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June 4, 2010 > Celebrating excellence

Celebrating excellence

By Mona Shah

San Jose Stage Company is proud to announce nominations for the 2010 "Top Honor Awards." This new awards program encourages and rewards exceptional accomplishments in the production of high school musical theatre around the Bay Area.

Fifteen private and public high school musical theatre programs competed in the "The Stage Top Honor Awards" modeled after Broadway's Tony Awards featuring shows like Les Miserables, Singing in the Rain, Fame, Oklahoma and 42nd Street.

Adjudicators (theatre professionals, performing artists, designers, and theatre arts educators) evaluated musical theatre productions over the last four months and made their nominations in sixteen different performance and production categories. Recognition of outstanding achievement by students and educators will be made in the areas of performance (best lead and supporting actress/actor), design, direction, musical direction, choreography, technical production and overall production excellence.

Winners of "The Stage Top Honor Awards" will be announced at the Gala Ceremony June 7, at the California Theatre. For more information and tickets to the "Top Honor Award Gala" please see http://www.thestage.org.

Nominations of area schools include:

Best graphic design:
¥ Felicia Ong - Aida - Irvington High School
¥ Not Specified - Oklahoma! - Mission San Jose High School

Best hair/make-up design:
¥ Sundee Medeiros - Aida - Irvington High School

Best costume design:
¥ Troy River, Dawn River, Felicia Gold, Leigh Ann Gilson - The 25th Annual Putnam
County Spelling Bee - American High School

Lighting design:
¥ Ryan Willer - Aida - Irvington High School

Scenic design:
¥ Troy River - The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee - American High School
¥ Fred Alim - Aida - Irvington High School

Direction:
¥ Troy River - The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee - American High School

Choreography:
¥ Lauren Benjamin - Aida - Irvington High School

Musical direction:
¥ Daina Joly - Aida - Irvington High School

Best supporting actor:
¥ Manuel Barrera (Leaf Coneybear) - The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee -
American High School
¥ Scott Kavanagh (Will Parker) - Oklahoma! - Mission San Jose High School

Best leading actor:
¥ Jeremy Griffith (Vice Principal Douglas Panch) - The 25th Annual Putnam County
Spelling Bee - American High School
¥ James M. Jones (Radames) - Aida - Irvington High School

Best leading actress:
¥ Devon Simpson (Olive Ostrovsky) - The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee -
American High School
¥ Katherine Dela Cruz (Aida) - Aida - Irvington High School

Best overall production:
¥ Aida - Irvington High School

Top honor nominations by production:
¥ Aida - Irvington High School - (9)

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