pretty shocking and amazing at what these kids could do.

Kyle:  As far as knowing, I didnít know what singing talent they had until they auditioned.  And then the choreographer Adrienne Enderle who played Snoopy in last yearís Charlie Brown.  She kinda had a little better idea into what type of dancing they could handle.  And she has a huge talent.

Theresa:  She absolutely does.  When she did Snoopy last year, I was blown away.  She was singing and tap dancing on top of the Snoopy doghouse.  Is she a junior?

Kyle:  Yes, sheís a junior and she did the choreography.  I was really impressed with the choreography that she came up with was from a high school student.  I thought it was really mature.  I thought it fit the whole thing really well.  She choreographed every dance in the show.  There were some moves that I suggested but all the complicated dance movements were all hers. 

Theresa:  What about the part when the students were coming out of the audience?

Kyle:  It was my idea for them to come out of the audience.  But the big choreography dances were hers.  I also wanted them to come down into the audience and then leave through the audience at the first act.  And then she kinda took those ideas and say, we can bring them down here and dance in the front row.  She took my direction and expanded on it.  It was almost a perfect director-choreographer working relationship because I gave her my vision and she took it and she worked it.  Thatís the way it should be. 

 

 


RICHARD GOMEZ

Interview with Richard Gomez

Jesus in Travis High Schoolís production of Godspell

By Theresa Pisula
HoustonTheatre.com
theresa@houstontheatre.com

Richard Gomez is a junior and the 2007 Ė 2008 president of the Travis High School Theatrical Company.  His more recent performances are as Don Lope in UIL OAP Lovers and Executioners, Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, Malcolm / Duncan in UIL OAP Macbeth.  I also interviewed him last year as Charlie in Travis High Schoolís production of Youíre a Good Man Charlie Brown.

Theresa:  How are you Jesus Christ Superstar (laughs)?

Richard:  (Smiles) Iím good, a little sick.

Theresa:  I know youíve been sick for the last month, right?  How long has this gone on now?

Richard:  It was off and on.  And then Wednesday before the show opened, I had to stay home because I felt like my immune system was really low.  Last Thursday night was the strongest I felt health-wise.  Weíve been rehearsing since early December.  And then it was just like every show day, it just kinda got a little bit worse.  Thursday was really good and Friday we had 2 performances and they were really good too.  And by the end of Saturday, I could barely talk.  Sunday was when I started to lose my voice. 

Theresa:  But you were able to do it.  Especially the singingÖ

Richard:  With singing, it did give me a problem especially on Sunday just because I couldnít hit any of the high notes. 

Theresa:  Were all the kids there even though everyone was getting sick?

Richard:  Yup, all the kids were there.  We had 3 cast members throwing up. 

Theresa:  So how did that work out?

Richard:  We all knew we were getting sick.  We were all on medication.  The only way that we got through it, I tell you, is by the grace of God.  He really pulled us through.  He took care of us like crazy.

Theresa:  (Laughs) God-willingÖ

Richard:  Yah, it was unbelievable, the things that He did. 

Theresa:  As president of your theatre class, what are your responsibilities?

Richard:  My job is to assist Mr. Martin the director as best as possible.  Whenever he needs something done, I do it.  I put the program together, took care of the headshots and the biographies.  I try to keeps things in order as much as possible with this performance and keeping the cast together, keeping them focused on the show.  Basically, just try to make it a really, really good production as best as I could.  It was awesome.

Theresa:  Well, it was great.  Did you like it (laughs)?

Richard:  I loved it!!!  Iím glad itís over (laughs).  We were just talking about it.  Because we all built the set, we worked on it Saturdays and tech class.  Itís taken awhile and now itís over.  Itís gone.

Theresa:  Tell us about the part that youíre playingÖ

Richard:  I play Jesus.  Letís see how do we describe Jesus (laughs)?  He gave his life for people so they can be saved.  And this is the hardest part Iíve ever had to play.  Because all the other parts Iíve played have been all just made up, where I can bring anything to them and make them my own.  With Jesus, Heís an actual living soul.  You know, Heís a real person so it was hard to act like a real person because itís Jesus. 

