Kentridge wins two categories for ‘Happy Days’ at 5th Avenue High School Musical Theatre Awards

Kentridge High School won two awards for its recent production of "Happy Days - A New Musical" at the ninth annual 5th Avenue High School Musical Theatre Awards show Monday at Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle.

The Kentridge High School production of 'Happy Days' won Outstanding Stage Crew and Outstanding Music Direction at the annual 5th Avenue High School Musical Theatre Awards Monday in Seattle.

The Kentridge High School production of 'Happy Days' won Outstanding Stage Crew and Outstanding Music Direction at the annual 5th Avenue High School Musical Theatre Awards Monday in Seattle.

Kentridge High School won two awards for its recent production of “Happy Days – A New Musical” at the ninth annual 5th Avenue High School Musical Theatre Awards show Monday at Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle.

Kentridge won for Outstanding Music Direction and Outstanding Stage Crew. Kentridge actually tied with Mountlake Terrace for the music direction award.

The “Happy Days” production had 11 nominees overall, including going up against seven other schools for the Outstanding Overall Musical Production for the 2010-11 season. Hanford won the overall award for “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”

Robert Poole, of Kentridge, was a finalist for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for his part as Richie Cunningham.

Kentridge also was a finalist for Outstanding Direction, Choreography, Orchestra, Performance by a Chorus, Performance by an Ensemble Group, Lighting Design and Lobby Display.

Poole as well as the entire Kentridge cast performed at the awards show. Only the finalists for top musicals, leading actor and leading actress received the opportunity to perform at the event.

Alexandra Tedeschi, of Kentlake, was a finalist for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for her part as Carlotta in “The Phantom of the Opera.”

Kentlake also was nominated for Outstanding Lighting Design. Kentlake and Kentridge each received several honorable mention awards.

Officials at the 5th Avenue Theatre sent professionals to more than 100 high school productions across the state to pick the top nominees for the annual awards show.

The Tony Awards-style show was created to honor the work, talent and commitment that students, parents and faculty devote to their school’s yearly musical productions, according to the 5th Avenue Theatre website. The theater uses the program to celebrate and acknowledge the value of high school theater programs, to introduce young people to The 5th Avenue Theatre and to nurture their appreciation for live musical theater.


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