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Students honored at National Youth Arts awards ceremony


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  • Becky Kelbaugh/Scottsdale Unified School District

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Scottsdale Unified School District is proud to announce that several students from Chaparral and Desert Mountain High School will be honored at the 2013-14 9th Annual National Youth Arts Awards Ceremony on August 5th at Mesa High School, 1630 E. Southern Ave., Mesa.

According to NYA, this year more than 400 productions were considered for the awards, including shows from more than 130 different theatres in more than 60 cities spanning 12 states.

Students honored at National Youth Arts awards ceremony Theater1-300x184The award winners were selected from nominations by a panel of more than 25 judges and reviewers.

In addition to the youth who performed in schools and youth theatre companies, anyone age 18 and under who performed in a show reviewed by a NYA judge was also considered for the awards, as well as the adults who participated in the youth productions backstage (directors, set designers, costume designers, etc.) and a limited number of guest adult performers in productions designed for youth.

Winners:
Lead Actor in a Play: Ethan Bernbaum as Frank Michaelson in Take Her, She’s Mine (Chaparral High School)
Supporting Actress in a Musical: Alli Greenberg as Gertrude in Seussical (Chaparral High School)
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical: Jeremy Yampolsky as William Barfee in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Desert Mountain High School)
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical: Genai Cavender as Rona Lisa Perretti in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Desert Mountain High School)
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play: Alena Sanderson as Kathryn Schaub in Radium Girls (Desert Mountain High School)
Outstanding Set Design: Jennica Dombrowski for Radium Girls (Desert Mountain High School)

Nominees:
Lead Actor in a Musical: Matt Merritt as Horton in Seussical (Chaparral High School)
Lead Actress in a Musical: Kaci Feinstein as Cat in the Hat in Seussical (Chaparral High School)
Lead Actor in a Play: Nick Erickson as Van Helsing in Dracula (Chaparral High School)
Lead Actress in a Play: Leah Kaplan as Mollie Michaelson in Take Her, She’s Mine (Chaparral High School)
Supporting Actress in a Play: Sam Woods as Liz Michaelson in Take Her, She’s Mine (Chaparral High School)
Outstanding Ensemble: Seussical (Chaparral High School)
Outstanding Production: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Desert Mountain High School)
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical: Erin Eisel as Olive Ostrovsky in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Desert Mountain High School)
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play: Vanessa Benjamin as Grace Fryer in Radium Girls (Desert Mountain High School)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical: Tony Julian as Vice Principal Douglas Panch in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Desert Mountain High School)
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical: Hannah Marias as Marcy Park in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Desert Mountain High School) and Jordan Yampolsky as Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Desert Mountain High School)
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical: Nick Hambruch as Mitch Mahoney in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Desert Mountain High School)
Outstanding Ensemble: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Desert Mountain High School)
Outstanding Direction: Marilyn Mumaw for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Desert Mountain High School)

For more information about NYA, please visit http://www.nationalyoutharts.com.

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