Nominees Announced For High School Musical Awards
Episcopal High School’s performance of The Drowsy Chaperone has earned the school an outstanding number of nominations in the annual Tommy Tune Awards, which honor excellence in high school musical theatre.
Nominees were released last week, and winners will be announced at the Theatre Under The Stars 8th Annual Tommy Tune Awards on April 20 at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. The awards are designed to acknowledge remarkable musical theatre talent at the high school level and to encourage future development.
After reviewing and evaluating the 44 participating Houston-area high school productions during the 2009-2010 school year, a team of 34 Houston-based theatre professionals made 161 nominations in 15 categories. An additional committee considered 51 potential scholarship recipients.
Episcopal High School earned the nominations in many categories: best musical, best leading actor and actress, best supporting actor and actress and best featured performer. The show is also up for awards for direction, choreography, musical direction, scene and costume design, lighting, crew, and ensemble/chorus.
For its showing of Into the Woods, St. Agnes Academy earned nominations for best musical, best leading actress and best supporting actress. The show will also compete for awards in direction, choreography, musical direction, scene and costume design, lighting and ensemble/chorus.
The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts performed the musical A Man of No Importance this year, earning the school nominations in the following categories: best leading actress, best featured performer, and best direction, choreography, musical direction and ensemble/chorus.
In addition to the Tony-awards-style ceremony, the evening on April 20 will feature performances from nominees in the Best Musical category, a musical medley with this year’s Best Leading Actor and Best Leading Actress nominees, and a grand finale including two students from each participating school.
The Best Leading Actor and Actress will go on to compete for the “Jimmy Award” at a national level in New York City at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards.
The Tommy Tune Awards are named for Houston native and Lamar High School alumnus, Tommy Tune. A performer, director, and choreographer, Tune received nine Tony Awards and most recently he directed the new musical, Turn of the Century at the esteemed Goodman Theatre in Chicago. This year, he marks his 50th year in show business.
The Tommy Tune Awards ceremony is open to the general public, and tickets will be available for purchase beginning on April 7. For information call (713) 558-2600.