Frenship High School theater students Sierra Roberson and Noah Aguilar were named Best Actress and Actor at The Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theatre Awards on May 17. Roberson and Aguilar played the lead roles in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s musical “Cinderella.” They will advance to a competition in New York City.
According to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Roberson and Aguilar enjoyed a true Cinderella moment when theater departments from 75 high schools in Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma competed at the seventh annual Dallas Summer Musicals High School Music Theatre Awards. The ceremony took place at Fair Park Music Hall in Dallas.
“Cinderella” was directed by Jake Lierman, who also heads the high school’s theater arts department. This was the second year that FHS had competed.
Each FHS student earned a $10,000 college scholarship and an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City to compete on June 25 in the 10th annual National High School Musical Theatre Awards, also known as the Jimmy Awards. These awards are named in honor of the late James M. Nederlander, a theater owner and Broadway producer who earned 11 Tony Awards.
The Jimmy Awards, presented by the Broadway League Foundation, are a national celebration of outstanding student achievement, recognizing individual artistry in vocal, dance and acting performance, and elevating the importance of theater arts education in schools. Tony Award winner Laura Benanti will host this summer’s Jimmy Awards.
Roberson and Aguilar also will receive a week of workshops with theater industry professionals in advance of the June 25 awards competition at the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway in New York City. The FHS production also was nominated for Best Musical.
FISD extends a big congratulations to all of you!