8th Annual Triangle Rising Stars Winners Announced

Students from Enloe and Broughton high schools win best actor and best actress


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Sterling Jones of Broughton High School and Mya Ison of Enloe High School won scholarships and will head to New York City in June to compete in the National High School Musical Theater Awards.

Photos courtesy of Michael Gillman

Durham Performing Arts Center, Marchael BayneTheatre in the Park and ABC 11 hosted this year’s Triangle Rising Stars Awards onstage on Tuesday, May 15. The Triangle Rising Star Awards program brings together local high school musical theater students to perform together and compete against one another for educational scholarships. Last year’s winners, Kaylee Terrell and Nicholas Kraft, presented the awards for Best Actress and Best Actor, while awards were also given for Best Ensemble and Best Musical.


This year's winners were: 

Best ActressMya Ison (Enloe High School, "Ragtime")
Best Actor: Sterling Jones (Broughton High School, "Beauty and the Beast")
Best Ensemble: "The Secret Garden" – Cary High School
Best Musical: "Ragtime" – Enloe High School


Honorable mentions were also given to schools that had standout productions in areas of scenic design, orchestra, costume design and choreography.


For special recognition in Outstanding Costume Design:

Apex Friendship High School – "Seussical The Musical"

Panther Creek High School – "Once Upon A Mattress"

Cary High School – "The Secret Garden"

Apex High School – "Cinderella"

Broughton High School – "Beauty and the Beast"


For special recognition in Outstanding Set Design:

C.E. Jordan High School – "Catch Me If You Can"

Cary High School – "The Secret Garden"

Enloe High School – "Ragtime"

Sanderson High School – "Once Upon A Mattress"

Holly Springs High School – "Barnum"

Southeast Raleigh High School – "Seussical The Musical"


For special recognition in Outstanding Lighting Design:

Cary High School – "The Secret Garden"

Durham School of the Arts – "The 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee"

Enloe High School – "Ragtime"

Green Hope High School – "Sideshow"


For special recognition in Outstanding Choreography:

C.E. Jordan High School – "Catch Me If You Can"

Enloe High School – "Ragtime"

Clayton High School – "The Drowsy Chaperone"

Panther Creek High School – "Once Upon A Mattress"

Apex Friendship High School – "Seussical The Musical"

Leesville Road High School – "The Wedding Singer"

Hillside High School – "High School Musical"

Broughton High School – "Beauty and the Beast"


For special recognition for Outstanding Student Orchestra:

C.E. Jordan High School – "Catch Me If You Can"

Athens Drive High School – "In The Heights"

Panther Creek High School – "Once Upon A Mattress"

East Chapel Hill High School – "The Sound of Music"



Directed by David Henderson and choreographed by Freddie-Lee Heath, nearly 1,300 patrons witnessed the 20 finalists open with “Magic to Do” ("Pippin"). Brian Westbrook, music director and arranger, led a full band to accompany the student performances. In a Broadway medley, each student had a chance to shine in solo performances from their individual high school musicals.

Two additional group numbers were added this year, with the female finalists taking the stage to sing “Cell Block Tango” ("Chicago"), followed by the male finalists performing “Jet Song” ("West Side Story"). After awards were presented, the entire cast of finalists closed out the evening with a moving rendition of “You Will Be Found” ("Dear Evan Hansen").

The Triangle Rising Stars Awards is a member of The National High School Musical Theater Awards, a national program that unites high school musical theater awards programs from across the country under one roof. The two student winners are provided with $1,000 academic scholarships along with an invitation to represent Triangle Rising Stars in an all-expense paid trip to the National High School Musical Theater Awards in New York City for one week, June 18-26, 2018. The students will train with professional Broadway actors, directors and producers. Their week of coaching, auditions and rehearsals will conclude with each student’s life-long dream at the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway. At which, a panel of judges will choose two students for the coveted Jimmy™ Awards for Best Performance by an Actor and Best Performance by an Actress.

The Best Actor and Best Actress were awarded after the audition process began this past fall. Representatives from DPACTheatre in the Park, and ABC 11, along with eight other judges, attended high school musicals from area counties, including: Alamance, Chatham, Durham, Johnston, Orange and Wake Counties. More than 100 applicants auditioned for the program, which was narrowed down to 20 finalists, including 10 women and 10 men.


 

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