Music Theatre Wichita canceled this year’s Jester Awards, an annual ceremony that recognizes achievement in high school musical theater, due to the pandemic. However, Theatre Kansas stepped up with a replacement statewide recognition with categories very similar to the Jesters.
Out of 21 award categories, PHS Theatre was nominated for 12 awards. Winners will be announced in a ceremony on June 11 that will be both virtual and in person in Sterling, Kansas.
The nominations PHS received were all for work on “Spamalot,” the all-school musical produced March 5-7. The 12 categories are as follows:
Direction of Show: Jason Huffman
Leading Actor: Xavier Huffman (King Arthur)
Supporting Actor: Dallas Cox (Patsy)
Small Ensemble: Mallory Womeldorff, Ella Rhuems, Regan Carlson, Sophie Casper, Aunyx Estes (Laker Dancers)
Orchestra Direction: Cooper Neil
Vocal Music Direction: Susan Laushman
Choreography/Staging: Maggie & Mollie Stephens
Lighting Design: Gavin Steier
Sound Design: Ashleigh Henderson
“I am so very proud of these students and all of their hard work,” said Jason Huffman, who was hired as a long-term substitute for PHS Theatre for 2020-21. “I will miss them greatly.”