The nominations are in, and Kingwood High School has garnered seven nominations for the Tommy Tune Awards in Drama. The production of the “The Drowsy Chaperone” was given nominations in the categories of Best Musical, Best Leading Actor, Best Direction, Best Musical Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Lighting Design and Best Crew and Technical Execution. The school’s thespians participated in the various production numbers in the awards ceremony at TUTS on April 17. Robert Terry, who is nominated for Best Actor, sang in the opening number and the Best Actor Medley. Adriana Tomeu was chosen to join the finale number this year as well. Many hours of hard work and direction went into the musical which is now being recognized. Frank Chuter, the director and head of the drama department at Kingwood High School, has been involved with the awards program for 10 years, and thinks that all the hard work paid off. “This is the best production we have ever produced. Peter Pan is a close second, but this is the best,” said Chuter. “Peter Pan” was nominated for seven awards, but did not win any category. However, Chuter is thrilled for his students and the acclaim that play received and for that of “The Drowsy Chaperone.” “The quality of the shows which are nominated for the Tommy Tune Awards is amazing. Truly to be nominated is an honor,” said Chuter. Eight schools are represented in the various categories out of 44 schools which participated this year. Chuter is extremely excited about the quality of work in the entire drama department. This play does not stand as an isolated work of excellence. The students produce plays in class, participate in three other productions throughout the year; and must compete in auditions for roles. Eighty people auditioned for the 25 spots in “The Drowsy Chaperone.” Chuter is pleased at such interest. “Students at the school realize that it is not just a play that they are trying out for. They are trying out for an experience. The casts bond, and have fun together. The production is a kind of sticking place where memories are made. It is an outlet for creativity and emotion,” said Chuter. The experience is not without some rough moments as Chuter admits, “Sometimes a few gray hairs pop up, but seeing those moments when it all comes together, when a student realizes that he or she gets it is wonderful.” The “getting it” may become easier for future students at Kingwood High School as its future students are experiencing theater camp at the school during the summer. Young people from grades four to eight explore many aspects of theater and as Chuter hopes “come ready to join the productions when they become high schoolers.” Future productions are already being planned for next year, and one possibility is “How to Succeed in Business Without Even Trying.” Whatever the musical next year, the actors, production crew and musicians will have to work very hard to reach the bar set by this year’s team. For full award results, visit Photo: The cast of Kingwood High School’s production of “The Drowsy Chaperone” were nominated for seven Tommy Tune Awards, including ‘Best Musical,’ Best Direction, and Best Leading Actor.

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