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This jester surprises all by stealing the show

5/7/2014

By DIANE GASPER-O'BRIEN

By DIANE GASPER-O'BRIEN

dobrien@dailynews.net

Nick Overbey has thought all along he would like to major in accounting at Kansas State University next year. He is also considering pursuing opportunities in theater.

Overbey was named the outstanding leading actor for his part in last fall's HHS musical at Friday's Jester Awards ceremony sponsored by Music Theater Wichita.

That highlighted a list of numerous top awards for Hays High's musical, "All Shook Up," including three more for individual students.

Overbey was amazed when he was named as one of the top two for his role as Chad.

When he was announced as the No. 1 overall leading actor, and the recipient of a $2,000 scholarship, Overbey said, "I was incredibly shocked. I never even considered it."

Overbey still was shaking his head about the whole ordeal at Monday night's practice for the HHS Dinner Show, "Reflections," which runs through Saturday.

"When it got down to the top two, I don't know why it didn't hit me I had a 50-50 chance," Overbey said. "Everybody else around me realized it, but I didn't."

It will sink in eventually. Not only did Overbey receive a nice handful of money for college, but the award as the top leading actor opened some other doors for Overbey, who will have opportunities now to participate in various programs at MTWichita this summer.

After Hays High carted home a load of trophies Saturday, Overbey had to return to Wichita for a Monday interview by KAKE-TV along with Brittnee Hill from Pratt, MTWichita's top female actress in this year's Jester Awards.

"I've made a lot of connections already. I'm practically Jester family now," he said with a smile.

HHS's musical was voted the top overall production for the first time since 2012.

"It was an amazing night that really validated the fact that Hays students have been the product of a rich legacy of music and arts education and experiences in our schools," Brenda Meder said, director of the HHS musical.

"These nominations and awards are evidence of the importance and result of that educational component," added Meder, who also won one of the top Jester Awards for direction of show.  

The other Hays High actors and actresses honored were senior Shelby Matlock, supporting actress, and juniors Max Befort and Conrad Hoffman in the supporting actor category.

Other categories receiving outstanding achievement awards for Hays High were: production number, "Can't Help Falling in Love;" ensemble/chorus; musical direction, Johnny Matlock; orchestra, director Johnny Matlock and accompanist Lexie Robinson; choreography, Tawnita Augustine; and lobby display, Stacy Berens, Melody Davidson, Penny McGinnis and Teresa McPherson.

* A few tickets still are available for HHS' dinner show and can be reserved by calling the school between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at (785) 623-2600.