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Northwest Houston high school musicals nominated for Tommy Tune Awards

April 12, 2019

After announcing nominees in March, Theatre Under The Stars is gearing up for the 17th Annual Tommy Tune Awards, which honors outstanding work in Houston’s high school musical theater community.

Ten shows — or about 30 percent of the schools represented on the list of this year’s nominees — are from the Cy-Fair, Klein, Spring and Tomball areas.

Participating high school musical ensembles from the 2018-2019 school year were considered for awards in 15 categories, including Best Musical, Leading Actress and Leading Actor.

The event will be held at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, April 30, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased starting on Monday, April 15 at 9 a.m.

“The beautiful thing about the Tommy Tune Awards is the amount of heart and soul and passion that the students and arts educators put into productions,” said Sara Brunow, director of community engagement for TUTS. “This process allows them to share their love, their artistry, and their hard work with the rest of their community,”

Ensembles and students from the Cy-Fair, Klein, Spring and Tomball areas account for over 40 nominations this year. Those nominations include:

Best Musical

Cypress Ranch High School “Disney’s The Little Mermaid”

Klein Oak High School “Bright Star”

Leading Actress

Mireya Velasquez from Cypress Ranch High School as “Ariel” in “Disney’s The Little Mermaid”

Ava Bryant from Klein Oak High School as “Alice Murphy” in “Bright Star”

Makaila Heath from Spring High School as “Princess Winnifred” in “Once Upon a Mattress”

Leading Actor

Aaron Kersey from Klein Oak High School as “Jimmy Ray Dobbs” in “Bright Star”

Josue Hernandez from Spring High School as “Prince Dauntless” in “Once Upon a Mattress”

Supporting Actor

Benjamin Singer from Concordia Lutheran High School as “Motel” in “Fiddler on the Roof”

Gabriel Saenz from Spring High School as “Sir Harry” in “Once Upon a Mattress”

Ty Price from Westfield High School as “Mr. Mushnik” in “Little Shop of Horrors”

Ensemble

Klein Forest High School “Once On This Island”

Klein Oak High School “Bright Star”

Lighting Design

Concordia Lutheran High School “Fiddler on the Roof”

Cypress Ranch High School “Disney’s The Little Mermaid”

Klein Collins High School “Oliver!”

Spring High School “Once Upon a Mattress”

Scenic Design

Cypress Woods High School “Chicago: High School Edition”

Klein Collins High School “Oliver!”

Spring High School “Once Upon a Mattress”

Westfield High School “Little Shop of Horrors”

Costume Design

Cypress Woods High School “Chicago: High School Edition”

Klein Forest High School “Once On This Island”

Klein High School “Legally Blonde The Musical”

Spring High School “Once Upon a Mattress”

Stage Crew and Technical Execution

Concordia Lutheran High School “Fiddler on the Roof”

Cypress Ranch High School “Disney’s The Little Mermaid”

Klein Oak High School “Bright Star”

Orchestra

Klein Cain High School “Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach”

Klein Collins High School “Oliver!”

Klein Forest High School “Once On This Island”

Klein High School “Legally Blonde The Musical”

Klein Oak High School “Bright Star”

Musical Direction

Cypress Ranch High School “Disney’s The Little Mermaid”

Klein Collins High School “Oliver!”

Klein Oak High School “Bright Star”

Choreography

Cypress Ranch High School “Disney’s The Little Mermaid”

Klein Collins High School “Oliver!”

Klein Forest High School “Once On This Island”

Klein High School “Legally Blonde The Musical”

Klein Oak High School “Bright Star”

Westfield High School “Little Shop of Horrors”

Direction

Cypress Ranch High School “Disney’s The Little Mermaid”

Klein Oak High School “Bright Star”

For a full list of nominations and more information, visit the Tommy Tune Awards, from Theatre Under the Stars Facebook page, or the TUTS website.