‘Les Miserables’ wins four Tommy Tune awards

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By KAROLYN GEPHART

“Les Misérables,” musical spring production by the Friendswood High School theatre department, won four Tommy Tune Awards recently. It was announced before a sold out house at the Hobby Center in Houston.

Their awards include Best Set Design, Best Scenic Lighting, Best Ensemble, and Best Musical Direction.

Lead actor Alex Rudd was announced winning recipient of a Tommy Tune $1,000 scholarship.

The ensemble closed Act I of the award program with “One Day More” which ended in a standing ovation in a room of over 3,000 patrons.

“Our actors stood out in their medleys with the other actors on stage, and the Directors and I could not be more proud to have been a part of this journey,” FHS Director Kathy Powdrell said.

This was the 15th year of the Tommy Tune Awards.

FHS was 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.

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.