CCSD Students Win Top Honors at 2017 Shuler Awards

The Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards honored school productions and student performers from five Cobb County School District schools. Two seniors captured first place awards for their acting. Jelani Winston took home the award for Best Performance by a Featured Performer for his part in Walton High School’s Little Shop of Horrors. Pope High School’s Matthew Schwartz won Best Performance by a Supporting Actor for his presentation of The Drowsy Chaperone.

CCSD students and school performances also earned five Honorable Mentions and were nominated for six additional awards.

The 2017 Shuler Awards Student Ensemble included 14 CCSD students, and four students represented the District as members of the 2017 Shuler Awards Students Take A Role (STAR) Council, which acts as the student advisory board for the awards.

Fashioned after Broadway’s Tony Awards, the Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards – Shuler Hensley Awards celebrate excellence in high school musical theater. The awards are named in honor of actor/singer and Georgia native, Shuler Hensley, winner of the prestigious Tony Award, Outer Critics Circle Award and Drama Desk Award. The program embodies a spirit of camaraderie and celebration for the arts in high schools across Georgia.

Atlanta’s Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre is home to the Shuler Awards, which were broadcast live on local Georgia Public Broadcasting stations April 20. The Shulers are a part of the National High School Musical Theatre Awards – The Jimmy Nederlander Awards.

2017 Shuler Awards:

Best Performance by a Featured Performer Award

Jelani Winston (Audrey II), Walton High School, Little Shop of Horrors – Winner

Gabe Gonzales (Aldolpho) Pope High School, The Drowsy Chaperone – Honorable Mention 

Best Performance by a Supporting Actor Award

Matthew Schwartz (Man in Chair), Pope High School, The Drowsy Chaperone – Winner

Christian King (Rueben), Kennesaw Mountain High School, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – Nominee

Shuler Overall Production Award

Walton High School, Little Shop of Horrors – Honorable Mention

Shuler Scenic Design Award

The Drafting and Drawing Class, Wheeler High School, Disney’s High School Musical – Honorable Mention

Shuler Ensemble Award

Allatoona High School, Legally Blonde the Musical – Honorable Mention

Shuler Costume Award

Walton High School, Little Shop of Horrors – Honorable Mention

Shuler Music Direction Award

Walton High School, Little Shop of Horrors – Nominee

Shuler Orchestra Award

Michael Huebner, Kennesaw Mountain High School, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – Nominee

Shuler Sound Award

Dan Crew and Robby Tohar, Pope High School, The Drowsy Chaperone – Nominee

Shuler Technical Execution Award

Tyler Crow and Jake Pitts, Walton High School, Little Shop of Horrors – Nominee

Best Performance by a Leading Actor Award

JD Flynn (Seymour, Walton High School, Little Shop of Horrors – Nominee

 

2017 Shuler Awards Student Ensemble from CCSD

Alexis Watson, Allatoona High School

Anna McDougall, Walton High School

Caroline Caden, Hillgrove High School

Henrique Sobrinho, Hillgrove High School

Jadyn Ballard, Lassiter High School

Karli Bryant, Walton High School

Katherine Bartlett, Pope High School

Matthew Schwartz, Pope High School

Michael Dotson, Pope High School

MJ Lock, Wheeler High School

Morgan Carson, Lassiter High School

Nickolas Haddad, Kennesaw Mountain High School

Stella Gainsford, Wheeler High School

Sydney Conners, Allatoona High School

2017 Shuler Awards S.T.A.R. Council

Olivia Soullier, Hillgrove High School

Brianna Boehm, Pope High School

Tyler Crow, Walton High School

Colette Matas, Wheeler High School