Four WHS Students to Be Considered for Triple Threat Award and Iowa High School Musical Theater Award

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Waukee High School juniors Bridget Johnston (Adelaide), Mikayla Dehnke (Sarah Brown), Kellen Schrimper (Sky Masterson) and senior Sam Wiegers (Nathan Detroit) are being considered for the Triple Threat Award for their performances in “Guys and Dolls” and could be awarded the Iowa High School Musical Theater Award.

For the Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards, the nominees will be chosen by participating in the Triple Threat Award program. Students who performed in qualifying leading roles will be invited to spend an additional day at the Civic Center the weekend of the Awards Showcase: Sunday, June 2, 2013. During that day, each student will reprise their role by performing a 90- second excerpt from one of their role’s most prominent songs in front of a panel of adjudicators, receive coaching on their solo from a theater professional, as well as work with a guest artist from New York City to put together a medley for the Awards Showcase with other Triple Threat students.

Based on their performance, coaching session, and the group rehearsal process, one actor and one actress will ultimately be chosen to receive the Triple Threat Award and represent Iowa at the National High School Musical Theater Awards. The winners will be announced live as part of the Awards Showcase event held at the Civic Center on June 3 at 7 p.m.

To be considered for Nationals, students must have performed in a leading role in their school’s musical production. Based on set criteria, Nationals has identified which roles by musical qualify to be considered. From there, it is up to each regional awards program to determine their representatives. Participants will enjoy individual vocal and acting coaching by Broadway industry professionals, visits from special guests and discussions with working actors, a night out in Times Square for dinner and a Broadway show, and a session with a Broadway casting agency.

The National High School Musical Theater Awards (NHSMTA) were established in 2009 to elevate the importance of theater arts education in schools and reward excellence in student performance. The program impacts 50,000 students annually who participate in high school musical theater awards programs sponsored by thirty professional theaters throughout the US.

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