For Hub City Times
MADISON — Named for Wisconsin Broadway star Tom Wopat, the Tommy Awards Program at Overture Center for the Arts encourages, recognizes, and honors excellence in high school musical theater each year and culminates in an annual awards show. This year’s Tommy Awards Show will be held on June 11 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25.
Marshfield High School received the following 2017 Tommy Awards for its production of “Monty Python’s Spamalot:”
—Outstanding Leading Performance: Maisie Cramer, Lady of the Lake.
—Spirit Award: McKensey Koran.
—Outstanding Direction: Amanda Leurquin.
There are multiple award recipients in each category, including Outstanding Musical, Ensemble, Orchestra, Leading Performance, Supporting Performance, Dance Performance, and Musical Direction.
“We continue to be impressed with the quality and caliber of the productions as well as the dedication these schools and communities to the growth of their high school musical excellence,” said Tim Sauers, Overture’s vice president of programming and community engagement.
Sauers began this program at Overture eight years ago.
“This year was our biggest Tommy season yet due to the expansion into central Wisconsin with 87 productions at 82 schools (in 23 counties),” Sauers said.
In total, 35 reviewers attended the 87 productions, which involved roughly 85,000 people. More than 400 students will perform at the Tommy Awards Show.
Overture and Wisconsin Public Television will partner again this year, and a one-hour program featuring performances from the awards show will be aired in fall of 2017. This partnership is a part of Wisconsin Public Television ‘s Young Performers Initiative, which celebrates Wisconsin’s young artists and those who inspire them.