Two Lamar Consolidated ISD high schools received a total of 10 nominations for Theatre Under The Stars’ Tommy Tune Awards.
Foster High School’s production of “Li’l Abner” leads the way, with nominations for Best Direction, Best Orchestra, Best Scenic Design, Best Costume Design, Best Lighting Design, Best Ensemble/Chorus, Best Support Actress, Best Featured Performer and Best Supporting Actor.
George Ranch High School’s production of “Little Shop of Horrors” is nominated for Best Direction.
Emily DeForest, who played Mammy Yokum, is the Foster High nominee for Best Supporting Actress. Joey DeAngelis’ portrayal of Pappy Yokum earned him a nomination for Best Featured Performer. John Wilson, who played Maryin’ Sam, is nominated for Best Supporting Actor.
The tenth annual Tommy Tune Awards will be held April 17, at 7:30 p.m., in the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. Developed by TUTS, the Tommy Tune Awards honor musical theater excellence at the high school level.
After reviewing and evaluating the 44 participating Houston-area high school productions during the 2011-2012 school year, a team of 32 Houston-based theater professionals made 154 nominations in 15 categories. An additional committee considered 44 potential scholarship recipients.
The Theatre Under The Stars Tommy Tune Awards are named for Houston native and Lamar High School alumnus, Tommy Tune. A performer, director, and choreographer with more than 50 years of stage experience, Tune received nine Tony Awards for his work in the following productions: Seesaw, My One and Only, A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine, Nine, Grand Hotel and The Will Rogers Follies. He was also awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2003 by President Bush.
The Tommy Tune Awards ceremony is open to the general public, and tickets will be available for purchase beginning on April 3. For information on tickets to the 2012 Tommy Tune Awards ceremony, call (713) 558-2600.