'Urinetown' named outstanding musical

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The MHS spring musical "Urinetown" was named an outstanding musical by the Tommy Awards.

In all, the MHS production was nominated for 19 Tommy Awards. The Tommy Awards Show were held on June 11 at the Overture Center. In addition, junior company member Zella Roth received a Tommy Spirit Award.

Members of the cast performed a 5-minute medley at the Tommy Awards.

"It was a great experience for our students and an honor to perform,'' director Kendra Dando said.

To see the entire medly, please visit Wisconsin Public Television's Facebook page before June 19. The MHS medley can be found at about the 48-minute mark.

The musical, which was performed May 4-6 at the Performing Arts Center, was also nominated for outstanding ensemble and outstanding orchestra. Four students were nominated for outstanding lead performances: Kylie Peters (Hope), Leo Rossmiller (Bobby Strong), Seamus Fleischmann (Caldwell B. Caldwell) and Eleanor Chmiak (Pennywise).

In addition, four students were nominated for outstanding supporting performance: Killian Powers (Hot Blades Harry), Kyia Gundlach (Becky Two-Shoes), Nick Chiaverini (Officer Lockstock) and Phoebe Miller (Little Sally).

Others who were nominated from the musical were:

Outstanding dance performance: Killian Powers

Outstanding direction: Kendra Dando

Outstanding musical direction: Justin Wilder

Outstanding choreography: Sara Bartlett

Outstanding stage management: Mark Hutson

Outstanding scenic design: Pat Motiff

Outstanding lighting design: Kaden Mettel

Outstanding costume design: Kris Riechgels, Claudine Loop, Veronica Kurr and Peyton McHenry

"I am so proud of these performers and our production team for their hard work and dedication to this show,'' Dando said.

Dando was recognized for outstanding direction for "The 25th Annual Putnman County Spelling Bee" last year. 

The awards are named for local Broadway star Tom Wopat and encourage, recognize and honor excellence in high school musical theater.

To learn more, please visit the Tommy Awards website.

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