Theresa:  Yeah, thatís a lot to live up to (laughs).

Richard:  Yeah, I never even tried to think twice about playing the part perfectly because thereís no way to play Jesus perfectly.  Itís impossible.  The main thing was that I had faith in my Father that he was going to take care of everything.  Iím the type of person that I know what God has done for me.  And Heís done a lot of major things in my life.  So I like to share that with my friends.  And I want them to know that God really loves them.  And that kind of what Jesus was doing.  He was sharing the gospel with them.  And he was trying to get them to love each other and become a community.  So, to share the scripture and the gospel, sometimes I do that with my friends.  Sometimes my friends and I will argue because we have different beliefs and everything.  And that happens in the play.  But I tell you at the end it was amazing to see what God really did with this production and the people in it.  And literally, how we all came together as a family, in fact, in the last performance, my voice died out and they started singing the songs.  Nobody planned it but they started singing the songs.

Theresa:  All the kids in the cast?  Wow, they really pulled together for you.  This was Sunday when they did this?

Richard:  Yeah, this was Sunday at the last performance.  And actually, we were all in tears crying because we were so happy.  Because we knew that the show was about being a community and thatís what happened. 

Theresa:  Aaawww.  They did it for you.

Richard:  Yeah, Jesus, my character was in a rut, you know.  I lost my voice.  And they came together to help him out.  And it was perfect.  It was all for the grace of God. 

Theresa:  From what Mr. Martin was telling me, Josephine was sick Sunday, she was throwing up before she came on and did her tantalizing foxy performance of Turn Back, O Man which comes on right after intermission.  She is amazing.

Richard:  Saturday, she was throwing up backstage.  We had buckets for her backstage.

Theresa:  Oh my goshÖ

Richard:  She actually had to go offstage sometimes and we played it off when she was one of the goats.  I would tell her that the shepherd wants to talk to you right now so she can go backstage andÖ

Theresa:  throw up.

Richard:  But she came out she would ad lib a bunch of her lines.  So she said, ďWere you all waiting for me?Ē  You know, she came out there and she played it out perfectly.  I admire her so much.  She kept strong and she kept close to God and He really pulled her through.  She is so dedicated.  They were asking her, ďDo you want to go through with this song?  You donít have toÖĒ  They actually cancelled one of my songs Alas For You just because I couldnít sing.  Itís a song where I was screaming and I was really angry.  So that would have butchered my voice.  But sheís such a trooper, for her to go out there after getting sickÖ

Theresa: I know that is just amazing.  You all are super troopers.  What made you want to go up there anyway?  A lot of people would have just blown it off.

Richard:  If it were another show, I might have thought twice.  But this show, it had the message, itís sharing the love that God for had for his children.  No sickness would have, I mean I would have come up here in a hospital bed with IV lines.

Theresa:  (Laughs).

Richard: (Smiles) I still would have done it.  Nobody could have kept me from it.  This show to me is so important.  Because it is about sharing Godís love and sharing His word and it just meant a lot to me.  And it just meant a lot to me and nothing could have kept that from me.  Even if my voice completely died and I had to sign language or I had to write up on a big poster board so people could understand what I was saying. 

Theresa:  (Laughs)

Richard:  As long as they understood what was going on.  That was my main concern.

Theresa:  You did a fine job, you did really great.  What inspired you to do such an amazing performance?

Richard:  God really inspired me.  We got a new director this year and he picked the show for a reason.  God was definitely my inspiration.  Through the works of God, He had us perform the show for a reason.  The people that were in the show were there for a reason.  It was all because He wanted it to happen.  And He is really my inspiration.  I couldnít have done it without Him and I couldnít have done it without the help from my mother Dolores Gomez who is always encouraging me.  She always does her hardest to please me and my sister Loli.  She loves us a lot.  She works so hard for us.  She has helped me out a lot because she continues to encourage me.  Even though I donít like hearing gushing compliments when she gets really mushy.  From her, it makes me happy because I know that sheís proud of me and I know that sheís definitely here for me.

