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Stage presence: Forsyth school plays nominated for awards
West Forsyth High School's "The Little Mermaid."

Nominations for the Shuler Hensley Awards

West Forsyth High School, “The Little Mermaid”
* Overall production
* Leading actor, Evan Calatayud
* Leading actress, Peyton Smith
* Supporting actor, Chase Colson
* Supporting actress, Colette Caspari
* Director, Eric Gray
* Musical direction, Eric Gray
* Ensemble
* Lighting design, Thomas Cheeseman
Honorable mentions: sound (Alex Skelton, Chris Arias), sound design (Eric Gray), featured performer (David Evans)

South Forsyth High School, “Ghost, the Musical”
* Overall production
* Leading actress, Christen Owen
* Director, Kirk Grizzle
* Ensemble
* Technical execution, Olivia Morris
* Lighting design, Kirk Grizzle
* Scenic design, Kirk Grizzle
* Costumes, Alexandria Patterson
Honorable mentions: Supporting actress (Karyn DeVito)

North Forsyth High School, “Frankenstein, a New Musical"
* Leading actor, Brody Grant
Honorable mentions: Lighting design (Addison Walden), Costumes (Mary Hayes Ernst)

Lambert High School, “Thoroughly Modern Millie”
Honorable mention: Choreography (Carly Ann Berg)

Forsyth Central High School, “Crazy for You”
Honorable mentions: Musical direction (Lisa Belk), Ensemble

FORSYTH COUNTY -- Three local public high schools have received nominations for an annual Tony-style award show, and all five received honorable mention.

The eighth annual Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards, also known as the Shuler Hensley Awards, will be presented at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on April 21. It will be aired live on Georgia Public Broadcasting’s television network.

Nominations span 28 public and private schools over 17 categories ranging from acting to production, according to Becky Erwin, of ArtsBridge Foundation, the educational arm of the performing arts center.

West Forsyth’s production of “The Little Mermaid” led the way in Forsyth County with nine nominations, followed closely by South Forsyth’s eight for its rendition of “Ghost, the Musical.”

Last year, West’s Nick Eibler won best actor and went on to compete in the national version of the awards show at the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway.

North Forsyth secured one nomination for its show, “Frankenstein, a New Musical.”

Lambert and Forsyth Central, as well as North, South and West, also all received honorable mentions.

Two high schools tied for the most nominations, at 12: Calhoun for its rendition of “Oklahoma!” and Milton for its production of “Young Frankenstein.”

Just four other schools earned five or more nominations.

The awards are named after Shuler Hensley, a Tony Award-winning Broadway actor who hails from Marietta.

A team of more than 60 Atlanta-based arts professionals evaluated the productions of 59 participating high schools.

The 92-member Shuler Student Ensemble, which includes Forsyth County students among others throughout the state, will join Hensley in the opening and finale numbers at the ceremony.

Tickets for the show range from $25-27 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster, by calling (800) 653-8000 or at the Bank of North Georgia Box Office at the performing arts center.