5th Ave Theatre Celebrates Mount Si High School Drama
The annual 5th Avenue Theater Awards program, which celebrates high school musical theatre across the state, was delayed this year until late July. Because many schools were unable to perform due to school closures, the Theatre decided to not give many traditional awards this year but instead hold a virtual celebration.
For the virtual award ceremony, Mount Si High School graduate Maddie Nowicki (Class of 2020) represented the school in a virtual choir to open the ceremony and was selected for a solo. Sophia Fougere (Class of 2020) was given the Senior Spotlight award for her behind-the-scenes work in set design and stage management achievements. And, Grace Richter (Class of 2020) scored above 90% for her performance as Katherine Plummer in Mount Si’s production of Newsies last December. If it were a “normal” year, this means Grace would have been nominated for a 5th Ave Award in the Best Actress in a Lead Role category. (See photos below.)
Also, MSHS Drama Teacher Sara Dunlap-Bogan was nominated by former and current Mount Si students to receive the Outstanding Educator award. “This award is incredibly meaningful to me because of the caliber of theatre teachers across the state, but even more so because my students took the initiative to nominate me for it,” added Ms. Dunlap-Bogan.
Although MSHS Drama activities are virtual for now, they are busy working on their first radio play -- a re-creation of the 1938 broadcast The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells. Original student artwork and commercial jingles, inspired by the time period and themes in the text, will also be part of the performance. Their goal is to prepare the play for release around October 30, to coincide with the original broadcast date. This is the first time they’ve tackled this kind of performance, however, so watch for more information next month on confirmed dates and times.