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AHS wins 17 Orpheum Theatre nominations

AHS wins 17 Orpheum Theatre nominations
Posted on 04/22/2019

Beating the previous school record, Arlington High’s rendition of Little Shop of Horrors brought in 17 nominations for the 10th annual Orpheum Theatre Awards.

On Monday, during an intense watch party, students in Arlington’s theatre class celebrated as they learned about the 17 nominations. The previous school record was 14 nominations in one year.

Theatre teacher Cynthia Wieland, who’s wrapping up year one as director, couldn’t hold back the tears as the group learned about the nominations. “I’m elated. I’m surprised in one way and not surprised in another,” Wieland said. “I know the hard work the kids put in over the course of several months.”

The group is now in the running for the highly coveted Outstanding Overall Production award. That nomination alone gives the group a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: the chance to perform on stage at the Orpheum Theatre during the May awards ceremony.

Wieland said the goal of the performance was to put on a great show and teach the actors about teamwork and cooperation. But, Wieland said, the nominations were an added bonus.

“It took our entire cast to pull this off,” she added. “No matter the size of their role or the number of lines they had, it took all of us working together to get to this point. I can’t go on about how proud they have made me.”

The 10th annual Orpheum Theatre Awards will be held on May 23rd.

Check out the entire list of nominations:

  • Outstanding Overall Production
  • Outstanding Direction by a Teacher – Cynthia Wieland
  • Outstanding Lead Actress – Caroline Morath
  • Outstanding Lead Actor – Grayson Todd
  • Outstanding Support Actor – Matthew Reber
  • Outstanding Featured Actress – Kaia Williams
  • Outstanding Featured Actor – Davis Cornelius
  • Student Stage Management Award – Emma Korsmo
  • Student Creative Achievement Award – Savannah Hughes
  • Outstanding Technical Achievement
  • Outstanding Lighting
  • Outstanding Set
  • Outstanding Costumes
  • Outstanding Hair & Makeup
  • Outstanding Small Ensemble
  • Outstanding Production Materials
  • Outstanding Front of House