Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Stratford Playhouse Wins Seven Tommy Tune Awards

Stratford High School's Anything Goes cast

Stratford High School’s award-winning theater department just might need a new trophy display case after bringing home an incredible seven top recognitions from the 14th annual Tommy Tune Awards.

The student musical awards are sponsored by Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS).

This year’s awards ceremony to recognize excellence in the production of musical theater by high school students and their teachers was cancelled due to regional flooding on April 19, the award event’s planned date.

Awards were announced on Facebook, and the Stratford Playhouse had one of its biggest nights ever, winning almost half (seven out of 15) of all awards. The best-in-class showing was based on a high energy production of Anything Goes.

Stratford High was nominated in almost all categories, an incredible showing. The school’s Tommy Tune Awards include:

  • Best MusicalAnything Goes
  • Best EnsembleAnything Goes
  • Best Featured Performer – Kirby Morris as Chastity (Angel #2) in Anything Goes
  • Best Lead Actress – Noelle Flores as Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes
  • Best Crew and Technical Execution Anything Goes
  • Best CostumesAnything Goes
  • Best Direction Anything Goes
As Best Leading Actress, Noelle will go on to compete at the national level for the JimmyTM Award at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards being held in New York City on June 27.

While in New York, Noelle will also have the opportunity to take part in rehearsals and master classes, receive one-on-one coaching from theater professionals, meet casting agents and Broadway actors, and compete for scholarships and other prizes.

Cece Prudhomme directs the Stratford Playhouse. School Fine Arts Director is Michael Fahey.

The Tommy Tune Awards are named for a Houston native, Tommy Tune, who is a performer, director and choreographer with more than 50 years of stage history. He has won nine separate Tony awards. In 2003, Tune received the National Medal of Arts from President George W. Bush.

Read the full TUTS news release >>


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