NEW BERLIN — Hollywood has the Oscars. Wisconsin high school drama has the Tommys.
This year, dozens of New Berlin students and staff have been nominated for Overture Center of the Arts Tommy Awards.
Eisenhower’s "Sister Act" and West’s "South Pacific" collected a combined 37 nominations.
"Sister Act" was nominated for Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Ensemble and Outstanding Orchestra. West's "South Pacific" also will vie for Outstanding Orchestra.
Both shows notched four Outstanding Lead Performance nominations. Eisenhower’s Maddie Teipner (appearing as Deloris Van Cartier in "Sister Act"), Erin Ashenhurst (Mother Superior), Brendan Sienko (as Curtis) and Grant Schwab (as Eddie) earned nominations.
West’s Hunter Leathers (appearing as Lt. Joseph Cable in "South Pacific"), Savannah Rasmussen (Ensign Nellie Forbush), Evan McKenzie (Luther Bills) and Trina Farrey (Bloody Mary), also won nominations.
Overture’s Tommy Awards program is a statewide education initiative that recognizes, honors and encourages
excellence in musical theater among area high school students. Musicals of more than 60 participating schools are reviewed by a panel of educators, theater experts and industry professionals.
Based on reviewers’ comments and tabulations, productions and individuals receive awards in specific categories.
Earning Outstanding Supporting Performance nominations were West’s Scott Ziolecki (Capt. George Brackett)
and Brooklyn Dipietrantoni (Stewpot) and seven Eisenhower students: Katie Dionne (Sister Mary Robert),
Kenzie McKowen (Sister Mary Patrick), Alecia Hough (Sister Mary Lazarus), Jake Ringwall (TJ), Jordan
Forberg (Joey), Cooper Hawley (Monsignor O’Hara) and Maddie Mainwood (Sister Mary Martin-of-Tours).
"Sister Act" also earned nominations for Outstanding Direction (Mary Kirby and Natalie Baertschy); Outstanding Musical Direction (Baertschy); Outstanding Choreography (Sara Zavadsky); Outstanding Stage Management (Grace Statdfield); Outstanding Stage Management (Madison Ranta); Outstanding Overall Design; Outstanding Costume Design (Kirby) and Outstanding Sound Design (Nick Winders and Doug Hoeft).
Alecia Hough earned a Tommy Spirit Award nomination.
Additional nominations for "South Pacific"’ came for Outstanding Young Performance by Emma Schingledecker
(as Ngana) and Benjamin Radish (as Jerome), as well as for Outstanding Musical Direction (Dana Federmeyer),
Outstanding Stage Management (Olivia Nyman and Dayne Anderson), Outstanding Scenic Design (Blair Kath
and Judith Smith) and Outstanding Lighting Design (Karen Kryzyzak).
Evan McKenzie earned the Tommy Spirit Award nomination.
Winners will be announced in May and invited to perform in the awards ceremony Sunday, June 11, at the
Overture Center for the Arts in Madison.