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Stratford Playhouse receives 13 out of 15 possible award nominations

Stratford High School - The Drowsy Chaperone

Cast of Stratford Playhouse musical, The Drowsy Chaperone

The recent Stratford Playhouse musical, The Drowsy Chaperone, has won 13 out of 15 possible Tommy Tune award nominations with 14 separate nominations in all. In addition, recent productions at Spring Woods and Memorial high schools have each been nominated.

The annual awards sponsor, Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS), announced its nominated shows and student performers recently, while also canceling an upcoming awards show and replacing it with an online event.

The online event will be held 7:30 p.m on April 28. TUTS final winners will be announced via a specially produced video posted on the Tommy Tune Awards Facebook page and also on the TUTS YouTube channel.

The Tommy Tune Awards celebrate the value, educational merit, artistry and community of high school theater in the greater Houston region. In total, 46 Houston-area high school productions were evaluated by a team of Houston-based professionals. High schools and student performers were eligible in 15 separate award categories.

The following SBISD high schools and individuals are nominated:

Best Musical

Stratford High School, The Drowsy Chaperone

Leading Actress

Lindsay Bates from Stratford High playing Janet Van De Graff in The Drowsy Chaperone

Leading Actor

Will Larabee from Stratford High playing Man in the Chair in The Drowsy Chaperone

Supporting Actress

Evers McCormack from Spring Woods High as Rosie in Momma Mia!

Catherine Piskurich from Stratford High as Kitty in The Drowsy Chaperone

Supporting Actor

Luke Centanni from Stratford High as Adolpho in The Drowsy Chaperone

Featured Performer

Connor Padron and Matthew Prudhomme from Stratford High as Gangster #1 and Gangster #2 in The Drowsy Chaperone

Ensemble

Stratford High School for The Drowsy Chaperone

Lighting Design

Stratford High School for The Drowsy Chaperone 

Scenic Design

Spring Woods High School for Momma Mia!

Stratford High School for The Drowsy Chaperone

Costume Design

Stratford High School for The Drowsy Chaperone

Stage Crew & Technical Execution

Stratford High School for The Drowsy Chaperone 

Orchestra

Memorial High School for Singing in the Rain

Musical Direction

Stratford High School for The Drowsy Chaperone

Direction

Stratford High School for The Drowsy Chaperone

 

Stratford’s many nominations highlight the high school’s award winning history. It’s believed by many local watchers that the Stratford Playhouse has won more  Tommy Tune Awards during its history than any other public high school in greater Houston.

Earlier this year, The Drowsy Chaperone marked the final performance in Stratford’s original auditorium. The performing space will be rebuilt beginning this summer, highlighting one planned renovation project in SBISD’s voter approved, $898.4 million 2017 Bond program.

Memorial, Spring Woods and Stratford high schools each produced a full-length musical to compete in the 15 separate Tommy Tune categories. Musical show reviewers, also called adjudicators, are all Houston area-based professionals who have backgrounds as performers, designers, directors or in related positions with years of experience in arts education and administration.

The Tommy Tune Awards are named for Houston native and Broadway legend Tommy Tune, who has more than 50 years of stage experience. Tune has won nine Tony Awards, as well as many other recognitions, including the high-level and prestigious National Medal of Arts.

Former President George W. Bush gave that top national award to Tune in 2003.