Seattle Honors High School Theater at 15th Annual 5TH AVENUE AWARDS
It's the Tony Awards of Washington state high school musical theater: the 5th Avenue Awards. On Monday, June 12, nearly 2,500 high school students filled Benaroya Hall up to the balcony as they watched their peers do their school proud on stage. 16 different high schools were nominated for awards, some of which extend beyond the typical category. 21 categories: some expected (outstanding choreography, outstanding performance by an actress), some unusual (outstanding lobby display), and between each award were live musical samplings, if you will, by fully costumed nominees à la the Tonys.
This year, the award show was directed by Kat Ramsburg, and it had the largest turnout to date.
The Recipients of the 15th Annual 5th Avenue Awards
Outstanding Overall Musical: Kamiak High School, "Footloose"
Outstanding Direction: Chelan High School, "Disney's The Lion King JR"
Outstanding Music Direction: Hanford High School, "Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific"
Outstanding Choreography: Redmond High School, "Chicago"
Outstanding Orchestra: Walla Walla High School, "Big Fish"
Outstanding Scenic Design: Sequim High School, "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers"
Outstanding Lighting Design: The Overlake School, "Big Fish"
Outstanding Costume Design: Lewis and Clark High School, "Meredith Willson's The Music Man"
Outstanding Hair and Makeup Design: Hanford High School, "Seussical"
Outstanding Stage Crew:(TIE) Auburn High School, Hairspray and Kentlake High School, "A Christmas Story, The Musical"
Outstanding Lobby Display: Liberty High School, "Meredith Willson's The Music Man"
Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Morgan Roberts as Molly, Tahoma High School, "Ghost the Musical"
Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Sam Bennett as Sam Wheat, Tahoma High School, "Ghost the Musical"
Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Regina Bower as Aunt Eller, Zillah High School, "Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma!"
Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Jeff LaSorella as Willard, Kamiak High School, "Footloose"
Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Featured Ensemble Rol: Betsy Button as Jenny Hill, The Overlake School, "Big Fish"
Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Featured Ensemble Role: Nick Griep as Grandmaster Chad, University High School, "Legally Blonde The Musical"
Outstanding Performance by an Actor or Actress in a Non-Singing Role: Kanako Kawabe as Liat, Hanford High School, "Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific"
Outstanding Performance by a Chorus: Shorecrest High School, Bring It On The Musical
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Group: The Birds, Kentridge High School, "A Year with Frog and Toad"
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Cast: Anacortes High School, "Avenue Q School Edition"
This award show is a heartwarming, spirited celebration that gives credit where credit is due. Fellow Broadwayworld editor Jay Irwin and I were honored to present at the award show for "Outstanding Lobby Display." Congratulations to all. To watch the filmed event, go to their Facebook page. For more information, visit them online at https://www.5thavenue.org/.