Auburn High School, whose performance of ‘Les Miserables’ in April received 7 TAMY Award nominations, took home two of the categories Sunday night at Mount Wachusett College’s Theatre on the Mount in Gardner.
Swanson Road Intermediate School 5th grader, Tyler Poshkus, won the Rising Star award for his portrayal of the young and precocious Gavroche.
Derek Brigham won the Best Featured Actor award for playing Monsieur Thenardier, the comical innkeeper. In reading one judge’s comments, emcee and Theatre at the Mount Director, Gail Steele said of Brigham, “He captured the role perfectly, was always in character…and was so funny.”
Zachary Hauge also received the “Not Your Average Chorus Member” medal for his performance as Combeferre, one of the leaders of the student rebellion. Each high school is asked to submit one nominee for recognition at the TAMY event.
The TAMY Award program recognizes the extraordinary amount of work, creativity, and devotion that faculty and students pour into their high school theatrical productions. The TAMY Awards celebrate the entire art of musical theatre: casts and crews, directors and designers and the great musical theatre works that inspire such devotion.
Winners were honored at a “red-carpet” Awards Ceremony and reception, modeled after Broadway’s Tony Awards, at Theatre at the Mount on May 21, 201. A spectacular opening number performed by the nominees and a slide show of production photos kicked off the evening. Theatre at the Mount performer and professional actor Shana Ari Lew was the featured speaker.
Guests were also treated to vocal performances by the nominees in the Best Actor and Best Actor categories. Announcement of the winners in each category was the highlight of the evening.
This year’s nominees and award winners were selected from 23 shows performed by 22 Massachusetts high schools. “Over 1,800 students participated in these 23 performances” announced Steele.
It may sound cliché, but just to be nominated is a tremendous honor given the pool of talent represented in these performances.
This year, Auburn High School received the following nominations:
Best Supporting Actress: Renee Morin as Eponine
Best Featured Actor: Derek Brigham* as Monsieur Thenardier
Best Featured Actress: Ana Pietrewicz as Madame Thenardier
Best Musical Director: Virginia Bailey
Best Lighting Design
Rising Star Award: Jill LaBonte as young Eponine
Rising Star Award: Tyler Poshkus* as Gavroche
Congratulations to all the nominees and winners. Below is a complete list of all the 2016-17 TAMY Award winners.