Modeled 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 WINNERS for the 2017 juried Totem Pole Playhouse Awards are:

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Maggie Dennis: Dorothy Gale / The Wizard of Oz / Waynesboro Senior High School

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Luke Hershey: Tevye / Fiddler on the Roof / Shippensburg Area Senior High School

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Tatyana Valentin: Cowardly Lion / The Wizard of Oz / Waynesboro Senior Area High School

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Brice Feagley: Pharaoh / Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat / McConnellsburg High School

Outstanding Performance by a Featured Female Ensemble Member
Selina Xue: the Fiddler / Fiddler on the Roof / Mercersburg Academy

Outstanding Performance by a Featured Male Ensemble Member
Logan Kanne: First Customer / Little Shop of Horrors / Gettysburg High School

Outstanding Female Solo Vocal Performance
Carley Haskins: “Somewhere That’s Green / Little Shop of Horrors / Gettysburg High School

Outstanding Male Solo Vocal Performance
Luke Hershey: “If I Were a Rich Man” / Fiddler on the Roof / Shippensburg Area Senior High School

Outstanding Vocal Duet
Maggie Dennis & Andy Barkdoll: “We’re Off to See the Wizard” / The Wizard of Oz / Waynesboro Senior High School

Outstanding Musical Chorus
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat / McConnellsburg High School

Outstanding Musical Production Number
Fiddler on the Roof: “Tradition” / Shippensburg Area Senior High School

Outstanding Stage Crew
Fiddler on the Roof / Shippensburg Area Senior High School

The Carl Schurr Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat / McConnellsburg High School

In addition, the “Jean Stapleton Award for Outstanding Contribution to a High School Musical” was presented to one student from each high school participating in the awards for exemplary contribution to their high school’s musical production. The winners of the Jean Stapleton Award for Outstanding Contribution to a High School Musical were: Arley Knepper, Forbes Road Jr./Sr. High School; Erin Heeschen, Gettysburg Area High School; Ricardo Aguilar, Biglerville High School; Lexi Lupey, McConnellsburg High School; Kate Frimet, Mercersburg Academy; Kaitlin Bigham, Shippensburg Area Senior High School; and Katey Benedict, Waynesboro Area Senior High School.

The 2017 Totem Pole Playhouse Awards ceremony was held at 5 p.m. on May 21 at Gettysburg College’s Majestic Theater.