High school students win 5th Avenue Theatre best acting awards
June 14, 2011
By Laura Geggel
Two students from Liberty and Eastside Catholic high schools — junior Tucker Goodman and senior John Winslow — have landed the most prestigious acting awards of their young careers.
Liberty High School’s Goodman won Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role at The 5th Avenue Theatre’s annual awards honoring high school musical theater on June 6.
For the winning role, he played the Chairman of the Board for the Patriot Players’ performance of “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” a musical based on an unfinished novel written by Charles Dickens.
This isn’t Goodman’s first nomination, although it is his first award from The 5th Avenue. In 2010, Goodman received a nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance as Cinderella’s prince in “Into the Woods”
Goodman called the award “an honor” and added he received it “help of a bunch of committed people.”
“Acting is all about telling a story and making the audience feel something, whether they’re feeling happy or sad,” he said. “I like to share feelings and stories with people through acting.”
Goodman doesn’t only shine onstage. His classmates recently elected him to serve as Associated Student Body president for the next school year, and he also in the top 3 percent of students who took the 2012 National Merit exam.
Eastside Catholic High School’s Winslow, of Issaquah, earned Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Group for his performance of “Once on this Island.” He shares the award with sophomore Nalani Saito, senior Aiko Suetsugu and senior Madison King-Foster, who played an ensemble of gods.
The musical also served as a fundraiser to give relief to victims of the Haiti earthquake. The Eastside Catholic actors and crew raised nearly $400 by selling handmade-from-thread “friendship” bracelets.
Both Liberty and Eastside Catholic’s productions earned several nominations from The 5th Avenue Theatre awards.
The Patriot Players received eight nominations for “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” including Outstanding Choreography, Outstanding Costume Design, Outstanding Program Design and Outstanding Performance by a Chorus. Performer Paige Fabre, a senior, also received an acting nomination in the statewide competition.
The musical earned the Patriot Players honorable mentions in the Outstanding Overall Musical Production and Outstanding Direction categories.
Eastside Catholic received nominations for the production for Outstanding Scenic Design and Outstanding Lighting Design, as well as honorable mention for Outstanding Direction, Outstanding Music Direction and Outstanding Orchestra.
The 5th Avenue Awards are a Tony Awards-style show honoring high school musical theater throughout Washington.
Laura Geggel: 392-6434, ext. 241, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.