High School Musical Awards: The Nominees

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Memphis and Shelby County has some really ambitious High School theater, and the Orpheum's High School Musical Awards are meant to reward some hard working artists that go largely unnoticed.
The new program recognizes achievement in all areas of high school musical theater, is scheduled for May 27, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at the Orpheum. Tickets are $15-$35 and are on sale now.

The nominees for the 2010 Orpheum High School Musical Theatre Awards are:


Best Supporting Actor

Britt Craig as A.J. Heinz in Germantown High School’s Parade
Michel Gratzer as Lefou in Collierville High School’s Beauty and the Beast
James Ridney as The Dentist in Millington Central High School’s Little Shop of Horrors
Michael Robinson as Cosmo in St. Benedict at Auburndale’s Singin’ in the Rain
Chase Waldrip as Barnaby Tucker in Southern Baptist Educational Center’s Hello Dolly!

Best Supporting Actress

Nichole Crawford as Irene Molloy in Southern Baptist Educational Center’s Hello Dolly!
Chelsea Essary as the Baker’s Wife in Harding Academy’s Into the Woods
Rebekah McFerran as Babette in Briarcrest Christian School’s Beauty and the Beast
Katie Sprayberry as Minnie Fay in Southern Baptist Educational Center’s Hello Dolly!
Olivia Wingate as Young Jane in Hutchison School’s Jane Eyre

Best Choreography

Arlington High School for Oklahoma!
Cordova High School for Anything Goes
St. Benedict at Auburndale for Singin’ in the Rain
St. Mary’s Episcopal School for White Christmas
Southern Baptist Educational Center for Hello Dolly!

Best Orchestra

Arlington High School for Oklahoma!
Collierville High School for Beauty and the Beast
Overton High School for Fame
Southern Baptist Educational Center for Hello Dolly!
White Station High School for Guys and Dolls

Best Musical Direction

DeSoto Central High School for Annie Get Your Gun
Germantown High School for Parade
Ridgeway High School for Footloose
St. Mary’s Episcopal School for White Christmas
Wynne High School for The Secret Garden

Best Scenic Design sponsored by The Crump Firm

Briarcrest Christian School for Beauty and the Beast
Germantown High School for Parade
Hernando High School for Seussical
Millington Central High School for Little Shop of Horrors
St. Benedict at Auburndale for Singin’ in the Rain

Best Costume Design

Germantown High School for Parade
Hernando High School for Seussical
Millington Central High School for Little Shop of Horrors
St. Mary’s Episcopal School for White Christmas
Southern Baptist Educational Center for Hello Dolly!

Best Hair & Makeup Design sponsored by Mainstage Theatrical Supply

Collierville High School for Beauty and the Beast
Hernando High School for Seussical
Hutchison School for Jane Eyre
Tipton Rosemark Academy for The Sound of Music
Wynne High School for The Secret Garden

Best Lighting Design

Germantown High School for Parade
Harding Academy for Into the Woods
Hutchison School for Jane Eyre
Millington Central High School for Little Shop of Horrors
St. Mary’s School for White Christmas

Best Front of House

Arlington High School for Oklahoma!
Briarcrest Christian School for Beauty and the Beast
Hernando High School for Seussical
St. Agnes Academy for Once Upon a Mattress
Southern Baptist Educational Center for Hello Dolly

Best Technical Crew

Cordova High School for Anything Goes
DeSoto Central High School for Annie Get Your Gun
Harding Academy for Into the Woods
Hutchison School for Jane Eyre
St. Agnes Academy for Once Upon a Mattress

Technical Achievement Award sponsored by Mainstage Theatrical Supply
Chelsea Aaron from White Station High School
Kacee Benson from Cordova High School
Carisa Bledsoe from Collierville High School
Lexi Gabel from DeSoto Central High School
Maribeth Russell from Briarcrest Christian School

Best Cameo Performance

Charlie Finan as Harry the Horse in White Station High School’s Guys and Dolls
Mary Kate Henderson as the Hairdresser in St. Benedict at Auburndale’s Singin’ in the Rain
Amber Kiner as the featured soloist in Hutchison School’s Jane Eyre
Honna Miller as Mrs. Mayor in Houston High School’s Seussical: The Musical
Wesley Williamson as Rudolph in Southern Bapist Educational Center’s Hello Dolly!

Best Featured Ensemble

The Bird Girls from Hernando High School’s Seussical
The Chain Gang from Germantown High School’s Parade
The Havana Tango Dancers from White Station High School’s Guys and Dolls
The Townspeople at the Bar from Collierville High School’s Beauty and the Beast
The Wickersham Brothers from Houston High School’s Seussical

Best Ensemble Energy

Cordova High School for Anything Goes
Harding Academy for Into the Woods
Hernando High School for Seussical
Overton High School for Fame
Ridgeway High School for Footloose

Best Direction sponsored by The Commercial Appeal

Frank Bluestein for Germantown High School’s Parade
Jenny Madden for St. Mary’s Episcopal School’s White Christmas
Keith Salter for Collierville High School’s Beauty and the Beast
Cindy Wells and Bret Bilbrey for St. Benedict at Auburndale’s Singin’ in the Rain
Jenny Hall and Dennis Whitehead for Millington Central High School’s Little Shop of Horrors

Best Artistic Innovation


Arlington High School for Oklahoma!
DeSoto Central High School for Annie Get Your Gun
Millington Central High School for Little Shop of Horrors
Tipton Rosemark Academy for The Sound of Music
Wynne High School for The Secret Garden

Best Actress sponsored by Pickler Wealth Advisors

Moriah Jackson as Reno Sweeney in Cordova High School’s Anything Goes
Meredith Lesley as Lucille Frank in Germantown High School’s Parade
Jesse Lipscomb as Annie Oakley in DeSoto Cental High School’s Annie Get Your Gun
Corinne Mestemacher as Jane Eyre in Hutchison School’s Jane Eyre
Alexis Tarver as Belle in Briarcrest High School’s Beauty and the Beast

Best Actor sponsored by Elvis Presley Enterprises

Paul Hoover as Leo Frank in Germantown High School’s Parade
Prentiss Mouton as Reverend Shaw in Ridgeway High School’s Footloose
John Phillians as Archibald Craven in Wynne High School’s The Secret Garden
Wen Powers as Don Lockwood in St. Benedict at Auburndale’s Singin’ in the Rain
Brad Waelbroeck as Seymour in Millington Central High School’s Little Shop of Horrors

Best Musical sponsored by The Orpheum Theatre

Germantown High School for Parade
Millington Central High School for Little Shop of Horrors
St. Benedict at Auburndale for Singin’ in the Rain
St. Mary’s Episcopal School for White Christmas
Southern Baptist Educational Center for Hello, Dolly!

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