Triangle Rising Stars Announces 2019 Winners

Event hosted 38 high school shows
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The annual Triangle Rising Stars Showcase and Awards bring area high school musical theater students together to perform and compete for educational scholarships. This year’s competition at the Durham Performing Arts Center on May 16 drew 38 high school shows and 135 students. The winners included Heritage High School’s Haven Bowers for Best Actress as Katherine Plumber in “Newsies,” and Ben Eble of Chapel Hill High School for Best Actor as Seymour in “Little Shop of Horrors.” Athens Drive High School’s “All Shook Up” received the award for Best Musical and Heritage High School’s “Newsies” won for Best Ensemble.

Triangle Rising Stars is Central and Eastern North Carolina’s qualifying event for the National High School Musical Theatre Awards program, which takes place each summer in New York City. Triangle Rising Stars’ Best Actor and Best Actress recipients each received a $2,000 scholarship and were invited to compete in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards program, which offers an all-expense paid trip for students from across the country to train with Broadway actors, directors and producers. Their week of coaching, auditions and rehearsals will conclude with a sold-out performance on Broadway at the Minskoff Theatre, where the coveted Jimmy Awards for Best Performance by an Actress and Actor will be announced.

“This was one of the best years ever for Triangle Rising Stars,” says Megan Rindoks, community engagement manager at the Durham Performing Arts Center. “It was very special to have Clay Aiken as our surprise guest host, and the group of 20 finalists were insanely talented. I can’t wait to watch Ben and Haven on the Minskoff Stage in June, and I hope everyone tunes in to watch the live stream to cheer them on!” 

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