TUTS Announces Nominations for 9th Annual Tommy Tune Awards

Today, Theatre Under The Stars announced the nominations for the Ninth Annual Tommy Tune Awards, named of course for the lanky, Houston-native Broadway legend, and created by TUTS in 2002 to recognize exceptional high-school musical theater talent.

During the 2010-2011 school year, a team of Houston-based theatre professionals evaluated 45 participating high school productions.

From the announcement:

John C. Breckenridge, President and CEO of Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS), announced today the nominations and presenters for TUTS' ninth annual Tommy Tune Awards which will be held on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. Developed by TUTS, the Tommy Tune Awards honor musical theatre excellence at the high school level. Presenters this year will include Houston-area native, Humphreys School of Musical Theatre (HSMT) graduate and cast member in Broadway's revival of La Cage Aux Folles, Logan Keslar. Also presenting will be last year's Tommy Tune Award winner for Best Leading Actress, Stephanie Styles. To complete the evening, the ceremony's namesake, Tommy Tune, will be a special guest presenter for one of the awards.

We just have to say again, as we did when we announced the participating schools and productions last year, the judges that took on this task are frickin' saints.

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Best Musical (8) Episcopal High School, Into the Woods Houston Christian High School, Fiddler on the Roof James E Taylor High School, Into the Woods Klein High School, 25th Annual...Spelling Bee Pearland High School, Oklahoma! Seven Lakes High School, Guys and Dolls Stratford High School, Damn Yankees Westchester Academy, The Boy Friend

Best Leading Actor (9) Clear Brook High School: Luke Hamilton (Harold Hill) The Music Man Cypress Falls High School: Robert Price (William Barfee) 25th Annual...Spelling Bee Episcopal High School: Billy Cohen (Baker) Into the Woods G. W. Carver Magnet High School: Donte Wright (Lion) The Wiz Houston Christian High School: Anthony Farfan (Tevye) Fiddler on the Roof Pasadena Memorial High School: Grant Brown (Bobby Child) Crazy for You Pearland High School: Zo Hayes (Curly) Oklahoma! Stratford High School: John Karna (Applegate) Damn Yankees Woodlands College Park High School: Aaron Boudreaux (Space Punk) Starmites

Best Leading Actress (9) Conroe High School : Cheyenne James (Princess Winnifred) Once Upon A Mattress Episcopal High School: Mia Gerachis (Baker's Wife) Into the Woods Episcopal High School: Mason Smajstrla (Witch) Into the Woods Houston Christian High School: Julia Weeks (Golde) Fiddler on the Roof John Cooper School: Caitlin Finnie (Olive Ostrovsky) 25th Annual...Spelling Bee Klein High School: Heather Garsen (Olive Ostrovsky) 25th Annual...Spelling Bee Pearland High School: Kate Court (Laurey) Oklahoma! Stratford High School: Peyton Stackhouse (Lola) Damn Yankees Woodlands College Park High School: Abbey Moss (Eleanor) Starmites

Best Supporting Actor (9) Clements High School: Jacob Khalil (Lt. Cable) South Pacific Clements High School: Jack Spalding (Luther Bills) South Pacific Deer Park High School: Matt Pena (Rev. Shaw Moore) Footloose G. W. Carver Magnet High School: Alric Davis (Tin Man) The Wiz G. W. Carver Magnet High School: Jeremiah Gray (Scarecrow) The Wiz Klein High School: Terran Swonke (Leaf Coneybear) 25th Annual...Spelling Bee Seven Lakes High School: Patrick Brady (Nathan Detroit) Guys and Dolls Seven Lakes High School: Luis Quintero (Nicely-Nicely Johnson) Guys and Dolls Stratford High School: Patrick Reilly (Joe Hardy) Damn Yakees

Best Supporting Actress (9) Clear Springs High School: Macy McNamara (Miss Adelaide) Guys and Dolls Cypress Ranch High School: Kayla Baur (Velma Von Tussle) Hairspray Episcopal High School: Jennifer La Porte (Little Red Riding Hood) Into The Woods James E Taylor High School: Melanie Piche (Cinderella) Into The Woods Mayde Creek High School: Kylie Rieck (JoJo) Seussical Pearland High School: Madison Drexler (Aunt Eller) Oklahoma! Seven Lakes High School: Carley Nunn (Miss Adelaide) Guys and Dolls Stratford High School: Karina Ruiz (Meg Boyd) Damn Yankees Westchester Academy: Ashley Thurow (Hortense) The Boy Friend

Best Featured Performer (9) Foster High School: Emily DeForest (White Rabbit) Alice in Wonderland Jr G. W. Carver Magnet High School: Erin Audrey Allen (Ensemble) The Wiz G. W. Carver Magnet High School: Denzel Taylor (Ensemble) The Wiz James E Taylor High School: Connor Woods (Milky White) Into the Woods Klein High School: Melissa Beaird (Rona Perreti) 25th Annual...Spelling Bee Klein High School: Connor Jones (Chip Tolentino) 25th Annual...Spelling Bee Pearland High School: Megan Collins (Dream Laurie) Oklahoma! Stratford High School: Peter King (Coach Van Buren) Damn Yankees Texas City High School: Austin Abernathy (Erronius) A Funny Thing...Forum

Best Direction (8) Episcopal High School, Into the Woods Foster High School, Alice In Wonderland Jr Klein Forest High School, The Drowsy Chaperone Klein High School, 25th Annual...Spelling Bee Pasadena Memorial High School, Crazy for You Pearland High School, Oklahoma! Seven Lakes High School, Guys and Dolls Stratford High School, Damn Yankees

Nominations were also given in the categories of: Choreography Musical Direction Orchestra Scenic Design Costume Design Lighting Design Crew & Technical Execution Ensemble/Chorus

The Tommy Tune Awards ceremony is open to the general public, and tickets will be available for purchase beginning on April 6, 2011. VIP tickets, which grant access to a pre-event reception and ensure prime, center orchestra seating, are available for $125. For information on the 2011 Tommy Tune Awards ceremony, call (713) 558-2600; for VIP tickets, call Marcia Hovious at 713-558-2655.

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