Keaton Markey as Sky Masterson (center), Spencer Langston as Harry the Horse (left) and Thomas Cripe as Benny Southstreet (right) in a scene from Monroe High School’s production of “Guys and Dolls.” (Photo by Alan Ottini)

Keaton Markey as Sky Masterson (center), Spencer Langston as Harry the Horse (left) and Thomas Cripe as Benny Southstreet (right) in a scene from Monroe High School’s production of “Guys and Dolls.” (Photo by Alan Ottini)

Honors roll in for Kamiak, Monroe high school musicals

Shows staged by Monroe and Kamiak collect multiple 5th Avenue Awards nominations.

Two of Snohomish County’s high school musicals are up for the 5th Avenue Awards’ top honor.

On Tuesday Seattle’s 5th Avenue announced Kamiak and Monroe high schools are nominated for the Outstanding Overall Musical award. Kamiak received a total of eight nominations and five honorable mentions for its production of “Spamalot;” Monroe collected seven nominations and seven honorable mentions for its production of “Guys & Dolls.”

Other county high schools nominated for 5th Avenue Awards are Arlington, Archbishop Murphy, Edmonds Heights, Everett, Glacier Peak, Jackson, Lake Stevens, Lynnwood, Marysville Pilchuck, Meadowdale, Mountlake Terrace, Stanwood and Sultan. Winners will pick up their awards at a June 11 ceremony in Seattle.

The 5th Avenue Awards are the theater equivalent of a high school state sports tournament. Or, let’s say, they’re the state high school Tony awards.

Throughout the 2017-18 school year, theater professionals affiliated with Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre tour the state, watching nearly 120 musical theater productions at 95 high schools, including 18 shows at schools in Snohomish County. In total, more than 10,000 students participated in this year’s competition.

Winners will be announced at 7 p.m. June 11 at the 16th annual 5th Avenue Awards Honoring High School Musical Theater, a Tony awards-like ceremony at the 5th Avenue Theatre. That evening the Kamiak and Monroe casts will each perform a scene from their musicals.

Watch a live webcast of the ceremony on Facebook at A pre-show will be streamed at 6 p.m.

Here are the Snohomish County high schools involved, their shows and the 5th Avenue Awards nominations and honorable mentions they received:

Kamiak, “Spamalot”: Outstanding overall musical, outstanding direction, outstanding music direction, outstanding choreography, outstanding costume design, outstanding hair and makeup design, outstanding featured ensemble actor Griffin Gonzalez as French Taunter and outstanding non-singing actress Kayla Morrison as The Historian. Honorable mentions for leading actress Kennedy Miller as The Lady of the Lake, leading actor Mitchell Beard as Sir Robin, featured ensemble actor Bruce Vaughan as The Knight of Ni/Galahad’s Mother/Guard 1, chorus and stage crew.

Monroe, “Guys and Dolls”: Outstanding overall musical, outstanding music direction, outstanding choreography, outstanding orchestra, outstanding stage crew, outstanding chorus and outstanding non-singing actress Akela Hunter as Lt. Brannigan. Honorable mention for lead actress Maleah Haverly as Sarah Brown, lead actor Payton Borland as Nathan Detroit, featured ensemble actor Spencer Langston as Harry the Horse, non-singing actor Kellan Goering as Gen. Cartwright, scenic design, lighting design and costume design.

Lake Stevens, “Sister Act”: Outstanding lead actress Sophia Mendez as Deloris van Cartier, outstanding ensemble group The Nuns; honorable mention for supporting actress Shannon Lavelle as Sister Mary Robert.

Everett, “Calvin Berger”: Outstanding music direction, outstanding ensemble cast; honorable mention for chorus.

Everett, “42nd Street”: Outstanding featured ensemble actress Lucy Guyer as Anytime Annie. Honorable mentions for supporting actor Nate Ness as Julian Marsh and choreography.

Stanwood, “Fiddler on the Roof”:Outstanding lighting design and outstanding chorus; honorable mention for overall musical, direction and choreography.

Edmonds Heights, “Working”: Outstanding lobby display and outstanding ensemble cast.

Edmonds Heights, “The Mystery of Edwin Drood”: Outstanding lead actress Marina Pierce as Rosa Bud; honorable mentions for leading actor Rylan Fischer as Chairman and costume design.

Glacier Peak, “Tarzan”: Outstanding non-singing actress Eleanor Molver as Leopard; honorable mentions for scenic design, lighting design and lobby display; special award to Erik Ortiz for student achievement.

Glacier Peak, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”: Outstanding lead actor Daniel Geiszler as Quasimodo and stage crew.

Meadowdale, “Legally Blonde”: Outstanding leading actress Elle Fisher as Elle Woods; honorable mentions for featured ensemble actress Katie Dreessen as Vivienne and orchestra; and special awards to Kateara Utley for student achievement and outstanding parent support.

Arlington, “Seussical”: Outstanding lobby display; honorable mentions for costume design and chorus.

Archbishop Murphy, “All Shook Up”: Outstanding supporting actor Cullen Blaise as Dennis.

Marysville Pilchuck, “The Drowsy Chaperone”: Honorable mentions for featured ensemble actress Victoria Steward as Kitty, ensemble cast and lobby display.

Mountlake Terrace, “The Robber Bridegroom”: Honorable mentions for supporting actress Abbie Apana as Salome and stage crew.

Jackson, “Hello, Dolly!”: Honorable mentions for The Waiters ensemble group and lobby display.

Lynnwood, “The Music Man”: Honorable mention for orchestra.

Sultan, “The Little Mermaid”: Honorable mention for costume design.

All of the nominations and honorable mentions are listed at

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