Pearland High School’s production of the musical, “Pippin,” has received eight nominations for the upcoming 15th annual Tommy Tune Awards. Sponsored by Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS), the awards will be presented at a Tony Awards-style ceremony 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 15 award categories. An additional committee considered potential scholarship recipients.
PHS is nominated in the following categories: Best Supporting Actor (Brendan King), Best Ensemble/Chorus, Best Costume Design, Best Lighting Design, Best Stage Crew & Technical Execution, Best Musical Direction, Best Choreography, and Best Direction.
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