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Talented students nominated for High School Theatre Awards

"Singin' in the Rain" cast

Schoharie Central School Performing Arts students are in the running for top honors in the first annual Capital Region High School Musical Theatre Awards, to be held the evening of May 20 at Proctors in Schenectady.

Capri VanDerwerken has been nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Zelda Zanders in "Singin' in the Rain," and the entire cast has been nominated for Best Choreography Execution.

"If you see any of the students in the cast of "Singin' in the Rain," please give them a big congratulations!" said Cassandra Olin, co-director and music teacher. "We had some very stiff competition with other schools in the Capital Region.

"The whole cast being nominated for Best Choreography Execution makes the directing team especially proud, because the majority of our cast had never tapped danced a day in their lives, and the whole cast had to tap dance for all of the numbers in the show," Olin added.

"Congratulations to Maddie Phelan, who assisted with the choreography and trained a lot of the tap dancers. And to Capri VanDerwerken for her individual nomination: Excellent job, Capri!"

Schoharie’s March 2017 production of "Singin’ in the Rain" was co-directed by Olin and Kimberly DiNuzzo, with musical direction by Leslie Roselli and costume direction by Jill Sholtes. Madeline Phelan was student choreographer.

Proctors Chief Executive Officer Phillip Morris said in a statement about the High School Musical Theatre Awards nominations, "Inspiring and educating young people in the arts is one of our most important tasks today. The arts are more vulnerable than ever and these awards provide a tangible recognition of the great work being done in our region's high schools."

At the May 1 nominations announcement, Times Union Editor Rex Smith stressed the importance of arts education and said, "Any kids who participate . . . what it does is give them joy."

VanDerwerken and two other cast members will perform on the main stage at Proctors at the May 20 awards ceremony. The ceremony will be presented by Proctors and the Times-Union. Tickets are $15 and are available at





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