Broadway San Jose partners with The Stage for 2010 National High School Musical Theater Awards

San Jose Stage Company and Broadway San Jose today announced a community partnership to send local winners for Outstanding Performance by an Actress and Actor in a Musical to participate in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards 2010 JIMMY Awards and compete for a four year academic scholarship to New York University. Broadway San Jose has agreed to underwrite all participation fees and the expenses related to sending the Winners of San Jose Stage Company’s Top Honor Awards to compete in New York, and see it as an integral part of its overall desire to support and celebrate the talent that comes from this community.

“We are thrilled to be working with San Jose Stage Company and to be sending two of the top Bay Area high school students to New York to perform on a Broadway stage. It’s very exciting! We know that the Bay Area has extraordinary talent in the performing arts and it’s time to share it with the rest of Broadway,” says Ruth Pangilinan, General Manager of Broadway San Jose.

The two Top Honor Award winners will get an all-expenses-paid trip to the Big Apple with the opportunity to participate in intensive theatre workshops with top industry professionals and to perform on a Broadway stage in front of a national panel of judges at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards. Their chance-of-a-lifetime experience will be sponsored by Broadway San Jose, the South Bay stop for nationally touring Broadway shows, and will be announced at a ceremony at the California Theatre on June 7.

Broadway San Jose is among nineteen other professional theater programs participating in NHS Musical Theatre Awards. The winners will be awarded scholarships to NYU’s Tisch School for the Arts upon acceptance. The 2nd Annual NHS Musical Theatre Awards will take place at the Marquis Theatre in New York this June.

Successfully launched last year, the NHS Musical Theatre Awards is a national celebration of outstanding student achievement in high school musical theater.

“The talent that we saw in high schools across the Bay Area was superb and I’m so happy that they will be given a chance to shine in New York City,” said Spencer Williams.

Randall King, Artistic Director and one of the judges, adds, “We are proud to be working with Broadway San Jose in this innovative partnership to support the arts in our community. Seeing these great students competing and performing on a National level will be extremely gratifying for us. We are proud that together we can make this happen. These 15 schools show an amazing level of talent in all disciplines of theatre, and we are eager to recognize the hard work and achievements of these students and educators.”

San Jose Stage San Jose Stage Company’s Top Honor Awards will take place at The California Theatre, 345 South First Street, downtown San Jose, on Monday, June 7th at 7:00 pm. Tickets are available by calling San Jose Stage Company’s box office at 408.283.7142 or at The Stage’s website at www.thestage.org.

The Awards recognize excellence in High School Musical Theater in the Bay Area. The program is spearheaded by San Jose Stage Company’s Director of Education Spencer Williams, who has served as an adjudicator for the Papermill Playhouse’s “Rising Star” program in New Jersey.

The nominees are:

BEST GRAPHIC DESIGN:

• Katy Boggs, Joyce Cave and Charlie Royce – 42nd Street – San Mateo High School

• Felicia Ong – Aida – Irvington High School

• Not Specified – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – Archbishop Mitty High School

• Katya Austin – Fiddler on the Roof – The King’s Academy

• Not Specified – Oklahoma! – Mission San Jose High School

• Not Specified – Singing in the Rain – Valley Christian High School

BEST HAIR/MAKE-UP DESIGN:

• Lisa Cross – 42nd Street – San Mateo High School

• Sundee Medeiros – Aida – Irvington High School

• Nora Scofield and Laren Saboff – Fiddler on the Roof – The King’s Academy

• Robin Mendolia and Lisa Kester – Singing in the Rain – Valley Christian High School

• Jean Cardinale and Candice Badua – Urinetown – Woodside Priory High School

BEST COSTUME DESIGN:

• Troy River, Dawn River, Felicia Gold, Leigh Ann Gilson – The 25th Annual Putnam

County Spelling Bee – American High School

• Lisa Cross, Lisa Milano, Jeanne McCaleb – 42nd Street – San Mateo High School

• Karen Brady – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – Archbishop Mitty High School

• Tammy Davies and Amanda Craine – Into the Woods – Westmont High School

• Jean Cardinale – Urinetown – Woodside Priory High School

• Karin Nilo and Priya Krishnakumar – You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown – Cupertino

High School

LIGHTING DESIGN:

• Chad Bonaker – 42nd Street – San Mateo High School

• Ryan Willer – Aida – Irvington High School

• Natti Pierce-Thomson – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – Archbishop Mitty High School

• Noah Price and Erik Danford – Fiddler on the Roof – The King’s Academy

• Matt McGill – Into the Woods – Westmont High School

• Natti Perce-Thomson – Les Miserables – The Harker School

SCENIC DESIGN:

• Troy River – The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee – American High School

• Daniel Cadigan – 42nd Street – San Mateo High School

• Fred Alim – Aida – Irvington High School

• Devin Bertsch – Singing in the Rain – Valley Christian High School

• Keith Drotar – Urinetown – Woodside Priory High School

• Max Wolbach, Arcadia Conrad, Sam Ahmed and Max Pommier – You’re a Good Man,

Charlie Brown – Cupertino High School

DIRECTION:

