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April 9, 2018 - DSM High School Musical Theatre Award Nominees

 

The second largest program of its kind in the country, the Dallas Summer Musicals (DSM) High School Musical Theatre Awards recognize the artistic and educational achievements of students and their high school programs. Productions are evaluated by a panel of judges who are working professionals in entertainment, acting, music, dance, production design, theater education, arts administration or talent representation/management. This year's nominees were announced on April 9. 

Congratulations to Plano, Plano East and Plano West Senior High Schools and Clark and Williams High Schools. As a school district, Plano ISD received more nominations than any other district - 25 nominations and 12 honorable mentions. Plano Senior High School's production of Jekyll and Hyde received 11 nominations and will be performing at the awards ceremony on May 17 at the Music Hall at Fair Park. 

"These nominations are recognition of the hard work our students and teachers put towards these incredibly difficult productions," said Speech and Theatre Coordinator Greg Arp.

At the ceremony, awards are presented in sixteen categories and scholarships are awarded to outstanding graduating seniors who are nominated by their teachers and selected by the DSM scholarship committee. The Best Actor & Actress winners at the awards ceremony will receive an all-expense paid trip to New York City where they will represent DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards at the national awards ceremony - The Jimmy Awards - at the Minskoff Theater on Broadway.

Nominees for:

Best Featured Actress

  • Ruth Mbugua, Plano East Senior High School – Rent

Best Featured Actor

  • Jake Allen, Plano East Senior High School – Rent
  • Andy Stratton, Plano Senior High School – Jekyll and Hyde

Best Scenic Design

  • Plano East Senior High School – Rent
  • Plano Senior High School – Jekyll and Hyde
  • Plano West Senior High School – Into the Woods

Best Lighting Design

  • Plano East Senior High School – Rent
  • Plano Senior High School – Jekyll and Hyde
  • Plano West Senior High School – Into the Woods

Best Costume Design

  • Plano East Senior High School – Rent
  • Plano Senior High School – Jekyll and Hyde
  • Plano West Senior High School – Into the Woods

Best Ensemble/Chorus

  • Plano East Senior High School – Rent

Best Crew and Technical Execution

  • Plano East Senior High School – Rent
  • Plano Senior High School – Jekyll and Hyde

Best Choreography

  • Plano East Senior High School – Rent
  • Plano Senior High School – Jekyll and Hyde

Best Musical Direction

  • Plano East Senior High School – Rent
  • Plano Senior High School – Jekyll and Hyde

Best Direction

  • Plano Senior High School – Jekyll and Hyde

Best Supporting Actor

  • Sam Taylor, Clark High School – Urinetown
  • Aaron Starkweather, Plano East Senior High School – Rent

Best Leading Actor

  • Max Kuenzer, as Dr.Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Plano Senior High School – Jekyll and Hyde

Best Leading Actress

  • Spencer Marren, as Lucy Harris, Plano Senior High School – Jekyll and Hyde

Best Musical

  • Plano Senior High School – Jekyll and Hyde

Honorable Mentions

Direction Honorable Mention

  • Plano East Senior High School – Rent
  • Plano West Senior High School – Into the Woods

Choreography Honorable Mention

  • Plano West Senior High School – Into the Woods

Musical Direction Honorable Mention

  • Clark High School - Urinetown

Scenic Design Honorable Mention

  • Plano East Senior High School – Rent

Ensemble/Chorus Honorable Mention

  • Plano Senior High School – Jekyll and Hyde

Supporting Actress Honorable Mention

  • Katelyn Stevens, Plano East Senior High School – Rent
  • Marielle Wyatt, Plano West Senior High School – Into the Woods

Featured Actress Honorable Mention

  • Sara Massoudi, Plano West Senior High School – Into the Woods
  • Rianna Schlaff, Williams High School – Sister Act

Best Musical Honorable Mention

  • Plano East Senior High School – Rent
  • Plano West Senior High School – Into the Woods

Plano Senior High School

Plano Senior High School production of Jekyll and Hyde.

Plano East Theatre Production

Plano East Senior High School's production of Rent.