Theresa:  Who do you want to dedicate your performance to?

Richard:  I would like to dedicate it to my Heavenly Father and of course, I dedicate it to my mom.  Because they are people who help me out so much.  Both my mom and my dad, and of course God, they are all supportive. 


RICHARD GOMEZ with mom Dolores Gomez and sister Loli Gomez

 

 

Interview with Polo Barfield

Polo in Travis High Schoolís production of Godspell

By Theresa Pisula
HoustonTheatre.com
theresa@houstontheatre.com

Polo Barfield is a 15 year old freshman at Travis High School whose handsome red hair and beat boxing skills made him stand out from the rest of the ensemble cast.  He has been in several plays, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Little Match Girl, Money in the Bank and A Midsummer Nightís Dream to name a few.  He attends The Houston Academy of Dramatic Arts for professional acting classes where he just started this past summer.

Theresa:  As Mr. Martin was saying each character went by your own real name.  Tell us about the part that you played in the showÖ

Polo:  I play as myself.  And the character that I played, since he had a camouflage costume on, I gave him a military feeling, strong, tough man, arrogant. 

 


  Travis High School's production of GODSPELL.

Theresa:  What did it take to be able to make your performance?

Polo:  I would go over it in my head and say it over and over again.  I had help from my professional acting classes from the Houston Academy of Dramatic Arts. 

Theresa:  Is theatre something that youíve always wanted to do?

Polo:  Yeah, Iíve been doing it for 10 years actually.  When I was little, 4 years old, I used to be on TV commercials. 

Theresa:  I was very impressed of your performance as the human beat box.  As I was watching the show, you were up there as part of the ensemble.  And when you started doing the beat, thatís when you stood out.  Your talent really shined through that time.  How were you able to do that?

Polo:  Everyone did their own thing to showcase their own talent.  When we were first casting those parts of those random noises, our director Mr. Martin said, ďRaise your hand if you can beat box.Ē  And I was the only one that raised my hand. 

Theresa:  (Laughs).

Polo:  He said, ďShow me.Ē  And then I started beat boxing. 

Theresa:  You are amazing.  You beat boxed to this really long song.  And everyone was singing and what you did was add the beat.  Were you born here in Houston?

Polo:  Yes, I was. 

Theresa:  And this is your first year here at Travis High School?

Polo:  Yes. 

Theresa:  How do you like the school so far?

Polo:  I like it actually.  Of course the upperclassmen give you a hard time sometimes.

Theresa:  Because youíre a freshman.  Thatís always the case.  Everyone goes through that.

Polo:  Yeah, they do that.  But I try to take it and I always turn it into a positive. 

Theresa:  Who do you want to dedicate your performance to?

Polo:  The Houston Academy of Dramatic Arts, my mom Belinda Barfield and my dad Marco Barfield.  Heís Marco and Iím Polo.

Theresa:  Oh cool.

Polo:  Yeah that name haunts me for life.

Theresa:  (Laughs) thatís a cool name.  What kind of performances have you done for the Houston Academy?

Polo:  As far as theatre performances I have done Camp Clover there where I played as Godzilla.  So far that is my favorite role.

Theresa:  What is the range of studentís ages at the Academy?

Polo:  They range from 7 years old to pre-teen.  And teen classes are 13 and up.  Summer camp is pretty much the best time you can go. 

Theresa:  So itís a theatre summer camp.

Polo:  And also film where you get to make up and direct your own film.  I did mine.  Itís a comedy and a silent film.  There are no words and I directed it.  It was called Do You Want to Date?  It was on YouTube and everything.

Theresa:  Wow.  Youíre a filmmaker, an actor and a human beat box.  Congratulations on your performance here at Godspell.  You did a great job!

 


  Travis High School's production of GODSPELL.

