Hundreds of high school performing arts students gathered at the Eccles Theatre in Salt Lake City Saturday, competing in the Utah High School Musical Theatre Awards. Some students from Green Canyon and Mountain Crest high schools came away as winners. In fact, Green Canyon High School’s Abigail Edwards was recognized as the Best Actress.
Edwards won Best Actress for her role as Belle in the school’s production of Beauty and the Beast. Not only does Edwards have the prestige of being the best actress in the state, but she also gets to compete on the national level. Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre will send Edwards, and Best Actor award winner Ethan Kelso (from Salt Lake School for the Preforming Arts), to New York City in June to compete in the Jimmy Awards, the National High School Musical Theatre Awards.
Edwards will participate in intensive theater coaching and rehearsals with industry professionals for approximately a week in New York, followed by a one-night-only showcase on Broadway. A panel of judges will then crown the nation’s top performers.
Mountain Crest High School students Brianne Miller and Steffani McMullin won Best Student Costume Design for the school’s production of Annie Get Your Gun. The school produced the musical last fall.
The event was sponsored by Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre. Representatives from the organization travel around the state to adjudicate high school productions. The schools and students which got nominated performed at the competition on Saturday.
Other local finalists include:
- Sky View’s production of Tuck Everlasting as Best Musical
- Green Canyon’s Sam Teuscher as The Beast from Beauty and the Beast as Best Actor
- Sky View’s Liam Herbert as Jesse Tuck in Tuck Everlasting as Best Actor
- Logan’s Lauren Rasmussen as Lina Lamont in Singin’ in the Rain as Best Actress
- Logan’s Jaron Cox as Cosmo Brown in Singin’ in the Rain as Best Supporting Actor
- Mountain Crest’s Elena Shill as Winnie Tate in Annie Get Your Gun as Best Supporting Actress
- Logan’s Faculty for Best Choreography with Singin’ in the Rain
- Sky View’s Faculty for Best Choreography with Tuck Everlasting
- Sky View’s Faculty for Best Set Design with Tuck Everlasting
- Logan’s Faculty for Best Costume Design with Singin’ in the Rain
- Sky View’s Technical Crew for High School Musical
- Green Canyon’s Orchestra for Beauty and the Beast
- Sky View’s Orchestra for Tuck Everlasting
- Sky View’s Students for Best Lighting Design with High School Musical
- Sky View’s Students for Best Lighting Design with Tuck Everlasting
In all, 18 different awards were handed out on Saturday. The overall winners include:
- Best Musical: Fremont High School – Seussical
- Best Actor: Ethan Kelso (Will Bloom) – Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts
- Best Actress: Abigail Edwards (Belle) – Green Canyon High School
- Best Supporting Actor: Caleb Hunt (Greaseball) – Uintah High School
- Best Supporting Actress: Jordan Petersen (Beth March) – Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts
- Best Cameo Performance: Adelle Remke (Fruma Sarah) – Highland High School
- Best Director: Skyridge High School – Cinderella
- Best Choreography: Northridge High School – Newsies
- Best Ensemble: Davis High School – Newsies
- Best Scenic Design: Bonneville High School – The Phantom of the Opera
- Best Orchestra: Juan Diego Catholic High School – Guys and Dolls
- Best Costume Design: Uintah High School – Starlight Express
- Best Lighting Design: Uintah High School – Starlight Express
- Best Technical Crew: Hillcrest High School – Hairspray
- Best Student Choreography: Annabelle Zimmer & Carson Sabin – DaVinci Academy – Ruthless
- Best Student Scenic Design: Kaden Pigsley, Eric Burton & Aaron Cornaby – Hillcrest High School – Sunday in the Park with George
- Best Student Costume Design: Brianne Miller & Steffani McMullin – Mountain Crest High School – Annie Get Your Gun
- Best Student Lighting Design: Dakota Grothe – Pleasant Grove High School – Anything Goes