Whiz Kids' accomplishments: ’s production of “The Wedding Singer” scored five nominations for the 2011 5th Avenue Awards, and went home with a win in the Supporting Actor category.
Taylor Stutz as “George” was the lone winner, earning himself an award in the Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role category.
Geena Pietromonaco as “Holly” earned a nomination in the Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role category.
Miles Erwin, who played several smaller parts, earned a nomination in the Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Featured Ensemble Role category.
In addition, the production also earned nominations for Outstanding Lobby Display and Outstanding Program Design.
“It was really awesome to have the kids acknowledged for their acting,” said Misty Doty, theatre arts teacher at Redmond High School.
The awards were handed out on Monday at Benaroya Hall. Bestowed by the 5th Avenue Theatre, the awards are meant to recognize excellence in high school musical theater.
Doty said that everyone involved with the production was very excited with the nominations, and believes that the recognition comes as a result of the hard work everyone put it.
She said that such hard work has allowed the program to improve year after year.
Key to awesomeness: Doty praised Taylor Stutz for his approach to playing George, saying that he embraced the character and really went all out.
“Taylor’s phenomenal,” she said.
Doty also gave Taylor, a junior, credit for being a leader within the school’s program, helping to inspire the other performers.
Doty was also happy to see Geena, a senior, earn the recognition in her final year with the program, and said that her absence next year will leave a huge hole in the program.
“She’s truly a triple threat,” said Doty, referring to Geena’s ability to sing, dance and act.
Geena’s professionalism and willingness to give her all really inspired the underclassmen, she added.
Doty praised Miles, a junior, for his workmanlike attitude and great skills.
“Miles is a quiet contributor,” she said, adding that she was especially appreciative of his capacity to show up and get the work done, as evidenced by his playing five different roles in the production.