As the school days wear on, visions of summer, with sunshine and sea spray, are especially prevalent in the minds of both students and faculty. However, some students at Houston High School brought these beach-filled thoughts to fruition in their production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, a beautiful play set on a beachy island. The story tells of a group of people shipwrecked and all the complicated connections between them, with the central theme being the value of forgiveness.
The students involved in creating this magnificent show focused on a more minimalistic presentation, with no sets or microphones, to really emphasize the story’s intricacies. It was student directed by Sam Santos, and starred in by Jonathan Coombs, Sarah Waddell, Chandler Howard, Garett Ford, Ann Cooper, Nora Cooper, Lamont Smith, and Kaylee Gaia.
“The best part was really being with the people and connecting with the cast.” said Sarah Wadell, who played Ferdinand and Caliban, of the experience.
But as with both summer and The Tempest, there are also bittersweet endings.
“It was really great because almost everybody was seniors, making The Tempest their last play, and The Tempest was also Shakespeare’s last play.” continued Sarah.
Everyone at GMSD is so proud of these remarkable seniors and students for their work as HHS thespians as the year draws to a close, and congratulates them on their fantastic performance.