PHS was honored to receive 11 Jester Awards from Music Theatre Wichita Friday night. They are:
• Direction of Show: Greg Shaw/Seussical
• Leading Actress: McKenna Shaw/Seussical/Gertrude McFuzz
• Leading Actor: Andrew Ortolani/Addams Family/Gomez Addams
• Supporting Actress: McKenna Shaw/Addams Family/Wednesday Addams
• Ensemble/Chorus: Seussical
• Choreography/Staging: Maggie Stephens and Molly Stephens/Seussical
• Stage Crew: Addams Family
• Scenic Design: Greg Shaw and Chuck Boyles/Addams Family
• Costumes: Todd and Philip Hoover-Holthus/Seussical
• Lighting: Kirsten Burke and Olivia Ellison/Seussical
• Sound: Jason Huffman, Miranda Madden, and Elisabeth Brown/Seussical
We'd like to also recognize the following for being nominated for Jester Awards, an honor in and of itself:
• Small Ensemble: The Wickershams (Gabe Abarca, Matt Buck, Griffin Cooper, Maddy Emerson, Chance Estes, Jazmin Havens, Journey Jaramillo, PJ Monsour, Dominic Stefanoni)/Seussical
• Outstanding Lead Actor: Sammy Jameson/Seussical/Horton
• Outstanding Musical Direction: Cooper Neil/Seussical
• Outstanding Orchestra: Seussical
• Instrumental Performer: Zach Uttley/Ukulele serenade/Addams Family
• Outstanding Vocal Direction: Susan Laushman/Seussical
• Outstanding Overall Production: Seussical
This year, 94 judges viewed 129 performances of 44 productions, involving more than 2,500 students and 38 schools across the state of Kansas.
PHS also was delighted to perform a montage from Seussical on stage during the ceremony, and to see Senior Andrew Ortolani, who received an Outstanding Lead Actor Award, perform a number as Gomez Addams from The Addams Family.
We also were impressed with the performances of our fellow nominees from across the state! Congratulations to all for a terrific season!