Lambert High School took home the only top prize for Forsyth County from an awards show honoring high school musical theater in Georgia.
Carly Ann Berg won best choreography at the ninth annual Shuler Hensley Awards for her work in the school’s “James and the Giant Peach.” She accepted her award – the only one Lambert was nominated for – at the awards ceremony on April 20 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.
The event is fashioned after Broadway’s Tony Awards and named after Marietta native Hensley, who won a Tony for best featured actor in a musical for his performance in “Oklahoma!”
The show opened with the 120-member Shuler Student Ensemble, made up of students from throughout the state who joined Hensley on stage for a performance of “A Musical” from “Something Rotten.”
Nominations spanned 35 public and private school from across Georgia in 17 categories. To determine nominees, a team of more than 60 Georgia-based arts professionals evaluated the productions of 75 participating high schools.
West Forsyth High School was nominated for six awards for their rendition of “Chaplin the Musical”: Eric Gray, direction; Eric Gray, music direction; Leah Lindvall, lightning design; Chase Colson, role of Sydney Chaplin, supporting actor; Colette Caspari, role of Hannah Chaplin, supporting actress; and Evan Calatayud, role of Charlie Chaplin, leading actor.
Brody Grant was nominated for best leading actor for his performance of Joseph in North Forsyth High School’s “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”
The night was not only for honoring past performances.
Lambert’s Dean McKenzie was awarded the Broadway Dreams Foundation Summer Intensive Scholarship, and North’s Brody Grant received the James Carlos Family Musical Theatre Performance Scholarship.