Four Katy ISD high schools compete for Tommy Tune awards

April 15, 2019 GMT

Seven Lakes High School’s Studio VII Theater Co. is one of eight contenders this month for the 17th annual Tommy Tune Awards for best musical.

Seven Lakes staged “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” and is competing against Cypress Ranch High School “Disney’s The Little Mermaid”; Houston Christian High School “Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins”; Kingwood High School “Newsies”; Klein Oak High School “Bright Star”; Stratford High School “Newsies”; The Emery/Weiner School “Bright Star”; and The Kinkaid School “9 to 5 The Musical.”

A program of Theatre Under the Stars, the Tommy Tune Awards recognize and reward excellence in the artistry of musical theater by high school students and their teachers in the greater Houston metropolitan area. The annual awards ceremony will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. The celebration will feature student performances.

Seven Lakes High School is joined by three other high schools in the Katy Independent School District nominated for awards for the 2018-19 school year: Mayde Creek, Taylor and Tompkins high schools. A team of 40 Houston-based theater professionals nominated students in 15 award categories after evaluating 51 participating Houston-area high school productions.

Seven Lakes High School is nominated in the following categories for “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast”: Leading actor: Benjamin Heintz as “Beast”; supporting actor: Jared Guidry as “Lumiere”; ensemble; lighting design; stage crew and technical execution; orchestra; musical direction and direction.

Mayde Creek High School is nominated in the following categories for its musical “Legally Blond The Musical”: Leading actress: Parker Munsey as “Elle Woods”; supporting actress: Glendaliris Torres-Greaux as “Brooke Taylor Wyndham”; supporting actor: Samuel Oladejo as “Professor Callahan”; and costume design.

Taylor High School is nominated for its production of “Les Miserables School Edition” in the categories of lighting design and orchestra.

Tompkins High School is nominated for “Once On This Island” in the following categories: Supporting actress: Ever Williams as “Mama Euralie”; lighting design; and costume design.

The Tommy Tune Awards are named for Houston native and Lamar High School alumnus Tommy Tune. A performer, director and choreographer with more than 50 years of stage experience, Tune received nine Tony Awards for his work in productions. He was also awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2003 by President George W. Bush.

The Best Leading Actor and Actress will go on to compete at the national level for the Jimmy Award at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards in New York City. Established in 2009, the Jimmy Awards are named after Broadway theater owner and producer, James M. Nederlander. This year, the program will bring the country’s best high school performers together to compete on Broadway on June 24. While in New York, Jimmy Award participants will have the opportunity to participate in rehearsals and master classes, receive one-on-one coaching from theater professionals, be seen by casting agents, meet and converse with Broadway actors and compete for scholarships and other prizes. The week’s events will culminate in a live awards show where the Jimmy™ Awards for Best Performance by an Actor and Best Performance by an Actress will be presented.