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Tommy Tune Awards Are on for Tonight at the Hobby

Cast members from Clear Springs High School in The Drowsy Chaperoneone of the nominees for Best Musical
Cast members from Clear Springs High School in The Drowsy Chaperoneone of the nominees for Best Musical
Photo by Margaret Downing

You have your 15 minutes of fame and you have 15 minutes of rehearsal time and that's all you get, as students from high schools throughout the Houston area had reinforced to them today.

The Hobby Center was filled with one group after another hitting the boards and some/many/all of the notes in last-minute preparation for tonight's Tommy Tune showcase.

At the very least, they know how to strike a pose.
At the very least, they know how to strike a pose.
Photo by Margaret Downing

The voices of the leads during the rehearsals Art Attack sat in on were astounding, which didn't mean there weren't frequent stops and starts as the kids and their directors aimed for perfection amid the mike checks.

The show starts tonight at 7:30 p.m. and scholarship winners will be announced as well. Tommy Tune flew in for tonight's event this afternoon and is one of the presenters.

Go to the Theatre Under the Stars Web site for ticket information.

Check back tomorrow for the winners' names.

And one more time, here's this year's nominees:

Best Musical (8) Clear Springs High School, The Drowsy Chaperone Episcopal High School, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Friendswood High School, The Pajama Game Kingwood High School, The Drowsy Chaperone Klein High School, Once Upon A Mattress Klein Oak High School, How to Succeed... St. John's School, Chicago Stratford High School, Will Rogers Follies Best Leading Actor (9) Clear Springs High School: Mark Mendell (Man in Chair) The Drowsy Chaperone Episcopal High School: Billy Cohen (Freddy Benson) Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Episcopal High School: Forrest Surles (Lawrence Jameson) Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Friendswood High School: Tommy Stuart (Sid Sorokin) The Pajama Game Kingwood High School: Robert Terry (Man in Chair) The Drowsy Chaperone Klein High School: Connor Jones (Prince Dauntless) Once Upon A Mattress Klein Oak High School: Ryne Nardecchia (J. Pierrepont Finch) How to Succeed... St. John's School: Sterling Burdine (Billy Flynn) Chicago Stratford High School: Will Lynde (Will Rogers) Will Rogers Follies

Best Leading Actress (9) Clear Springs High School: Grace Hutchings (Janet van de Graaff) The Drowsy Chaperone Episcopal High School: Jennifer Laporte (Christine Colgate) Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Friendswood High School: Elisabeth Del Toro (Babe) The Pajama Game John Cooper School: Caitlin Finnie (Belle) Beauty and the Beast Klein High School: Allie Reed (Princess Winnifred) Once Upon A Mattress Klein Oak High School: Aubrey Reece (Rosemary Pilkington) How to Succeed... Spring Woods High School: Ayana Gaither (Ti Moune) Once on this Island St. John's School: Paxton Tanner (Roxie Hart) Chicago Stratford High School: Katy Wilson (Betty Blake) Will Rogers Follies

Best Supporting Actor (9) Clear Springs High School: Max Bailey (Robert Martin) The Drowsy Chaperone Clements High School: Carter Shults (Caldwell B Cladwell) Urinetown Cypress Ranch High School: Mason Diaz (Lord Evelyn Oakleigh) Anything Goes Foster High School: John Wilson (Marryin' Sam) Li'l Abner Friendswood High School: Mason Patterson (Vernon Hines) The Pajama Game Klein Collins High School: Matt Buzonas (Scarecrow) The Wizard of Oz Klein High School: Kyle Fisher (Sir Harry) Once Upon A Mattress Klein Oak High School: Alex Shrode (J. B. Biggley) How to Succeed... Pasadena Memorial High School: Armando Rodriguez (Bill Sykes) Oliver!

Best Supporting Actress (9) Clear Springs High School: Laurel Smalley (Drowsy Chaperone) The Drowsy Chaperone Episcopal High School: Mia Gerachis (Muriel) Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Foster High School: Emily DeForest (Mammy Yokum) Li'l Abner Klein High School: Emily Berensohn (Lady Larken) Once Upon A Mattress Klein Oak High School: Morgan Starr (Smitty) How to Succeed... Morton Ranch High School : Kiirah Washington ("Motormouth" Maybelle) Hairspray Pearland High School: Laura Melinder (Mrs. Potts) Beauty and the Beast St. John's School: Monique Groen (Velma Kelly) Chicago Woodlands High School: Cecily Breaux (Lina Lamont) Singin in the Rain

