Liberty High School drama program earns award nominations

May 18, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

Liberty High School performers prepare for a scene from 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood.' By Mary Eck

NEW — 8 a.m. May 18, 2011

“The Mystery of Edwin Drood” — a stage production based on Charles Dickens’ unfinished murder mystery — garnered Liberty High School performers a half dozen nominations in the annual 5th Avenue Awards Honoring High School Musical Theater.

The high school’s company, called the Patriot Players, earned nods for Outstanding Choreography, Outstanding Costume Design, Outstanding Program Design and Outstanding Performance by a Chorus. Tucker Goodman and Paige Fabre also received acting nominations in the statewide competition.

“The Mystery of Edwin Drood” also earned the Patriot Players honorable mentions in the Outstanding Overall Musical Production and Outstanding Direction categories. Overall, Liberty earned nominations in most major categories.

The theater announced the nominees Tuesday. The honor is considered as a kind of high school Tony Award and is meant to celebrate exceptional musical theater productions presented during the 2010-2011 school year. The ceremony is scheduled for 7 p.m. June 6 at Benaroya Hall.

Nominated students and schools perform excerpts from nominated shows at the ceremony before a packed audience expected to reach 2,400 people. Local elected officials, and arts and media personalities, present the awards.

Liberty, a perennial performance powerhouse, last year earned 10 nominations and received awards for Outstanding Lighting Design and Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Cast for “Into the Woods.”

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