Loudoun School Plays Win a Slew of National Awards

The work of drama departments at eight Loudoun County public schools was recognized with awards from the 2017 National Youth Arts competition.

Rock Ridge High School, Riverside High School, Loudoun County High School, Woodgrove High School, Blue Ridge Middle School, Belmont Ridge Middle School, Trailside Middle School and Smart’s Mill Middle School all recently learned that they won award for their productions. The 12th Annual National Youth Arts Awards honors outstanding work by youth in the arts. This year, more than 550 productions were considered for the awards, including shows from more 200 different members in 16 states. The award winners were selected from nominations by a panel of more than 50 judges and reviewers.

Rock Ridge High School’s production of “Ghost the Musical” won awards for: outstanding production, outstanding lead actress in a musical (Crystal Claros as Molly Jensen), outstandling lead actor in a musical (Seth Cooper as Sam Wheat), outstanding light design and outstanding set design.

Rock Ridge also took home awards for its production of “Tarzan” for outstanding lead actor in a musical (Mo Prasad as Tarzan), outstanding lead actress in a musical (Lauren Janoschka as Kala and Abbie Khuu as Jane), outstanding supporting actor in a musical (Kevin Lacey as Kerchak), outstanding ensemble, outstanding costume design (Lauren Janoschka), outstanding light design (Hannah Kane), outstanding student orchestra, and outstanding direction (Tony Cimino-Johnson).

Loudoun County High School’s production of “Bye Bye Birdie” won for an award for outstanding lead actor in a musical (Brody Brown as Albert Peterson), outstanding lead actress in a musical (Zoe Dean as Rose Alvarez), outstanding supporting actress in a musical (Caroline Kinney as Mrs. MacAfee), outstanding featured actress in a musical (Taryn Smithson as Gloria Rasputin), and outstanding ensemble.

Woodgrove High School’s production of “Beauty and the Beast” was recognized with awards for outstanding lead actress in a musical (Lauren Bogle as Belle), outstanding supporting actor in a musical (Lukas D’Errico as Lumiere and Jonathan Heinze as Gaston), outstanding featured actress in a musical (Georgia Peake as Wardrobe), and outstanding ensemble.

Riverside High School won several awards for its production of “Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical,” including outstanding production, outstanding lead actor in a musical (Jack Darnell as Dr. Henry Jekyll), outstanding lead actress in a musical (Catie Randolph as Lucy Harris), and outstanding direction (Jill Kerr).

Belmont Ridge Middle School’s production of “Mary Poppins” was recognized with junior division awards for: outstanding production, outstanding lead actor (Mikey Harrigan as Bert and Nihar Kandarpa as Bert), outstanding lead actress (Madison Chase as Mary Poppins and Hasitha Guhan as Mary Poppins), outstanding supporting actor (Alexander Footen as George Banks and Michael James Lawless as George Banks), outstanding supporting actress (Sarah Lehner as Jane Banks), outstanding featured actress (Grace Todd as Miss Andrew), and outstanding ensemble.

Belmont Ridge’s production of “Dracula” also won awards in the junior division, including outstanding supporting actor (Nihar Kandarpa as The Patient Renfield) and Outstanding supporting actress (Megan Hoehn as Lucy Westerna).

Blue Ridge Middle School’s production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” won several awards in the junior division for: outstanding production, outstanding lead actress (Becca Scott as Narrator), outstanding lead actor (Charlie Watts as The Pharaoh and Potiphar), ensemble, set design, choreography (Gretchen West Lamb and Jean Ann Michie), and direction (Dolly Stevens).

Smart’s Mill Middle School’s production of “The Addams Family” won several awards in the junior division, including for outstanding lead actor (Riley Steinkirchner as Gomez), outstanding lead actress (Brigid Pellicano as Wednesday and Stephanie Reed as Morticia), outstanding supporting actor (Patrick Hensley as Fester and Cooper Josties as Lucas), outstanding supporting actress (Ellie Mazer as Alice and Olivia Prevost as Alice), outstanding ensemble, and outstanding costume design (Therese Cashen and Maura Cashen).

Trailside Middle School’s production of “Aladdin Jr.” won junior division awards for outstanding lead actor (Matthew Detweiler as Aladdin), outstanding supporting actress (Diana Altenhof as Iago, Blythe Kara as Iago, Bella LoBue as Genie), and outstanding ensemble.

Recipients will receive their awards during a ceremony Sunday at Riverside High School in Leesburg.

This article was updated at 3 p.m. Aug. 10 to include awards won by the theater departments at Riverside High School and Belmont Ridge Middle School.

One thought on “Loudoun School Plays Win a Slew of National Awards

  • 2017-08-09 at 12:59 pm
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    Please encourage schools to post their productions to county wide events calendars and newspapers. I don’t have children in public school and have no idea how to find out what is happening where and when.

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