Milton’s ‘Spamalot’ — ‘Holy Grail’ of musicals

West Forsyth’s ‘Oliver!’ wins four



ATLANTA — Milton High School’s musical “Spamalot” took home six awards during the prestigious Shuler Hensley Awards celebration at the Cobb Energy Center.

The Georgia High School Musical Theater Awards, named after the Tony award-winning stage actor, honored several high school musicals for the fifth year on April 18.

Milton High School held a record this year with 13 nominations, and West Forsyth High had 12 nominations for the musical “Oliver!”

Four of the “Spamalot” awards were in acting categories.

Sophomore Crawford Horton won the featured performer award for his doubly challenging part as both Not Dead Fred and Prince Herbert.

Horton said the script played well to the Milton HS Drama Department’s strengths.

“Most shows have a lot of pressure, but this show comes naturally to our talented comedic cast,” Horton said.

“Spamalot” also won the best ensemble award.

“We aren’t like a family, we are a family,” Horton said.

Senior Brad Burnham was especially thankful for winning the supporting actor award for his role of King Arthur’s trusty servant, Patsy.

“Without my parents, I wouldn’t just have this costume or my backpack. I wouldn’t have the confidence to go on stage,” Burnham said during his acceptance speech.

One standout performance was McKenzie Kurtz, who won the lead actress award for her portrayal of the Lady of the Lake.

This also means that Kurtz, a sophomore, will get the opportunity to go to New York City for a weeklong training session and a chance to win a $100,000 scholarship to New York University.

Chris Shumick and Andrew Bowers, teachers at Milton High School, also won the orchestra award and the music direction award, respectively.

West Forsyth High School took home four Shuler Hensley awards.

West Forsyth ‘s “Oliver!” won the best direction and best overall production awards, both given to performing arts veteran Eric Gray, of Studio West Productions. Gray has received nominations at the Shuler Awards for the last four years and also received the direction and overall production awards two years ago for the school’s musical “Oklahoma!”

“Oliver!” also received the technical execution award, in addition to the sound design award presented to Max Aldis.

“This musical is a drama and a comedy and altogether a show for everyone despite the darker situations and characters,” said Barbara Macko, associate director and costume designer.

This article was published in the Milton Herald April 24, 2013 edition

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