16th Annual 5th Avenue Awards Honoring High School Musical Theater

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff
It was the most anticipated night of the year by high school theater programs across the state of Washington: The 16th Annual 5th Avenue Awards Honoring High School Musical Theater, proudly sponsored by Wells Fargo with additional support from Alaska Airlines. Presented at The 5th Avenue Theatre on June 11th, nearly 2,000 teenagers, many in costumes representing their schools’ musical theater productions, cheered for their peers as they performed musical excerpts and accepted awards honoring top student achievements in musical theater. The acclaimed event, directed this year by Kat Ramsburg, handed out awards in 21 categories ranging from Outstanding Overall Musical Production to Outstanding Lobby Display.
“It is always such a treat to witness students from across the state being recognized for all their hard work during The 5th Avenue Awards,” said Stephanie Wall, Wells Fargo community relations manager for the Pacific Northwest. “Wells Fargo chooses to support The 5th Avenue Theatre year after year because we believe in this wonderful organization and we believe in these amazingly talented young people. We thank and applaud all the parents, teachers, mentors, and community members who rally together to support our youth.” The 5th Avenue Theatre is grateful to Wells Fargo for their long-standing partnership as title sponsor of this program over the past 14 years.
About the Recipients
A grand total of 20 high schools received awards across 21 categories among the recipients of The 16th Annual 5th Avenue Awards. Tahoma High School took home top honors at the end of the night with the award for Outstanding Overall Musical Production for their hit production of Tarzan The Stage Musical. In a testament to the high quality work being done in schools all across Washington State, no school swept the ceremony, with two schools taking home two awards each, including Kamiak High School (Monty Python’s Spamalot, School Edition) and Tahoma High School (Tarzan The Stage Musical).
Walla Walla High School student Cassie Dixon received the award for Outstanding Performance by an Actress for her performance as Ella Peterson in Bells are Ringing. Hanford High School student Jake Isom received the award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor for his performance as Lieutenant Frank Cioffi in Curtains. These talented teens will travel to the National High School Musical Theater Awards (Jimmy Awards) in New York City at the end of June. The 5th Avenue Theatre sincerely thanks Alaska Airlines, whose support makes it possible to send the recipients of the Leading Actor and Leading Actress awards to New York.
Wenatchee High School took home the award for Outstanding Direction (The Wedding Singer), Monroe High School received the award for Outstanding Music Direction (Guys and Dolls), and Kamiak High School brought home the award for Outstanding Choreography (Monty Python’s Spamalot, School Edition).
This year, the Special Honor for Outstanding Educator was given to Kristin Glaeser of Walla Walla High School. The Special Honor for Outstanding Parent
Support was given to Meadowdale High School.
About the Awards
The program, which Producing Artistic Director Bill Berry created in 2003, has grown in size and scope from 24 productions and 3,100 students to 119 productions at 95 schools with more than 10,000 students participating this year. For the 2017/18 high school theater season, 165 nominations and 169 honorable mentions were given in various categories. Each year, schools from across Washington State submit their musicals for consideration by The 5th Avenue Awards Committee. 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.
Over the years, many schools have reported back to The 5th Avenue Theatre that their involvement in this awards program has significantly helped their individual efforts to secure funding, improve curriculum and increase student participation.
NSD local high schools that were recognized this year:
Woodinville High School - Les Misérables
Honorable Mention in Outstanding Music Direction, Scenic Design, Stage Crew, and Performance by a Chorus
Mesgana Yosief as Eponine with Honorable Mention, Actress in a Leading Role
Josh Eagle as Bishop with Nomination, Actor in Featured Ensemble Role
Inglemoor High School – Anything Goes
Nomination in Outstanding Orchestra and Honorable Mention for Lobby Display
Lillybeth Held as Reno Sweeney with Honorable Mention, Actress in a Leading Role
Edwin Hammarlund as Evelyn Oakleigh with Nomination, Actor in a Supporting Role
Keaton Casper as Moonface Martin with Honorable Mention, Actor in a Supporting Role
Ya’am Zahavy-Mittleman as Henry T. Dobson/Sailor with Honorable Mention, Featured Ensemble Role

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