Seven local schools have been nominated for the honors, which will be handed out during a Tony Awards-style ceremony April 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre near Vinings. Forty-seven high schools from 12 counties, representing 14 school districts as well as private schools from throughout the state, participated this year.
The awards honor musical theatre excellence at the high school level. The program is an initiative of the ArtsBridge education program of the foundation, the centre’s fundraising arm. A team of more than 40 Atlanta-based arts professionals evaluated the participating high school productions.
Atlanta International School in Buckhead got 13 nominations, all for “Avenue Q.” The school’s nominees are: Overall Production, Ensemble, Sherry Weeks (Costume Design), Rob Warren (Scenic Design, Technical Execution and Direction), Greg Hucks (Sound Design and Music Direction), Ivanna Martinez (Supporting Actress, for her role as Christmas Eve), Lorenzo Gonzalez-Lamassonne (Supporting Actor, for his role as Rod), Grace Melville (Leading Actress, for her role as Kate Monster), Tristan Litre (Leading Actor Honorable Mention, for his role as Princeton) and Sherry Weeks (Choreography).
The Lovett School received seven nominations, all for “The Sound of Music.” The school’s nominees are: Ensemble, Overall Production Honorable Mention, Katie Keough (Lighting Design Honorable Mention), Joel Morris (Sound Design), Alex Grey and Michael Halad (Technical Execution), Lydia Flock (Leading Actress, for her role as Maria Rainer) and Deborah and Jerry Ulrich (Music Direction Honorable Mention).
Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School in Sandy Springs earned seven nominations, all for “Once upon a Mattress.” The school’s nominees are: Overall Production, Ensemble Honorable Mention, Harley Gould (Lighting Design Honorable Mention and Technical Execution Honorable Mention), Payton Anderson (Leading Actress, for her role as Princess Winnifred), Drew Anderson (Leading Actor Honorable Mention, for his role as Prince Dauntless) and Maria Karres-Williams (Direction Honorable Mention).
Mount Vernon Presbyterian School in Sandy Springs got five nominations, all for “A Year with Frog and Toad.” The school’s nominees are: Sean King (Featured Performer, for his roles as Snail, Manbird and Father Frog), Hank Kunath (Scenic Design), Trey Bowden (Lighting Design Honorable Mention) and Chris Moore (Sound Design) and Clark Taylor (Direction Honorable Mention).
Pace Academy in Buckhead got four nominations, all for “West Side Story.” The school’s nominees are: Ensemble Honorable Mention, Scott Sargent (Technical Execution Honorable Mention), Beth Barrow-Titus (Music Direction) and George Mengert (Direction Honorable Mention).
Riverwood International Charter School in Sandy Springs received one nomination for “Little Shop of Horrors.” Patrick Denney was nominated for Orchestra Honorable Mention.
Woodward Academy in College Park, which draws students from the area, received one nomination for “Guys & Dolls.” Jake McWhorter was nominated for Featured Performer for his role as Nicely Nicely Johnson.
Tickets to the ceremony are $16 each plus applicable fees.
Information: visit www.shulerawards.org.