Pope High School, Walton High School Students Nominated for 2019 Shuler Hensley Awards 

TheArtsBridge Foundation announced two Cobb Schools students as nominees for the 11th Annual Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards. Dan Crew, a junior at Pope High School, earned a nomination in the sound category for “Chicago—High School Edition.” Walton High School senior Chris Arredondo was nominated for his choreography of “Young Frankenstein. The winners will be unveiled at the April awards ceremony. 

Presented as the Shuler Hensley Awards—also known as the “Shuler Awards” or “The Shulers” and named for theAtlanta-born star of the stage and screen—recipients are recognized as the best of the state’s high school musical theatre students and schools, with some winners progressing to represent Georgia nationally in June. 

“The ArtsBridge Foundation presentation of The Shulers is an important part of the National High School Musical Theatre Awards program named The Jimmy Awards®,” said Jennifer Dobbs, executive director of ArtsBridge Foundation. “Our 2017 live broadcast of The Shulers won the 2018 Southeast Emmy® Award for special event live coverage, indicative of the superb quality and high production value Georgia students bring at show time.” 

Fashioned after Broadway’s Tony Awards, this year’s Shuler Award nominees in 17 categories span nearly 60 public and private schools from across the Peach State.  

In addition to the two Cobb Schools nominees, three Cobb students also earned Honorable Mentions for their work in high school theater. 


  • Orchestra – Honorable Mentions 

Jim Palmer, Allatoona High School, The Little Mermaid 


  • Choreography – Honorable Mentions 

Olivia Brown, Harrison High School, Into the Woods 


  • Lighting Design – Honorable Mentions 

Jacob Lee, Pope High School, Chicago (High School Edition) 

The awards show, which takes place on stage at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre and is broadcast live on Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB), marks the culmination of a yearlong professional development program and will showcase the next generation of Georgia’s musical theatre talent. Presented by the Georgia Lottery, the awards show will air live on April 18, 2019, starting at 8 p.m. with tickets available atwww.ArtsBridgeGa.org.