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LPS Well-Represented in Blue Star Nominations

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – In its first-ever virtual announcement, Starlight revealed the nominations for the 18th annual Blue Star Awards in a live premiere on Facebook Thursday, May 21. Fifty-three of 54 schools were able to stage their 2019-20 Blue Star Awards musicals throughout the past school year, leading to 179 nominations in 23 categories. On Thursday, hundreds of Blue Star Awards students celebrated the much-anticipated nominations at a safe social distance.

Traditionally delivered in schools approximately one month prior to the Blue Star Awards ceremony, Starlight leadership and staff made the decision to announce this year’s nominations via its Facebook page in an effort to keep students and staff safe in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

“We realize the end of this school year is very different than anyone had planned,” Andy Pierce, Starlight’s community engagement manager, said. “However, the hard work of the students and schools over the past year still remains and we are very excited to take time to celebrate those accomplishments. The Blue Star Awards program always strives to spotlight the amazing talent found in our area high schools and this year will be no exception!”

Modeled after Broadway’s Tony Awards, Starlight’s Blue Star Awards annually recognizes achievement and excellence in high school music theatre and is one of the largest programs like it in the country. All high schools within 60 miles of Starlight are invited to participate. Each year the program serves 5,000 area students who contribute either on the stage or behind the scenes to their schools’ musical theatre productions. 

A panel of adjudicators, who are theatre professionals, performing artists, designers and theatre arts educators, attend each participating school’s musical and provide evaluations and commentary to Starlight’s community engagement department. Their comments are also compiled and shared with each school’s theatre teacher and students.

The annual Blue Star Awards ceremony has been postponed to Friday, July 31 at Starlight Theatre, pending city guidelines at that time.

As you will see below, LPS is once again well-represented in this nomination process with both group and individual nominations.  Congratulations to all of the nominees, and best of luck later this summer!

2019-2020 Blue Star Awards Nominees

Outstanding Overall Production - Into the Woods (Liberty High School) AND Cinderella (Broadway Version) Liberty North High School

Outstanding Artistic Contribution by a Student - Kendall McMullen and Paige Saluri for Direction (Into the Woods) - Liberty High School AND Hannah Samson for Direction (Cinderella) - Liberty North High School

Outstanding Actress in a Lead Role - Grace Fisher (Liberty High School) as Baker's Wife (Into the Woods)

Outstanding Actress in a Featured Role - Ava Wolesky as Charlotte (Cinderella)

Outstanding Actor in an Ensemble Role - Garrett Lampert as a Dancer (Cinderella)

Outstanding Ensemble - Liberty North High School (Cinderella)

Technical Achievement Award - Leah Rainwater (LHS) for Technical Direction (Into the Woods)  AND Ayriana HaneyMargaret Reams, and Elizabeth Reams (LNHS) for Costume Design and Construction (Cinderella)

Outstanding Orchestra - Liberty North High School (Cinderella)

Outstanding Scenic Design and Construction (Tier II/$2,000+)
Liberty North High School AND Liberty High School

Outstanding Technical Crew - Liberty North High School - Deck/Set Crew-Hair and Make-up Crew-Lighting Crew-Sound Crew

Outstanding Costume Design and Construction (Tier II/$1,200+) Liberty North High School AND Liberty High School

Outstanding Hair and Make-up Design - Liberty North HS

Rising Star Scholarship Female Nominee - Hannah Samson (Liberty North HS)

Rising Star Scholarship Male Nominee - Joe Lord (Liberty North HS)

Community Impact Award - Liberty North High School