Winds Of Change Can Change Back

From Billy Houck at Fremont High School. Thank you for sending this in. Being a Midwesterner myself, I am sad to see the devastation of Joplin High School's theatre on many levels. Bravo to the Fremont High School community for doing this.


The Drama Department at Fremont High School in Sunnyvale was all set to wind up the school year with a festival of student-written plays. The plays were all written, put into rehearsal, and it was looking like a great start to what was hoped would become an annual event.

Then a request went out from Joplin High School in Joplin, Missouri. The tornadoes that had spread a path of destruction through the city had completely destroyed most of the campus, including the entire theatre building with all their equipment and supplies. A fund was set up through the International Thespian society to help the Drama Department to rebuild.

Fremont Theatre teacher Billy Houck saw the opportunity to help as an obvious choice: “When I saw the pictures of the destruction in Joplin, including a picture of a student standing in the middle of the rubble of what used to be the theatre, I knew what we had to do. Joplin High school is a big, old-fashioned high school building, with a large theatre, just like Fremont…or it used to be. Most Drama Departments exist on very small budgets, building up a stock of costumes, props, sets and lights over years. It would be devastating to loose it all at once like that. So our celebration of student writing has become a fundraiser for our fellow Thespians in Joplin.”

The New Play Festival will be presented one night only on Monday, June 6 at 7:30 pm in the Shannon Theatre on the campus of Fremont High School at the corner of Sunnyvale-Saratoga Road and Fremont Avenue in Sunnyvale.
All seats are $5.

For further information, contact billyhouck@yahoo.com
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