September 17, 2014
Sept. 17, 2014— Cypress Ranch High School senior Cat Reynolds, an aspiring songwriter and dramatic writer,was one of eight Senior Division winners named in the VSA Playwright Discovery Award Program by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in August. Reynolds’ winning play, Group, follows the story of six teenagers who attend a support group for minors with depression.
School: Cypress Ranch High School
Accomplishments: Won the Kennedy Center’s VSA National Playwright Discovery Competition for her original play, Group; original musical being produced in January at CYT Houston Northwest. “[The Playwright Discovery Competition] was an extremely exciting weekend in Washington, D.C., where I was honored to work with skilled directors, learn from seasoned playwrights and have my piece performed by professional actors.”
Favorite class: Musical Theatre. “I love having a class period with so many talented people, and getting to learn songs, dances and performance skills with my friends under the direction of Ms. [Jane] Bankston and Coach [Cheryl] Bradford!”
Favorite things to do after class: “I participate in theatre as an extracurricular, but when I’m not in a show, I focus on writing and photography, and I also love to cook!”
Favorite song: Belief by Alexander Sage Oyen, sung by Ben Fankhauser
Favorite website: Pinterest. “I spend a lot of time looking for new recipes and DIY projects.”
Favorite TV show: Doctor Who. “I have to say, I’m a little addicted. I admit that I had my doubts before starting the show, but after a friend got me into it, I couldn’t stop watching it. The special effects are painful at best in the first few series, but the writing and characterization is so genius, and I admire the thought that goes into every episode!”
Favorite movie: Breakfast at Tiffany’s, How to Marry a Millionaire, Pretty in Pink and Just One of the Guys. “I really like the older, classic movies from both the ’50s and ’80s. Although the ’50s and ’80s were very different, I love the film styles of each, and the iconic characters.”
Ambition: “I plan to continue to pursue songwriting and dramatic writing, and to hone my skills in hope to use theatre as a social voice.”
What topics/things are you passionate about? “My focus right now is on raising awareness for mental disorders, especially in adolescents. Depression, anxiety and eating disorders in all their forms have become an epidemic with my generation, and I’d like to erase the stigma around them in hopes to make it easier for those affected to reach out and seek help.”
What inspires you? “The world and works around me. When I see people giving back to the community, staying strong, creating art, etc., I am inspired to follow in their footsteps and touch the world around me in such a way that makes it a better place. I also find myself to be heavily influenced by other’s work, and I carry with me each book I read, film I watch or song I listen to, and am often inspired by them to craft my own.”
What three things can’t you live without? Friends, family and my guitar.
What are you most looking forward to this semester? “I am looking forward to showcasing an original musical of mine at school with my musical theatre class at the end of this semester, and, as cliché as it sounds, creating memories with my friends, meeting new people and really taking in my last first semester of high school.”