OMAHA — Recent Kearney High School graduate Drew Sinnard was one of two Nebraska high school seniors selected to represent the state at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards in New York later this month.
After a lengthy audition process, Omaha Performing Arts announced Friday night that Sinnard and Piper Monson of Lourdes Central Catholic High School were selected as representatives of the Nebraska High School Theater Academy as the top performers of 16 students who auditioned. The two received their awards Friday during Omaha Performing Arts’ annual Nebraska High School Theater Academy Awards Ceremony celebrating achievements of Nebraska theater students at Omaha’s Orpheum Theater.
Sinnard is the son of Bill and Jennifer Sinnard. His love for musical theater began when he was 11 years old with Crane River Theater’s Seussical the Musical in the role of JoJo. He recently played The Baker in KHS’s spring musical “Into the Woods.” Sinnard plans to attend University of Central Missouri to major in musical theatre performance.
At the end of June, Sinnard will get the opportunity to travel to New York for a weeklong theater experience with intensive coaching and rehearsals with industry professionals in preparation for a one-night-only talent showcase on Broadway. The 11th annual National High School Musical Theatre Awards, known in the industry as The Jimmy Awards and presented by The Broadway League, will be hosted by Tony Award-winning actor Ben Platt at 7:30 p.m. June 24 at the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway in Manhattan.