Olympia’s Capital High School and North Thurston’s Timberline High School were big winners at the 14th annual 5th Avenue Awards honoring high school musical theater.
Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre presented the awards last week at McCaw Hall at the Seattle Center. Awards were handed out in 21 categories ranging from Outstanding Overall Musical Production to Outstanding Lobby Display.
A total of 95 Washington state schools were represented at this year’s awards, where Kentridge High School in Kent won the top award of Outstanding Musical Production for its production of “Hairspray.”
Timberline High School in Lacey received the award for Outstanding Music Direction for its production of “Cabaret,” as well as Outstanding Scenic Design for its production of “Miss Saigon.”
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Capital won two acting awards: Emma Sorensen won Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for her portrayal of Alice in “The Addams Family” and Kameron Bustetter was awarded for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Featured Ensemble Role for his portrayal of Lucas Beineke in the same production.
Also, 29 special honors were awarded for extraordinary student achievement and use of productions to create an educational impact beyond the stage. Winners included Chloe Meyer of Capital, Alex Jones of Timberline and Zack Kostechka of Tumwater High School.
The 5th Avenue Awards, which producing artistic director Bill Berry created in 2003, have grown from 24 productions and 3,100 students to include 116 productions with more than 10,000 students participating this year. Each year, schools from across the state submit their musicals for consideration, and local theater professionals are selected by The 5th as evaluators to travel to see productions, seeking the best actors, actresses, directors and designers.
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For more information about the awards, go to https://www.5thavenue.org/education/student-programs or go to the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/5thAvenueEdu