Awards recognize excellence in high school musicals

The prospect of 700 excited kids jumping around in a packed theater would frighten the most stalwart of educators, but that was exactly what happened in the Irving Arts Center’s Carpenter Hall the evening of May 23. Although not as rowdy as it might sound, Lyric Stage’s annual Schmidt and Jones Awards, a scholarship program for high school musical theater, was a boisterous affair. Friends and family cheered and hollered as Lyric Stage honored the brightest and most talented in North Texas high school musical theater.
“It’s a great time for these students – many of them are not recognized for anything else,” said Steven Jones, Lyric Stage’s Founding Producer. “Some of them are athletes and some of them are involved in other things, but most of the focus on awards in high school is on athletics or band.

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Phil Cerroni
Phil began working for the Rambler in February 2012 as a freelance writer. After graduating from the University of Dallas in May 2012 with a BA in Drama, he continued at the paper and began freelancing in the local theater and television industries before taking a full-time position with the Rambler in February 2013. Phil is as member of the American Theatre Critics Association and the International Association of Theatre Critics.