Utah’s best high school musical talent will be awarded at USU

<span>LOGAN – Saturday, April 27, Utah State University hosts the best of the state’s high school musical theater talent.</span>

<span>This is the third annual <a href=”http://www.utahfestival.org/index.php?p_resource=education_uhsmta” target=”_blank”>Utah High School Musical Theater Awards</a> and the event begins at 7 p.m. before a live audience at the Kent Concert Hall. </span>

<span>“We’re pleased that we get to be part of this and recognize the talented students and faculty that produce these remarkable productions,” said Vanessa Ballam, Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre education director.</span>

<span>“Those attending Saturday night will see one musical production number from each of the Top 10 musicals from across the state, in full costume. They will also see <a href=”http://www.utahfestival.org/uploads/2013%20UHSMTA%20-%20Finalists.pdf” target=”_blank”>40 individual finalists</a>, 10 each in the four categories of Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress. They will perform together, collaboratively in medlies.”</span>

<span>Ballam said there will also be some surprise performers from musicals across the state and performances by some of last year’s winners, those who went on to competition in New York City.</span>

<span>Michael Ballam, UFOMT founding director, will again serve as MC for the third year. He has also put together all of the medlies to be performed Saturday night and he will provide piano accompaniment for each of the finalists.</span>

<span>Following Saturday’s performances, awards will be presented for best musical, best actor and actress, best supporting actor and actress as well as best director, choreographer, ensemble and orchestra plus awards in several technical categories.</span>

<span>“The individuals that win our awards Saturday for best actor and best actress will move on to the national competition, the Jimmy Awards, in June at the Minskoff Theatre in New York City,” said Vanessa Ballam.</span>

<span>Utah Festival Opera uses proceeds from Saturday night to send those two individuals to the competition. They will be there for a week working with Broadway choreographers, directors and vocal coaches, putting together a show which will be similar in format to what UFOMT is doing Saturday night.</span>

<span>Saturday’s performance is the culmination of a process that began six months ago, during which UFOMT sent 23 judges to 32 Utah high schools to judge musical productions.</span>

<span>Tickets are $15 for students ages 5-18 and $20 for adults. They are available through ArtTix.org or by calling the Utah Festival Box Office at 435-750-0330 ext. 3.</span>

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