Nederland rewards students for their theatrical achievements

It’s awards season! At the bottom left; Violet Rainwater receives a special sewing kit from Susan Blurton in recognition of her technical achievements. Also pictured is Angela Delsanter. Above, left to right; Kyler Rabourn, Skylar Abookire, Lucy Schalz, Ande Hammers, Noah Turner, Rowan Harper, Lucas Schalz, Zach Weiner, Townes Bakke, Ben Nichols, Natalie Taylor, Mia Milwicz-Clanton, Ivy Brundege, Annabel Ivey and Blue Garcia-Paine celebrate their theatrical achievements as a group. PHOTO ANGELA DELSATER

On Monday, May 9, 2022, Nederland Middle-Senior High School (NMSHS) celebrated students’ achievements in theater throughout the year with an awards ceremony. The evening began with a series of thanks to directors, student directors, actors, technicians, parents and the community. Special thanks were given to parents, especially those of senior graduates, before moving on to a celebration of the team behind the fall plays and the spring musical.

Some students were able to celebrate their achievements at the Colorado Thespian Conference in December 2021: Skylar Abookire for an excellent mark in a solo musical performance and Townes Bakke and Rowan Harper for an excellent mark in a duet performance. After that, new members of the International Thespian Society were sworn in.

The evening continued by celebrating the fall 2021 plays, first thanking the student directors (Natalie Taylor, Ivy Brundege, Lucy Schalz, Skylar Abookire, Zach Weiner, Ben Nichols, Townes Bakke and Rowan Harper) before to present acting awards. Charlie Rawlins won Best Actor in a Male Role, Ruby Gustafson won Best Actor in a Female Role, Ben Weber won Best Actor in a Male Role and Ande Hammers won Best actor in a female role.

PHOTO BY JENNIE HAMMERS

PHOTO BY JENNIE HAMMERS

After celebrating the fall plays, the spring musical awards, Guys and Dolls, were presented. Administrators were honored and volunteers were thanked before the technical awards were presented. Zach Weiner was named Technical Director of the Year, Lucas Schalz was named Technician of the Year, Natalie Taylor won Stage Manager of the Year, and Lauren Dirr and Amelie Badnar won Rookie of the Year.

After that, various awards were handed out to celebrate each actor’s individual achievements for the Springtime Musical. Noah Turner won the Dance Award, Mason Ivey won the Oscar Ready, Willing and Able, Aiden Cleveland won the Oscar Teachable and Adaptable, Rowan Harper won the Oscar Oh, What A Character and Ivey, Harper, Lucy Schalz, Maggie Lake, Turner, Ande Hammers, Sierra Tomlinson and Ben Nichols won Best Ensemble.

The evening ended with acting awards presented in celebration of the springtime musical. Tyler Goodnow won Best Actor in a Male Role, Blue Garcia-Paine won Best Actor in a Female Role, Kyler Rabourn and Townes Bakke won Best Actor in a Male Role, and Skylar Abookire and Annabel Ivey won Best Actor in a Female Role.

Throughout the night, the theater program at NMSHS was celebrated as a place of escape and solace for both those involved behind the scenes and the community that comes to support the program. The students had the chance to shine and feel accomplished in their accomplishments and also to cheer on their colleagues for being celebrated. After two years of madness surrounding the COVID pandemic, with a canceled performance of Urineville in 2020 and a masked performance of Fat in 2021, a return to normality with unmasked performances of the fall plays and the spring musical was incredible to celebrate, and it was most definitely a night never to be forgotten.

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