Starlight hosts high school Blue Star Awards

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HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL THEATRE STUDENTS TOMORROW AT STARLIGHT THEATRE

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When:

TOMORROW NIGHT, Thursday, May 25, 2017
7:30 p.m.
(Gates open at 6:30 p.m.)

What:

Starlight Theatre’s 15th Anniversary Blue Star Awards Ceremony will recognize the outstanding achievements of high school musical theatre performers in Kansas City and surrounding areas! Modeled after Broadway’s Tony Awards®, the ceremony begins at 7:30 p.m. TOMORROW– and is FREE and OPEN to the public. Students from many of this year’s 52 participating schools will perform on Starlight’s Cohen Community Stage.


The six high schools nominated for Outstanding Overall Production – Blue Valley (Bye Bye Birdie), Central St. Joseph (Big Fish), Liberty North (Disney’s Mary Poppins), Raymore-Peculiar (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), Shawnee Mission East (Seussical) and St. Teresa’s Academy (Jane Eyre) – will perform a number from each of their respective shows. Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress nominees will perform musical medleys in two groups. Winners in the Lead Actor and Actress categories will travel to New York in June to compete in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards.

Also, two $2,500 Rising Star scholarships will be presented to one male and one female senior.

Where:

Starlight Theatre

Cohen Community Stage (main stage)

4600 Starlight Road, Kansas City, MO 64132

Visuals:

Contact:

·    Nominated students from Kansas City area high schools will begin arriving at 6:30 p.m. and pause for photos on Starlight’s red carpet.

·    Local arts and community leaders, serving as guest presenters, will present awards in 22 categories on stage.

·    High school students will receive awards and perform song and dance numbers on stage.

Barb Schulte

Director of Communications and Outreach

Starlight Theatre

816.997.1144 – office

913.575.6302- cell

 

About Starlight Theatre 
Starlight Theatre, recent winner of the Venue Excellence Award from the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM), is the largest and oldest performing arts organization in Kansas City and the second-largest outdoor producing theatre in the country. Opened as a theater in 1950 and as a not-for-profit organization in 1951, Starlight presents and produces Broadway musicals and concerts. It also offers extensive community outreach and educational programming, including classes, scholarships and Starlight’s Blue Star Awards, one of the largest high school musical theatre award programs in the nation.

Located on 16 acres in Swope Park, Starlight’s venue includes rehearsal halls, gift store, club area for dining, concessions, gardens, fountains and a 10-story, climate-controlled stage.

For more information, visit www.kcstarlight.com.

 

 

PRESENTATIONS OF 2017 BLUE STAR AWARDS NOMINATIONS
TO BE MADE AT AREA HIGH SCHOOLS, MAY 4

 

  • Name of Event: Starlight Theatre’s Blue Star Awards Nomination Delivery Day

 

  • Event Description: On Thursday morning, May 4, high school musical theatre students and instructors across metropolitan Kansas City will be presented with their schools’ nominations for Starlight Theatre’s 2017 Blue Star Awards. Starlight board members, senior leaders and staff will personally deliver this year’s 132 award nominations to 42 area high schools.

 

  • Locations and Presentation Times: Media are invited to attend tomorrow morning, May 4, the following in-school presentations of Blue Star Awards nominations. The nominations will be presented in front of gatherings of cast members and/or at school assemblies:

8:30 a.m. – Blue Valley High School – 14 nominations for its production of Bye Bye Birdie

  • Andy Pierce, Starlight’s education coordinator, and Starlight Board member Denise Bade will make the presentation
  • Arrive 15 minutes early and meet in the office:
    Marsha Moeller, theatre teacher – 913.239.4871
    Andy Pierce, Starlight Theatre – 785.221.5649 (cell)

 

8:30 a.m. – Platte County R-3 High School – 6 nominations for its production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

  • Adam Watson, Starlight’s digital marketing manager, will make the presentation
  • Arrive 15 minutes early and check in at the office:
    Kim Foster, theatre teacher – 816.858.2822 x.1308
    Adam Watson, Starlight Theatre – 816.244.3706 (cell)

 

9:00 a.m. – Central High School (St. Joseph) – 9 nominations for its production of Big Fish

  • Amy Reinert, Starlight’s director of education, will make the presentation
  • Arrive 15 minutes early, report to the school office and ask for:

Ryan Van Dyke, theatre teacher – 816.671.4080
Amy Reinert, Starlight Theatre – 785.917.0089 (cell)
10:00 a.m. – Liberty North High School – 16 nominations for its production of Disney’s Mary Poppins

  • Rich Baker, Starlight’s president and CEO, and Starlight Board member Rob Wolf will make the presentation
  • Arrive 15 minutes early, report to the school office and ask for:

David Young, theatre teacher – 816.736.5500
Rich Baker, Starlight Theatre – 816.679.8403 (cell)
11:00 a.m. – Shawnee Mission East High School – 8 nominations for its production of Seussical

  • Allison McLain, Starlight’s director of development, and Starlight Board member Daniel Schulte will make the presentation
  • Arrive 15 minutes early and check in at the office:
    Brian Cappello, theatre teacher – 913.993.6730
    Allison McLain, Starlight Theatre – 816.812.5285 (cell)

 

11:15 a.m. – Raymore-Peculiar High School – 10 nominations for its productions of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and Children of Eden

  • John Parker, Starlight’s education assistant, and Starlight Board member Nancy Whitworth will make the presentation
  • Arrive 15 minutes early and check in at the office:
    Todd Schnake, theatre department director – 816.892.1439
    John Parker, Starlight Theatre – 816.878.9827 (cell)

 

  • Related Information: Starlight’s Blue Star Awards, modeled after Broadway’s Tony® Awards, celebrates its 15th anniversary during the 2016-17 school year. Sponsored in part by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, the educational program recognizes achievement and excellence in high school musical theatre through Kansas City and in surrounding communities. This year, a total of 52 high schools producing 59 musicals participated.The 15th Anniversary Blue Star Awards Ceremony will be held Thursday night, May 25, at Starlight Theatre. The ceremony begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Blue Star Award winners will be honored in 22 award categories, and selected nominees will perform on Starlight’s Cohen Community Stage.

About Starlight Theatre
Starlight Theatre, recent winner of the Venue Excellence Award from the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM), is the largest and oldest performing arts organization in Kansas City and the second-largest outdoor producing theatre in the country. Opened as a theater in 1950 and as a notprofit organization in 1951, Starlight presents and produces Broadway musicals and concerts. It also offers extensive community outreach and educational programming, including classes, scholarships and Starlight’s Blue Star Awards, one of the largest high school musical theatre award programs in the nation. Located on 16 acres in Swope Park, Starlight’s venue includes rehearsal halls, gift store, club area for dining, concessions, gardens, fountains and a 10-story, climate-controlled stage.  For more information, visit www.kcstarlight.com




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