Center Stage Awards students recognized at National High School Musical Theater Awards

Two students representing the Center Stage High School Musical Theater Awards made their Broadway debut Monday night at The Jimmy Awards/The National High School Musical Theatre Awards.

Felix Torrez was selected to perform in a medley for the awards ceremony, having the opportunity to sing a solo from his role as Beast in Southwest High School’s Beauty and the Beast.

Liz Valentin was recognized with both a Special Recognition Scholarship and the Spirit of the Jimmys award.

The Spirit of the Jimmys award is voted on by participants and recognizes a person who embodies what The Jimmy Awards are all about, the importance of arts education and rewarding excellence. The award is presented by Music Theatre International and includes a $2,500 scholarship. The Special Recognition Scholarship recognizes six individuals with $2,500 to further their education. This award is presented by Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc. and is selected by coaches and judges of the Jimmy Awards program.

Both Valentin, a recent graduate of Green Bay West High School, and Torrez of Green Bay Southwest High School represented the Center Stage High School Musical Theater Awards at The Jimmy Awards after winning Best Actor and Best Actress at the inaugural showcase event in May. Joined by other regional award winners from across the country, the students participated in nine days of workshops and rehearsals with professional artists before making their Broadway debut at the Minskoff Theater (the current Broadway home to The Lion King). 

The Jimmy Awards were hosted this year by Ben Platt, who recently won the Tony Award® for his performance as Evan Hansen in Dear Evan Hansen.

“We are so incredibly proud of both of our students,” said Trisha Witt, director of marketing and communications. “They were fantastic representatives of the Fox Cities P.A.C. and high school musical theater throughout Northeast Wisconsin.”

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