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Nominees Announced for The 5th Annual Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theatre Awards

Nominees Announced for The 5th Annual Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theatre Awards | Breaking News and Top Stories | Dallas, Texas, USA

© Photo courtesy of Pearce High School

Source: Dallas Summer Musicals | Dallas | 3/15/16

Michael A. Jenkins, President and Managing Director, Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. (DSM); John R. Clutts, Chairman, The 5th Annual DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards (HSMTA) and Tracy Jordan, HSMTA Program Manager, announced the nominees for The 5th Annual High School Musical Theatre Awards.


We are thrilled to announce this year has broken all records for participating schools in HSMTA, Jenkins said. There are 67 schools participating showcasing 70 shows, representing 33 school districts across north Texas. Among the 67 are also 7 private schools. In addition, 6 schools have entered two musicals this year for the total of 70 productions which were evaluated. This represents a new all-time high of schools, teachers and students taking part in the program. This is more than double the first year's total of 30 schools participating.


Clutts agreed, saying, Since DSM's First Annual High School Musical Theatre Awards in 2012, this has truly developed into a regional program, accepting schools as far away as Denton and Allen to the north, Waco to the south, Abilene to the west and Paris, Texas to the east. It is exciting to be a part of this event and a witness to the enthusiastic and supportive response from the students, teachers and everyone in the community.


DSM HSMTA remains the largest program of its kind in the state and the second largest program of its kind in the country. DSM HSMTA has been recognized by the National High School Musical Theater Awards as their official affiliate program for North Texas.


The public is invited to join in the excitement of The 5th Annual DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at the Music Hall at Fair Park. 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, production numbers from Best Musical nominees and an opening number featuring all nominated performers accompanied by a live orchestra. Winners and scholarship recipients are announced. The show is topped off with a finale of performers from each participating high school.


Longtime supporters Holly and Brad Reeves are Honorary Chairs and were recently honored by DSM at an event hosted by Neiman Marcus in the downtown Dallas location in the Zodiac Room. Holly is a member of the DSM Executive Committee, a Board Member and a 2015 Star of Touring Broadway Award recipient. She and Brad are Producer's Circle members and former Curtain Call chairs. They often open up their lovely home for cast parties, inviting in up to 100 people for an after-show sumptuous buffet, hosted by the DSM Guild.


Hosting the awards show since its inception five years ago and again this year, Ron Corning of WFAA Channel 8 TV was also recently honored by DSM for his participation. His personality, humor and the sheer force he brings to the stage through his heartfelt enthusiasm for not only the awards ceremony, but the performers and their talents, adds a very entertaining element to the show.


Based on Broadway's Tony® Awards, show business veterans, community leaders and celebrities will come together at The 5th Annual DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards to spotlight the achievements of high school students and their schools' musical theatre programs.


Throughout the year, three judges visited each school and judged the performers in 16 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 Actor and Best Featured Actress.


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.


The DSM HSMTA Angels Host Committee has raised over $60,000 so far to benefit HSMTA and scholarships. Several cash scholarships of at least $1,000 each will be awarded this year. In 2015, DSM awarded seven cash scholarships of $5,000 each to outstanding participating students. To date, DSM has awarded over $100,000 in cash scholarships to outstanding 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.


Created this year, the Fullinwider Award honors the Fullinwiders for their initial gift of $100,000 which helped fund and produce the High School Musical Theatre Awards and scholarship program in 2012. The award will honor a person living a life in the theatre at the national level whose roots, formative and educational years are in the Dallas theatrical community.


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! ... Tickets are open to the public, priced from $15 to $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 questions, contact Tracy Jordan, the program manager at 214-413-3951 or tjordan 'at' dallassummermusicals.org Facebook page is constantly updated at https://www.facebook.com/DSMHSMTA


National program website: http://www.nhsmta.com/pages/frequently-asked-questions

DSM's highly anticipated 76th season continues with DSM's production of Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID, March 11-27, 2016; WICKED, April 20 – May 22, 2016; RAGTIME, May 24 – June 5, 2016; BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, June 14-26, 2016; and closing the season will be 42ND STREET, June 28 - July 10, 2016.


Single tickets for all of the shows except 42ND STREET are now on sale online at DallasSummerMusicals.org, by phone at 1.800.514.ETIX (3849) and at The Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane, Suite 542 in Dallas, TX. Groups of 10 or more receive a 15% discount, priority seating, and many more benefits. Please call 214.426.GROUP (4768) or email Groups@DallasSummerMusicals.org. Choose Your Own Package for any three DSM 2016 season shows, are now on sale online at DallasSummerMusicals.org and by phone at 1.800.514.ETIX (3849). They can also be purchased at The Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane Suite 542 Preston Royal Shopping Center. Tickets for 42ND STREET go on sale March 28.


