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Hanover big winner in high school theater showcase
Students from area schools take to the stage for the Encore finale
Student actors from 15 area high schools performed scenes from their 2017-18 musical productions Sunday during the annual musical theater showcase Encore.
Hanover Senior High School was the big winner this year, taking the Best Overall Performance award for "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," while student Izzy Oropeza won Outstanding Female Performer for her role as Esmeralda.
Spring Grove Area High School was recognized with several awards for its production of "The Secret Garden." Lead male vocalists Vinny Beck and Seth Shields each were honored for Outstanding Male Performance. "The Secret Garden" also won Outstanding Production Number.
The York County School of Technology didn't win any awards for its production of "Little Shop of Horrors," but its students reached the Encore stage with their first-ever musical production.
The show was judged by Jill Campbell, the Learning Enrichment/ARTsmART Program specialist at State College Area High School; Melissa Mintzer, board member of the PA Thespians and the director of Thespian Troupe No. 274 at Penn Manor High School; and Marlene Thornton, drama director at Springfield Township High School in Erdenheim. The event was emceed by Bryan Tate, president of Building Unrestricted.
The full list of awards is below.
Outstanding Female Performer: Izzy Oropeza as Esmeralda from Hanover
Outstanding Female Performer: Paije Carbonell from Kennard-Dale
Outstanding Female Performer: Kendall O’Keefe from Northeastern
Outstanding Female Performer: Megan White from Dallastown
Outstanding Male Performer: Vinny Beck from Spring Grove
Outstanding Male Performer: Seth Shields from Spring Grove
Outstanding Male Performer: Kaleb Fair from Susquehannock
Outstanding Male Performer: Lance Mitchell from Central York
Outstanding Small Ensemble: Eastern for "Cinderella"
Award for Excellence: Central York for "Beauty and the Beast"
Outstanding Vocal: Dallastown for "James and the Giant Peach"
Outstanding Dance: Kennard-Dale for "The Little Mermaid"
Most Creative or Original: Susquehannock for "Big Fish"
Outstanding Production Number: Spring Grove for "The Secret Garden"
Best Overall Performance: Hanover for "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"
$1,000 Scholarships —
Sponsored by Joan Stuaffer: Vinny Beck, Spring Grove
Sponsored by John Giambalvo and the Jack Giambalvo Family of Dealerships: Sarah Cooper, South Western, and Hannah Sterrett, South Western
$2,000 Scholarship —
The Rozella Olp Anstine Scholarship presented by The Rozella Olp Anstine Fund for the Arts: Alexandrea DiGiovanni, Dover