Liberty drama rakes in award nominations
May 25, 2010
By Chantelle Lusebrink
Liberty High School’s Patriot Players are dancing in the streets — well maybe the aisles.
The school’s drama department was nominated for 10 5th Avenue High School Musical Awards May 19 for their musical production of “Into the Woods.” They were also given two honorable mentions for the production.
“It’s a very gratifying recognition of our hard work and a confirmation of our belief that we had a particularly strong production this year,” Director Katherine Klekas wrote in an e-mail. “The music director, choreographer and I all love the show, but it is very challenging and demanding. This year, we recognized that we had the students and the creative team to do it justice.”
The Tony Awards-style ceremony is sponsored by Wells Fargo and helps provide the same recognition given to high school athletes to student actors, according to the 5th Avenue Theatre’s website. The award ceremony honors the talent and dedication students, parents and faculty devote to their school’s yearly musical productions.
Students and the school’s directing faculty will attend the awards and compete for awards in the categories of best overall production, stage crew and ensemble and outstanding direction, choreography, set design, lighting and costumes.Tucker Goodman was nominated for an award for outstanding supporting actor. Clare Pfeifer was also nominated for the outstanding actor in a nonsinging role category.
They were also given two honorable mentions for outstanding orchestra and leading male role, played by Connor Callahan.
“We are most proud of the range of our recognitions, which cover technical work, designs, and both individual and group performances,” Klekas wrote. “The ‘ensemble cast’ nomination is particularly important to me.
“We even received a nomination for the nonspeaking role of the cow, Milky White!” she wrote. “More than one audience member told me that they had been moved by her performance — no pun intended.
“Our students really understand the old saying that ‘there are no small parts, only small actors,’ and they put their whole hearts into their characters and into serving the story.”
The ceremony and select performances from high school nominees will be held at the 5th Avenue Theatre at 7 p.m. June 7.
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