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Nominees Announced for the
4th Annual Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theatre Awards

 

Award recipients to be announced at the show on
Wednesday, April 29th at the Music Hall at Fair Park

Best Actress

  • Colleyville Heritage High School- Monica Lockwood as Carmen in Curtains
  • Guyer High School- Katelyn Cave as Leading Player in Pippin
  • Independence High School- Sophia Kaiafas as Jane in Tarzan
  • Mansfield High School- Shelby Priddy as Belle in Beauty & the Beast
  • Marcus High School- Kara Lyons as Jo March in Little Women
  • Pearce High School- Sydney Kane as Rosemary in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
  • Plano West High School- Meg Grinde as Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar
  • R L Turner High School- Chandler Bates as Anna in The King and I
  • Southwest Christian School- Grace Tucker as Peter Pan

 

Best Actor

  • Abilene High School- Ryan Garmoe as Bobby in Urinetown
  • Carroll High School - Drew Brown as Tarzan in Tarzan
  • Grapevine Faith Christian School-Quint Erwin as Caratacus Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
  • McKinney Boyd High School- Logan Reid as Javert in Les Miserables
  • Plano Senior High School- Tanner Dillon as Cornelius Hackl in Hello Dolly!
  • Plano West High School- Chris Clark as Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Pearce High School- Sam Snyder as J Pierrepont Finch in How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying
  • Richardson High School- Griffin Camacho as Tevye in Fiddler On The Roof
  • Rockwall High School- Drew Mitchell as Sweeney Todd in Sweeney Todd

 

Best Musical

  • Colleyville Heritage High School, Curtains
  • Mansfield High School, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
  • Pearce High School, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
  • Plano Senior High School, Hello Dolly!
  • Plano West High School, Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Richardson High School, Fiddler on the Roof
  • Rowlett High School, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • Southwest Christian School, Peter Pan

 

Direction

  • Abilene High School, Urinetown
  • Guyer High School, Pippin
  • Mansfield High School, Disney's Beauty & the Beast
  • North Lamar High School, Disney's Beauty & the Beast
  • Pearce High School, Urinetown
  • Plano West High School, Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Richardson High School, Fiddler on the Roof
  • Rowlett High School, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • Southwest Christian High School, Peter Pan
  • Wylie East High School, Seussical

 

Choreography

  • Aledo High School, Footloose
  • Denton High School, Mame
  • Grapevine High School, Oliver
  • Guyer High School, Pippin
  • Mansfield High School, Disney's Beauty & the Beast
  • Pearce High School, Urinetown
  • Plano Senior High School, Hello Dolly
  • Rowlett High School, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • Southwest Christian High School, Peter Pan
  • Wylie East High School, Seussical

 

Musical Direction

  • Abilene High School, Urinetown
  • Liberty Christian High School, Annie Get Your Gun
  • Marcus High School, Little Women
  • Richardson High School, Fiddler on the Roof
  • Richland High School, Shrek
  • Rockwall High School, Sweeney Todd
  • Rowlett High School, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • Wakeland High School, Cinderella
  • Waxahachie High School, Guys and Dolls
  • Wylie East High School, Seussical

 

Orchestra

  • Berkner High School, Little Shop of Horrors
  • Carroll High School, Tarzan
  • Centennial High School, Seussical
  • Crowley High School, Anything Goes
  • Grapevine High School, Oliver
  • Mansfield High School, Disney's Beauty & the Beast
  • North Forney High School, Disney's High School Musical
  • Rowlett High School, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • Rockwall High School, The Wizard of Oz
  • Waxahachie High School, Guys & Dolls

 

Scene Design

  • Carroll High School, Tarzan
  • Greenhill School, High School, The Addams Family
  • Liberty Christian High School, Annie Get Your Gun
  • Mabank High School, Cinderella
  • Plano West High School, Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Rockwall High School, Sweeney Todd
  • Rowlett High School, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • Southwest Christian High School, Peter Pan
  • Waco High School, Tarzan
  • Wylie East High School, Seussical

