FHS’ Mary Poppins receives 11 award nominations

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Audrey McKee (top) has been nominated for Best Actress Award in the 2015 TUTS Tommy Tune awards. Jana Landers and Anne Balderrama have both been nominated for Best Supporting Actresses.

Audrey McKee (top) has been nominated for Best Actress Award in the 2015 TUTS Tommy Tune awards. Jana Landers and Anne Balderrama have both been nominated for Best Supporting Actresses.

Friendswood High School Theatre Department received 11 nominations for the Theatre Under the Stars’ (TUTS) 13th annual Tommy Tune Awards, which will be held on April 21 at 7:30 p.m. at The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts in Houston.

FHS senior Audrey McKee has been nominated for a Best Actress Award as "Mary Poppins."

Senior Audrey McKee as ‘Mary Poppins.’

The Tommy Tune Awards recognize and reward excellence in the production of musical theatre by high school students and their teachers.

After evaluating the 45 participating Houston-area high school productions during the 2014-2015 school year, a team of 30 Houston-based theatre professionals nominated 164 participants in 15 award categories. An additional committee considered 76 potential scholarship recipients.

FHS received the following nominations for the 2015 production of Mary Poppins:

Best Musical
Best Direction
Best Musical Direction
Best Orchestra
Best Choreography
Best Crew/Tech
Best Ensemble/Chorus
Best Leading Actress: Audrey McKee as Mary Poppins
Best Supporting Actress (2): Jana Landers as Mrs. Banks and Anne Balderrama as Jane Banks
Best Lighting

FHS Senior Jana Landers

Senior Jana Landers as ‘Mrs. Banks’

Co-hosts for this year’s awards ceremony include Deborah Duncan and Jim Bernhard. Duncan is the host of KHOU’s Great Day Houston morning show. Bernhard has written several original productions that have debuted at TUTS and authored the organization’s theatrical history, Stars In Your Eyes.

FHS Senior Anne Balderrama has been nominated for Best Supporting Actress as "Jane."

Senior Anne Balderrama as ‘Jane.’

“We are very excited about our nominations. Our students performed fantastic shows each night of Mary Poppins in February to sold-out crowds,” Director Kathy Powdrell said. “We are delighted with the nominations. We look forward to the award night.”

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ABOUT TOMMY TUNE:

The awards are named in honor of TOMMY TUNE, who is a nine-time winner of the Tony Award, Broadway’s highest honor for outstanding work, and who is also a graduate of Lamar High School in Houston. Mr. Tune has been honored as a performer, director, and choreographer, and works in which he has starred or directed and choreographed include SeesawA Day in Hollywood/A Night in the UkraineNineThe Best Little Whorehouse in TexasGrand Hotel, and The Will Rogers Follies.

In agreeing to lend his name and presence to the Awards, Tune said: “High school theatre was extremely important for me in helping to shape my later career. I was fortunate to be encouraged at Lamar by a great teacher, Ruth Denney. The recognition provided by these awards can provide the encouragement that a gifted student may need to become a successful professional.”

FRIENDSWOOD HIGH SCHOOL AND THE TOMMY TUNE AWARDS.
The Friendswood High School Musical has been nominated for Best Show nine out of 12 years, winning in 2006 for South Pacific.
Tommy Tune Awards Received:
• Best Choreography 2005 (L’il Abner) • 2004 (Good News!)
• Best Musical, Best Supporting Actress Kassie Parker, Best Scenic Design 2006 (South Pacific)
• Best Musical Direction, Best Supporting Actress Teagan Batts, Best Supporting Actor Jeff Allison – Lizzy Conger awarded a $3,000 scholarship 2010 (Oklahoma!)
For more information about the Tommy Tune Awards visit the Tommy Tune page on the TUTS website.

The 2003 production of Guys and Dolls received fourteen nominations out of a possible sixteen including Best Show, which provided our young men the opportunity to perform the FHS rendition of “Luck Be A Lady” on the stage of Hobby Center.

