Jester Nominations and Awards

From the Music Theatre of Wichita website —
“The Jester Award program recognizes the extraordinary amount of work, creativity, and dedication that faculty and students pour into their high school theatrical productions. Recognition is given to casts and crews, directors and designers – all who work to stage these great works of musical theatre.” The Jester Awards Ceremony is scheduled to take place May 12, 2017 at the Orpheum Theatre.

Salina South’s production of Thoroughly Modern Millie is very honored to have received several Jester Award nominations.

Salina South received the following nominations –

  • Overall Production
  • Direction of a Show – Kate Lindsay
  • Leading Actress – Sofie Flores (Millie)
  • Leading Actor – Nick Salem (Jimmy)
  • Supporting Actor – Noah Endreshak (Ching Ho)
  • Supporting Actor – Anthony Nitbouapha (Bun Foo)
  • Ensemble/Chorus
  • Small Ensemble – “The Stenogs”
  • Orchestra – Darren Brooks
  • Vocal Music Direction – Eddie B Creer, Jr.
  • Choreography – Sam DeChant
  • Stage Crew
  • Scenic Design – Roger Coberly, Kate Lindsay
  • Costumes – Kay Engelland, Eve Boyle, Pam Debold
  • Lighting – J.R. Lidgett
  • Sound – Eddie B Creer, Jr.
  • Graphic Design – Kaylee Warren

Since shows receiving Overall Production nominations and Leading Actor/Actress nominations are also invited to perform at the Jester Awards Ceremony, South students will be performing at the awards.  The awards are Friday, May 12 at 7:00pm at the Orpheum Theatre in Wichita.  Students will participate in a red carpet event prior to the awards ceremony.

More information about the Jester Awards program is located at the Music Theatre of Wichita website –

Full list of nominations – 2016-17JESTER AWARDS

http://www.musictheatreofwichita.org/education/jester_awards_program/about

From the Music Theatre of Wichita release —

Music Theatre Wichita’s 16th Annual Jester Awards take place May 12; nominees announced

Kansas high school students recognized for outstanding achievements
in musical theatre

WICHITA, KS – Music Theatre Wichita announces nominees for the 16th Annual Jester Awards, a program designed to celebrate excellence in high school musical theatre. Each year, trained volunteer judges attend and evaluate dozens of performances. This year, 94 judges viewed 129 performances of 44 productions, involving more than 2500 students and 38 schools across the state of Kansas. The program began in Wichita, but now extends as far as Liberal, Hays, Salina, and Pittsburg, in addition to the greater Wichita area.

The Jester Awards Ceremony will take place at the Orpheum Theatre in Wichita on Friday, May 12, 2017 at 7pm. Honorees in 24 categories will be announced during the ceremony, and several of the honorees will perform. One leading male honoree and one leading female honoree will receive a scholarship award of $2500, and one student will receive a scholarship for their achievements in technical theatre. Tickets to the ceremony are $10 each and may be purchased at the door or by calling the Music Theatre Wichita box office at 316.265.3107.

Alumni of the Jester Awards program can be seen onstage and backstage at Music Theatre Wichita this summer, as well as in regional theatres across the country and on Broadway, including this year’s new Broadway musical Anastasia.

Producing Artistic Director Wayne Bryan: “The Jester Awards program has become one of the most gratifying aspects of Music Theatre Wichita. The dedication of these students and teachers is a vibrant reminder of the how powerful the arts can be in opening minds, unlocking potential, and enriching a community.”

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Music Theatre Wichita, a not-for-profit organization, is dedicated to stimulating and nurturing interest in musical theatre by producing Broadway quality productions while entertaining and educating patrons, the community and theatrical artists. Founded in 1972, MTWichita is currently the largest subscribed not-for-profit arts organization in the state of Kansas, and has attained an international reputation for excellence. Each summer, MTWichita self-produces five Broadway-scale musical productions, using a unique mixture of top-flight professionals from Broadway and Hollywood working alongside talented Midwesterners.