Each year, the organization receives more than 200 submissions of musicals, dramas and films from schools and private programs around the country. At the end of the school year, the group votes and selects “Outstanding” performers, productions, designers, directors, etc. – sort of a Tony Awards for youth theatre. The organization recognizes honorees in two divisions – Junior Division is grades K-8 and Senior Division is grade 9-12.
“Darn Yankees” earned three awards and received four additional nominations, pretty impressive for a production in which 50% of the case was making his/her stage debut!
Culver City Middle School Musical Theatre Production won the following awards:
Reno Behnken – Outstanding Lead Actor (Junior Division);
Dylan Blasidell – Oustanding Lead Actress (Junior Division); and
Also nominated were:
Cameron DeFaria – Outstanding Lead Actor;
Oliver Berliner – Outstanding Supporting Actor
Claire Skelley – Outstanding Supporting Actress; and
Diane Feldman – Outstanding Direction.
The awards were presented to the honorees in a ceremony on Sunday, June 19 at Loats Theatre on the campus of Newport Harbor High School in Newport Beach.