BROADWAY IN CHICAGO’S
ILLINOIS HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL THEATRE AWARDS
(Sponsored by NBC 5)
In celebration of outstanding achievement in high school musical theater performances, Broadway In Chicago is thrilled to announce the award recipients of the Seventh Annual Illinois High School Musical Theater Awards sponsored by NBC 5: Darian Goulding of Hampshire, IL (Hampshire High School) as BEST ACTOR for his portrayal of “The Beast” in BEAUTY & THE BEAST and Natalie Doppelt of Deerfield, IL (Deerfield High School) as BEST ACTRESS for her portrayal of “Sister Mary Robert” in SISTER ACT. Darian and Natalie will represent the state of Illinois at The Jimmy® Awards (also known as The National High School Musical Theatre
Awards™) in New York on June 25, 2018.
York Community High School was awarded Best Production presented by Guardian Music Travel for their production of TUCK EVERLASTING and Crystal Lake South High School was awarded Best Scenic Design presented by SPL, celebrating excellence in scenic design, for their production of PETER PAN. Rebecca Marianetti was awarded the Best Direction Award for her direction of York Community High School’s production of TUCK EVERLASTING.
On Monday, June 4, Broadway In Chicago crafted a full day of workshops with theatre professionals for twenty-four nominees that culminated in a performance on stage at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place. During the day, nominees auditioned for a panel of casting agents and theater professionals who chose the recipients of performance awards.
In addition to a work-shop led by HAMILTON Chicago cast members Gabriella Sorrentino (Dance Captain/Swing) whose previous theatrical credits include ON YOUR FEET! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan on Broadway as well as regional productions of A CHORUS LINE, IN THE HEIGHTS and WEST SIDE STORY, and Jose Rosario Jr. (Ensemble) whose credits include ON YOUR FEET! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan on Broadway, nominees will receive tickets to a Broadway In Chicago show.
HAMILTON currently plays at Broadway In Chicago’s CIBC Theatre (18 W. Monroe, Chicago.}
Darian Goulding and Natalie Doppelt will be sent to New York City, on an all-expense paid trip, for a week-long theatre intensive of coaching and rehearsals with industry professionals in preparation for a one
night-only showcase, where they will represent the state of Illinois at The Jimmy® Awards on Broadway, on Monday, June 25, 2018.
The Jimmy® Awards are named for legendary Broadway theater owner and producer James M. Nederlander. Broadway In Chicago is a Nederlander presentation and is excited to join the network theatres across
the country participating in The Jimmy® Awards.
The Jimmy® Awards
The National High School Musical TheatreAwards™
(NHSMTA) impacts more than 100,000 students who participate in high school musical theatre competitions sponsored by presenters of Touring Broadway productions throughout the United States. A Best Actress and Best Actor winner from each of these competition
is sent to New York for a week-long theatre intensive of coaching and rehearsals with industry professionals in preparation for a one night-only showcase on Broadway, where a panel of judges crowns the nation’s top performers. Named for Broadway impresario James M. Nederlander, the program has been the catalyst for more than $2,000,000 in educational scholarships.
The series remains popular viewing at www.pbs.org. For more information, please visit www.JimmyAwards.com
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