SM East’s theatre department has again garnered acclaim for its musical theatre productions.
Starlight Theatre today released the nominations for this year’s Blue Star Awards, and SM East’s production of Shrek!: The Musical earned consideration in three categories.
The production will be up for Outstanding Costume Design, and Outstanding Hair and Makeup Design, and senior Maddie Roberts, who played Fiona, is nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress. Roberts is also a candidate for the Blue Star Rising Stars Scholarship.
The Blue Star awards recognize the best musical theatre performances and productions from high schools throughout the Kansas City area. Last year, more than 45 high schools had productions that were considered for award nominations. SM East has earned a good deal of acclaim from Blue Star in recent years. The 2012 production of Bye, Bye Birdie earned three nominations, and the 2013 production of The Drowsy Chaperone earned 10 nominations, with four Blue Star Awards: Lily Kaufmann, Outstanding Actress in a Lead Role; Abby Cramer, Outstanding Actress in a Featured Role; and twin brothers Alec and Justin Armer; Outstanding Actors in a Featured Role.
SM North garnered two Blue Star nominations for its production of Monty Python’s Spamalot : Outstanding Scenic Design and Construction, Tier II ($1,801-$6,000); and Outstanding Orchestra.
The awards ceremony will be Thursday, May 22 at Starlight Theatre.