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School History Made with 14 Tommy Tune Nominations

Students and faculty of Houston Christian High School's Newsies production share nominations in 14 categories of the 2022 Tommy Tune Awards - a first for the school's Theatre Department. It is the highest number of nominations we have ever received and also the first time we have had more nominations than any other school in the Greater Houston area. Houston Baptist University hosted sold-out performances of Newsies by HC Theatreworks in February. 

Houston Christian High School received nominations for:
  • OUTSTANDING MUSICAL
  • OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN A LEAD ROLE (3): Grant Richter, Lauren Ortega, Tony Stevens
  • OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN A SUPPORTING ROLE (1): Robert Pounds
  • OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN A FEATURED ROLE (1): Mason Nuno
  • OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE
  • OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN
  • OUTSTANDING SCENIC DESIGN
  • OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN
  • OUTSTANDING TECHNICAL DESIGN
  • OUTSTANDING MUSIC DIRECTOR
  • OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHER
  • OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR
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.

If interested in attending one of our outstanding performances, please contact the HC Admissions department.

HC Theatreworks 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

Spring 2022 Musical

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  • 2022 Tommy Tune Nominations: 14

    The 2022 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 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

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Spring 2021 Musical

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Fall 2020 Show

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Spring 2020 Musical

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  • 2020 Tommy Tune Nominations: 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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    Playbill Video

Fall 2019 Show

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Spring 2019 Musical

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  • 2019 Tommy Tune Nominations: 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 Nominations: 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 Nominations: 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 Nominations: 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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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."
  • 2021-22 Season Line Up

    VARSITY
    NATALIE FAKHRIRIVARI*
    JOSHUA CHIN*
    LAYLA BORGHESE 
    COOPER CLARKE 
    KAREN GARIBAY 
    WILLIAM HALVERSON 
    JACKSON HERAUF 
    MCKAY LAWLESS 
    GRANT MILLER 
    ELLIOT RICHARDSON 
    ASHLEY EGGER - THE VOICE


    JV BLUE
    AVERY ELKINS*
    COLE MONTGOMERY*
    NATE BRAQUET 
    ALI BRUECKNER 
    BRYAN HADDAD ZAMORANO 
    ALYSSA HOPE 
    DJ IJAOLA 
    LILLIAN LEMASTERS 
    BRIANNA LEMON 
    ROAN MCCLANAHAN 
    WILLIAM MALLIN - THE VOICE
     
    JV BLACK
    JUSTIN LEWIS*
    GEORGIA BEDRE*
    KAYLIN CAESAR 
    JAX GILMORE 
    NICOLE HIEMSTRA 
    KAREN IANCULOVICI 
    JUICY JU 
    EMMA MURFF 
    NATHANIEL SUN 
    CHLOE WILKIN 
    WILLIAM MALLIN - THE VOICE
     
  • ComedySportz Leadership

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

    Varsity Team Captains: Natalie FakhriRivari '22 and Joshua Chin '23
    Joshua is this year’s junior captain for the Varsity team, and co-captain to senior Natalie FakhriRivari. This is Natalie’s fourth year on the Varsity team.  HC ComedySportz competes at a city-wide level, and finished the 2019 season as District Runners-Up during Natalie’s freshman year.  This year, Natalie and Josh will help lead HC to reclaim our 2018 title as City Champs!

    Varsity Team Manager: Lauren Jean Townsend '23

    Team Mom: Mrs. Brooke Halverson



  • 2021 Calendar of Events

    Fall 2021 Schedule

    Tuesday, October 26th
    7 PM | Katy High School
    Katy v. Houston Christian JV

    Thursday, October 28nd
    7 PM | Black Box Theatre
    Houston Christian v. TBD

    Thursday, November 18th
    7 PM | Black Box Theatre
    Houston Christian v. TBD
  • Game Day Ready!

    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

Theatre News

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  • School History Made with 14 Tommy Tune Nominations

    Students and faculty of Houston Christian High School's Newsies production share nominations in 14 categories of the 2022 Tommy Tune Awards - a first for the school's Theatre Department. It is the highest number of nominations we have ever received and also the first time we have had more nominations than any other school in the Greater Houston area. Houston Baptist University hosted sold-out performances of Newsies by HC Theatreworks in February. 
     
    “I am so very proud of all of our students and I know the HC community is as well,” said Theater Director Bobby Linhart.
     
    The Tommy Tunes honor excellence annually in high school musical theater throughout Houston as part of the Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS) program. A ceremony will be streamed live on TUTS YouTube and Facebook pages at 7 p.m. on May 27, 2022, to announce the winners in all 14 categories. 
     
    Here is a list of the 14 nominations, including Outstanding Musical, for our school:
     
    OUTSTANDING MUSICAL
     
    OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN A LEAD ROLE (3): Grant Richter, Lauren Ortega, Tony Stevens
     
    OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN A SUPPORTING ROLE (1): Robert Pounds
     
    OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN A FEATURED ROLE (1): Mason Nuno
     
    OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE
     
    OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN
     
    OUTSTANDING SCENIC DESIGN
     
    OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN
     
    OUTSTANDING TECHNICAL DESIGN
     
    OUTSTANDING MUSIC DIRECTOR
     
    OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHER
     
    OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR
  • HC Thespian Society Spreads Joy Through Service

    On Saturday, April 16, 2022, the Houston Christian High School chapter of the International Thespian Society volunteered at Chapelwood United Methodist Church's annual Easter Egg Hunt. The ITS members worked with Chapelwood's Childrens' Ministry to hide over 2,000 easter eggs! They interacted with the kids and assisted in the many activities throughout the day. ITS had a great time spreading the joy of Easter through service. Mustangs leading the way! 
  • Mustang Attends Highly-sought After Masterclass

    Through Houston Christian High School’s association with the Tommy Tune Awards, junior Tony Stevens was given the opportunity to attend an exclusive masterclass with Broadway star James Sasser. This masterclass focused on performance technique and partner scene work through student-friendly scenes selected from the musical, South Pacific. James worked with Tony on various ways to approach this kind of material, touching on the concept of cold reads and how to dive through partner scenes at an audition or callback. Congratulations, Tony!
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    Bobby Linhart 

    Theatre Director
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