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Student directors to lead South plays

By TimeOut Staff

May 1, 2014

WAUKESHA - The Blackshirt Players will present two one-act plays next weekend, highlighting the work of Waukesha South High School seniors Guillermo Contreras and Isaiah Reynolds.  

The plays are “La Dispute” and “In a Room Somewhere,” in which Contreras and Reynolds take on the roles of student directors. Both students have been involved with the South drama program for four years and each is pursuing theatrical studies after graduation.    

Contreras appeared first as an Oompa-Loompa in “Willy Wonka,” with subsequent roles as Pony Boy Curtis in “The Outsiders,” Lon in “Meet Me in St. Louis” and Jamie Escalante in “Stand and Deliver.” He has been nominated in 2014 for a Tommy Award as Judas in “Godspell” and is a 2013 Tommy Award winner for his role as Paul in “A Chorus Line.”   

Contreras has participated in the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s People Program for three summers with an emphasis in theater. Next year, he is enrolled at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts’ Playwright Horizon’s Studio, where he will pursue training and education in theater and acting.  

He is student director for “In a Room Somewhere.”  

Reynolds appeared as a freshman as Candy Man in “Willy Wonka,” with additional roles as Bombur in “The Hobbit,” Seaweed Stubbs in “Hairspray” and Angel Guerra in “Stand and Deliver.”   

He has been nominated in 2014 for a Tommy Award as Jesus in “Godspell” and is a 2013 Tommy Award winner for his role as Mike in “A Chorus Line.”   

Reynolds has been a member of Kids from Wisconsin for the past three summers and has recently been a cast member in “Les MisŽrables” with The Skylight Musical Theater. Next year, he is enrolled in the musical theater program at Boston Conservatory, and he is student director for “La Dispute.”  

“I am so incredibly proud of these two students,” says Erin Richards, director and drama teacher at South. “Both have amazing talent, and I am thrilled that they have made the decision to pursue theater and acting at the university level. It does not surprise me at all that they have each been accepted to the school of their dreams.”