R-7 schools capture nominations in Blue Star Awards

May 21, 2014 

Lee’s Summit R-7 high school students and theatre productions were nominated for 11 awards in Starlight Theatre’s 12th annual Blue Star Awards.

Students and teachers learned of the awards on May 1 when Starlight representatives hand-delivered the news to the theatre departments.

Lee’s Summit R-7 students nominated for the awards are Daniel Verschelden as Bob Wallace, “White Christmas,” outstanding actor in a lead role, Lee’s Summit High School; Ben Gruenbaum as Donkey, “Shrek the Musical,” outstanding actor in a featured role, Lee’s Summit North High School; Haley Wolff as Teen Fiona/Red Riding Hood, “Shrek the Musical,” outstanding female ensemble member, LSNHS; Sheldon Ledbetter as Dance Captain, “White Christmas,” outstanding male ensemble member, LSHS; “Anything Goes,” outstanding orchestra, Lee’s Summit West High School; “Clue: The Musical,” outstanding scenic design and construction tier 1, LSHS; “Shrek the Musical,” outstanding lighting design, LSNHS; “Anything Goes,” outstanding costume design and construction, tier 2, LSWHS; “Shrek the Musical,” outstanding hair and makeup design, LSNHS; Daniel Verschelden and Gabe Lasley, each nominated for rising star scholarship (male) from LSHS.

On May 22, the Blue Star Award winners will receive their honors in a public ceremony on Starlight Theatre’s Cohen Community Stage.

Starlight’s Blue Star Awards, modeled after Broadway’s Tony​ ​Awards, marks its 12th anniversary with the 2013-14 school year. Sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, the educational program annually recognizes achievement and excellence in high school musical theatre.

This year, a total of 46 area high schools producing 52 musicals participated. The culmination of the program each year is the annual Blue Star Awards Ceremony at Starlight Theatre.

This year’s awards ceremony will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 22. The ceremony is free and open to the public. Parking is $5 per vehicle.

At the Blue Star Awards ceremony, Kansas City’s arts community leaders will hand out awards in 20 categories.

A highlight of the annual Blue Star ceremony is the awarding of rising star scholarships to two high school seniors. The $2,500 college scholarships are presented to one male and one female senior who have contributed the most to his or her high school theatre department and demonstrated exceptional theatrical achievement.

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