High school theater students honored

Mike Genet

Blue Springs high schools received 10 nominations for the annual Blue Star Awards, hosted by Starlight Theatre.

Modeled after Broadway's Tony Awards, the awards honor excellence in high school musical theater in the Kansas City region. Fifty-three high schools submitted entries. The winners are to be announced July 31 at Starlight Theatre in Swope Park, Kansas City, after the pandemic postponed the ceremony from late May.

Blue Springs High School’s production of “The Addams Family” garnered nominations in outstanding lead actor (Aiden Henry as Gomez), supporting actress (Zoe Edgar as Wednesday), supporting actor (Francis Gatdula as Fester), featured actress (Tyler Clayton as Grandma Addams), scenic design and construction, costume design and construction and hair and makeup design.

Blue Springs South’s production of “Legally Blonde” got nominations in outstanding lead actress (Madelyn Padgett as Elle Woods) and scenic design and construction.

Lee’s Summit North also received some nominations with its production of “Sister Act”: lead actress (Elaine Watson as Deloris Van Cartier), featured actress (Sarah Keary as Sister Mary Patrick) and featured actor (C.J. Gilbert at T.J.). Oak Grove’s production of “Mamma Mia!” received nominations for scenic design and construction and hair and makeup design.

Henry from Blue Springs and North’s Reily Harker received Rising Star scholarship nominations

South’s production of “Legally Blonde” also got several Kansas City Cappie Awards, which are voted by theater students across the metro area. Winners included: Madelyn Padget (lead actress), Cordelia Williams (featured actress), Reese Betts (supporting actress), Vaysia Knust (female vocalist) and stage crew (led by Braedon Sholes).

In addition, Grain Valley High School’s production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” won the Cappy for marketing and publicity.