Three local students and young actors have been honored by the 5th Avenue Awards Honoring High School Musical Theater. A version of the Tony Awards for high school theater programs, The 5th Avenue Awards allow musical theater students from across Washington state to meet, celebrate, and honor the exceptional musical theater productions presented during the 2012/13 school year.
Cora Foss, a Hoquiam High School students, has been nominated in the category of Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for her portrayal of “Rose Alvarez” in the school’s recent production of “Bye Bye Birdie.”
The 5th Avenue Awards will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 11, at The 5th Avenue Theatre.
Meanwhile, two more Harbor youths won honorable mentions in their respective categories. Adam Cooper, also of Hoquiam High, for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for his portrayal of Mr. MacAfee and Aberdeen High’s Autumn McGivern for OutstandingPerformance by an Actress in a Featured Ensemble Role for her portrayal of Woodstock in the school’s production of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”
The awards are designed to shine the spotlight on high school musical theater programs, offering performing arts students the kind of support and recognition that accomplished high school athletes have received for decades.
“The power of the arts is profound and has a lasting impact on young participants,” said 5th Avenue Producing Director Bill Berry. “Whether they go on to careers as doctors and lawyers, or actors and dancers, these students carry their experiences on the stage with them their whole lives. We at The 5th are proud to honor and celebrate these experiences.”
The program, which Berry created in 2003, has grown in size and scope from 24 productions and 3,100 students to 105 productions at 88 schools, with more than 10,000 students participating this year. For the 2012/13 high school theater season, 184 nominations and 127 honorable mentions were given in various categories. An estimated 2,100 high school students are expected to attend, with nominated students and schools performing excerpts from their shows. These talented students will truly get a taste of what it’s like to perform in front of a packed house.
Each year, schools from across Washington state submit their musicals for consideration by The 5th Avenue Awards Committee. A variety of local theater professionals are selected by The 5th as evaluators to travel to cities as far away as Spokane, Lynden, Sequim and Vancouver, seeking the best actors, actresses, directors and designers to represent their schools in this hotly anticipated annual event. The evaluators gather at the end of the season and make nominations in 21 categories, from “Lobby Display” to “Overall Musical Production.”
The 5th Avenue Awards ceremony will be broadcast in its entirety as a live webcast on Facebook. Please visit www.facebook.com/5thAvenueEdu