Two local high school musicals nominated for 2012 Stage Top Honor Awards

by Linda Hubbard Gulker on May 15, 2012

Hannah Berggren, nominated for Best Leading Actress for Once Upon a Mattress

Editor’s note: Evidently it’s the day for local student musical theatre. Soon after we posted the story on Grab Bag Theatre below, we received word about these high school musical nominations.

Musicals produced by Menlo-Atherton High School and Menlo School have been nominated for the 2012 Bay Area High School Musical Theatre Stage Top Honors Awards. The awards program, sponsored by the San Jose Stage Company, encourages and rewards exceptional accomplishments in the production of high school musical theatre. Sixteen private and public high schools competed for the 2012 Awards, which are modeled after Broadway’s Tony Awards.

MA’s four nominations for the musical Once Upon a Mattress include Hannah Berggren for Best Leading Actress (pictured top) and Zachary W. Abt for Best Supporting Actor. The school also picked up nominations for Shayda Abadi for Best Graphic Design and Kent Kurrus for Student Orchestra.

Menlo School received seven nominations for its production of Spring Awakening, including Best Leading Actor Andrew Klingelhofer and Director Beth Orr (pictured right). Other nominations include Best Chorus; Best Supporting Actor, Brett Caplan; Choreography, Jan Chandler; Lighting Design, Tripp Robbins; and Costume Design, Kim Klingelhofer.

Winners of the 2012 Stage Top Honor Awards will be announced on Monday, June 4 at 7:00 pm at the California Theatre in downtown San Jose. More information and tickets are available online. Winners of the the Best Actress and Best Actor categories will be sent to the National Musical Theatre Awards in New York City.

Photo of Hannah Berggren by Gillian Bostock

Photo of Beth Orr courtesy of Menlo School

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