Zach Theatre announces its 2017-2018 season shows. Forecast: Rain expected

Zach Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol” will return. Photo by Kirk Tuck.

Zach Theatre has announced its next season of shows, which includes classic musicals, the story of an intimate connection and two Christmas classics.

Find the family theater shows on the Raising Austin blog. 

The season kicks off with the musical made famous by Debbie Reynolds and Gene Kelly: “Singing in the Rain,” directed by Abe Reybold, choreographed by Dominque Kelley and musical direction by Allen Robertson. Sept. 27-Oct. 29.

Return to the land of Tuna for “A Tuna Christmas,” the classic from Austin’s Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard. It’s directed by Dave Steakley. Nov. 1-Dec. 31.

 

“A Christmas Carol,” directed by Bryan Bradford but adapted by Dave Steakley returns with musical direction by Robertson and choreographed by Christa Oliver-Torres. Nov. 22-Dec. 31, Topher Stage

The musical about artist George Seurat, “Sunday in the Park with George,” takes the stage under Steakley’s direction, with musical direction by Robertson and starring Cecil Washington Jr. May 30-June 24, 2018, Topher Stage.

“Heisenberg” is the story of a couple who meet in a London train station. Will they connect? It’s being directed by Nat Miller, Zach’s director of education. June 20-July 22, Kleberg Stage.

Capitalizing on the popular live-action movie, Zach brings the Disney musical “Beauty and the Beast” to Austin. It’s being directed by Reybold with musical direction by Robertson. July 11-Sept. 2, 2018, Topher Stage.

Find tickets at zachtheatre.org.

 

Which show won the most nominations at the Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards?

We haven’t counted how many nods each Austin area high school musical won. But thanks to alert theater teacher Joshua Denning, who posted quickly on Facebook, we do know that McCallum Fine Arts Academy‘s “Me and My Girl” nabbed nine nominations. The awards show — which is dynamite — is April 13 at the Long Center.

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Best Production
Leander “Pippin”
Anderson “Curtains”
Cedar Ridge “Cats”
McNeil “Barnum”
Hendrickson “In the Heights”
James Bowie “The Who’s Tommy”
Rouse “In the Heights”
McCallum Fine Arts Academy “Me and My Girl”

Best Featured Performer
Quinn Skarnulis. Anderson High School
Indigo Raetz Austin High School
Sarah Cadena Bastrop High School
Kristyn Chambers Brentwood Christian
Dainique Jones Cedar Ridge High
Logan Dundon Dripping Springs High School
Campbell Duffy Georgetown High
Clara Cable Lake Travis High
Kye Brown Lehman High School
Ellie Kuykendall Dripping Springs High
Kali Thompson Marble Falls High
Niko Bermea Rouse High School
Halle Hill Vandegrift High School

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Best Scenic Design
Cedar Ridge High School “ Cats”
Anderson High School “Curtains”
Rouse High School “ In the Heights”
Jack C. Hays High School “Into the Woods”
Elgin High School “Little Shop of Horrors”
Dripping Springs High School “My Fair Lady”
Katherine Anne Porter School “Pippin”
David Crockett High School “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”

Best Choreography
Cedar Ridge High School “Cats”
Dripping Springs High School “My Fair Lady”
Hendrickson High School “In the Heights”
James Bowie High School “The Who’s Tommy”
McCallum Fine Arts Academy “Me and My Girl”
McNeil High School “Barnum”
Rouse High School “In the Heights”
Vista Ridge High School “Thoroughly Modern Millie”

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Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Abigail Holtfort Cedar Park High
Brooke Silverstein St. Stephens
Gracee Street Lake Travis High
Kat Cruz Anderson High
Kiara Thomas Cedar Creek High
Lydia Emery Jack C. Hays High
Sophia Mullican McCallum Fine Arts Academy
Sydney Enos Georgetown High
Taylor Cooper Jack C. Hays High

Best Lighting Design
Lake Travis High School “Disney’s The Little Mermaid”
Hendrickson High School “In the Heights”
Rouse High School “In the Heights”
Jack C. Hays High School “Into the Woods”
Lehman High School “Our House”
Leander High School “Pippin”
St. Stephen’s Episcopal “Pippin”
James Bowie “The Who’s Tommy”

