Thomas Popaditch of Lake Highland Preparatory School won an Outstanding Supporting Performer Award for his role in Guys and Dolls. he two young performers nominated by Dr. Phillips Center Florida Hospital School of the Arts for the National High School Musical Theater Awards — otherwise known as the Jimmys — took different paths toward success in a profession that demands excellence in singing, acting and dancing. Emma Heistand of West Orange High School studied ballet and jazz dance at an early age. She broke into high school theater as a freshman in Annie Get Your Gun. Tony Moreno of Trinity Preparatory School came to T Spamalot. What the two 17-year-old rising seniors have in common — in addition to being Jimmy nominees — is that each won two Outstanding Lead Performer honors during the 2016 Applause Awards, a program established last year by the School of the Arts. a week in New York City, where in late June they joined about 60 winners of similar competitions around the country for coaching, rehearsals and performances with Broadway professionals. Jimmy nominees have a chance to sharpen their technique, make connections, learn how the business works and see what it will take to compete in the highest echelons of musical theater. A panel of industry experts selects one actor and one actress as winners of Jimmys, which are named for legendary 12 artsLife | FALL 2016 Broadway theater owner and producer James M. Nederlander. The competition is always intense. Amina Faye, who was nominated by the Blumey Awards in Charlotte, North Carolina; and Josh Strobl, who was nominated by the Jerry Herman Awards in Los Angeles, ultimately took home this year’s trophies.
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