Schools Notebook for May 23

  • Tuesday, May 22, 2012 6:59pm

Local school musicals nominated for awards

The 5th Avenue Awards recognize high school musical theater around the state with a student version of the Tony Awards. An awards show is set for 7 p.m. June 4 at The 5th Avenue Theatre, 1308 Fifth Ave., Seattle. An estimated 2,100 high school students are expected to attend, along with their families and friends.

For the 2011-12 high school theater season, 191 nominations and 99 honorable mentions were given to 93 productions in various categories.

Edmonds Heights K-12’s production of “Allegro” received four nominations: outstanding music direction, outstanding costume design, outstanding performance by an actress in a supporting role for Deanna Smit as Emily, and outstanding performance by an actor in a supporting role for Jake Friang as Charlie Townsend. The production also is among those noted for special honors for educational impact. Kenn Grambihler is on the list for special honors for student achievement. The musical also received honorable mention for hair and makeup.

Edmonds Height’s production of “Xanadu” also got a nod with a nomination for outstanding performance by an ensemble group for Melpomene and Calliope. “Xanadu” also received honorable mention for direction.

Mountlake Terrace High School captured three nominations for “Pump Boys and Dinettes,” including outstanding performance by an actress in a supporting role for Karin Redden as Rhetta Cupp, outstanding performance by an actor in a supporting role for Calvin Martin as LM, and outstanding performance by an ensemble cast.

Tickets are $27.50 for adults, $16.50 for students. Tickets for the general public are subject to availability and are only on sale the day of the ceremony. A live broadcast will be on Facebook at

Get some laughs at spring comedies

The Edmonds-Woodway Players present the comedy, “You Can’t Take it With You,” May 31-June 3 at the high school theater, 7600 212th St. SW, Edmonds. Tickets are $7, $5 for students, seniors and kids. Performances are 7 p.m. May 31-June 2 and 2 p.m. June 3.

“You Can’t Take it With You” is set in 1936 New York City and revolves around the misadventures of the Vanderhof family.

At Mountlake Terrace High School, 21801 44th Ave. W, drama students present “The Real Inspector Hound” at 7 p.m. May 31-June 1. All seats are $5.

The one-act play follows two theater critics watching a ludicrous whodunit.

See student artwork online

Lynnwood High School has added an online virtual gallery of art students’ work.

See a rotating selection of photos at

VFW honors teens with new scholarship

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8870 in Edmonds recently announced the four winners of its newly established Freedom Scholarship. The scholarship was established to identify and reward deserving graduating seniors who have achieved an outstanding record of academic achievement, leadership and community service and understand and value the freedom and rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.

Scholarships, each in the amount of $1,000, were awarded to Katarina Nguyen and Robert Willcock, both of Edmonds-Woodway High School, as well as two students in the Mukilteo School District.

Nguyen has a 4.0 GPA and has been involved in numerous school activities, community service and varsity sports. She also is a past winner of the post’s Voice of Democracy audio essay contest.

Willcock has received numerous awards for his participation in varsity football and wrestling. He is a member of the National Honor Society and has volunteered his time to tutor fellow students and provide services to a variety of Edmonds youth organizations.

Mountlake Terrace resident a top scholar

The National Society of High School Scholars recently announced that Esteban Parreno of Mountlake Terrace was selected for membership.

The society recognizes top scholars and invites only those students who have achieved academic excellence.

Esteban attends Bishop Blanchet High School in Seattle.

Volunteers help ESL, GED students

Edmonds Community College’s Volunteer Literacy Program plans a volunteer appreciation and celebration 1:30-3:30 p.m. May 30 in Woodway Hall 202 on the campus at 20000 68th Ave. W, Lynnwood. It will be a gathering of current and past volunteers, college instructors and students in the college’s ESL, basic skills and GED preparation classes.

The Volunteer Literacy Program was established in 2007 with a grant from The Verizon Foundation to help adult ESL and GED students improve their English and math skills. The program has grown from eight volunteers to the 51 volunteers who gave 1,020 hours of tutoring in winter quarter.

“These volunteers help us provide the individual attention that is key to these students’ success,” said Dean of Developmental Education Karen Johnson in a press release.

For more information, visit

Summer acting camps

Driftwood Players offer two educational opportunities this summer for kids and teens:

• Summer Teen Ensemble, performing “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr.,” is for aspiring actors ages 12-18. Auditions are July 1 with rehearsals running until performances July 20-21. Cost is $375.

• Missoula Children’s Theatre’s production of “Jack and The Beanstalk” is for those entering first through 10th grades. Auditions are July 30 with residency running through Aug. 4. Cost is $85.

For more information and to apply, visit or call 425-774-9600.

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