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Best Musical Direction
Marble Falls High School “Cinderella” (Broadway Version)
McNeil High School “Barnum”
Rouse High “In the Heights”
Vista Ridge High School “Thoroughly Modern Millie”
Anderson High School “Curtains”
Cedar Park High School “Cabaret”
James Bowie High School “The Who’s Tommy”
Lake Travis High School “Disney’s The Little Mermaid”

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Trey Moffett East View High School
Bryce Keesee-Lourigan Georgetown High
Brian Baker Hendrickson High
Clayt Aziz Jack C. Hays High
Max Corney McCallum Fine Arts
H. Crocker McCallum Fine Arts
Andrew De La Garza Rouse High School
Logan Caraway Vista Ridge High

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Best Technical Execution
David Crockett High School “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”
Anderson “Curtains”
LBJ/LASA “Nice Work if You Can Get It”
Del Valle “ Disney’s Beauty and the Beast”
McCallum Fine Arts Academy “Me and My Girl”
Marble Falls “Cinderella”
Rouse “In the Heights”
Round Rock “The Goodbye Girl”

Best Orchestra
Vista Ridge High School “Thoroughly Modern Millie”
Akins High School “Rock of Ages”
Leander High School “Pippin”
Lehman High School “Our House”
LBJ/LASA High School “Nice Work if You Can Get It”
Georgetown High School “Into the Woods”
Hendrickson High School “In the Heights”
East View High School “Big Fish”

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Best Actor in a Leading Role
Michael Morran Anderson High School
Bruno Maples David Crockett High
Chris Ayala Hendrickson High
Matthew Kennedy Leander High School
AJ Lawrence Lehman High School
Tristan Tierney McCallum Fine Arts
Keaton Brandt McNeil High School
Elliot Esquivel Rouse High School
Sam Oberle St. Stephen’s Episcopal

Best Costume Design
Westwood “Once Upon a Mattress”
Vista Ridge “Thoroughly Modern Millie”
McNeil “Barnum”
Marble Falls “Cinderella”
Georgetown “Into the Woods”
Dripping Springs “My Fair Lady”
Cedar Ridge “Cats”
Anderson “Curtains”

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Best Direction
Anderson “Curtains”
Cedar Creek “You’re A Good Man, “Charlie Brown”
Cedar Ridge “Cats”
Hendrickson “In the Heights”
James “The Who’s Tommy”
McCallum Fine Arts Academy “Me and My Girl”
McNeil “Barnum”
Rouse “In the Heights”

Best Actress in a Leading Role
Sophie Niles McNeil
Maddie Reese Lake Travis
Erin Swearingen Jack C. Hays
Anna McGuire McCallum Fine Arts
Jessica Askey Lake Travis
Trinity Adams Dripping Springs
Isabelle Dickey LBJ/LASA
Olivia Vines Anderson
Chloe Byars James Bowie

Best Ensemble
Cedar Ridge “Cats”
Dripping Springs “My Fair Lady”
Hendrickson . “In the Heights”
James Bowie “The Who’s Tommy”
Leander “Pippin”
Rouse “In the Heights”
St. Stephen’s Episcopal “Pippin”
Vandegrift “Oliver!”

Get ready for the roar of the Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards

Last year, we attended the Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards — gotta find a new name — ceremony for the first time. There are no words to describe them adequately.

The unavoidable excitement. The phenomenal talent. The unexpected good sportsmanship. I can still hear the roar of crowd.

The Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards 2014 - At the Long Center photogrpahed by James Goulden

Come 7 a.m. March 7 — you read that right, in the morning — students from 31 area high schools will gather in the Long Center’s Rollins Studio Theatre to hear for the first time the 2017 nominations.

J. Quinton Johnson, current cast member in Broadway smash “Hamilton,” will do the honors. A University of Texas theater alum, Johnson cut his theatrical teeth in Austin theater and film communities.

The awards ceremony returns to the Long Center’s Dell Hall on April 13 and, while I might not make the dawn announcement, you can pretty much guarantee I won’t be found anywhere else for the full ceremony. Ditto anybody who cares about the future of musical theater.