Young performers bring the musical ‘Bonnie & Clyde’ to Webster

The use of wooden handguns by the teenage actors in an upcoming production of “Bonnie & Clyde” is deliberate, director Alyssa Pubentz says. As a gun control advocate, she wanted to make a statement.

“Everyone here is safe, the actors and the public. Props are meant to be unrealistic,” the 2018 Clear Lake High School graduate said.

For the show, which runs July 1-3 and July 8-10 at the Jet-Pac in Webster, Pubentz asked his father and grandfather in Clear Lake to make wooden guns and accessories. .

“Growing up, I was afraid to go to school because of gun violence,” she said. “After the gun massacre at Uvalde school, it’s a difficult story to tell, but that’s part of the challenge. Gun violence is a problem, and it always has been.

Pubentz chose to lead the youngsters at the Jet-Pac in “Bonnie & Clyde” as a love story.

What: “Bonnie and Clyde”

Where: The Jet-Pac, 17060 Saturn Lane, Houston 77058

When: 7:30 p.m. July 1-2 and 8-9 and 2 p.m. July 2-3 and July 9-10.

Admission: $20

Information: 832-224-9370, www.thejetpac.com


“It’s a historic musical, and I can see the hard work they’re doing — the research they’re doing to see why Bonnie and Clyde became the folk heroes of the era. It was crazy,” said she declared.

During the Great Depression, Clyde Barrow and his girlfriend, Bonnie Parker, robbed banks, small stores, and funeral homes between 1931 and 1934, also killing police officers and civilians in North Texas.

In 1967, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway portrayed the couple in a popular Oscar-winning film that may have glamorized their crime spree.

Their bold and reckless behavior turned the young lovers’ adventure into a downward spiral, which got them and their loved ones in trouble with the law.

“They’re young…they’re in love…and they kill people” was the film’s tagline.

Pubentz said she took care to prepare her performers, aged 14 to 15, for both the intimate scenes and the fight choreography.

The cast includes Emma Robinson as Bonnie Parker and Julian Lammey as Clyde Barrow, as well as Carson Campbell, Brooklynn King, Camden Baker, Greyson Kramm, Anya Golovko, Abigail Velez, Ana Zepeda, Cameron Malloy, Sarah Hurt, Riley Neal, Travis Krejci, CJ Nevills, Johanna Nolder, Mallory Labberton, Dylan Mohwinkel and Ian Campbell.

Pubentz distinguished herself as an actress at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Clear Lake under Jet-Pac founders Travis Kirk Coombs and Heather Steele and at Clear Lake High, where she played the role of Sarah Brown in “Guys and Dolls” and made a splash as Hedy La Rue in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”.

At the University of Tampa, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theater in December 2021, Pubentz found her niche as a director and founded the Squire series at the Jet-Pac in which former students of Coombs and Steele “come together as a team” to produce shows.

“Bonnie & Clyde” is Pubentz’s third production in the Squire series, following his direction of “Little Women” and “Be More Chill.”

“Bonnie & Clyde” premiered in Houston as a Theater Under the Stars’ Underground production in 2015.

Showtimes for the Jet-Pac production are at 7:30 p.m. July 1-2 and 8-9 and 2 p.m. July 2-3 and July 9-10.

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