In February, Brenna Feeney (HHS-2012) was one of 60 young artists from top conservatories
and universities in both the US and abroad admitted into Oberlin
College's intensive 5-week Opera, instrumental, and stage managing
program in Arezzo, Tuscany. The program combines language and musical study with
Italian cultural emersion-- all while working closely with a faculty of
distinguished professors, coaches, conductors, and stage directors.
The five week summer program will be spent in rehearsals, private lessons, Italian
courses, and performing at prestigious venues across Tuscany. At the
end of the program participants will perform a full-staged Opera-- this year it's
Mozart's Cosi fan tutte.
earn college credit, including a
semester's worth of Italian courses.
Brenna says, "I couldn't be more excited about
this amazing opportunity-- it's going to be such an adventure, not to
mention a great way to get a taste for the opera business and establish
valuable contacts across the country."
You can learn more about Brenna's adventure and consider making a donation to her fundraising goals at GoFundMe.com
I hope this letter finds you all well. I’m writing to inform you of a small
project I have started, a scholarship for Hanford High School students who have
been active in technical theater. I am perhaps not the prototypical graduate of
Hanford Theater, but that’s exactly the point: the lessons we learned there
helped prepare us for wherever our lives may have taken us. Hanford Theater has
an enviable reputation with scores of alumni going on to careers in the
performing arts, and for this they, and Hanford, should be lauded. For those of
us who found a different career path the lessons learned and friendships made
during our time in Hanford Theater are no less relevant. The “life skills”
instilled by sports are oft touted, and they are not wrong in that regard, but
many of those skills are developed, even better developed, by the performing
arts. Maybe they helped us speak in public, work with others, come out of our
shell, or run a team, the things learned beneath the proscenium are with us all
today. I use them daily. In that spirit, I’d like to ask your help in
remembering one of our own.
Ruth Richman was a mother to us all, and an amazing influence on many of
our lives. I know that, upon reading this, she’d turn red and tell me not to
write it. For that I offer her my sincerest apologies, but I couldn’t think of
any way better to express my gratitude (at least since she’d never give me her
chocolate chip cookie recipe…which wouldn’t have turned out right anyway because
she didn’t make them). In that spirit, I’d like to propose a scholarship in her
honor, the Ruth Richman Memorial Scholarship. This will be awarded to a
graduating senior for excellence in technical theater at Hanford.
Should you wish to contribute to the Ruth Richman Memorial Scholarship,
donations can be made to Hanford Drama Boosters – just note they are for the
“Ruth Richman Memorial Scholarship.” Send the donations to:
Hanford High School
450 Hanford St
Just write "Ruth Richman Memorial Scholarship" on there somewhere so it
gets into the proper account. Hope all is well with all of you, and again,
please pass this on to anyone else who may be interested. The HHS Drama Boosters
is a registered nonprofit, and can provide receipts for tax purposes as
Ryan Winter, MD
Class of 1999
PERFORMS AT THE LEE CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Opens Thursday 9/6 and closes Sunday 10/7
Show times: Thursdays through Saturdays @ 7:30 PM
Sundays @ 4:30 PM.
All tickets are by donation at the door ($20 suggested).
For reservations: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/259759
upstart crow collective presents an all-female production of
Shakespeare’s bloodiest tragedy, Titus Andronicus, September 6th to
October 7th, 2012 at the Lee Center for the Arts on Capitol Hill. From
the same team that brought you the popular and critically-acclaimed
all-female King John in 2006, their newest production brings together
some of Seattle’s most respected female classical actors, who rarely get
to meet each other onstage within Shakespeare’s work.
Hanford Alum Madison Kylie Spillman (HHS-2011) is the assistant stage manager for this professional production. More information at
HHS Alum Jared Brown was understudy Curly and performed in the 2012 5th Avenue production of Oklahoma!
(Photo clipped from a 5th Avenue promotion for the 5th Avenue Awards for High School Musicals)
Hanford grad, Kylie Spillman (HHS-2011) plays Gertrude, Hamlet’s mother in Seattle University's production of Hamlet, Feb 15-26.