North Texas Performing Arts (NTPA) has received 18 nominations for this year’s Broadway Dallas High School Musical Theatre Awards. The NTPA Academy Conservatory also received six nominations in its first year of eligibility for its production of Bonnie & Clyde.
The Broadway Dallas Awards are open to any high school serving grades 9-12 with musical theatre programs across the North Texas region. NTPA’s nominations are as follows:
Leading NTPA’s nominations are its youth performers
- Evan Jennings was nominated for “Outstanding Lead Performer.”
- Morgan Skinner for “Outstanding Supporting Performer.”
- Youth technical support provided by Jacob Kaplan was nominated for “Outstanding Lighting Design.”
- NTPA Academy instructors and Co-Directors Kameron Knott and Riley Madlock were recognized for “Outstanding Direction”
- Assistant Head of School Riley Madlock and the cast were recognized for “Outstanding Choreography.”
- Nominated for “Outstanding Scenic Design” was Wendy Searcy Wood and the NTPA Scenic Design Class.
In addition, 12 NTPA students were recognized for their outstanding performances in productions at their high school including:
- Allison Crowe, Pierson Jones, Andrew Kitchen, Jacob Merschel, Alexis Muturi and Corbin Ross for “Outstanding Lead Performer”
- Emma Alexander, Madelyn Goodwin, Sanjna Kolli, Jaxon Ryan and Audrey Shin for “Outstanding Supporting Performer”
- Whitney Wagstaff for “Outstanding Featured Performer”
“We designed the NTPA Academy and its Conservatory curriculum to attract the best and most talented performers wanting to go on to college or into professional roles,” says NTPA’s Chief Executive Officer Darrell Rodenbaugh. “We couldn’t be more proud to see these talented actors and their instructors be recognized for the passionate work and amazing instruction they receive in our studios and stages.”
The NTPA Academy offers seven certifications across the theatrical arts field with theatre and performing arts professionals for grades 6-12. Many students are able to utilize flexible schooling to participate in auditions, shows, commercials and other activities while they gain performance skills.
“The student talent in Bonnie and Clyde was exceptional, and really came alive with the exceptional direction of our directorial team,” says NTPA Head of School Mike Mazur. “This was a challenging production that this team brought to life in an exceptional way.”
NTPA’s Co-Director team brought special background and skills to this production, according to NTPA. Doubling as the show’s Choreographer, Riley Madlock is an award-winning performer in her own right in dance and choreography after completing her Master of Arts in Teaching with an emphasis in Dance from New Mexico State University and a BA from Ouachita Baptist University. Co-Director Kameron Knott completed his BFA in Drama from the University of Oklahoma and came to NTPA as an instructor after a successful career on Broadway, according to NTPA.
“We are honored to be eligible this year, and to be able to compete for this prestigious recognition,” says NTPA Director of Education Kaitlyn Barnard. “And are grateful to Broadway Dallas and its sponsors for supporting this incredible awards program.”
The outstanding honorees will be announced on June 3, 2023 at the 12th Annual Broadway Dallas HSMTA Awards Show.
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