May 9, 2017

Finalists Announced for 7th Annual Triangle Rising Stars

With scholarships and a chance to perform on Broadway at stake, 24 student finalists from Triangle-area high school musical productions will compete next week in the final competition of the 2017 Triangle Rising Stars, part of the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (NHSMTA).

Sponsored by DPAC, Theatre in the Park, ABC 11, and Marchael Bayne, the Triangle Rising Stars Live Showcase and Awards show will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, at DPAC and will be hosted by Heather Waliga of ABC 11 Eyewitness News. The 24 finalists will be featured in four group performances, as well as a medley of individual performances where each student will showcase their own solos.  

Tickets are just $10 (+taxes/fees) are on sale now:
-Online at DPACnc.com
-DPAC Ticket Center: 919.680.2787, 123 Vivian Street, Durham, NC
-Ticketmaster.com / Ticketmaster Charge by phone at 800.745.3000

*All ticket sales support the Triangle Rising Stars program.

“DPAC is honored to support and recognize the impressive local talent of high school students in our community as part of our Triangle Rising Stars program.  These students get the rare experience to perform on the DPAC stage as well as the opportunity to be a part of our very own Nederlander program in New York City, the Jimmy Awards™,” said Tiffany Malory, Community Outreach Manager at DPAC.

Triangle Rising Stars, created in 2010 to celebrate high school theater students who participate and excel in their musical productions, saw its largest participation yet in 2017 with 33 local high schools and 110 students participating.

“Theatre In The Park is proud to be a partner with DPAC and the Triangle Rising Stars program since its inception,” said Brent Simpson, Managing Director of Theatre In The Park. “Educating our future stars is a priority, and this program is an integral part of that plan. Bravo DPAC for enriching our youth and giving them this amazing opportunity!”

Triangle Rising Stars finalists go through a final closed audition and a weekend of rehearsals and workshops leading up to the live May 16 showcase when $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to the Best Actress and Best Actor.  The Best Musical and Best Ensemble winners will receive a $500 donation to their school’s theater departments. The judging panel began the audition process in the fall of 2016 by attending and adjudicating high school musicals. The Triangle Rising Stars Best Actor and Best Actress recipients will also be invited to attend the National High School Musical Theatre Awards in New York City from June 19-June 26, 2017. This all-expense paid trip allows students from across the country to train with Broadway actors, directors and producers. Their week of coaching, auditions and rehearsals concludes with a sold-out performance on Broadway at the Minskoff Theatre (Home of Disney’s The Lion King©) where the coveted Jimmy™ Awards for Best Performance by an Actor and Best Performance by an Actress are announced.

“Education in the arts is an integral part of the development of each human being,” said Triangle Rising Stars sponsor Marchael Bayne. “As a vehicle of individual creativity, DPAC's Triangle Rising Stars ennobles and inspires high school students by incorporating the disciplines of music, dance, theater and the visual.  I am privileged to support the Rising Stars in nourishing the spark of enthusiasm and love of self-expression.  Congratulations to our 24 finalists on your outstanding performances.”

TRIANGLE RISING STARS BEST ACTRESS FINALISTS:
Wake County, Apex High School: Livia Marsden (Rosalind, 9 to 5)
Wake County, Cary High School: Allie Jessee (Baker’s Wife, Into the Woods)
Durham County, Durham Academy: Lily Tendler (Amalia, She Loves Me)
Durham County, Durham Academy: Ellie Dusek (Ilona Ritter, She Loves Me)
Alamance County, Eastern Alamance High School: Caroline Segars (Godmother, Cinderella)
Wake County, Millbrook High School: Gabrielle Goodman (Morticia, The Addams Family)
Wake County, Panther Creek High School: Kaylee Terrell (Elle Woods, Legally Blonde)
Wake County, Ravenscroft School: Gabrielle Phillips (Millie, Thoroughly Modern Millie)
Wake County, Southeast Raleigh High School: Taria Daughtridge (Adelaide, Guys & Dolls)
Wake County, St. Thomas More Academy: Paulette Perez (Aida, Aida)
Chatham County, Jordan-Matthews High School: Jasmine Brower (Tevye, Fiddler on the Roof)
Wake County, Wakefield High School: Cameron Ransome (Nancy, Oliver)

TRIANGLE RISING STARS BEST ACTOR FINALISTS:                                                                                                                            Wake County, Cary High School: Chris Inhulsen (Baker, Into the Woods)
Durham County, C.E. Jordan High School: Brandon Martin (Prof. Callahan, Legally Blonde)
Johnston County, Clayton High School: Nicholas Kraft (Frank Jr., Catch Me If You Can)
Durham County, Durham Academy: Niall Schroder (Georg, She Loves Me)
Wake County, Heritage High School: Jacob Phipps (Ren, Footloose)
Durham County, Hillside High School: Jordan Jarmon (Scarecrow, The Wiz)
Wake County, Holly Springs High School: Ethan Baker (Raoul, The Phantom of the Opera)
Wake County, Millbrook High School: Carson Weddle (Gomez, The Addams Family)
Chatham County, Northwood High School: Connor Lewis (The Minstrel, Once Upon a Mattress)
Chatham County, Northwood High School: Andrew Bonomolo (The Jester, Once Upon a Mattress)
Wake County, Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School: Adam Greene (Nicely-Nicely, Guys & Dolls)
Wake County, Wakefield High School: Jared Scott (Fagen, Oliver)

BEST MUSICAL NOMINEES:
Into the Woods, Cary High School
She Loves Me, Durham Academy
Aida, Enloe High School
Footloose, Heritage High School

BEST ENSEMBLE NOMINEES:
Oliver, Wakefield High School
Catch Me If You Can, Clayton High School
Bring It On: The Musical, Leesville Road High School
Guys & Dolls, Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School

For more information about the Triangle Rising Stars Program, visit: http://www.dpacnc.com/trs
For information about the National High School Musical Theatre Awards/ Jimmy™ Awards, visit: http://nhsmta.com