FHS Theatre Department receives 6 Tommy Tune nominations

The 2014Tommy Tune Award nominations were announced recently and Friendswood HighSchool received the following nominations for their production of 42nd Street:

Best Direction- Kathy Powdrell;

Best Choreography – Ashley Marmaro;

Best Musical Direction- Janwin Overstreet-Goode;

Best Orchestra- Julio Sanchez;

Best ScenicDesign; and

Best Ensemble/Chorus.


The TommyTune Awards will be presented on Wednesday, April 16, at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.

Developed by TUTS (Theatre Under the Stars), the Tommy Tune Awards honor musical theatre excellence at the high school level.  Co-hosts for the award ceremony include Jim Bernhard and Sarah Pepper.  Bernhard has written several original productions that have debuted at TUTS and authored the theatrical history Stars in Your Eyes.  Pepper is the morning host of The Hot Show on HOT 95.7 FM.

After reviewing and evaluating the 44 participating Houston-area high school productions during the 2013-2014 school year, a team of 33 Houston-based theatre professionals made 151 nominations in 15 categories. An additional committee considered 51 potential scholarship recipients.

TUTS’ Tommy Tune Awards are named for Houston native and Lamar High School alumnus, Tommy Tune.  A performer, director, and choreographer with more than 50 years of stage experience, Tune received nine Tony Awards(R) for his work in the following productions: Seesaw, My One and Only, A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine, Nine, Grand Hotel, and The Will Rogers Follies. He was also awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2003 by President Bush.

The Tommy Tune Awards ceremony is open to the general public, and tickets will be available for purchase beginning on April 2. For  information on tickets to the 2014Tommy Tune Awards ceremony, call (713) 558-8887 or visitwww.TUTS.com/TommyTune. Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) is Houston’s acclaimed nonprofit musical theatre company whose mission is to enrich life through the experience of quality musical theatre and to positively impactlives beyond the stage through innovative education and community engagement programs.  TUTS performs annually in Sarofim Hall and Zilkha Hall at the Hobby Center and at Miller Outdoor Theatre.

TUTS was the first theatrical organization in Houston to perform free to the public when it was founded in 1968 at Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park and is the only Houston arts organization that has performed there free to the public every year since the theatre opened. Founded by Frank M. Young and currently under the direction of President and CEO John C. Breckenridge and Artistic Director Bruce Lumpkin, TUTS has produced more than 300 musicals including many local, national and world.

Through its membership in the Independent Presenters Network, TUTS regularly helps mount shows on Broadway which eventually show locally to Houston audiences.