Thursday, November 29, 2012

Tommy Tune Competition

Four Spring Branch ISD high schools are among 45 secondary schools in the region chosen this year to compete in the 11th annual Tommy Tune Awards.

Created by Theater Under The Stars (TUTS) a decade ago, the Tommy Tune Awards celebrate musical theater performances at the high school level. The awards honor outstanding student achievement in 15 separate categories.

The four SBISD high school productions that have been or will be reviewed this year include:

·         Memorial High: South Pacific

·         Spring Woods High: Children of Eden

·         Stratford High: Crazy for You

·         Westchester Academy for International Studies: Into the Woods

A team of Houston-based theater professionals will evaluate all 45 high school productions. Winners will  be announced at a Tony Awards-style ceremony that will be held April 16, 2013, at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts located downtown.

The event will showcase musical numbers from the nominated productions. Winning student performers, directors, choreographers, orchestras and designers who have shown theatrical excellence during the year will also be named at the annual awards event.

The well-known awards are named for Tommy Tune, a Houston native who went on to be a Broadway legend. With more than 50 years of stage experience, Tune has won recognition for his work as a high-level performer, director and choreographer.

He’s received nine Tony Awards. Tommy Tune is also a recipient of the National Medal of Arts in 2003 from President George W. Bush.


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