One award, many mentions for two Harbor schools

Aberdeen and Hoquiam High Schools were well represented at the 12th annual 5th Avenue Awards Honoring High School Musical Theater this week. The award ceremony opened with more than 200 kids from 94 Washington state schools singing “Seasons of Love” and “No Day But Today” from Rent.

Aberdeen High School won for Outstanding Lighting Design in “Aida,” which also received honorable mentions for Outstanding Stage Crew and Direction.

“Aida” director Tamara Helland said Alex Eddy, who often teams up with her on productions, took the lead on lighting. He was then asked to accept the award and give a short speech.

“I now know why they say you should always write something in advance. It’s totally true because it was hard to come up with stuff,” Eddy said. “But the whole thing was really neat. I felt really honored by it.”

Hoquiam’s Cora Foss was nominated in Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role as lovesick high school student Toffee in “Zombie Prom!” Adam Cooper received an honorable mention for his role as the investigative reporter, Eddie Flagrante, and the orchestra and chorus both received honorable mentions for “Zombie Prom!” Cooper also recieved a special honor for student achievement.

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