Friendswood High School’s production of the musical, “Les Miserables,” has received 10 nominations for the upcoming 15th annual Tommy Tune Awards. Sponsored by Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS), the awards will be presented on April 18 at 7:30 p.m. at The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.
The Tommy Tune Awards recognize and reward excellence in high school musical theatre created by students and educators in the greater Houston metropolitan area.
After evaluating the 45 participating Houston-area high school productions during the 2016-2017 school year, a team of 30 Houston-based theatre professionals nominated participants in 12 award categories. An additional committee considered potential scholarship recipients.
FHS is nominated in the following categories: Best Musical/Best Overall Production, Best Actors, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actors, Best Technical Execution, Best Set, Best Direction, Best Musical Direction, Best Choreography, and Best Orchestra.
Student actors Alex Rudd and Max Morgan are nominated for Best Actors. Emily Mesa is nominated for Best Actress.
FHS students Cade Tucker and Clayton Senter are nominated for Best Supporting Actors.
Cale Borne and Amy Thornton were responsible for technical execution and sets.
Kathy Powdrell was the director and Janwin Overstreet-Goode, along with Michael Tyer, handled the musical direction.
Alyssa Goza and Katelyn Gallagher were responsible for choreography and Julio Sanchez directed the orchestra.
TUTS’ Tommy Tune Awards are designed not only to acknowledge remarkable musical theatre talent at the high school level, but also to encourage future artistic development. TUTS will present eight scholarships to outstanding participating students of the Tommy Tune Awards at the awards ceremony.
TUTS’ Tommy Tune Awards are named for Houston native and Lamar High School alumnus, Tommy Tune. A performer, director and choreographer with more than 50 years of stage experience, Tune received nine Tony Awards® for his work in the following productions: “Seesaw,” “My One and Only,” “A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine,” “Nine,” “Grand Hotel” and “The Will Rogers Follies.”
He was also awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2003 by President Bush.
The Tommy Tune Awards ceremony is open to the general public. To purchase VIP tickets or to receive more information, call 713-558-8887 or visit TUTS.com/TommyTune.
Story by Karolyn Gephart