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KHS receives Outstanding Musical Theatre Performance award

The Kearney High School ‘Guys & Dolls’ received the Outstanding Musical Theatre Performance...
The Kearney High School ‘Guys & Dolls’ received the Outstanding Musical Theatre Performance Award from the Nebraska High School Theater Association (NHSTA).(KERRI GARRISON | Kearney Public Schools)
Published: Jun. 21, 2022 at 9:27 AM CDT
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KEARNEY, Neb. (Press Release) - The Kearney High School ‘Guys & Dolls’ received the Outstanding Musical Theatre Performance Award from the Nebraska High School Theater Association (NHSTA).

On June 5, the KHS cast performed “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat” on the Orpheum stage in Omaha.

The Guys & Dolls cast received four awards:

  • Outstanding Musical Theatre Performance Award – KHS Cast and Crew
  • Outstanding Supporting Cast members - Wednesday Fielder and Reggie Shriner
  • Outstanding Lead Actors - Isabella Engberg, Layla Rivera and Henry Stelling
  • Jimmy Award Nominees (given annually to recognize musical theatre performances by high school students in the United States) - Isabella Engberg and Henry Stelling.

There were a total of 12 Outstanding Musical Theatre awards given: 5 awards given to Class A schools, 5 to the top Class B schools, and two junior high performances. This year was the ninth annual awards for the Nebraska High School Theatre Academy. Kearney High has previously won three Outstanding Musical Theatre Performance awards, as well as numerous Jimmy Award nominees and individual awards.

Guys and Dolls is an exciting and funny golden age classic American musical. According to Vicky DeWald, KHS Theater teacher, “the Kearney High students who participated in bringing this musical to life have a lot to be proud of with this production. Our three adjudicators had great compliments for the acting as well as the technical elements of the show. At the end of the day, after the NHSTA awards performance, we asked our students if it was worth all the work and effort to achieve this award, and they responded with a resounding, “YES!” It seems like this award will be an annual goal for our creative team, performers and tech students from now on!”

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