THE NERD starring Eric Szmanda and Shane Partlow (2014) photo by Daphne Blair
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TPA trophyModeled after The Tony Awards® on Broadway, The Totem Pole Playhouse Awards are presented annually to recognize outstanding achievement in musical theater production and performances by high school students in the counties immediately surrounding Totem Pole Playhouse. Public and private high schools in Adams, Franklin, and Fulton counties are invited to participate. Invited schools may download the 2017 Participation Form here!

NEW to 2017, we are thrilled to be able to include a $1000 scholarship to each winner of the Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role actor and actress!

Named after the Totem Pole Playhouse, one of the longest running, nationally-recognized, professional summer theaters in the country, the awards were established in 2014 and focus solely on the performances of local high school students, honoring their acting, singing, and dancing abilities.

Each year, unbiased professional arts judges view the performances of the participating high schools over the course of the spring high school musical theater season. There are fifteen categories in which nominees are selected. The judges use standardized evaluation criteria in judging the performance of the students. The judges select five nominees in each of the categories from the casts of the participating schools. Additionally, the directors for each of the musicals chooses one student each year to receive the Jean Stapleton Award for their school.

The NOMINEES for the 2017 juried Totem Pole Playhouse Awards are:

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

  1. Hailey Brownley: Cinderella / Cinderella / Biglerville High School
  2. Carley Haskins: Audrey / Little Shop of Horrors / Gettysburg Senior High School
  3. Katherine Reber: Golde / Fiddler on the Roof / Mercersburg Academy
  4. Kaitlin Bigham: Golde / Fiddler on the Roof / Shippensburg Area Senior High School
  5. Maggie Dennis: Dorothy Gale / The Wizard of Oz / Waynesboro Senior High School

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

  1. Patrick Cogliano: Baker / Into the Woods / Biglerville High School
  2. Nick Wallace: Seymour Krelbourne / Little Shop of Horrors / Gettysburg High School
  3. Zach McDonald: Tevye / Fiddler on the Roof / Mercersburg Academy
  4. Logan Conner: Joseph / Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat / McConnellsburg High School
  5. Luke Hershey: Tevye / Fiddler on the Roof / Shippensburg Area Senior High School

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

  1. Julianna Hazlett: Audrey II (Voice) / Little Shop of Horrors / Gettysburg High School
  2. Grace Bennett: Hodel / Fiddler on the Roof / Mercersburg Academy
  3. Olivia Alexander: Narrator / Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat / McConnellsburg High School
  4. Alyssa Haskell: Hodel / Fiddler on the Roof / Shippensburg Area Senior Area High School
  5. Tatyana Valentin: Cowardly Lion / The Wizard of Oz / Waynesboro Senior Area High School

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

  1. Holden Lupey: Sheriff / Robin Hood / Forbes Road Jr./Sr. High School
  2. Kwaku Baryeh: Mr. Mushnik  / Little Shop of Horrors / Gettysburg Area High School
  3. Brice Feagley: Pharaoh / Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat / McConnellsburg High School
  4. David Hewitt: Perchik / Fiddler on the Roof / Shippensburg Area Senior High School
  5. Lyle Schlegel: Tin Man / The Wizard of Oz / Waynesboro Area Senior High School

Outstanding Performance by a Featured Female Ensemble Member

  1. Victoria Heffner: Stepmother / Into the Woods / Biglerville High School
  2. Cing Lun: Chang, an Old Chinese Woman / Little Shop of Horrors / Gettysburg Area High School
  3. Selina Xue: the Fiddler / Fiddler on the Roof / Mercersburg Academy
  4. Steph Jones: Yente / Fiddler on the Roof / Shippensburg Area Senior High School
  5. Katy Benedict: Aunt Em / The Wizard of Oz / Waynesboro Area Senior High School

Outstanding Performance by a Featured Male Ensemble Member

  1. Ricardo Aguilar: Rapunzel’s Prince / Into the Woods / Biglerville High School
  2. Logan Kanne: First Customer / Little Shop of Horrors / Gettysburg High School
  3. Jonah Peck: Butler / Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat / McConnellsburg High School
  4. Titus Manetta: Lazar Wolf / Fiddler on the Roof / Shippensburg Area Senior High School
  5. Ben Smith: Wizard & Professor / The Wizard of Oz / Waynesboro Area Senior High School

