Photo Credit – Intrigue Photography – Scott Biggs
George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Theater Hosted
the 7th Annual Utah High School Musical Theater Awards
on Saturday, May 13
See what The Salt Lake Tribune had to say about this spectacular event here.
o Best Musical Winner – Woods Cross High School – Beauty and the Beast
o Best Actor Winner – Levi Hopkins – Ridgeline High School
o Best Actress Winner – Jessica Lewis – DaVinci Academy
o Best Choreography Winner – Alta High School – The Music Man
o Best Supporting Actor Winner – Liam Hunsaker – Layton High School
o Best Supporting Actress Winner – Brie Bauer – Juan Diego Catholic High School
o Finalist – Uintah High School – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
o UFOMT General Director Michael Ballam with Kylan Goodwin – Alta High School Best Cameo finalist
Utah Festival Announces The 2017 Utah High School Musical Theatre Awards Winners
SALT LAKE CITY—Two Utah high school performers are on their way to New York City after winning The Chevron Award for Best Actress and Best Actor in the seventh annual Utah High School Musical Theatre Awards held in the Eccles Theater in Salt Lake City May 13. Jessica Lewis from DaVinci Academy won for her role as Miriam in “Fly By Night” and Levi Hopkins from Ridgeline High School won for his portrayal of Gomez Addams in “The Addams Family.”
The students will represent Utah at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards in New York City in June where they will experience 10 days of private coaching, master classes and rehearsals with Theatre professionals. The week culminates at Broadway’s Minskoff Theatre when they perform and compete for the prestigious Jimmy Award™, which includes scholarships, opportunities for professional advancement and other awards.
“It was an incomparable evening of talent in our State,” said Vanessa Ballam, education director for Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre. “The response from the audience was palpable and almost deafening. Holding the awards at the beautiful Eccles Theater was the perfect way to celebrate these incredible student artists.”
The evening showcased 10 production numbers by high schools nominated for Best Musical and medleys performed together by all contenders for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress. The performances were diverse and included onstage shenanigans of the top ten Best Cameo Performers interacting with host Michael Ballam.
Woods Cross High School took home the Zions Bank Award for Best Musical for their production of “Beauty and the Beast.”
Ballam said “I am blown away by the abilities of these high school students. Utah Festival is honored to be a part of their artistic journey.”
The education and outreach department of Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre in Logan sponsors and produces the event and is partnered with MagicSpace Entertainment/Broadway at the Eccles as their national affiliate. The Domo Broadway at the Eccles Education Fund make participation in National competition possible. Delta Air Lines the official airline of the UHSMTA is sponsoring the flights for the winners of Best Actor and Best Actress to fly to NYC and compete.
Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre sent 19 judges to 29 Utah high school musicals over the past 6 months to score and respond to the productions. Then the juried nominees competed in the official awards ceremony. The UHSMTA gives awards in 20 different categories from The Hotel Monaco Award for Best Lighting to The Daynes Music Award for Best Orchestra and The Delta Air Lines Award for Best Scenic Design. A new award was added this year focused on student new works. This recognition, The Sheldon Harnick New Works Award was given to Alex Lambert of Logan High School who created “Echoes Never Die” and original musical celebrating Logan High School’s 100th year. Visit www.utahfestival.org for more info.