Atlanta International School in Buckhead was the big winner at the first Shuler Hensley Awards for Excellence in High School Musical Theatre, intended to be an annual recognition of the best on Atlanta-area high school stages.

The awards were presented April 14 in a Tony Awards-style show at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

Atlanta International won the top award, best overall performance, for “Into the Woods.” That show also earned the awards for direction (Rob Warren, who heads the school’s theater department), costume design (Sherry Weeks, a secondary school theater teacher) and supporting actor (10th-grader Arsalan Akhavan, who played Cinderella’s Prince).

“I have always though that our theater productions were simply superb and had been for many, many years,” Atlanta International Headmaster Robert Brindley said. “It is wonderful that our talented students and teachers have received the recognition they justly deserve.”

In addition to the four awards it won, “Into the Woods” received nominations for choreography, stage crew, ensemble/chorus, leading actor (Adrien Pellerin as the Baker), leading actress (Hannah Shore at the Baker’s Wife), supporting actress (Lara Khoury as Little Red Riding Hood) and featured performer (Ben Cheriyan as Milky White the Cow).

Atlanta International was one of 15 schools to participate in the first year of the Shuler Hensley Awards, an initiative of the ArtsBridge education program of the Cobb Energy Centre.

North Springs Charter High School in Sandy Springs received three nominations for its production of “The Wizard of Oz”: scene design, lighting design and stage crew.

Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School in Sandy Springs also received three nominations for “Anything Goes”: overall production, direction and stage crew.

Pace Academy in Buckhead earned two nominations for “The Sound of Music”: scene design and supporting actor (Chris Westbrook as Max Detweiler).

 

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