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Jackson Langford & Jessica Ruettiger to Perform at 2015 Nevada High School Musical Theater Awards, 5/17

Jackson Langford and Jessica Ruettiger will represent Faith Conservatory of the Fine Arts at the 2015 Nevada High School Musical Theater Awards. The talented duo will perform at the event on Sunday, May 17 at The Smith Center, where they will go up against the Silver State's top talent for the chance to go to New York City, represent Nevada at the National High School Musical Theater Awards, participate in an intensive program, and perform at the 2015 JIMMY Awards.

Langford, a sophomore at Faith Conservatory, has held lead roles in a large selection of productions including Phil Davis in "White Christmas, Gomez Addams in "The Addams Family Musical," Donkey in "Shrek The Musical" and Franklin Hart Jr. in "9 to 5." In addition, Langford has been recognized by Broadway World for his performance in "9 to 5" and received multiple perfect scores at the Nevada State Thespian Festival. He was selected for this opportunity based on his role in Faith Conservatory of the Arts spring production of "Pippin," in which he plays the title role.

"Being selected to take part in this year's Nevada Musical Theater Awards is a huge honor," said Langford. "I'm excited to share the stage with my talented peers and can't wait to represent Faith Conservatory."

Jessica Ruettiger has held a selection of lead roles in her musical theater career including Janet in "The Drowsy Chaperone," Maria in "The Sound of Music," Judy in "9 to 5", and Amy in "Little Women." She has performed the National Anthem at games for the LA Lakers and Sacramento Kings, and has written and recorded her own original song, "This Is My Dream." Ruettiger was selected for this opportunity based on her performance as Judy Haynes in the Faith Conservatory of the Arts winter production of "White Christmas."

"This is such an exciting moment in my musical theater journey," said Ruettiger. "I am completely honored to be chosen to represent Faith Conservatory of the Fine Arts in the Nevada High School Musical Theater Awards and am looking forward to competing for a chance to perform in the Jimmy Awards on Broadway!"

Participating high schools nominate one student per category, one for Best Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role and one for Best Actress in a Lead Role, with each student submitting an application and a five-minute video of their performance.

The Nevada High School Musical Theater Awards will take place on Sunday, May 17 at 2 p.m. at Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center. Tickets are available at www.thesmithcenter.com.

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