Best Featured Performer (9) Clear Springs High School: Max Torrez (Adolpho) The Drowsy Chaperone Cypress Falls High School: Nekia Harris (Henry) The Fantasticks Foster High School: Joey DeAngelis (Pappy Yokum) Li'l Abner Klein High School: Chelsi Jump (Queen Aggravain) Once Upon A Mattress Memorial High School: David Comer (Jud Fry) Oklahoma! Morton Ranch High School: Cheryl Cedillo (Penny Pingleton) Hairspray St. Agnes Academy: Madeline Garvis (Mabel) The Pajama Game St. John's School: Marisa Onanian (Matron "Mama" Morton) Chicago Woodlands High School: Rachel Ricks (Miss Dinsmore) Singin in the Rain

Best Direction (12) Clear Springs High School, The Drowsy Chaperone Episcopal High School, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Foster High School, Li'l Abner Friendswood High School, The Pajama Game George Ranch High School, Little Shop of Horrors Houston Christian High School, Joseph....Dreamcoat Kingwood High School, The Drowsy Chaperone Klein High School, Once Upon A Mattress Klein Oak High School, How to Succeed... Memorial High School, Oklahoma! St. John's School, Chicago Stratford High School, Will Rogers Follies

Best Choreography (12) Clements High School, Urinetown Episcopal High School, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Friendswood High School, The Pajama Game G. W. Carver Magnet High School, Little Shop of Horrors Houston Christian High School, Joseph....Dreamcoat Klein Forest High School, Seussical Klein High School, Once Upon A Mattress Klein Oak High School, How to Succeed... Second Baptist School, The Sound Of Music St. Agnes Academy, The Pajama Game St. John's School, Chicago Woodlands High School, Singin in the Rain

Best Musical Direction (9) Clear Springs High School, The Drowsy Chaperone Episcopal High School, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Friendswood High School, The Pajama Game Kingwood High School, The Drowsy Chaperone Klein High School, Once Upon A Mattress Klein Oak High School, How to Succeed... St. Agnes Academy, The Pajama Game St. John's School, Chicago Stratford High School, Will Rogers Follies Best Orchestra (13) Clear Falls High School, Footloose Clear Lake High School, Sleeping Beauty: The Dream Clear Springs High School, The Drowsy Chaperone Clements High School, Urinetown Foster High School, Li'l Abner Friendswood High School, The Pajama Game Klein Forest High School, Seussical Klein High School, Once Upon A Mattress Klein Oak High School, How to Succeed... Memorial High School, Oklahoma! Morton Ranch High School, Hairspray Pasadena Memorial High School, Oliver! Woodlands High School, Singin in the Rain Best Scenic Design (10) Cinco Ranch High School, Oklahoma! Clear Springs High School, The Drowsy Chaperone Foster High School, Li'l Abner Friendswood High School, The Pajama Game Klein Forest High School, Seussical Klein High School, Once Upon A Mattress Klein Oak High School, How to Succeed... Mayde Creek High School, My Fair Lady St. John's School, Chicago Stratford High School, Will Rogers Follies

Best Costume Design (12) Clear Springs High School, The Drowsy Chaperone Foster High School, Li'l Abner Houston Christian High School, Joseph....Dreamcoat Kingwood High School, The Drowsy Chaperone Klein Forest High School, Seussical Klein High School, Once Upon A Mattress Klein Oak High School, How to Succeed... Memorial High School, Oklahoma! Pasadena Memorial High School, Oliver! St. John's School, Chicago Stratford High School, Will Rogers Follies Woodlands High School, Singin in the Rain

Best Lighting Design (12) Cinco Ranch High School, Oklahoma! Clear Springs High School, The Drowsy Chaperone Clements High School, Urinetown Foster High School, Li'l Abner Friendswood High School, The Pajama Game Kingwood High School, The Drowsy Chaperone Klein Forest High School, Seussical Klein High School, Once Upon A Mattress Klein Oak High School, How to Succeed... Magnolia West High School, Little Women Santa Fe High School, The Wizard of Oz Stratford High School, Will Rogers Follies

Best Crew & Technical Execution (11) Cinco Ranch High School, Oklahoma! Clear Springs High School, The Drowsy Chaperone Friendswood High School, The Pajama Game Kingwood High School, The Drowsy Chaperone Klein Forest High School, Seussical Klein High School, Once Upon A Mattress Magnolia High School, Beauty and the Beast Santa Fe High School, The Wizard of Oz St. Agnes Academy, The Pajama Game St. John's School, Chicago Stratford High School, Will Rogers Follies

Best Ensemble/Chorus (10) Clear Springs High School, The Drowsy Chaperone Foster High School, Li'l Abner Friendswood High School, The Pajama Game G. W. Carver Magnet High School, Little Shop of Horrors Klein High School, Once Upon A Mattress Klein Oak High School, How to Succeed... Lamar High School, 25th Annual....Spelling Bee St. Agnes Academy, The Pajama Game St. John's School, Chicago Stratford High School, Will Rogers Follies

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