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Video+Gallery+Story: The Bard’s Horror: Austin, UTEP theater groups stage Shakespeare-theme haunted house

Austin’s iconic bell tower entrance is the site of an insane asylum where crazed ghouls and psychotic residents recite some of The Bard’s most famous quotes … all with the intent of scaring you.

No, this isn’t an apocalyptic setting. It’s the result of a theatrical collaboration between the Austin High School and the University of Texas at El Paso theater departments.

The two groups have joined forces to create Shakespeare Asylum, a haunted house that mixes set design, costuming and acting to give attendees a truly frightening experience.  The event starts today and runs through Nov. 1.

“It’s a Shakespeare mash-up of all of his very famous known stories taking place in an asylum,” said Austin theater director David Alba. “This show’s kind of being treated as a walking haunted tour. You’ll see scenes from Macbeth to Hamlet and different areas of the school as a backdrop and of course a lot of theatrics.”

The show actually begins outside on the steps – just below Austin’s iconic bell tower. It continues inside on the stairs and up into the theater.

Jay Stratton, a UTEP assistant professor of performance, approached Alba to collaborate on the project. Stratton had produced similar Shakespeare-themed haunted houses at UTEP but felt the concept would be well suited for high school students.

“It’s pretty tongue and cheek,” Stratton said. “If you would take your kids to a haunted house, you can take your kids to this. There are a few pretty dark moments and it’s all Shakespeare. It’s like a cheap haunted house except that there are lots of beautify language being spoken pretty well by student actors.”

Throughout the process, UTEP actors and tech students worked alongside the high school students – mentoring them and giving them a taste of college-level theater.

“I’ve learned a lot from the actors and the director,” said senior Isaac Woody, who plays Hamlet. “It’s opened my eyes to how theater is at the college level.

It’s been a great learning experience.”

Junior Valeria Pacheco, who plays Ophelia in the Hamlet segment, agrees:

“It has been a great experience because they all know what they’re doing. I’ve learned so much from each of them. It makes me want to continue to do theater.”

While the experience gave the Austin students a glimpse into college-level theater, the UTEP students learned what it’s like to teach and mentor high school students.

“It’s just been an eye-opener I think for all realms,” Alba said. “Some of the students that are from UTEP are thinking about becoming high school theater teachers so, it ends up a full circle.”

Showtimes are 7 and 8 p.m. Oct. 24, 30 and Nov. 1; and 7, 8 and 9 p.m. Oct. 25, 26 & 31. Tickets are $5 for students and $8 for adults.

“Come see it,” Stratton said in character. “It’s going to be scary.”

Story by Reneé de Santos   |   Photos by Leonel Monroy    |   Video by EPISD Fine Arts

Game in Many Pics: Battle of the Claw 2019 – Panthers pounce on Tigers 40-6

On a cool, blustery night the 89th Annual ‘Battle of the Claw’ took place at Austin High’s historic R.E. McKee Stadium.

The Panthers and the Tigers again locked up in their annual battle, but it was the homestanding Panthers that would take the victory 40 to 6 and claim ‘The Claw.’

Our very own Johnny Yturales was there and we bring you his view of the competition in this ‘Game in Many Pics.’

El Paso ISD High Schools Earn Cash for Athletics

Three EPISD high schools will get a boost in their athletic facilities thanks to their participation in a video contest by Powerade.

Franklin and Austin high schools each won regional grand prizes in the “Power Your School” contest from Powerade, earning them $10,000 toward improvements to the athletic equipment at their campuses.

Additionally, Bowie High School earned $2,000 for their participation.  A total of $100,000 were awarded throughout the region.

“We wanted to show some the need for new weight room equipment and we also wanted to the wide range of diversity in our school and how so many athletes use the weight room,” Franklin’s student activities manager Angel Santa Cruz said. “We also wanted to be creative with our transitions, making sure we included every type of sport.”

Three students worked collaboratively with Santa Cruz, teacher Jose Bueno and football coach Frank Martinez to create the concept for the video, direct it, film it and edit the final product.

Senior Georgett Hernandez spent her time behind the video camera documenting footage of each sport captured in the video.

“It’s so cool to take part of something that will benefit the school for years to come,” she said.

Author:  Reneé de Santos | Photo courtesy of Franklin HS – EPISD

Story in Many Pics: Chapin Charges Past Austin 19-14

In a battle pitting one of the newer northeast teams versus one of the original El Paso County schools, new bested old as the Chapin Huskies defeated the Austin Panthers at Irvin High’s Tony Shaw Field Friday night.


EPISD Police Arrest Student for Triggering Austin Lockdown

El Paso ISD Police Services arrested a 17-year-old Austin High School student after he falsely provided information to school officials that triggered a lockdown of the campus.

The 17-year-old student is facing changes of False Alarm or Report, a state jail felony. EPISD Police said they will seek prosecution.

“We take these incidents seriously. We deploy our community resources and take no chances with the safety and security of our students and employees,” said EPISD Police Chief Victor Araiza. “This student made a poor decision when he provided false information and that decision will have dire consequences for him.”

The student originally told Austin High School administrators that a former student had approached him displaying a weapon. Video surveillance did show that the former student was on campus, but there is no evidence the two had any contact Thursday morning.

Upon the report, Austin went into lockdown mode and contacted other law enforcement partners to help with the investigation. Local, state and federal officers responded and closed off the perimeter around Austin for nearly four hours.

The incident created alarm among students, staff and parents, and unnecessarily diverted law enforcement from other duties at the cost of the taxpayer.

“We are grateful to our law enforcement community for quickly bringing this incident to a close,” said Austin Principal Craig Kehrwald. “I’d also like to commend our students and staff for remaining calm and orderly, and for following through with emergency procedures.”

Classes will resume as normal at Austin High School on Friday.

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