OMAHA — Kearney High School won multiple awards for the school’s spring musical “Into the Woods” from Omaha Performing Arts, including Outstanding Musical Theatre Production.
KHS students, along with the other winners that were announced Thursday by Omaha Performing Arts, will receive awards at the annual Nebraska High School Theater Academy Showcase 7:30 p.m. June 7 at the Orpheum Theater in Omaha. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at TicketOmaha.com.
Modeled after Broadway’s Tony Awards, the red-carpet event features performances from each of the award-winning schools and students. Representatives from more than 80 high schools and middle schools statewide will work with leading local musicians and Omaha Performing Arts’ artist-in-residence, Omaha native Ray Mercer, currently playing in Broadway’s “The Lion King” and resident choreographer of the Ailey/Fordham Institute, on the awards’ large group opening and closing numbers. Omaha native Q. Smith, currently a member of the “Come From Away” Broadway cast, will host this year’s event and perform with students. The event also will honor outstanding Nebraska educators.
KHS students Drew Sinnard, Grace Clark and Jessica Kolbo will receive Outstanding Actor/Actress in a Lead Role awards at the showcase. Kolbo played the witch in “Into the Woods,” and Sinnard and Clark portrayed the baker and the baker’s wife.
Kari Vyhlidal, KHS theater teacher and “Into the Woods” artistic director, also will receive the Outstanding Educator Award.
In addition to these awards, Clark and Sinnard were selected as National High School Musical Theatre Award Finalists. From the group of 16 students, one actor and one actress will be nominated to represent Nebraska at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards program in New York later in June. The two nominees will be announced live onstage at this year’s awards showcase in Omaha. Finalists are selected through an audition process.