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South High Drama Club Nominated for 8 High School Musical Theatre Awards

April 25, 2019

Cast of SeussicalSouth Glens Falls High School’s Drama Club received a record eight nominations in the third annual High School Musical Theatre Awards for its production of Seussical.

South Glens Falls was nominated for Best Set Construction, Best Execution of Choreography, Best Ensemble, Best Supporting Actress (Elizabeth Ahrens, Sour Kangaroo), Best Actor (Ethan Eggleston, Cat in the Hat), Best Actress (Allison Hillebrandt, Mayzie LaBird), Best Actress (Signe Naranjo, Gertrude McFuzz), and Best Musical Tier C. The school’s eight nominations were the highest number of any participating school.

Thirty schools from nine counties participated in the 2019 competition, including regional competitors Hudson Falls, Queensbury, Glens Falls, Corinth and Warrensburg. Competitors were evaluated by adjudicators at each performance. Schools were tiered into three budgetary divisions for Best Musical. Winners of the Best Actor and Actress categories represent the Capital Region at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards, also known as the Jimmy Awards.

Cast of SeussicalStudents from all of this year’s participating schools will perform during the awards show on the Mainstage at Proctors, starting at 7 p.m. on May 11, including a production number by the South High Drama students. The show is presented by the Times Union and sub-sponsored by Cool Insuring Agency.

South High has participated every year since the competition’s inception in 2017. Previous South High Drama Club accolades include 2017 Best Supporting Actor Nomination (Joshua Daley) and 2018 Best Actor Winner (Brandon Sarti). Sarti went on to perform in the 2018 Jimmy Awards at the Minksoff Theater in New York City.

High School music teacher, Betsy Stambach-Fuller, has directed Drama Club’s musical productions since 2008.

“I am simply humbled to receive eight nominations,” she said. “It’s a true reflection on the passion and hard work that our students – cast and crew, alike – bring to the program. I am grateful to have the opportunity to share my love and knowledge for musical theatre with such kind and enthusiastic students and am so proud of their achievements.”

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Category: District News, SGFalls HS News