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MIHS musical wins award, nominations

The 5th Avenue Theatre, venue for the Tuesday, June 9 High School Musical Theatre Awards. The event is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. - Courtesy Photo
The 5th Avenue Theatre, venue for the Tuesday, June 9 High School Musical Theatre Awards. The event is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
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Mercer Island High School's production of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui earned an award, two nominations and three honorable mentions as Seattle's 5th Avenue Theater announced nominees for its June 9 High School Musical Theatre Awards.

MIHS senior Leerán Raphaely was chosen for a special award honoring Student Achievement in Musical Composition. The musical score was written by Raphaely as his culminating project. Nominations also included the production's Orchestra and Junior Ellen Zahniser for her performance as Betty Dullfeet in the Actress in a Featured Ensemble Role category.

Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre announced the nominees for its seventh annual 5th Avenue High School Musical Theatre Awards. The June 9 awards ceremony, described as a high school version of the Tony Awards, will honor the exceptional musical theater productions presented during the 2008-2009 school year.

Mercer Island last won the coveted awards for the 2006 production of The Cradle Will Rock in Outstanding Music Direction (David Duvall) and shared an honor with Liberty High School for Outstanding Direction.

This year's competition involves 82 productions and 8,200 students from a wide variety of towns and cities from across the state. A team of theater professionals were sent by 5th Avenue to evaluate each school's production. Students from Spokane, Lynden, Sequim and Lacey are among the 159 nominations given to 54 schools in 21 categories. A further 87 students will receive honorable mentions. Organizers estimate 2,200 high school students are expected to attend, along with their families and friends. The annual awards were sponsored by Wells Fargo & Co. for the fifth consecutive year.

Since opening in 1980, the 5th Avenue Theatre company has become one of the nation's largest and most respected musical theater companies. The Theatre originally opened in 1926 as a venue for vaudeville and film.

For a full list of our nominees, visit 5th Avenue's "2009 High School Musical Theatre Awards Nominees" Web page, www.5thavenue.org. Tickets are available by contacting the drama departments of the nominated schools. Prices range from $27.50 for adults and $16.50 for students. For more information or tickets, call MIHS Fine Arts Secretary Julie Naylor at 206-236-3359.

MIHS 5th Avenue Award Nominations

*Outstanding Orchestra

*Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Featured Ensemble Role (Ellen Zahniser as Betty Dullfeet)

*Special Honors: Student Achievement in Musical Composition (Leerán Raphaely)

Honorable Mentions:

*Outstanding Direction

*Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Spencer Hamp as Emanuele Giri)

*Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Group (Goodwill and Gaffles)

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