#CreateInPlace EDU Edition: Students of GAHSMTA

Every week, the Mid-Week Intermission features what members of our staff and community are tuning into virtually, but today we wanted to take a moment to feature some of the students participating in this weekend’s Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards.

Words cannot describe how excited we are to have the opportunity to still host this year’s Awards ceremony via YouTube this Sunday at 7:30pm. Our GAHSMTA Digital Creative Team and the students involved have poured their hearts into this project in order to re-imagine this event for the digital world. Hear from a few of the students about their experience and some of their favorite memories!

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Hello! My name’s Evan Vines, and I am part of the graduating class of 2020 and can’t wait to finish off my high school experience with this year’s virtual GAHSMTA! I will be participating as a performer of Select Ensemble and am very excited to also be nominated in the category of Best Actor in a Leading Role, making it the third year that I have been nominated in this category.

I’m really looking forward to this year’s virtual GAHSMTA and the amount of creativity and passion that will be presented in this very unique show. Nothing can beat the memory of the crowd roaring when the curtains first opened last year and performing in such fun medleys with the nicest, amazingly-talented people.

This whole process taught me how to make do with what I have. I am very happy that I was able to still have fun performing and using my creativity to my advantage in order to entertain people in my own unique fashion.

Create In Place | GAHSMTA


Hi! I’m McKenlee Wilson, I’m 16 and I’ve been performing for about 13 years. I was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role as Ariel in the Little Mermaid. (I also really love chocolate chip cookies!)

One of my favorite GAHSMTA memories is from this year’s Nominations when they were announcing the nominees for Best Actress and my name was called! It was a crazy, unreal feeling and I’m so honored to have been nominated among so many other talented young ladies.

I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone’s creativity at home and getting together (virtually, of course) to celebrate all of our hard work and accomplishments.

Create In Place | GAHSMTA


My name is Abigail Storm, I’m a member of the Long Center’s Select Ensemble and am going to be a freshman musical theatre major at Ball State University in the fall.

My favorite memory is performing ‘Proud Mary’ on Nomination Day — Chrisitan rocked the house and even though that was a wicked dance number, it was a blast.

I am looking forward to the nominee medley — they’re always my favorite part and I’m so excited to see this year’s.

Make sure to tune in — help us give students like Evan, McKenlee, and Abigail their moment in the spotlight and share their excitement with the entire community. Help support the future of GAHSMTA and arts education by donating the cost of a ticket today.

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