After kicking off our Center Stage High School Musical Theater Awards program last year, the Center also held its very first Showcase. The event, modeled after the Tony Awards, featured recognized performers and an ensemble of participants in an amazing night highlighting the participating local musical theater programs in Northeast Wisconsin. Two students were selected as finalists that would be sent to New York City to participate in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (The Jimmys®). At this very first Center Stage High School Musical Theater Awards Showcase, the two students named as finalists had one unique thing in common: their school district.
The Center Stage program, which is open to schools within a 45-mile radius of the Fox Cities P.A.C., welcomed 14 high schools in its first year. The two finalists, Liz Valentine and Felix Torrez, were from different high schools, but both happened to be from the Green Bay Area Public School District (GBAPSD).
Superintendent of Schools and Learning for GBAPSD Dr. Michelle Langenfeld attended The Jimmys® last June to cheer on the students.
“The experience was unforgettable,” Langenfeld explained. “Having students perform on a Broadway stage, validated not only hard work on the part of extraordinarily talented students, but also the investment of staff, the District, our families and the community. There is no doubt that this experience was life changing for our students and their families.”
Langenfeld said that she supports the Center Stage program as a compliment to what the school district is doing for fine arts, by providing unique experiences that would otherwise be inaccessible to individual schools.
“The Center Stage High School Musical Theater Awards program positively influences our District’s robust fine arts program by expanding our portfolio of opportunities and experiences for our students. Because the program affords students the opportunity to learn all aspects of musical theater, new doors and pathways may be opened leading to incredible possibilities.” Langenfeld said.
“The program affords our students an extraordinary fine arts experience that could not be replicated in our schools,” she added. “Working with master teachers, alongside of fellow like-minded students from the across the region, our students not only gain knowledge and skills in the arts but also engage in personal growth opportunities they will carry with them throughout their adult lives. Building relationships, setting and achieving goals, addressing conflict, managing stress and pressure, handling disappointment and building self-confidence are just some of the many growth opportunities students experience.”
All four Green Bay Area Public School District High Schools are part of the Center Stage High School Musical Theater Awards Program. A full list of this year’s participating high schools can be found here
Tickets for the 2018 Center Stage High School Musical Theater Awards Showcase go on sale Friday, May 4 at 10 a.m.