 

Costume Design

  • Abilene High School, Urinetown
  • Bishop Lynch High School, The Wedding Singer
  • Colleyville Heritage High School, Curtains
  • Denton High School, Mame
  • Grapevine Christian High School, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
  • Grapevine High School, Oliver
  • Guyer High School, Pippin
  • Rockwall-Heath High School, The Music Man
  • Southwest Christian High School, Peter Pan
  • Waco High School, Tarzan

 

Lighting Design

  • Mansfield High School, Disney's Beauty & the Beast
  • Marcus High School, Little Women
  • McKinney Boyd High School, Les Miserables
  • Plano Senior High School, Hello Dolly
  • Plano West High School, Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Richardson High School, Fiddler on the Roof
  • Rockwall High School, Sweeney Todd
  • Rowlett High School, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • Southwest Christian High School, Peter Pan
  • Waco High School, Tarzan

 

Stage Crew & Technical

  • Abilene High School, Urinetown
  • Carroll High School, Tarzan
  • Guyer High School, Pippin
  • Lake Ridge High School, Shrek
  • Marcus High School, Little Women
  • McKinney High School, All Shook Up
  • Plano Senior High School, Hello Dolly
  • Plano West High School, Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Southwest Christian High School, Peter Pan
  • Wylie East High School, Seussical

 

Ensemble

  • Abilene High School, Urinetown
  • Aledo High School, Footloose
  • Liberty Christian High School, Annie Get Your Gun
  • Pearce High School, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
  • Plano Senior High School, Hello Dolly
  • Richardson High School, Fiddler on the Roof
  • Richland High School, Shrek
  • Rockwall-Heath High School, The Music Man
  • Rowlett High School, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • Southwest Christian High School, Peter Pan

 

Supporting Actor

  • Colleyville Heritage High School, Morgan Young - Officer Lockstock, Urinetown
  • Lake Ridge High School, Isaiah McInnis - Donkey, Shrek
  • Mansfield High School, Zach Montou - Lumiere, Disney's Beauty & the Beast
  • McKinney North High School, Joseph Campbell - Fester, The Addams Family
  • North Forney High School, Allen Porterie - Chad Danforth, Disney's High School Musical
  • Pearce High School, Noah Heller - Officer Lockstock, Urinetown
  • Pearce High School, Josh McCoy - Bud Frump, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
  • Richardson High School, Nathan May - Motel, Fiddler on the Roof
  • Weatherford High School, Cole Lucas - Farquaad, Shrek
  • Wylie East High School, Clay Mobley - Horton the Elephant, Seussical

 

Supporting Actress

  • Abilene High School, Louisa Lee - Little Sally, Urinetown
  • All Saints Episcopal High School, Grace Evans - Melpomene, Zanadu
  • Bishop Lynch High School, Payton Reeves - Holly, The Wedding Singer
  • Colleyville Heritage High School, Audrey Jefferies - Georgia Hendricks, Curtains
  • Mansfield High School, Anna Pritchett - Mrs. Potts, Disney's Beauty & the Beast
  • Marcus High School, Haley Sutherland - Marmee March, Little Women
  • McKinney Boyd High School, Sarah Hubner - Madame Thenardier, Les Miserables
  • North Forney High School, Savanna Morgan - Taylor McKessie, Disney's High School Musical
  • Rowlett High School, Sarah Manns - Princess Puffer, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • Wylie East High School, Libby Villagas - Mayzie LaBird, Seussical

 

Featured Performer

  • Greenhill School High School, Ali Simenc - Grandma Addams, The Addams Family
  • Heritage High School, Olivia Callan - Hunyak, Chicago
  • Lake Ridge High School, Michael Flake - Lord Farquaad, Shrek
  • Mansfield High School, Justin Alozie - Cogsworth, Disney's Beauty & the Beast
  • McKinney High School, Yoki Ongwella - Sylvia, All Shook Up
  • North Lamar High School, Jared Chenevey - Cogsworth, Disney's Beauty & the Beast
  • Pearce High School, Jack Durham - Hot Blades Harry, Urinetown
  • Poteet High School, Cameron Smith - Amos, Big Fish
  • Richardson High School, Jacob Redmon - Perchek, Fiddler on the Roof
  • Richland High School, C.J. Sutton - Donkey, Shrek