About Dallas Summer Musicals:


Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. (DSM) is the preeminent nonprofit presenter of Broadway theatre in North Texas. DSM produces, presents and promotes excellence in live musical theatre with year-round performances for diverse audiences of all ages, impacting the lives of children and families through education and community outreach programs, while enriching the cultural landscape of Dallas/Fort Worth, North Texas and the Southwest Region.


As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, DSM relies on a variety of funding sources to bring the Best of Broadway to Dallas at affordable ticket prices, as well as to preserve the beautiful historic theatre, educate young audiences and create important community programs. DSM's Seats for Kids program provides a meaningful arts education experience to thousands of low income, at-risk and special needs children. DSM Kids Club is a program created to foster tomorrow's musical theatre audience. Through exciting activities children gain an interest, hands-on-knowledge and appreciation of the performing arts. In addition, Dallas Summer Musicals Academy of Performing Arts offers professional theatre arts training and scholarships to talented students in need. DSM's High School Musical Theatre Awards are patterned after Broadway's Tony(r) Awards and celebrate the power of the arts to significantly improve all areas of education. DSM Associate Producers is a dynamic group of young professionals with a mission to support DSM by cultivating future patrons and leaders making DSM part of the culture for young professionals in Dallas. DSM Guild is a group of individuals who share a love of musical theatre and support DSM by providing stellar service and hospitality to the cast and crew of every show. Since 2010 the experts at DSM have made significant changes and upgrades to its acoustical systems to improve the sound quality of the productions for all its patrons, including the hearing impaired, leading to the development of Hear Us Now!(r); a device which utilizes five assistive listening technologies (T-coils, FM Classroom, Streamers, FM systems, and traditional headsets) to deliver a clear and direct audio signal. It is so unique that a trademark has been allowed by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Seats for Vets, DSM's newest initiative, serves war veterans and their families by providing them discounted access to a unique theatrical experience as a way of thanking them for their service. Ticket sales alone do not sustain these endeavors. Only support from committed businesses, foundations and individuals make these programs possible.


Dallas Summer Musicals is presented by Texas Instruments and gratefully acknowledges the support of our season sponsors and partners The Dallas Morning News, WFAA TV Channel 8, American Airlines, and The Original Cupcakery.


For more information about Dallas Summer Musicals, please call 214.421.5678 or visit our website at DallasSummerMusicals.org.


Here are the Nominees:


Direction

Abilene H.S. & Cooper H.S. – Seussical

Aledo H.S. – The Drowsy Chaperone

All Saints’ Episcopal School – The Drowsy Chaperone

Birdville H.S. – Narnia, The Musical

Colleyville Heritage H.S. – My Fair Lady

Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy – Big Fish

Guyer H.S. – Mary Poppins

Independence H.S. – Once Upon a Mattress

Lake Highlands H.S. – Kiss Me, Kate

North Lamar H.S. – Mary Poppins

Rowlett H.S. – The Pirates of Penzance

Waxahachie H.S. – Spamalot

 

Choreography

Aledo H.S. –  The Drowsy Chaperone

All Saints’ Episcopal School – The Drowsy Chaperone

Carroll Senior H.S. – Young Frankenstein

Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts – All Shook Up

Grapevine H.S. – Catch Me If You Can

Guyer H.S. – Mary Poppins

McKinney Boyd H.S. – Guys and Dolls

Plano East H.S. – Urinetown

Plano Senior H.S. – Legally Blonde

Richardson H.S. – Footloose

Rowlett H.S. – The Pirates of Penzance

University H.S. – Cinderella

 

Musical Direction

Abilene H.S. & Cooper H.S. – Seussical

All Saints’ Episcopal School – The Drowsy Chaperone

Birdville H.S. – Narnia, The Musical

Colleyville Heritage H.S. – My Fair Lady

Forney H.S. – The Addams Family

Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy – Big Fish

Grapevine H.S. – Catch Me If You Can

Guyer H.S. – Mary Poppins

McKinney Boyd H.S. – Guys and Dolls

North Lamar H.S. – Mary Poppins

Pearce H.S. – Singin’ in the Rain

Waxahachie H.S. – Spamalot

 

Orchestra

Berkner H.S. – Grease

Garland H.S. – The Music Man

Highland Park  H.S. – Cinderella

Independence H.S. – Once Upon a Mattress

Lake Highlands H.S. – Kiss Me, Kate

McKinney Boyd H.S. – Guys and Dolls

Mansfield H.S. – Sweeney Todd

Pearce H.S. – Singin’ in the Rain

Southwest Christian School – Shrek The Musical

R.L. Turner H.S. –My Fair Lady

Waxahachie H.S. – Spamalot

Wylie H.S. – Shrek The Musical

            

