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May 11, 201608:57 AMCulture

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Hershey Theatre Apollo Awards Announce 2016 Musical Nominations

May 11, 2016 - 08:57 AM

Modeled after the Tony Awards on Broadway, the Hershey Theatre Apollo Awards recognize outstanding achievements by local high school students in musical and play productions. A total of 17 awards will be presented during the show on Sunday, May 22, 2016, at 7 p.m. The nominees for spring musicals are as follows:

Outstanding Featured Performer in a Musical
–Olivia Brackbill as Mrs. Darling in Peter Pan, ENCORE! Home School Productions
–Katie Comisac as Estonia Dulworth in Nice Work If You Can Get It, Susquenita High School
–Lily Fields as Miss Jones in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Palmyra Area High School
–Emma Hillman as Brooke Wyndham in Legally Blonde, Central Dauphin High School
–Rhys Pinder as Orin Scrivello, D.D.S., in Little Shop of Horrors, Camp Hill High School

Honorable Mention – Outstanding Featured Performer in a Musical
–Maggie Fox as Anybodys in West Side Story, Susquehanna Township High School


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical
–Liz Baliira as Anita in West Side Story, Susquehanna Township High School
–Tori Gaffey as Smitty in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Palmyra Area High School
–Meredith Hazen as Alice in The Addams Family, Lower Dauphin High School
–Sarah Kula as Genie in Aladdin, Jr., Harrisburg Christian School
–Adeline Riley as Diva in Starmites, Boiling Springs High School
–Julia Rippon as Little Red in Into the Woods, Hershey High School

Honorable Mention – Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical
–Kat Bleiweiss as Paulette in Legally Blonde, Central Dauphin High School
–Carissa Warren as Charlotte in Cinderella, Elizabethtown Area High School
–Erin Long as Mae Peterson in Bye Bye Birdie, Annville-Cleona High School


Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical
–Daniel Hair as Tinman in The Wiz, Bishop McDevitt High School
–Kyle Jacobs as Professor Callahan in Legally Blonde, Central Dauphin High School
–Kaylor Long as Fester in The Addams Family, Lower Dauphin High School
–Chris Uzokwe as Riff in West Side Story, Susquehanna Township High School
–Tree Zuzzio as Mr. Mushnik in Little Shop of Horrors, Camp Hill High School

Honorable Mention – Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical
–Garrett Curfman as Bud Frump in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Palmyra Area High School
–Joey Alvarez as Jafar in Aladdin Jr., Harrisburg Christian School


Outstanding Student Orchestra
–Camp Hill High School, Little Shop of Horrors
–Elizabethtown Area High School, Cinderella
–Hershey High School, Into the Woods
–Palmyra Area High School, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying


Outstanding Dance Number in a Musical
–Capital Area School for the Arts for “Glory” from Pippin
–Central Dauphin High School for “What You Want” from Legally Blonde
–Elizabethtown Area High School for “The Prince Is Giving a Ball” from Cinderella
–ENCORE! Home School Productions for “Ugh-A-Wug” from Peter Pan
–Lower Dauphin High School for “Tango De Amor” from The Addams Family


Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical
–Brenna Beck as Cinderella in Into the Woods, Hershey High School
–Melissa Kline as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, Central Dauphin High School
–Ellie Rutt as Ella in Cinderella, Elizabethtown Area High School
–Bergen Sunday as Peter Pan in Peter Pan, ENCORE! Home School Productions
–Jhayda Washington as Oda Mae Brown in Ghost the Musical, Central Dauphin East High School
–Paxton Zeis as The Witch in Into the Woods, Hershey High School

Honorable Mention – Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical
–Erin Cox as Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, Camp Hill High School


Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical
Cameron Ebright as J. Pierrepont Finch in How to Succeed in Business Without, Really Trying– Palmyra Area High School
–Dean McBride as Topher in Cinderella, Elizabethtown Area High School
–Chico Monroy as Captain Hook in Peter Pan, ENCORE! Home School Productions
–Drew Patti as Pippin in Pippin, Capital Area School for the Arts
–Matthew Podniesinski as Seymour Krelborn in Little Shop of Horrors, Camp Hill High School
–Patrick Starner as The Baker in Into the Woods, Hershey High School

Honorable Mention – Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical
–Brian Soutner (Understudy) for Topher in Cinderella, Elizabethtown Area High School
–Frankie Vernouski as Gomez Addams in The Addams Family, Lower Dauphin High School


Outstanding Musical
–Camp Hill High School, Little Shop of Horrors
–Central Dauphin High School, Legally Blonde
–ENCORE! Home School Productions, Peter Pan
–Hershey High School, Into the Woods
–Lower Dauphin High School, The Addams Family

Honorable Mention – Outstanding Musical
–Capital Area School for the Arts, Pippin


Evaluators judged 162 individual roles to determine nominations for five of the eight musical categories. Twenty schools were evaluated to determine nominations for the category of Outstanding Musical.

Students who met specific criteria in play and musical performances receive Honorable Mention recognition. Students who garnered Honorable Mention recognition will be highlighted in the Hershey Theatre Apollo Awards playbill.

Public and private schools in Cumberland, Dauphin, Lebanon and Perry counties, in addition to high schools in the Elizabethtown area were eligible to participate in the eighth annual awards program.

During the awards show on Sunday, May 22, monologues and medleys will be performed by nominated lead actor and actresses. Additionally, each school nominated in the category of “Outstanding Musical” will perform a number from its production.

Tickets for the Hershey Theatre Apollo Awards show are on sale at hersheytheatre.com or by calling the box office at (717) 534-3405. Tickets range in price from $10 to $30.

The Hershey Theatre Apollo Awards program is named after the Greek god who adorns the decorative ceiling in the Grand Lobby of Hershey Theatre. Apollo was the patron god of music, poetry and the arts – a fitting namesake for this tribute program.

The announcement of play and musical nominations is also available on the Hershey Theatre Apollo Awards Facebook page.

The M.S. Hershey Foundation exists to preserve and enhance Milton Hershey’s legacy and community vision and to provide educational and cultural enrichment to residents of Hershey. Hershey Community Archives, Hershey Gardens, Hershey Theatre and The Hershey Story, The Museum on Chocolate Avenue are operating divisions of the Foundation. mshersheyfoundation.org

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