R-7 schools capture nominations in annual Blue Star awards

May 15, 2013 

Lee’s Summit R-7 high school students and theater productions were nominated for 13 awards in Starlight Theatre’s 11th annual Blue Star awards.

Students and teachers learned of the awards May 2 when Starlight employees hand-delivered the news to the theater departments.

Lee’s Summit High School award nominations for the fall 2012 musical “9 to 5” included outstanding scenic design and construction, tier II; outstanding orchestra; and outstanding technical crew (deck/set).

Lee’s Summit North High School award nominations for the fall 2012 musical “Sweeney Todd” were Rising Star scholarship (male) for Patrick Graham; outstanding hair and makeup design; outstanding scenic design and construction, tier II; outstanding actress in a featured role for Jessica Dennis as Beggar Woman; outstanding actress in a lead role for Carla Rivas as Mrs. Lovett; outstanding actor in a lead role for Patrick Graham as Sweeney Todd; outstanding costume design, tier II; outstanding orchestra; outstanding ensemble; and outstanding overall production.

Winners of Starlight’s Blue Star Awards will be recognized May 23 at a free public ceremony at Starlight Theatre. As a nominee for Outstanding Overall Production, LSNHS students will be among featured performances at the ceremony. In addition, Patrick Graham and Carla Rivas will be in a musical medley including all nominees for Outstanding Actor and Actress in a Lead Role.

Starlight’s Blue Star awards, modeled after Broadway’s Tony awards, recognize achievement and excellence in high school musical theater.

This year, 43 area high schools with 50 productions representing more than 4,500 high school students from throughout the metropolitan area participated in Starlight’s Blue Star awards sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City.

Two Rising Star scholarships in the amount of $2,500 will be presented to the top male and female graduating seniors who have made outstanding contributions to the musical theater department of their schools or extra-curricular theater activities during his or her high school career or both.

The winners of the outstanding performance by an actor and actress in a lead role will receive a full-paid trip to New York City to compete in the fifth annual National High School Musical Theater Awards June 30-July 2.

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