Interview with Aaron Hlavaty

John the Baptist / Judas in Travis High Schoolís production of Godspell

By Theresa Pisula
HoustonTheatre.com
theresa@houstontheatre.com

Aaron Hlavaty is a junior at Travis High School.  I interviewed him last year as Linus in Youíre a Good Man Charlie Brown.  He is also an actor, director, stage manager and treasurer of the theatre company.  In his spare time he enjoys hanging out with friends, watching movies and having fun.  But Aaron and I do have something in common.  We love talking about our most favorite film director Tim Burton.  Somehow, we just canít get enough talking about Mr. Burtonís work and vast accomplishments.

Theresa:  I see youíre a BMOC (Big Man on Campus) now since I read on the playbill that you wanted to thank your parents for providing you a car to drive to and from school.  What kind of car do you drive?

Aaron:  Itís a Lincoln Continental.

Theresa:  Isnít it nice to be cruising around campus with your own car (smiles)?

Aaron:  Yes.

Theresa:  Tell us about the part that youíre playing in Godspell.

Aaron:  I play John the Baptist and Judas.  Itís kind of interesting because there wasnít a clear definition of the change.  So, I had to do whatever I wanted.  It was kinda cool.

Theresa:  What did you have to do to prepare for your roles?

Aaron:  A lot of rehearsals just like any other musical.  I mean musical rehearsal and acting rehearsal and dancing rehearsals.  At first it was all separate, like some days we have acting, some days music, some days dancing.  And then as we started to get closer to the actual show we would mix them all together and try to do them all in one big push.

Theresa:  Youíre entrance was awesome.  Is this the first time youíve had to come out from behind the audience? 

Aaron:  For the main stage, that was the only time Iíve ever done that.  It was kinda scary because everyone was right next to me as opposed to being like, distanced.  Or having the distance between me and the audience, it was like RIGHT THERE.  Everyone was looking right at me.  I would come through the aisle and there were people like sitting just 3 feet from me. 

Theresa:  That was cool though.  I was taken aback because we (the audience) werenít expecting that. 

Aaron:  It was kinda weird the very first time I came out because Iím used to just having empty seats right there.  And then the first I walked in, I was like, ďWow there are people right here.Ē  But I mean it was a lot of fun. 

Theresa:  That wasnít the only part.  There was that one scene where everyone onstage went down to the audience.

Aaron:  Thatís one of the things I really like about Godspell that it had a lot of audience interaction.  In the beginning after I baptize them they went off and they came back through the house and go to the audience.  And then in Light of the World, we have the company come down again and dance with the audience, try to get them all pumped up right before we go to intermission.  And then, turn back around of course, after intermission Josephine was flirting with the people in the audience.  That was a lot of fun.  Thatís one of the things I really like about this show.  When you come to see a show like Godspell itís really great because just seeing the people just come up to you.  It adds like a whole new dimension to it.  It makes it a lot more fun.

Theresa:  Last year when I interviewed you as Linus for Charlie Brown, we talked about our most favorite director.

Aaron:  Tim Burton.  I just saw Sweeney Todd and it was awesome.  I loved it.

Theresa:  Heís brilliant.

Aaron:  I know.

Theresa:  I like The Nightmare before Christmas.  I love the clay animation movies especially.  He just does things over the top.

Aaron:  I love this vision that he has.  And he does these movies with the weird, quirky characters like Edward Scissorhands.  Thatís like one of my favorite movies.

Theresa:  Would you want to be a director one day?

Aaron:  I donít know.  I thought about it.  I considered cinematography in college.  But Iím not really sure about what Iím gonna do until I get there.  I can say that Iím gonna do things now but things change.  But Tim Burton is definitely a role model of mine.  He is my idol.

Theresa:  I havenít seen Sweeney Todd yet but they did that Willy Wonka movie together. 

Aaron:  That movie is awesome, I loved it.

Theresa:  Did you like the original Willy Wonka movie?

Aaron:  With Gene Wilder?  Yeah, the thing isÖthe new one that Tim Burton did.  Itís not just doing the same exact thing as the original.  He took it to a whole new different level.  Itís kinda quirky and in a whole different way than the one with Gene Wilder.

Theresa:  I still like the original better.  But Tim Burton updated it.  He still did a great job.  So you still have a year left here at Travis high school?

