And the winner issssss……
The 7th annual National High School Musical Theatre Awards were held on Monday, June 29, at the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway which was hosted by two-time Tony Award winning actor, Michael Cerveris. The renowned Jimmy Award is an honor to receive and this year’s award winner have been announced. The Jimmy Award for Best Performance by an Actress and Best Performance by an Actor was presented to Marla Louissaint who represents The Gershwin Awards and Anthony Skillman, representing the M.A.C.Y Awards. Both of these winners received a check for $10,000 to further their education along with their award and they will be eligible for a four-year merit and need based scholarship to attend the New Studio on Broadway, NYU Tisch School of the Arts Department of Drama, so long as they are accepted into those programs.
Along with that, Wyndham Rewards will also give both winners their first big gig by featuring them in their upcoming national advertising shoots. As part of this deal, the winners and their parents or guardians will fly roundtrip from their hometown to the shooting location where they will receive complimentary hotel accommodations but also $500 in spending money.
The four runner ups also received a $2,500 scholarship to forward their education from the Barry and Fran Weissler Foundation. These winners were Alec Michael Ryan, Drayton Maclean Mayers, Morgan Higgins, and Marnie Quick.
Three additional awards were presented to Madeline Mathias, Ovation Awards in East Lansing (Best Performance in an Ensemble); Rayven Burdette, The Tommy Awards in Madison (Most Improved), Drayton Maclean Mayers, Orpheum High School Musical Theatre Awards in Memphis (Spirit of the Jimmy Awards).