Arts

Theatre

A Place to Shine

A dynamic and diverse group of students, the theatre program at Houston Christian High School encompasses everything from a Comedysportz improv team to mainstage plays and musicals, from technical theatre design to stage management and production. HC Theatreworks offers 40+ student leadership positions. Regardless of where your interests lie, there’s a place here for you!

The Houston Christian theatre program develops young performers through active learning. Students are challenged in all areas of creativity. The Acting theories of Konstantin Stanislavsky, Uta Hagen, Stella Adler, Ion Cojar, Robert Lewis, Lee Strasberg, Freddie Hendricks, Ivana Chubbuck, Viola Spolin, and Sanford Meisner are explored, studied, and used to approach the realization of dramatic texts on the stage. 

Students will have the opportunity to hear from professionals and Houston Christian alumni working in the industry with renowned companies on Broadway. These artists bring potential internships and training to our students from the best theatres in Houston and the nation.

HC Theatreworks challenges students’ creativity and artistic skills through an active production program that melds scholarship with theory while fostering students’ understanding and appreciation of the arts. Houston Christian’s annual production line-up is some of the best Houston has to offer.

Leadership Opportunities
⋅Fall Show (Play) ⋅International Thespian Honor Society
⋅Winter Musical (Musical) ⋅Beginner and Advanced Drama Courses
⋅Spring Show (Showstoppers)
⋅ Technical Theatre Courses
⋅Student Directed One Acts
⋅ Comedy/Tragedy Courses
⋅Night of One Acts Performances
⋅ Sports Broadcasting
⋅ISAS Fine Arts Festival
⋅ HC TV 
⋅ComedySportz High School Team: Varsity and JV ⋅ Musical Theatre Workshops and Intensives

ComedySportz

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  • What is ComedySportz?

    The ComedySportz Houston High School League is currently in 17 Houston area schools.

    "We play improvisation as a team sport, with two teams “competing” for audience laughs. The stage is covered in turf, there’s a referee and the players are in uniform. It’s not comedy about sports; it’s comedy played as a sport. Because everyone knows what a sport is, there is immediated buy-in from the audience. People who have never been to the theatre before walk through the door because they’re not intimidated. Because it’s improvisational, it’s always different, and you will have fans that come to every performance."

    Get Ready For Game Day:
    • Sign up for the High School League on the HSL Portal (link below)
    • Complete all Registration Forms on HSL Portal
    • Save the Fall Match Schedule
    • Gather Uniform: 

      • Black sweatpants
      • Black Converse-style sneakers
      • White Undershirt
      • Submitted T-Shirt Size through HSL Portal for NEW players (three colors of T-Shirt Jerseys = $45 total)
      • Submitted T-Shirt Size to Mrs. Nixson for REPLACEMENT jerseys ($15 each)
    PLAYER REGISTRATION
  • 22-23 Season Line Up & Leadership

    ComedySportz Sponsors: Mr. Linhart, and Ms. Nixson. 

    Varsity Team Captains: Elliot Richardson '23 and Joshua Chin '23
    This is Elliot and Joshua's fourth year on the Varsity team. HC
    ComedySportz competes at a city-wide level and finished the 2019 season as District Runners-Up. This year, Elliot and Josh will help lead HC to reclaim our 2018 title as City Champs!

    Varsity Team Manager: Megan Hyzak '26

    Team Mom: Mrs. Brooke Halverson

    VARSITY ROSTER
    Nate Braquet
    Mia Chieng
    Joshua Chin
    Annabelle Cody
    John Cotten
    Karen Garibay
    William Halverson
    Andrew Knobbe
    McKay Lawless
    Kai Livingstone
    Aubrey Pagano
    Elliot Richardson
    Ian Ritchie
    Anna Senseman

     

Spring 2024 Musical

Production Archive

Fall Musical 2023

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  • 2023 Tommy Tune Nominations: 24

    It is with great excitement that we announce HC Theatreworks’ production of "You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown" has earned 24 Tommy Tune nominations! We are so incredibly proud of the cast and crew for all their hard work and dedication.

