Olympia: High school takes top musical honor

Olympia High School’s production of “Bye Bye Birdie” won the Outstanding Overall Musical Production award Monday night at The 5th Avenue Theatre’s seventh annual High School Musical Theatre Awards in Seattle.

Capital High School’s Gabriella Guilfoil tied for best supporting actress for her role as Marmee in “Little Women,” and Eddie Carroll earned supporting actor honors for his role as Laurie in the play. Olympia’s Stephanie Kroschel received the award for featured ensemble actress for her performance as Ursula Merkle in “Bye Bye Birdie.”

River Ridge High School in Lacey won for best stage crew for its “Little Women” production.

More than 2,000 people packed the Seattle theater for the awards ceremony. Awards were given in 21 categories.

Since its inception, the program has grown from 31 productions and 3,100 students in 2003 to 82 productions and 8,200 students participating this year. The productions are put on at schools across the state. For a full list of nominees and recipients, go to www.5thavenue.org/education/highschoolawards-2009.aspx.

TVW did a live webcast of the event and will repeat a broadcast at 7 tonight, at noon Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. After that, the event can be viewed as streaming video at www.tvw.org.