Outstanding Female Solo Vocal Performance

  1. Hailey Brownley: “On the Steps of the Palace” / Cinderella / Biglerville High School
  2. Carley Haskins: “Somewhere That’s Green / Little Shop of Horrors / Gettysburg High School
  3. Grace Bennett: “Far from the Home I Love” / Fiddler on the Roof / Mercersburg Academy
  4. Alyssa Haskell: “Far from the Home I Love” / Fiddler on the Roof / Shippensburg Area Senior High School
  5. Maggie Dennis: “Over the Rainbow” / The Wizard of Oz / Waynesboro Area Senior High School

Outstanding Male Solo Vocal Performance

  1. Nick Wallace: “Grow for Me” / Little Shop of Horrors / Gettysburg Area High School
  2. Logan Connor: “Close Every Door” / Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat / McConnellsburg High School
  3. Zach McDonald: “If I Were a Rich Man” / Fiddler on the Roof / Mercersburg Academy
  4. Luke Hershey: “If I Were a Rich Man” / Fiddler on the Roof / Shippensburg Area Senior High School
  5. Andy Barkdoll: “If I Only Had a Brain” / The Wizard of Oz / Waynesboro Area Senior High School

Outstanding Vocal Duet

  1. Emilee Ryan & Patrick Cogliano: “It Takes Two” / Into the Woods / Biglerville High School
  2. Nick Wallace & Kwaku Baryeh: “Mushnik & Son” / Little Shop of Horrors / Gettysburg Area High School
  3. Katherine Reber & Zach McDonald: “Do You Love Me?” / Fiddler on the Roof / Mercersburg Academy
  4. Kaitlin Bigham & Luke Hershey: “Do You Love Me?” / Fiddler on the Roof / Shippensburg Area Senior High School
  5. Maggie Dennis & Andy Barkdoll: “We’re Off to See the Wizard” / The Wizard of Oz / Waynesboro Senior High School

Outstanding Musical Chorus

  1. Into the Woods / Biglerville High School
  2. Little Shop of Horrors / Gettysburg High School
  3. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat / McConnellsburg High School
  4. Fiddler on the Roof / Shippensburg Area Senior High School
  5. The Wizard of Oz / Waynesboro Area Senior High School

Outstanding Musical Production Number

  1. Little Shop of Horrors: “Skid Row” / Gettysburg High School
  2. Fiddler on the Roof: “Sabbath Prayer” / Mercersburg Academy
  3. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat: “Joseph’s Coat” / McConnellsburg High School
  4. Fiddler on the Roof: “Tradition” / Shippensburg Area Senior High School
  5. The Wizard of Oz: “Merry Old Land of Oz” / Waynesboro Area Senior High School

Outstanding Stage Crew

  1. Into the Woods / Biglerville High School
  2. Little Shop of Horrors / Gettysburg Area High School
  3. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat / McConnellsburg High School
  4. Fiddler on the Roof / Shippensburg Area Senior High School
  5. The Wizard of Oz / Waynesboro Area Senior High School

The Carl Schurr Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical

  1. Into the Woods / Biglerville High School
  2. Robin Hood / Forbes Road Jr/Sr High School
  3. Little Shop of Horrors / Gettysburg Area High School
  4. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat / McConnellsburg High School
  5. Fiddler on the Roof / Mercersburg Academy
  6. Fiddler on the Roof / Shippensburg Area Senior High School
  7. The Wizard of Oz / Waynesboro Area Senior High School

In addition, the “Jean Stapleton Award for Outstanding Contribution to a High School Musical” will be presented to one student from each high school participating in the awards for exemplary contribution to their high school’s musical production.

The 2017 Totem Pole Playhouse Awards ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. on May 21 at Gettysburg College’s Majestic Theater, 25 Carlisle St., Gettysburg. Tickets will be available by calling the Majestic Theater box office at (717) 337-8200 or at www.gettysburgmajestic.org.

 

 

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