This year marked the 11th anniversary of the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle honoring high schools throughout the state with awards for musical theater productions.
Theater students received awards in 21 categories at the June 11 event, where 2,200 costumed students — representing their high school theater productions — filled the venue.
Sixteen high schools were honored, with Hanford High School of Richland taking home the highest award, Outstanding Overall Musical Production, for the show “The Drowsy Chaperone.”
Six Yakima Valley schools won awards or were nominated in various categories.
Eisenhower High School’s “Annie Get Your Gun” garnered two awards and seven other nominations.
Tori Gresham, an Ike senior who graduated this month, took home the award for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for her role as Annie Oakley. Last year, Gresham was nominated for her role as Maisie in the category of Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in “The Boyfriend.” Gresham earned her first award as Outstanding Actress in “All Shook Up” when she was a freshman in 2010.
Ike’s Graeme Rife was nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of Frank Butler. Ike’s Shaunaly Hutton received special honors in student achievement.
“Annie Get Your Gun” was also nominated for overall musical, costume design, stage crew and performance by a chorus. The production received honorable mentions for direction and scenic design.
Zillah High School’s “Seussical” won the award for Outstanding Costume Design. “Seussical” was nominated for direction, lighting design, hair and makeup design and performance by an ensemble cast.
Alice Hiermstra received an honorable mention as Gertrude McFuzz, and Shelby Crossley earned an honorable mention for her role as Sour Kangaroo. The production received an honorable mention in scenic design.
Davis High School’s “Hairspray” won the award for Outstanding Hair and Makeup Design.
The play also was recognized with special honors for its educational impact, and Jackie Wagner received a special honor in student achievement.
“Hairspray” was nominated for costume design and lobby display, and received an honorable mention for scenic design.
Gavin O’Leary of Sunnyside High School received the award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Featured Ensemble Role for his performance as Parsee Man in “Just So.”
“Just So” and Sunnyside’s other production, “Annie,” received special honors for Educational Impact. And Sunnyside’s Jonathan Tavira-Alcarez received special honors in Student Achievement.
“Just So” also earned three honorable mentions: for costume design and hair and makeup design, and Aly Spidle for her role as Dingo Dog.
Grandview High School’s “West Side Story” received special honors for Educational Impact. Taylor Colson, a sophomore last year and a former Unleashed correspondent, received special honors in Student Achievement.
Inez Torres took home an honorable mention for her role as Maria in the same play.
West Valley High School’s “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella” earned an honorable mention for its lobby display.