The 2004 production of Good News! received 11 nominations out of a possible 16 including Best Actor, Sam Robinson, and Best Actress, Jennifer Richards. These nominations provided Sam and Jennifer the opportunity to perform solos on the stage of Hobby Center. The show won the Best Choreography Award much to the delight of the cast and our choreographer, Mrs. Kara Baker. The award was accepted by Meghan Jarrell.

The 2005 production of Li’l Abner received 13 nominations out of a possible 15 including Best Show which provided our cast the opportunity to perform a number on the stage of the Hobby Center. The show won Best Choreography for the second year in a row much to the delight of the cast and Mrs. Kara Baker our choreographer. The award was accepted by Courtney Dowden and Jessica Strauss.

The 2006 production of South Pacific received 12 nominations out of a possible 18 including Best Show and Best Actress Caitlin Hales and Best Actor Paul Stuart. The nominations allowed Caitlin and Paul to perform solos and the cast had the opportunity to perform a number on the stage. We selected a version of “Nothing Like a Dame” and “I’m Going to Wash that Man Right Out of my Hair.” The show won Best Set Design much to the delight of the entire cast but especially the crew and Kathy Powdrell who designed the set. The award was accepted by Jake Potter and Austin Howell. Kassie Parker proudly accepted the Best Supporting Actress Award for her performance as Bloody Mary. The entire company celebrated when South Pacific was named the Best Show. The award was accepted by Caitlin Hales and Paul Stuart, the directors Kara Baker, Kathy Powdrell, Janwin Overstreet-Goode, Julio Sanchez, and Myrlene Kennedy shared this very special moment with the entire company.

The 2007 production of Hello, Dolly! received 12 nominations out of a possible 15, including Best Show which provided our cast members the opportunity to perform segments of “Put on Your Sunday Clothes” and “Hello, Dolly!” The Best Actor nomination provided Caleb Brown the opportunity to perform on the stage of the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts in Houston.

The 2008 production of My Fair Lady received 12 nominations out of a possible 15, including Best Show, which provided our cast members the opportunity to prepare segments of “Get Me to the Church on Time.” Four cast members received Best Supporting Actress (2) and Best Supporting Actor (2) nominations.

The 2009 production of Brigadoon received 12 nominations out of a possible 15, including Best Show, which provided our cast members the opportunity to perform segments of “Down in MacConnachy Square” and the “Sword Dance.” The Best Actor nomination provided Ryan Frenk the opportunity to perform on the stage of The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts in Houston. Trevor Janecek received one of the eight $3,000 scholarships presented by TUTS.

The 2010 production of Oklahoma! received 12 nominations in 11 categories out of a possible fifteen, including Best Show, which provided our cast the opportunity to perform segments of “Kansas City” and “Oklahoma!” on the stage of the Hobby Center. The show won Best Musical Director, much to the delight of the entire cast and especially Janwin Overstreet-Goode, the Vocal Director. The award was accepted by Ben Peck and Lauren Parker. Teagan Batts proudly accepted the Best Supporting Actress Award for her performance of Aunt Eller. Jeffrey Allison proudly accepted the Best Supporting Actor Award for his performance of Will Parker. Lizzy Conger received one of the eight $3000 scholarships presented by TUTS.

The 2011 production of The Music Man received four nominations, Best Choreography, Best Musical Direction, Best Orchestra and Best Set Design, out of a possible thirteen nominations. We were proud to receive these nominations. However, the Cast, Crew, Pit Band and Directors were extremely disappointed that the cast did not receive more recognitions and that the show missed the Best Show nomination for the first time since 2004. The show proved to be a favorite in Friendswood, playing to capacity houses.

The 2012 production of The Pajama Game, received 12 nominations out of a possible 14, including Best Musical, which provided the cast the opportunity to perform “Once a Year Day” on the stage of the Hobby Center. The show won Best Scenic Design. The award was accepted by Tyler Hartlieb and Claburn Bradshaw. Mason Patterson proudly accepted the Best Supporting Actor Award for his performance of Hines and Elisabeth Del Toro won a $3000 scholarship. The Best Actor and Best Actress nominations gave Tommy Stuart and Elisabeth Del Toro the opportunity to perform on the stage of the Hobby Center.