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Center Stage Awards honor the best of high school musical theater

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The theater community celebrated the best of our region’s high school musical productions and as part of the honors, two students learned they’re heading to Broadway.

The Center Stage High School Musical Theater Awards were held on Saturday May 18 at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center.

Matthew Wautier of Green Bay Southwest High School and Kyra Hietpas of Little Chute High School were named best actor and best actress, respectively. They will represent the program at The Jimmy Awards/National High School Musical Theatre Awards in New York City next month.

The 2018-19 Center Stage High School Musical Theater Award recipients are:

Outstanding Overall Production:
Green Bay East High School’s Billy Elliot
Green Bay Preble High School’s Newsies
Green Bay Southwest High School’s Footloose
Neenah High School’s Chicago (High School Edition)
Outstanding Ensemble:
Denmark High School’s Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
Green Bay East High School’s Billy Elliot
Green Bay Preble High School’s Newsies 
Green Bay Southwest High School’s Footloose
Neenah High School’s Chicago (High School Edition)
Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actor:
Kani Johnson; as Horton the Elephant in Little Chute High School’s Seussical the Musical
Simon Mueller; as Jacob Marley in Fond du Lac High School’s A Christmas Carol
Michael Murphy; as Billy Flynn in Neenah High School’s Chicago (High School Edition)
Christian Schommer; as Jack Kelly in Green Bay Preble High School’s Newsies 
Matthew Wautier; as Ren McCormack in Green Bay Southwest High School’s Footloose
Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actress:Sydney Egger; as Katherine Plumber in Green Bay Preble High School’s Newsies
Kyra Hietpas; as Gertrude McFuzz in Little Chute High School’s Seussical the Musical
Marki Hietpas; as The Cat in the Hat in Little Chute High School’s Seussical the Musical
Reese Keyser; as Vi Moore in Green Bay Southwest High School’s Footloose
Lily Slivinski; as Velma Kelly in Neenah High School’s Chicago (High School Edition)

Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor:
Joey Gutzmann; as Mr. Fezziwig in Fond du Lac High School’s A Christmas Carol
Jarren Holloway; as Jackie Elliot in Green Bay East High School’s Billy Elliot
Aaron Huntley; as Davey in Green Bay Preble High School’s Newsies
Colin Krueger; as Bela Zangler in Fox Valley Lutheran High School’s Crazy For You
Sean Nelson; as Chuck Cranston in Green Bay Southwest High School’s Footloose
Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress:
Elizabeth Cantwell; as Wendy Jo in Green Bay Southwest High School’s Footloose
Katelyn Flanagan; as Sister Mary Lazarus in St. Mary Catholic High School’s Sister Act
Elizabeth Geoffrey; as Rosie in Kaukauna High School’s Mamma Mia!
Marissa Krueger; as Ghost of Christmas Present in Fond du Lac High School’s A Christmas Carol
Olivia VandenPlas; as Nicky in Green Bay West High School’s Avenue Q School Edition
Rising Star:
Robin VandenLangenberg; as Race in Green Bay Preble High School’s Newsies
Lucas Weigand; as Chef Louis in Winnebago Lutheran Academy’s Disney’s The Little Mermaid
Community Engagement Award:

Mishicot High School with their production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Outstanding Achievement Award:


Kimberly Haima from Little Chute High School


Backstage Spirit Award:

Trinity Oliver from Green Bay Southwest High School

This year’s participating high schools included: Ashwaubenon, Brillion, Denmark, Fond du Lac, Fox Valley Lutheran, Green Bay East, Green Bay Preble, Green Bay Southwest, Green Bay West, Hortonville, Kaukauna, Little Chute, Luxemburg-Casco, Mishicot, Neenah, St. Mary Catholic and Winnebago Lutheran Academy.

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