• Troy River – The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee – American High School

• Doug Santana – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – Archbishop Mitty High School

• Jeff Bengford – Into the Woods – Westmont High School

• Bill Starr – Lucky Stiff – Wilcox High School

• John Sugden – Urinetown – Woodside Priory High School

CHOREOGRAPHY:

• Robyn Tribuzi – 42nd Street – San Mateo High School

• Lauren Benjamin – Aida – Irvington High School

• Anethra Moura – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – Archbishop Mitty High School

• Tiffany Woods and Rachelle Taylor – Fame – Piedmont Hills High School

• Kevin Hammond – Singing in the Rain – Valley Christian High School

MUSICAL DIRECTION:

• Shawn Reifschneider – 42nd Street – San Mateo High School

• Daina Joly – Aida – Irvington High School

• Mason Kimont – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – Archbishop Mitty High School

• Catherine Snider – Les Miserables – The Harker School

• Dave Hook – Singing in the Rain – Valley Christian High School

ORCHESTRA:

• Mason Kimont – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – Archbishop Mitty High School

• Dave Gregoric – Singing in the Rain – Valley Christian High School

• Eileen Dimminger – Urinetown – Woodside Priory High School

CHORUS:

• 42nd Street – San Mateo High School

• Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – Archbishop Mitty High School

• Fame – Piedmont Hills High School

• Into the Woods – Westmont High School

• Les Miserables – The Harker School

BEST FEATURED ACTRESS/ACTOR:

• Madison Boggs (“Anytime Annie” Reilly) – 42nd Street – San Mateo High School

• David Visini (Andy Lee) – 42nd Street – San Mateo High School

• Erin Garcia (Jolene Oaks) – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – Archbishop Mitty High School

• Arielle Fletcher (Fruma Sarah) – Fiddler on the Roof – The King’s Academy

• John Ammatuna (Enjolras) – Les Miserables – The Harker School

• Kyle Linton (Body of Tony Henden) – Lucky Stiff – Wilcox High School

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:

• Anna Crosetti (Dorothy Brock) – 42nd Street – San Mateo High School

• Sarah Bernosky (Muriel Eubanks) – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – Archbishop Mitty High

School

• Marisa Scofield (Tzeitel) – Fiddler on the Roof – The King’s Academy

• Leah Marie Cohen (Little Red Ridinghood) – Into the Woods – Westmont High School

• Olivia Norman (Lina Lomont) – Singing in the Rain – Valley Christian High School

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:

• Manuel Barrera (Leaf Coneybear) – The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee –

American High School

• Nicholas Wetherbee (Billy Lawlor) – 42nd Street – San Mateo High School

• Ryan Meyer (Andre Thibeault) – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – Archbishop Mitty High

School

• James Seifert (Marius) – Les Miserables – The Harker School

• Scott Kavanagh (Will Parker) – Oklahoma! – Mission San Jose High School

BEST LEADING ACTOR:

• Jeremy Griffith (Vice Principal Douglas Panch) – The 25th Annual Putnam County

Spelling Bee – American High School

• James M. Jones (Radames) – Aida – Irvington High School

• Jaemyeong Lee (Billy Crocker) – Anything Goes – Saratoga High School

• Matt Hill (Freddy Benson) – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – Archbishop Mitty High School

• Tad Cruz (Tevye) – Fiddler on the Roof – The King’s Academy

• Alex Willis (Harry Witherspoon) – Lucky Stiff – Wilcox High School

BEST LEADING ACTRESS:

• Devon Simpson (Olive Ostrovsky) – The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee –

American High School

• Katherine Dela Cruz (Aida) – Aida – Irvington High School

• Nila Le (Serena Katz) – Fame – Piedmont Hills High School

• Rachel Graves (The Baker’s Wife) – Into the Woods – Westmont High School

• Christina Lea (Annabel Glick) – Lucky Stiff – Wilcox High School

• Veronique Filloux (Hope Cladwell) – Urinetown – Woodside Priory High School

BEST OVERALL PRODUCTION:

• 42nd Street – San Mateo High School

• Aida – Irvington High School

• Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – Archbishop Mitty High School

• Singing in the Rain – Valley Christian High School

• Urinetown – Woodside Priory High School

TOP HONOR NOMINATIONS BY PRODUCTION:

• 42nd Street – San Mateo High School – (13)

• Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – Archbishop Mitty High School – (13)

• Aida – Irvington High School – (9)

• Singing in the Rain – Valley Christian High School – (8)

• Fiddler on the Roof – The King’s Academy – (7)

• Into the Woods – Westmont High School – (7)

• Urinetown – Woodside Priory High School – (7)

• The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee – American High School – (6)

• Les Miserables – The Harker School – (5)

• Lucky Stiff – Wilcox High School – (4)

• Fame – Piedmont Hills High School – (3)

• Oklahoma! – Mission San Jose High School – (2)

• You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown – Cupertino High School – (2)

• Anything Goes – Saratoga High School – (1)

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