WCS theater students

Students from the theater program at Independence High School

Dozens of theater students from high schools in the Williamson County Schools district have been nominated for the annual Tennessee Performing Arts Center Spotlight Awards.

Each year, high school theater students around Middle Tennessee submit their musical performances to a panel of adjudicators in several categories, including vocals, choreography, set design, acting and more. Each category excluding Outstanding Actress and Outstanding Actor has a total of five nominees.

“I am so excited and proud of our programs,” Page High theater director Michelle Tripp said in a release from the district’s newsletter, InFocus. “Unfortunately, Franklin, Ravenwood and Centennial didn’t get to perform their shows, but they still got to submit videos. I believe we had nominations in all but two categories. Theater is alive and well in WCS.”

Normally, the award season ends in a day of workshops for students and a ceremony at the TPAC. This year, however, the ceremony will be premiered on the TPAC’s YouTube channel June 13 at 7 p.m.

The students and ensembles who received nominations are listed below:

Outstanding Vocals

  • Brentwood High
  • Independence High

Outstanding Female Soloist

  • Vivi Hurst, Brentwood High
  • Kylie Knott, Independence High
  • Kelly Whitlow, Ravenwood High

Outstanding Orchestra

  • Brentwood High

Outstanding Music Direction

  • Independence High

Outstanding Choreography

  • Nolensville High
  • Page High

Outstanding Male Dance

  • Dylan Stovall, Nolensville High

Outstanding Costume Design

  • Page High

Outstanding Hair and Makeup Design

  • Independence High

Outstanding Lighting Design

  • Independence High
  • Nolensville High

Outstanding Sound Design

  • Brentwood High
  • Independence High

Outstanding Set Design

  • Independence High

Outstanding Design Concept

  • Ravenwood High
  • Nolensville High

Outstanding Direction

  • Independence High

Outstanding Technical Execution

  • Independence High

Tech Achievement

  • Independence High
  • Nolensville High
  • Ravenwood High
  • Page High

Outstanding Ensemble

  • Independence High

Outstanding Ensemble Actress

  • Lauren Driver, Brentwood High
  • Holly Eaves, Nolensville High

Outstanding Ensemble Actress

  • Adam Coffey, Independence High

Outstanding Dramatic Actor

  • Brandon Berg, Brentwood High
  • Karson Hamlin, Independence High
  • Dylan Stovall, Nolensville High
  • Michael Montague, Page High

Outstanding Dramatic Actress

  • Zakyra McKinney, Brentwood High

Outstanding Supporting Actor

  • Anthony Bart, Brentwood High

Outstanding Supporting Actress

  • Camille Woods, Brentwood High
  • Ahnna Tate, Page High

Outstanding Comedic Actor

  • Daniel McMahan, Page High

Outstanding Comedic Actress

  • Zakyra McKinney, Brentwood High
  • Katie Earnest, Nolensville High

Outstanding Lead Nominees

  • Brentwood High: Braeden Clark, Vivi Hurst and Zakyra McKinney
  • Centennial High: Graeme Cadaret and Addie Lewis
  • Franklin High: Ava Gregory
  • Independence High: Eriel Weaver, Karson Hamlin and Georgia Leming
  • Nolensville High: Katie Earnest and Haley Massey
  • Page High: Daniel McMahan and Michael Montague
  • Ravenwood High: Kelly Whitlow

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