Tuesday, October 21, 2014

MUSICAL THEATER WINNERS, RUNNERS-UP

Ziegfeld Girl Marilyn Miller
The American Prize is honored to announce the winners and runners-up of The American Prize in Musical Theater Performance, 2014. Congratulations!  

All finalists receive written evaluations from a member of The American Prize judging panel.

Complete listings of finalists and semi-finalists in The American Prize competitions may be found elsewhere on this blog.  

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The American Prize in Musical Theater Performance

The American Prize winner:
TOP BILLING ENTERTAINMENT PERFORMANCE ACADEMY
for "The Music Man"
Kristina Keener Ivy, director
Covina, CA
TOP BILLING ENTERTAINMENT PERFORMANCE ACADEMY
It had been a life-long dream of Kristina Keener Ivy's to start a performing arts group. After performing all over the country and heading a similar program at West Covina High School for five years, she decided to found her own 501(c)3 nonprofit where she could ensure that each performer is treated with respect, given professional instruction, and given the opportunity for a featured solo. For Top Billing Entertainment's first two shows ever, we received 12 National Youth Arts nominations and three wins. In the future we plan to expand to a year round, full service performance academy which offers private instruction, group classes, and public performances in acting, on camera acting, dance, voice, all instruments, and anything else that interests our students that relates to the performing arts.

Among judges' comments: "You can tell that extensive time has been spent on acting, singing, and dancing equally." 


2nd Place:
DAVIDSON FINE ARTS MAGNET SCHOOL
for "The Music Man"
Heather Davidson, Betty Walpert, directors
Augusta, GA

DAVIDSON FINE ARTS MAGNET SCHOOL
Established in 1981, Davidson Fine Arts is a public magnet school in the Richmond County School System serving 791 students in Grades 6-12.  The population is equally balanced between middle and high school and between minority and non-minority status. Students are admitted on selective criteria based upon prior school record, good character, and an audition in five fine arts.

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS:
    •    US News & World Report- One of the top 100 Schools in the Country 2007-2013 .
    •    Ranked 43rd Best Public School in United States by bestschools.org for 2013.
    •    American Prize in Choral Performance – Davidson Chorale/2012.
    •    National Grammy Signature School for the music programs 2004 and 2005.
    •    Award winning Drama Department  productions : One Act Play Competition(Regional and State), SETC, and the Georgia State Thespian Conference.

Our “Music Man” ensemble involved over 180 student participants including actors, crew, orchestra and marketing and played to over 2000 people in our community.

Among judges' comments: "Great dancing in 76 Trombones and Marian the Librarian and in act 2. Great sets throughout."


3rd Place:
YOUNG ARTISTS of AMERICA
for "Phantom of the Opera"
Rolando Sanz, director
Bethesda, MD
YOUNG ARTISTS of AMERICA
Young Artists of America was founded in 2011 to provide talented young instrumentalists and vocalists with exceptional opportunities to perform, train with, and be mentored by professional artists and educators in fully orchestrated performances, including large scale works of opera, musical theatre, oratorio and dance. Young Artists of America is the first known program of its kind in the nation to bring together high school aged instrumentalists and vocalists to specialize in, study and perform large scale vocal works, and specifically opera. The cornerstone of our organization is our Mentoring Program, in which students are not only coached by professional instrumentalists and singers, but also perform alongside them. Recent productions include fully orchestrated performances of The Phantom of the Opera, Madama Butterfly & Miss Saigon, and most recently Songs for a New World conducted by the Tony-award winning composer, Jason Robert Brown.

Among judges' comments: "Great balance between orchestra and singers."


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Congratulations!

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