Local thespians earn nominations at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theater

SEATTLE - The 5th Avenue Awards, honoring high school musical theatre celebrates its 10th anniversary with a bang this year, bringing previous recipients back to the stage to present the next generation of musical theater stars with awards and accolades.

The acclaimed program, sponsored by Wells Fargo, is a high school version of the Tony Awards, and allows theater students from across Washington state to meet, celebrate and honor the exceptional musical theater productions presented during the 2011-12 school year.

The 5th Avenue Awards will be held on Monday, June 4, at 7 p.m. at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle.

Since its inception, the program has grown in size and scope, from 24 productions and 3,100 students in 2003 to 93 productions and more than9,000 students participating this year.

For the 2011-12 high school theater season, 191 nominations and 99 honorable mentions were presented to the 93 productions in various categories. Among the nominations, local high schoolers were named.

Sunnyside High School captured nominations for The Wizard of Oz including outstanding lobby display, special honors, student achievement for Kendra Hollmeyer and Abbagail Gomez, and special honors educational impact, as well as an honorable mention for outstanding performance by an actor or actress in a non-singing role for Kiki Torres as Nikko.

For the production of Grease, Sunnyside captured an honorable mention for outstanding performance by an actress in a featured ensemble role for Alyson Spidel as Patty Simcox.

Grandview students named in nominations include Catalina Pacheco for her role as Mrs. Mullin in the GHS production of Carousel. Pacheco was nominated in the outstanding performance by an actor or actress in a non-singing role. Special honors student achievement nominations also include Grandview's Sawyer Schilperoort.

During the past 10 years, evaluators have traveled to schools across the state of Washington, from large schools in urban districts, to those in smaller rural communities, and the mission has always been the same: to honor the work, talent and commitment that students, parents and faculty devote to their school's yearly musical productions.

Nominated students and schools will perform excerpts from their shows and get a taste of what it's like to perform in front of a packed house. An estimated 2,100 high school students are expected to attend, along with their families and friends.

For a full list of nominees, visit the 2012 5th Avenue Awards Nominees page at http://www.5thavenue.org/education/student-programs#5th-avenue-awards.

Tickets for the awards ceremony are $27.50 for adults and $16.50 for students, and are available through participating schools.

Tickets for the general public are subject to availability and are only on sale the day of the ceremony.

The 5th Avenue Awards Ceremony will be broadcast in its entirety as a live webcast on Facebook, to watch the broadcast, visit www.facebook.com/5thAvenueEdu.


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