    See full list below: 
    • Outstanding Musical
    • Outstanding Ensemble
    • Outstanding Orchestra
    • Outstanding Technical Achievement
    • Outstanding Director: Dr. Bobby Linhart, Student Katie Pisklak
    • Outstanding Music Director: Ms. Jeanine Rowden, Mr. Brian Minson, Student Nate Braquet
    • Outstanding Choreography: Ms. Melissa Tyler, Student Cole Montgomery, Student Nicole Hiemstra, Dr. Bobby Linhart
    • Outstanding Lighting Designer: Davis Miller, Taylor Lankford, Zach Myers
    • Outstanding Sound Designer: Mr. Brian Minson, Justin Leighton
    • Outstanding Scenic Designer: Dr. Bobby Linhart, Mr. Brian Brown
    • Outstanding Costume Designer: Michelle Elkins, Student Phoebe Hadaway
    • Outstanding Stage Manager - Student Allan Currier
    • Outstanding Lead - we have 6 in this category - Jackson Herauf (Charlie Brown), Layla Borghese (Lucy), Cole Montgomery (Linus), Nate Braquet (Schroeder), Kian Ritchie (Snoopy), Nicole Hiemstra (Sally)
    • Outstanding Supporting Lead - Miriam Read (Woodstock)
    • Outstanding Singer - we have 2 in this category - Nicole Hiemstra and Nate Braquet
    • Outstanding Dancer - Cole Montgomery
    • Outstanding Actor - Jackson Herauf
    • Honorable Mention - Avery Elkins (Patty)
  • You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown

  • You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown Cast & Crew

    Director: Dr. Linhart*
    Student Choreographer: Cole Montgomery*
    Student Director: Katie Pisklak*  Head Stage Manager: Allan Currier*

    HC Theatreworks Charlie Brown 2023                           
    Charlie Brown………………………………………..…………………………….……Jackson Herauf*
    Snoopy……………………………………………………………………………….………Kian Ritchie*
    Lucy Van Pelt…..…………………………………………………………………….…Layla Borghese*
    Linus Van Pelt………….…………………………………………………..…………Cole Montgomery*
    Sally…………………………………………………………………………..………….Nicole Hiemstra*
    Schroeder…………………………………………………………………….…………….Nate Braquet*
    Woodstock………..…………………………………………………………………...……Miriam Read*
    Little Red Haired Girl.…………………………………………………………………Presley Shumate*
    Frieda.…………………………………………………………………………………….Sophie Dickson
    Peppermint Patty………………………………………………………………………...…Chloe Wilkin*
    Marcy……..……………………………………………………………………………………Mia Chieng
    Franklin..………………………………………………………………………………………Zion March*
    Pigpen………………………………………………………………………...………….Kai Livingstone*
    Shermy……………………………………………………………………………………Major Tarwater*
    Violet………………………………………………………………………………………..Alyse Morrow*
    Patty………………………………………………………………………………………….Avery Elkins*
    Rerun Van Pelt.…………………………………………………………………………Andrew Knobbe*

    Ensemble
    Carter Akompi
    Georgia Bedre*
    Bauer Burttschell
    Cooper Clarke*
    Annabelle Cody*
    Addison Durnell
    Cordelia Espinosa
    Presley Givens*
    Liam Harper
    Victoria Lunam*
    Winston McCormick
    Payton Mitchell
    Aubrey Pagano
    Yianni Rokas*
    Jackson Yi
    Taylor Williford

    You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown
    Nate Braquet 
    Nicole Hiemstra
    Cole Montgomery
    Layla Borghese
    Kian Ritchie
    Jackson Herauf
    Miriam Read 
    Presley Shumate
    Sophie Dickson 
    Chloe Wilkin
    Mia Chieng
    Zion March
    Kai Livingstone
    Major Tarwater
    Alyse Morrow 
    Avery Elkins 
    Andrew Knobbe 
    Yianni Rokas*
    Cooper Clarke
    Payton Mitchell
    Jackson Yi
    Cordelia Espinosa
    Addison Durnell

    Swings: 
    Liam Harper
    Victoria Lunam*
    Presley Givens
    Aubrey Pagano
    Bauer Burttschell
    Winston McCormick 

    Snoopy
    Kian Ritchie
    Miriam Read
    Addison Durnell
    Jackson Herauf*
    Nicole Hiemstra*
    Cole Montgomery*
    Layla Borghese*
    Nate Braquet*

