FHS’ Hunchback honored with 10 awards at Tommy Tune

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Friendswood High School Theatre Department received 10 Awards for the Theatre Under the Stars’ 15th Annual (TUTS) Tommy Tune Awards, which was held on April 17 at The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts in Houston.

The Tommy Tune Awards recognizes and rewards 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 2017-2018 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.


Winner Best Actor - Garrett Morris as Quasimodo performing with the other best actor nominees.


16th Annual Tommy Tune Awards - Finale

FHS received 10 awards, the most awards in the 50-year history:

  1. Best Musical
  2. Best Direction: Kathy Powdrell
  3. Best Musical Direction: Michael Tyer assisted by Melissa Smith
  4. Best Actor: Garrett Morris
  5. Best Leading Actress: Emily Mesa
  6. Best Orchestra: Julio Sanchez
  7. Best Choreography (Tied with Kinkaid) Alyssa Goza and Stephanie Snyder
  8. Best Technical Execution: Cale Borne, Amy Thornton and students
  9. Best Ensemble
  10. Best Lighting

Hosting for this year's awards ceremony was local actor, and a favorite of Houston audiences, Dylan Godwin.

“What a great way to end the 50th Year of Musicals at FHS,” said Director Kathy Powdrell. “We raised the bar in educational theatre and I could not be more proud.”

Tommy Tune Awards Graphics Courtesy of Theatre Under the Stars TTA Facebook.

Pictures Courtesy of Theatre Under the Stars


Behind the Scenes! Best Musical meeting with students from each of the nominated musicals.


Winner Best Musical performing on the stage of The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.


Winner Best Actress - Emily Mesa as Esmeralda performing with the other best actress nominees.