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Peer critics pick best of high school theater.

Byline: The Register-Guard

Thanks to his performance in "The Fantasticks," recent Springfield High graduate Jonathan Matthews is Hollywood-bound this summer - provided he can raise the funds to cover his expenses.

On June 15, Matthews was awarded a Cappie as best lead actor in a local high school musical. The judges were student critics from Churchill, Elmira, Junction City Junction City, city (1990 pop. 20,604), seat of Geary co., NE Kans., at the confluence of the Republican and Smoky Hill rivers; inc. 1859. The rail, trade, and processing center of an agricultural and dairy area, it grew as the supply point for nearby Fort Riley, , North Eugene, South Eugene, Springfield and Thurston high schools Thurston High School is located in Springfield, Oregon in Lane County. Their mascot is a black colt. Shooting
On May 20, 1998, student Kipland "Kip" Kinkel killed his parents, William and Faith, both Spanish teachers at local high schools.

The award guaranteed him a spot in the Hollywood National Youth Summer Stock Company. The monthlong program will include a musical tribute to Richard Rodgers and several smaller shows.

The summer program is a joint production of the Los Angeles-based American Center The American Center is a high-rise tower in Southfield, Michigan. It was built in 1975 and stands at 26 floors, with one basement floor, for a total of 27.

The building's main use is that of a typical office tower. It also includes a parking garage and retail spaces.
 for Musical Theater and the national Cappies organization, a group launched by Capitol Steps founder William Strauss to spotlight the talents of high school thespians.

If he can raise an estimated $2,000 for his entrance fee, travel and living expenses, Matthews will join other Cappies best actors and actresses from El Paso El Paso (ĕl pă`sō), city (1990 pop. 515,342), seat of El Paso co., extreme W Tex., on the Rio Grande opposite Juárez, Mex.; inc. 1873. , Texas, Cincinnati, Las Vegas Las Vegas (läs vā`gəs), city (1990 pop. 258,295), seat of Clark co., S Nev.; inc. 1911. It is the largest city in Nevada and the center of one of the fastest-growing urban areas in the United States.  and Washington, D.C., to form the summer company.

South Eugene's Amy Preitauer, voted best lead actress in a musical for her performance in "Anything Goes," also was invited to join the youth summer stock company. However, she already had committed to an Arizona musical theater camp this summer.

Drama teacher Jonathan Siegle called Matthews "the most talented young man I've worked with in 20 years at Springfield High."

"He has tremendous, tremendous range, both as an actor and as a singer," Siegle said. "He has a four-octave range. ... In terms of his acting, he can do everything from comedy to tragedy."

Matthews also has been accepted at New York's American Musical and Dramatic Academy The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, or AMDA, is a school for the performing arts located New York City, New York, with a satellite campus in Los Angeles, California. . He is working two jobs in order to raise money for his tuition; he hopes to enter the academy in January.

Contributions toward his summer stock expenses can be sent to Matthews at P.O. Box 525, Springfield, OR 97477.

Other local Cappie winners:

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, Jacob Sutton (North) for "The MaKiddo"

Lighting: Candice Ganson, Steve Harley (Churchill) for "The Musical"

Sets: Jacob Stroukel (North) for "The 1940s Radio Hour"

Costumes: Maria Korinek (Springfield) for "The Taming of the Shrew shrew, common name for the small, insectivorous mammals of the family Soricidae, related to the moles. Shrews include the smallest mammals; the smallest shrews are under 2 in. (5.1 cm) long, excluding the tail, and the largest are about 6 in. (15 cm) long. "

Makeup: Christine Rolly (Springfield) for "The Taming of the Shrew"

Props and Effects: Alicia Forbis, Shaina Levy (Springfield) for "The Fantasticks"

Stage Crew: Jeff Barker Jeff Barker (born ? in Scunthorpe, England, died 1985) was a former professional footballer.

He started his career at Brigg Town, before joining Scunthorpe United in 1935, when he showed exceptional skills that got him signed up by Aston Villa in 1936.
, Meghan Cummings (Thurston) for "Quilters"

Orchestra: Kat Ryan (North) for "The 1940s Radio Hour"

Choreography: Anna Freedman (South) for "Much Ado About Nothing Much Ado About Nothing is a comedy by William Shakespeare. First published in 1600, it was likely first performed in the winter of 1598-1599,[1] and it remains one of Shakespeare's most enduring plays on stage. "

Ensemble in a Play: The Watch (South) in "Much Ado About Nothing"

Ensemble in a Musical: Characters (Thurston) in "Quilters"

Cameo Actress: Lilli Turner (South) in "Anything Goes"

Cameo Actor: Paul Terzenbach (South) in "Much Ado About Nothing"

Female Dancer: Lauren Ruff (Churchill) in "The Musical"

Male Dancer: Lafa Taylor (Churchill) in "The Musical"

Female Vocalist: Sam Cairnes (Churchill) in "The Musical"

Male Vocalist: Eric Munch (North) in "The 1940s Radio Hour"

Comic Actress in a Play: Rachel McCoy (Junction City) in "Wind in the Willows"

Comic Actor in a Play Drew Wheeler (Elmira) in "The Sting"

Comic Actress in a Musical: Allison Kettwig (Thurston) in "Quilters"

Comic Actor in a Musical: David Gallic (South) in "Anything Goes"

Featured Actress in a Play: Lynde Rose (Springfield) in "The Taming of the Shrew"

Featured Actor in a Play: Hellder Lima (Springfield) in "The Taming of the Shrew"

Featured Actress in a Musical: Margaret Gilmore Margaret Gilmore (born 9 February 1956) is a BBC journalist.

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 (South) in "Anything Goes"

Featured Actor in a Musical: Jonathan Beedle (South) in "Anything Goes"

Lead Actress in a Play: Melanie Moser (Churchill) in "The Taming of the Shrew"

Lead Actor in a Play: Ezra LeBank (South) in "Much Ado About Nothing"

Song: "The Gypsy in Me" (South) in "Anything Goes"

Play: "The Taming of the Shrew" (Springfield)

Musical: "Quilters" (Thurston)

Male Critic: Javier Hernandez (North)

Female Critic: Mary Pilon (Churchill)

Critic Team: North Eugene High School North Eugene High School is a public high school of about 1,200 students in Eugene, Oregon, United States. It is located at 200 Silver Lane near the Santa Clara area of Eugene.[1] North Eugene's mascot is the Highlander.  
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Title Annotation:Cappies: Students from South Eugene and Springfield capture top acting honors.; Entertainment
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Jun 24, 2002
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