Hanford, Richland high school students among musical award nominees

Dori O'Neal, Tri-City HeraldMay 21, 2014 

The 5th Avenue Theatre's High School Musical Awards announced its list of nominees Wednesday, and Hanford and Richland high schools earned several.

Each year, the 5th Avenue Theatre sends two to three representatives, who are all theater professionals, to high school musical theater productions around the state to evaluate each one in a variety of categories. The evaluators then make recommendations for the nominations.

At this year's awards ceremony, which will be June 9 at Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle, Richland High drama teacher Ellicia Elliott also will be given a special honor at the ceremony as outstanding educator.

The purpose of the awards is to celebrate the hard work students and teachers do to enhance theater arts.

Several Tri-City area schools have been nominated and won in various categories each year since the ceremony began 12 years ago.

The 5th Avenue states on its website that the outstanding educator award that Elliott will receive is meant to honor the work as well as the inspiration teachers have on their students.

Here's the list of nominees from Mid-Columbia high schools:

-- Outstanding overall musical: Hanford High's 42nd Street

-- Outstanding direction: Hanford High's 42nd Street

-- Outstanding music direction: Hanford High's 42nd Street

-- Outstanding choreography: Hanford High's 42nd Street

-- Outstanding orchestra: Hanford High's 42nd Street

-- Outstanding lighting design: Honorable mention to Richland High's The Wizard of Oz

-- Outstanding costume design: Richland High's The Wizard of Oz

-- Outstanding hair/makeup design: Hanford High's 42nd Street

-- Outstanding stage crew: Hanford High's 42nd Street

-- Outstanding lobby design: Hanford High's 42nd Street

Honorable mention: Sunnyside High's Bye, Bye Birdie

w Outstanding performance by actress in leading role: Kailey Thomsen as Dorothy in Richland High's Wizard of Oz

-- Outstanding performance by actress in supporting role: Anna Hansen as Dorothy Brock in Hanford's 42nd Street

Honorable mention to Inez Torres as Little Red in Grandview High's Into the Woods

-- Outstanding performance by actor in supporting role: Honorable mention to Clive LePage as Julian Marsh in Hanford's 42nd Street

Honorable mention to Christopher Purvis as the scarecrow in Richland's Wizard of Oz

-- Outstanding performance by actress in featured ensemble: Alyson Spidle as Ursula in Sunnyside's Bye, Bye Birdie

-- Outstanding performance by actor or actress in non-singing role: Honorable mention to Spencer Anderson as Andy Lee in 42nd Street and Rachel Firen Hodges as Wicked Witch in Wizard of Oz.

-- Outstanding performance by a chorus: Hanford High's 42nd Street

Special honors for educational impact also went to Grandview's Into the Woods and Sunnyside's Bye, Bye Birdie.

-- Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; doneal@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @dorioneal

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