Byron Nelson, Eaton and Northwest earn Dallas Summer Musicals award nominations
Byron Nelson, Eaton and Northwest earn Dallas Summer Musicals award nominations
Posted on 04/09/2018
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The Byron Nelson production of The Addams Family

Northwest ISD’s three comprehensive high schools have each earned at least one nomination at the prestigious Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theatre Awards competition, with Byron Nelson High School amassing 11 nominees, tied for second-most overall.

Byron Nelson is one of the top nominees, with a nomination in the musical category – for best overall performance – for its production of “The Addams Family.” The school earned nominations in acting categories including lead actor (Jack Gates), lead actress (Whitney Stonecipher), supporting actor (Zachary Garcia), supporting actress (Laura Souto) and featured actress (Melanie McBride). Additionally, the school earned nominations in the ensemble category and the following technical categories: choreography, stage crew, musical direction and direction.

Notably, Byron Nelson’s 11 nominations mark the second consecutive year the school has received the second-most nominations in the competition.

From Eaton, two individuals earned nominations alongside a crew nomination. Eaton earned nominations in two acting categories – Lane Norris for lead actor, and Kelsey Oden for supporting actress – as well as a nomination in the stage crew category, all for its production of “My Fair Lady.”

Northwest’s nomination came in the direction category for its production of “Hello, Dolly!”

Dallas Summer Musicals’ awards program is among the top honors available for musical theatre students in the area, with the winners of the Best Actor and Best Actress category each earning a $10,000 scholarship and a trip to New York to perform on Broadway. Those winners will then compete in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards – also known as the Jimmy Awards, for Broadway producer James “Jimmy” Nederlander – for further awards.

The High School Musical Theatre Awards competition will take place May 17, beginning with a red carpet event at 5:30 p.m., followed by the show at 7 p.m. Fair Park Music Hall, located at 909 First Ave. in Dallas, will host the event.

For more information, visit www.dallassummermusicals.org.