April 19, 2019
Theater Duo Prepares for Final Curtain
As kindergarten classmates in 2006, Henry Seifried and George Mancy probably did more play acting than most kids. Twelve years later, the senior duo prepares not only to graduate, but also to end theatrical careers more entwined than any students in Ottawa Hills history.
The pair have appeared in 11 OH productions together. Later this month, they have the leading roles in “Newsies” (April 26-28). George plays Davey, the so called “brains” of the striking group of newspaper carriers. Henry plays Jack, the leader of the strike. Both expect the final curtain on Sunday to be emotional, considering friendships formed and the finality of the moment.
The pair’s contributions are unique in many ways. Not only have they gone to school together since kindergarten, but they have appeared in some of the most memorable shows in Ottawa Hills history. For example, both had key roles in last spring’s performance of “Les Misérables,” considered to be the district’s most Broadway-like show ever. And both were part of the stage crew for “Beauty and the Beast JR.” earlier this year, which set ticket-sales records.
Their contributions have had a memorable impact on many individuals, but none more so than Darrin Broadway, the high school English teacher who also serves as the artistic director of OH theater productions. “As actors, they are so talented and dedicated. While most young actors bring a great deal of the pathology of a talking-head culture with them on stage, George and Henry are able to break down the mind/body duality,” said Mr. Broadway. “They are not just imagistic, but also dramatic, and their art is not only ravishing to look at but also so very humorous.”
“They are great leaders. They have inexhaustible capacity for work,” Mr. Broadway said.