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Photo Flash: Winners Unveiled for 2017 Utah High School Musical Theatre Awards

Two Utah high school performers are on their way to New York City after winning The Chevron Award for Best Actress and Best Actor in the seventh annual Utah High School Musical Theatre Awards held in the Eccles Theater in Salt Lake City May 13. Jessica Lewis from DaVinci Academy won for her role as Miriam in "Fly By Night" and Levi Hopkins from Ridgeline High School won for his portrayal of Gomez Addams in "The Addams Family." Scroll down for photos from the ceremony and the full list of winners!

The students will represent Utah at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards in New York City in June where they will experience 10 days of private coaching, master classes and rehearsals with Theatre professionals. The week culminates at Broadway's Minskoff Theatre when they perform and compete for the prestigious Jimmy Award™, which includes scholarships, opportunities for professional advancement and other awards.

"It was an incomparable evening of talent in our State," said Vanessa Ballam, education director for Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre. "The response from the audience was palpable and almost deafening. Holding the awards at the beautiful Eccles Theater was the perfect way to celebrate these incredible student artists."

The evening showcased 10 production numbers by high schools nominated for Best Musical and medleys performed together by all contenders for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress. The performances were diverse and included onstage shenanigans of the top ten Best Cameo Performers interacting with host Michael Ballam.

Woods Cross High School took home the Zions Bank Award for Best Musical for their production of "Beauty and the Beast."

Ballam said "I am blown away by the abilities of these high school students. Utah Festival is honored to be a part of their artistic journey."

Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre sent 19 judges to 29 Utah high school musicals over the past 6 months to score and respond to the productions. Then the juried nominees competed in the official awards ceremony. The UHSMTA gives awards in 20 different categories from The Hotel Monaco Award for Best Lighting to The Daynes Music Award for Best Orchestra and The Delta Air Lines Award for Best Scenic Design. A new award was added this year focused on student new works. This recognition, The Sheldon Harnick New Works Award was given to Alex Lambert of Logan High School who created "Echoes Never Die" and original musical celebrating Logan High School's 100th year. Visit www.utahfestival.org for more information.

2017 UTAH HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL THEATRE AWARD WINNERS:

Best Musical - Sponsored by Zions Bank
Woods Cross High School - Beauty & the Beast

Best Actor - Sponsored by Chevron
Levi Hopkins (Gomez Addams) - Ridgeline High School

Best Actress - Sponsored by Chevron
Jessica Lewis (Miriam) - DaVinci Academy

Best Supporting Actor
Liam Hunsaker (Sebastian) - Layton High School

Best Supporting Actress
Brie Bauer (Marty) - Juan Diego Catholic High School

Best Cameo Performance
Connor Talbot & Aidan Piner (Boris & Goran) - Uintah High School

Best Director
Woods Cross High School - Beauty & the Beast

Best Choreography
Alta High School - The Music Man

Best Ensemble
DaVinci Academy - Fly by Night

Best Scenic Design - Sponsored by Delta Air Lines
Park City High School - Little Women

Best Orchestra - Sponsored by Daynes Music
Park City High School - Little Women

Best Costume Design
Layton High School - The Little Mermaid

Best Lighting Design - Sponsored by Kimpton Hotel Monaco
Layton High School - The Little Mermaid

Best Technical Crew
Woods Cross High School - Beauty & the Beast

Best Student Choreography
Shelby Moon - Layton High School - The Little Mermaid

Best Student Scenic Design
Xander Bachison - DaVinci Academy - Fly by Night

Best Student Costume Design
Katie Neff - Northridge High School - Aida

Best Student Lighting Design
Alek Burden - DaVinci Academy - Fly by Night

The Sheldon Harnick New Works Award 2017
Alex Lambert - Logan High School - Echoes Never Die

Photo Credit: Intrigue Photography - Scott Biggs

high res photos Photo Flash: Winners Unveiled for 2017 Utah High School Musical Theatre Awards
Best Musical Winner - Woods Cross High School - Beauty and the Beast Photo Flash: Winners Unveiled for 2017 Utah High School Musical Theatre Awards
Best Actor Winner - Levi Hopkins - Ridgeline High School Photo Flash: Winners Unveiled for 2017 Utah High School Musical Theatre Awards
Best Actress Winner - Jessica Lewis - DaVinci Academy Photo Flash: Winners Unveiled for 2017 Utah High School Musical Theatre Awards
Best Choreography Winner - Alta High School - The Music Man Photo Flash: Winners Unveiled for 2017 Utah High School Musical Theatre Awards
Best Supporting Actor Winner - Liam Hunsaker - Layton High School Photo Flash: Winners Unveiled for 2017 Utah High School Musical Theatre Awards
Best Supporting Actress Winner - Brie Bauer - Juan Diego Catholic High School Photo Flash: Winners Unveiled for 2017 Utah High School Musical Theatre Awards
Finalist - Uintah High School - Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Photo Flash: Winners Unveiled for 2017 Utah High School Musical Theatre Awards
UFOMT General Director Michael Ballam with Kylan Goodwin - Alta High School Best Cameo finalist

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