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Hershey Theatre Apollo Awards announces high school play and playwright nominations.

Byline: Central Penn Parent

Hershey Theatre has announced play and playwright nominations, in addition to honorable mention recognitions, for the 11<sup>th</sup> annual Hershey Theatre Apollo Awards. Evaluators for this year's awards assessed 16 casts across 16 schools this past fall to determine nominations for the seven play categories.

Modeled after The Tony Awards on Broadway, the Hershey Theatre Apollo Awards recognizes outstanding achievements by local high school students in musical and play productions. A total of 17 awards will be presented during the show on Sunday, May 19, 2019.

The fall play and playwright nominees are as follows:

Outstanding Student Playwright

Walli Chen for <em>The Element of Love - </em>Bishop McDevitt High School

Samantha Knipple for <em>A Little Imagination</em> - Bishop McDevitt High School

Madison Mascari for <em>Challenged</em> - Hershey High School

Julia Vargo for <em>Love of the Stars</em> - Bishop McDevitt High School

Alina Zang and Aria Aubrey for <em>The Phone Book - </em>Hershey High School

Honorable Mention

Sydney Altemose for <em>The More You Know</em> - Bishop McDevitt High School

Alexandra McInerney for <em>Don't Be A-Freud of Love</em> - Bishop McDevitt High School

Outstanding Featured Performer in a Play

Hannah Armstrong as Mrs. Soames in <em>Our Town</em> - Hershey High School

Ashontae Kelly as Farrah the Faerie in <em>She Kills Monsters</em> - Lower Dauphin High School

Dylan Lavalle as Mrs. Drudge in <em>Murder by Ten</em> - Dauphin County Technical School

Cassidy Newell as Maid/Elicia/Lyse/Clarina in <em>The Illusion</em> - Camp Hill High School

Carissa Sanden as The Amanuensis / Geronte in <em>The Illusion</em> - Camp Hill High School

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play

Rayonna Bellamy as Reverend John Hale in <em>The Crucible</em> - Capital Area School for the Arts

Emma Buettner as Lorraine Sheldon in <em>The Man Who Came to Dinner</em> - Elizabethtown Area High School

Greta Diehl as Elizabeth Proctor in <em>The Crucible</em> - Capital Area School for the Arts

Rebecca Ritts as Mary Warren in <em>The Crucible</em> - Cedar Cliff High School

Courtney Vislocky as Kristina van Tassel in <em>The Legend of Sleepy Hollow</em> - West Perry High School

Honorable mention

Jillian Batzler as Pridamanta in <em>The Illusion</em> - Camp Hill High School

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play

Aaron Ciccone as Roger Hopewell in <em>The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940</em> - Cedar Crest High School

Ryan Kruft as Beverly Carlton/Banjo in <em>The Man Who Came to Dinner</em> - Elizabethtown Area High School

Ethan Salem as Roger Hopewell in <em>The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940</em> - Donegal High School

Ian Tonkin as Orcus in <em>She Kills Monsters</em> - Lower Dauphin High School

Honorable mention

George Magee as The Old Man in <em>A Christmas Story</em> - Susquenita High School

Jordan Pacella as Reverend John Hale in <em>The Crucible</em> - Cedar Cliff High School

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play

Sydney Diggs as Alcandre in <em>The Illusion - </em>Camp Hill High School

Claire Fritz as Maggie Cutler in <em>The Man Who Came to Dinner</em> - Elizabethtown Area High School

Brooke Halinar as Nikki Crandall in <em>The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940</em> - Cedar Crest High School

Elisabeth Kreider as Elsa Von Grossenknueten in <em>The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940</em> - Donegal High School

Mackenzie Shirk as Helsa Wenzel in <em>The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940</em> - Donegal High School

Grace O'Sullivan as Terry Randall in <em>Stage Door</em> - Cumberland Valley High School

Honorable mention

Nicole Kaehn as Helsa Wenzel in <em>The Musical Comedy Mysteries of 1940</em> - Cedar Crest High School

Emily Reusswig as Abigail Williams in <em>The Crucible</em> - Capital Area School for the Arts

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play

Peter Ariano as Felix Ungar in <em>The Odd Couple - </em>Central Dauphin East High School

Francis Boyer as Adult Ralphie in <em>A Christmas Story</em> - Susquenita High School

Gus Eberlein as Son/Calisto/Clindor/Theogenes in <em>The Illusion - </em>Camp Hill High School

Luke Joynt as Eddie McCuen in <em>The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 - </em>Cedar Crest High School

Carter Rutkowski as Sheridan Whiteside in <em>The Man Who Came to Dinner</em> - Elizabethtown Area High School

Maya Spitzer as John Proctor in <em>The Crucible</em> - Capital Area School for the Arts

Alex Winnick as Stage Manager in <em>Our Town</em> - Hershey High School

Honorable mention

Austin Hollinger as Eddie McCuen in <em>The</em> <em>Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 - </em>Donegal High School

Brennan Shiffler as Oscar Madison in <em>The Odd Couple</em> - Central Dauphin East High School

Outstanding Play

Camp Hill High School <em>The Illusion

</em>Capital Area School for the Arts <em>The Crucible</em>

Cedar Crest High School <em>The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940</em>

Donegal High School <em>The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940</em>

Honorable mention

Dauphin County Technical School <em>Murder by Ten</em>

Hershey High School <em>Our Town</em>

Susquenita High School <em>A Christmas Story</em>

Students who met specific criteria in play performances receive Honorable Mention recognition. These students will be highlighted in the Hershey Theatre Apollo Awards playbill.

Public and private schools in Cumberland, Dauphin, Lebanon and Perry counties, in addition to schools in the Elizabethtown area and Donegal School District, are invited to participate in the 11<sup>th</sup> annual awards program. During the awards show, short monologues will be performed by nominated lead actor and actress.

The Hershey Theatre Apollo Awards gives more than 75 scholarships per year; since the program's inception in 2008, more than $200,000 in scholarships have been awarded.

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