Grafton’s ‘Cinderella’ nominated for 19 Jerry Awards

GHS fall musical being considered for a record number of honors in a stage production at the school

THE CAST AND CREW of Grafton High School’s fall musical “Cinderella” has received 19 Jerry Award nominations, the most ever for the school. The annual awards are presented to outstanding musical and theater productions by Wisconsin high schools. The 2019-20 winners will be announced in May, with recipients given an opportunity to perform at the Overture Center in Madison in June. Photo by Sam Arendt
By 
JOE POIRIER
Ozaukee Press Staff

Grafton High School’s fall musical “Cinderella” has received 19 Jerry Award nominations, the most ever given to the school for one production.

The Jerry Awards program singles out the best in Wisconsin high school musical theater, a state recognition  similar to Tony Awards for Broadway productions.

“Congratulations to our entire fine arts department with these nominations, and specifically director Maggie Condon,” Grafton Supt. Jeff Nelson said.

“We are proud of the hard work and dedication that our students and staff showed for this production. Their record 19 Jerry nominations is a testament to a combination of talent and hard work coming together to produce a show that our district and community were extremely proud of being able to experience.”

Grafton’s production has been nominated for outstanding musical, ensemble and orchestra.

Several students have been nominated for outstanding lead performances, including Michael Seybold as Topher, Lily Bauer as Cinderella, Cassie Sohr as Marie, and Hailey Douglas as Charlotte.

Actors nominated for outstanding supporting performances are Ty Brennan as Jean-Michel, Cannon Nash as Lord Pinkleton, Aleezah Manzoor as Madame, Dominic Danner as Sebastian, McKenna Craun as Gabrielle, Kailey Lueck as the fox and footman, and Nick Wilson as the raccoon and driver.

Vocal music teacher Condon has been  nominated for outstanding direction and musical direction. 

Also nominated are Charles Craun for stage management and lighting design and Braydon Shewczyk for scenic design.

“I knew I was in for a treat when I wondered if the first off-stage vocals were a professional recording,” a reviewer wrote in a press release. 

“Throughout the show, the tightness of the ensemble harmonies rivals many professional companies in this region. Rhythmic accuracy and great listening from the group made an amazing blend that was just incredible. Dramatically, the ensemble always gave focus to the main action of every scene. Tight choreography and animated faces set the standard for the rest of the show. Well done!”

Another review stated: “The orchestra never lagged, and, for a largely student orchestra, speaks largely to the quality of the arts at Grafton High School. Quite impressive. I can’t speak enough to the tightness of the ensemble vocals. Perfectly blended and tuned. It’s clear a lot of hard work went into it, and it paid off immensely.”

The award recipients will be announced in May. The winners for acting and musical performance will be invited to perform during the awards ceremony at the Overture Center in Madison on June 7. 

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