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Mingus Union finalists for AZ High School Musical Theatre Awards announced

Dance scene from Mingus Union's A.T.O.R.T. production of 'Mary Poppins' (Courtesy photo)

Dance scene from Mingus Union's A.T.O.R.T. production of 'Mary Poppins' (Courtesy photo)

Originally Published: May 10, 2023 12:25 p.m.

The Arizona High School Musical Theatre Award nominees were announced April 28, and Mingus Union’s A.T.O.R.T. had a finalist in ten of 11 categories. The annual awards honor the best musicals and musical performances of the year among 25 high schools of all sizes in central and northern Arizona.

A.T.O.R.T. produced ‘Mary Poppins’ this year, and students in front of and behind the curtain have been nominated for their work.

A panel of judges attends performances around the state in fall and spring to see the participating shows. The judges decide the finalists and choose the ultimate winners. Those winners will be announced at an awards show Saturday, May 27, at ASU Gammage.

The show will feature performance highlights from all the participating musicals, giving the high school students the opportunity to perform on the professional stage.

This year’s Mingus Union AHSMTA finalists:

MUHS Hair & Make-up Crew, Melissa Perez and Mia Martinez

MUHS Costume Crew, Addi Hughes and Lydia Collins

MUHS Set and Props Crew, Ileana Escobar

Best Dance Ensemble, ‘Step in Time,’ choreographed by Carla and Stephen Renard

Best Supporting Actress, Jasmine Fang

Best Supporting Actor, Riley Rathsman

Best Vocalist, Mekenzie Combs

Best Lead Female, Sarah Lacher

Best Lead Male, Lazor Lanson

ASU Gammage Leadership Award, Sarah Lacher

Each year, the winners of the categories for Best Female Lead and Best Male Lead are automatically nominated for the Jimmy Awards, which are national high school awards presented in New York City at Broadway’s Minskoff Theatre.