Chaparral High School’s drama students picked up four awards at the 7th Annual National Youth Arts Awards Ceremony held at the Carlsbad Cultural Arts Center last month. The students received twelve nominations and won in four categories for drama productions put on last year.
Awards went to:
Lead Actress in a Play: Marissa Mattson as Helen Keller in “The Miracle Worker”
Lead Actress in a Play: Avalon Penrose as Annie Sullivan in “The Miracle Worker”
Supporting Actor in a Musical: Sean Bendon as Lion in “The Wiz”
Ensemble: “The Wiz”
Outstanding Production: “The Wiz”
Supporting Actor in a Musical: James Bowen as Scarecrow in “The Wiz”
Supporting Actor in a Musical: Mikal Davis as The Wiz in “The Wiz”
Supporting Actress in a Musical: Mauricea Murray as Evillene in “The Wiz”
Featured Actress in a Musical: Taylor Lindsley as Glinda in “The Wiz”
Lighting Design: Jacob Cerda for “The Wiz”
Direction: Chris Irvin for “The Wiz”
Direction: Taylor Lindsley for “The Miracle Worker”
More than 230 productions were considered for the awards, including shows from more than 100 different theatres in more than 50 cities spanning 11 states.
Award winners were selected from nominations by a panel of more than twenty judges and reviewers.
In addition to the youth who performed in the youth theatre companies, anyone age 18 and under who performed at a show reviewed by a National Youth Arts judge was also considered for the awards, as well as the adults who participated in the youth productions backstage (and a limited number of guest adult performers in professional productions designed for youth.
For more about the National Youth Arts Awards, visit: http://www.nationalyouththeatre.com.
*Contributed by Temecula Valley Unified School District