By Gale Fiege Herald Writer
Snohomish County schools were among the winners Monday at the 5th Avenue Theatre’s annual awards celebration honoring Washington’s best high school musical theater productions.
Performing at the ceremony at Benaroya Hall in Seattle were the casts of Edmonds Heights’ “Pippin” production, Kamiak High School’s “Kiss Me Kate” and Stanwood High School’s “Shrek, the Musical.”
Those schools and five others from around the state were nominated for the Outstanding Overall Musical award.
Edmonds Heights, a home-school resource center, walked away with the award.
Edmonds Heights produced two shows this school year and also won awards for performances by an actor and an actress in featured ensemble roles. The winners were Mariah Lotz and Tyler Good, who were recognized for their parts in the school’s production of “Shrek, the Musical.”
Kamiak received two awards. It tied with another school for best scenic design and won the Outstanding Music Direction award.
Snohomish High School won the award for best performance by an ensemble group. The stepsisters in the school’s production of “Cinderella: The Enchanted Version” received the accolade.
Other local schools that received nominations for awards included Glacier Peak, Lake Stevens, Arlington, Sultan, Monroe and Marysville Pilchuck.
Throughout the 2013-14 school year, professional actors, directors and crew members affiliated with 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle toured the state and saw about 100 musical theater productions, including 14 shows at schools in Snohomish County.
All of the awards, nominations and honorable mentions are listed at www.5thavenue.org.