    Swings: 
    Major Tarwater*
    Cordelia Espinosa
    Zion March*
    Annabelle Cody*

    My Blanket and Me
    Nate Braquet
    Cooper Clarke*
    Annabelle Cody*
    Addison Durnell
    Avery Elkins
    Cordelia Espinosa
    Nicole Hiemstra
    Kian Ritchie
    Major Tarwater
    Zion March
    Cole Montgomery
    Layla Borghese
    Jackson Herauf 
    Sophie Dickson
    Jackson Yi

    Swings: 
    Carter Akompi
    Andrew Knobbe
    Liam Harper
    Payton Mitchell
    Presley Givens
    Presley Shumate
    Victoria Lunam*
    Aubrey Pagano
    Winston McCormick 
    Bauer Burttschell

    Beethoven Day
    Nate Braquet 
    Nicole Hiemstra
    Cole Montgomery
    Layla Borghese
    Kian Ritchie
    Jackson Herauf
    Miriam Read 
    Cooper Clarke*
    Annabelle Cody*
    Addison Durnell
    Cordelia Espinosa
    Major Tarwater
    Zion March
    Avery Elkins
    Andrew Knobbe
    Carter Akompi
    Chloe Wilkin

    Swings: 
    Presley Shumate 
    Mia Chieng 
    Liam Harper
    Payton Mitchell
    Victoria Lunam*
    Winston McCormick 
    Presley Givens
    Aubrey Pagano 
    Sophie Dickson
    Bauer Burttschell

    Suppertime
    Full Number: 
    Kian Ritchie
    Miriam Read
    Addison Durnell
    Cordelia Espinosa
    Annabelle Cody*
    Avery Elkins
    Presley Shumate
    Sophie Dickson
    Payton Mitchell

    Choir Section:
    Nate Braquet 
    Nicole Hiemstra
    Cole Montgomery
    Layla Borghese
    Major Tarwater
    Cooper Clarke*
    Zion March
    Chloe Wilkin

    Swings: 
    Victoria Lunam*
    Mia Chieng
    Carter Akompi
    Andrew Knobbe
    Presley Givens
    Liam Harper
    Aubrey Pagano
    Bauer Burttschell
    Winston McCormick 

    Baseball Game
    Charlie Brown's Team:
    Jackson Herauf*
    Kian Ritchie*
    Layla Borghese*
    Cole Montgomery*
    Kai Livingstone*
    Alyse Morrow*
    Major Tarwater*
    Avery Elkins*
    Nate Braquet*
    Nicole Hiemstra*
    Sophie Dickson
    Yianni Rokas*
    Miriam Read*

    Peppermint’s Team: 
    Chloe Wilkin*
    Mia Chieng
    Zion March*
    Cooper Clarke 
    Addison Durnell
    Cordelia Espinosa
    Jackson Yi
    Annabelle Cody*
    Carter Akompi
    Bauer Burttschell

    Fans: 
    Presley Shumate*
    Victoria Lunam*
    Winston McCormick
    Aubrey Pagano
    Presley Givens
    Liam Harper
    Payton Mitchell
    Andrew Knobbe
     
    * International Thespian Honor Society, Troupe #6706

Spring 2023 Musical

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  • 2023 Tommy Tune Awards: 5

    The annual Tommy Tune Awards, on May 4, 2023, proved to be an unforgettable experience for the students of HC Theatreworks, who showcased their talents in a high-octane rendition of "Sit Down You're Rockin' the Boat." Their performance was met with resounding applause from fellow theater programs in the area, who lauded the school's professionalism, polish, joyfulness, and enthusiasm. In fact, one parent was so impressed by the turnout of supporters that they inquired if the entire school was present. Another school was taken aback by the abundance of talent among such a small school, exclaiming that HC Theatreworks "packed a punch." It was an honor for Houston Christian to be the only private school to make it to the Finalist for Outstanding Musical, placing among the top 7 theater performances in the greater Houston area. Such an achievement is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the students, staff, and supporters of HC Theatreworks.

