Dallas Summer Musicals High School Awards Promises to be Entertaining

All over North Texas some high schools are getting ready for an event of their lives. The Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Awards ceremony is winding up for a fabulous evening of red carpet entertainment, scholarships, awards, and probably a few kiss and cries.



In a short 48 hours, our high schools will learn the fate of their musicals, one by one as the audience looks on in the fabulous Music Hall at Fair Park.

The DSM HSMA is in its third year, infancy really, but how cool is it that they took it upon themselves to honor the young talent coming from our area schools?

Nearly 60 high schools submitted their applications to enter the competition and volunteer judges sat through every one of those musicals just a few short months ago.  On March 30th they announced the nominations:

BEST FEATURED PERFORMER
Abilene H S, Ryan Garmoe as Sonny, In The Heights
Cooper H S, John Ross McCulloch as Production Singer, Singin’ in the Rain
Grapevine Faith Christian School, Sarah Jessie as Beth March, Little Women
The Hockaday School/St. Mark’s of Texas, Cole Gerthoffer as Sir Evelyn Oakleigh, Anything Goes
Mabank H S, Shelby Fry as Glinda, The Wizard of Oz
McKinney, H S, Luke Moraglia as Sir Robin, Spamalot
Southwest Christian School, Madelyn Grimes as Tess, Crazy for You
Wakeland H S, Madeline Doerr as Tiger Lily, Peter Pan
Waxahachie H S, Chris Cook as Underling, The Drowsy Chaperone
Wylie H S, Will Stephens as Wilbur Turnblad, Hairspray

BEST SCENIC DESIGN
Flower Mound H S, The Sound of Music
Grapevine Faith Christian School, Little Women
McKinney H S, Spamalot
Plano East H S, Bonnie and Clyde
Rockwall H S, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Rowlett H S, Into the Woods
Southwest Christian School - Crazy for You
Wakeland H S, Peter Pan
Waxahachie H S, The Drowsy Chaperone
Wylie H S, Hairspray

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN
Colleyville Heritage H S, Seussical 
Grapevine Faith Christian School, Little Women
Flower Mound H S, The Sound of Music
Hebron H S, White Christmas
McKinney H S, Spamalot
Plano East H S, Bonnie and Clyde
Plano Senior H S, The Who’s Tommy
Red Oak H S, The Wizard of Oz
Rowlett H S, Into the Woods
Waxahachie H S, The Drowsy Chaperone

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Abilene H S, In the Heights
Aledo H S, Annie
Bishop Lynch H S, My Favorite Year
Flower Mound H S, The Sound of Music
Haltom H S, Peter Pan
Hebron H S, White Christmas
McKinney H S  - Spamalot
Pearce H S, Beauty and the Beast
Poteet H S, Shrek
Wakeland H S, Peter Pan

BEST ALL-STUDENT ORCHESTRA
Berkner HS, Hairspray
Flower Mound H S, The Sound of Music
Haltom H S, Peter Pan
Heritage H S, Frisco, 13, the Musical
Marcus H S, Bye Bye Birdie
Midlothian H S, Seussical
Richardson H S, Shrek
Rockwall H S, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Waxahachie, The Drowsy Chaperone
Wylie H S, Hairspray

BEST ENSEMBLE/CHORUS
Abilene H S, In the Heights
Bishop Lynch H S, My Favorite Year
Flower Mound H S, The Sound of Music
Grapevine Faith Christian School, Little Women
Guyer H S, In the Heights
Guyer H S, Les Miserables
Hebron H S, White Christmas
Heritage H S, Frisco, 13
McKinney H S, Spamalot
Plano East, Bonnie and Clyde

BEST CREW & TECHNICAL EXECUTION
Flower Mound H S, The Sound of Music
Guyer H S, Les Miserables
The Hockaday School – St. Mark’s School of Texas, Anything Goes
Hebron H S, White Christmas
Lake Ridge H S - Wille Wonka
McKinney H S - Spamalot
Plano East, Bonnie and Clyde
Plano Senior H S, The Who’s Tommy
Plano West H S, The Music Man
Wakeland H S, Peter Pan

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY/MUSICAL STAGING
Grapevine Faith Christian School, Little Women
Guyer H S,  In the Heights
Heritage H S, Frisco, 13, the Musical
Jasper H S, Disney’s Beauty and The Beast
McKinney North H S, Jekyll and Hyde
McKinney H S, Spamalot
Plano Senior H S, The Who’s Tommy
Rockwall H S, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Rockwall-Heath H S, Grease
Wakeland H S, Peter Pan

BEST MUSICAL DIRECTION
Cooper H S, Singin’ in the Rain
Flower Mound H S, The Sound of Music
Grapevine Faith Christian School, Little Women
Hebron H S, White Christmas
Heritage H S, Frisco, 13
Marcus H S, Bye Bye Birdie
McKinney H S, Spamalot
Midlothian H S, Seussical
Rockwall-Heath, H S, Grease
Waxahachie H S, The Drowsy Chaperone

