Burlington High School is pleased to announce that North Shore Music Theatre has nominated this year’s spring musical, “The Wizard of Oz,” in five categories for its 4th annual Spotlight On Excellence Awards, a program that recognizes excellence in musical theatre and honors the accomplishments of students and teachers at the high school level. Community leaders and celebrities will announce the winners on Tuesday, June 2, at 7:30 pm, in a Tony® Award style program on the NSMT main stage.
The nominations for the Burlington High School production are: Best Overall Musical, Burlington High School; Best Leading Actress, Eva Costanza as Dorothy; Best Leading Actor, Will Ford as The Scarecrow; Best Direction, John Middleton-Cox; and Best Costume Design, Maureen Tierson-Krebs.
The Spotlight on Excellence Awards will recognize 20 productions in 15 categories during an evening that will closely resemble a traditional awards program. In a year when North Shore Music Theatre has faced great financial difficulty, it remains committed to its perpetuation of the performing arts through education, evidenced by the decision to continue to recognize and showcase the enormous talents of area students. The event and awards, however, will be presented in a slightly different format and will include foregoing cash prizes for top winners and replacing live student musical production numbers with projected images of nominees.
This year NSMT will introduce a new and exciting opportunity for its recipients of Best Actor and Best Actress awards, categories in which Will Ford and Eva Costanza have been nominated. Recipients will be invited to participate in the first National High School Musical Theater Awards (The Jimmy Awards named in honor of the legendary Broadway theater owner and producer, James M. Nederlander) taking place in New York City on June 25 – 29th at New York University. Joining student actors representing 30 high schools from around the country, the recipients will participate in theatre master classes, private coaching sessions and rehearsals with other nominees who will compete for a chance to win $25,000 and a place at the Tisch School at NYU.
The North Shore Musical Theatre Spotlight on Excellence Awards is open to the public. There will be no advance ticket sales but a $10 donation will be requested at the door. Transportation will be provided for BHS students if enough students wish to attend.