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Omaha Performing Arts Announces Nebraska High School Theatre Awards Winners

May 12, 2017, 15:44 PM by Kelly Bartnick

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Winners announced in the program that stretches from Omaha to North Platte

OMAHA, Neb., (May 12, 2017) – Omaha Performing Arts is pleased to announce this year’s winners for the fourth annual Nebraska High School Theatre Awards (NHSTA) program. The winners will receive their awards at the Nebraska High School Theatre Awards Showcase Thursday, June 8, 2017 at the Holland Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the Showcase are $10 general admission. To reserve tickets, contact the Ticket Omaha Box Office at 402.345.0606 or visit TicketOmaha.com.

Modeled after the Tony Awards, this red carpet event will feature performances by more than 350 students from 60 Nebraska schools, with awards for outstanding productions, top ensembles and performers, and artistic excellence behind-the-scenes.

Representatives from all participating schools will perform in the awards opening and closing numbers. All showcase performers will work with leading local musicians and a professional Broadway choreographer during the week leading up to the awards.

The lead actor and actress selected to participate in the Broadway League’s 2017 National High School Musical Theatre Awards in New York will be announced at the awards showcase. The twelve finalists will perform a special number in the showcase. The 20 winners for Outstanding Performance in a Lead Role will have a chance to perform in an interschool medley at the showcase.

Now in its fourth year, the Nebraska High School Theatre Awards program has expanded to schools from Omaha to North Platte with nearly 6,000 students participating this year. Omaha Performing Arts will expand the program next year to accept up to 70 schools across the state of Nebraska. Registration for the 2017-2018 school year opens online at NebraskaHSTA.org in August 2017.

Ten high schools will receive awards for Outstanding Musical Theatre Production:

  • Bellevue West High School – “The Drowsy Chaperone”
  • Concordia Junior-Senior High School – “Oklahoma”
  • Grand Island Northwest High School – “Sister Act”
  • Gretna High School – “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”
  • Kearney Senior High School – “Footloose”
  • Lincoln Southeast High School – “Cinderella”
  • Lincoln Southwest High School – “Mary Poppins”
  • Millard North High School – “Catch Me If You Can”
  • North Platte High School – “The Music Man”
  • Omaha Burke High School – “Shrek”

Ten awards for Outstanding Ensemble will be presented to:

  • Bellevue West High School – “The Drowsy Chaperone”
  • Concordia Junior-Senior High School – “Oklahoma”
  • Crete High School – “The Addams Family”
  • Daniel J. Gross Catholic High School – “Godspell”
  • Grand Island Northwest High School – “Sister Act”
  • Gretna High School – “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”
  • Lincoln Southeast High School – “Cinderella”
  • Lincoln Southwest High School – “Mary Poppins”
  • Millard North High School – “Catch Me If You Can”
  • Plattsmouth High School – “Dear Edwina”

Twenty leading actors and actresses will be honored for Outstanding Performance in a Lead Role:

This year's award-winning lead actors are:

  • Jared Dominguez in the role of Adolpho from “The Drowsy Chaperone” – Bellevue West High School
  • Jimmy Nguyen in the role of Man in Chair from “The Drowsy Chaperone” – Bellevue West High School
  • Noah Klemp in the role of Will Parker from “Oklahoma” – Concordia Junior-Senior High School
  • Ryan Salak in the role of Curley from “Oklahoma” – Concordia Junior-Senior High School
  • Tyler Harpenau in the role of Pharoah from “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” – Gretna High School
  • Dawson Langholdt in the role of Joseph from “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” – Gretna High School
  • Matthew Hakel in the role of Bert from “Mary Poppins” – Lincoln Southwest High School
  • Lane Mongeon in the role of Gomez Addams from “The Addams Family” – Milford High School
  • Cal Strawhecker in the role of Sidney from “The Sweet Smell of Success” – V.J. and Angela Skutt Catholic High School
  • Nathan Wallace in the role of Eddie Flagrante from “Zombie Prom” – Westside High School

This year's award-winning lead actresses are:

  • Eleanor Carle in the role of Janet Van de Graff from “The Drowsy Chaperone” – Bellevue West High School
  • Lauren Johnson in the role of The Drowsy Chaperone from “The Drowsy Chaperone” – Bellevue West High School
  • Clare Fiore in the role of Ado Annie from “Oklahoma” – Concordia Junior-Senior High School
  • Addisyn Dupler in the role of Delores Van Cartier from “Sister Act” – Grand Island Northwest High School
  • Meredith Enersen in the role of Fairy Godmother from “Cinderella” – Lincoln Southeast High School
  • Piper Monson in the role of Ariel from “The Little Mermaid” – Lourdes Central Catholic High School
  • Gigi Hausman in the role of Kathy Seldon from “Singin’ in the Rain” – Marian High School
  • Sierra Lancaster in the role of Brenda from “Catch Me If You Can” – Millard North High School
  • Ambi Anuh-Ndumu in the role of Motormouth Maybelle from “Hairspray” – Papillion La Vista High School
  • Adeline Morgenson in the role of Alice Beineke from “The Addams Family” – Waverly High School

Twenty supporting actors and actresses will be honored for Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role.