Aaron:  Yeah, that will have a big influence on what Iíll wind up doing in college. 

 


  Travis High School's production of GODSPELL.

 

Interview with Daniel Colvin

Daniel in Travis High Schoolís production of Godspell

 

By Theresa Pisula
HoustonTheatre.com
theresa@houstontheatre.com

Daniel Colvin, a sophomore, has been in Annie, The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet, UIL OAP Lovers and Executioners, Youíre a Good Man Charlie Brown, In a Grove and A Midsummer Nightís Dream.  In his spare time he enjoys karate, guitar, piano, participating in boy scouts, and his church youth group.

Theresa:  Tell us about the part that youíre playing.

Daniel:  My character is kinda goofy.  He is always telling jokes, sort of the comedian of the group.  Actually my character was based off of one of my friends, the costumes and everything.  His name is Kent Strason and heís my age.

Theresa:  Your make-up and your presence onstage is something I would describe as more gothic.  I saw you and I thought Marilyn Manson (laughs).

Daniel:  Yeah it kind of contradicted my character but it helped me during the emotional parts. 

Theresa:  Is your friend Kent pretty gothic as well? 

Daniel:  He dresses Goth (laughs) but he is fun. 

Theresa:  So you went to town as far as this role.

Daniel:  Yeah, it was fun to do.  I was a character who was always going after Josephine who was kind of the tramp of the group.

 


  Travis High School's production of GODSPELL.

 

Theresa:  Can you give me a quote from the musical?

Daniel:  There was a part where Jesus told me that ďItís better to lose one part of your body than for the whole to be turned into hell.Ē  My response is, ďThatís the stupidest thing Iíve heard.  Ghhh-aawwd!Ē  So I was imitatingÖ

Theresa:  Napoleon Dynamite, of course.  Besides Napoleon Dynamite, who else did you draw form to create your performance?

Daniel:  There was a part where Josephine and I had to do a little 3 Stooges thing, so, Groucho Marx as well.  But other than that it was pretty much all just based on my friend.

Theresa:  (Laughs) that is so creative!  Do you normally dress Goth?

Daniel:  No.  Iíve got blonde hairÖ

Theresa:  And you dyed it totally black for the show.  You painted your nails black, which you normally donít paint your nails, do you?

Daniel:  No (laughs).

Theresa:  This is just for the show!  How cool is that?  And the makeup is Goth, and normally you wear glasses.

Daniel:  Sam (Samantha Rice), another one of our cast members did our makeup because itís similar to her day to day makeup.

Theresa:  Who do you want to dedicate this performance to?

Daniel:  I really enjoy working with Aaron (Hlavaty) especially during this show because heís always helped me with my roles.

Theresa:  How long did it take for you to prepare for this role?

Daniel:  Getting into character wasnít that difficult because I already knew my character pretty well.  But working, practicing, I practiced the music especially at home a lot because that was one of the more technical parts of the musical that you really canít get away from. 

Theresa:  So, you got sick as well, just like your other cast mates.

Daniel:  Yeah, Iím actually getting better. 

Theresa:  You did a great performance, you stood out.  I love your shirt especially.  Freddie Mercury and Queen rule!

 

 


Haley Thurman

Interview with Haley Thurman and Reade Burke

Starring as Haley and Reade in Travis High Schoolís production of Godspell

By Theresa Pisula
HoustonTheatre.com
theresa@houstontheatre.com

In Travis High Schoolís production of Godspell, besides having interviewed the guys who turned out to be such high school hunks and hotties, I had the wonderful opportunity to interview 2 of the most breathtakingly beautiful young ladies.  I came to the conclusion that Travis High School is so babe-licious in that not only is it filled with such talented performers they do not fall short on these gorgeous actresses either.  First off was Haley Thurman, a tall, statuesque junior who starred as Philostrate in last year's production of A Midsummer Nightís Dream.  During the interview, Mr. Kyle Martin happened to walk in the room.

Theresa:  Tell us about the character that you played in Godspell.

