ATLANTA — The Shuler Hensley Awards were not in the cards this year for any of the Forsyth County schools nominated at the musical theater ceremony April 17.
West Forsyth High School’s Studio West Productions had 11 nominations for “A Tale of Two Cities.” South Forsyth High earned seven nominations for “Shrek the Musical,” and Lambert High School had two nominations for “Bye Bye Birdie.”
Eric Gray, artistic director for Studio West at West Forsyth High School, said the students in the production were proud of the work they’ve accomplished.
“The West group did an incredible job during their number and both our lead actor and actress were phenomenal,” Gray said. “So we are doing well and very proud that we were in the top six again this year. “
Tri-Cities High School in East Point swept the ceremony with their “Dreamgirls” performance.
Tri-Cities took home 13 awards for everything from best actor and actress to scene design and best musical.
Milton High School’s annual appearance at the Shuler Hensley Awards saw them take home two awards.
This year, Milton’s Sim Jones took awards for best technical director and lighting director in the production of “Legally Blonde.” Student Carl Appen shared the award for technical director with Jones. Milton was nominated for 14 awards.
Similar to the Oscars, the annual Shuler Awards honor musical theater excellence at the high school level, taking place at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, complete with the red carpet walk.
Last year, West Forsyth’s “Oliver!” was nominated for 12 and won four awards.
Fifty-nine high schools from 23 counties, representing school districts as well as private schools from throughout the state, participated this year.