NORTH FULTON, Ga. – Fulton County Schools had a show-stopping 20 Shuler Hensley Award nominations this year for theatrical productions, bringing home eight wins in major categories.

Milton High School, garnered six of the awards, including “Best Overall Production” for its production of “Cabaret.”

The Shuler Hensley Awards, known by music departments and students across the state as the “Georgia Tony Awards,” offers an opportunity for high school students to showcase their arts theater talents. The awards were created 10 years ago by the ArtsBridge Foundation to honor Georgia high school musical theatre productions. The event is part of the National High School Musical Theatre Awards, with top state winners advancing to national competition.

The award was named after actor/singer Shuler Hensley, a Georgia native and winner of the Tony Award, Outer Critics Circle Award and Drama Desk Award for his Broadway performance as Jud Fry in “Oklahoma!”

“We are so pleased that so many talented Fulton County Schools students were nominated for this prestigious honor,” said Fulton County Schools Fine Arts Coordinator Elizabeth Eppes. “Our student performances every year are extraordinary, and we are extremely proud of the winners, as well as those who received nominations. We are also proud of the theatre directors in Fulton Schools, who work hundreds of hours to ensure our students can succeed at this very high bar.”

More than 70 high schools participated in this year’s Shuler Hensley Awards program, held April 19 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center.

A committee of more than 60 Georgia-based arts professionals evaluated the nominated productions and performers, taking into account each school’s potential and available resources.

2018 Fulton County Shuler Award winners include:

Milton High School – “Cabaret”

  • Best Overall Production
  • Best Ensemble
  • Best Sound (Grant Norcom and Eli Jones)
  • Best Scenic Design (David Hopkins)
  • Best Performance by a Supporting Actor (Harrison Lewis)
  • Best Performance by a Featured Performer - (Louis Sellers)
  • Honorable Mention – Sara Underwood, Best performance by a supporting actress

Roswell High School – “Legally Blond”

  • Best Performance by a Supporting Actress – (Jessi Kirtley)

Tri-Cities High School – “Pippin”

  • Best Performance by a Leading Actor (Laughton Berry)

Alpharetta High School

  • Honorable mention for Lighting Design “Little Shop of Horrors”

Centennial High School

  • Honorable mention, Josh Agri, Best Performance by a Leading Actor “Mary Poppins”

— Candy Waylock

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