Haley:  I just kinda made her like a really hyper girl.  I got the fuzzy boots so I made it like everything was really exciting. 

 
  Travis High School's production of GODSPELL.

Theresa:  How did you start preparing for your role?

Haley:  After a couple of weekís rehearsal, I got used to reading the script.

Theresa:  How do you like it?

Haley:  I thought it was great.  In the beginning, I didnít want to do it.  As Mr. Martin walks in (laughs).  I was like, ďI donít want to do this,Ē because I didnít get a big part but thenÖ

Theresa:  You werenít in theatre before?

Haley:  I wasnít in it last year.  I was more into sports last year.  This year I got into theatre because Mr. Martin made me.

Theresa:  (Laughs).

Kyle Martin:  Okay now Iím gonna leave.

Theresa:  What inspired you to get into theatre?  I mean, besides Mr. Martin (laughs).

Haley:  My brother Trace Thurman was in theatre throughout his high school.  My freshman year was at Austin High School and I did Tech there.  And then last year I was tech a little bit.

Theresa:  Are you originally from Houston?

Haley:  I was born in Louisiana and then my dad moved to Houston when I was really young so I donít even remember living over there.  I grew up here pretty much.

Theresa:  You guys did a great performance.  I mean you guys did a lot of harmonizingÖ

Haley:  It was hard. 

Theresa:  How were the rehearsals?

Haley:  We stayed until 5pm every day.  There were times when I was like, ďOh my God, I really donít want to be here.Ē  But it really paid off.  Like after the first performance, it was so fun.  It was all worth it.

Theresa:  So, after the first performance last Thursday, you saw how rewarding it was performing in front of a crowd after doing all that hard work. 

Haley:  Because they were like, ďYou need more energy, you need more energy.Ē  They told us that right before we came on.  And then during intermission, after the First Act, ďThat was the most fun I have ever had doing this!Ē  We were all energetic and excited because thereís an audience, they laughed at what we were doing.  It was like one complete silence during rehearsals.  It was great.

Theresa:  (Laughs) by the way, you are beautiful.  I mean your high cheekbones.  Did you ever want to be a model?

Haley:  When I was little because I was always taller than everybody.

Theresa:  Youíre very pretty, your long straight blonde hair and beautiful blue eyes.

Haley:  Thank you.

Theresa:  Is theatre something youíd want to do in your senior year and beyond?

Haley:  Definitely.

Theresa:  Really?

Haley:  Just because itís fun to do.  Itís fun to be onstage. 

Theresa:  Who do you want to dedicate your performance to?

Haley:  My grandma.  Sheís in Louisiana and sheís been sick.  She's just gonna watch the video we took of the show.


Reade Burke

Theresa:  Next is an interview with another stunning blueĖeyed, blonde named Reade Burke.  Reade is seventeen years old and a junior at Travis high school.  She has participated in theatre since her freshman year.  In her spare time she also sings in the choir.  Can you tell us about the part that you played in the musical Godspell?

Reade:  Iím sure you know we play ourselves.  My character, she was a little slow at first, she didnít understand some things.  But then she catches on and she sings the song of Jesus - By My Side which is about dedicating your life to Jesus.  And she wants to follow Him.

Theresa:  How did you prepare for this character?

Reade:  When we got the script, I try and figure out what my character would think.  Like, what would she do in certain situations?

Theresa:  You did a great job onstage.  Did you find this role challenging?

Reade:  This role was pretty hard.  But Iím in choir so I do a lot of singing. 

Theresa:  Is theatre something you want to pursue after high school?

Reade:  No, itís just something I like to do.  I like to sing and have fun.  My friends are here soÖ

Theresa:  that makes it all better, right?  Are you originally from Houston?

Reade:  I was born in Houston and then we moved to Richmond, where I live now. 

Theresa:  Who do you want to dedicate your performance to?

Reade:  My mom because she always takes me everywhere. 

Theresa:  Well, you did a great performance.  I'm sure your mom and your whole family is very proud of you.


  Travis High School's production of GODSPELL.