Pueblo High School Receives State Awards for Musical Theater Production

Students at the Pueblo County High School Academy of the Arts were honored last week for their achievements in musical theater at a ceremony that highlights Colorado’s top high school performers and performances.

At the 2022 Bobby G High School Musical Theater Awards at the Ellie Calkins Opera House in Denver on May 27, PCHS students won top prizes in three categories and an honorable mention for the school’s production of “Zombie Prom.” .

It was the first time a Pueblo school participated in the Bobby G Awards, a ceremony similar to the Tony Awards, but for high schools in Colorado.

Pueblo County high school senior Christopher Ryan, who only started acting in plays earlier this year after moving to Pueblo County from Mexico, received the Bobby G award for performance Outstanding Achievement of an Actor in a Supporting Role for his portrayal of Josh, an eccentric friend of the play’s protagonist, Johnny.

Ryan adopted a nasally “nerdy” voice for the role, which, coupled with his comedic timing, had audiences laughing every time he was on stage, “Zombie Prom” director Taylor Gilman said.

“Every time I play a role, I feel like I’m stepping into character, a voice helps me feel like the character himself,” Ryan said. “I always try to change my voice at least a little subtly.”

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A team of four musicians from the jazz group PCHS won the award for outstanding performance by an orchestra. The team included bandleader and keyboardist Gavin Grant, guitarist Ethan Gonzalez, bassist Levi Muller and drummer Mychael Jones.

“The whole pit, which was just the four of us, we acted like a symbiotic element, where they hear the line, they look at me, and then I signal to us,” Grant said. “Really, it wasn’t just the conductor conducting. Almost everyone was involved in that.”

Seniors Kylie Good and Virgil Lindt won the award for their outstanding achievement in lighting design. The show was made entirely with analog lights, Gilman said.

“Working with Virgil, my co-designer, was absolutely amazing,” Good said. “He was very helpful to me throughout the process and honestly it was the best show I’ve ever done.”

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College students Joy Lopez, Anyeli Gonzalez Parra, Willow Stephenson, Grace Secora and Paloma Tapia received honorable mention for designing the county’s “Zombie Prom” costumes.

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts has hosted the Bobby G Awards since 2014. Nominations and awards for this year’s ceremony were determined by judging 41 high school productions and more than 3,500 students statewide. . Twenty-nine productions were nominated for awards.

“It is a tremendous accomplishment for all faculty and students at the Academy of the Arts to receive nominations for the Bobby G Awards,” said Pueblo County High School Principal Brian Dilka. “This is a testament to the quality of education and industry experience we provide to Pueblo County High School students.”

Pueblo Chieftain reporter James Bartolo can be reached by email at JBartolo@gannett.com

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