Hays High School’s production of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” garnered 11 nominations in the 17th annual Jester Awards, a program designed to celebrate excellence in high school musical theater.
Thomas More Prep-Marian High School received five nominations for “Into the Woods,” and Russell High School received three for “Little Shop of Horrors.”
This year, 102 judges viewed 127 performances of 41 productions, involving more than 2,800 students and 41 schools. The program began in Wichita, but now extends as far as Liberal, Hays, Salina, and Pittsburg, in addition to the greater Wichita area, according to a press release from Music Theatre Wichita.
The Jester Awards Ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. May 6 at Century II Performing Arts Center’s Convention Hall in Wichita. Honorees in 25 categories will be announced during the ceremony, and several of the honorees will perform. Scholarship awards will be presented to three students, lead male and female honorees and a technical theatre recipient. Tickets to the ceremony are $10 each and may be purchased at the door, online at mtwichita.org, or by calling the Music Theatre Wichita box office at 316.265.3107.
Nominees are as follows:
Hays High School
Erin Muirhead, leading actress
Ryan Will, leading actor
Johnny Matlock, vocal music direction
Tawnita Augustine, choreographer, artistic guest
Jennie Rajewski, director, artistic guest
Nikki Nansel, costume designer, design guest
Jennie Rajewski and Jeremy Wann, scenic designers
Alexis Robinson and Heath Meder, graphic design
Thomas More Prep-Marian High
Dylan Werth, supporting actor
Dylan Werth, Lane Werth, Alexandra Herrman and Halle Lang, scenic design
Avery Normandin, Karl Rack, Sheldon Weber, Bryce Wasinger, Tiffany Pfeifer and Emily Shippers, sound
Lane Werth, graphic design
Lane Werth, Alexandra Herrman and Dylan Werth, lobby display
Russell High School
Maria Hilger, leading actress
Bobby Rhodes, cameo performer
The "Ronnettes" (Abigail Koech, Jennifer Pummell and Anastasia States), ensemble/chorus