    The Tommy Tune Award WINNERS from Houston Christian High School:

    Outstanding Director: 
    Dr. Bobby Linhart and Student Director Allen Currier, Houston Christian High School, Guys and Dolls

    Outstanding Choreography: 
    Dr. Bobby Linhart, Melissa Tyler and student choreographer Anoushka Patel, Houston Christian High School, Guys and Dolls

    Outstanding Technical Achievement: 
    Houston Christian High School, Guys and Dolls

    Outstanding Dancer: 
    Anoushka Patel, Houston Christian High School, Guys and Dolls

    TUTS Scholarship Award Winner:
    Tony Stevens 

    To learn more about the winners and nominations, visit the link below.
  • 2023 Tommy Tune Finalists: 9

    Join us as we celebrate Houston Christian High School Theatreworks for receiving 9 Finalist nominations for the Tommy Tune Awards, including Outstanding Musical. The finalists were announced on April 7, 2023, and Houston Christian was the only private school to receive the Outstanding Musical Finalist nomination. What an accomplishment! See the list below of all finalists, and stay tuned for May 4 where the Tommy Tune Award Ceremony announces the winners. Congratulations to our students, faculty, and staff!

    Outstanding Musical Finalist:
    Houston Christian High School

    Outstanding Ensemble:
    Houston Christian High School

    Outstanding Technical Achievement Finalists:
    Houston Christian High School

    Outstanding Director Finalists:
    Bobby Linhart and Allan Currier (student)

    Outstanding Music Director Finalists
    Brian Brown, Elizabeth Shurtz and Brian Minson

    Outstanding Choreographer Finalists:
    Melissa Tyler, Bobby Linhart and Anoushka Patel (student)

    Outstanding Scenic Design Finalists:
    Houston Christian Scenic Department: Bobby Linhart, Brian Brown. Students: Kyle Helberg, Davis Miller, Taylor Lankford and William Malin

    Outstanding Lead Finalists:
    Lauren Jean Townsend as “Miss Adelaide”

    Outstanding Dancer Finalists:
    Anoushka Patel as “Featured Havana Dancer”
  • Guys and Dolls

    Set in Depression-era Times Square, Guys and Dolls is about a couple of big city gamblers and the women who love them. It tells the overlapping stories of high-roller Sky Masterson, who falls in love with mission worker Sarah Brown, and lovable rapscallion Nathan Detroit, engaged for 14 years to Miss Adelaide, a headliner at the Hot Box Club. Nathan runs a famous floating crap game, and an ongoing plot line involves his quest for a safe place for the game as Adelaide continues her quest to convince him to marry her. Meanwhile, Sarah, mistakenly believing that Sky set up an illegal game at the mission, tries to fight her affection for the charismatic crapshooter.

    Performances:
    Thursday, February 16, 2023, 7 PM
    Friday, February 17, 2023, 7 PM
    Saturday, February 18, 2023, 2 PM
    Saturday, February 18, 2023, 7 PM

Fall Play 2022

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  • Arsenic & Old Lace

  • Arsenic & Old Lace Program

  • Arsenic & Old Lace Cast & Crew

    Varsity
    Mortimer...............................................................Tony Stevens
    Abby.................................................................Layla Borghese
    Martha.............................................................McKay Lawless
    Elaine..................................................................Haley Devlin
    Jonathan...............................................................Kian Ritchie
    Dr. Einstien..............................................................Joshua Chin
    Teddy.................................................................Jackson Herauf
    Of icer Brophy.........................................................Nate Braquet
    Of icer Klien......................................................Cole Montgomery
    Of icer O’Hara...................................................William Halverson
    Lieutenant Rooney...................................................Ramzy Khalifa
    Mr. Gibbs...............................................................Grant Miller
    Mrs. Harper............................................................Susan Allison
    Mrs. Witherspoon...................................................Lauren Townsend

    Junior Varsity
    Mortimer..............................................................Andrew Knobbe
    Abby.....................................................................Avery Elkins
    Martha..................................................................Miriam Read
    Elaine.................................................................Anabelle Cody
    Jonathan............................................................Bauer Burttschell
    Dr. Einstien........................................................Parker Eggleston
    Teddy................................................................Major Tarwater
    Of icer Brophy...........................................................John Cotton
    Of icer Klien............................................................Yianni Rokas
    Of icer O’Hara......................................................Andrew Knobbe
    Lieutenant Rooney.....................................................Thomas Myers
    Mr. Gibbs.............................................................Kai Livingstone
    Mrs. Harper.........................................................Presley Schumate
    Mrs. Witherspoon............................................................DJ Ijaola

