Caryl Crane Youth Theatre awarded
The 2020 National Performing Arts Festival
Fresh from their WIN at the National Performing Arts Festival, Caryl Crane Youth Theatre presents an encore presentation of the international hit musical, CATS, March 22 in the historic Sandusky State Theatre.
Caryl Crane Youth Theatre was awarded The First Place Trophy for Outstanding Performance at the 2020 National Performing Arts Festival in Orlando this past weekend for their performance of CATS. Daniel Keener (homeschooled, Wakeman) was awarded the Festival Trophy for Overall Best Performance from an Actor as well as the Best Male Soloist Award for his rendition of “Run Away With Me” from The Unauthorized Biography of Samantha Brown. Claire Daugherty (McCormick Junior High, Huron) and Emma McLelland (Huron St. Peters) received the trophy for Best Duet for their performance of “If Mamma Was Married” from Gypsy. In addition, five CCYT students were recognized for outstanding performances in acting and dance. Jake Koba (Huron High School), McKenna Stoffer (Pioneer Performing Arts), Gabe Omlor (Toledo School For the Arts), Daniel Keener, and Lily Franks (Huron High School) were named Outstanding Performances Winners for their characters in CATS. Caryl Crane Youth Theatre, under the direction of Brian Marshall, received a Superior rating with the highest score ever given in the 15 years of the National Performing Arts Festival.
Based on T.S. Eliot’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats,” CATS is set at the annual reunion of the Jellicle cats at the Jellicle Ball. The eldest of this special breed, Old Deuteronomy, seeks to select which of the many cats in the neighborhood will be reborn to begin another life. Winner of seven Tony Awards including Best Musical, CATS features 20 of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s timeless melodies, including the hit song “Memory.”
Directed by Brian Marshall and choreographed by Melissa Bertolone and Pierre-Jacques Brault, CATS features the 26 award-winners from the 2020 National Performing Arts Festivals.
Don’t miss this encore presentation of CATS! All seats are $10 and are available by calling 419-626-1950 or ordering online at www.sanduskystate.com
About Caryl Crane Youth Theatre
Caryl Crane Youth Theatre, celebrating its 30th year of partnership with BGSU Firelands College, exists to create revolutionary theatre experiences, and advance theatre as a means of educating, challenging and inspiring the youth in its community.
The program offers tuition-free productions, theatrical training and leadership opportunities for youth from all over Erie County. Each school year, Caryl Crane Youth Theatre produces a 6-show season, which includes a junior production (ages 6-12), a competition team production (CATS was presented in May 2019 in the McBride Auditorium at BGSU Firelands College), an all ages production, a holiday show, a summer day-camp production and a combined production with the theatre program at BGSU Firelands College.
This is the group’s first trip to the National Performing Arts Festival. CCYT has enjoyed success at the Junior Theatre Festival as well as the Musical Theatre Competition of America this year. At the 2020 Junior Theatre Festivals, Caryl Crane Youth Theatre was awarded the Freddie G. Group Award for Best In Music. At The MTCA competition in California, Lily Franks and Daniel Keener were awarded
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