Scenic Design

Abilene H.S. & Cooper H.S. – Seussical

Carroll Senior H.S. – Young Frankenstein

Colleyville Heritage H.S. – My Fair Lady

Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts – All Shook Up

Lake Country Christian School – Titanic

Lake Highlands H.S. – Kiss Me, Kate

Mabank H.S. – Thoroughly Modern Millie

Pearce H.S. – Singin’ in the Rain

Plano Senior H.S. – Legally Blonde

Plano West H.S. – Funny  Girl

Rowlett H.S. – The Pirates of Penzance

Waco H.S. – She Loves Me

  

Costume Design

Centennial H.S. – Disney’s High School Musical

Colleyville Heritage H.S. – My Fair Lady

Denton H.S. – Into the Woods

Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts – All Shook Up

Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy – Big Fish

Lake Highlands H.S. – Kiss Me, Kate

Mansfield H.S. – Sweeney Todd

Pearce H.S. – Singin’ in the Rain

Plano East H.S. – Urinetown

Rockwall H.S. – The Addams Family

Southwest  Christian School – Shrek The Musical

Weatherford H.S. – Seussical  

 

Lighting Design

Colleyville Heritage H.S. – My Fair Lady

Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy – Big Fish

Lake Highlands H.S. – Kiss Me, Kate

McKinney H.S. – Once Upon a Mattress

North Forney H.S. – Happy Days, The Musical

North Lamar H.S. – Mary Poppins

Pantego Christian School – The Fantasticks

Plano East H.S. – Urinetown

Richardson H.S. – Footloose

Rowlett H.S. – The Pirates of Penzance

Waco H.S. – She Loves Me

Weatherford H.S. – Seussical

 

Stage Crew & Technical Execution

Abilene H.S. & Cooper H.S. – Seussical

All Saints’ Episcopal School – The Drowsy Chaperone

Carroll Senior H.S. – Young Frankenstein

Colleyville Heritage H.S. – My Fair Lady

Forney H.S. – The Addams Family

Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy – Big Fish

Guyer H.S. – Mary Poppins

Lake Highlands H.S. – Kiss Me, Kate

North Lamar H.S. – Mary Poppins

Pearce H.S. – Singin’ in the Rain

University H.S.  Cinderella

Wakeland H.S. – Mary Poppins

 

Ensemble/Chorus

Abilene H.S. & Cooper H.S. – Seussical

All Saints’ Episcopal School – The Drowsy Chaperone

Colleyville Heritage H.S. – My Fair Lady

Forney H.S. – The Addams Family

Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy – Big Fish

Grapevine H.S. – Catch Me If You Can

Guyer H.S. – Mary Poppins

Lake Highlands H.S. – Kiss Me, Kate

North Lamar H.S., Paris – Mary Poppins

Pearce H.S. – Singin’ in the Rain

Plano Senior H.S. – Legally Blonde

Waxahachie H.S. – Spamalot

 

Best Supporting Actor

Abilene H.S. & Cooper H.S. – Cody Free as Cat in the Hat, Seussical

Aledo H.S. – William Pinckard as Man in Chair, The Drowsy Chaperone

All Saints’ Episcopal School –Brazos Pinto as Man in Chair, The Drowsy Chaperone

Carroll Senior H.S. – Tyler James as Igor, Young Frankenstein

Grapevine H.S. – James Myers as Carl Hanratty, Catch Me If You Can

Guyer H.S. – Tanner Garmon as Michael Banks, Mary Poppins

Lake Highlands H.S. – Robert Mahurin as Lucentio / Bill, Kiss Me, Kate

Nolan Catholic H.S. – Justin Norris as Donkey, Shrek The Musical

Pearce H.S. – Jake Griffin as Cosmo Brown, Singin’ in the Rain

Rockwall H.S. –Travis Bomkamp as Patsy, Spamalot

Waxahachie H.S. – Calvin Rehonic as King Arthur, Spamalot

Weatherford H.S. – Jett Good as JoJo, Seussical

 

Best Supporting Actress

Abilene H.S. & Cooper H.S. – Shelby Walker as Mayzie LaBird, Seussical

Aledo H.S. –  Abby Dean as Janet Van de Graaf, The Drowsy Chaperone

All Saints’ Episcopal School – Grace Evans as The Chaperone, The Drowsy Chaperone

