The Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards Take it HIGHER

GAHSMTA-2016-0524With a set stage, 28 high schools, and a SOLD OUT Dell Hall, the third annual Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards treated Austin to an evening of stunning Broadway numbers, inspiring acceptance speeches, scholarships and grants, and of course, some unforgettable entertainment. Wednesday, April 13th, eight nominated high schools and countless hardworking students performed on the Long Center stage in what’s becoming known as the Tony Awards for high school.

And boy, was it impressive.

“The kids involved will never forget their experience tonight.  No matter what direction their lives take – in the arts or just as a fan of the arts, this program has changed them forever,” said Marc Seriff, President and CEO at the Long Center.
GAHSMTA-2016-0906The casts of Brentwood High School’s Seussical, Cedar Ridge High School’s AIDA, Dripping Springs High School’s Fiddler on the Roof, Hendrickson High School’s Urinetown the Musical, James Bowie High School’s Tarzan, Marble Falls High School’s Oklahoma!, St. Stephen’s Episcopal School’s The Addams Family, and Vista Ridge High School’s Young Frankenstein performed highlights from their Best Production-nominated numbers throughout the evening, joined onstage by the Select Ensemble’s showstopping Sweet Charity medley, medleys by the Best Actor and Actress nominees, and representatives from all 28 participating high schools for the beloved finale.

The Winners:

Best Production: Hendrickson High School, Urinetown: The Musical

Best Direction: Hendrickson High School, Urinetown: The Musical

Best Choreography: Cedar Ridge High School, AIDA

Best Musical Direction: James Bowie High School, Tarzan

Best Orchestra: James Bowie High School, Tarzan

Best Scenic Design Round Rock High School, Mary Poppins

Best Lighting Design: Rouse High School, Guys and Dolls

Best Costume Design: St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, The Addams Family

Best Technical Execution: Vista Ridge High School, Young Frankenstein

Best Ensemble: McCallum Fine Arts Academy, Titanic

GAHSMTA1Wells Fargo Scholarship Winners: Kaitlin Hatton, DJ Fortner, David Pena, Jesse Hernandez, Joseph Kelley, Alex Poole, Tristan Banuelos, Alyssa Anderson, Audrey Dickerson, Makasha Copeland, Adele Simms

Best Actor in a Leading Role: Pedro Castenada (Hendrickson High School), Urinetown: The Musical

Best Actress in a Leading Role: Sophie Niles (McNeil High School), Little Shop of Horrors

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Harmon Gamble (Hendrickson High School), Urinetown: The Musical

Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Chloe Byars (James Bowie High School), Tarzan

Best Featured Performer: Kayja Thomas (Cedar Creek High School), Footloose

The Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards will be broadcast on KXAN’s KBVO on April 30th. Time to be announced.

Congratulations to both the winners and the participants!

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