Award-winning actors in this category include:

  • Jordan Powell in the role of Feldzig from “The Drowsy Chaperone” – Bellevue West High School
  • Avery Kesar in the role of Ali Hakim from “Oklahoma” – Concordia Junior-Senior High School
  • Daniel Braunberger in the role of Lucas Beineke from “The Addams Family” – Crete High School
  • Haydn Muir in the role of Benny Southstreet from “Guys and Dolls” – Elkhorn High School
  • Dalton Elliot in the role of Monsignor O’Hara in “Sister Act” – Grand Island Northwest High School
  • Jo Jo Vazquez in the role of Sonny in “In the Heights” – Grand Island Senior High School
  • Henry Zander in the role of Jean-Michel from “Cinderella” – Lincoln Southeast High School
  • Ruchir Khazanchi in the role of Roger Strong from “Catch Me If You Can” – Millard North High School
  • Rob Fuller in the role of Max Detweiler from “The Sound of Music” – Millard West High School
  • Grant Mannschreck in the role of Rolf Gruber from “The Sound of Music” – Millard West High School

Award-winning actresses in supporting roles include:

  • Audrey Lausterer in the role of Kitty from “The Drowsy Chaperone” – Bellevue West High School
  • Jessie Nelson in the role of Grace Farrell from “Annie” – Columbus High School
  • Meagan Rasmussen in the role of Aunt Eller from “Oklahoma” – Concordia Junior-Senior High School
  • Veronica Miller in the role of Grandma Addams from “The Addams Family” – Crete High School
  • Kinley Holm in the role of Celisse (Liz) from “Godspell” – Daniel J. Gross Catholic High School
  • Jadeyn Stutzman in the role of Sister Mary Robert from “Sister Act” – Grand Island Northwest High School
  • Sadie Prenda in the role of Charlotte from “Cinderella” – Lincoln Southeast High School
  • Mia Dibble in the role of Elizabeth I from “The Pirate Queen” – Millard South High School
  • Jackie Frazier in the role of Penny Pingleton from “Hairspray” – Papillion La Vista High School
  • Ava Dreessen in the role of Rita from “Sweet Smell of Success” – V.J. and Angela Skutt Catholic High School

Backstage Excellence Award will be presented to:

  • Omaha Burke High School

Outstanding Achievement in Design Award:

  • Taylor Gardner – Gross Catholic High School (scenic design)

Outstanding Achievement in Stage Management:

  • Sean Gardner – Brownell Talbot School

Outstanding Educator Award:

  • David Sackschewsky (Shack) – Grand Island Northwest High School

Lifetime Achievement in Education:

  • Marya Lucca-Thyberg – Bellevue West High School

There are twelve finalists for The Broadway League’s National High School Musical Theatre Awards program.

The twelve finalists were selected through an audition process. From this group of finalists, one actor and one actress will be nominated to represent Nebraska at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards program in New York later in June. The two nominees will be announced live onstage at this year’s awards showcase.

Finalist Actresses:

  • Lauren Johnson – Bellevue West High School
  • Maya Mathews – Brownell Talbot School
  • Michaela Winje – Elkhorn South High School
  • Addisyn Dupler – Grand Island Northwest High School
  • Gigi Hausman – Marian High School
  • Ambi Anuh-Ndumu – Papillion La Vista High School

Finalist Actors

  • Jimmy Nguyen – Bellevue West High School
  • Will Hastreiter – Elkhorn High School
  • Drew Sinnard – Kearney Senior High School
  • Matthew Hakel – Lincoln Southwest High School
  • Lane Mongeon – Milford High School
  • Sean Ryan – Papillion La Vista High School

Sponsored by Wells Fargo, The Presenters, Midlands Community Foundation, Papillion Community Foundation, Richard P. Kimmel and Laurine Kimmel Charitable Foundation, the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, the Nebraska High School Theatre Awards is presented by Omaha Performing Arts to celebrate, support and advocate for high school musical theatre education in Nebraska.

To learn more about the Nebraska High School Theatre Awards contact NHSTA@OmahaPerformingArts.org with questions. More information about the National High School Musical Theatre Awards is available at NHSMTA.com. The eighth annual National High School Musical Theatre Awards produced by The Broadway League will take place on Monday, June 26, 2017, at the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway.


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ABOUT THE NEBRASKA HIGH SCHOOL THEATRE AWARDS

The Nebraska High School Theatre Awards is designed to celebrate, support and advocate for high school musical theatre education in Nebraska. Participating high schools have their musical theatre productions reviewed by a team of adjudicators who provide directors with valuable feedback. Throughout the year, participating high schools are also offered free Broadway master classes and in-school theatre workshops, tickets to touring Broadway shows when available, performance and audition experiences, distance learning opportunities, awards and more. The program culminates in an annual Tony Awards®-inspired ceremony to recognize outstanding performers, productions and excellence behind-the-scenes. The fourth annual Nebraska High School Theatre Awards Showcase will take place on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at the Holland Performing Arts Center. Visit NebraskaHSTA.org to learn more.