Spring 2022 Musical

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  • 2022 Tommy Tune Awards: 6

    Mason Nuno ’23 won Best Featured Performer for his role of Race in Newsies. Dance Director Melissa Tyler and Theatre Director Bobby Linhart, as well as students Anoushka Patel ’23, Renee Anderson ’22 won Best Choreography. Bobby Linhart was also awarded Best Director. Faculty members Brian Minson, Brian Brown and Ken Sink won Best Music Direction. Grant Richter ‘22 was awarded the runner-up Jimmy Award, an extremely high honor. HC Theatre Department was praised for their incredible production by winning Best Musical.
  • 2022 Tommy Tune Finalists: 14

    The 2022 Tommy Tune Awards were released and Houston Christian High School was blessed to received 14 nominations, including Best Show! Click here for a full list of TTA nominations. We are thankful to the TUTS organization and all the other nominated performers and schools. 

    Houston Christian High School received nominations for:
    • Best Lead Role Actor - Grant Ritcher
    • Best Lead Role Actress - Lauren Ortega
    • Best Lead Role Acor - Tony Stevens
    • Best Supporting Actor - Robert Pounds
    • Best Musical
    • Best Featured Role Actor - Mason Nuno
    • Best Ensemble
    • Best Light Design
    • Best Scenic Design
    • Best Costume Design
    • Best Technical Design
    • Best Music Director
    • Best Choreographer
    • Best Director
  • Newsies

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  • Newsies Program

Fall Play 2021

Spring 2021 Musical

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Fall 2020 Show

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Spring 2020 Musical

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  • 2020 Tommy Tune Finalists: 11

    The 2020 Tommy Tune Awards were released and Houston Christian High School was blessed to received 11 nominations, including Best Show! Click here for a full list of TTA nominations. We are thankful to the TUTS organization and all the other nominated performers and schools. 

    Houston Christian High School received nominations for:
    • Best Show
    • Best Supporting Actress - Katherine Lunam
    • Best Supporting Actor - Ashton Deverka
    • Best Featured Performer - Eva Addickes
    • Best Ensemble
    • Best Light design
    • Best Scenic Design
    • Best Stage Crew and Technical Execution
    • Best Choreography
    • Best Music Direction
    • Best Direction
  • Crazy For You

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Fall 2019 Show

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Spring 2019 Musical

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  • 2019 Tommy Tune Finalists: 10

    The 2019 Tommy Tune Awards were released and Houston Christian High School received 10 nominations including:
    • Best Show
    • Best Leading Actor
    • Best Supporting Actress
    • Best Featured Performer
    • Best Ensemble
    • Best Stage Crew and Technical Execution
    • Best Orchestra
    • Best Musical Direction
    • Best Choreography
    • Best Direction
  • Mary Poppins

Fall 2018 Show

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Spring 2018 Musical

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  • 2018 Tommy Tune Finalists: 6

    The 2018 Tommy Tune Awards were released and Houston Christian High School received 6 nominations including:
    • Best Show
    • Best Direction
    • Best Leading Actress
    • Best Ensemble
    • Best Light Design
    • Best choreography
  • Legally Blonde

Spring 2017 Musical

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  • 2017 Tommy Tune Finalists: 6

    The 2017 Tommy Tune Awards were released and Houston Christian High School received 6 nominations including:
    • Best Show
    • Best Direction
    • Best Choreography
    • Best Ensemble
    • Best Scenic Design
    • Best Costume Design
  • Curtains

Spring 2015 Musical

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  • 2015 Tommy Tune Finalists: 12

    The 2015 Tommy Tune Awards were released and Houston Christian High School received 12 nominations including:
    • Best Show
    • Best Direction
    • Best Choreography
    • Best Music Direction
    • Best Leading Actress
    • Best Supporting Actor
    • Best Ensemble
    • Best Scenic Design
    • Best Costume Design
    • Best Lighting Design
    • Best Stage Crew and Technical Execution
    • Best Orchestra
  • Pippin

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    Bobby Linhart 

    Fine Arts Director
    713-580-6091
    Southwestern University - B.A.
    University of Houston - M.A.
    Bradley University - Ed.D.

Konstantin Stanislavski

"A common purpose brings them together and reinforces the unbreakable bond."