Liberty High School drama program lands statewide theater honors

June 5, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 8 a.m. June 5, 2012

Liberty High School performers — and a scene-stealing, man-eating plant — snapped up more awards than any other high school drama program in a statewide competition Monday.

The school received four honors for a recent production of “Little Shop of Horrors” in The 5th Avenue Theatre’s annual awards to recognize musical theater at high schools across the Evergreen State. The honor is akin to a Tony Award for student performers and productions.

“Little Shop of Horrors” garnered awards for Outstanding Music Direction, Outstanding Scenic Design, Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role and the top honor, Outstanding Overall Musical Production.

Jeremy Dodd earned the Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role honor for a turn as a floral shop proprietor in “Little Shop of Horrors.”

Overall, the awards program included 191 nominations and 99 honorable mentions. Liberty performers garnered 13 nominations for “Little Shop of Horrors.”

Statewide, 93 productions representing more than 9,000 students applied for consideration in the annual awards.

Issaquah High School earned honorable mention recognition for Outstanding Musical Direction for a fall production of “Fiddler on the Roof” — the debut musical at the school’s Performing Arts Center.

Liberty started participating in the awards program in 2005. “Seussical” in 2006 received 11 nods, the most nominations a Liberty show received before “Little Shop of Horrors.”

In 2010, “Into the Woods” earned 10 nominations and received awards for Outstanding Lighting Design and Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Cast and Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role.

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