Tue May 15

Triangle Rising Stars

Presented by Marchael Bayne
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Marchael Bayne presents Triangle Rising Stars at DPAC on Tuesday, May 15 at 7:30 p.m. starring student finalists from Triangle and surrounding area high school musical productions. 

In 2011, DPAC established Triangle Rising Stars, a regional qualifying event as part of The National High School Musical Theatre Awards (NHSMTA). This national competition celebrates outstanding student performances in high school musical productions across the United States. Triangle Rising Stars is the regional competition that brings together high school musical theatre students from Central and Eastern North Carolina to perform and compete for the chance to represent DPAC in the national finals in New York City each summer.

Throughout the school year judges from DPAC, WTVD ABC 11, Duke and other local organizations attend high school musical theatre productions across the region. Twenty regional finalists are then selected to attend a weekend retreat and compete with the best of their peers, culminating with the Triangle Rising Stars showcase and awards show at DPAC each May.

Awards in this regional competition include Best Actor and Actress, Best Ensemble, Best Musical, and more. The Triangle Rising Stars Best Actress and Best Actor receive $2,000 academic scholarships and are invited to an all-expense paid trip to the NHSMTA program in New York City. The National Awards program takes place at Nederlander's Minskoff Theatre, home theatre for Disney's The Lion King. In total, 40 regional competitions send finalists to New York representing the best High School musical theater students nationwide that participate.

Student performers all across the U.S. compete in the national program by winning top honors at regional high school musical theatre awards competitions presented by Broadway League member performing arts centers just like DPAC. Over 1,000 high schools and 50,000 students participate in these annual events. Since its inception in 2009, the NHSMTA has enabled over $1,000,000 in university and conservatory scholarships to be awarded to talented students at the national and local level—several of whom have already been cast in Broadway, Touring and West End productions.

NHSMTA nominees will prepare for their Broadway debut during a ten-day professional training intensive with NYU Tisch School of the Arts' New Studio on Broadway faculty members plus other theatre professionals.

Winners are selected by a panel of judges comprised of notable theatre professionals including Tony Award-winning producers and award-winning casting experts.

Founded in 2009 by Nederlander Alliances LLC, Pittsburgh CLO, and Broadway Education Alliance (BEA), NHSMTA's mission is to raise the profile of musical theatre in schools, recognize dedicated teachers and inspire the next generation of performers and enthusiasts. Also known as The Jimmy™ Awards, in honor of legendary Broadway producer/theatre owner James M. Nederlander, the NHSMTA is supported by many leading theatre industry organizations. More information about the National High School Musical Theatre Awards can be found at NHSMTA.COM.

Finalists announced for this year's presentation:

-Allie Jessee (Lily, The Secret Garden, Cary High School, Wake County)
-Anna Vtipil (Vanessa, In The Heights, Athens Drive High School, Wake County)
-Averi Zimmermann (Nina, In The Heights, Athens Drive High School, Wake County)
-Caroline Segars (Millie, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Eastern Alamance High School, Alamance County)
-Delia Vaisey (Princess Winifred, Once Upon a Mattress, Chapel Hill High School, Orange County)
-Elena Holder (Olive Ostrovsky, The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee, Durham School of the Arts, Durham County)
-Lexi Yauch (Janet Van de Graff, The Drowsy Chaperone, Clayton High School, Johnston County)
-Mya Ison (Sarah, Ragtime, Enloe High School, Wake County)
-Samantha Zarate Rangel (Nina, In The Heights, Jordan Matthews High School, Chatham County)
-Tara Clinkscales  (Martha, The Secret Garden, Cary High School, Wake County

-Adam Greene (The Cat in the Hat, Seussical The Musical, Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School, Wake County)
-Aidan O'Connell (Detective Carl Hanratty, Catch Me If You Can, CE Jordan High School, Durham County)
-Benjamin Richardson-Piche (Frank Jr, Catch Me If You Can, CE Jordan High School, Durham County)
-Dylan Gibson (Leaf Coneybear, The 25th Annual Putnam Country Spelling Bee, DSA, Durham County)
-Evan Martschenko (Neville Craven, The Secret Garden, Cary High School, Wake County)
-Garrett Noga (Robbie, The Wedding Singer, Leesville Road High School, Wake County)
-Kenneth Andrews (Oliver Warbucks, Annie, Graham High School, Alamance County)
-Sterling Jones (Gaston, Beauty and the Beast, Broughton High School, Wake County)
-Tyler Ellis (Robert Martin, The Drowsy Chaperone, Clayton High School, Johnston County)
-Vishal Kasula (Benny, In The Heights, Athens Drive High School, Wake County)

-Seussical The Musical, Apex Friendship High School
-Barnum, Holly Springs High School
-Ragtime, Enloe High School
-Catch Me If You Can, C.E. Jordan High School

-The Secret Garden, Cary High School
-High School Musical, Hillside High School
-In The Heights, Athens Drive High School
-The Drowsy Chaperone, Clayton High School

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Tue, May 15, 2018 • 7:30 PM



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6:30pm- Lobby Doors & Seating Area Opens
7:30pm- Performance Begins

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