Winners Announced for 2018 High School Musical Theatre Awards at Proctors

SCHENECTADY, N.Y.—MAY 19, 2018—Today, winners were announced for the second annual High School Musical Theatre Awards at Proctors.
Proctors CEO Philip Morris and Times Union Senior Writer Steve Barnes presided over an entertainment-filled Saturday evening ceremony, which featured representatives from 23 participating schools (up from 16 in 2017). The program, presented by the Times Union, and adjudicated by a team assembled by the School of the Performing Arts at Proctors, “focuses much-needed attention on the meaningful work being done on and off the stage by dedicated teachers and students within their high school theatre departments,” said Morris.
South Glens Falls High School’s Brandon Sarti and Albany High School’s Annabelle Duffy took home top honors as Best Actor and Best Actress and, accompanied by Proctors Creative Workforce Manager Grace Janiszewski, will head to the National High School Musical Theatre Awards® in New York,June 25.
The Jimmys®, as the national awards are called, are presented by The Broadway League Foundation, and named for theatre impresario James Nederlander. They are, according to the League’s website, “a national celebration of outstanding student achievement, recognizing individual artistry in vocal, dance and acting performance, and elevating the importance of theatre arts education in schools.”
The 2018 High School Musical Theatre Awards at Proctors winners are:
Best Technical Execution
Albany High School—Hairspray
Best Set Construction 
Hudson Falls High SchoolInto the Woods
Best Student Orchestra 
Bethlehem Central High SchoolDisney’s Beauty and the Beast
Best Choreography Execution 
Albany High School—Hairspray
Best Ensemble/Chorus 
Best Supporting Actress
Fallon Zell as Terk in Tarzan at Voorheesville High School
Best Supporting Actor 
Jackson VerDerwerken as Jean-Michael in Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella at Schoharie High School
Best Actress 
Annabelle Duffy as Tracey Turnblad in Hairspray at Albany High School
Best Actor 
Brandon Sarti as Sam Wheat in Ghost the Musical at South Glens Falls High School
Best Musical Tier A 
Albany High School—Hairspray
Best Musical Tier B 
Hudson Falls High School—Into the Woods
Best Musical Tier C 
Columbia High School-East GreenbushRodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella
The High School Musical Theatre Awards at Proctors are presented by The Times Union
and sub-sponsored by Cool Insuring Agency.

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