The Fox Cities Performing Arts Center is proud to announce the recipients of the Center Stage High School Musical Theater Program Best Actor and Best Actress recognition. Amelia Gibbons of Green Bay Southwest High School and Joshua Thone of St. Francis Xavier High School will represent the program at The Jimmy Awards®/National High School Musical Theatre Awards® this June.
Nominated for their leading performances at their high schools and chosen through a separate process at the Center, they will represent the Center Stage High School Musical Theater Program at the national level and have the opportunity to learn from professionals in a week of workshops, compete for scholarships and perform on stage at the Minskoff Theatre, currently the Broadway home to Disney’s The Lion King.
Amelia Gibbons was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actress for her role as Rosie in Green Bay Southwest's production of Mamma Mia!. Gibbons is a junior at Green Bay Southwest High School.
Josh Thone was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actor for his role as Seymour Krelburn in St. Francis Xavier's production of Little Shop of Horrors. Thone is a senior at St. Francis Xavier High School and plans to study musical theater in the fall.
The Center also announced this season's Influential Theater Educator, nominated by their peers and students, for their positive influence on the lives of their students and commitment to performing arts education.
Wendy Bixby, director at Fox Valley Lutheran High School, was recognized as the Influential Theater Educator. Bixby's dedication to her students, colleagues and program does not go unnoticed. She has transformed the theater program at Fox Valley Lutheran High School into one that is supported and engaged with by the school and community.
ABOUT THE 2021-22 CENTER STAGE HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL THEATER PROGRAM
Throughout the 2021-22 school year, 24 local high schools participated in the Center Stage High School Musical Theater Program, an education initiative that celebrates and supports the achievements of high school theater programs in Northeastern Wisconsin. This year's participating high schools include Ashwaubenon, Brillion, De Pere, Denmark, Fond du Lac, Fox Valley Lutheran, Green Bay East, Green Bay Southwest, Green Bay West, Hortonville, Kaukauna, Little Chute, Luxemburg-Casco, Mishicot, Neenah, New London, Notre Dame de la Baie Academy, Preble, Pulaski, Southern Door, St. Francis Xavier, St. Mary Catholic, Weyauwega-Fremont and Winnebago Lutheran Academy.
During the program year, participating students had the opportunity to attend workshops with professional artists, to ask questions and explore different aspects of theater, giving them a deeper understanding of the live performing arts industry.
This season marks the 6th anniversary of the Center Stage High School Musical Theater Program building confidence, collaboration and creativity while supporting and celebrating the achievements of high school musical theater throughout Northeast Wisconsin.
The Center Stage High School Musical Theater Program is an educational initiative of the Fox Cities P.A.C. with support from corporate partner Fox Communities Credit Union.
Additional partners in this program include Jewelers Mutual, Nicolet National Bank, Angelo and Jennifer Ninivaggi, Schneider Foundation, WE Energies Foundation and Wipfli LLP.
Center programming is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and National Endowment for the Arts. Programs like the Center Stage High School Musical Theater Program are also supported in part by contributions to the Center's Annual Partner Campaign.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL THEATRE AWARDS
The Jimmy Awards®/The National High School Musical Theatre Awards® (NHSMTA®) program impacts more than 140,000 students who participate in 46 regional high school musical theatre competitions sponsored by presenters of touring Broadway productions throughout the United States. Named for Broadway impresario James M. Nederlander, the program has been the catalyst for more than $5,000,000 in educational scholarships. Presented by The Broadway League Foundation, the NHSMTA invites one Best Actress and one Best Actor nominee from each local regional ceremony to New York City for a week-long theatre intensive that includes coaching, training, and rehearsing led by some of Broadway’s most accomplished professionals. Nominees will spend one week in New York City from Monday, June 20, 2022, through Tuesday, June 28, 2022, and their combined efforts throughout the week will lead to one extraordinary talent showcase performed live in front of an audience on a Broadway stage. The thirteenth annual Jimmy Awards will take place on Monday, June 27, 2022, at the Minskoff Theatre. For more information, please visit www.JimmyAwards.com.
ABOUT FOX CITIES PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
The Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts and multicultural education organization located in downtown Appleton, provides a premier venue for live performing arts. Since 2002, the Center has proudly served as a multicultural gathering place for the community to engage in educational opportunities while enhancing a greater understanding and appreciation of life through the live performing arts. The Fox Cities Performing Arts Center — Where the Arts Come Alive!