BEST DIRECTION
Colleyville Heritage H S, Seussical 
Flower Mound H S, The Sound of Music
Grapevine Faith Christian School, Little Women
Guyer H S,  In the Heights
Hebron H S, White Christmas
McKinney H S - Spamalot
Plano Senior H S - The Who’s Tommy
Rowlett H S, Into the Woods
Waxahachie H S, The Drowsy Chaperone
Wylie H S, Hairspray

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Abilene H S, Andrew Delango as Kevin Rosario, In The Heights
Cooper H S, Domonique Gordon as Cosmo Brown, Singin’ in the Rain
Grapevine Faith Christian School, Quint Erwin as Professor Bhaer, Little Women
Hebron H S, Cole Cordell as Phil Davis, White Christmas
The Hockaday School/St. Mark’s of Texas, Nabeel Muscatwalla as Moonface, Anything Goes
Lake Ridge H S, Rhett Fite as Mr. Salt, Willy Wonka
McKinney H S, Caleb Whitten as Sir Lancelot, Spamalot
Richardson H S, Zain Walker as Lord Farquaad, Shrek
Rowlett H S, Preston Hart as Cinderella’s Prince and The Wolf, Into the Woods
Waxahachie H S, Tyler Moore as Man in Chair, The Drowsy Chaperone

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Colleyville Heritage H S, Andrea Pajarillo as Maisie, Seussical
Cooper H S, Shelby Walker as Lina Lamont, Singin’ in the Rain
Flower Mound H S, Madi Bready as Elsa Schraeder, The Sound of Music
Fort Worth Christian, Hanna Kulp as Gertrude, Seussical
Grapevine Faith Christian School, Hannah Holt as Marmee, Little Women
Lake Highlands H S, Katie Samuelsen as Patty, Grease
Marcus H S, Cleo Lissade as Mae, Bye Bye Birdie
McKinney Boyd H S, Riley McRae as Mrs. Potts, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
Midlothian H S, Meagan Johnson as Sour Kangaroo, Seussical
Plano Senior H S, Taylor Stammen as Gypsy, The Who’s Tommy

BEST LEADING ACTOR
Colleyville Heritage H S, Wesley Davis as The Cat in the Hat, Seussical
Cooper H S, Peter Garza as Don Lockwood, Singin’ in the Rain
Guyer H S, Teddy Santiesteban as Usnavi, In the Heights
McKinney H S, Alex Miles as King Arthur, Spamalot
Midlothian H S, Ashton Smith as Horton, Seussical
J.J. Pearce H S, Sam Snyder as The Beast, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
Poteet H S, Steve Tolliver as Shrek, Shrek
Universal Academy H S, Melvin Thampy as The Scarecrow, The Wiz
Waxahachie H S, Matthew Haught as Adolpho, The Drowsy Chaperone

BEST LEADING ACTRESS
Bishop Lynch H S, Laryssa Bonacquisti as Alice Miller, My Favorite Year
Guyer H S, Bre Welty as Nina Rosario, In The Heights
Marcus H S, Leanne Halliburton as Rose Alvarez, Bye Bye Birdie
McKinney Boyd H S, ZoĆ« Aarts as Belle, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
Midlothian H S, Ana Berthelsen as Gertrude McFuzz, Seussical
J.J. Pearce H S, Kaycee Murto as Lady of the Lake, Spamalot
Plano West H S, Sarah Killian as Marian Paroo, The Music Man
Richardson H S, Sarah Grubbs as Fiona, Shrek
The Colony H S, Bonnie Utter as Millie Dilmount, Thoroughly Modern Millie

BEST MUSICAL
Colleyville Heritage H S, Seussical
Flower Mound H S, The Sound of Music
Grapevine Faith Christian School, Little Women
Hebron H S, White Christmas
McKinney H S, Spamalot
Rowlett H S, Into the Woods
Waxahachie H S, The Drowsy Chaperone
Wylie H S, Hairspray

Of course I am a bit biased because our very own Wylie High School has received nominations in 5 of the 15 categories, but despite that I believe these students and schools all deserve our respect because their musicals had to be truly awe-inspiring in order to make this list.

In 48 hours Wylie HS will find out its fate, for this is the very first time they entered into the competition and right out of the gate they were nominated for Best Musical, Best Direction, Best Orchestra, Best Scenic Design, and Best Featured Performer Will Stephens.

I have my ticket for the event and am looking forward to performances by each of the high schools nominated for Best Musical, including our own Wylie High School.  I am looking forward to the awards and even if our school walks away empty handed, we will be walking away with our heads held high because these students and teachers have achieved greatness, and how can you ask for more than that?




Break a leg Wylie High School!