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Winners of Jester Awards

Music Theatre of Wichita's 10th annual Jester Awards honored south-central Kansas high school students for excellence in musical theater performances. The awards were given during a ceremony Friday evening at Century II's Mary Jane Teall Theater.

This past school year, judges viewed 31 productions at 28 high schools, the highest number of entries in the history of the Jesters. For the third year in a row, an actor and actress were selected to represent Wichita at the National High School Musical Theater Awards, to be held in New York City on June 27. For the first time, cash awards of $1,000 were also awarded to these two honorees, Keaton Jadwin and Kassiani Menas, both Wichita East High School students recognized for their performances in "Into the Woods."

Previous honorees, Claire Gerig and Jenny Wine, co-hosted the event with Music Theatre Producing Artistic Director Wayne Bryan, and the following Jester Awards were given:

Overall Production

West Side Story Wichita Collegiate

Into the Woods Wichita East HS



Direction of Show

Betsy Dutton Bye Bye Birdie Sterling HS

Matthew Rumsey West Side Story Wichita Collegiate

Derrick Gronenwold Into the Woods Wichita East HS

Leading Actress

Brooklynn Dossey, Annie Oakley Annie Get Your Gun Goddard HS

Lindsey Wells, Maria West Side Story Wichita Collegiate

Kassiani Menas, Witch Into the Woods Wichita East HS

Jean Rust, Baker's Wife Into the Woods Wichita East HS

Leading Actor

Dalton Zogleman, Seymour Little Shop of Horrors Clearwater HS

Cooper Rowe, Tony West Side Story Wichita Collegiate

Keaton Jadwin, Baker Into the Woods Wichita East HS

Supporting Actress

Leslie Carrillo, Penny Pingleton Hairspray Kapaun Mt. Carmel HS

Raven Taylor, Motormouth Maybelle Hairspray Kapaun Mt. Carmel HS

Anna Cooper, Anita West Side Story Wichita Collegiate

Supporting Actor

Gavin Myers, Sir Francis Chesney Where’s Charley? Bishop Carroll Catholic HS

Max Wilson, Nicely-Nicely Johnson Guys and Dolls Maize HS

Connor Bourland, Riff West Side Story Wichita Collegiate

Cameo Performer

Robbie Egan, Doc West Side Story Wichita Collegiate

Teacher/Alumnus

Rodney Wren, Lt. Schrank West Side Story Wichita Collegiate

Ensemble/Chorus

Good News! Independent School

West Side Story Wichita Collegiate

Small Ensemble

Doo Wop Girls Little Shop of Horrors Clearwater HS

"Mama, I'm a Big Girl Now" Ensemble Hairspray Kapaun Mt. Carmel HS

Production Number

"The Varsity Drag" Good News! Independent School

"The Telephone Hour" Bye Bye Birdie Sterling HS

"The Dance at the Gym" West Side Story Wichita Collegiate

Orchestra

Greg Bontrager Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Buhler HS

Brian Stranghoner South Pacific Douglass HS

Jesse Warkentin The Last Five Years Wichita East HS

Kim Vogt Hairspray Wichita Heights HS

Musical Direction

Doris Prater Guys and Dolls Maize HS

Steve Bixler West Side Story Wichita Collegiate

Doug Riney Into the Woods Wichita East HS

Instrumentalist(s)

Drumline High School Musical El Dorado HS

Choreography/Staging

Joshua Larson Good News! Independent School

Audra Lee West Side Story Wichita Collegiate

Stage Crew

Beauty and the Beast Andover Central HS

Willy Wonka Circle HS

Hairspray Northeast Magnet

Technical Achievement

Jennifer Wiebe - Lighting & Scenic Design Into the Woods Wichita East HS

Scenic Design

Greg McGlynn Seussical Campus HS

Rachel Downs West Side Story Wichita Collegiate

Jennifer Wiebe Into the Woods Wichita East HS

Costumes

Several Listed Beauty and the Beast Andover Central HS

Emily Ottaway Good News! Independent School

Sasha Hildebrande Bye Bye Birdie Sterling HS

Cynthia Bryant Into the Woods Wichita East HS

Lighting

Amber Morgan Where's Charley? Bishop Carroll Catholic HS

Jordan Slusher & Kayla Umholtz Meet Me in St. Louis Sunrise Christian

Sound

Glanzer Pro Audio Beauty and the Beast Hillsboro HS

Adam Akers Guys and Dolls Maize HS

Weston Arnel & Rachel Wolansky West Side Story Wichita Collegiate

Graphic Design

School Publications Class Beauty and the Beast Andover Central HS

Sheri Cunningham Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Buhler HS

Rachel Manning & Debra Cole Good News! Independent School

Lobby Display

Mackenzie Cole and TIS Camera Club Good News! Independent School

Unlisted West Side Story Wichita Collegiate

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