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High School Musical Theatre Awards wow again

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Mamma Mia!, Scotia Glenville High School

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The High School Musical Theatre Awards Saturday night was its biggest show since its inception at Proctors in 2017. The largest audience came to the show, honoring participants in 30 schools — nearly double the number of the original year — for their excellence and achievement in high school theater.

“It’s a delight to be able to do this,” said Philip Morris, CEO of Proctors during the introductory remarks.

This is the third year of the awards at the Electric City theater. Many of the students receiving awards through the Saturday night show thanked Proctors for the recognition through the awards.

Hudson Falls High School took home four of the twelve possible awards for various aspects of its production of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”

Voorheesville High School, with “Mamma Mia!” took three awards; South Glens Falls won three awards for “Seussical the Musical”; and Columbia High School, Queensbury High School and Albany High School each took one award for the night.

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For two winners, the evening extends past Saturday night. The Best Actor and Best Actress winners—Michael Johnson (for his performance as Quasimodo in Hudson Falls High School’s “Hunchback”) and Signe Naranjo (as Gertrude McFuzz in “Seussical the Musical” for South Glens Falls High School) — will head to New York City on June 24 for the National High School Musical Theatre Awards, also known as the Jimmy Awards.

Ben Platt, star of “Dear Evan Hansen,” will host this year. Perhaps as a nod, the finale of the Schenectady show was “You Will Be Found” from the show.

Naranjo promised Saturday’s audience that she wouldn’t “ugly cry” but was clearly overcome through her thank you’s, extending them to her fellow cast and crew members, Proctors, and her family.

Johnson didn’t come with prepared remarks, saying he would rather make them from the heart.
“A really good message I took from the show is what makes a monster and what makes a man,” said Johnson, still garbed with Quasimodo’s hunch. “No one is perfect but everyone is beautiful, inside and out. Take that lesson with you tonight.”

Maggie Macinelli Cahill, of Capital Repertory Theatre, presenting the winner for Best Musical Tier A, May have given the best succinct sentiment of the night.

“There’s only one winner. Really? Really?” She asked. “There are many winners in this room tonight.”

Best Technical Execution
Voorheesville High School—Mamma Mia!

Best Set Construction
Hudson Falls High School—The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Best Student Orchestra
Albany High School—Sweet Charity

Best Choreography Execution
Voorheesville High School—Mamma Mia!

Best Ensemble
Hudson Falls High School—The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Best Supporting Actor
Queensbury High School—Tristan Gifford as Agwe, Once on This Island

Best Supporting Actress
Voorheesville High School—Morgan Galvin as Rosie, Mamma Mia!

Best Actor
Hudson Falls High School—Michael Johnson as Quasimodo, The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Best Actress
South Glens Falls High School—Signe Naranjo as Gertrude McFuzz, Seussical the Musical

Best Musical (Tier A)
Hudson Falls High School—The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Best Musical (Tier B)
Columbia High School—Big Fish

Best Musical (Tier C)
South Glens Falls High School—Seussical the Musical