 

 

Michael A. Jenkins, President and Managing Director, Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. (DSM) and Tracy Jordan, Manager of DSM’s High School Musical Theatre Awards (HSMTA), announced the nominees for the 4th Annual High School Musical Theatre Awards on WFAA Channel 8’s Midday News and in The Dallas Morning News recently.

Chaired by Nancy Natinsky, the awards show is slated for Wednesday, April 29th at the Music Hall at Fair Park and the public is invited to join in the excitement! Red carpet arrival begins at 5:30 p.m. The show begins at 7:00 p.m. with performances which include separate medleys of the Best Actor and Best Actress nominees, scenes from Best Musical nominees and an opening number featuring all nominated performers accompanied by a live orchestra. The show is topped off with a finale of performers from each participating high school.

Based on Broadway’s Tony® Awards, show business veterans and community celebrities come together to spotlight the achievements of high school students and their school’s musical theatre programs.

Sixty-five (65) high schools and 71 productions from all over North Texas participated. Throughout the year, three judges visited each school and judged the performers in 15 categories: Best Musical, Best Direction, Best Musical Direction, Best Choreography, Best Orchestra, Best Scenic Design, Best Costume Design, Best Lighting, Best Ensemble, Best Crew, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Featured Performer.

Each school’s performance was evaluated by a panel of judges who are all working professionals in the areas of entertainment, arts and theatre education, arts administration, talent management and production design. Ballots were tabulated by the accounting firm of Grant-Thornton and the top scoring schools in each category are nominated as finalists.

As in the format of the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (the Jimmy™ Awards), the Best Actor and Best Actress winners will not be decided solely by standings. The nominees will perform the evening before the awards show for the assembled DSM judges and will be scored at that time. The winner will be revealed the next night at the awards show at the Music Hall.

Several cash scholarships of at least $1,000 each will be presented to outstanding participating students.

Winners of the Best Performance by an Actor and Actress will receive an all-expense paid trip for five days to New York City to represent their school in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (the Jimmy™ Awards) for the chance to win prizes and scholarships, which vary by year.

Michael said, “This program encourages participation in the musical arts throughout our community. We are grateful to founding sponsors Leah and Jerry Fullinwider for their support and vision, which literally brought this awards program to life.”

Nancy, in addition to chairing HSMTA, is a long-time supporter and DSM Board Vice-President and Community Relations Co-Chair said, “The community’s support, including the judges, teachers, parents, students and volunteers, is a testament to this very important education outreach program and has contributed to its significant growth. We look forward to even more schools participating next year.”

Tracy added, “DSM feels it is important to encourage these talented students to follow their dreams and goals and to draw attention to the excellent work being done in education in musical theater in our area schools. This is a wonderful opportunity for everyone involved and a great show!”

Dallas Summer Musicals’ program is the only official awards program in North Texas recognized by the National High School Musical Theatre Awards. Since DSM’s First Annual HSMTA in 2012, this has truly developed into a regional program, accepting schools as far away as Denton and McKinney to the north, Waco to the south, Abilene to the west and Paris, Texas to the east.  

In just four years, this awards program has grown to be the largest program of its kind in the state of Texas and one of the largest programs in the nation.

Tickets are open to the public, priced from $15-$75 and are now on sale online at www.DSMHSMTA.org, by phone at 1.800.514.ETIX (3849), and at The Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane, Suite 542 in Dallas, TX.

For more details about the DSM program, listing of finalist nominees and more information, visit the website at http://dallassummermusicals.org/HSMAwards.shtm
and the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/DSMHSMTA