Wed, May 22

Ninth Annual Triangle Rising Stars Winners Announced

DPAC, Marchael Bayne, Theatre in the Park, the Durham Arts Council, and ABC 11 hosted the ninth annual Triangle Rising Stars Showcase and Awards on Thursday evening, May 16.  The Triangle Rising Stars Showcase and Awards brings together area high school musical theater students to perform together and compete for educational scholarships.  Last year’s winners, Mya Ison and Sterling Jones presented the awards for Best Actress and Best Actor and awards were also given for Best Ensemble and Best Musical.

 

WINNERS:

          Best Actress: Haven Bowers (Katherine Pumber, Newsies, Heritage High School)

          Best Actor: Ben Eble (Seymour, Little Shop of Horrors, Chapel Hill High School)

          Best Ensemble: Heritage High School - Newsies

          Best Musical: Athens Drive High School – All Shook Up

 

“This was one of the best years ever for Triangle Rising Stars,” says Megan Rindoks, Community Engagement Manager at DPAC. “It was very special to have Clay Aiken as our surprise guest host, and the group of 20 finalists were insanely talented.  I can’t wait to watch Ben and Haven on the Minskoff Stage in June, and I hope everyone tunes in to watch the live stream to cheer them on!”

 

This year’s participation included 38 high school shows and 135 students.

 

Over 1,000 guests attended the Triangle Rising Stars Showcase and Awards hosted by surprise special guest host, Clay Aiken and co-directed by Freddie Lee Heath and Brian Westbrook.  The 20 finalists opened with “I Got You” (Bring It On: The Musical).  In a Broadway medley, each student had his/her own chance to shine in solo performances from each individual’s high school musical.  Two additional group numbers were also performed, with the finalists taking the stage to sing “Brand New You” (13 the Musical), followed by “Aquarius” (Hair).  After awards were presented, the entire cast of finalists closed out the evening with a moving rendition of “You Will Be Found” (Dear Evan Hansen). 

 

As the Central and Eastern North Carolina qualifying event for the National High School Musical Theatre Awards®, the Triangle Rising Stars Best Actor and Best Actress recipients each received a $2,000 scholarship and were invited to attend the NHSMTA® in New York City this summer.  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.

 

This year, the Top 20 Finalists were adjudicated live at the Triangle Rising Stars Showcase and Awards by an esteemed panel of guest judges with Broadway experience, including Dirk Lumbard, Katie Lynch, and Ray Walker. These Broadway veterans have a vast combined repertoire of work that includes Les Miserables, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Music Man, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.  Today, Lumbard, Lynch, and Walker are all dedicated to supporting arts education and inspiring the next generation of theater professionals.

 

Honorable mentions were also given to schools that had standout productions in the areas of scenic design, costume design, choreography, and orchestrations:

 

For special recognition in Outstanding Set Design:

  • Needham Broughton High School – A Chorus Line
  • CE Jordan High School – Into the Woods
  • Heritage High School – Newsies
  • Garner Magnet High School – The Sound of Music
  • Apex High School – Children of Eden
  • Eastern Alamance High School – Hands on a Hardbody
  • William G. Enloe High School – Anything Goes

For special recognition in Outstanding Lighting Design:

  • Cary High School – Little Women
  • CE Jordan High School – Into the Woods
  • Wakefield High School – Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
  • Apex Friendship High School – The Music Man

For special recognition in Outstanding Costume Design:

  • Leesville Road High School – Chicago
  • Ravenscroft High School – Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
  • Needham Broughton High School – A Chorus Line
  • CE Jordan High School – Into the Woods
  • Greensboro Day School – Legally Blonde
  • Wakefield High School – Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
  • Clayton High School – Guys and Dolls
  • Cary High School – Little Women

For special recognition in Outstanding Choreography:

  • Graham High School – Once On This Island
  • Holly Springs High School – The Addams Family
  • Athens Drive High School – All Shook Up
  • William G. Enloe High School – Anything Goes
  • Apex Friendship High School – The Music Man
  • Leesville Road High School – Chicago
  • Hillside High School – The Color Purple

For special recognition in Outstanding Student Orchestration:

  • Durham Academy – Merrily We Roll Along
  • Panther Creek High School – Annie
  • Hillside High School – The Color Purple
  • CE Jordan High School – Hairspray
  • Apex Freidnship High School – The Music Man
  • Clayton High School – Guys and Dolls
  • Chapel Hill High School – Little Shop of Horrors
  • William G. Enloe High School – Anything Goes

The panel of judges also formally recognized Jaydon Smith from Clayton High School as Best Dancer, Vishal Kasula from Athens Drive Magnet High School for his spirit with the Triangle Shining Star award, and Hadley Connell from Chapel Hill High School for excellence in student direction.

 

For photos from this year’s production, visit: http://bit.ly/2019TRSPhotos

 

For more information about the Triangle Rising Stars Showcase and Awards, visit: http://www.dpacnc.com/trs 

 

Watch the Jimmy Awards live on Monday June 24th at 7:30pm! More information is available at http://www.JimmyAwards.com