Monday, January 4, 2016

PERFORMANCE WINNERS: musical theater division

Marilyn Miller
The American Prize is honored to announce the winners and runners-up of The American Prize in Musical Theater Performance, 2015.


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, 2015.

The American Prize winner:
Belmont University Musical Theatre   Nashville, TN  
Jo Lynn Burks, conductor / Nancy Allen, director
    for Oklahoma!

Belmont University Musical Theatre
Belmont University is proud to call Nashville, TN home.  This Musical Theater program offers conservatory training in a liberal arts environment.  Our students are trained to be triple and quadruple threats ready for New York City by the time they graduate.  We have students on Broadway, in National Tours, originating Off Broadway roles and are the proud program which workshopped the up and coming production of  “Chasing Rainbows”.  In the professional performing industry our students are known for their incredible voices, excellent musicianship and immutable work ethic.  This production of Roger and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! premiered on November 7th, 2014 to a packed house in Massey Auditorium on the Belmont University Campus.  Direction by David Shamburger, Assistant Direction and Choreography by Emily Speck, Music Direction and Conducting by Jo Lynn Burks and the Program Coordinator and Production Manager is Nancy Allen. Check us out at!

2nd Place:
Top Billing Entertainment Performance Academy   Glendora, CA  
Kristina Keener Ivy, director
    for Beauty and the Beast

Top Billing Entertainment Performance Academy
Top Billing Entertainment Performance Academy is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, "no cuts" group where each performer is treated with respect, given professional instruction, and given the opportunity for a featured solo. In January 2015, Top Billing opened a 4,000 square foot location in Glendora, CA where they now offer group and private classes in singing, dancing, acting, on-camera acting, fitness and instruments. In 2014 Top Billing won #1 Best Musical Theater Production and #2 Musical Theater Director in the American Prize Competition, Best Dance School in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune's Readers Choice Awards, and has received 23 National Youth Arts Nominations with six wins. We are successful because we believe each performer is vital and should be treated as if they have top billing.

Royal Oak Middle School   Covina, CA  
Nicole Pedroche, director     
    for The Drowsy Chaperone
Royal Oak Middle School
Royal Oak Middle school, located in Covina, California, has an incredible history in Theater Art excellence and community. It should be noted that though ROMS is competing in the high school division, we are a public middle school theater troupe in the truest sense. The entire cast (except for 2 teacher cameos) is comprised of only 7th and 8th grade students. Students pay zero fees to participate, instead funding the program through fantastic ticket sales and small refreshment fundraisers. The program in fiercely loved by the community and has produced several successful actors, writers, film producers, theater educators and other industry types. Students are also expected to learn technical theater and handle costume pulls, scenic work, set changes, stage management, audio engineering, lighting, front of house business, and program writing. This is the second ROMS musical for the new program director, Nicole Pedroche.


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