Birdville H.S. – Hannah Detrick as Lucy, Narnia, the Musical

Colleyville Heritage H.S. – Breanne Jackson as Mrs. Pearce, My Fair Lady         

Grapevine H.S. – Josie Moyer as Paula Abagnale, Catch Me If You Can

Guyer H.S. – Ashlynn Stewart as Jane Banks, Mary Poppins

Midway H.S. – Sarah Jane Byford as Jane Banks, Mary Poppins

North Lamar H.S. – Kallyn Burchinal as Winifred Banks, Mary Poppins

Nolan Catholic H.S. – Gabrielle Falcon as Dragon / Mama Ogre, Shrek The Musical     

Pearce H.S. – Claire Greenberg as Lina Lamont, Singin’ in the Rain

Weatherford H.S. – Claire Crenshaw as Mayzie LaBird, Seussical

 

Best Featured Actor

Abilene H.S. & Cooper H.S. – Jess Westman as JoJo, Seussical

Aledo H.S. – Andy Brite as Underling, The Drowsy Chaperone

All Saints’ Episcopal School – Austin Decker as Robert Martin, The Drowsy Chaperone

Birdville H.S. – Luke Flowers as Peter, Narnia, the Musical

Grapevine H.S. – Matthew Lavery as Frank Abagnale, Sr., Catch Me If You Can

Guyer H.S. – Corbin Born as George Banks, Mary Poppins

McKinney Boyd H.S. – Bryson Jackson as Nicely Nicely, Guys and Dolls

North Lamar H.S. – Paul Bayer as Robertson Ay, Mary Poppins

Northwest H.S. – Vincent Witherspoon, Eli Witherspoon, Jonathan Sneed, and Gibson Terry as The School Board, The Music Man

Pearce H.S. – Jack Durham as R. F. Simpson, Singin’ in the Rain

Rowlett H.S. – Zach Taylor as Major General, The Pirates of Penzance

Weatherford H.S. – Robert Chavez as Horton, Seussical

 

Best Featured Actress

Abilene H.S. & Cooper H.S. – Raissa Teta as Sour Kangaroo, Seussical

Aledo H.S. – Mallory Bomhoff as Kitty, The Drowsy Chaperone

All Saints’ Episcopal School – Renee Merrill as Kitty, The Drowsy Chaperone

Berkner H.S. – Ashley Johnson as Jan, Grease

Birdville H.S. – Olivia Simms as Susan, Narnia, the Musical           

Grapevine H.S. – Ashley Munson as Carol Strong, Catch Me If You Can

Guyer H.S. – Ally Roberts as Winifred Banks, Mary Poppins

North Lamar H.S. – Anna Holbrook as Mrs. Brill, Mary Poppins

Pearce H.S. – Shelby Griswold as Zelda Zanders, Singin’ in the Rain

Richardson H.S. – Bethany Jelinek as Vi, Footloose

Teague H.S. – Hannah Anderson as Miss Sandra, All Shook Up       

Weatherford H.S. – Kelsie Schlosser as Sour Kangaroo, Seussical

 

Best Actor

Carroll Senior H.S. – Drew Brown as Young Frankenstein, Young Frankenstein

Colleyville Heritage H.S. – Ryland Kaiser as Henry Higgins, My Fair Lady

Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy – Christian Wickoff as Edward Bloom, Big Fish

Guyer H.S. – John Frederickson as Bert, Mary Poppins

Independence H.S. – Luke Weber as Sir Harry, Once Upon a Mattress

Pantego Christian School – Ray Solis as El Gallo, The Fantasticks

Pearce H.S. – Sam Snyder as Don Lockwood, Singin’ in the Rain

South Garland H.S. – Sammy Swim as The Emcee, Cabaret

Waxahachie H.S. – Blake Sauceda as Sir Robin, Spamalot

 

Best Actress

All Saints’ Episcopal School – Sarah Boone as Janet Van de Graaf, The Drowsy Chaperone

Colleyville Heritage H.S. – Melanie Chandler as Eliza Doolittle, My Fair Lady

Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy – Alexandra Doke as Sandra, Big Fish

Guyer H.S. – Malana Wilson as Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins

Independence H.S. – Sophia Kaiaphas as Lady Larkin, Once Upon a Mattress

Plano East H.S. – Claire Methvin as Little Sally, Urinetown

Plano West H.S. – Meg Grinde as Fanny Brice, Funny Girl

Waxahachie H.S. – Kaiden Maines as Lady of the Lake, Spamalot

Weatherford H.S. – Emily Hatch as Gertrude McFuzz, Seussical

 

Best Musical

Abilene H.S. & Cooper H.S. – Seussical

Carroll Senior H.S. – Young Frankenstein

Colleyville Heritage H.S. – My Fair Lady

Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy – Big Fish

Guyer H.S. – Mary Poppins

Pearce H.S. – Singin’ in the Rain

Rowlett H.S. – The Pirates of Penzance

Waxahachie H.S. – Spamalot

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