USJ was nominated in eight different categories for The Orpheum’s ninth annual High School Musical Theatre Awards. This award ceremony included 29 schools across West Tennessee and Mississippi.
USJ took home the Outstanding Artistic Achievement award for the “rain on stage” in the school’s production of Singin’ in the Rain. Upcoming junior Jake Booher won Best Supporting Actor for his role as Cosmo Brown in Singin’ in the Rain and performed a special number with his fellow nominees. Sophomore Keaton Miller was nominated for Best Actor and was also the youngest nominee in the Lead Actor category. Students Gabrielle Evans, Jared Koerner and Madison Maroney also represented the school as they performed in the opening and closing numbers of the awards ceremony.
“We were small fish in a big pond, up against schools that tripled us in size,” says Upper School Theatre Teacher Erica Davidson. “The fact that we were competing against them in eight different categories was pretty phenomenal. I was proud to be amongst schools in that caliber.”
The Orpheum Theatre Group’s High School Musical Theatre Awards program supports, promotes, and enhances high school musical theatre throughout the Mid-South. The award ceremony is modeled after the Tony Awards ™ and recognizes achievements in all areas of high school musical theatre. This program is part of the Jimmy Awards, the national high school musical theatre awards program that includes 37 programs from across the country.
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