GCHS drama nominated for Jester Awards

The Music Theatre of Wichita has announced their nominees for their 19th annual Jester Awards.  Garden City High School’s drama department was nominated for a total of 12 Jester Awards for the fall musical Disney’s “Newsies”.

The musical was performed in November at GCHS.

GCHS nominations include:

- Overall Production

- Direction of Show - Barbara Hilt

- Leading Actor – Nathan Ayala,  as Jack Kelly

- Pre-High School Performer – Jackson Loving, as Les

- Ensemble/Chorus

- Vocal Music Direction – Abigail VanTimmeren

- Artistic Guest - Kimberly Cano (Choreography)

- Stage Crew

- Technical Achievement – Laren Hunt (Scenic Design)

- Scenic Design - Laren Hunt

- Costume Design - Robyn Hilt and Seferino Ramirez

- Sound Design - Barbara Hilt

The Jester Award program recognizes the extraordinary amount of work, creativity, and dedication that faculty and students put into their high school theatrical productions. The accolades program showcases the next generation of musical theatre talent in Kansas.  Each year, trained volunteer judges attend and evaluate dozens of performances. This year, 46 judges viewed 144 performances of 48 productions, involving more than 3000 students across Kansas.

The Jester Awards Ceremony will take place by digital broadcast at 4 p.m. on May 3. To join the free broadcast, sign up for MTWichita emails at mtwichita.org, or join through Facebook to get the link and password.  Honorees in 25 categories will be announced during the ceremony. Scholarship awards will be presented to three students, lead male and female honorees and a technical theatre recipient.