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Enumclaw High drama students in running for awards

Enumclaw High School is among the nominees recently announced by Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre’s awards honoring high school musical theater.

A high school version of the Tony Awards, this program allows theater students from across Washington to meet, celebrate and honor the exceptional musical theater productions presented during the 2010-2011 school year. These awards are designed to shine the spotlight on high school musical theater programs and offer theater students the kind of support and recognition that accomplished high school athletes have received for decades. The 5th Avenue Awards will take place at 7 p.m. June 6 at Benaroya Hall.

EHS was nominated in the categories of Outstanding Orchestra and Outstanding Program Design for its spring production of “The Drowsy Chaperone.”

Several cast members of “The Drowsy Chaperone” also received honorable mention nods.

Dane Chevassus was an honorable mention for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of “Man in Chair.”

Carson Johnson’s role as The Drowsy Chaperone earned her an honorable mention for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role.

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Featured Ensemble Role Honorable Mention was handed out to Kenzie Olds as Trix the Aviatrix.

Since its inception the program has grown in size and scope, from 31 productions and 3,100 students in 2003 to 84 productions and 8,400 students participating this year. Of those, 177 nominations and 121 honorable mentions were given to 84 productions in various categories.

During the past school year, The 5th Avenue Theatre sent teams of theater professionals to evaluate each school’s production. Nominations are made in 22 categories, from “Lobby Display” to “Overall Musical Production.”

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. Dozens of high-profile elected officials and arts and media personalities will present the awards and show their support for school arts programs. An estimated 2,400 high school students are expected to attend, along with their families and friends.Tickets for the Awards Ceremony are $27.50 for adults, $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.

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