Harkness to Represent Wisconsin at National High School Muscial Theater Awards in New York
Christian Spaay and Lauren Harkness will be representing the Jerry Awards at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards -Jimmy Awards - later this month. Christian, a recent graduate from Marquette University High School, performed the role of Marius in Divine Savior Holy Angel's production of Les Miserables. Lauren, a junior at Whitewater High School performed the role of Olive Ostrovsky in her school's production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Congratulations to the pair. Break a leg in NYC!
WHS Players Win 13 Jerry Awards Including Outstanding Musical
Congratulations to the cast and crew of "the 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee" for winning 13 Jerry Awards including Outstanding Musical with Lead Performances by Lauren Harkness and Weston Lema. Also, our spirit award winner is Nicole Sedmak. We have been nominated and have won many awards over the years but this is the first Outstanding Musical win, and we are thrilled for everyone involved. The entire cast will be performing a part of the show at the Jerry Awards Ceremony at the Overture Center on June 9th. Also performing are Lauren, Weston, and Nicole. This event is open to the public and is a huge honor not only for the performers, but the district as a whole. Thanks you to everyone who supports not only WHS Players but all our outstanding art, music, and drama programs.
Twenty-four Students Perform at State Solo/Ensemble
On Saturday, April 27, twenty-four WHS music students performed at the WSMA State Solo/Ensemble Festival at UW-Whitewater. Student performed in both vocal and instrumental events. Seventeen of the students received the highest rating of Superior in at least one of their events. Congratulations to these fine WHS musicians!
Chan Awarded for Creative Work at Geneva Lake Arts Foundation
Crystal Chan was awarded $500 and the Martin Smith Memorial Award for Creative Work at the Geneva Lake Arts Foundation. This show includes up to 10 pieces of art from Walworth County high schools and is judged by a professional artist. Crystal’s work was sold at the Gallery opening.
Students Advance to State Solo/Ensemble
On Saturday, March 9th, students from Whitewater High School performed at the District Solo/Ensemble Festival at East Troy High School. Students participated in both vocal and instrumental events. Congratulations to these students who will advance to the State level on April 27th at UW-Whitewater: Sophie Mayer, Katie Kuhtz, Colin Dugan, Nick Kuzoff, Nicole Sedmak, Audrey Mayer, Jared Clapper, Caroline Crowley, Jillian Harkness, Henry Bresser, Natalie LaBreche, Nikita Hartzheim. Sophie Walton, Gio Anello, Jul Boss, Lauren Harkness, Alec Holt, Cally Julson, Weston Lema, Angie McKelvey, Alisha Parboteeah, Chris Porcaro, Ella Smith, and Carter Waelchli.
Stillwagon Places Third in Art Contest
Morgan Stillwagon received 3rd place in an art contest hosted by Society Assets, Ability Not Disability. Over 400 pieces were entered in this contest.
Spelling Bee Nominated for 18 Jerry Awards
Congratulations to the cast and crew of "The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee" on their 18 Jerry Award nominations including Outstanding Musical! Please congratulate them when you see them on their outstanding achievements! The show received nominations in the following categories: Outstanding Musical; Outstanding Direction: Jim McCulloch; Outstanding Ensemble; Outstanding Musical Direction: Liz Elliott; Outstanding Orchestra; Outstanding Choreography: Lynn Lema; Outstanding Lead Performance: Henry Bresser, Angie McKelvey, Weston Lema, Carter Waelchli, Ella Willman, and Lauren Harkness; Outstanding Supporting Performance: Sophie Mayer, Maddie Elworthy, and Audrey Mayer; Outstanding Lighting Design: Jim McCulloch; Outstanding Costume Design: Becky Hoesly and Karen McCulloch; Outstanding Sound Design: Tony Hansen.
Pair to Perform with State Honors Band/Choir
On Thursday, October 25, Caroline Crowley and Henry Bresser will be performing with the 50th Annual WSMA High School State Honors Band (Caroline) and Choir (Henry). Selected through a rigorous audition process last February, students attended a four-day intensive camp in Green Bay in June. They will perform a final concert at the Overture Center in Madison on Thursday, October 25 starting with the band at 4:30 and the choir at 8:00 pm. You can livestream the concerts in real time via Wisconsin Public Television at this link: http://wsmamusic.org/hs-honors/live-stream/
Barrett to Join Father and Brother for LGSO Concert
The musical heritage of the Josh and Carrie Barrett family will be on proud display during the final concert of the 2017-18 Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra season on May 19 at Calvary Community Church in Williams Bay starting at 7:30 p.m. Allisan Barrett, a senior at Whitewater High School, will play horn with the LGSO in the first (Allegro) movement of Horn Concerto No. 1 by Richard Strauss. Allisan is the winner of the 2017 Young Artist Concerto Competition sponsored by the Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra and the recipient of the Rotary Club of Lake Geneva Neal Heffenan Art Scholarship. The concert will also showcase the musical talents of Josh Barrett, a long-time member of the LGSO, playing trumpet, and Nathan, a 2015 graduate of Whitewater High School, playing trombone. Tickets for the May 19 concert will be available for purchase before the concert begins. The concert will also include performances of Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 by Edvard Grieg and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. The LGSO has performed regularly in Walworth County since 2001. The all-volunteer musicians reside throughout southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. A chamber music concert series is also sponsored by the LGSO. For more information about the LGSO, visit lakegenevaorchestra.com.
Addams Family Wins Three Jerry Awards
It is our pleasure to announce the winners of the 2018 Jerry Awards (formally the Tommy Awards) for their outstanding work on The Addams Family! Congratulations to: Josie Hintz- Outstanding Stage Management, Becky Hoesly- Outstanding Costume Design, and Andra Matthews- Spirit Award (outstanding production member). Please congratulate them when you see them for their outstanding work. Andra will be performing at the Jerry Award ceremony on June 10 at the Overture Center. Josie and Becky will be recognized at the Director/Designer ceremony on June 1. (Lauren Harkness will perform with the Tommy Ensemble during this event.) Anyone wanting to attend the Jerry Awards ceremony on June 10th, please reserve your seat by contacting Jim McCulloch by May 17th. Each ticket is $15. The Drama Club will pick up the remaining balance. You are responsible for your own transportation to the event. This event will sell out and is 4 hours long. Anyone interested in attending the Director/Designer Ceremony on July 10, please RSVP to Jim by May 17th. There is no charge for this, but reservations are required, seating is limited, and you are responsible for your own transportation. Sellout crowds are certain for each event, so don't wait to order your tickets. Again, congratulations to our winners and everyone who made The Addams Family another huge WHS success!